(From BBC News)
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has apologised for remarks he made about Jewish people and the Holocaust.
In a statement issued by his office on Friday he described the Holocaust as the “most heinous crime in history”.
Earlier this week, Mr Abbas told a meeting in the West Bank that the Nazi mass murder of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, not anti-Semitism.
His comments were condemned in Israel and around the world.
“If people were offended by my statement… especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologise to them,” Mr Abbas’s statement added.