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Muhammad Shtayyeh
Muhammad Shtayyeh is a member of the Fatah Central Committee.
Fath official: Imprisoned Palestinians aren't terrorists, they're "freedom seekers" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 29, 2017
Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh: "The homeland is more precious than a human being for us. Our brothers that are in the prisons, the 6,500 prisoners - why did they go to prison? Because they wanted to sacrifice themselves for Palestine. Honestly, [Israel's] false claim and distorted picture that these people are terrorists – these people, to put it very succinctly, [belong to] a people that is under occupation that is fighting the occupying state. When Britain occupied America, in short, the US [was] claiming and saying that it freed its land from the British colonialism. All of the states that were under occupation - international law allows them to fight this occupation. Therefore, these prisoners are 'freedom seekers' and we are with them. These prisoners defended the dignity of their land and human dignity."

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Fatah official: “To this moment, Fatah does not recognize Israel”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 26, 2017

Official PA TV program
Topic of the Day, hosting Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy Muhammad Shtayyeh

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy Muhammad Shtayyeh: "The Fatah Movement never demanded that Hamas recognize Israel. To this moment, Fatah does not recognize Israel. The topic of recognition of Israel has not been raised in any of Fatah’s conferences."
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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: The PA should become an “authority of resistance” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 4, 2017
Headline: “Shtayyeh speaks with Donia Al-Watan regarding the change in the role of the PA, the position of vice president, and the division of roles in the [Fatah] Central Committee”

“Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh said… in an exclusive interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan…: ‘We should not continue in the existing situation, and we should not break up the PA… What I want is to change the role of the PA. It should not continue to be an authority of services, but rather it should become an authority of resistance, and we are not talking about armed resistance here, but rather popular resistance (This term has been used by PA and Fatah leaders to describe the wave of Palestinian terror attacks 2015-2016 which included stabbings, shootings, and car rammings –Ed.) that is anchored in international law. We do not want to break up the PA or to continue in the existing situation, and the PA is sinking daily and has become an upside-down pyramid that is deteriorating every day. We do not want to go back to square one.”

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular resistance" are ‎often used by PA leaders to refer to events that include violence and deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See ‎Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which included numerous stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=16437
Fatah official: "Transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 18, 2017
Headline: “Shtayyeh: We, Jordan, and all of the Arabs constitute a united front against the Judaization of Jerusalem”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh said… as he received Jordanian Ambassador to Palestine Khaled Al-Shawabkeh in his office on Wednesday [Jan. 18, 2017]… ‘The possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations, and it contradicts the position of successive American administrations.’ He also noted that American presidents before [US President-elect Donald] Trump have declared their intention to transfer the embassy, but they acted wisely and did not carry out their promises. Shtayyeh continued: ‘We want everyone to use all of their political and diplomatic opportunities to prevent the execution of the decision; Jerusalem is one of the issues of the permanent solution, and the [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] considered it a Palestinian city.’”

UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace." Click "full article" for more information.
Fatah official: Trump and Putin could work together in region, might be beneficial to Palestinians 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 9, 2016
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh

Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh: “Politically speaking, you need to work with any president, Hillary [Clinton] or [Donald] Trump. This is the choice of the American people and we will act accordingly, and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent him (i.e., Trump) a telegram of congratulation as President of the US…
He (i.e., Trump) shows a great amount of admiration for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and we understand – regardless of rumors and stories – that there was a sort of game [between them]. Putin also admires Trump. There is a relationship between them, and this could create understanding between the two world powers - Russia and the US. If there will be such an understanding, it is possible that a kind of new Yalta Conference (post-World War II conference in 1945 between the US, the UK, and Russia on reorganizing Europe –Ed.) could be held in the [Middle East] region, and this would influence the situation in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. We hope that if there would be international understandings on the issue that would positively influence Palestine.”
Fatah official: UNESCO resolution “showed that the Jews do not have a historical right to the land of Palestine,” Israel falsifies archaeological findings to prove there was an “alleged Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2016
Headline: “Shtayyeh: Our people will always repel attempts to harm the national legitimacy and underlying principles”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh… commented on the latest resolutions published by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and clarified that it is important to build on them and to turn to the UN General Assembly with them so that it will adopt them.
He added: ‘We thank all of the states in UNESCO who supported us, and the leadership is determined to continue with activities of this type. We clarify that the importance of these resolutions is expressed in how they exposed the lies of Israel, and torpedoed the occupation authorities’ words regarding the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall) and what they term “the historical right.”’
Shtayyeh continued: ‘The latest UNESCO resolutions have torpedoed the excuses for talk about their right to a “Jewish state,” and showed that the Jews do not have a historical right to the land of Palestine.’
He said: ‘Ever since the occupation in 1967, they are excavating day and night without finding anything regarding the alleged Temple (sic., numerous archaeological relics from the Temple have been found), which has caused them to place fake graves. Likewise, they brought ancient floor tiles in an attempt to claim that they were Jewish graves, but the falsehood of its (i.e., Israel’s) stories is well known.'”

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Fatah official on terror wave: Israel has policy of “shoot to kill” and Palestinians have an “obligation” to “oppose the occupation through all possible means”; “all options are open” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 2, 2016
     Headline: “Shtayyeh from the US: We will reformulate the relations with the occupation”
“Fatah supporters in Chicago, New York, and Houston held political rallies on the anniversary of the [Fatah] Launch (Intilaqa), with the participation of the [Fatah] movement’s Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh, top businessmen, and a group from the American community of [people of] Palestinian descent.
In Chicago a mass rally was held, at which Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh spoke: ‘This excellent gathering is taking place at a time when we stand before a number of important turning points, the first of which is the popular uprising (i.e., wave of Palestinian terror attacks, September 2015-April 2016) being led by the young Palestinians to show their resistance to the occupation and in response to the closing of the political horizon. The occupation responds to this uprising with the most violent method of killing, summary execution of young people under the policy of ‘shoot to kill.’ However, the chests of the young and their determination are stronger than the violence of the occupation and its mechanisms.’

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Fatah delegation gives map of “Palestine” erasing Israel to delegation from the Chinese Communist Party 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2016
Headline: “The Fatah movement received a delegation from the Chinese Communist Party”
     “A delegation of the Fatah movement led by Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Economy and Finances Muhammad Shtayyeh received a delegation from the Chinese Communist Party in the offices of the Commission for Arab and China Relations in Ramallah yesterday [Jan. 24, 2016].”
Caption: “Fatah officials receive the Chinese delegation”
The picture shows Fatah members awarding a plaque of honor to a member of the Chinese delegation. On the plaque is a map of “Palestine” that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel. [Image taken from Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Commissioner for Arab and China Relations and Fatah Central Committee member, Jan. 24, 2016]

Fatah official: Israel “fabricates” archaeological findings in Jerusalem and even “fabricated” the falafel ball 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 16, 2015
Official PA TV program The State of Politics, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh, on a single political plan for all the Palestinian forces in regard to the popular resistance and what they call “Israel’s assassination policy.”
Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh: “In all of the excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from 1967 until today - last week they found a seal. [In] all of the excavations from 1967 until today [they] found [only] one seal that belonged to one of the Israelite kings. What are these things? We know that they fabricate the graves. They come at night and open the graves. There is no one inside them. They place chiseled rocks on them, as though they were ancient, and ‘discover’ Jewish graves. Every day [Arab] residents of Jerusalem see these things. A country established on fabrications. They fabricated our history (i.e., claimed it as their own). They want to fabricate our culture (i.e., present it as Israeli/Jewish), and the latest thing that they have fabricated is the falafel ball.” 

Note: "One seal that belonged to one of the Israelite kings" is referring to a clay impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah of Judah (727–698 BCE), that was found in an Israeli archaeological excavation at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount. This seal was the first of its kind to be found in an archaeological excavation and was publicized in the media on Dec. 2, 2015. See here for more information: http://new.huji.ac.il/en/article/28173
Official PA daily gives credence to book claiming Palestinians are natives while acknowledging Hebrews lived in the land temporarily 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2015
Headline: “Publication of the book ‘ A Brief History of Palestine’ by Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh”
     “The Dar Al-Shorok publishing house recently published a book titled ‘ A Brief History of Palestine,’ by Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh, the head of the [Palestinian] Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction ‘ PEDCAR,’ and a Fatah Central Committee member. The book tells the story of this land in simple language and in a comprehensive manner, and the author moves fluently between the different periods, from the most ancient, through current times. The author begins with the history of Canaanite Palestine, and refers to the tribes and peoples that lived in it, and who lived in coexistence with the inhabitants, such as the Jebusites, the Hyksos, the Hebrews, and the Edomites. Likewise, he continues with the birth of Jesus, the Islamic conquest, the Ottoman period, the development of Zionism, the Nakba of Palestine, and the establishment of the State of Israel. The book clarifies that the original inhabitants of the land of Palestine have always inhabited it, despite the different religions and cultures that came to it [Palestine], and had reciprocal relations with them, while preserving its culture and character, despite mingling with other cultures throughout the years. Likewise, the author proves, by detailing the historical facts, that Palestine was for a long time the target of foreign invasions, which aimed to break the Arab Islamic triangle of Baghdad-Damascus-Cairo, whose unity is a guarantee of Palestine and its inhabitants’ victory.”
Fatah member in PA daily: Zionist project is "a colonialist, economic, and settlement project" 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, May 6, 2015
Headline: “Returning the awareness and understanding of the situation in order to break the cage”
Op-ed by Muhammad Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee, in the biweekly supplement of the official PA daily
     “Recently [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu came to us with the Jewish state that he wants to build in ‘Judea and Samaria’ (i.e., the West Bank), after the Zionist movement completed its colonialist economic project in the Palestinian coastal region (i.e., Israeli coast), which is the most fertile region in Palestine.
And the question is: If the state is ‘Jewish’ and relies on the geography of the Bible, why was the State of Israel not established from its beginning in ‘Judea and Samaria,’ in other words the West Bank, and the coastal region not left for the Palestinians? The answer is that the Zionist project was not a religious project at all, but rather a colonialist, economic, and settlement project meant to draw settlers, and religion was only one of the excuses for this project, which merited the sponsorship of the colonialist countries, and began as a source of mutual benefit for Britain and the Zionist movement, each for its own reasons.”
Fatah official: 85% of donor money goes toward PA salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2013
     “Fatah Central Committee member and Chairman of the Arab American University Board of Trustees Muhammad Shtayyeh gave MBA students a lecture on ‘Development in Palestine in the Shadow of Occupation’… He noted that the PA is currently paying the salaries of 172,000 civil servants and that to date, 23 billion dollars have arrived from donor states, 85% of which were used to pay salaries. 5 billion dollars of these funds were used to fund non-governmental organizations.”
Chief PA negotiator announces on PA radio that negotiations will not be extended 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2013
Headline: “Erekat: ‘We oppose extending the peace talks’”
     “Chief [PA] negotiator Saeb Erekat yesterday [Dec. 23, 2013] ruled out any extension of peace talks with Israel beyond the agreed upon nine months. Negotiations are set to end on April 29 [2014]. Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio that ‘we oppose any extension’ of the negotiations begun at the end of last July. He noted that his recent statements on the topic were misunderstood and added: ‘I said that if we reach an agreement on all final status issues, we could continue discussing the details’… On Thursday, Palestinian negotiating team member Muhammad Shtayyeh ruled out the possibility that negotiations ‘would lead to results.’ He said that ‘the gap between us and the Israelis during these negotiations has been widening rather than shrinking.’”
From Agence France-Presse (AFP)
PA TV glorifies Abbas' defiance of the US in seeking UN observer status 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2013
PA TV broadcast the movie ‘The appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts]’ Part 1.
The movie’s intro: “A clear objective and a legitimate right.”…
“We chose the way and entered the conflict; we won and waved the name ‘Palestine.’
“Defiance, power, determination, the appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts].”
Member of Fatah Central Committee Muhammad Shtayyeh proudly recounts the times PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ to the US: “I want to tell you something important. When we went to the [UN] General Assembly this time, President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ 12 times. This is the twelfth time he said ‘no’ to the US… when Dick Cheney tried to dissuade him from attending the Arab [League] Summit in Syria. President Mahmoud Abbas told the Americans ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent the Hamas movement from participating in the 2006 elections. President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ when it tried to prevent us from entering a National Consensus Government with Hamas.
President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent him from signing the reconciliation – the [Hamas-Fatah] Cairo agreement…
The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] Security Council, and despite that we appealed. The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] General Assembly, and despite that we appealed.
The US tried to prevent President Mahmoud Abbas from visiting Iran, and despite that he went.
Therefore, there is a long record of this spirit of defiance found in the President, the Palestinian leadership and the Fatah Movement.”
Fatah Central Committee member calls Jesus "the first Palestinian" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012
Headline: "Seeing that at least 115 states voted in favor of the Palestinian [UN] application -- Shtayyeh: "Israeli threats to impose sanctions on the PA are empty, and insult the United Nations"
     "Fatah Central Committee Member Muhammad Shtayyeh..., when responding to journalists' questions, wondered if the application to the UN was a step for which we (the PA) should have been punished.
He recalled what was said by the first Palestinian, Jesus of Nazareth -- may peace be upon him: 'Man does not live by bread alone'. He added, 'We will not agree to their forcing us to choose between bread and freedom. Yes, we need bread, but the Palestinian is prepared to sacrifice everything dear to him in order to end the occupation and gain freedom and independence."

Fatah official calls for boycott of all Israeli products 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012
At a rally celebrating the 43rd anniversary of the establishment of the Arab Liberation Front, Fatah Central Committee Member Muhammad Shtayyeh said:
     “The time has come for all of us to not only boycott products from the settlements, but boycott everything that is Israeli on our land.”
Fatah official glorifies terrorists as “Martyrs,” praises principle of alternating violence with negotiations 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2012
PA TV live broadcast of ceremony commemorating anniversary of the death of Ghassan Kanafani – Tulkarem. 

Mohammad Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee: 
"We, of the Fatah movement, do not cry over Martyrs. It is natural that a fighter should die as a Martyr, [as did] Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, the Martyr, the symbol Yasser Arafat, and thousands more. But what makes Ghassan Kanafani special is that he died as a Martyr early on, like the Martyrdom-seekers Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, and Abu Ali Iyad…
Today we recall Hani Al-Hassan, who said: 'Military action seeds, and political action reaps.'"

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) was A founder of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats (March 1, 1973), as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972).
Ghassan Kanafi was a writer and a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah’s terrorist operations and a senior member of Black September. He and Kamal Nasser were killed by Israeli forces in April 1973.
Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar was Arafat's deputy, and commander of operations for the terrorist organization Black September
Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks.
Fatah Central Committee member: Retracting PA recognition of Israel “is an option under discussion” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2011
Headline: "PA will make no distinction between Ramallah and Jaffa if Netanyahu continues to make no distinction between Tel Aviv and the settlements" – Shtayyeh: Either Israel recognizes us as a state and as a geographical territory, or we retract our recognition [of Israel]"
     "Member of the Fatah Central Committee Muhammad Shtayyeh hinted at what the PA might do if all paths to the peace process remain blocked. He said, 'If the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, insists on making no distinction between the settlement of Abu Ghanim [Har Homa neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem, near Bethlehem, beyond the Green Line] and Tel Aviv, then we will make no distinction between Ramallah and Jaffa.'
Shtayyeh's statements hint at the possibility that the PA might nullify the agreements which were signed with Israel, which include mutual recognition between Israel and the PLO. This is one of the options under discussion in the PA. Shtayyeh told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London-based daily): 'The recognition of Israel wasn't balanced, because the PA recognized Israel as a geographical territory, but Israel recognized Palestine not as a geographical territory, but rather as an institution. It recognized only the PLO, and now we are demanding that Israel give mutual recognition.' He stated, 'We want Israel to recognize the Palestinian territories of 1967.'
Shtayyeh's statement is the first of its kind; no senior Palestinian [spokesman] has hinted in the past at the possibility of retracting recognition of Israel if it does not amend its recognition of Palestine."
Abbas representative at graduation ceremony: “Al-Quds is not Jerusalem” no matter “how much you forge history and geography" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2011
Headline: "Arab-American University celebrates graduation of its eighth class of students"
     "Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh, head of the university's Board of Trustees and representative of President Mahmoud Abbas, at the graduation ceremony… added: 'On your behalf I would like to tell [Israeli PM] Netanyahu that Al-Quds is not Jerusalem, that Ahmad is not Solomon, that Nablus is not Shekhem, and that Ariha is not Jericho. It makes no difference how much you forge history and geography: The land of Palestine will remain Palestinian and Arab. A plant from Brooklyn will not survive in Palestinian soil. We are the children of this land; we were hewn from it and we shall return to it."

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