Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Abbas condemned anti-Semitism and called the Holocaust the "most heinous crime in history" in a statement issued by his office in Ramallah after a four-day meeting of the Palestinian National Council, at which he had made the remarks.Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman swiftly rejected Abbas' apology.U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov called Abbas' comments "deeply disturbing".The session of the PLO Parliament – theoretically meant to represent Palestinians everywhere – cemented the shift of power to the West Bank-based Abbas and his inner circle.Abbas is both head of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO.In its final session this week, the PLO Parliament, which has more than 700 members, including some living abroad, decided to delegate its powers to the mainly West Bank-based 121-member PLO Central Council, according to the closing statement. Abbas was re-elected as the head of the PLO Executive Committee this week.In this week's session, the PLO Parliament endorsed Abbas' current political positions, providing backing in anticipated friction with the Trump administration.
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