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Palestinian Leader Apologizes For Speech Many Saw As Anti-Semitic

The apology comes after a speech Monday in which Abbas claimed the historical persecution of Jews in Europe was due to their financial activities.
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Palestinian Leader Apologizes For Speech Many Saw As Anti-Semitic

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has apologized for remarks he made that many perceived as anti-Semitic.

In a speech at the Palestinian National Council on Monday, Abbas claimed the historical persecution of Jews in Europe was due to their financial activities and not their religion.

In response to the comments, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau called Abbas a Holocaust denier and called on the international community to condemn the remarks.

Abbas said Friday he rejected anti-Semitism "in all its forms."