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Israel is a colonialist implant
Israel is a colonialist implant
The PA created an odious alternative history to denigrate the rebirth of the State of Israel and deny Israel’s right to exist. Since Jews, they say, never had a history in the Land of Israel and therefore never would have started the Zionist movement on their own, an imaginative story had to be created to explain Jewish renaissance in Israel. Accordingly, they teach that Jews were so evil in every country they inhabited for thousands of years that the nations of the world were forced to persecute and often expel them – as acts of self-defense. According to the PA libel, the repeated persecutions and expulsions of Jews are proof that the world agrees about the evil nature of Jews. Britain and Europe were suffering last century from their Jews in their countries, and therefore created Zionism in order to be rid of their Jewish “burden.” The Land of Israel was chosen by the Europeans, in this scenario, as the place to send the Jews in order to control and steal the “natural resources” of the Middle East. This is what the PA is referring to in its schoolbooks and official media when they refer to Israel as an imperialist colonial implant.

This article is an early expression of this ideology in the official PA daily in 1998:
“The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour… [turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews… Zionism was crucial to the defense of the West’s interests in the region, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of its Jews.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998]

This video is a recent expression of this PA ideology, on PA TV:
“Europe, led by Britain, founded Israel... We, as Arabs, as negotiators, as Palestinians when we meet with Europeans [should say]: 'You created and implanted a thieving entity upon Palestinian land...' As they implanted [Jews here] they got rid of [Jews there] and I do not wish to elaborate on this. The Jews in the time of Herzl caused European societies to lose sleep. They wanted to be rid of them, and implanted them in Palestine."
[Fathi Buzia, PA political commentator, PATV, June 17, 2009]
Al-Quds University professor claims Israel erases history, planning to establish Third Temple 
Source: Al-Quds, May 22, 2017
Headline: "Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh: Israel uses excavations to spread the biblical narrative and establish the Temple"

"Professor of History and Antiquities at Al-Quds University and Director of the Tourism and Antiquities Directorate of the [Jordanian] Endowment Department Dr. Yusuf Al-Natsheh said that the general goal of the Israeli archaeological excavations is to erase the Canaanite Arab cultural characteristics and the historical continuity of the Palestinian people from the past to the present, and to give this continuity to Israel.
During the speech he gave at “The City of Jerusalem After 50 Years of Israeli Occupation: Future Horizons Conference”… he added: ‘The goal of the archaeological excavations is to pave the way for the establishment of the Third 'Temple' in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to discover remains from the First or Second Temple and the continuation of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). Their goal is also to attempt to prove the history of the Bible and the events and texts included in it, and thus to prove Israel's right to Palestine and that they have returned to here and are not new immigrants and colonialists.’"
Fatah calls to escalate violence in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners; they are “fighters who opposed the colonialist occupation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 12, 2017
Headline: “The Fatah Revolutionary Council called to strengthen the support for the prisoners by escalating the popular resistance”

“The Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council yesterday [May 11, 2017] called on the national and Islamic factions to join the national freedom and dignity [hunger] strike battle of the prisoners.
The Council expressed appreciation in a statement for the participation of some of the factions’ leadership members in the strike, and in conjunction praised the popular and official public support for the strike.
The Council called to expand the support and aid for the brave prisoners by escalating the popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence) in the areas of friction with the occupation and its settlers…
The statement said: ‘This is a legitimate strike that is being waged by free fighters who opposed the colonialist occupation - resistance that is consistent with international law and the decisions of the international bodies.’”

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Abbas plans to "put Britain on trial for the Balfour Promise" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Apr. 26, 2017
Headline: “Britain refuses to apologize for the Balfour Promise, and the [PA] president will put it on trial”
     “Britain has refused to submit an apology for the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that was issued in 1917 and paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel.
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Britain officially apologize to the Palestinian people for this promise in a speech that he gave before the UN General Assembly in September [2016], but Britain is intending to hold celebrations together with senior Israeli officials for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise on Nov. 2 [2017].
Palestinian Ambassador to Britain Manuel Hassassian told [the official PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine that… ‘Steps will be taken to put Britain on trial for the Balfour Promise, and there are lawyers working on the matter in Britain. The position of the president is clear, and he will not retreat from it until Britain apologizes to the Palestinian people and recognizes the State of Palestine.’”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Full text of letter sent by imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti to Palestinian students 
Source: Israeli Arab website, Arab 48, Apr. 17, 2017
Headline: "From Barghouti to the students of Palestine: 'Knowledge is your weapon to liberate the homeland'"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and member of the PA Parliament (Legislative Council) prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), ... who is serving 5 life sentences, sent a letter from within the prison to all the young people of Palestine, and to the students in particular, in which it is stated: 'I write this letter to you from my small cell, which is small for the great prisoner and the free man. However, the chains that bind the body cannot bind the willpower, as the soul is nurtured by the love of the land of Palestine and its people.' ...
"These colonialists wanted the prison to constitute a graveyard for the fighters, but the prisoners, with their resolve and willpower, have stood against the hangman and the jailor and turned the prison into a station for renewing the strength, strengthening of the [sense of] belonging, and deepening of the experience...
In order to be creative in resisting the colonialist, we must be creative in our studies, education, and culture. I say to you - I was arrested for the first time when I was in high school, I took the matriculation exams in prison, and continued on the path of study and obtained a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctorate. This was despite being imprisoned for more than 23 years, expelled for seven years, and subjected to pursuit and assassination attempts. I say this to you in order to emphasize to you that the path of studies and the national path go side by side.'"
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Ambassador of Palestine to the EU: Palestinian struggle to expel the "invaders" has lasted more than 100 years 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2017
Headline: “The Fatah Movement’s Belgium and Luxembourg branch marks Land Day”
     “Under the auspices of the Embassy of Palestine, the Fatah Movement’s Belgium and Luxembourg branch marked the 41st Land Day in the center of the capital, Brussels…
Ambassador of Palestine to the European Union, Belgium, and Luxembourg Abd Al-Rahim Al-Fara… emphasized that Land Day is one of the few national and pan-Arab events that sums up all of the significance of the Palestinian cause: resolve, resistance, resistance to colonialism and settlement, and unity of all of the sons of the one Palestinian homeland – from Rafah to Rosh HaNikra (i.e., an Israeli city in the Galilee) – against the occupier…
He said: ‘Our compass is only Palestine, in a struggle that has lasted more than 100 years for the purpose of expelling the invaders and establishing the Palestinian state.’”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
PLO calls on the British government to "apologize for the ominous Balfour Promise" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2017
Headline: "The PLO called to expose the occupation's steps and its settlement policy"
     "The PLO Department of Arab Relations called to expose the Israeli occupation's steps and its settlement policy…
The department noted that the fact that UN Secretary-General [António Guterres] cancelled the [UN] ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) report (see note below –Ed.) is an expression of his siding with the occupation government and its acts. This is in the shadow of the passing of 100 years since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and the British government's insistence on continuing to support the occupation state and side with it and continue the injustice that was done to the Palestinian people and the peoples of the region as a result of this decision …
The department called… on the British government to end this historic tragedy that was caused to the Palestinian people, apologize for the ominous Balfour Promise, recognize the Palestinian state, and compensate those who were harmed by the historical injustice that the Balfour Promise constituted."

On March 17, 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres ordered that a UN ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) report declaring that "Israel has established an apartheid regime that systematically institutionalizes racial oppression and domination of the Palestinian people as a whole" be taken off the ESCWA website.

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Abbas on the Balfour Declaration: Britain "must apologize for this historic mistake" 
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “Abbas in an interview with Al-Quds Al-Arabi: … We will turn to the international forums if Britain insists on marking the anniversary of the Balfour Promise and will not apologize”
Excerpt of an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas by the London newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi

[Q:] “As we near the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that promised the Jews a national home in Palestine (on Nov. 2, 1917), [and as] preparations [are being made] to mark this anniversary, which British Prime Minister Theresa May has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to participate in – are there Palestinian steps that are more than just calls on London to apologize for this historic mistake against the Palestinian truth? And what Palestinian moves will there be if Britain ignores the Palestinian calls?”

[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] “We began to demand that Britain apologize to the Palestinian people at [our] speeches of the last UN General Assembly session in September 2016, and also at the Arab Summit in Mauritania. We demanded and still demand that Britain not celebrate this event, which was catastrophic from the Palestinian people’s perspective. In addition, it must apologize for this historic mistake that it committed against us, and it must recognize the State of Palestine…”

[Q:] “And if Britain does not respond to the Palestinian demands on the matter? Are there other steps, for example turning to the International Criminal Court and other international organizations?”

[Mahmoud Abbas:] “I have said that we will turn to all of the local and international forums and talk to them..."

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Fatah calls on Britain to “correct the historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 2, 2017
Headline: “The European Union condemns: New settlement construction will destroy the hope for the two-state solution”
     “The Fatah Movement welcomed the international positions condemning the settlement colonialism. In a statement by its spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal, Fatah said that immediate recognition of the State of Palestine is the only logical and effective response to the settlement colonialism… Fatah expressed its appreciation for the position of British Secretary [of State for] Foreign [and Commonwealth Affairs] Boris Johnson regarding Israel’s announcement of the construction of 2,000 housing units in the settlements in the West Bank. It called on Britain to correct the historical mistake - the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) - and to recognize the State of Palestine.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Fatah official calls on Britain to apologize for the Balfour declaration, a “historical mistake” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2017
Headline: “Fattouh calls on Britain to recognize the State of Palestine”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Commissioner of International Relations Rawhi Fattouh called on Britain to recognize the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders whose capital is East Jerusalem, to implement the recommendation of the [British] parliament on the matter, and to submit an apology for issuing the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). This was said during Fattouh’s meeting yesterday [March 30, 2017] with a delegation from the British Labour Party, led by General Secretary of the Party Iain McNicol. Fattouh emphasized the significance of the British recognition of the State of Palestine, particularly in light of the recommendation that was published by the parliament in 2014 on the matter, and also the importance of the apology for the historical mistake that the government of Britain made in issuing the Balfour Promise.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Fatah official says violence unites Palestinians, calls on Fatah to join “civilian popular resistance against Israeli “colonialists” 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 21, 2017
Headline: "The Fatah Movement from the Al-Karameh victory in 1968 to running on the spot in 2017"

Op-ed by Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

"The [Fatah] Movement must be revitalized in actuality by joining the civilian popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinian leaders to refer to and include violence –Ed.) against the settlement and the occupation forces with tens of thousands of the movement's activists. They will be doubled in a moment by the national and Islamic forces and parties and the masses of our great people joining. This is because what unifies us is the battle and not dialogue, which has not brought any benefit on any of the different levels. If these masses succeed in blocking the bypass roads, Israel and its settlers will not remain [there] because the incentives for their presence are their freedom [of movement] and the lack of resistance in actuality to their presence as invading colonialists on our Palestinian land."

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PA Minister of Foreign Affairs demands that the UK apologize for the "ominous Balfour Promise" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: “Al-Malki: The Arab foreign ministers decisively emphasized the centrality of the Palestinian cause”
     “[PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad] Al-Malki discussed the recent developments in the Palestinian arena with his British counterpart [UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs] Boris Johnson…
He emphasized the [Palestinian] opposition to the preconditions set by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for starting any sort of negotiation between the Palestinian side and the Israeli side, and particularly what [Netanyahu] said in the US and in Australia regarding the need for Palestinian recognition of a Jewish state and for Israeli security control over the Palestinian state…
He mentioned the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Balfour Declaration), and demanded that Britain apologize for this promise instead of calling to mark [its 100th anniversary], because it is the greatest disaster that has been caused to the Palestinian people and to its dream to remain on the soil of its homeland like the rest of the peoples of the world.
He added: ‘It would have been better for Britain to fix the historical mistake that caused the greatest damage to the Palestinian people and to its national cause, as it made two-thirds of the Palestinian people refugees and homeless in the region and throughout the world.’ He also called on Britain to recognize the Palestinian state in the June 4 [1967] borders, whose capital is East Jerusalem.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Israeli Arab MP quotes Fatah FB post: "Whoever is bothered by the Muezzin’s call should return to Europe" 
Source: Balad Party Facebook page‎, Mar. 9, 2017
Image and text posted on the Israeli Arab Balad Party Facebook page

Posted text: “[Israeli Arab Parliament member] Hanin Zoabi: Whoever is bothered by the Muezzin’s call (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) should return to Europe where he came from
This law is the clearest form of a declaration of war against everything with roots in this country. This is proof that the battle is not against ‘the terrorist’ and not against ‘the extremist,’ but rather against the Arabs and the locals and against their every expression. Simply put, we will not obey the law and we will demand that the Muezzins not obey it, and we will expose all the means of pressure that will be exerted against them, whether by the government or by its branches.
Our people must know that those who passed the law and those who defend it are those who on a daily basis plan and aid in enlisting our youth into the security branches, and in erasing our national identity.”

Text on image: “Hanin Zoabi
Balad Party leadership member
Whoever is bothered by the Muezzin’s call should return to Europe where he came from”

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion. Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. Click "full article" for a list.
Fatah FB: "Whoever is bothered by the sound of the Muezzin’s call should return to Europe" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 9, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Whoever is bothered by the sound of the Muezzin’s call (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) should return to Europe
(The same statement appears in broken Hebrew below–Ed.)
#You_will_not_silence_the_Muezzin”

The first image shows tall minarets, and in the foreground a mob of armed figures is marching while carrying a sign.
Text on sign: “Bill to ban the Muezzin’s call”

The second image shows a mosque with a dome that is shining red like an alarm, while a hand with a Star of David on its sleeve covers the mouth of the mosque tower to prevent the call to prayer.

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.
Cartoon posted on Fatah Twitter depicts UK and Israel stabbing map of “Palestine” 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Mar. 4, 2017

Cartoon and text tweeted from the official Fatah Twitter account


Tweeted English text: "UK PM Theresa May wants British people to feel 'pride' & 'celebrate' the Balfour Declaration on Anniversary
independent.co.uk/voices/balfour…"

The cartoon shows a Palestinian woman, part of her clothes forming the Palestinian flag, speaking with British Prime Minister Theresa May. In the woman’s speech bubble two hands with the British and Israeli flags on their sleeves are seen stabbing the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as "Palestine” together with the PA areas. On the map is written “Palestine.”

The link to the British news website The Independent leads to a “page not found” message.
PA daily op-ed: "Ominous" Balfour Declaration was created by Jewish money and imperialism 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: “One people not split into groups”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily and member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza

        “We are in the period of the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which was created thanks to Jewish capital and the imperialistic wave rampant in that period, which acted freely with the inheritance of the sick man - as the Turkish Caliphate was called. I have very carefully followed the conferences that were held almost simultaneously in Tehran and Istanbul… and both of them, the Shi’ite one in Tehran and the Sunni one in Istanbul, attempted to play the Palestinian card, while the Palestinian people stands united and is not at all interested in these conferences.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Fatah official: “The Zionist project is colonialist and has no connection to Judaism and the myths that the occupation invents” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: "Shtayyeh briefs an ALECSO delegation about the developments in the Palestinian cause"
       "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of the Treasury and Economy] Muhammad Shtayyeh met with an Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization ALECSO delegation led by Director General of the organization Abdullah Muharib…
During the meeting Shtayyeh welcomed Dr. Muharib and his entourage… and briefed the delegation on the latest developments in the Palestinian cause. He reviewed the historical background of the Zionist project in Palestine since 1650 (sic., 1850) and until present times, what is called the 'global Zionist plan,' and the historical connection between the Zionist project and the Western colonialist project… Shtayyeh emphasized that the Zionist project is colonialist and has no connection to Judaism and the myths that the occupation invents."
Fatah official calls for "comprehensive confrontation against the settlement colonialism" using "all forms of struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2017
Headline: "Palestinian and international responses condemn the 'Settlement Regularization Law,' and calls to turn to the International Criminal Court"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Nasser Al-Qidwa said that the Palestinian response to the Israeli law regarding settlement (i.e., the Regularization Law) that was recently ratified by the Israeli Parliament, needs to be through a comprehensive confrontation against the settlement colonialism. [This must be] a confrontation that will begin with the mobilization of the Palestinian masses in order to oppose settlement on the ground by boycotting work in the settlements, demonstrations, civil disobedience, boycotting settlement products, and all forms of struggle activity (i.e., including violence) on the ground, and afterwards to use the international tools at our disposal, such as the previous [UN] Security Council resolutions and the rulings of the [UN] International Court of Justice.”

Regularization Law - intended to validate and finalize registration of land in Judea and Samaria with the Civil Administration Authority for Government and Abandoned Property in cases where any private claimant makes claims to lands that were thought to be government land after communities have already been built on the land in good faith - i.e., without the knowledge that the land was privately-owned - or with government support. The law will do so by transferring use of the land to the community in question providing a mechanism to compensate claimants to ownership of the land if their claims are validated. Click "full article" for more information.
PA government condemns UK's invitation to Netanyahu to celebrate 100th anniversary of Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2017
     "The [PA] government condemned Britain's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). It condemned the celebration of this anniversary [that marks an event] that led to the uprooting of the Palestinian people from its homeland…
The government emphasized that instead of celebrating this anniversary, Britain must apologize to the Palestinian people and correct the historic mistake that it made, by recognizing the Palestinian state, supporting its establishment, and compensating the Palestinian people for what happened to it as a result of this human tragedy."

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Fatah official: Balfour Declaration caused loss of Palestinian self-determination and independence, Britain should not celebrate with Israeli PM 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2017
Headline: “Nazzal calls to cancel the European [Union]-Israel Association Council conference”

“[Fatah] Movement Spokesperson in Europe Jamal Nazzal called on the friendly European parties in the government and opposition to act to cancel the European [Union]-Israel Association Council conference, which is expected to be held this month…
Regarding the hosting [on Feb. 6, 2017] of occupation [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by the government of Britain for [the 100th anniversary] of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) (sic., while in Britain on an official visit, Netanyahu was invited to the celebrations that will take place later this year –Ed.), Fatah expressed its discontent over this step, which it described as a ‘saddening provocation.’ This is because through the Balfour Promise and its implementation, Britain caused our people to lose its right to self-definition and independence in its homeland. Nazzal said: ‘What would be more efficient for making justice and peace in the world as far as Britain is concerned would be for Britain to be a guarantor for stopping the historical injustice that was caused to many peoples who were harmed as a result of the history of Britain in the period of colonialism.’”

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PLO official: Britain should oppose Israeli policies, especially because of upcoming anniversary of “the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 16, 2017
Headline: “Erekat condemned the positions of Britain and Australia and called on them to recognize Palestine”

“Today [Jan. 16, 2017] Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat strongly condemned Britain and Australia’s reservations about the concluding statement of the Paris Peace Conference…

Erekat called on Britain and Australia to bear their historical, political, and legal responsibility and to recognize the State of Palestine. He added: ‘We expected that Britain in particular would fulfill a balanced and just role and be a central and active part of the international alignment opposing the occupation and settlement… especially since our people, which has been the victim of an unfair historical injustice, stands today at the gates of marking the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). Therefore we call on [Britain] to correct this error and to recognize the State of Palestine, as this constitutes one of the conditions for protecting the two-state solution that it calls to implement.’”

Paris Peace Conference - A peace conference was held in Paris on Jan. 15, 2017, attended by representatives from over 70 countries, but with no representatives from Israel or the PA. The conference issued a declaration calling for a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians based on the two-state solution and praising UN Security Council Resolution 2334. Britain and Australia refused to sign the declaration, with Britain arguing that the declaration, which was made as part of the French Peace Initiative, might harden the Palestinian negotiating position, particularly given its timing right before the inauguration of US President Donald Trump’s administration. The following day Britain blocked the EU Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the declaration.
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