Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called the mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust "the most heinous crime" against humanity in the modern era.
Mr. Abbas' statement was published Sunday by the Palestinian official news agency WAFA, just hours before Israel began marking Holocaust remembrance day, and several days after the suspension of peace negotiations with Israel.
His statement is a rare acknowledgement by an Arab leader of Jewish suffering during the Nazi genocide. Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
Mr. Abbas' acknowledgement of Jewish suffering is believed to have grown out of his recent meeting with an American rabbi who promotes Jewish-Muslim understanding.