Abbas, Merkel Condemn Terror


Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking a day after an attack on a bus in Yerushalayim that wounded at least 21 people, says his administration rejects violence against civilians.

Abbas said during a visit to Germany on Tuesday that “we are against all forms of terrorist activity that affect Israeli and Palestinian civilians.”

After meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Abbas told reporters that Palestinians “want to achieve an end to the occupation through diplomatic means, and through peaceful resistance by the Palestinian people.”

Merkel condemned Monday’s attack, saying there could be “no justification for violence.” She also urged a halt to Israeli building activity on disputed land.

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