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Denying Israel’s right to exist
PA depicts a world without Israel
The Palestinian Authority makes no attempt to educate its people towards peace and coexistence with Israel. On the contrary, from every possible platform it repeatedly rejects Israel's right to exist, presents the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, depicts the establishment of Israel as an act of imperialism, and perpetuates a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation.

The following description of Israel's founding in a Palestinian schoolbook represents the dominant dogma about Israel:

"Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine … and established the so-called State of Israel."
[Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104]
 
This official PA map of "Palestine” was broadcast on PA TV in September 2011. The map includes both the PA areas and all of Israel (excluding the Golan Heights) wrapped in the Palestinian flag - a symbol of Palestinian sovereignty over the whole area - and has a key through it, symbolizing ownership. Similar maps presenting all of Israel as "Palestine" appear in Palestinian schoolbooks and are shown regularly on PA TV.
Denying Israel's right to exist
The Palestinian Authority adamantly rejects Israel’s right to exist and rewrites history to deny the 3,000-year-old connection of Jews to the Land Israel. [See "Rewriting History" section.] The essential message of the PA to its people is that Jews have no historical connection to the land, and that the State of Israel was created by the colonial powers for two reasons: to rid their countries of Jews, and to establish a colonial bridgehead in order to control the region. One particularly horrific expression of this ideology appeared in the official PA daily as far back as 1998:

“The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews to, so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour ...[turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews...Zionism was crucial to the defense of the West, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of the Jews.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998]
 
This video of Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, shows how this distortion continues to be expressed:
 
"We must understand why Israel was established … [The Europeans] wanted to get rid of the Jews. … At that same time, energy [oil] was discovered in the Arab region … Then, they solved the [Jewish] problem by exporting [the Jews] to Israel [and at same time] they imposed their hegemony on the region’s natural resources. The [purpose of the] State of Israel is not for the Jews but it is an ongoing [colonial] project, an outpost for Imperialism.” 
[PA TV, May 14, 2008]
Official PA daily refers to Israel as "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 27, 2017
Headline: "Shufa is in the sights"
     "Citizens of the village of Shufa, southeast of Tulkarem, are very worried about the bulldozing operation being carried out by the Israeli occupation's bulldozers in the areas adjacent to the bypass road that is west of the village and connects the Einav and Avnei Hefetz settlements to the areas within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel)."
Fatah official: “To this moment, Fatah does not recognize Israel”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 26, 2017

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

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy Muhammad Shtayyeh: "The Fatah Movement never demanded that Hamas recognize Israel. To this moment, Fatah does not recognize Israel. The topic of recognition of Israel has not been raised in any of Fatah’s conferences."
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Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2017
     “The Israeli police for the first time in 18 years announced a rejection of the request for a permit [to hold] the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) anniversary procession, which will be held in May in the Galilee within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”

Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day on May 15, the day after Israeli Independence Day. On May 15, 1948, combined forces from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq joined Palestinian Arab forces in an attempt to eradicate the newly-established State of Israel. The
Nakba (i.e. "the catastrophe) refers to the displacement of Palestinians that occurred as a result of this Arab war of aggression against Israel.
Abbas claims Palestinians have been under occupation for "70 years" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump... I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states..."
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Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: “The occupation authorities banned a British supporter of the Palestinian cause from entering the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel)”

Chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Hugh Lanning was barred entry to Israel on March 12, 2017 due to his pro-BDS activism seeking to impose a global boycott on Israel.
Film shown to NATO reps depicts “colonialism in Palestine since 1948” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2017
Headline: "Assaf briefed an international parliamentary delegation regarding the settlement plans"
      "Chairman of the [PA] Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Walid Assaf yesterday [March 2, 2017] briefed a delegation from the NATO alliance Parliamentary Assembly, which included 40 members of the alliance from 14 states, and also the Science and Technology Committee and the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group, regarding the Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank… The committee presented a filmed and detailed explanation of the colonialism in Palestine since 1948 and until today, how the occupation settlements and the wall were built, and how the division into administrative and security regions was carried out, with a focus on the latest period between 1997 and 2016."
PA daily op-ed: "Ominous" Balfour Declaration was created by Jewish money and imperialism 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: “One people not split into groups”

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

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

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Official PA daily refers to Israel as "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2017
     “The occupation authorities cancelled 110 work permits yesterday [Feb. 23, 2017] at the Jalame military checkpoint north of Jenin, and prevented those holding them from entering the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The Interior," "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president emphasized the importance of the role of the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) in strengthening the connection and the opportunities for peace”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a delegation of the leadership of the Balad Party in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), led by the party’s Secretary-General Dr. Mtanes Shehadeh, yesterday evening [Feb. 20, 2017] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.”
Fatah official: Judaism is a religion, not a nationality, therefore “has no homeland” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2017
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, hosting Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, on an increase in the pace of Jewish construction in the West Bank

Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen: “We will never agree to a state being established on the basis of religion. A state such as this will be the height of bigotry , for [religion] is a divine message, and is not nationalism. As the religion of Islam and the Christian religion, so too the Jewish religion – it has no homeland. This is a divine message, and therefore we recognize it, and we do not recognize it as nationalism.”
Fatah official: “The Zionist project is colonialist and has no connection to Judaism and the myths that the occupation invents” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: "Shtayyeh briefs an ALECSO delegation about the developments in the Palestinian cause"
       "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of the Treasury and Economy] Muhammad Shtayyeh met with an Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization ALECSO delegation led by Director General of the organization Abdullah Muharib…
During the meeting Shtayyeh welcomed Dr. Muharib and his entourage… and briefed the delegation on the latest developments in the Palestinian cause. He reviewed the historical background of the Zionist project in Palestine since 1650 (sic., 1850) and until present times, what is called the 'global Zionist plan,' and the historical connection between the Zionist project and the Western colonialist project… Shtayyeh emphasized that the Zionist project is colonialist and has no connection to Judaism and the myths that the occupation invents."
Official PA daily refers to Israel as "the territories that were occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2017
Headline: “Beirut: A demonstration of solidarity with the members of our [Palestinian] people in the 1948 [territories]”
     “The Tyre branch of the Fatah Movement in southern Lebanon yesterday [Feb. 8, 2017] held a sit-in strike as a sign of solidarity with the members of our [Palestinian] people in the territories that were occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) in front of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross [in Beirut]…
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Rifat Shanaah, the Fatah secretary and leadership in Tyre, and Lebanese parties participated in the sit-in strike…
Shanaah said that American President Donald Trump’s threats to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and to consider it the unified capital of Israel constitutes targeting of the Palestinian rights and a scandalous expression of racism. He also emphasized that the Palestinian people has not submitted and will not submit to the Israeli occupation.”
Palestinian leaders: "Palestinians of the Interior" are "the legal owners of the land" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Our embassy in Madrid marked the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians of the Interior”
     “The embassy of the State of Palestine in Madrid marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) today [Feb. 7, 2017] in an event in which many members of the Palestinian and Arab community and the Spanish comrades took part.
Head of the [Palestinian] community [in Madrid] Jamil Abu Sa’ada, Professor Sonia Boles , Palestinian journalist Majed Al-Debsi, and [Palestinian] Ambassador [to Spain] Kifah Odeh noted the racist acts that Israel is perpetrating against the Palestinians - the legal owners of the land - in the Interior, in order to expose the lie according to which Israel is the only democratic state in the region…
Ambassador Odeh said that the residents of the Interior – Muslims, Christians, and Druze alike – are an inseparable part of the Palestinian Arab people, condemned the ethnic cleansing policy that Israel is still perpetrating against the Palestinians, [and added] that the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) has not yet ended.”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The '48 areas" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2017
     "Political activists and academics emphasized the importance of the fighting role of our people in the '48 areas (i.e., Israel), and said that they are the witnesses to the occupation's crimes of stealing the homeland and the Palestinian land."
PA daily op-ed: "There is and never has been any sort of Temple... in Palestine... [Israelis] have not found a single thing connected to Judaism in all of Palestine, and not just in Jerusalem" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2017
      "[UN secretary-general] Antonio Guterres clearly and explicitly sinned against peace and the Palestinian-Israeli political agreement when he claimed yesterday [Jan. 29, 2017] in an interview with the Hebrew-language Voice of Israel [radio] that he 'believes in the connection between Jerusalem and the Jews.' In contradiction to the UNESCO resolutions, history, and facts, the secretary-general claimed that it is as clear as day - in his opinion which is far from the truth and the facts - that 'The Temple in Jerusalem that was destroyed by the Romans was a Jewish Temple'...
Mr. Antonio... [you should know that] Jerusalem and all of Palestine - from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea - are the land of the Palestinian people, and their history is its history... Jerusalem is Palestinian Arab. It belongs only to the followers of Islam and Christianity, and not Judaism, but this does not prevent followers of the Jewish religion from visiting it. What is called the 'Wailing' Wall is nothing but the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). There is and never has been any sort of Temple of Prophet Suleiman (i.e., King Solomon) in Palestine. The Israelis have been excavating for nearly 100 years throughout the length and breadth of the land since occupying it in its entirety in June 1967 (sic., 50 years), and they have not found a single thing connected to Judaism (sic., numerous Jewish artifacts have been unearthed -Ed.) in all of Palestine, and not just in Jerusalem..."
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PLO official: We will never recognize a Jewish State 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 25, 2017
Headline: "Rafat: We will not agree to any Israeli soldier remaining on our land"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat emphasized that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, the pillars of his government, and all those who stand by its side or support it know well that there will never be a Palestinian that agrees or can agree to renounce even one of the Palestinian rights that have been anchored in the agreements and decisions of international bodies…
He continued: 'Our recognition of Israel as part of the ‘Oslo’ declaration of principles agreement (i.e., 1993 Oslo Accords) does not mean in any way that we have recognized what is called the "Jewish state," and that recognition will never take place, just as no Palestinian will agree to even one Israeli soldier remaining in the territories of the Palestinian state.'"
Hamas leader responds to accusations of Antisemitism: We’re not against Jews, we’re against Zionists, “who [are] occupying our lands” 
Source: Al-Jazeera, Jan. 25, 2017
Al-Jazeera English program UpFront, interview with senior Hamas leader Osama Hamdan

Reporter Mehdi Hasan: “You and many other Hamas officials often say that you’re in conflict with the Israelis, and it’s a political conflict, that you’re opposed to Zionism, not Judaism. You often say it’s not a religious war, you’re not Antisemitic, you’re not against Jews. And yet the Hamas charter is filled with Antisemitic references to Jews being behind Communism, being behind World War I, World War II. It endorses the famous Antisemitic conspiracy, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a global Jewish conspiracy. Aren’t you embarrassed by that kind of language? Why not take it out of the charter, to show good faith, to show that you’re not all Antisemitic?”
Senior Hamas Leader Osama Hamdan: “When we talk about the Jews we are not against their religion, we are not against their beliefs, we are not against them as a people who believes. In fact, we believe in Musa (i.e., Moses), we believe that he was a prophet, like Muhammad, and we believe they are the same. So we are against the one who is occupying our lands. We are against the ones who is occupying our cities, villages.”

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Official threatens PLO will revoke recognition of Israel in response to US embassy move 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 18, 2017
Headline: “Khaled: We must remind Trump about international law”
     “PLO Executive Committee member Tayseer Khaled warned against the dangers of any uncalculated adventure that American President-elect Donald Trump might set off on at the US Presidential Inauguration Ceremony this Friday [Jan. 20, 2017] or afterwards, through a declaration on the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem…
Tayseer Khaled again emphasized that we must move from non-credible verbal threats to active steps which have been long awaited, if Donald Trump sets off on an uncalculated adventure like this. This would be by the PLO declaring the end of the transition period, ending the unfair obligations that are imposed on it - including the revocation of the Palestinian recognition of the State of Israel which was given for free, relying on UN General Assembly Resolution 67/19 on recognition of the State of Palestine (i.e., the granting of non-member observer state status to the PA in 2012) and on the recent [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 last Dec. 24 (sic., Dec. 23, 2016), and calling on the international community to bear its responsibilities and to stop working with Israel as an unusual state that is above the law and has a right to act according to the law of the jungle.”
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UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-Stat
Non-recognition terminology: PA daily refers to Israel as "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2017
Headline: “Death of a criminal prisoner from Jerusalem in an Israeli rehabilitation center”
     “A criminal prisoner from Jerusalem passed away yesterday [Jan. 16, 2017] at a rehabilitative work center in the village of Tamra within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).
The prisoner was Mahmoud Nabil Bseileh, 17, from Al-Mawlawiya Street in the Al-Sa’adiya neighborhood of Jerusalem. He passed away early yesterday morning at the rehabilitation center, and had been imprisoned for the past two years on a criminal background.”
Fatah glorifies intifada and Martyrdom: We will "remain the spearhead in the struggle with the Zionist enemy" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 16, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“A statement from the Palestinian National Liberation Movement ‘Fatah’:
O masses of the heroic Palestinian people,
O descendants of the first Martyrs (Shahids) and bearers of the flag of the struggle,
O protectors of Jerusalem and the holy sites, and gatekeepers of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,
O those who exalted Allah chose to defend the land of the fathers, to protect their national heritage, and to continue the path of the revolution that was started by the first leaders, who protected their achievements with their souls and died while still defending our honor and our national identity... 

Your movement [Fatah] – the movement of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners, which initiated the first Launch (Intilaqa) and led the outbreak of the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) and the intifadas and uprisings that came after it, is still loyal to the promise of the Martyrs and the sighs of the prisoners and wounded. It will remain the spearhead in the struggle with the Zionist enemy and will continue to raise our issue in the world. We will not raise the white flag, and we will not bow except before Allah... Together until the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem, this is a revolution until victory."

The image shows the Fatah logo, which 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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