Friday, May 4, 2018

Mahmoud Abbas apologises, condemns anti-Semitism

Mahmoud Abbas apologises, condemns anti-Semitism
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said "he fully respects the Jewish faith" as he issued a statement apologising for remarks earlier this week.

During the opening session of the Palestine National Congress (PNC) on Monday, Abbas had said that hatred of Jews in Europe before the Holocaust was related to their social behaviour, including money lending, rather than religion.

In a statement on Friday, Abbas said it was not his intention to offend Jews and condemned "anti-Semitism in all its forms".

"If people were offended by my statement in front of the PNC, especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologise to them. I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full respect for the Jewish faith, as well as other monotheistic faiths," Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted him as saying.

"I would also like to reiterate our long held condemnation of the Holocaust, as the most heinous crime in history, and express our sympathy with its victims," added Abbas.

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