Abbas says attacks 'justified'



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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — As Palestinian attacks on Israelis continue, the president of the Palestinian Authority is referring to the three months of violence as a "justified popular uprising."

Mahmoud Abbas spoke as a new poll shows widespread Palestinian support for the attacks. Later today, a Palestinian from east Jerusalem rammed his car into a crowded bus stop, injuring nine people before being shot and killed by bystanders.

Israeli leaders have accused Abbas and other Palestinian leaders of inciting the violence with incendiary rhetoric.

Abbas has previously refrained from either endorsing or condemning the attacks, often referring to the wave of violence as understandable but not in the best interests of the Palestinian people.

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