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Abbas says Holocaust 'most heinous crime' of modern era

Published on Apr 27, 2014 3:55 PM
 
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas gestures as he gives a speech during a meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)'s Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 26, 2014. The mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust was "the most heinous crime" against humanity of the modern era, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in his strongest remarks yet on the Nazi genocide. -- PHOTO: AFP

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust was "the most heinous crime" against humanity of the modern era, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Sunday in his strongest remarks yet on the Nazi genocide.

The statement comes at a sensitive time for US-led peace efforts, with Israel having suspended faltering talks last week after Abbas reached an agreement with the Islamist Hamas movement to form a unity government.

In a statement in English released just hours before Israel began marking Holocaust remembrance day, the Palestinian leader expressed sympathy with families of the six million Jews who were killed by the Nazi regime.

"What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era," Mr Abbas said.

 
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