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US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 2017
US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, 2017
Items relating to the crisis surrounding US President Trump's announcement on Dec. 6, 2017, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and announcing the eventual transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Official Fatah Facebook page posts image which includes a crossed-out American flag, from the so-called “National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 27, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century”

The image shows an elderly woman covering her mouth with her headscarf. Behind her many tents – apparently a refugee camp – can be seen. In front of the woman is a logo that includes an American flag crossed out with a red line.

Text on logo in Arabic and English, error in source: “Down The Deal Of The Century Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine”

The two texts refer to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which has not been published yet and Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Text on image: “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century

The sun will shine again,
And this nation will bury the deal of the century,
And will bury together with it the traitors who volunteered
To sign a concession on that which must not be conceded

The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.
 
Official Fatah Facebook page posts image with the accompanying hashtag, “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century,” from the so-called “National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 27, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century”

The image shows two elderly Arab men – apparently refugees – sitting in the entrance to a tent. At the top left is a logo that includes an American flag crossed out with a red line.

Text on logo in Arabic and English, error in source: “Down The Deal Of The Century
Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine”

The two texts refer to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which has not been published yet and Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Text on image: “Down with the deal of the century

The right of return has been made closer
And a right that has someone demanding it is not lost

The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.
 
Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page in defiance of Trump’s Middle East peace plan shows refugees walking alongside security wall with the text: “The return is a permanent right that does not expire” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 27, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century”

The image shows a group of Arab people – apparently refugees – walking next to a wall while carrying bags. At the bottom center is a logo that includes an American flag crossed out with a red line.

Text on logo in Arabic and English, error in source: “Down The Deal Of The Century
Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine”

The two texts refer to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which has not been published yet and Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Text on image: “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century

The return
Is a permanent right that does not expire
Down with the deal of the century

The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.
 
Image on official Fatah Facebook page shows US President Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner with a large red “X” crossing out his face and an American flag crossed out with a red line 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 27, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century”

The image shows US President Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner with a large red “X” crossing out his face. At the bottom right is a logo that includes an American flag crossed out with a red line.

Text on logo in Arabic and English, error in source: “Down The Deal Of The Century
Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine”

The two texts refer to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which has not been published yet and Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Text on image: “#Down_with_the_deal_of_the_century

The deal of the century cannot withstand Palestine’s willpower

The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.
 
Official Fatah Facebook page lists reasons US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan is dangerous, from the so-called “National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 26, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “For those who ask”

The image shows hazard tape at the bottom, and at the top is a logo that includes an American flag crossed out with a red line.

Text on logo in Arabic and English, error in source: “Down The Deal Of The Century
Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine”

The two texts refer to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which has not been published yet, and Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Text on image: “The most dangerous things in the American deal of shame:
• A Palestinian state without sovereignty
• Abu Dis will be the capital of the Palestinian state instead of Jerusalem
• The occupation state will have full security sovereignty on the ground
• Revocation of the Palestinian refugees’ right of return
• Recognition of the occupation state as a Jewish state
• Turning the [Palestinian] cause from being political to humanitarian and economic
• Full normalization between the Arab states and the occupation state
• Establishing the plans to separate the two parts of the homeland
• Creating an alternative artificial leadership

The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations. 
 
 
Abbas’ advisor on religious affairs calls US Ambassador David Friedman a “terrorist settler,” says he is “disparaging” Islam 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2018
“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash called on the Arab and Islamic governments, organizations, and peoples to respond to US Ambassador to the occupation state [Israel] David Friedman’s disparaging of the Islamic faith.
Al-Habbash said in a statement that Friedman’s appearance next to a large picture of the Jerusalem sanctuary (i.e., the Temple Mount), where the Dome of the Rock is removed from it and a picture of the alleged Temple is inserted in its place, is a provocative step that constitutes a racist insinuation and criminal incitement for the destruction of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (Friedman has clarified he was unaware of the image that was presented to him and called it unacceptable; see note below –Ed.)…
He [Al-Habbash] said: ‘The removal of the sites that are holy to Islam in Jerusalem is a racist goal of the extremists and the extreme right-wing that rules in the occupation state. The awaited goal of these criminals, and among them settler terrorist David Friedman, is to make the Palestinians disappear from Jerusalem and cause them to migrate from it’…
Al-Habbash said: ‘We expect a historic Arab and Islamic response to this racist provocation by the American ambassador. We must not agree to less than an explicit apology from him personally and from the American administration, his final return [to the US], the cancelation of the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the closing of the American settlement that was inaugurated in Jerusalem and falsely called an ‘embassy.’”
Abbas’ top advisor: “Every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law” and the PA will “take steps against the states that commit this crime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2018
Headline: “Widespread Palestinian rage and condemnation of the transfer of the Paraguayan embassy to occupied Jerusalem”

“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and that the Israeli occupation state’s attempts to impose a false and imagined legitimacy on the city will fail.
Al-Habbash emphasized in a statement that every state that transfers its embassy to Jerusalem is committing a crime against international law and participating in aggression against the Palestinian, Islamic, and Christian rights in the holy city. He added that these states have disgraced themselves, and history will remember them as aggressive states that committed crimes against the Palestinian people.
He said that the leadership will take steps against the states that commit this crime, and will demand that the international community punish those who have violated the sanctity of the international decisions and strayed from the international consensus that has repeatedly emphasized that Jerusalem has been Arab Palestinian from time immemorial.”
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Paraguay transferred its embassy to Jerusalem on May 21, 2018, after the US and Guatemala did so on May 14 and May 16 respectively.
PLO official in Syria condemns move of US embassy to Jerusalem; “The people of Palestine will only be satisfied after the liberation of all of the Palestinian land” 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, May 16, 2018
     "The Fatah branch in Syria held a procession of rage today, Tuesday [May 15, 2018], in the Khan Danun refugee camp in [the Syrian governorate of] Rif Dimashq, as a sign of solidarity with our people in the homeland.
Secretary of the [Fatah] Syria branch Huda Al-Badawi, female members of the branch committee, and Director-General of the PLO Political Department Anwar Abd Al-Hadi headed the procession…
In an exclusive interview with the Fatah Information [and Culture] Commission, Al-Badawi emphasized that the right of return is a legal right of our Palestinian people, and noted that Fatah adheres to the fundamental principles and that there is no alternative to return…
Al-Badawi directed a message to [US President Donald] Trump and Israel that our cause will continue to be alive and kicking regardless of how much time passes, that Palestine belongs solely to the Palestinians, and that there is no alternative capital except for Jerusalem, and it does not matter how many embassies are transferred [to Jerusalem] and how many deals are signed... Abd Al-Hadi condemned the transfer of the American settlement (i.e., the US embassy) to Jerusalem, and emphasized that the people of Palestine will only be satisfied after the liberation of all of the Palestinian land and the establishment of its independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem."

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Op-ed in PA daily: Trump is “stupid;” “This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Donald Trump plants a settlement in our Jerusalem”
     “[US President] Donald Trump, who issued the ominous Jerusalem declaration (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) and talks about ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., Trump’s as yet unrevealed Middle East peace plan), continues in his unparalleled stupidity to talk about peace.
We are continuing our just struggle. The US has no place in the Middle East peace. It has lost its position, qualification, and credibility. Donald Trump, who transformed it [the US] from a mediator into an enemy, is leading the hostility…
This outpost (i.e., the US embassy) that Trump has established in our Jerusalem will be uprooted, and what will remain is the face of free Palestine.”
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Op-ed in PA daily: Ceremony opening US embassy in Jerusalem was the “celebration of a Zionist gang of robbers who stole the history and land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily

       “Before I watched the Zionist ceremony establishing the American outpost in occupied Palestinian Jerusalem (i.e., the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018) I was very concerned like all of the Palestinians in the world watching their Jerusalem being Judaized in an attempt to eliminate our cause. However, after watching I calmed down again. The reason for this is that what I saw was nothing more than a gang of Zionist robbers celebrating its theft... What confirms this impression – that this is the celebration of a Zionist gang of robbers who stole the history and land – is the almost complete international absence… After I watched the gang of robbers I felt great relief, because what I saw was an isolated gang acting outside of the framework of time and space, outside of the framework of history and law; a gang led by [US President Donald] Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, together with blonde model Ivanka [Trump] and her little Zionist husband [Jared] Kushner.”
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Cartoon in PA daily: New US embassy in Jerusalem is a hand grenade 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018

Cartoon published in the official PA daily

The cartoon shows three "domes" in Jerusalem: (from left to right: ) the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, and a dome drawn as a large hand grenade, depicting the new “US Embassy” that opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.
Fatah official refers to violent riots on the Gaza border as “peaceful resistance” and warns that the PA leadership will not be able to keep the resistance peaceful for long in wake of US embassy opening in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2018
Headline: “Al-Aloul: We may not be able to preserve the peaceful nature of the resistance”

“Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said: ‘The crimes and massacres that the occupation is committing against our people, and the fact that it is dealing with the peaceful resistance (refers to violent mass riots on the Gaza border that have included explosives and gunfire –Ed.) with gunfire will result in us being unable to preserve the peaceful nature of the resistance.’ He added: ‘This is not because we want it, but rather because of the occupation’s actions.’
During a press conference that he convened yesterday [May 15, 2018] at the Fatah Commission of Information, Culture, and Ideology building in Ramallah to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), and on the topic of the consequences of transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem, he explained: ‘We desire popular and peaceful resistance, and that is our choice against the occupation.’”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

Fatah: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows US President Donald Trump planting rows of houses with red roofs, characteristic of Israeli towns in the West Bank. Trump is holding a spade and has a watering can next to him, and next to it is a box with more houses in it.

Text on image in Arabic and English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Posted text:
“The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Image on Fatah’s Facebook page, protesting US embassy move to Jerusalem, depicts Israel as a shark 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a shark with its mouth open, and instead of teeth it has rows of houses with red roofs, characteristic of Jewish towns in the West Bank. The sparkle in the shark’s eye is in the shape of a Star of David.

Text on image in English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Posted text: “The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Fatah Facebook post calls the new US embassy in Jerusalem “a new outpost in the occupied capital”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows US President Donald Trump, who is wearing an American flag tie, letting a man with a Star of David on the back of his shirt stand on his back. The man is laying red roof tiles, characteristic of Jewish towns in the West Bank, on a house that he is building. More bricks and a bucket of cement are also on Trump’s back.

Text on image in English: “The alleged American embassy in the occupied Palestinian capital is a new illegal settlement spot”
Posted text:
“The alleged American embassy is a new outpost in the occupied capital”
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Cartoon in PA daily depicts Trump cutting ribbon made of shot Palestinian's blood at new US embassy in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018

Cartoon published in the official PA daily

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump cutting a red ribbon before a gate with a sign on it in English saying: "US Embassy." The ribbon is formed by a trail of blood streaming from a bullet that has pierced the body of a Palestinian demonstrator wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) around his neck and holding a Palestinian flag. The cartoon appeared the day after 62 Palestinian rioters were shot in Gaza when they participated in violent riots at Israel's border. (see below)
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Op-ed in PA daily calls opening of US embassy a “war crime,” accuses Israel of carrying out “massacres, wars, terror” for 100 years against Palestinians, and claims Trump belongs in a “mental hospital”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily

      “[US President Donald] Trump’s country may be the strongest country in the world, but it is the poorest country in terms of justice, the richest in terms of injustice, and the lowest on the ladder of human values…
How can it be that Israel’s future will be full of shining promises of peace, as [US Presidential Advisor Jared] Kushner said while representing his President Trump at the inauguration of an American military base (sic., the US embassy) in occupied Jerusalem? Those who were present at the inauguration ceremony of Trump’s embassy in Jerusalem are partners in a war crime…
Trump believes in the ability of the leaders of Israel to put an end to the Palestinian existence, as his ancestors did to the Indians, but did they tell him that 100 years of massacres, wars, terror, expulsion, and organized attacks against the Palestinian people have only strengthened the Palestinians’ connection to their eternal homeland... This man needs rehabilitation in a mental hospital or to be hospitalized in an asylum, because if he remains free, the world will see how he enjoys and takes pleasure like no other while the world goes up in the flames of his sadism and naivety!”
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Editorial in PA daily condemning US embassy move to Jerusalem demonizes the US as racist and violent 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of an editorial of the official PA daily

Headline: “Again the ugly American”
    “The US, in its various administrations, has never known a thing about qualities of chivalry or empathy, tolerance and human understanding. For a long time it has abused – and is still abusing – the poor and small peoples! […]
The reality is that it would be hard for us to tell all the stories of ‘the ugly American,’ which are full of blood, systematic violence, and a violence of abuse and bullying towards small peoples. This is currently being expressed in a most ugly fashion by its abuse of our people… It is going wild in its aggression towards [our people], which is being expressed by the American administration’s responsiveness to all of the Zionist activity’s demands. What is more, this administration – while transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem in contradiction to all the decisions of the international institutions, after it declared it the capital of the occupation state (!!) [parentheses in source] – has turned into a completely Zionist administration.”
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Op-ed in PA daily on Gazan riots and attacking US embassy move to Jerusalem: Israel is "satanic Zionist plant," Trump is a "moron" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2018
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a regular columnist for the official PA daily

    "Gaza, O the flag of nationalism and its symbol; Gaza, O the glory of the people and the nation; Gaza, O the pride of the men, women, and children; Gaza, O the symbol of giving and sacrifice…
Your enemies and the robbers of the land and the homeland are vampires who are shepherded by a rebellious cowboy (i.e., US President Donald Trump). On behalf of the Zionist-like Crusaders, they are attempting to execute you, Palestine, Jerusalem, and peace…
O sister of Jericho, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, and Jerusalem - the proud capital as history is slaughtered, the facts are turned upside down in the name of the wretched promise of the moron Trump and his staff who are obsessed with Armageddon – sprinkle your pure blood over their putrid heads that are contaminated with the conduct of capitalists, that are mired in the bog of robbing the peoples and planting the satanic Zionist plant in the inhabited home and homeland… A curse on all the cowards from among the [Muslim] Brotherhood (i.e., Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood), the infidels, and the murderous children of Zion."
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US and Israel will drown in the ocean, because "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine" – animation by Abbas’ Fatah 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 14, 2018

Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Jerusalem. is an Arabic & Islamic city, what ever you claim Mr. #Trump !!”

The video shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump floating on a white raft in the middle of the sea, with a sign on which is written in Hebrew, Arabic, and English: "US Embassy," and Israeli and American flags. He is holding a paper on which is written in English: “Jerusalem capital of Israel,” and is heard saying “and Jerusalem is Israel's capital.” Immediately after his declaration, the raft breaks in two, and Trump drowns together with the Israeli flag. Netanyahu jumps into the water as well and disappears. The sign flips, and the reverse side of it reads in English and Arabic: "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine." A ship flying the UN flag and the flags of a number of countries including Ireland, Turkey, Lebanon, and other Arab countries then pulls up to stop by the raft. On the ship an elderly woman wearing a Palestinian flag and a younger woman dressed in black, meant to represent Ahed Tamimi, are seen waving.

This video was posted by Abbas’ Fatah Movement on Facebook on the day the US embassy opened in Jerusalem.
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Fatah photoshops Reuters’s photo to say US embassy in Jerusalem is an "illegal settlement," "Trump makes Israel more racist" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 14, 2018

Picture and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The photoshopped picture shows American and Israeli flags and a sign pointing to the new American embassy in Jerusalem, on which the original text (see below) is replaced with the following text in Hebrew, Arabic, and English: "US settlement" - with a spelling mistake in the Hebrew. To the sign's right is a poster on which the original text (see below) is replaced with: "Trump makes Israel more racist"

Posted text: "The American settlement"
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Fatah posts images denigrating US President Trump 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 14, 2018
Images posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The first shows the burning of a photo of US President Donald Trump.

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Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows rioters using slingshots over the Dome of the Rock with the caption: “Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 13, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “ #Jerusalem_is_the_capital_of_the_State_of_Palestine”

The image shows a woman wearing a hijab (religious headscarf), the lower part of which extends to form a wall. Above the wall are buildings and the Dome of the Rock. To the left of the Dome of the Rock are two masked Palestinian rioters wearing keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) and using slingshots, and to the right birds are seen flying. A keffiyeh pattern and Palestinian flag are seen in the background. At the bottom is the outline of masses of people demonstrating and waving Palestinian flags.
Text on image: “Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

 
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Trump arrested by soldiers of “Palestine” in photoshopped image by Abbas’ Fatah 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 13, 2018
Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The photoshopped image shows US President Donald Trump being arrested on the Temple Mount by three masked men who are wearing military uniforms with a Palestinian flag shoulder badge. "Palestine" is written on their bulletproof vests in English. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background.
 
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Note: Fatah photoshopped Trump's image into the above photo of the arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera in 2014. Original photo credited to Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images.
Official PA daily reports on “rage activities” which will take place in protest of the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, inviting Palestinians to participate in the “March of Return” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 11, 2018
Headline: "Rage activities throughout Palestine in protest against the transfer of the American embassy and for Jerusalem"

"In light of the occupation's current preparations to celebrate the transfer [of the US embassy to Jerusalem], the Palestinian people from throughout the occupied homeland is thronging to the mass activities that were called for by the [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces, which will reach their peak on May 15 in the large March of Return towards the territories that were occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel)."

Palestinian National and Islamic Forces - an unaffiliated coordinating body comprised of representatives from factions in the PLO and outside the PLO. The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces were established in 2000 shortly after the start of the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), under the authorization of Yasser Arafat and the leadership of terrorist Marwan Barghouti. During the PA terror campaign it played an active role in coordinating political efforts and terror attacks against Israel, but since the end of the campaign it has been less significant and its activity is primarily centered in Gaza.
Palestinian National Council condemns the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, says agreements between Israel and the PA no longer valid 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2018
Headline: "The [Palestinian] National Council: The transitional period and all of the obligations it included are no longer valid"

"The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative council) at the end of its regular session, the Jerusalem and Defense of the Palestinian Legitimacy Session, this morning, Friday [May 4, 2018], emphasized its condemnation and rejection of American President Donald Trump's illegal declaration that considers Jerusalem Israel's capital, and of the transfer of his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and also emphasized that it will act to cancel this decision.
The council emphasized in a statement that was published after the conclusion of the session that… in consideration of the fact that the State of Israel has shirked all of the obligations that were included in the agreements that were signed, and also put an end to them in practice, the transitional period determined in the agreements signed in Oslo, Cairo, and Washington, and the obligations it includes within it, are no longer valid."
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Fatah official says US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “part of the American-Zionist plot to destroy the Arab states,” refers to Israel as “the Nazi enemy" 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Apr. 18, 2018
"[Q:] ‘How do you assess the Arab and international positions regarding the American decision on Jerusalem (i.e., to recognize it as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy to it)?’
[Muhaisen:] ‘…The problem does not lie in the UN and in “Israel,” but rather in the Arab governments who until now are still dealing with the American-Israeli plot with words and not with actions, while the US is intensifying its steps against the central cause of the Arab nation and continuing to deepen the internal conflict in the Arab states in order to eliminate their capabilities, as part of the American-Zionist plot to destroy the Arab states so that “Israel” will remain the only state in the region. This is all in order to turn attention from the central conflict, which is the conflict with the Nazi enemy with tendencies of expansion that is occupying all of the lands of Palestine and much of the Arab lands in the Golan and Lebanon.’”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
The US embassy opened in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

PA Mufti: Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Palestine are "an Islamic waqf until Judgment Day," and forbids selling or relinquishing it to "enemies" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2018
     "[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories and Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has forbidden easing the transfer of ownership of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine to enemies.
The mufti stated yesterday [April 12, 2018]: 'Palestine, that includes within it Jerusalem, is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) land [and] it is forbidden by Shari’ah law to relinquish it or ease the transfer of ownership of it to enemies, because it is part of the Islamic public property. Granting ownership over Islamic territory or part of it to enemies is invalid and constitutes treason.'
He added: 'Whoever sells his land to his enemies or takes compensation for it sins, as in doing so he aids in the removal of Muslims from their homes. Almighty Allah connected those who remove Muslims from their homes and those who aid in doing so to those who fight against Muslims because of their religion.' He [the Mufti] also emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine, and that the American declaration regarding Jerusalem and considering it the occupation's capital is an invalid and illegitimate decision, as one who has no ownership cannot transfer something that belongs to someone else."
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Full page of official PA daily shows pictures of Palestinian rioters burning tires and throwing rocks, with the text "Trump's declaration will not pass" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2018
Images published in the official PA daily

Headline: “[US President Donald] Trump’s declaration will not pass”

The text refers to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and decision to move the US embassy there.

A full page of the official PA daily is dedicated to pictures of Palestinian rioters waving Palestinian flags, burning tires, throwing rocks, and using slingshots, and at the bottom right is a picture of Israeli soldiers.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
On Feb. 23, 2018, the US State Department announced that the US embassy will open in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The date is the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.

Abbas: US Ambassador to Israel is "son of a bitch" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 19, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at the PA headquarters in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “They [the US] decided to transfer their embassy to it [Jerusalem], cut their allocations to UNRWA, and consider settlement legal. This was said by more than one American official, the first of them is their ambassador here in Tel Aviv, David Friedman, who said: "They are building in their land." Son of a bitch! (Lit: “son of a dog”) They are building in their land? He is a settler, his family are settlers, and he is the US ambassador in Tel Aviv, so what do we expect of him?”
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Fatah official attacks US over Jerusalem decision, demonizes Israel, and accuses Israel of “defilement of the sanctified places in Jerusalem,” and calls riots and terror attacks as “epics of courage” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 6, 2018
Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub: “What American President [Donald Trump] did when he omitted Jerusalem with a single stroke from the final resolution issues provides a recipe for continuation of the war and adds fuel to the fire, and this is inappropriate conduct... The US, led by Trump, is working to cover up for the organized state terror that is being led by a government that includes extremist fanatics, while the actions of murdering and arresting children, destroying homes, and expropriating lands constitute the height of terror, which requires international intervention to restrain its wild behavior... The official, settlement, rabbinic, and Jewish extremism is what feeds the phenomena of extremism in the region, through that which the settlers are committing with the support of the occupation government: arson, murder, expropriation, imprisonment, humiliation, and defilement of the sanctified places in Jerusalem – and especially the incessant invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is thanks to American support and partnership…
The people of Jerusalem – who in July 2017 recorded epics of courage with their bared chests by defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem (refers to riots and terror attacks; see note below –Ed.) – raise their eyes to the young Muslims through you (i.e., participants at the conference) with much hope, faith, and resolution.”

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PA government holds US “fully responsible” for “consequences” of transferring US embassy to Jerusalem, refugee issue is “root and heart” of the conflict 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] government emphasizes its support for the [PA] president’s initiative and holds Washington responsible for the consequences of transferring the embassy to Jerusalem”
     “The [PA] government… held the American administration fully responsible for the consequences of transferring the embassy to Jerusalem. It demanded that the international community oppose this declaration and translate this opposition into action – particularly the EU states – by hurrying to recognize the State of Palestine in the 1967 borders whose capital is East Jerusalem…
The government emphasized that the issue of the refugees is the root and heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which will only be resolved when a just and agreed upon solution is found for the problem of the refugees, according to UN General Assembly Resolution 194.”

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PA Mufti warns of “disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability” in region following US embassy move to Jerusalem, urges Palestinians and Muslims to “sacrifice all that is dear to them” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2018
         “[PA] Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, preacher at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, [and Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned against the severity of the American administration’s decision on transferring its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, which was set for Nakba Day (see notes, Ed.). He said that this testifies to the insolence that those who are biased in favor of the occupation have reached, while they continue to do an injustice to our people and its holy sites and to blatantly harm the Palestinian cause in an attempt to eliminate it. The mufti emphasized that this arbitrary behavior will have severe consequences that the American administration will bear. He explained that the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem, if it is carried out, will not be an attack on the Palestinians alone, but rather a blatant attack on the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world…and that it will not serve peace and security in the region, but rather bring upon it disasters of wars, anarchy, and instability. Sheikh Hussein added that the residents of Jerusalem and all of the Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims will not submit to this blatant attack, and will sacrifice all that is dear to them in order to confront the American stubbornness.”
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PA Foreign Ministry regards transfer of US embassy to Jerusalem as a “provocative declaration and a blow to the sensibilities of the Arabs and Muslims” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates: The transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem is direct aggression towards our people and its rights”
      “In a statement yesterday [Feb. 25, 2018], the [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the recent American announcement regarding the transfer of the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem. It viewed this as a provocative declaration and a blow to the sensibilities of the Arabs and Muslims.”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
On Feb. 23, 2018, the US State Department announced that the US embassy will open in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The date is the anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948 according to the Gregorian calendar.
Trump is leading a war against the Arab and Islamic nation; US and Israel are the only enemies, Trump is "fascist, Nazi, and a lunatic,” says Fatah official  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2018
 

Official PA TV program
Topic of the Day, on US President Donald Trump being an “enemy” of the Palestinians, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen

Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen:
“It was incumbent on [US President] Trump - if he wasn’t a fascist and Nazi in his thinking - to respond to brother [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech and initiative at the [UN] Security Council by taking back or at least giving a positive interpretation to what he said and the ideas that he proposed… A large state like the US, which is supposed to act in order to implement international decisions and world peace, is today the one harming world peace due to this blind bias in favor of the occupation… The The US only pursues its interests, which are to destroy the Arab region so that Israel – which was planted in the region by colonialism – will rule the region and the Islamic nation will be destroyed... Therefore I say: The only enemy – and it is clear why I say the only enemy – the only enemy and only danger to the region, to peace in the region and in the world, is Israel and the US.”
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Op-ed in PA daily: Trump’s political decisions, including decision to transfer US embassy to Jerusalem, stem from a “complex, impulsive, unbalanced, and mentally unstable personality” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 25, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Washington is the first loser”
      “We will do no injustice to American President Donald Trump if we say that his political decisions, and particularly those that are connected to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, stem from a complex, impulsive, unbalanced, and mentally unstable personality, and in our opinion these are the main characteristics of the racist personality.
Trump is proving that he is not only aggressive, rude, and controlling, but that he is a combination of a mentality of theft and of a denial of the rights of others, and these are exactly the characteristics of the Zionist personality....”
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PA Presidential spokesman and PLO chief negotiator slam US decision of date for US embassy move to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2018
Headline: “A new aggression: America chooses Nakba Day to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem”
       “Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said in response to the US decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem in May [2018] that any unilateral step will not contribute to establishing peace and will not legitimize anyone…
PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said: ‘The American administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to choose the date of Nakba Day (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people (the US embassy in Jerusalem is set to open on May 14, 2018, on the anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence according to the Gregorian calendar, Palestinians mark Nakba Day on May 15. -Ed.) to take this step constitutes an arbitrary violation of international law… and the continuing destruction of the two-state solution. The choice of this date constitutes a provocation of the sensibilities of all the Arabs and Muslims, something which we most adamantly condemn.’’”
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PLO Chief Negotiator: Trump administration “constitutes a true danger to the security, stability, and integrity of this region and of its peoples” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 24, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem in May and how it is endangering the Middle East, hosting PLO Executive Committee Secretary, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat

PLO Executive Committee Secretary, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat: “The states have understood that [US] President [Donald] Trump’s administration is threatening the interests, threatening the international security, peace, and stability. This is the truth. Therefore our next steps, particularly when we will have a conference held in Riyadh- it’s impossible that we as the Palestinian side will allow the situation to continue as it is. We are part of this region. Our children and grandchildren are an inseparable part of this region’s security and stability for the coming generations. We have no choice but to conduct a true self-examination so that we’ll be able to stand against this danger. This administration constitutes a true danger to the security, stability, and integrity of this region and of its peoples, in the full sense of the word.”

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Palestinian National Council: US decision of date to transfer embassy to Jerusalem is “blatant defiance towards the international, Arab, and Islamic will” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 24, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the Palestinian National Council’s response to the decision of US President Donald Trump’s administration to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018, on the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence

Official PA TV newsreader: “The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) considered the American administration’s declaration on the execution of its decision to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem as blatant defiance towards the international, Arab, and Islamic will, and as an intensification of the aggression towards the rights of our people. The Council emphasized that the American administration’s insistence on carrying out the aggressive decision proves again that it has chosen isolation and to distance itself from peace in favor of the occupation, and has made it responsible for the consequences of this. The Council demanded that the Arab and Islamic nation defend Jerusalem and its holy sites, and harness their full abilities and connections in order to prevent the execution of this decision…
[The Council] pointed out that the transfer of the embassy at the same time as the anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel. The US embassy is set to open on May 14, the anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence. Palestinians mark Nakba Day on May 15 -Ed.) was meant to add to the contempt for the national sensibilities of our people who are confronting the occupation’s terror and its settlers.”
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Cartoon published in official PA daily shows US President Trump pointing a gun at a dove, a symbol for peace, implying Trump is killing the potential for peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2018
Cartoon published in the official PA daily

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump standing in an open grave and holding a dove, which symbolizes peace, while aiming a handgun at its head.

This cartoon was previously published by Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Feb. 6, 2018.
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Abbas speech to UN Security Council demonizes Israel, slams US, but proposes international peace plan 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 20, 2018
This transcript of PA Chairman Abbas' speech before the UN Security Council on Feb. 20, 2018 was published by Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, on Feb. 20, 2018.

"Seventy years have passed since Palestine’s Nakba, from which 6 million Palestine refugees continue to suffer from the cruelty of exile and loss of human security. They continue to wander the world after the loss of their peaceful and stable lives in their homeland. They are part of the 13 million Palestinians, whose country has not yet been recognized as full Member State of the United Nations, despite the numerous resolutions reaffirming their right to self-determination and statehood on their national land.
We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago and continuously remained there to this day. Our great people remain rooted in their land. The Palestinian people built their own cities and homeland and made contributions to humanity and civilization witnessed by the world. They established institutions, schools, hospitals, cultural organizations, theaters, libraries, newspapers, publishing houses, economic organizations, businesses and banks, with wide regional and international influence.
All of this existed before and after the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, a declaration by which those who did not own, giving to those who had no right. The British Government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the Palestinian people as a result..."

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Fatah official, speaking on Abbas' behalf: US embassy move and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be "thwarted;" Zionism "is striving to take over the world's resources by force"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2018
    "In his speech on behalf of the president [Abbas], [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer his country's embassy to it will be thwarted thanks to the Palestinian resolve, thanks to the resolve of the entire world – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – against this foolish decision, and by imposing international isolation on the US and the occupation… He said: 'Our conflict is not with the Jews, but rather with Zionism, which has no values and principles, and which does not attach importance to rights and laws. It includes people that are not Jews and is striving to take over the world's resources by force… [Zaki] said: 'Our position is strong - we reject that any mosque should constitute an alternative to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One hundred and thirty-eight states in the world recognize the State of Palestine, and we demand that they revoke their recognition of Israel…' He added that the Palestinian leadership has objected to the decision to denounce [Chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau] Ismail Haniyeh as a terrorist (he was added to the US terror list; see note below –Ed.)."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

Fatah official: "There is no such thing as the capital city of the Jews;" Israel is "exploiting religion in order to justify its massacres and the terror" against Palestinians 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 5, 2018
Official PA TV program Pulse of the Fields, hosting Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub

Fatah Central Committee Secretary and Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub: “We think that Jerusalem is a holy city for all of the religions, because all of the monotheistic religions were given in Jerusalem. But we have not agreed, and will not agree, and will not allow there to be sovereignty for the Israeli occupation there or sovereignty for the Jewish religion, which we recognize, because there is no such thing as the capital city of the Jews (previously Rajoub said there would be Jewish sovereignty at the Western Wall; see note below –Ed.). There is no religion that has a capital city, other than in the logic of [US President Donald] Trump (sic., one such example is the Vatican; comment refers to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital)…
There will only be security, peace, and stability after the return of Jerusalem to its owners, and when Jerusalem will be open to all of the monotheistic religions for ritual purposes, and not as part of the Zionist colonialist project, which is exploiting religion in order to justify its massacres and the terror that it is committing against the Palestinian people.”

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PLO official “emphasized that it is necessary to escalate the intifada and the resistance in all of its forms” in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Feb. 5, 2018
Headline: “Wasel Abu Yusuf: The Palestinian people and its leadership are capable of thwarting all of the American attempts”

“Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf… warned against [US President Donald Trump's] deal of the century whose goal is to eliminate the Palestinian cause through American decisions and reduce Washington’s aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). He emphasized that the Palestinian people everywhere it is located adheres to the right of return, to the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and that it is necessary to deal with the dangers surrounding the issue – and particularly to all that concerns the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation entity…
Abu Yusuf emphasized that it is necessary to escalate the intifada and the resistance in all of its forms (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror‎) against the occupation, until [US President Donald] Trump’s decision is brought down. He also emphasized that the people and factions will thwart the deal of the century, and that all of the plans to eliminate the Palestinian cause will receive a response.”

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

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Gaza triplets named "Jerusalem," "Capital," and "Palestine" to protest US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital; Triplets' older sister named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi  
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Feb. 2, 2018

Headline: “‘Dalal Mughrabi’ became the sister of triplets Jerusalem, Capital, and Palestine today”
      “A citizen from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip named his triplets Jerusalem, Capital, and Palestine, in response to the American decision to consider Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to the AFP agency…
The couple already has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter named Dalal after self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’iya) Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), who together with a group of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) from the Fatah Movement took part in an attack that led to the deaths of Israelis four decades ago.”
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Abbas in rare statement: “We adhere to the culture of peace, despite the pressures to which we are subjected, such as the matter of Jerusalem and the matter of UNRWA funding” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2018
Headline: “In joint press statements with the German foreign minister – the [PA] president: We rely on the role of Europe to reach a permanent and just peace in the region”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘We rely on the German and French role, through the European Union, and together with the US, in order to reach a permanent and just peace in the region.’ This was said as part of joint press statements with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel yesterday [Jan. 31, 2018] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah…
President [Abbas] said: ‘We adhere to the culture of peace, despite the pressures to which we are subjected, such as the matter of Jerusalem and the matter of UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) funding. We again emphasize that terror [must be] fought everywhere.’”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement on “the matter of Jerusalem and the matter of UNRWA funding” refers to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the US withholding funding for UNRWA.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, as the US administration spoke about reexamining and conducting a reform of the UN body.

Fatah promotes riots and rock throwing: “Continue the confrontation and escalation” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 1, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page and the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

Posted text: “Continue the confrontation and escalation”

Text on logo: “The Palestinian Liberation Organization
National unity, national mobilization
Liberation”

Text on image: “Continue the confrontation and escalation
The PLO factions, institutions, and activists of the Nablus district invite you
To say the Friday prayers
The Friday of defiance and determination
As a sign of emphasizing Jerusalem’s Arabness
And as a sign of rejecting the American decision [declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital]"

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Fatah official on US aid to the PA: “This…money is a right and an obligation of the US,” refers to Israel as “Zionist gangs” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 31, 2018
Official PA TV program From Gaza, on America cutting the funding to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and the Dec. 21, 2017 UN General Assembly vote condemning America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary Fayez Abu Aita and political analyst Tawfiq Abu Shomar

Official PA TV host: “Many states have said that the American money is not for blackmail and that the decision-”

Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary Fayez Abu Aita: “It is important that we, our people, and our leadership will say these things, and we have said this, that the American and other money is not for the blackmailing of our Palestinian people. We say that all of the US money - not that which it is giving UNRWA - is not worth a grain of dirt from the land of Jerusalem to the Palestinian people. Therefore the Palestinian people will not submit to this blackmail, and we say more than this: This American money is a right and an obligation of the US and of the members of the international community. What is important is that this is a moral, human, and legal obligation towards the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) for which the international c ommunity and the UN are responsible. [The UN] is the one that gave Britain the mandate over Palestine, and therefore it was required to protect the Palestinian people and help it declare independence. However, the international policy unfortunately led to the theft of Palestine and the Zionist gangs taking control…"
Fatah official in Lebanon: Violence in Jerusalem is "heroic," and a result of Israeli "racist" policies such as "Judaization," and Trump’s "Nazi decision" to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 31, 2018
Headline: "The north"
      "The Fatah Movement organized a mass procession in the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp that set out from Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Square in the old refugee camp, with the participation of the Palestinian popular factions and committees in northern [Lebanon]…
Leader of the north branch and Secretary of the factions and Fatah in Nahr Al-Bared Abu Salim Ghneim gave a speech on behalf of Fatah and said: …‘We see the Jerusalem Intifada and its heroic popular resistance as a national achievement that came in response to the racist and criminal policies, the summary executions, the burning of families, the continuation of settlement, and the Judaization and tearing apart of Jerusalem, and also as a natural response to [US President Donald] Trump's Nazi decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of “Israel,” and his threat to transfer his country's embassy to Jerusalem.’"

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President of Al-Quds University on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: The US "must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision… whatever the cost of its resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2018
Headline: "The president of Al-Quds Open University speaks at a conference on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena"

"President of Al-Quds Open University and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Prof. Younes Amr spoke at a conference organized yesterday [Jan. 29, 2018] by the [Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement and the student council at the Yatta branch of the university on the latest developments in the Palestinian arena…
He said that [US President Donald] Trump's promise (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and promise to transfer the US embassy to it; see note below) is more dangerous to the Palestinian people than the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), by virtue of which Britain gave Palestine to the Jews, and therefore Trump and his racist administration – which is biased in favor of the occupation – must understand that the Palestinian people will resist this decision with all of its strength and will not let it pass, whatever the cost of its resistance to the decision may be. At the moment we are at the stage of popular resistance to the decision, and it is possible that it will move on to a different stage.
He explained that the Canaanite Palestinian people has been under many occupations, all of which have passed, and that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas spoke correctly when he said: 'We are remaining here and will not leave; the occupation is the one that will leave. Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation is meaningless, and our people and its leadership will continue to defy and stand firm. The Jews have no religious connection to [Jerusalem], and their connection to it is a connection of military occupation (sic., the last sentence in this quote was said by Younes Amr, not Mahmoud Abbas).'

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Palestinian “activists” disrupt American delegation visiting the Bethlehem district following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 30, 2018
Headline: “Following the expulsion of an American delegation from Bethlehem, the American State Department said that it opposes the turn to violence as a means of expressing political positions”

“The American State Department responded in a statement to the expulsion of an American delegation that visited the Bethlehem district Chamber of Commerce and Industry this morning, Tuesday [Jan. 30, 2018], and said that it opposes the turn to violence as a means of expressing political positions.

The American State Department said in a notice from its spokesperson: ‘The program that the American Consulate General in Jerusalem organized in Bethlehem was thwarted by lawless protesters.’
According to the American State Department, this program is part of the long-term American assistance in creating economic opportunities for the Palestinians…
A group of Palestinian activists in Bethlehem this morning, Tuesday, expelled an American delegation that was visiting the Bethlehem district Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The activists broke into the Chamber of Commerce building and one of the halls in which a workshop of a group of senior American officials at the American consulate was being held and drove them out of the room. Afterwards, they threw eggs and tomatoes at the American consulate vehicles and hit the American diplomatic vehicles with their hands and feet while repeating calls condemning the American position…
The Fatah Movement secretary at the Aida refugee camp said that the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry, led by Samir Hazboun, welcomed the American State Department delegation at its building. This decision contradicts the national decision that called not to welcome the Americans, whose President [Donald Trump] declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He added: ‘The Palestinian people will not welcome any American party.’”
Image on Fatah’s Twitter shows group of Palestinians attacking American delegation during visit to Bethlehem in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Jan. 30, 2018
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text:
“With tomatoes and eggs, the expulsion of an official American delegation from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.”

The images show a confrontation at the Bethlehem chamber of commerce on Jan. 30, 2018, in which Palestinian activists disrupted a workshop held by an American delegation and attacked the delegation’s vehicles as they left. The protest came in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
 
Cartoon published in official PA daily shows Trump threatening the UN logo with a dollar sign sword 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2018
Cartoon published in the official PA daily

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump as a victorious Roman gladiator – dressed in a roman toga and sandals. He is holding a sword with a dollar sign on its hilt, and a wreath around his head, transferred there from the UN logo below his foot, which is missing its wreath. He has one foot on the UN logo, which is also used by UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) – which provides support to Palestinian “refugees.” This refers to the US notifying UNRWA on Jan.16, 2018, that it was withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment.
 
 
The Foreign Ministry of the Palestinian Authority attacks US VP Mike Pence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2018
Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Pence’s speech reveals the influence of Zionist Christianity on American policy”

“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates emphasized that American Vice President Mike Pence’s speech [to the Israeli Parliament] is a missionary speech that came from the mouth of a religious preacher who is closely connected to Zionism and saturated with ideological terms full of racism and hatred of the other…
The ministry said that Pence represents Zionist Christianity and the missionary Evangelical Church that believes in Jesus’ return, and thinks that his return will only be realized under the sovereignty of the State of Israel whose capital is Jerusalem. This missionary Messianic logic is what stands behind [US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the State of Israel’s capital, because the conservative Christian stream that Pence represents thinks that this will hasten Jesus’ return.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Image on Fatah Facebook page shows Trump with the text: "Jerusalem…is more precious than you, your accounts, and your money," referring to the cut in US aid to UNRWA 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 25, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text and text on image:
“Jerusalem, our eternal capital,
is more precious than you, your accounts, and your money”

The image shows US President Donald Trump, and refers together with the text to aid to the PA that Trump has threatened to cut if the PA does not return to negotiations with Israel, and to the US freezing two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million in early January 2018.

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. During it Trump said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel. Trump also said: "We took Jerusalem off the table,” and when asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question."
 
Image on Fatah Facebook page shows a young boy screaming at Trump with the accompanying text: "Jerusalem is a red line" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 25, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“Mr. [US President Donald] Trump, Jerusalem is a red line
[Spokesman for PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee member
Nabil] Abu Rudeina: ‘If Jerusalem is not on the table, the US will also not be on the table’”

The image shows US President Donald Trump and a boy to his left shouting with such force that Trump’s hair is flying. The Dome of the Rock is seen behind the boy. The image refers to Trump saying on Jan. 25, 2018, that he took Jerusalem “off the table” by recognizing it as Israel’s capital; see note below.

Text on image: “Jerusalem is a red line”

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.
 
 
Fatah official: “Activities of rage against Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, and against the unwanted visit of his VP Mike Pence will continue” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2018
Headline: “Muhaisen: The activities of rage will continue”
       “Fatah Movement Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization [in the West Bank, Fatah] Central Committee member, [and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen said that the activities of rage against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem [declaring it Israel’s capital], and against the unwanted visit of his Vice President Mike Pence will continue in all of the districts…
Muhaisen emphasized that ‘the various national activities and their continuation are part of the Palestinian struggle to end the occupation, because in his latest declaration Trump put an end to America’s role as any sort of a mediator in the political process.’”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Op-ed in official PA daily: Mike Pence is trying to "incite winds of war and death… as a prelude to the appearance of Jesus." 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "Pence the pirate"

"US Vice President Evangelist Mike Pence concluded his visit to the states of the region with a visit to the Israeli colonialist state on Sunday evening [Jan. 21, 2018]…
From an examination of the aspects of the visit, including the statements and the despicable American speech in the Israeli Parliament, it can be seen that Pence is from among the most right-wing and Zionist ruling group in the administration of [US President Donald] Trump, and he surpasses the Zionist Jews [Trump's Senior Advisor Jared] Kushner, [US Ambassador to Israel David] Friedman, and [Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason] Greenblatt in his coordination and solidarity with the policies and actions of the extremist right-wing coalition that rules in Israel. In this criminal act, he not only contradicts the policies of the previous American administrations, but also the decisions of the international bodies and the sources of authority of the peace process. This is not just due to colonialist economic and financial motives to serve the American businesses and interests, but also in order to incite winds of war and death among the peoples and states of the region in order to hasten the arrival of Armageddon as a prelude to the appearance of Jesus.
Op-ed in official PA daily: “Anything can be expected… in the age of the Hitleresque and Balfouresque Trump, who think that the Earth is a cake that they have the right to divide and give pieces of to whomever they want” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The Arab members of the Israeli Parliament – the frontline of Jerusalem”

“Yesterday [Jan. 22, 2018] the people of Palestine made US Vice President [Mike Pence] hear what he must hear from the Palestinians, the original owners of the land… certainly when the voices of the Palestinian (i.e., Israeli Arab) members of the Israeli Parliament, the native residents of the land, shattered the [US President Donald] Trump – [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu map, and eliminated the statement: ‘a Jewish state’ (the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament disrupted Pence’s speech and were removed; see note below –Ed.). That is on the assumption that the one who stood at the [Israeli Parliament] podium (i.e., Pence) has… the intelligence of a diplomat in a superpower, who is supposed to be wise… But this cannot be hoped for from the vice president of the country of [US Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley with her high heels (refers to her remark that her heels are in order to protect Israel at the UN –Ed.)... Here, in this [place] that the world calls ‘Israel’ even though it has no borders, there are two million Arab Palestinians whose historical roots sprouted here the first time the sun rose on the world after the great flood [of Noah from the Bible].

Anything can be expected from those who have committed the historical crime and from the leaders of the new US in the age of the Hitleresque and Balfouresque Trump, who think that the Earth is a cake that they have the right to divide and give pieces of to whomever they want however they want. Those who inherited the colonialist mentality in the American continent and are silent about the crime of the destruction of the Indians will cer
Abbas’ Deputy says now is a good opportunity to disconnect from US, “They have not given us a thing” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “Al-Aloul: The US became a partner of the Israeli occupation after it recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”


Al-Quds magazine met with Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul ‘Abu Jihad’ so that he could brief us on the recent developments in the current issues.

[Q:] ‘How do you assess the Palestinian political situation after [US President Donald] Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as "Israel's" capital?’

[Mahmoud Al-Aloul:] ‘Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a good opportunity for us to disconnect from the US, as we no longer have the least doubt that nothing good will come to the Palestinian people and the Arab nation from the US. After this step that it has taken, it is no longer [just] biased in favor of the Israeli occupation as we knew in the past, but rather it currently constitutes a partner to the occupation. Whoever looks at the relations with the US through all of the American administrations will find that we have nothing to lose, as they have not given us a thing. They have always made promises during elections and the presidential inauguration that have quickly dissipated due to the pressures of the Zionist lobby’…
Fatah official: US Vice President Pence “proved that the American administration is part of the problem and not part of the solution”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “The US vice president was witness to the expulsion of the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament from the Israeli Parliament, and bragged that the [US] embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem by the end of 2019 – Erekat: Pence’s racist attack at the Israeli Parliament is a gift to the extremists, the US is part of the problem”

“Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat yesterday [Jan. 22, 2018] criticized the speech that US Vice President Mike Pence gave before the Israeli Parliament. He described it as ‘a crusade’ that constitutes ‘a gift to the extremists.’ Erekat said that the attack that Pence led in the Israeli Parliament… proved that the American administration is part of the problem and not part of the solution. He added that Pence’s message is clear: Violate the law and international decisions, and the US will reward you.”
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During US Vice President Mike Pence’s speech before the Israeli Parliament on Jan. 22, 2018, the Arab members of the Israeli Parliament disrupted his speech by waving posters showing a picture of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock with the following text in English and Arabic: “Jerusalem is The Capital of Palestine.” They were quickly removed from the plenum.
PLO and Fatah official in Lebanon: “we are moving in the direction of… a gradual intifada while using all of the means of struggle” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 23, 2018
Headline: “Abu Al-Ardat: Despite all of the attempts to harm it, Fatah continues and is still capable of dealing with all of the difficulties and responsibilities”

“[Q:] ‘In your opinion how is it possible to deal with [US President Donald] Trump’s decision [declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital] on the diplomatic, political, and popular level? And what is your evaluation of the Arab, Islamic, and international positions regarding this decision?’
[Fathi Abu Al-Ardat:] ‘…Currently we are moving in the direction of a combined effort of political and diplomatic activity together with activity on the ground, which is expressed in a gradual intifada while using all of the means of struggle against the occupation in order to make the occupation pay a price. This is particularly so because the UN guarantees the right of the peoples subjected to occupation to resistance in all of its forms, including that which is armed (refers to UN Resolution 3236; see note below –Ed.). At the same time, we must let our people in the Interior (i.e., Israel and the PA areas) consider what the appropriate form of confrontation is, as it is impossible to apply any specific attempt to another place and time, and the decision on this matter is in the hands of the Palestinian leadership and factions.’”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war.
Image on official Facebook page of Fatah Movement – Nablus branch people people burning a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence, waving Palestinian flags 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement's Nablus Branch, Jan. 22, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

The image shows people burning a poster with a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence while holding Palestinian flags.
Text on poster in English: “Pence you are desecrating our land
Pence go home”

The image refers to Pence’s Jan. 21-23, 2018, visit to Israel. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with Pence during his visit but refused to meet him following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.
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Image on official Facebook page of Fatah Movement – Nablus branch shows people burning a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement's Nablus Branch, Jan. 22, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

The image shows people burning a poster with a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence, while others hold a Palestinian flag in the background.
Text on poster in English: “Pence you are desecrating our land
Pence go home”

The image refers to Pence’s Jan. 21-23, 2018, visit to Israel. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with Pence during his visit but refused to meet him following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.
Fatah mocks US President Trump over Jerusalem decision, posts image calling Trump an “irrelevant clown”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 22, 2018
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account on Dec. 20, 2017. The same images were posted on Fatah's official Facebook page on Jan. 22, 2018.

Posted text: “#Jerusalem_the_eternal_capital_of_Palestine
(The following is in English –Ed.)
[US President Donald] trump is an irrelevant clown #HandsOffJerusalem”

The first image shows a sign showing US President Donald Trump and a red stamp reading “Veto!” over his mouth.


Text on image:

“Trump is an irrelevant clown
#HandsOffJerusalem”
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Image on official Facebook page of Fatah Movement – Bethlehem branch shows someone stepping on a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 21, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The image shows a person standing on a poster featuring a picture of US Vice President Mike Pence.
Text on poster in English: “Pence you are desecrating our land
Pence go home”

The image refers to Pence’s Jan. 21-23, 2018, visit to Israel. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was scheduled to meet with Pence during his visit but refused to meet him following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.
 
 
Fatah cartoon mocks Trump, calls him "mentally deranged" 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 20, 2018

Cartoon published on the website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon

Headline: “The mental fitness of one who does not recognize the Palestinian people and its legal and historical right in Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, is questioned!”
Text in upper right corner of cartoon: “The publication of a book that casts doubt on [US President Donald] Trump’s mental fitness.”
The cartoon, which refers to the book Fire and Fury (see note below) shows an angry US President Donald Trump saying “I’m a genius” while holding a lit match to an open book, as small Twitter icons are seen rising from the flame. On the page Trump is burning is written: “Mentally deranged.”
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Fatah spokesman: US VP Pence is “unwanted” for being “racist and extremist,” and for considering Jerusalem to be “the historical and religious capital of the Jewish people”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 20, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: Pence is unwanted; we demand that the Arabs not welcome him”
        “Fatah Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said on behalf of Fatah and the Palestinian people that US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit is unwanted in the region.
Al-Qawasmi added in a statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Ma’an that Pence has made racist and extremist statements against the Palestinian people, and that he considered Jerusalem the historical and religious capital of the Jewish people, amid a clear violation of all the international conventions and agreements… [Al-Qawasmi] emphasized that there is incessant aggression from US President [Donald Trump] and his vice president against the Palestinian refugees, which was expressed in the latest decisions about cutting the aid to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) and stopping all of the aid presented to the members of our people… He also called on all of the Arab brothers not to welcome [Pence].”
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PA TV reuses song from 2000 calling for terror: "Draw your sword... let it not return" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 17, 2018
 

During the first days of the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada), PA TV repeatedly broadcast this song calling for terror:

Lyrics: “Brother, the oppressors have gone too far
Therefore Jihad is necessary and self-sacrifice is necessary.”  [PA TV, Oct. 3, 2000]

On Dec. 17, 2017, PA TV started rebroadcasting the same song calling for terror, adding an intentionally blurred and indistinct version of Trump's speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Lyrics:
“Brother, the oppressors have gone too far”

US President Donald Trump, Dec. 6, 2017: “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious that Jerusalem is Israel's capital.”

Lyrics: “Therefore Jihad is necessary
and self-sacrifice is necessary...
Draw your sword from its sheath, and
let it not return to the sheath afterwards...
Brother, if my blood will flow in the soil,
and my hand will lay on its stones
Then find a free soul that has refused
to let enemies step on it
Kiss a Martyr on the land, who called on
its behalf to Allah and fell as a Martyr...
Palestine, our chests will defend you - life or death.”
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This song aired 10 times on official PA TV on Dec. 17, 25 and 26, 2017 and on Jan. 2 - 17, 2018.


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Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows President Trump in front of the White House; text across the screen reads, “Trump’s house will be destroyed” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 14, 2018
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text and text on image: “#Trump’s_house_will_be_destroyed”

The text refers to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech on Jan. 14, 2018 to the PLO Council, in which he cursed US President Donald Trump and said: “May your house be destroyed” –Ed.

The image shows US President Donald Trump, and behind him the White House with the text “Trump’s house will be destroyed” added.
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Abbas curses Trump: “May your house be destroyed” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah


PA Chairman Abbas
: "Let them [the US] not do us a favor by paying us money... We do not want anyone to pay us. And may [Trump] not tweet at me on Twitter, saying: 'We will not pay money to the Palestinians because they are refusing negotiations.' May your house be destroyed! When did we refuse?"
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Abbas made this statement in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017 and his following threat to cancel aid to UNRWA and the PA unless the PA returned to the negotiations with Israel.

"May your house be destroyed" is an insult, meaning anything from “Damn you” to “Come on now!”
Abbas: The US “committed a crime” when it declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We will not accept the deals the US wants to impose on us. We will not accept its mediation after the crime it committed against Jerusalem [by declaring it Israel’s capital] … We will not agree to be an Authority without authority, and will not accept an occupation without [exacting] a price from the occupation forces."
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On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Abbas: The PA must cut relations with any country that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in speech to PLO Central Council:
"We made a decision at the [Arab] Summit in Amman in 1980 that every state that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or that transfers its embassy to it – we must cut our relations with it."
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Abbas made this statement in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017. Trump instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Official PA daily posts images of riots: “Trump’s declaration will not pass” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2018

Images published in the official PA daily

Headline: “Trump’s declaration will not pass” (refers to US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital -Ed.)
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Fatah official in Gaza after US recognition of Jerusalem: “All the options for defending and protecting this Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic right [to Jerusalem] are open” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 10, 2018
Official PA TV, program Palestine This Morning, report from official PA TV studio in Gaza on the responses and protests to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it, interview with Fatah Supreme Leadership Council in the Southern Districts (the Gaza Strip) member Najah Aliwa

Official PA TV host: “Let’s talk about the things that were organized yesterday [Dec. 9, 2017] and before then that stood out: the processions and protests against the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.”
Fatah Supreme Leadership Council in the Southern Districts (the Gaza Strip) member Najah Aliwa: “First of all, I want to direct a blessing of honor to our Palestinian people that is standing firm, our people that [launched] a spontaneous uprising, without orders and instructions – this is Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a red line. Anything that touches Jerusalem touches the entire Palestinian people. It touches the heart and soul of the Palestinian people…
The Palestinian people is well aware of its rights. It knows well that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Palestinian state, and therefore there is no concession. Jerusalem is a red line, no one can approach it. All of the options stand before the Palestinian people. All the options for defending and protecting this Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic right are open... Fatah will not veer from the wise decision of the Palestinian leadership. All of the options are open, until the American leadership or American administration takes back its irresponsible decision that was made – I think – in a moment in which clear vision was absent in the American administration.”

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PA Minister of Justice in the wake of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Martyrs are the conscience of the people, the pioneers of the freedom struggle”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 9, 2018
Headline: “The Palestinian Martyrs' Day ceremony in Ramallah became a rally for Jerusalem”

“Great masses marked Palestinian Martyrs' (Shahids') Day – with official participation and participation by the factions – in a central ceremony that was organized by the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs [of Palestine] at the Ramallah culture hall…
[PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak noted in a speech on behalf of [PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] that the marking of this great day falls at a time when the Palestinian cause is in a fateful and historic period, in which our people and its leadership are dealing with [US President Donald] Trump’s tyrannical declaration that attempts to steal from Jerusalem its Arabness and Palestinian national identity, and to declare it Israel’s capital.
Abu Diyak directed a blessing of appreciation and esteem to the Martyrs who have sacrificed themselves for Palestine from the British Mandate period, on to the Martyrs of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and aggression of 1967 (i.e., the Six Day War) from among the members of the Palestinian people and the precious nation, and ending with the Martyrs of the battles of Lebanon, the two Intifadas, the assassinations, and the ongoing acts of aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip…
Abu Diyak conveyed the blessings of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] and the prime minister to the families and relatives of the Martyrs who paved the path to freedom and independence with their blood and sacrifice, and sacrificed their souls for Palestine. He also said that these Martyrs are the conscience of the people, the pioneers of the freedom struggle, and the defenders of the national path
The minister of justice mentioned the cause of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held in the
Official PA TV hosts mock US President Trump: Is a man of this mentality capable of determining the fate of the world… or of Jerusalem? 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 8, 2018

Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning on the book
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Official PA TV host 1: "What especially has drawn attention [in the book Fire and Fury] is the topic that compares [US President] Trump with a small boy with needs, who goes to sleep at 6:30 p.m. and loves cheeseburgers and eats them. Similarly, his behavior is like a child’s and he is unable to make decisions. He is not fit to fill this role."
Official PA TV host 2:
"He always gets angry according to the book... I call on everyone to read it as it gives us inside information about the White House which no one has spoken about previously – but [these behaviors] are to be expected of Donald Trump."
Official PA TV host 1: "Yes, it is clear in his personality many times, and this brings us to the big question: Is a man of this mentality  capable of determining the fate of the world, especially that which is connected to Jerusalem, which will remain the eternal capital of the State of Palestine?"
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Fatah official: “We in the Fatah Movement are continuing in our struggle and resistance to the ominous American announcement on Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2018
Headline: “Fatah: The US and Israel will not be able to force the check of submission on our people and its leadership”

“The Fatah Movement emphasized that for the Palestinian people, the battle of Jerusalem is a battle for existence, national identity, and the state, and [Jerusalem] is the political capital of the State of Palestine and an inseparable part of the occupied territories of the State of Palestine, and there is no solution without Jerusalem as our eternal capital.
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement yesterday [Jan. 7, 2018]: ‘We in the Fatah Movement are continuing in our struggle and resistance to the ominous American announcement on Jerusalem; to all of the racist Israeli decisions and steps that are directed against our existence, our history, and our authentic narrative; and also to their attempts to falsify history and produce facts that are the product of their imagination.’”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Op-ed in official PA daily attacks the US for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, attacks Israel using antisemitic themes  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2018
"The courageous Palestinian leadership is rejecting the American extortion now, and where are you [Hamas]? Where are your views regarding a practical response - and not through exaggerations and talk? Where is your alternative money for the $370 million that are given by the US? Why don't you gather it first and talk only afterwards? Why aren't you raising initiatives in response to the American administration? Have you recalled your ambassadors from [the US]? Have you made threats regarding trade, money, oil, or relations?…
The American administration is now twisting the PA's arm, and the battle of 'who will give way first' has begun. The PA says unanimously: ‘No to the sale of Jerusalem, not for gold and not for billions,’ and it says this while standing on the brink of the abyss.…
Israel is a fascist, colonialist, racist regime – do you understand that? And why aren't you dealing with it face-to-face - before it enters your capital cities and annihilates your people - and also with [the US] the one committing the extortion and who wants Jerusalem in return for the $370 million that he pays to the PA, '[US President Donald] Trump'? Have you not read Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice with the Jewish hero Shylock, and how he wanted to punish a man by removing a pound of flesh from his body because he could not pay him?
They want Jerusalem in return for aid… If [Jerusalem's] people will not defend it, others will defend it, as the other non-Muslim religions and peoples will not allow that it [Jerusalem] fall into the hands of the murderers of the prophets, and the murderers of Jesus in particular…
There is no reason for Mahmoud Abbas' slogan to be 'millions of Martyrs [are marching to Jerusalem],’ and that he will give them as fuel for the new Nazi oven, which Israel inherited from Hitler so that his fire would not go out
."

Abbas’ advisor mocks US aid: “What idiocy has taken control of your minds to delude you that Jerusalem is for sale” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 5, 2018


Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"Do what you want, do what you want. This money that you are threatening to cancel and stop - do you imagine that we might bargain over Jerusalem? What idiocy has taken control of your minds to delude you that Jerusalem is for sale, or that one grain of sand from Palestine, all of Palestine, is for sale, or purchase, or bargaining?"
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Abbas’ advisor mocks the US: World said no to US “oppression and arrogance,” “world not for sale” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 5, 2018

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"The entire world has recently had its say in the face of the oppression and arrogance that the American administration is attempting to impose on us and on the world. The world is not for sale or purchase. The world's honor is not for sale… The world said: 'No.' We send our greetings to the peoples of the world that stood with the Palestinian right. We send our greetings to the states, governments, figures, and organizations that stood with the Palestinian right… As for those who have sold themselves cheaply – there is still room on the trash heap of history."
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Abbas’ advisor’s statement came in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017 and his following threat to cancel aid to UNRWA, the PA and countries voting in favor of UN condemnation of the American recognition. Trump instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

On Dec. 21, 2017, the UN General Assembly held a vote on a resolution condemning US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 128 countries voted in favor of the condemnation, 9 voted against it, 35 abstained, and 21 did not participate in the vote.

Al-Habbash is Mahmoud Abbas’ adv
Palestinian university student: “Jerusalem has been the capital of Palestine since the Canaanites,” “The Jews don’t even have a state named Israel” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 4, 2018
Official PA TV program Period, on the opinions of young Palestinians regarding US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Palestinian university student Hadeel Abu Sharakh: “[US President Donald] Trump’s decision was incorrect. Jerusalem has been the capital of Palestine since the Canaanites. The Jews don’t even have a state named Israel, because the Jews are just groups scattered in the states of Europe. They were gathered and promised the establishment of an Israeli state for them in Palestine since [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour.”

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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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Fatah official in Lebanon: Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by Trump, "the crazy fool," was a “cruel decision” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Jan. 1, 2018
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program We Shall Return, on the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, interview with Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Popular Committee of the Ein Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon Samer Al-Sayid

Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Popular Committee of the Ein Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon Samer Al-Sayid: “We emphasize that this decision [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], which was declared by the crazy fool [US President Donald] Trump, is a cruel decision.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Fatah Rev. Council member: Israeli narrative that Jerusalem was a Jewish capital is “false” and a “lie,” which Pres. Trump is "aiding"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi

Official PA TV host: “Mister Osama [Al-Qawasmi,] President [Mahmoud Abbas] said that Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state...”
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Yes certainly, [that is] the heart of the conflict, and I want to honestly tell you, the Palestinian people, and all those who are listening to us – why are they insisting on Jerusalem [as] the capital of the occupation, [which is] a lie and falsehood? And why is [US President Donald] Trump at this time aiding this false Israeli narrative, which they fabricated from their hearts, when it has no foundation, no [support in] religion, nor in history, and not even in international law. They want to establish the Israeli narrative and the refutation of the Palestinian narrative about this land being ours, because they have promoted a lie for 100 years that this is the Promised Land, that history is with them, and that [Jerusalem] was their capital – and this is not correct at all, not in history, not in religion, and not in international law. And regarding [Israel], this ecstasy that they feel over Trump’s aid about Jerusalem being theirs, it is an attempt to spread that this Israeli narrative is the correct one and that the Palestinian narrative is false. They are also simultaneously demanding that we [recognize] the Jewishness of this state in order to refute the Palestinian narrative about this land being Arab, Canaanite, Jebusite, and Palestinian. They want to say that it is Jewish, [and this is] a lie and falsehood.”

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Trump portrayed as Nazi with swastika covering his face in Bethlehem procession 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“From the procession today [Dec. 29, 2017] in Bethlehem
Continuing for Jerusalem
Freedom for our heroic prisoners”

The image shows the procession, which includes a large poster showing US President Donald Trump with a Nazi swastika over his face and the American flag behind him.
Text on poster in English:
“Zionism = Nazism = fascism
USA = ISIS = Terror”

The post refers to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
 
Fatah poster calls for violence: “O fighters, tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “From the posters of the revolution on the anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa):
O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future and victory are yours”

Text on image: “O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future is yours
[Former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat”
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PLO and Fatah in Nablus invite Palestinians to participate in “the Friday of rage and defiance,” to protest US decision on Jerusalem 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Nablus branch, Dec. 28, 2017

Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

Text on top of logo: “The Palestinian Liberation Organization”
Text on middle of logo: “National unity, national mobilization”
Text at bottom of logo under the PA map: “Liberation”

Text on image:
“Jerusalem is Arab and the capital of the Palestinian state
The PLO factions and institutions and activists of the Nablus district invite you
To say the Friday prayers
The Friday of rage and defiance
As a sign of emphasizing Jerusalem’s Arabness
And as a sign of rejecting the American decision [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital]

Date: Dec. 29, 2017
Place: Al-Shuhada Square

So that we will continue the confrontation and escalation”
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Fatah official compares Trump to Balfour, Trump is a “predatory beast,” "the Palestinian people is stronger than any weapon... thanks to... the blood of our righteous Martyrs" in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, broadcast from the Qalandiya refugee camp on the responses to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala

(PA TV reporter):
"What do you think about the ominous Trump announcement?"
Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala: "Someone [Trump] pops up who has no ownership and he gives Jerusalem - the place of Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey - as a gift to one who has no right [Israel]... We will follow the steps of this predatory beast."
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Op-ed in PA daily calls President Trump “stupid,” following his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The great lie”
     “There is no greater lie in the Israeli media than the lie of ‘unified Jerusalem’… You have Jerusalem and we have Al-Quds. [Former Israeli Presidents and Prime Ministers Levi] Eshkol, [Menachem] Begin, [Yitzhak] Rabin, [Yitzhak] Shamir, [Ehud] Barak, and [Benjamin] ‘Bibi’ [Netanyahu] have not succeeded in unifying it… There is no border strip that separates east and west [Jerusalem], no reinforced cement separation wall, and no trenches . You drive in your car from Sha’ar Hagai, through Abu Ghosh, and enter western Jerusalem. You travel and find yourself in front of a celestial wall that tells you: ‘Here begins Arab Jerusalem.’ The atmosphere changes, a breeze scented with the fragrance of history blows, and then you say: ‘How stupid is this man whose name is [US President Donald] Trump!’
Several years ago I was visited by Dr. Jamal Al-Assadi… who translated my collection of stories A Rose to Hafeeza’s Eyes into English, together with American author Martha Moody and her little son. While we were eating lunch I said: ‘I think that [former US] President George Bush, the son, is the stupidest president that America has known.’ The author’s son stopped eating, looked at me in amazement, and said to his mother: ‘I play a game with my friends in the schoolyard [called] Stupid President Bush!’
What are the children in America playing today?”
Fatah official: US threats to cut aid to the PA are “extortionist”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 25, 2017
Headline: "Azzam Al-Ahmad: The PA will not be dismantled and the battle is open against the Trump administration"
      "Fatah Movement Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said that the American administration is planning to take a series of steps in order to pressure the PA, among them stopping the aid and cutting off ties and relations between the sides… He noted that the American administration is talking today about ‘stopping the aid to the PA, and this is a decision that congress has already voted on previously,’ and he said: '[US President Donald] Trump's extortionist mentality regarding stopping the aid does not scare the Palestinians, who cannot be bought for money by anyone.'"

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Fatah deputy chairman: “Nothing has come from the US but troubles for the Arab nation and the Palestinian people” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2017
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul

Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “Now, what’s the story? We must s eriously return to our story with the Americans. I’ll tell you something, and everyone needs to know this very clearly… ‘But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you’ (Quran, Sura 2:216, Sahih International translation). This is an opportunity for us to get into an argument with the USA. If someone has an illusion or belief that the US – up till now – that something good might come from it to the Palestinian people or to the Arab nation – let them come debate us. The matter has been clarified. Nothing has come from the US but troubles for the Arab nation and the Palestinian people... Let someone examine the connection with the US, not just with [US President Donald] Trump [but rather with] all of the American administrations that have come one after the other... Let whoever has something to say [backing the claim] that something good has come from the Americans over the years for us [Palestinians] and for the Arab nation - whoever has something [backing this claim], let them come and say, ‘Here we are!’ Let them tell me what has come from the Americans in the years that have passed. Nothing at all! […] For the sake of Jerusalem we have been forced to deal with this challenge that the USA has placed. We ask the people, for Allah’s sake, we beg of you, [pay attention that] our compass [as Arabs] is towards Jerusalem. We have no enemy other than the Israeli occupation and the policy of the USA is a partner to [Israel] in the occupation. This is our main enemy.”

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Op-ed in PA daily, criticizing US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, compares Trump to Shylock 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

         “With disparaging stubbornness, matters reached the point that Trump stood before the cameras in the White House and announced this foolish and wretched decision, as if Trump premeditatedly – as the jurists say – decided to choose from among the models the model of Shylock - the American Shylock, in the style of the Jewish Shylock, whose character was precisely outlined by the great playwright Shakespeare in his famous play The Merchant of Venice, which is read by millions, and in all languages (in the play, the Jewish character Shylock is a sly moneylender who demands that a debtor repay him with a pound of flesh, before later being defeated and forced to convert to Christianity –Ed.)…
Is a man like this, like Donald Trump, fit to be the US president?”

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Abbas in France: “The US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process… We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war… Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement at a joint press conference together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 22, 2017, in France

       "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'As a result of [US] President [Donald] Trump's determination that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and decision to transfer the embassy there, I have emphasized before His Honor [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron that the US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process, and that we will not agree to any plan from it as it is biased [in favor of Israel] and violates international law… Whoever presents such a plan, according to which united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and transfers its embassy there in violation of all of the international decisions - I do not think that he is capable of presenting a just and reasonable solution for establishing peace in the Middle East…
Everyone knows that we are among the official parties in the world that are fighting violence and terror throughout the world... We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war, and that is how our people is now characterized. Therefore, you see that all of the demonstrations that have been held in the Palestinian territories have been peaceful demonstrations (sic., the demonstrations have included rioting and rock throwing, and been accompanied by stabbings and stabbing attempts)… We want peace with Israel. Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it and live in peace with it.'"

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Palestinian student on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “We will not relinquish Jerusalem except through Martyrdom” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 23, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program Our University, on the opinions of Abu Dis University students regarding US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with a student from Jerusalem named Iyad Amr

Jerusalem student Iyad Amr: “We will not relinquish Jerusalem except through Martyrdom (Shahada) – even Martyrdom will not cause us to relinquish Jerusalem. We will be buried in the land of Jerusalem. Even when we die we will defend Jerusalem… and we will determine the struggle with the occupation, Allah willing. Palestine and Jerusalem will remain Arab and Islamic for as long as Allah wants.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Abbas’ advisor: "Jerusalem is only ours… We were in Jerusalem more than 5,000 years" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017

Official PA TV, excerpt of sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"Jerusalem is only ours, only ours. They [the Americans] know it. It is a strange thing that a state that is only a little older than 200 years. takes a stand toward a city that is 5,000 years old. Where was America when Jerusalem was built, that it should decide whose capital it is? And where was Israel when Jerusalem was built? Jerusalem was here before America and before Israel and before Europe and before this entire world. We were in Jerusalem more than 5,000 years ago, and we have not left it... America, which - as they say - was born yesterday, wants to decide the fate of a city whose age is greater than history."
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Abbas’ advisor’s statement came in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017. Trump instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Abbas’ advisor mocks America and other states that voted against UN resolution on Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"Thank you to the civilized world that yesterday said a decisive word [in UN vote condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem], and shame on the nine usual voices – America and a few other satellite states that I tried hard to find on the map and didn’t find their names. Palau, Malau (i.e., meant mockingly), Micronesia - states that no one has heard of! Perhaps the number of their residents equals the number of residents of a ruin, or a small village, or even a street in a Palestinian city. Are these states that will decide the fate of Jerusalem? These thsings, these names of no value? Micro-nesia, micro, small. Someone wrote: ‘I thought that was the name of an antibiotic.’"
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Abbas’ advisor’s statement came in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017. Trump instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

Al-Habbash is Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Supreme Shari'ah Judge, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.
Abbas’ advisor: “America will not remain America… Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital forever” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are greater than history, and greater than all of the nations and peoples… The one who determines the fate of Jerusalem is not the American president, and not America, and not all of the states of the world… The one who determined the fate of Jerusalem is Allah… Jerusalem is Arab, Islamic, Palestinian, and also Christian forever! Forever!... Trust in Allah, the balance will change. America will not remain America, and the present world will not remain as it is…  The most important, permanent, and influential factor in the battle for Jerusalem – and I say this to the entire nation – is the factor of religion and faith… The victory in Jerusalem is coming, it is coming. And Jerusalem is Palestine’s capital forever! Forever! And the rubbish of the American president isn’t worth – I say again – isn’t worth the urine of one Jerusalem child."
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Political analyst on PA TV following US decision on Jerusalem: “The day will come when we will buy every Palestinian a rifle”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting political analyst Hani Abu Zaid

Official PA TV host: “How do these sights [of Palestinian protest] affect global public opinion, and particularly – and I want to remind you and the viewers – today [Dec. 22, 2017] French President [Emmanuel Macron] said in a press conference with [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] that the events and bloodshed that came following [US President Donald] Trump’s decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] on Dec. 6 [2017] are unacceptable.” […]
Hani Abu Zaid: “And in the past, on this program, I told you that the day will come when we will buy every Palestinian a rifle. But always, when we agree on something, we do not violate the commitment. We have been agreeing to the continuation of a peace process before the world for 23 years - but what peace process? After all that has happened – let the president say what he will say, and let the political leaders say what they will say, but honestly, turn to the Palestinian and Arab publics – there is no longer any peace process…
On Dec. 6, the Oslo Accords were buried and the talk about that which is called the peace process stopped completely. Today we are in a new struggle, a new struggle of wills, and in a new battle that requires new methods in the political and diplomatic work, in addition to the public movement, public activity, intifada, and confrontations. We need international pressure and international aid from our Arab brothers and our friends in the world, and this is the beginning of the diplomatic action – President [Abbas] visiting President Macron in order to put in place a new mechanism on the international front, so that we will be able firstly to demand a fully sovereign state at the [UN] General Assembly, and secondly to
PA TV host and magazine editor deny Jewish historical ties to the land of Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Editor-in-Chief of the Siyasat Magazine Atef Abu Saif

Official PA TV host: “Israelis historians are coming out and saying: ‘We have proven, and the attempts have proven after 50 years of searching and research, that there is nothing that indicates a Jewish civilization (sic. , such evidence abounds).’”
Editor-in-Chief of the Siyasat Magazine Atef Abu Saif: “The Jews passed through. Their original name is the Hebrews. They actually- if we want to count how many people have passed through our land and we hosted them, fed them, gave them drink, and said, ‘We will build you a home next to us here,’ then it works out that all of the peoples of the world- and that is the value of Palestine. However, the Zionist racism came to change reality. In other words, if we- after all, the P ersians lived with us (sic., there were no Palestinians during the Persian occupation of the Land of Israel in the 6th-4th century BCE). This is the land of the civilizations... Therefore, it is impossible to say anything bad about the Palestinian people. The entire world wants Palestine, but it is not the right of anyone other than the Palestinian civilians, who are the descendants of this huge river of the civilizations, this great river of heritage and cultural values. They are the only ones who own this land.”

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Cartoon on Fatah Twitter depicts Israeli soldiers searching Santa  
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 22, 2017

Cartoon and text tweeted from the official Fatah Twitter account

The cartoon shows two Israeli soldiers with the Star of David on their helmets conducting a physical search on Santa Claus as he stands with arms held up against the Israeli security wall, as well as a search of his sack of gifts. Over the fence stars and the top of a church with a cross on it can be seen.

Posted text:
"Invitation
The Bethlehem district committee for coordinating the factions, the popular committees, the civil society institutions, and the civilian institutions invite you to participate on Saturday [Dec. 23, 2017] in a Christmas procession towards Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Palestine, at 1:00 p.m. at Nisan Square
Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Palestine"
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Cartoon tweeted by Abbas’ Fatah shows Trump and Netanyahu crushed by the number 128 symbolozing the UN and a woman wearing a Palestinian flag 
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 22, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text in English: “#JerusalemCapitalOfPalestine”

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who is wearing an Israeli flag tie – being crushed by the number “128,” which has “in favour” written on it, together with the UN logo. Trump and Netanyahu are making angry expressions as black smoke rises from their heads indicating their mood. A woman wearing a Palestinian flag and brandishing a cane is sitting on top of the number while saying, “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine!” The cartoon refers to a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 128 countries voted in favor of the condemnation.

In the UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 128 states voted in favor, 9 voted against, 35 abstained, and 21 did not participate in the vote.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
Cartoon tweeted by Abbas’ Fatah shows Trump holding Israeli flag walking away from a club bearing the UN symbol 
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 22, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text in English: “#HandsOffAlQuds #JerusalemCapitalOfPalestine”

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump holding an Israeli flag and crying while walking away from a big club with the UN logo on it held by two hands above his head. A large bump on Trump’s head indicates that he was just hit by the club. The cartoon refers to a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 128 countries voted in favor of condemning Trump’s decision.

In the UN General Assembly vote on a resolution on Dec. 21, 2017, condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 128 states voted in favor, 9 voted against, 35 abstained, and 21 did not participate in the vote.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
Abbas' advisor attacks US, Israel in sermon on US Jerusalem recognition, denies Jewish history, fabricates ancient Palestinian history there 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2017
Official PA TV, Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the Mausoleum Mosque near former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat’s grave in Ramallah

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Yesterday you saw, brothers, how the world returned a slap to American President [Trump], how the entire world that the American president had threatened, stuck its tongue out at him and said: 'We are not bought with your dollars, and we are not bought with your aid. From the outset, you did not give us aid because of our beautiful eyes. You aid us for your own interest, and out of your own interests and calculations. So stop this aid!"

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PLO Chief negotiator attacks US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 21, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on the UN General Assembly vote on Dec. 21, 2017, which called on the US to cancel its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, telephone interview with Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat

Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat: “This is a day on which everyone is witness to international law and international legitimacy... Honor and pride to the states of the world and the great majority that refused the language of extortion and threats used by [US] President [Donald] Trump’s administration. The truth is that US Representative [Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley has decided to replace the principles of international law with the principles of billionaire extremist Zionist gambler Sheldon Adelson, and decided to stand alongside the settlements and occupation instead of standing alongside peace, justice, and international law.”

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Fatah posts image of Abbas with map of “Palestine” erasing Israel: “The deal of the century will not pass” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 21, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “Long live Palestine and its capital holy Jerusalem”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the clouds, and above him to the right the Dome of the Rock and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text on image: “The deal of the century will not pass
#Jerusalem_capital_of_Palestine”

The post comes in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below –Ed.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
PA Minister of Education posts image map of “Palestine” erasing Israel with image of Dome of the Rock 
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Dec. 21, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education and Higher Education, Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary, and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor for communications and information technology Dr. Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “A capital in a homeland for a homeland in a capital”

The image shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. Inside the PA map appears a picture of Jerusalem showing the Dome of the Rock with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre seen behind it.
Text on image: “#Jerusalem_capital_of_Palestine”

The map comes in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below –Ed.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Photo posted on Fatah Twitter account shows a building labeled ‘UN,’ presumably the UN headquarters in New York, slapping Trump  
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 21, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text:
“#Palestine #United4Quds (the following hashtag is in Arabic –Ed.) #Jerusalem_capital_of_Palestine #JerusalemEmbassy #HandsOffAlQuds”

The cartoon shows an image of the UN headquarters in New York, which is labeled “UN,” slapping US President Donald Trump while saying “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine!” All of the flags in front of the UN building are Palestinian flags. The cartoon refers to a UN vote on Dec. 21, 2017 rejecting Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

 
 
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley depicted as a vulture in PA daily cartoon 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 21, 2017

Cartoon published in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

The cartoon depicts US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley as a vulture, with the UN headquarters in NY shown in the background.
This cartoon is in response to Nikki Haley's statements about countries voting in the UN General Assembly on Dec. 21, 2017, against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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PA Security Forces spokesman: Trump is “the enemy of the world” 
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, Dec. 21, 2017

Text posted on the Facebook page of official PA Security Forces Spokesman and General Political Commissioner of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority Adnan Al-Damiri

Posted text: “[US President Donald] Trump stole from the states their freedom and is blackmailing the UN
Trump is the enemy of justice, freedom, and peace
Trump is the enemy of the world”
PLO official accuses US of acting like a “mafia” over UN vote on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 20, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast, hosting PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi

Official PA TV host: “In everything related to the [UN General Assembly] meeting tomorrow [Dec. 21, 2017, about US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], according to the media outlets there are threatening messages from Washington to the states that will vote tomorrow at the UN General Assembly.”
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi: “This is cheap and very shameful extortion. Undoubtedly this [US Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley - I don’t know who appointed her as the world’s police officer. She undoubtedly told the states in closed meetings, and afterwards stated in her Twitter account, that ‘We will be following the vote of every state and I will submit a report to the president [Trump], and when you submit a request for aid or any type of special request, we will settle accounts with you over your vote now’ (See note below –Ed.). In other words, this very cheap and shameful extortion, the threat, and the warning are befitting of a state whose nation has declined, whose international level - whose rhetorical, ethical, political, and legal level [has declined] to this level. It acts as if it is a mafia.”

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Op-ed in official PA daily says one would think Nikki Haley ordered the assassination of Rabin, that she is an “extremist” and a “racist” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2017
Excerpt of op-ed by Bassem Barhoum, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "Haley retroactively assassinates Rabin"

"Whoever listened to [US President Donald] Trump's representative in the UN, [US Ambassador to the UN] Nikki Haley, in the two meetings of the [UN] Security Council regarding Jerusalem will think that she is the one that ordered the assassination of [former Israeli Prime Minister] Yitzhak Rabin. If Rabin and [former Israeli President] Shimon Peres were alive, they would advise Haley to rationally examine Israel's interests, and not out of Zionist extremism…
Haley is not [only] biased in favor of Israel, because all of the US representatives were biased. She does not [only] adopt the Zionist ideology and enterprise; she is by her existence Zionist, extremist, and racist. Many Israelis think that Haley hates the Palestinians even more than they themselves do…
Haley is not only Zionist and an extremist Zionist; she is a racist that hates the Palestinian people, which she blames as the one that rejects the peace proposals, and not [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government, the government of settlements and expansion. This extremist Zionist views the role that the US played in the past in the peace process – [a role] that is known for being biased in favor of Israel – as a betrayal of the American conscience. [She thinks that] the fact that the American presidents in the past did not transfer their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem also constitutes a betrayal of the conscience. What conscience is Haley talking about? Undoubtedly she views Rabin's signing of the Oslo [Accords in 1993] as a betrayal of Zionism, and therefore the assassination of the traitor was necessary."

Image posted on Fatah Twitter account shows Palestinian protester holding a shoe on top of Trump’s head 
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 20, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account
Posted text: “Nablus protests today [Dec. 20, 2017] against [US President Donald] Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”

The image shows a protester holding a shoe over a caricature of US President Donald Trump. In Arab culture throwing shoes at someone is a sign of great disrespect for them.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations
 
 
Palestinians step on images of Trump 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 20, 2017

Images posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The images show Palestinians from Bethlehem stepping on a large poster featuring the American flag, US President Donald Trump, and US Vice President Mike Pence.
Text on poster in English: “US = ISIS = Terror”
PFLP delegation meets with head of Hezbollah terror org, expresses “preparedness to participate in any activity against the Zionist enemy and in building a joint plan of resistance”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 20, 2017
Headline: "A delegation from the Popular Front met with Nasrallah for several hours in order to discuss Trump's decision"
      "A delegation of senior officials from the political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) (i.e., a member of the PLO – led by Deputy Secretary-General [of the PFLP] Ahmed Fuad, Maher Al-Taher, Abu Ali Hassan, and Marwan Al-Fahoum - met with Secretary-General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah.
The PFLP notice that reached [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan today, Wednesday [Dec. 20, 2017], noted that 'the meeting lasted several hours, during which the PFLP delegation reviewed the Arab and international situation in general, and the Palestinian situation and the Arab-Zionist conflict in particular. The meeting also dealt with American President Donald Trump's decision regarding [recognizing] Jerusalem [as Israel’s capital] and its consequences.' …
Nasrallah noted that 'The axis of resistance has achieved great accomplishments in the struggle against terror, and that now it has enough time to be available for the Arab-Zionist conflict and to mobilize the energies and capabilities for any future confrontation with the occupation.' …
The PFLP's delegation briefed His Honor [Nasrallah] regarding the developments in the Palestinian arena and the PFLP’s view and position on them, and its preparedness to participate in any activity against the Zionist enemy and in building a joint plan of resistance against the occupation. This is in addition to its interest in returning the national unity, and its preparedness to invest every effort for the continuation of the intifada."

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Fatah Revolutionary Council on US Jerusalem decision: “Yes to an escalation of the popular resistance ‎(term which also refers to violence)‎, Jerusalem is more precious than our souls“ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2017
Excerpt of a Fatah Revolutionary Council notice

Headline: “The Fatah Revolutionary Council: The American administration is a main partner of the occupation in persecuting the members of our people”
     “In the name of All Merciful Allah
A notice from the Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council
Wednesday [Dec. 20, 2017] [will be] a day of rage against the discriminatory American decision [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital]
Yes to an escalation of the popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎
Jerusalem is more precious than our souls..."

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PA Presidential spokesman attacks US veto at UNSC vote on recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2017
Headline: “Washington – ‘Zionist veto’ to increase the anarchy and extremism
The [PA] presidential office: The American veto against the international consensus constitutes an absolute bias in favor of the occupation and aggression”
      “The [PA] presidential office condemned the American veto of the proposed [UN Security Council] resolution regarding Jerusalem [rejecting the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] and saw in it contempt for the international community…
Official [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the American veto yesterday [Dec. 18, 2017] at the Security Council of a proposed resolution regarding [US President Donald] Trump’s declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel opposes the international consensus and is in opposition to the decisions of the international institutions… Abu Rudeina added: ‘This American step is negative, and it contains defiance towards the international community. It will contribute to an increase of the anarchy and extremism instead of security.’”

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Cartoon on Fatah website shows Trump as a shark toppling over the earth, on which are seen the Dome of the Rock and a Palestinian flag 
Source: Website of Fatah’s Commission of National Relations, Dec. 19, 2017
Cartoon posted on the website of the Fatah Information, Culture, and Indoctrination Commission

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump depicted as a shark with “veto” written in its mouth as it rams into a ship in the shape of the world. On the top of the world appears the Dome of the Rock and other buildings representing Jerusalem, and a Palestinian flag is flying from its masts. The cartoon refers to a US veto on a UN Security Council vote on Dec. 19, 2017, which rejected Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly later passed a similar resolution of rejection on Dec. 21, 2017.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
Photo posted on Fatah Facebook page shows woman wearing Palestinian flag hitting Trump with her sandal  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 19, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Israeli occupation state Ambassador [Benny Dagan] calls the editor in chief of the Danish newspaper Politiken and demands that he remove this picture from their website and apologize”

The cartoon shows a woman with a Palestinian flag on her dress spanking US President Donald Trump with a shoe and saying in English: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine!”
This refers to Trump officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

The mention of Israel's Ambassador to Denmark’s complaint to the Danish paper Politiken over a cartoon is mistaken. The Ambassador complained over a cartoon that drew a stereotypically antisemitic image of a Jew. [Politiken (Denmark), Dec. 16, 2017]

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 
Fatah and Fatah officials post image that promotes intifada with map that erases Israel  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 18, 2017

Image and text posted on Dec. 18, 2017 on the official Fatah Facebook page, the Facebook page of Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, and Fatah Central Committee member, Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen

Posted text: “Revolution until victory
The 53rd anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa)
#Intifada_of_the_capital
#Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine”

The post comes in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below –Ed.

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Fatah student movement tears down USAID sign at Al-Quds Open University 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 18, 2017

Video and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The [Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement at Al-Quds Open University in Tulkarem expels an institution supported by the Americans – USAID – from the university buildings in protest of [US President Donald] Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem [recognizing it as Israel’s capital].”

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Fatah Shabiba Student Movement activist: “This is not welcome among us at Al-Quds Open University. There was a clear decision by University President Dr. Younes Amr to officially boycott the Americans... Take this [USAID sign] down… This course doesn’t interest me. Whoever relinquishes and sells our Al-Aqsa Mosque, for which Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded have fallen, and in the end relinquishes it and recognizes it as the capital of the State of Israel does not honor us by being among us. Be well.
(He turns to women in the room:) Girls who agree to sit in a meeting like this, that’s your business, but this course that is supported by the Americans - and the Americans recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel two days ago [Dec. 6, 2017].”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Fatah cartoon depicts Jesus chasing Trump out of Jerusalem  
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 18, 2017

Fatah’s cartoon shows Jesus chasing Trump out of Jerusalem with a whip in a scene reminiscent of the Christian Biblical narrative when Jesus cleanses the Temple, driving out the merchants and the money changers. In the background are three men wearing suits behind a desk with four name tags bearing the names of American banking companies: “Citi[bank],” “Wells Fargo,” “JP Morgan Chase,” and “Goldman Sachs.” The text on the cartoon says “Jerusalem is not yours to give to anyone.” Fatah repeated this in its tweet, adding the hashtag "#HandOffJerusalem."
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Fatah official calls to implement same “peaceful and non-violent“ policies towards Israel as towards South Africa, compares Trump to “colonialist“ Balfour 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2017
        “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub demanded to strengthen the solidarity with our people, by the international community taking decisive steps regarding Israel.
Rajoub emphasized that the time has come for the same policy that succeeded in South Africa to be implemented, and the same peaceful and non-violent methods that the solidarity movements and states throughout the world use should be implemented.
He added that the time has also come to impose sanctions on those who violate the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.
He said this during his participation in the 54th election conference of the ruling party [in South Africa], the African National Congress, on behalf of the PLO and Fatah, and as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ representative… He asked: ‘Who is [US President Donald] Trump to determine the status of Jerusalem [by recognizing it as Israel’s capital]? One hundred years ago a British colonialist [Foreign Secretary] called Arthur James Balfour decided to give Palestine, which was not his land, to a movement that is not affiliated with our land (i.e., the Zionist movement.) We say to them - Jerusalem is not yours. Jerusalem is holy to the three monotheistic religions, and it is occupied land according to international law.’”

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Editor-in-Chief of official PA daily after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: “Interference with its history or attempt to change its status… will lead to violence and an explosion of the region... this will open the gates of Hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “There is a very important slogan and we adhere to it: ‘If the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) passed, the Trump promise [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] will not pass.’ We will act on this basis in the official and private Palestinian media and Arab media… The future of Jerusalem is the future of the peace and stability in the region. Any interference with its history or attempt to change its status in any way other than the negotiation table will lead to violence and an explosion of the region in a way whose end will be bad. Simply, the message is: Jerusalem is the gate to peace in the region and the world; and at the same time, Jerusalem is the gate to war, and to violence and terror, if it does not achieve its freedom and its historical status regarding Palestine as the capital of the State of Palestine, and as a great city of tolerance and peace for the whole world…
It cannot be that we will be dragged into the matter of religious struggle, as this will open the gates of Hell in the region. When faiths clash with each other, there is much bloodshed… It is foolishness to think of changing the history and identity of Jerusalem… Jerusalem is a great city of all of the religions, not only of Islam and Christianity; it is a great city of all of the religions.”

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Official PA daily Editor in Chief: “Trump ‘declared’ Jerusalem - with no justification – the capital of the occupation state” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem, hosting official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “We should not use the term that [US] President [Donald] Trump ‘recognized’ Jerusalem as the capital [of Israel]. The word ‘recognition’ has the meaning of recognizing something that exists. Trump ‘declared’ Jerusalem - with no justification – the capital of the occupation state, and therefore this decision should be treated as a declaration and not as recognition.”

Official PA TV host: “We must mention the significance of the consolidation of the Palestinian media effort on that which concerns terminology and conveying the news, in order to deal with the Israeli media that always attempts to spread false rumors, and convey facts in a distorted way… [What is] the significance of the consolidation of the media efforts?”

Abu Al-Haija: “The significance of the consolidation of the media terminology, the consolidation of the words - every Arab media institution can participate in the effort of defending the matter of Jerusalem, but [this should be] through the consolidation of the media terminology, through the consolidation of the media discourse. The media efforts continue. Every institution and every paper and every [radio] station can do what it thinks is in service of this sacred cause, and in the language that it chooses. However, it must use precise terms, our terms, that we will write, that we will invent, and we should not be dragged after the Western and Israeli media…”
Fatah in Ramallah “calls for a continuation of the escalation” following US Jerusalem decision 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 17, 2017
Headline: "The Fatah Movement leadership in Ramallah calls for a continuation of the escalation and readiness"
      "The Fatah Movement leadership in the Ramallah and El-Bireh branch concluded a meeting yesterday evening [Dec. 16, 2017] that included all of the movement's activists in the district.
[In the meeting] it was agreed to continue the escalation and readiness against the occupation at the checkpoints, settlements, and all points of friction with the occupation.
It was also decided that next Wednesday a march will be held titled ‘We Are Answering Your Call, Jerusalem,’ in which they will gather in front of the Four Seasons Hall at 11:00 a.m. and set out on a mass march towards the Qalandiya checkpoint with the participation of the high schools, official institutions and security [institutions,] and everyone who can answer Jerusalem's call. And Friday is also a day of readiness at all of the checkpoints and points of friction after the afternoon prayers."
PA daily editorial: Palestinians “have sacrificed and will always continue to sacrifice pure blood” to defend the holy sites and to ”defend the honor and glory of the Arab nation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2017
Excerpt of an official PA daily editorial

Headline: “Hello, leader”
       “The Palestinians – as is their custom at moments of confrontation and defiance, and since the ugly declaration of American President [Donald] Trump [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] - have sacrificed and will always continue to sacrifice pure blood (six Martyrs (Shahids) and hundreds of wounded as of now) [parentheses in source], not only to defend the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in their capital occupied Jerusalem, but also in order to defend the honor and glory of the Arab nation.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Abbas’ spokesman denies US statement on the Western Wall being part of Israel in a future peace process 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2017
Headline: “In response to a senior American official who said that the Al-Buraq Wall is part of Israel – Abu Rudeina: We will not agree to any change of the borders of occupied East Jerusalem”
          “Official [PA] Presidential Office Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘We will not agree to any change of the borders of East Jerusalem, which was occupied in 1967.’
This was said in response to the statements of a senior American official in the While House who said that the US views the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), which the Jews call ‘the Wailing Wall,’ as part of the State of Israel. Abu Rudeina said: ‘This American position again confirms that the present American administration is completely outside of the peace process.’”

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PA TV gives platform to Jordanian pilot who denied Israel’s existence “from the River to the Sea” over US Jerusalem decision 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, about a video in Arabic being shared on social media of Jordanian pilot Yousef Dajah who, on a flight from Amman to New York, described the flight path in an announcement to the passengers as going over “Palestine” and passing “north of Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state”

Official PA TV reporter Sundus Ahmed: "… Our viewers, the positions expressing the noble Jordanian people's rejection of [US President Donald] Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital continue. And today – defiance of a different type. The defiance of a Jordanian pilot in his special way, when he announced the flight path of the Royal Jordanian [airplane] to New York… In order to talk more about this matter, I welcome our guest, Captain Yousef Al-Hamlan Dajah... What motivated you to speak and announce [it] in this way?"
Jordanian pilot Captain Yousef Dajah: "In the name of All Merciful Allah, greetings and peace on the lord of the messengers, [Prophet] Muhammad, and on his family members and friends… Foolish American President [Donald Trump's] decision was to declare that Jerusalem is the capital of 'Israel,' in quotation marks, because as far as I’m concerned Palestine is from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea... We will liberate [Palestine], Allah willing, from the river to the sea…
I bless the 'people of giants,' the great people, the Palestinian people, and say: You are the ones defending the nation, the entire nation. You are the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic) in Palestine, you are sacrificing the Martyrs (Shahids)… And I say to the great Palestinian people: 'Go, the entire nation is behind you… Every Palestinian mother and every Arab mother needs to educate h
Girl’s antisemitic poem on PA TV: “Why did you bring the Jews to us, who defile Jerusalem and its great mosque?” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 15, 2017

Palestinian girl Hiba, on the Giants of Endurance PA TV program:
"This poem is because of [US President Donald] Trump's decision that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel:
[Former British Foreign Secretary] Balfour, you vile person, what did you do to our people?
Is your conscience quiet?
Go in your grave toward the blazing fire
You are the one that expelled us, do not ask for help
You drank our blood from a goblet, and brought this fate down upon us…
You brought to our people those who orphaned small children
You have turned the best of our people into Martyrs and prisoners
Why did you bring the Jews to us, who defile Jerusalem and its great mosque?"
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PA daily cartoon depicts Trump as Santa, gifting Dome of the Rock and the Holy Sepulchre to Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2017

Cartoon published in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump dressed as Santa Claus giving the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to Israel, represented by a soldier with Israeli flag on his helmet.
The cartoon is in response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and his decision to move Jerusalem there.
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah compares President Trump to Hitler 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 14, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text in English (all errors in source): “I dont see any different, do you ? #HandsOffAlQuds”

The image shows a photo of US President Donald Trump at the top, and a photo of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at the bottom. The post comes as a response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, see note below.
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Fatah officials call for Intifada in the wake of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2017
“Hundreds of citizens gathered yesterday [Dec. 13, 2017] in the center of Jericho in order to condemn US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state.
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council Secretary [and] District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Majed Al-Fatiani and Fatah Secretary [in Hebron] Jihad Abu Al-Asal participated in the mass procession that passed through the streets of the city…
Al-Fatiani said that it is our people’s fate to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) on the land of Palestine, stand firm in it, and protect its Islamic and Christian holy sites. He added that this role was placed in the hands of our fighting Palestinian people and we will defend Jerusalem with our souls and our bodies, and Jerusalem was and will remain the capital of our Palestinian state.
Al-Asal emphasized that our people, with all of its components, is required to carry out intifada and to rise up to defend Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state and the first direction of prayer. He also emphasized: ‘We say to the entire world that Jerusalem is Arab and Palestinian, with the Islamic and Christian holy sites, and the latest American decision does not give anyone [else] the right [to it].’”

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Fatah official in response to Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Jerusalem; Without it, fire and revolution” 
Source: Facebook page of Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Fatah Central Committee Member, Dec. 14, 2017

Image posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul as the page’s cover photo

The image shows the Temple Mount.

Text on image:
“Jerusalem
Without it, fire and revolution
#Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine”

The image was posted in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Jerusalem and his decision to move the US embassy there.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
PA Supreme Fatwa Council rejects US recognition of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the occupied Palestinian land, and there is no legality to the existence of the occupation on any bit of it” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 14, 2017
Headline: “The Supreme Fatwa Council: Jerusalem belongs to us by virtue of an irrefutable divine decree”
      “The [PA Palestinian] Supreme Fatwa Council adamantly rejected American President [Donald Trump’s] decision to give occupied Jerusalem as a capital to the Israeli occupation entity state. It explained that this decision - which was given by one without ownership to one without a right – is illegal and constitutes a grave threat to the peace and stability in the region and a blatant attack against the rights of the Palestinian people and of the Arab and Islamic nation that are behind it.  This is because Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the occupied Palestinian land, and there is no legality to the existence of the occupation on any bit of it, and it and its holy sites - and the diamond in its crown, the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque - will remain in the souls of the Muslims and Arabs and will not be relinquished or bargained over. Our people, its leadership, and its factions refuse to hand over the keys to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to any foreign party, regardless of the cost and the sacrifices.”

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Fatah Facebook post calls for violence with image of hand clutching rifle: "Strap on your weapon" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 14, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: Strap on your weapon over your wound, and tomorrow you will awaken to a morning of freedom #Rage_for_Jerusalem #Rage_for_Al-Aqsa_Mosque #Jerusalem_our_capital #Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine
#HandsOffAlQuds”

The image shows a hand holding a weapon. The text and image are in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Text on image: “Strap on your weapon over your wound, and tomorrow you will awaken to a morning of freedom”
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Fatah promotes rock throwing and riots: “Rage for Jerusalem” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 14, 2017

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Rage_for_Jerusalem #Rage_for_Al-Aqsa_Mosque
#HandsOffAlQuds”

Text on image: “#Rage_for_Al-Aqsa_Mosque”

The image shows Palestinians masked in keffiyehs (Arab headdress) and Palestinian flags and holding a Palestinian flag, throwing rocks.
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PA daily cartoon depicts Trump as a trash can 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 13, 2017

Text on cartoon in English and Arabic: “Trump & his Deal”

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump’s head as a trash can. A Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) is seen stepping on Trump’s tongue that acts as a foot pedal to open the lid of the trash can, which is Trump’s hair, in order to throw away a crumpled ball of paper signifying Trump’s “peace deal.” The cartoon comes in response to Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it.
Abbas: Jews\Israelis are skilled “in falsifying history and religion”, the Torah says the Canaanites were in Jerusalem since before Abraham until today, but the city should be "open city for all religions"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 13, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Indeed [we], women and men, believe in our right and Allah’s promise to us that this sanctified city [Jerusalem] – since the Canaanite Jebusites established it 5,000 years ago – was not and will not be anything but the capital of our independent state, and [that] sovereignty in it [belongs to] the State of Palestine. By the way, I don’t like to argue about history or religion because none are more skilled than they (i.e., Israelis/Jews) are in falsifying history and religion. But if we read the Torah, it says that the Canaanites were here before our lord Abraham, and their presence has not stopped since that time (sic, there is no connection between the Canaanites and today's Palestinians) – this is in the Torah – until this very day. But if they want to falsify, they will divert the words from their place... We want it [Jerusalem] as an open city to all the members of the Heavenly religions, that they may practice their worship in it. If we will take East Jerusalem – let the Muslim, the Christian, and the Jew come and practice their faith in complete freedom, there is no obstacle.”

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Abbas: Jerusalem is “a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “A hundred years have passed since this decision [the Balfour Declaration]. Now comes a different promise, which is given by [US President] Donald Trump to the Zionist movement in order to give it Jerusalem as an additional gift, as if he is giving one of the cities of the US as a gift… President Trump’s unilateral steps do not grant any legitimacy to Israel in Jerusalem. It is a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city, the eternal capital of Palestine. It is impossible to have a state of Palestine without Jerusalem being its capital. We won’t agree to that. There will not be peace in Jerusalem or in the world without it…  We have no doubt that these unilateral and misdirected steps will encourage the extremist and non-extremist groups to turn the struggle from a political struggle into a religious struggle. And then the world will bear the responsibility. As long as they want a religious struggle, it should bear the responsibility. This is what we have always warned it about and taken care to refuse. We ask a simple question: Who is the one that is setting the religious struggle in motion in the world? Who is the one who invented the terror organizations in the world? We are all asking and we all know the answer…"

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Fatah official against Trump deciison on Jerusalem: Jerusalem must be called Al-Quds, there will be a "volcanic eruption" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast, hosting Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “Since the first day we have said that the role of the US has ended (i.e., following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below.) [PA President] brother Mahmoud Abbas spoke and said [this], right? Regarding the subject of the US and the subject of the American role, the US is the one that distanced itself… We need struggle and resistance that will maintain the flame which contains hope, and it needs to burn this occupation, end it, and sweep it away… However, we will not agree that the US will be the sole mediator on behalf of the world after what it did… I hope that after today none of us will say Jerusalem [in English] or Jerusalem [in Hebrew]. Its name is Al-Quds, and we must assert the word Al-Quds, so that they will say Al-Quds in all the languages and not say Jerusalem… They cannot understand that in every one of us there is a small Arafat. He threw a rock towards water he thought was still, but discovered that there is a volcanic eruption there and a situation in which the sparks blew up in his face.”

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Hosts of official PA TV program claim Jerusalem is the 'Eternal capital of the State of Palestine'  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning

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Throughout the broadcast there is a circle in the upper left corner of the screen with changing pictures of sites in Jerusalem such as the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and under them is the text: "Jerusalem is for us."

Official PA TV host: “Today – Tuesday, Dec. 12 [2017] – is the sixth consecutive day of Palestine This Morning’s special coverage regarding Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Palestine.”

Note: the broadcasts follow US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, see note below

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Jerusalem is being raped by the Israeli occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, report from studio in Gaza, interview with Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza Amal Hamad

Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza Amal Hamad: “(Amal Hamad is asked about the influence of Palestinian women on the issue of Jerusalem –Ed.) Women are a main engine. Women are 50% of the force of society… I view Jerusalem as being raped. Jerusalem is being raped by the Israeli occupation. And the word ‘rape’ for us, as women, has great significance. Therefore women are required to struggle against this rape and for the Palestinian people’s right to liberation and getting rid of the Israeli occupation’s rape of Jerusalem. America now is absolutely not a patron of the peace process, it no longer has a true role, and it is not a mediator. It has already become a partner and ally of the occupation state, and it is a party in the conflict. The Palestinian leadership has clear standpoints: It is not meeting with American Vice President [Mike Pence], and this is a responsible and clear position. Secondly, [the leadership] has said that America has removed itself from the peace process…"

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PA Ministry of Education Spokesman supports Palestinian students participating in “popular activities” against US Jerusalem recognition, calls to include PA curriculum in Jerusalem schools  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
PA Ministry of Education Spokesman Sadeq Al-Khadour: “Let me say through [official] PA TV: Regarding the issue of regular attendance at school, the public activities complement [school activity] and do not contradict [it]. The support for Jerusalem is likely to be through confrontations at the checkpoints and the areas of friction, and it is also likely to be through activities of expression by the students through drawings, writing, poems, and active participation. We again say the [PA] Ministry of Education will also support the popular activities, without harming the regular [school] activity, particularly when most of the activities are done after 12:00 p.m.” […]
Official PA TV host: “We must mention the attack that is being waged against the curricula of the schools in Jerusalem, and the occupation’s attempt to divert the truth [and] distort the curricula. [How are you] dealing with these difficulties and transferring these efforts to Jerusalem?”
Sadeq Al-Khadour: “Jerusalem has a special status. At the end of last year [2016], we organized the Freedom Carnival with the participation of 30,000 students in Jerusalem, and thousands were at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas, wrote inscriptions, and waved flags… We have announced steps to support the religious ruling of his honor [PA] Mufti [Muhammad Hussein] regarding the Palestinian curriculum in Jerusalem (i.e., ruling that called to reject the Israeli curriculum.).”

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Fatah Facebook promotes stone throwing “for Jerusalem” following US recognition of the city as Israel's capital 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 12, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “For you, O our Jerusalem
#Jerusalem_the_eternal_capital_of_Palestine”

The statement is a counter statement to the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below)

Text on image: “For you, O our Jerusalem”
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Fatah posts image of stone throwing woman with text protesting US Jerusalem decision: “Jerusalem the capital of Palestine”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 12, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine”

The statement is a counter statement to the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; see note below. The image shows a masked Palestinian woman using a slingshot while wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), yellow Fatah headband, yellow Fatah scarf, and a black shirt featuring the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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PLO official: Transfer of US embassy to Jerusalem is a “declaration of war,” the “popular uprising” will become an intifada 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 12, 2017
      “Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf emphasized that the Palestinian leadership firmly refuses any meeting with American Vice President [Mike Pence] or any party from the American administration. He also said that the American administration’s decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem is a sort of declaration of war against our Palestinian people, and a prelude to carrying out the plots that strive to eliminate the Palestinian cause through what is called ‘the deal of the century’ or ‘the regional solution.’
Abu Yusuf said in an interview with the media outlets that the popular uprising in response to [US President Donald] Trump’s decisions will continue and become an intifada of return, freedom, and independence...”
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Fatah Facebook promotes violence with image of stone-throwing boy with lyrics from terror-promoting song: “I am coming towards you, my enemy, from every home, neighborhood, and street“ 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “I am coming towards you, my enemy, from every home, neighborhood, and street (this line is from a Fatah song –Ed.)
#Jerusalem_is_our_capital”

The posted text is a quote from a song by Fatah exposed by PMW in 2014. The full lyrics promise violence with “cleavers and knives”.
 
The image shows a boy standing in front of a burning tire about to throw a rock, while making a “V” for victory with his fingers.
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Abbas’ advisor calls on all Palestinians to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat there, and “protect its sanctity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the occupation state is playing with fire when it attempts to change the status quo in Jerusalem…
Al-Habbash demanded that the members of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem and in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in it, and protect its sanctity…
Al-Habbash warned the occupation government not to take any crazy steps regarding the holy city and the holy sites in it following the reckless and irresponsible decision of the American administration (i.e., to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to it).”

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Fatah Facebook page calls for the ‘rage’ to continue, with image of a Palestinian with a rock in his hand 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Posted text:  “The rage continues
#Jerusalem_is_our_capital”

The image shows a Palestinian with a rock in his hand. He is wearing a mask featuring the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. On his head is a keffiyeh (Arab headdress). In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “#The_rage_of_Jerusalem
The rage continues”
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Fatah Facebook page calls for ‘Rage for the Al-Aqsa mosque,’ with image of a Palestinian aiming a slingshot 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

 
Posted text: “Rage for the Al-Aqsa Mosque”

The image shows a masked Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and aiming a slingshot prior to firing it. A Palestinian flag is seen behind him, and an upraised fist is seen next to him. In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “#The_rage_of_Jerusalem”
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Fatah Facebook page posts photo of Palestinian carrying a bar with fire in the background, with the words: “Nothing will break us” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Posted text: “Nothing will break us
#Rage_for_the_Al-Aqsa_Mosque”

The image shows a masked Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and carrying a bar, with flames in the background. In the bottom left corner appears an raised fist. In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “Nothing will break us
This morning we will triumph, and we will unite the flags and the sad nations with a Palestinian banner
#The_rage_of_Jerusalem”
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Fatah Facebook page posts image of masked Palestinian with the words: “Jerusalem is our capital” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 11, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Posted text: “#Jerusalem_is_our_capital”

The image shows a masked Palestinian in the center, and to the right a Palestinian raising his arm and wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress). In the bottom of the image is written “The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission.”

Text on image: “Jerusalem is our capital”
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Cartoon in PA daily shows Trump as a caveman dragging an unconscious dove in one hand with a club in the other, accusing Trump of ‘killing’ potential peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
Cartoon published in the official PA daily
The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump depicted as a caveman with a club in hand dragging an unconscious dove representing peace, after evidently clubbing it. The cartoon refers to Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and beginning the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah secretary threatens violence: Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem “is declaration of war… we are prepared for the return to the prisons and arenas of Martyrdom-death” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2017
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital

Secretary of Fatah in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour: “We in the Fatah Movement and in all the echelons of the Movement and the leadership have said that this [American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] is a declaration of war. It’s the collapse of the peace process. This will blow up the street. The Fatah Movement has begun a chain of meetings with all of the leaders on the ground in the regional branches, the [Fatah] Shabiba [Movement], and all of its offices. The issue of Jerusalem is a central issue for all of the Muslims, all of the Arabs, and all of the free people in the world. Whoever wants to play with fire in Jerusalem will bear the consequences of this [American] decision and will deal with the transfer of the American embassy to the holy city [of Jerusalem]. We believed in politics and believed in peace, but we see now that peace is killing our dream of establishing our state, and that the world recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state. [Therefore,] we will deny politics and peace and we will return. We are prepared for the return. The leadership has said that we are prepared for the return to the prisons and arenas of Martyrdom-death (Shahada). This is an honor for us.”

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PA Religious Minister: “Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 11, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs: Our people will stand against all of Israel’s attempts to impose facts on the ground at our holy sites”
        “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is emphasized that Jerusalem and all of the Islamic sites belong only to the Muslims, and that the Palestinian people will stand against all of the Israeli attempts seeking to establish facts on the ground at the holy sites, with the support and help of all the members of the Arab and Islamic world and the decent people of the world.”
Arab resident of Jerusalem: Jews are “thieves and robbers... the world’s stench” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2017

Official PA TV program
The Occupied Capital, on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem, interview with an Arab resident of Jerusalem participating in a procession in Jerusalem protesting Trump’s decision.

Arab resident of Jerusalem: "[The Jews] are thieves. They are robbers, who were brought [here] from around the world - robbers. Little by little they entered the country until they brought all of the world’s stench here and established a government."
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
PA daily: Israel is the "occupied Palestinian Interior," goal of US recognition of Jerusalem is “to ignite a religious war and attack all of the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
   “National and religious figures from Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) unanimously agreed yesterday [Dec. 10, 2017] to come out against US President Donald Trump’s decisions against occupied Jerusalem, whose goal is to ignite a religious war and attack all of the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah official to Hezbollah head’s call for intifada over US announcement on Jerusalem: “We will not disappoint you”  
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Dec. 11, 2017
     “Palestinian Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that the [Fatah] Movement is no longer interested in any relations with the US, as it and Israel are currently two sides of the same coin. He also said that [US President Donald] Trump will no longer have a role in the political process or a [peace] agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Zaki’s statements came after Hezbollah Secretary-General Mr. Hassan Nasrallah’s speech at a mass demonstration for Jerusalem held in the southern quarter of Beirut, in which he called on the Palestinian people to carry out a third intifada in response to American President Donald Trump’s recent decision, as part of which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Zaki addressed the secretary-general of Hezbollah and said: ‘We will not disappoint you.’”
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PLO Official: “Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is worse than the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and that it constitutes a catastrophe” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 10, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The prisoners’ freedom is part of our people’s right to self-determination, and the American position regarding Jerusalem is worse than the Balfour Promise

“Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said… in his speech at the start of the Fourth European Conference for Support for the Prisoners of Palestine… that Israel, as an occupying power, is carrying out organized crimes against the prisoners and their rights, violating international law, and acting in contradiction of human justice, which places the lives and fate of the prisoners in grave danger
He said that Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is worse than the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and that it constitutes a catastrophe (Nakba) and disaster directed against the international institutions, a just peace, and human justice.”


PA TV hosts and reporters dress in black after Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 10, 2017

Official PA TV News


The screenshots show the PA TV hosts and reporters wearing black shirts with the logo of the official PA TV channel on them and the text: “Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Palestine.” This is in response to US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Israel as the capital of Jerusalem and to move the US embassy there.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.

Fatah official on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital: “All the options are open,” if decision is not withdrawn it will be “open war” on Palestinians and the Arab world  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 10, 2017
Official PA TV, program Palestine This Morning, interview with Fatah Supreme Leadership Council in the Southern Districts (the Gaza Strip) member Najah Aliwa

Host: “What are the political options that currently stand before the Palestinian leadership in dealing with Trump’s decision regarding the matter of Jerusalem?”
Najah Aliwa: “As we have said, the first political step that the Palestinian leadership has taken is boycotting and not receiving any responsible party from America, and not only [US] Vice President [Mike Pence]. Any American responsible party – political, diplomatic – the Palestinian leadership will not receive them, and will not ascribe any importance to them, because the mere meeting with them is recognition of this decision, and this is a politically and internationally rejected decision… Therefore we adhere to our right, and all of the options are open, as we have said.
[…]
Host: “If the American administration will not withdraw from this decision, what can the results on the ground be?”
Aliwa: “In this way it [the US] will declare an open war against the Palestinian people and Arab people. This decision, if [the US] adheres to it, is an open war. In this way they are cutting the line of peace in this region, in the entire region and not just from the Palestinian territories…
And as the proverb says: Whoever plays with fire is burned by it, and whoever ignites a fire must know how to put it out… I think that the one who made this decision and ignited a fire did not foresee the consequences that could follow this decision, and the war will be open, and all the options are open, and no one can foresee what will be in the end...”

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Op-ed in PA daily: “Israeli archaeologists… have not found a single archaeological remnant related to the third Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist of the official PA daily

Headline: "Refuting the lies [about] reality "
"As part of his excuses that are unfounded and contrary to reality, [US President] Donald Trump claimed that he did nothing but recognize the reality in Jerusalem (i.e., by recognizing it as Israel’s capital)…
He contradicted history when he claimed that Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel and the Jews for 3,000 years.
It is not the intention to examine the falsification of history and ignorance [in Trump's claim], or the alignment with the false Zionist narrative, because that is as clear as the sun. If Trump wants to know the truth, he can turn to the Israeli archaeologists who have searched for the last 70 years and have not found a single archaeological remnant related to the third Temple (sic., no third Temple has ever been built, and numerous evidence of the previous two Temples has been found -Ed.), or even other archaeological remnants that are connected to Jews in Palestine in general (sic., such archaeological evidence is abundant –Ed.)"
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Image on Facebook page of PA Presidential Guard presents all of Israel as Palestine, with Dome of the Rock 
Source: Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards, Dec. 9, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guard
The image shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and in it is seen the Dome of the Rock. To the left of the map appears a dove, and standing in front of the map is a Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and carrying a Palestinian flag. This is in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer the US embassy there.

Posted text:
“Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine
#Jerusalem_is_the_capital_of_the_State_of_Palestine”

Text on image: “Jerusalem will remain the capital of the State of Palestine”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
 
 
Abbas’ Advisor justifies salaries to terrorists’ families on official PA TV after US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem, hosting PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath

Official PA TV host: “Dr. Nabil [Shaath], you have monitored the [Arab] efforts up to the moment the A rab foreign ministers’ convention was held. [What is] the significance of this meeting from your perspective in light of the American position that is biased towards the occupation state and violates the international laws and legitimacy?”


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath: “[US President Donald] Trump attempted to press us by closing the Palestinian [PLO] embassy in Washington (see note below –Ed.). He attempted to press us by cutting $300 million from the budget allocated to Palestine on the claim that it equals what the Palestinians pay to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and families of the prisoners, as if it is a crime to pay the victims of the Israeli hostile acts and Israeli crimes [an amount] that is at least enough for the needs of their families. All of these measures [are intended] to pressure us. Will our [Arab] nation stand up and cancel this [US] pressure by actually presenting the material aid in place of [the money] the US has cut and is cutting from the money intended for us?”
Abbas’ advisor: Abbas refuses to meet US VP Pence, US decisions on Jerusalem have “crossed red lines” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2017
Official PA TV News, on the cancellation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence

Official PA TV newsreader: “Advisor to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] on Diplomatic Affairs Majdi Al-Khaledi emphasized that President Abbas will under no circumstances receive American Vice President Mike Pence, who will visit the region in the second half of [December 2017]. Al-Khaledi said in a statement to [official PA radio station] The Voice of Palestine that there will be no meeting with Pence, and that the issue is greater than a mere meeting because the US - in its decisions relating to Jerusalem (i.e., to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy there; see note below) - has crossed red lines that it should not have crossed. Al-Khaledi rejected the American warnings regarding the consequences of cancelling this meeting, and emphasized that our people and its leadership reject any threat from anywhere.”
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PA TV newsreader wears black shirt with text: “Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 9, 2017

 
Official PA TV News, on the cancellation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.
Visual: The official PA TV newsreader is wearing a black shirt with the logo of the official PA TV channel on it and the text: “Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Palestine.”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Secretary of PLO Executive Committee: “The Palestinians will not speak with the US until US President Donald Trump takes back his decision regarding Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Headline: “Erekat: There are no conversations with the American administration until it takes back its decision regarding Jerusalem”

“The [Qatari] news channel Al-Jazeera quoted Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat, who said yesterday [Dec. 8, 2017] that the Palestinians will not speak with the US until US President Donald Trump takes back his decision regarding Jerusalem. Erekat… added that the [PA] leadership is examining all of the possibilities in order to respond to Trump’s decision.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Mahmoud Abbas welcomes the international condemnation of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president welcomes the international consensus condemning the American decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the large international consensus condemning the American decision to consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel, which happened during a [UN] Security Council meeting held yesterday evening [Dec. 8, 2017] in order to discuss the decision…
The president said: ‘We again express our opposition to the American position regarding Jerusalem.’ He emphasized that with this position, the US is no longer fit to sponsor the peace process.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah Movement Spokesman: “US President Donald Trump’s declaration on his country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel …is ‘a declaration of war against the Palestinian people.’” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: Trump’s decision is invalid and constitutes a declaration of war against our people

The Fatah Movement said yesterday [Dec. 8, 2017] that US President Donald Trump’s declaration on his country’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and on the transfer of the embassy there is ‘a declaration of war against the Palestinian people.’
[Fatah] Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said… that ‘Fatah completely rejects Trump’s decision’…
Al-Qawasmi emphasized that Trump’s decision has put an end to the role of the US as any sort of mediator in the political process, and destroyed the political process by violating international law.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah official: “There must be a comprehensive agreed upon national strategy;” Hamas official: “We are continuing our intifada against Trump’s decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital]” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 9, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: There is a need for one struggle strategy; Hamas: We will not stop the intifada”
     “Head of the Information Office of the Fatah Movement’s Mobilization and Organization Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub said that there must be a comprehensive agreed upon national strategy regarding what is happening in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Al-Jaghoub said in an interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: ‘There must be a comprehensive struggle strategy with all of the national and Islamic activity factions in order to reach one result, and that is the realization of national independence and getting rid of the Israeli occupation.’ He added: ‘The strategy must operate on three fronts - the first: strengthening the popular resistance on the ground... 
Hamas leader Dr. Ismail Radwan noted that the grave escalation that the Israeli occupation has carried out constitutes a continuation of the massacres and crimes against the Palestinian people.
He said: ‘We say to the Israeli occupation: Your crimes will not pass without a price and we will not stop the intifada for the freedom of Jerusalem and the West Bank, and we are continuing our intifada against [US President Donald] Trump’s decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], and this pure blood will be a curse upon him and fuel for the resistance.’ Radwan called on the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank to persecute the settlers in response to the aggression taking place in the cities.”

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Fatah military wing: "It is necessary to continue the intifada and escalate it" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 8, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) at the Al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron: ‘It is necessary to continue the intifada and escalate it, and to see days of popular rage in the coming days.’”

The images show masked Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades members in military uniforms carrying assault rifles, as well as the Palestinian flag and a yellow Fatah flag.
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Abbas’ advisor incites religious war: US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital is “a crime against humanity... How do Muslims... allow this sin? … It will open the gates of hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 8, 2017

Official PA TV, Friday prayers at the mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah, sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash
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Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "This crime that American President [Trump] committed [by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] is not only against Palestine, but also against all of humanity, against the Muslims, and against the Christians. How does he allow himself to give the keys to Jerusalem to those who are not its people? He wants to repeat the sin and crime of [former British Foreign Secretary] Balfour... How do the Muslims of the world allow this sin? How do the Christians of the world allow handing over the keys to [the Church of] the Holy Sepulchre to those who are not from Jerusalem, to those who are not Palestinians... It could be that everyone knows and everyone assumes that this sin, which the American president committed, will open the gates of hell, as Sheikh Al-Azhar said – not only in the East, but in both the East and the West. Nobody should think, wherever he is in the world, that he will be able to prevent the consequences of this sin... Jerusalem is ours and not yours. It has been ours for 5,000 years and it will remain ours until Allah will inherit the earth and whoever is on it."
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Fatah official: Trump is "crazy," his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is "completely rejected… Jerusalem will never be Jewish" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
       "Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member] Jamal Muhaisen said: ‘From Al-Usoud Square in the heart of Ramallah and El-Bireh, these masses have come to say to America’s crazy man [US President Donald Trump] that his decision is completely rejected, has no legal or practical value, and Jerusalem will never be Jewish and will remain Arab Palestinian and Islamic-Christian.’
Muhaisen called on the American administration and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government to again review history and learn lessons from it, as the occupation’s American arsenal has not succeeded during 70 years of aggression in eliminating the identity, right, and struggle, and these strides will also not break the will of the Palestinian people.”
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Fatah Central Committee member says salaries and payments to terrorists and their families “cannot be neglected under any pressure” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah), and Fatah Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon] Azzam Al-Ahmad said that American President Donald Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is a type of kindling of a religious conflict and encouraging of terror and violence
Al-Ahmad referred to the fact that this American step comes at the same time as the decision published by Congress regarding reducing the amount of American aid to the PA (i.e., referring to the Taylor Force Act; see note below), in an attempt to apply pressure to stop the aid to the families of the courageous Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and said: ‘The Martyrs and prisoners are equal in value to the sanctity of the Palestinian land, and taking care of and aiding them cannot be neglected under any pressure.”
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Following US declaration on Jerusalem, Islamic Jihad terror org calls on Palestinians to “escalate the Jerusalem intifada... and strengthen and escalate the resistance”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
       “[Islamic] Jihad Movement Spokesman Daoud Shihab said at a press conference yesterday in Gaza City that it is necessary to come out decisively, in force, and by all means (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) against the plot to eliminate the Palestinian issue through what is called the American ‘deal of the century,’ which [US President Donald] Trump inaugurated in his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He added: ‘We demand that the PLO, in light of this dangerous development, declare the failure of the attempts for a [peace] agreement, annul the Oslo Accords, and refuse to obey the obligations deriving from it, and particularly through providing security cooperation with the enemy in all its forms.’
He called on the Palestinian masses to escalate the Jerusalem intifada, integrate all of the national and Islamic activity factions into it, and strengthen and escalate the resistance throughout our occupied land, particularly in the West Bank.”
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Fatah official: US VP Pence is not welcome in the PA, following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2017
Headline: “Rajoub: The US vice president is not welcome in Palestine”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said that American Vice President Mike Pence, who is supposed to visit the region this month, is not welcome in Palestine. Rajoub said: ‘I say on behalf of Fatah that we will not welcome [US President Donald] Trump’s vice [president] in the Palestinian territories. He asked to meet with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas on Dec. 19 [2017] in Bethlehem, but this meeting will not take place. We ask the rest of the Arab capitals not to meet with an American leader so long as he says that united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel.’”
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Photo on Fatah’s official Facebook page shows an American flag being burned and an Israeli flag being hung beside it 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Dec. 8, 2017
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows an American flag being burned, and an Israeli flag being hung next to it by masked men also to be burned. This comes after US President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating his intention to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; see note below.
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Fatah Movement activists a short while ago locking up a club in Jericho that was funded by American institutions and burning the flag of the US and of the Israeli occupation”
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
PA Min. of Health spokesman, after Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: US decisions that harm us are “declarations of war against the Palestinian people" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 8, 2017
Official PA TV host: “As long as [the US] does not take notice of the language of threats to its interests, it is likely that this [language] is something necessary from all the [Arab] states and brothers – that they do something like this [and] cause the American administration to feel that it will pay a price for these foolish, uncalculated, and ominous decisions, which are not based on law or legitimacy.”
PA Ministry of Health Spokesman Osama Al-Najjar: “In other words, they need to feel, as you noted, that every decision that is made that harms the Palestinian people is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people, against international legitimacy, and against the Arab and Muslim nation. We must make the US feel that all of its interests are in the sights of the Palestinian people and the Arab and  Muslim nation, and that its economy has also entered these sights. We, as the Palestinian people, must boycott everything that is connected to the US on all levels... Currently, the truth is that there is no American patron, and we have illusions that there is an American patron –there is an American enemy that does whatever it pleases against the members of our people, and does all that the previous American administrations could not do. Therefore, currently our Palestinian people must confront the US and Israel.”

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Fatah official demonizes Israel as the source of terror in the world 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 8, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on responses to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member Adnan Ghaith

Official PA TV host: “Mr. Adnan Ghaith, much was said at the international [UN] Security Council in its urgent meeting, and much of it pointed to how this [American decision] feeds the fanaticism, tension, and extremism in the region. Israel, as a terror state, is the highest form of terror...”
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Adnan Ghaith: “Certainly, what the Israeli occupation is doing against our Palestinian people in general and in occupied Jerusalem is the height of terror. In other words, the one that murders innocents in the streets and roads, the one that closes the places of worships to the worshippers, the one that allows the settlers and the patrons of the settlers to burn children and attack homes and property, the one that does all this- is carrying out ethnic cleansing against the rightful inhabitants, the owners of the land – this is the height of terror. But let me say the truth – Israel, in other words the Israeli occupation government, would not dare to continue with this terror if not for the American cover... Think that today, when the position of the US supports this Israeli occupation, we therefore say to the US: ‘In the eyes of the Palestinian people and the eyes of our people in Jerusalem you have become partners of this occupation and its crimes, its terror, and its violence against our people and against the Palestinian people.’ If there is terror in the world, its foundation is the Israeli occupation government. The one that feeds ISIS and takes care of ISIS is this Israeli occupation, and the world must completely recognize that the one that is involved in this terror is the Israeli occupation, the height of terror in t
PA Parliament Member: “The US is the snake`s head” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day,  special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with PA Parliament Member Jihad Abu Zneid

PA Parliament Member Jihad Abu Zneid: "We have said in the past and we say today: As usual, the US is the snake's head. Therefore, this is not something new. The US is the one that plans. The US speaks about democracy, [but] it is the source of racism."
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Fatah official: US President Trump is an “ignoramus… thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel as he gave his daughter to Kushner” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “We are standing before this ignoramus (i.e., US President Donald Trump), who has attempted to make himself like [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour of 2017 by giving a national home to the Jews in Palestine. He came to place himself over something that does not belong to him, as if it were a business deal. Like he gave his daughter Ivanka to [Jared] Kushner, he thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel. In other words, a business deal…
I think that now he is not only our enemy, but also his own enemy, the enemy of the international community, the enemy of Europe, of Turkey, and of the Arabs who [just] yesterday were his pawns… [Jerusalem] is [the place of] lord Muhammad’s Night Journey, [and the place of] Jesus’ resurrection. It is the earth’s gate to Heaven. This fool will not be able to change anything. Therefore, now the options are open and no one will blame us… Everyone needs to put a picture of Trump with a donkey on his head – let them burn him and hang him. We need to see [a picture of] Trump on every street and step on it… Now, I declare today that Trump has joined terror. Terror is the highest form of occupation known to man (sic., generally “occupation” and “terror” are reversed in this sentence). This terrorist occupation – currently the American administration is terrorist, it has joined the Likud (i.e., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party). Therefore, the extremists in Israel and Trump are two sides of the same coin.”

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PA Minister of Religion: US President Trump “declared and incited a religious war” when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel`s capital  
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is: “I say that when the hostile one [US President Donald Trump] signed this criminal decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital], he declared and incited a religious war.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Palestinians burn an effigy of US President Trump, in image posted on Fatah Facebook page  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2017

Picture and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows an effigy of US President Donald Trump being burned by a crowd of Palestinians. This follows Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and statement of intent to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; see note below.

Posted text: “Nablus today”
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PA daily op-ed: “Trump will be Balfour's successor; he has taken [Britain's] place as a colonialist country in order to complete the Zionist enterprise that began with the Balfour [Declaration] 100 years ago”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

      “The most important thing at this historical moment is that the Palestinian and Arab public, and also the friends of Palestine and free people of the world, know that from our perspective, [that of] the Palestinians, [US President] Donald Trump will be [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour's successor; he has taken down Great Britain and taken its place as a colonialist country in order to complete the Zionist enterprise that began with the British Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) 100 years ago…
We must always remember that the biggest losers will be the US and its pawn, the occupation state Israel, because through the crime of blowing up the bridges to peace… they are declaring war on dialogue and negotiations as a means to resolve disputes and establish peace between warring states.”
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PA daily: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “second version” of the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: "Jerusalem from the Balfour Promise to the Trump Promise"
      "After 100 years, it seems that there is a second version of the [same] ominous promise [the Balfour Declaration]; 100 years after British General Edmund Allenby took control of Jerusalem, a month after the [100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise in which the British gave the Jews a national home in Palestine, US President [Donald Trump] issues an additional version of this promise."
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Fatah military wings in Gaza: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “crime,” call for “armed confrontation” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: “Fatah’s military wings: We call on our people to [wage] an armed confrontation against the occupation”
       “The Fatah Movement’s military wings in the Gaza Strip published a statement in which they condemned what they described as [US President Donald] Trump’s crime in declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Fatah’s military wings said that the American decision is worthless and is a kind of mercy killing of the peace process and agreement, and that the Palestinian people will adhere to what deceased [PA] President Yasser Arafat said: ‘There is not one among us who will concede an inch of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Palestine.’ Fatah’s wings explained that Trump’s decision is a declaration of war not only against the Palestinians, but also against the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world, and they called on the Fatah members and the masses of the Palestinian people to [wage] an armed confrontation against the occupation in [all] places where it is located.”
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PA PM: Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is “empty talk,” the PA will refuse US aid that is conditional 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah: "[US President Donald] Trump has now taken an unprecedented step… And what did this Trump do? It is all empty talk. Just a piece of paper. It does not add or subtract. Others before him have made decisions, and what happened? The uprising of July [2017] – people without weapons – civilians - forced the [removal of the] metal detectors (refers to security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there; see note below –Ed.)...
And he, who will make a million decisions, yesterday [Dec. 6, 2017] boasted, signed, and showed people. We say to him that this decision is not worth the ink in his signature. And may he hear us, and stop the aid [to the PA], which he has already stopped anyway. Two years ago he stopped the aid (sic., Trump was not president two years ago), and we say that we do not want aid and do not want anything from him. This aid is conditional, we do not want it. And we will be satisfied with little."

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Fatah posts burning picture of Trump with text: "Jerusalem, Palestine's heart is not up for negotiations"  
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission‎, Dec. 7, 2017

Text and picture posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission

The image shows a burning picture of US President Donald Trump with a red x over his face and the following text in English below his picture: "Jerusalem, Palestine's heart is not up for negotiations"
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Fatah posts picture of Trump poster with face crossed out, together with text: "Jewish Shill" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2017

Picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows a poster being held with a picture of US President Donald Trump on it, with a red x over his face, and the following English text written over his face and the x: "Jewish Shill"
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah posts pictures of anti-US and anti-Israel demonstration in Cairo protesting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2017

Pictures and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The pictures show Israeli flags being burned and signs held at a demonstration in Cairo following US President Donald Trump's speech in which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Posted text: "Pictures of burning the Israeli flag at a demonstration in Cairo that rejects US President [Donald] Trump's statement that Jerusalem is the capital of the occupation."

Text on signs:  "Jerusalem the capital of Palestine – death to Israel!"
The resistance lives, Trump will fall – patron of the Zionists!"
"America will fall!"
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah branch posts video of Arabs defacing pictures of US President Trump  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 7, 2017

Video posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch

The video shows Arabs defacing pictures of US President Donald Trump.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.

Official PA daily headline on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Blatant American aggression against justice and history”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017

Headline banner published in the official PA daily, following US President Donald Trump’s statement on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem. The headline banner shows the Temple Mount with the western part of Jerusalem seen in the background.

Text on headline banner: “Blatant American aggression against justice and history”
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Palestinian reactions to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “A knife in the back,” “It will bring disgrace and destruction on the region,” “A clash is anticipated” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub said… that the transfer of the [US] embassy proves to us clearly that [US President Donald] Trump’s administration is not objective in its relations with the two sides in the struggle, is not balanced, and does not view Jerusalem as occupied territory…
Palestinian [PLO] Ambassador to Washington [and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Strategic Affairs] Husam Zomlot said that American President Donald Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is a knife in the back and a bullet that kills the two-state solution…
The Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine said: ‘The decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem cannot pass in quiet. It will bring disgrace and destruction on the region, and it is the beginning of the end of the injustice that the US, Israel, and their helpers are causing.’ They emphasized that ‘A clash with the oppressor and oppressors is anticipated for Jerusalem – with all of its men, women, Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), and lovers.’”
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PA Ministry of Education calls for suspension of studies in order for teachers and students to participate in processions  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
     "The factions of national and Islamic action declared a general strike today [Dec. 7, 2017] throughout the homeland, which will include the schools, as a sign of opposition to US President [Donald] Trump's decisions (i.e., recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transferring the embassy; see note below).
The factions called on the Palestinian public to participate in processions that will take place in the city centers.
The [PA] Ministry of Education announced a suspension of studies in all of the schools in the homeland today (Thursday) [parentheses in source]… The ministry called on its employees, the teachers, and the students of the high schools, universities, and colleges to participate in the processions in their masses… Last night the Ramallah and Bethlehem municipalities turned off [the lights on] the Christmas trees at Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat Square and at the Church of the Nativity plaza in condemnation of the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer its embassy to Jerusalem."
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PLO Executive Committee Secretary: “President Trump distanced the US from playing any role in any peace process”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: "'Slap of the century’ (play on words, rhymes with ‘deal of the century’ –Ed.) – Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!”
     “US President Donald Trump yesterday [Dec. 6, 2017] declared that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This decision has put an end to a 20-year-old American policy. Trump’s declaration came at a time when the world is talking about what is called the ‘deal of the century,’ which the American administration is formulating in order to establish peace in the Middle East…
The PLO said that Trump’s decision on Jerusalem ‘destroys’ any chance for the two-state solution. PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat said: ‘Unfortunately, President Trump has destroyed any chance for the two-state solution.’ He explained: ‘I think that tonight President Trump distanced the US from playing any role in any peace process.’”
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Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is second Balfour Declaration, says PA official 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 7, 2017

Official PA TV, program Palestine This Morning, on US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem, hosting Hanna Issa.

Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Hanna Issa: "Yesterday was the second Balfour Promise or the Trump Promise, [in] which one who is not the owner gave to one who has no right."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “second Balfour Promise… given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: The American administration has given that which does not belong to it to one who has no right to it”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the American administration’s decision against the holy city [of Jerusalem] constitutes a blatant provocation towards the Arabs and Muslims, and described it as the second Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which was given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right. He emphasized that Jerusalem is Arab, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque by virtue of a divine decision, and is not subject to any decision such as this or another.”
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PA government calls on Palestinians to protest against US Jerusalem decision, says those who “stood upright” during previous unrest “will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city" and to "Judaize" it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
     “During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called on the masses of our people – with all of its groups and wherever it is located – to express their opposition to the dangerous American intentions to transfer the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
The government emphasized that the members of our people – who stood upright during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented a spectacular example of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity. The government emphasized that transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
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In anticipation of US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, Fatah official calls on Palestinians “to go out into the streets to express rage” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on US President Donald Trump’s impending decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem

Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen:
“Today, Israel - together with the US - can make the decision it wants as they think [best]. Therefore, we say to our Palestinian people everywhere it is located: There will be activities starting today, but tomorrow all of the Palestinians everywhere they are located must go out into the streets in order to express rage and condemnation of this step. And beyond that I say: If the American president [Trump] gives this speech, it means that he doesn’t care about the Arab response.”
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Jamal Muhaisen also holds the following positions: Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank and PLO Central Council member.
Abbas on Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “These measures… serve extremist groups attempting to turn the conflict in our region into a religious war” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
     “RAMALLAH, December 6, 2017 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday that with US President Donald Trump declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, he has chosen to disregard all international resolutions and bilateral agreements, preferring to ignore and contradict the international consensus expressed by many countries and leaders of the world, its spiritual leaders and regional organizations over the past few days on the issue of Jerusalem.
He said in a speech in response to Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, "These measures are a reward to Israel’s violations of international resolutions and an encouragement for Israel to continue its policy of occupation, settlements, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”
Abbas added, “These measures also serve extremist groups attempting to turn the conflict in our region into a religious war that is dragging the region, which is living critical situations in the midst of international conflicts and endless wars. This is what we have always warned of and we have rejected and fought.”
He said, “These measures, which are denounced and rejected, are a deliberate undermining of all efforts to achieve peace, and is a declaration of the withdrawal of the United States from playing the role which it has played over the past decades as a peace broker.”
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On picture of Trump, Fatah replaces text of US memorandum declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital with "Jerusalem the eternal capital of Palestine" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 6, 2017

Picture and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows US President Donald Trump holding pages on which are written: "Jerusalem the eternal capital of Palestine"
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
PA Security Forces spokesman on US decision on Jerusalem: The Palestinian people will defend Jerusalem “with all of its capabilities;” "Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat in Jerusalem” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 6, 2017
      “General Political Commissioner [of the PLO Political and National Guidance Authority] and [PA] Security Forces Official Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri said that if the American administration transfers its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel], this will put the US in a confrontation with all of the peoples of the region and the entire world. This will also turn it from a state that is biased in favor of the occupation into a state that is a partner in the occupation, will endanger its interests in the region, and will disprove its false claims according to which it respects international law and the decisions of international bodies…
He added that everyone must prepare for the next step after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem [as the capital of Israel], and said that the Palestinian people, with all of its components, will not accept this and will come out with all of its capabilities to defend Jerusalem, which is not only Palestinian, but also Arab and Islamic, and Allah wanted us as Palestinians to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and its surroundings; we will defend it and protect this precious diamond with all of our force."
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PA daily cartoon: US depicted as chameleon, stepping from olive branch of peace to bloody Israeli sword  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017

The cartoon shows a chameleon representing the US, indicated by the Uncle Sam hat. The chameleon is stepping from an olive branch representing the peace process onto a sword dripping with blood, which is marked with a Star of David representing Israel. As it steps over, the chameleon is changing colors from the green of the olive branch to the silvery steel of the sword.
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This cartoon was published the day of US President Trump‘s announcement officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing the eventual move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Dec. 6, 2017.
Palestinian National and Islamic Forces call for “days of popular rage” if the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: “The National and Islamic Forces: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – days of popular rage”
      “The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] called to hold ‘days of popular rage’ in protest of a possible American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer the American embassy to it from Tel Aviv.
The forces declared ‘Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as days of popular rage throughout the homeland, gatherings in all the city centers, and sit-down strikes in front of the American embassy and consulates.’”
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Palestinian National and Islamic Forces - an unaffiliated coordinating body comprised of representatives from factions in the PLO and outside the PLO. The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces were established in 2000 shortly after the start of the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), under the authorization of Yasser Arafat and the leadership of terrorist Marwan Barghouti. During the PA terror campaign it played an active role in coordinating political efforts and terror attacks against Israel, but since the end of the campaign it has been less significant and its activity is primarily centered in Gaza.
Fatah in Nablus calls on Palestinians to “come out… in force” against “any attempt to harm the holy city, Judaize it, and change its characteristics,” if US recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli capital 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: “Fatah in Nablus called for a popular uprising ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ against Trump’s decision”
     “The Fatah Movement in Nablus today, Wednesday [Dec. 6, 2017], called to come out determinedly and in force against American President [Donald Trump’s] decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem. During the emergency meeting convened by Fatah’s Nablus branch today, Fatah called… on the masses of the people, with all of its components and parts, and in all places where it is located, to bear the moral, national, and human responsibility to come out against the aggression that threatens to harm our Islamic and Christian holy sites, and to be ready to express their rejection of the dangerous American bias, if Trump’s speech tomorrow includes a decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognize it as the capital of Israel... Fatah emphasized in a statement that the members of the Palestinian people – who stood [firm] during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented the most spectacular examples of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity.”
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Image on Fatah facebook page shows Yasser Arafat on a backdrop of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock with the text: “Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 6, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem #HandsOffAlQuds”

The text is a well-known quote by former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat –Ed.

The image shows Yasser Arafat on the right, with the Dome of the Rock seen behind him and the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the left, while Palestinian flags are shown flying in the middle. A keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern is superimposed on the top left of the image.

Text on image: “Good morning
Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem”

This image was posted shortly before US President Trump was to announce US administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Fatah Bethlehem branch Facebook page posts video of Palestinians shouting: “The US – the head of the snake; The US – a terror state”  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 6, 2017
Video posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

 
The video shows a group of protesters in Bethlehem demonstrating against US President Donald Trump’s official announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem. The protesters are trampling on pictures of Trump and chanting.

Protesters: “The US – as usual
The US – the head of the snake;
The US – a terror state;
And we are not afraid of it;
(The next two lines are in English –Ed.)
No good morning, no good night;
O America, we will fight;
The US – as usual;
The US – the head of the snake;
The US – a terror state, and we are not afraid of it;
Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem”
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Official PA daily columnist: Israel is the enemy of all the Arabs and targets all the Arab states 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Special broadcast on official PA TV after US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


Official PA daily columnist Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul: "I call on all the Arab brothers - if they want peace and war on terror. After all, Israel is their enemy [too], and not [just] the enemy of the Palestinian Arab people. It not only targets the Palestinian Arab people, but it targets all the Arab states. ISIS and [Jabhat] Al-Nusra and all the Jihadi and Takfiri organizations are an Israeli-American product. If [the Arabs] are true brothers and consider the Palestinian issue the central issue of the Arabs, they must take responsibility."
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Jabhat Al-Nusra is a branch of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization operating in Syria and Lebanon, formed in January 2012. It is an Islamic Sunni, Jihadist group fighting against the Syrian government forces in the Syrian civil war, in order to establish an Islamic state in Syria.

Takfiri - Muslim who accuses other Muslims of heresy.
Abbas’ advisor to Vatican Secretary of State: “The entire world will suffer from the consequences “ of US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: “Vatican Prime Minister: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will endanger the stability and peace in the world”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash met yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] with Vatican Prime Minister (sic., Secretary of State) Cardinal [Pietro] Parolin, and discussed with him the latest developments regarding Jerusalem and the consequences of the American administration’s inclination to transfer its embassy to [Jerusalem] and recognize it as the capital of Israel. During the meeting, which was held in the Vatican, Al-Habbash emphasized that the steps that the US intends to take against Jerusalem place the entire region on the boil, and pave the way to a deterioration of the situation in the region in a tragic manner whose results are unimaginable. He noted that the entire world will suffer from the consequences of this decision.”
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Abbas warns consequences of US recognition of Israel as Jerusalem “on the peace process, security, and stability in the region and world” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: There is no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] received a telephone call from US President Donald Trump, who briefed him about his intention to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In the meantime, President Abbas held a series of conversations with several Arab and foreign leaders and presidents to block the American step. Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that President Abbas warned of the severe consequences of a decision such as this on the peace process, security, and stability in the region and world.
Abu Rudeina added: ‘The president again emphasizes our fixed and firm position – there is no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the decisions of the international institutions and the Arab peace initiative.’”
Fatah spokesman on possible US embassy move to Jerusalem: “This blatant American attack will ignite the entire region;” claims move is “deliberate attempt” to spark a “religious conflict”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: "Fatah: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will turn Washington into a party that is harming the peace process"
      "The Fatah Movement said that the position of the US regarding transferring its embassy to Jerusalem is a serious violation of all of the international decisions and a crossing of all the red lines, which is liable to cause tension in the entire region. Fatah Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi said yesterday evening [Dec. 5, 2017] that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is clear aggression against the rights of the Palestinian people, and that it will confirm that Washington cannot remain a party in the peace process, but rather [will become] a party that is harming the peace process in the Middle East. He added that… this blatant American attack will ignite the entire region, as Jerusalem lives in the heart of every Arab, Muslim, and Christian, and the American step constitutes a deliberate attempt to turn the conflict with the occupation into a religious conflict in the region."

Fatah official: The US is "the snake’s head” 
Source: YouTube channel of Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Dec. 6, 2017

Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:
"This is a clear declaration that Trump has joined the terror, because the occupation is the highest form of terror. In Trump’s declaration, he reminded us of the old imperialism, when [former British Secretary of State Arthur] Balfour declared that the Jews have the right to have a national home in Palestine... His declaration is worthless, and therefore we must boycott this administration, and have no contact with the snake’s head... One who pins his hopes on the Americans or on the illusion of peace is not a Palestinian."
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PA official: Palestinians will “wage intifada” because of US recognition of Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

PA Deputy District Governor of Jerusalem Abdallah Siyam on Palestine This Morning:
"When there's harm to Jerusalem - Jerusalem wages intifada, as do the people of Jerusalem, the entire Palestinian people, and all of the free people in the world... When Jerusalem is in a certain danger, you find there creativity in the struggle and unprecedented unity. This leads to victories and intifada in Jerusalem's favor. Today we are in this situation. We feel this sudden danger that surrounds Jerusalem following this oppressive and biased American decision [to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital]... [We] need an uprising in front of every US embassy and [to take] a stand that warns [them] that this disregard for the red lines and for Jerusalem is complete disregard for the stability of the region."
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Fatah official: Israel is “a racist and fascist occupation... a distorted model, even for the Nazis” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub
: “There are still 5 million [Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip] from 1967 until now, who [through] their bare chests stand against a racist and fascist occupation, and what [the Israelis] are doing against this great people is a distorted model even for Nazism.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
Fatah official: Trump stole from the Arab nation, gave keys to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Jews 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub
: “What [US President Donald] Trump did today [Dec. 6, 2017] is an act of theft [from] the Arab nation in a live and direct broadcast. This is a coup against the historical, legal, and religious place of Jerusalem. Today Trump gave the keys of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and [Church of the] Holy Sepulchre to the Jews.”
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Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump gave a speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stating that he had instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump concluded by stating that the US is still fully committed to the peace process in the Middle East. Following his speech, Trump signed the waiver to delay the transfer of the embassy, and apparently will continue to do so until preparations for the transfer have been completed.
PA TV filler on US Jerusalem decision quotes Arafat: “Do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand” and be replaced with a rifle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Official PA TV interlude on US President Donald Trump’s impending decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem

The interlude plays recordings of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat from his well-known 1974 UN speech, in which he said: “The olive branch is in my hand, and the rifle of the revolution is in my hand. Do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand.”

Visual: At the end of the recordings of Arafat’s statements the words: “Jerusalem, a red line” appear on a black screen, with two red lines behind the text. In the upper left corner of the screen appears a special logo showing a scene of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock, with the Palestinian flag below it, and below it the words: “Jerusalem is ours.”
Fatah secretary: There’s “nothing left but to return to confrontation" if US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 5, 2017

Secretary of Fatah in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour on Palestine This Morning:
"The Fatah Movement has always led the defenders of our Palestinian people and will not hesitate when it sees the danger surrounding our Palestinian capital Jerusalem. Yesterday we were called to a meeting of branch secretaries in the presence of [Fatah] Commissioner Jamal Muhaisen, and prepared plans for escalating struggle activities on the ground if the US makes such a decision that will blow up the peace process... When the patron of peace [the US] comes and kills the peace process and kills our dream to establish our Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem, we in Fatah have nothing left but to return to confrontation with this occupation."
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Fatah youth movement: US announcement on Jerusalem means “opening of all the doors and options before us in order to defend the Arabness of holy Jerusalem” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: "Fatah Shabiba: All of the options are open for Jerusalem"
      "The Fatah Shabiba Secretariat in the West Bank said that any step by the American administration that is in complete alignment with the settler government in Israel means the opening of all the doors and options before us in order to defend the Arabness of holy Jerusalem.
Shabiba said in a notice it published today, Tuesday [Dec, 5, 2017], that the young people of Palestine, led by Fatah Shabiba, will not hesitate to overturn the table and change all of the equations for holy Jerusalem, which is the pride and honor of the Arabs and Muslims."
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The terms "all means”, "all means of resistance," “all forms,” “all options,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.
Editorial in official PA daily: If Trump “illegally recognizes Jerusalem as the occupation state’s capital” it will “be the opening of the gates of hell in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
H eadline: “Jerusalem is a red line – and more than that”

Excerpt of editorial of the official PA daily

“US President Donald Trump will not achieve any deal to implement peace in the Middle East if he follows the path of the extremist Israeli right-wing and illegally recognizes Jerusalem as the occupation state’s capital…
The only significance of destroying the chances for peace will be the opening of the gates of hell in the region, which will spread the terror in it even more than the current situation. This will not serve the interests of anyone, and particularly [not] the US. Under no circumstances is there a threat towards any side in this warning against the severe danger; this warning is simply a statement of human and cultural responsibility, a statement that the State of Palestine… thinks must be spread at this time, and be examined carefully with objective and responsible analysis before the incident occurs and before that whose end will have dire consequences takes place.
That whose end will have dire consequences is dangerous, very dangerous. Will the US understand this before it will be too late? It must understand this if it truly is interested in establishing peace in the Middle East, and certainly there is no peace in the Middle East other than the peace that Palestine hopes for… the peace of truth, justice, and dignity ; the peace of tolerance and productive coexistence between the peoples and nations; the peace of Jerusalem, the capital of peace, with its authentic Palestinian identity and with its firmly established Arab identity, as it has been throughout history.”

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Official PA daily front page headline: “Jerusalem is a red line – and more than that” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
The main headline on the front page of the official PA daily, which appears without an accompanying article, and which is the same as the headline of the official PA daily’s editorial in the same edition

Front page headline: “Jerusalem is a red line – and more than that”

The headline is presented in red letters against the background of an image showing the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem.

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Image on Fatah Facebook page shows Palestinian armed with machine gun in front of the Dome of the Rock: “We are answering your call, Jerusalem” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 5, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text and text on image: “We are answering your call, Jerusalem
#HandsOffAlQuds”

The image shows the Dome of the Rock, and a Palestinian masked in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) armed with a machine gun. The upper left shows the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

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Fatah Twitter posts image of Palestinians burning photos of US President Trump to protest embassy move 
Source: Official Twitter account of Fatah, Dec. 5, 2017

Picture and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account


The picture shows Palestinians burning a picture of US President Donald Trump at the Chords Bridge, near the main entrance to Jerusalem.

Posted text in English: "Palestinians burn photos of [US President Donald] TRUMP to protest embassy move to #Jerusalem.
#HandsOffAlQuds"

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PLO Committee Member declares day of rage: “the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel… is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nation”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: “The Arab and Palestinian contacts are continuing in order to block the American intentions”

PLO Executive Committee member Zakariya Al-Agha said that the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or transfer of its embassy to [Jerusalem] is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nation
He emphasized that our people will not sit by idly in light of this standpoint, which harms the Palestinian rights and principles…
The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced that tomorrow (Wednesday) [Dec. 6, 2017] there will be rage in all of its schools, as a sign of opposition to the American standpoint regarding Jerusalem, and as a sign of opposition to the possible decision of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem or declaring it the capital of the occupation.
The ministry emphasized that activities will be held in condemnation [of this standpoint], with the participation of students, the entire education community, and the national institutions in all of the schools in the homeland
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PA Deputy Prime Minister: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be ‘something unacceptable that encompasses dangers whose end will be bad and bitter’  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: "The PA to the American consul: Any negative decision regarding Jerusalem will release the [PA] leadership from any previous understandings with the American administration"

"The official contacts and proceedings to prevent a declaration by the US on transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel continued on the Islamic, Arab, and Palestinian level.

Regarding this, the PA yesterday [Dec. 4, 2017] officially announced its opposition to any decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [PA] Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr conveyed an official message from the PA to the American administration during his meeting yesterday in his office in Ramallah with American Consul General Donald Blome.
In an official statement, it was said that Abu Amr notified the American consul of ‘the PA's objection to any step or decision the American administration takes to harm the status quo in Jerusalem.' He noted: 'If the American administration takes such a step, this will be considered a matter deserving condemnation, which contradicts the role of the American administration as a mediator and patron of the peace process. This will remove it from this role and close any opening for the continuation of a serious peace process.'
Abu Amr added that the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem or recognition by the American administration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is ‘something unacceptable that encompasses dangers whose end will be bad and bitter.’ He warned that 'this would increase the tension and instability in the entire region.’

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Cartoon on official Fatah Facebook page shows Palestinian cutting off arm of Jewish man in front of the Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2017
Cartoon and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The cartoon shows an arm – with the end of a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) trailing along it - coming down from above and using a cleaver to chop off the hand of a Jew reaching towards the Dome of the Rock and leaving scratch marks on it with his long fingernails. The Jew is caricaturized by a large nose, the brim of a black hat, and a Star of David on his sleeve.

Posted text: "We will cut off any hand extended towards you with malicious intent
#Jerusalem_capital_of_Palestine
#HandsOffAlQuds"

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PLO official: Trump decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem “will drag the region and the entire world towards additional violence, terror, and extremism” 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: "Ashrawi: Transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem confirms Trump’s insistence on dragging the region to the brink of an abyss"
      "PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said: 'American President [Donald Trump's] insistence on transferring the embassy to Jerusalem is a grave matter which has far-reaching consequences that will drag the region and the entire world towards additional violence, terror, and extremism.' […]
She also noted that the fact that the American administration is continuing on this dangerous path confirms Trump’s insistence on dragging the region to the brink of the abyss in a deliberate and premeditated manner, despite all of the intensive attempts and advice that world leaders and the international community have given him, including the Arab states and Europe, in order to dissuade him from making this dangerous decision."
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Fatah spokesperson: `An American decision to transfer the US embassy… would be a declaration of war against the Palestinian people’ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: "Intensive Palestinian-Arab activity"

"Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi warned against the consequences of American recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel] or the transfer of the American embassy to it. Al-Qawasmi said: 'An American decision to transfer the US embassy will ignite the region and block all of the paths that lead to a political process.'

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front [and PLO Executive Committee member] Wasel Abu Yusuf said that… 'We understand that the American administration is completely biased in favor of the occupation government, but if this matter reaches the point of this administration's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state, this would be a declaration of war against the Palestinian people, which clings to Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, and this would mean the end of the peace process.'"

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PA Mufti: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a “reckless step, which will create a state of anarchy and instability in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: "Occupied Jerusalem yearns for those who love it"

"The dangers to which Jerusalem has been subjected lately are not hidden from anyone's eyes, especially [in light of] the news items that speak about US President Donald Trump’s intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state [Israel] and to transfer the American embassy to the holy city [of Jerusalem]…
[PA] Mufti of the Holy Lands, [Palestinian Supreme Fatwa Council Chairman, and Deputy Secretary-General and acting Secretary-General of the PLO Popular National Conference of Jerusalem] Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said in response to this matter: 'Harming Jerusalem is liable to affect the entire Islamic world…'
Sheikh Hussein emphasized: 'The attempt to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem or to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state is harming the religious and historical status of Jerusalem, and will destroy any attempt to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Arabs and the Israelis…'
He noted that 'Everyone will pay the price if Jerusalem is harmed by any reckless step, which will create a state of anarchy and instability in the region
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Abbas: “an American decision such as this will destroy the peace process and drag the region into more instability and extremism” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: Any American step connected to Jerusalem constitutes a threat to the future of the political process”

“Following contacts that he is making and efforts that he is investing in order to protect Jerusalem and the sites in it that are holy to Islam and Christianity, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Dec. 3, 2017] sent many letters to world leaders… in which he urged them to intervene with the American administration so that it will not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The president emphasized that an American decision such as this will destroy the peace process and drag the region into more instability and extremism

In a press statement yesterday, PLO [Executive Committee] Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat warned that American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ‘will create dangerous international anarchy.’
Erekat said: ‘If the US truly intends to make a decision and trample international law… it bears the political, legal, and moral responsibility for the end of the international system as we know it today, and for creating a situation of international anarchy whose end will be bad and bitter.’

[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs [and Expatriates] Riyad Al-Malki demanded to convene two unscheduled meetings, one of the Arab League and one of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Al-Malki said that taking this step [of transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] ‘will cause the US to lose its role in the peace process, and will mark it as biased in favor of the occupation state and its aspirations of expansion.’”

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Cartoon on Fatah website shows Trump signing embassy transfer with a lit fuse of dynamite in place of a pen 
Source: Fatah's Information and Culture Commission website, Dec. 4, 2017
Cartoon published on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission

Headline: “Transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem”

The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump signing the order to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump is signing the order with the lit fuse of a stick of dynamite, with many additional sticks of dynamite next to him.

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Op-ed in Official PA daily: “the American administration… will be recorded in history that it caused the crime of peace’s execution” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2017
Headline: “Peace’s execution in Jerusalem – like the crime of Jesus’ crucifixion”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily

“The US will find itself… as one who gives a green light to an additional wave of violence of unknown scope in Palestine and the neighboring Arab countries, and like one who justifies the crimes and barbarity of the terror organizations that harmed the US in September 16 years ago (i.e., the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks), the capitals of Europe, and many places in most of the world’s countries, if it indeed decides to recognize Jerusalem – including East [Jerusalem] – as the capital of Israel, or transfers its embassy to [Jerusalem].
If the leaks to the press are correct, the American administration will be viewed as the one who leads the peace process to the gallows and ties the noose around its neck… and it will be recorded in history that it caused the crime of peace’s execution.”

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Op-ed in Official PA daily: if the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, “it would be like a volcanic explosion that emits lava in every direction” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2017
Headline: “Be careful of harming Jerusalem”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

“For the thousandth time one can direct the attention of [US] President Donald Trump and the heads of his administration to the danger of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem. A decision like this is no joke or [mere] tactical matter from the Palestinian point of view; it is a central and essential matter in the Palestinian national struggle. No Palestinian leader is able to relinquish Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Palestine. If the US wants to preserve its interests in the region, if it is concerned about Israel, and if it is interested in fighting terror – it must not consider a decision like this, because it would be like a volcanic explosion that emits lava in every direction.”

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Abbas calls on Arab world leaders to “defend Jerusalem” against US recognition of the city as Israel's capital, which he calls a "dangerous step" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2017
Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that President Abbas has held a series of important talks with several Arab leaders and several world leaders in order to warn about the reports on the transfer of the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem, or on [American] recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel (a matter which is serious to the same degree) [parentheses in source]…
Abu Rudeina added that the president explained to the [world] leaders… that it is necessary to act immediately in order to prevent the possibility that such a step will be taken. He said: ‘We emphasize that if this American step is taken, it will put the region onto a new track and a dangerous stage, whose consequences will be uncontrollable.’
He said that the president will continue to make efforts in the coming hours and days to thwart this dangerous step. He also emphasized that if this decision is carried out it will be unacceptable, put an end to any prospect of the political process, destroy the efforts to enter a peace process, and heighten the tensions in the region, particularly in light of the changes and winds of war blowing in the region.”

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Abbas’ advisor in the name of Abbas: “the entire world will pay the price” for the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2017
Headline: “Al-Habbash: The entire world is liable to pay the price if the reality changes in Jerusalem”

“[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that these days there is much talk targeting Jerusalem , among them [reports] that the US wants to recognize it as the capital of Israel as a prelude to transferring the American embassy to it.
During a speech that he gave yesterday [Dec. 2, 2017] at a ceremony for the birthday of Prophet [Muhammad] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah on behalf of President [Abbas] and in [Abbas’] presence, Al-Habbash added: ‘The clear position of the president, the Palestinian people, the Arab nation, and the Islamic nation is that if this occurs, it means the total destruction of the peace process. We say this clearly – if any change takes place in the political reality of Jerusalem, the entire world will pay the price of this targeting and change.’ He continued: ‘Jerusalem is our capital, and we will not agree to anything else. Any other plan – it would be better that its developers keep it to themselves. This is not only our position; it is the position of the Arab and Islamic nation, led by our brothers in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan.’”

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Abbas: US embassy move or US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital "constitutes a threat to the future of the political process” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2017
Official PA TV News, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' statements about the US intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the city, made during a meeting with a delegation of the Israeli Arab political party Hadash.

Official PA TV newsreader: "[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas says that the American move connected to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem constitutes a threat to the future of the political process, and that it has encountered Palestinian, Arab, and international opposition. This was said during a reception for a delegation of [the Israeli political party Hadash -] the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality at the [PA] presidential headquarters, during which he briefed them on the policy developments and efforts being invested to realize national unity [between Fatah and Hamas]."

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Fatah official: Any "attack" by the US administration, like recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital or transferring US embassy, will be considered a "real explosion" of US efforts 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2017
Official PA TV News, on the Palestinian factions and clergy rejecting any American step of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

Fatah Revolutionary Council Secretary Majed Al-Fatiani: "Jerusalem is a red line in Palestinian thought, politics, and principles. Any attack on this issue by the American administration, whether by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital [of Israel] or transferring its embassy to Jerusalem, will be considered a real explosion of all the efforts in which the US is participating."

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Abbas’ advisor: The entire world will pay the price if the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2017

Official PA TV Newsreader:
"In a speech on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas and in his presence, during a ceremony in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah for Prophet [Muhammad's] birth, it was emphasized that the [Palestinian] leadership won't be obligated to anything if the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "Any change in the political reality in Jerusalem means that there will be no agreement at all and there will be no peace process. The Palestinian people, the Arab and Islamic nation, and we ourselves will not be obligated to anything. We will not be obligated to anything. The entire world, Allah forbid, is liable to pay the price for any foolishness, such as that which targets Jerusalem."
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Al-Habbash is Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Supreme Shari’ah Judge, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.
PLO Chief Negotiator: “By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” the US is “pushing the region… into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism, and bloodshed” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2017

PLO Executive Committee Secretary, Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat:
"If the US dictates the fate of Jerusalem before the negotiations on the matter – whether by transferring the embassy [to Jerusalem], or what is even more dangerous, by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – this means the end of the entire peace process and the pushing of the region – with its peoples and borders – into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism, and bloodshed."
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Palestinian news agency publishes Islamic Jihad leader’s message to Israel: ‘O enemy, know that we are coming and that our bullets will reach your chest’  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Dec. 1, 2017
Headline: "Al-Batsh: Enabling the resistance in the West Bank will protect our people from the settlers"

"Islamic Jihad Movement leader Khaled Al-Batsh emphasized the need for all of the Palestinian spheres to remain in a state of ongoing confrontation with the occupation, from Jenin (i.e., in the northern West Bank) to Rafah (i.e., in the southern Gaza Strip), whatever the cost may be, and also emphasized that we are waging all of our battles with determination and honor.
In a speech he gave during a vigil that Islamic Jihad organized at the Jabalia [refugee] camp as a sign of support for the residents of the village of Qusra in Nablus who are subject to attacks by the settlers (sic., the residents assaulted a group of young Jews hiking near the village on Nov. 30, 2017, and one Jew shot and killed one of the attackers in self-defense), he said: 'Without confronting the occupation, protecting the weapons of the resistance, and conveying a message from our people to the occupation that we are the owners of the right and the land… the world will understand that we have surrendered to the occupation.'

He directed a message to the Israeli occupation by saying: ‘O enemy, know that we are coming and that our bullets will reach your chest as happened yesterday [Nov. 31, 2017] in Beit Hanoun (refers to terrorists in Gaza who fired mortars on Israeli soldiers; none were wounded on the Israeli side –Ed.). We are a people that will not die, and our revenge will not die until we cause the enemy to pay, at any cost, because that is our way.’

He also emphasized [the importance of] the Palestinian national unity, the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation, and the efforts to achieve them at any cost."
Fatah spokesman: Transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem will “blow up matters locally and regionally” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 4, 2017
Headline: "Abu Ziyad: Transferring the American embassy will blow up the situation"
     "Fatah Movement International Spokesman Ziyad Khalil 'Abu Ziyad' warned the American Congress against carrying out any step of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem. He emphasized that such a step will blow up matters locally and regionally.
Abu Ziyad said in a statement that reached [the independent Palestinian news agency] Ma'an that the visit of the American delegation from the Congress led by Dennis Ross was meant to examine the way to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem and to meet with Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu]. He added that this is a preparatory visit for a possible American step that will lead to the deterioration of the situation in the Palestinian arena.  Abu Ziyad emphasized that American top official Dennis Ross knows well from his previous experience [as Middle East envoy] that there is no Palestinian, Arab, or Muslim that will agree that the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem in order to definitively recognize its Israeliness - despite the assertion of the international community that it is Palestinian – will pass in silence without any response, particularly when it is about Jerusalem, the most important city and site for the Arab and Islamic people."

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