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Palestinian president apologizes for anti-Semitic speech

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas apologized on Friday for remarks he made earlier in the week.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

An apology was issued on Friday by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, after he was accused of anti-Semitism stemming from a speech he gave earlier in the week.

On Monday, speaking to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, Abbas told his audience: "Jews who moved to east and west Europe were facing a massacre every 10 or 15 years from a different country. The hatred towards the Jews is not because of their religion but because of their social roles related to taxes and banks."

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