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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]
Abbas' advisor: "The entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law)" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2014
     "Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that selling or handing over lands and real estate in Jerusalem and all of Palestine to the Israeli occupation or settlers constitutes treason and a violation of Islamic law. He emphasized that anyone committing this crime - whether as a [real estate] agent or seller - is not part of the nation, and must responsibility for his crime. In addition, he issued a call to fight the groups of traitors - to isolate and boycott them in any way possible.
Al-Habbash emphasized that according to Islamic Shari'ah law, the entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and is blessed land, and that it is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it."
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Official PA TV host: “What Israel? It's our land”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 4, 2014

Boy, guest on show: “I have never entered Israel or Gaza.”‎
TV host: “What Israel? It's our land.”‎
Boy: “Israel is our land – the 1948 lands.”‎
Host: “It's our land, occupied Palestine.”‎
Boy: “The 1948 lands.”‎
Host: “Our land, occupied Palestine. It's Haifa, Jaffa, Acre (i.e., Israeli cities). These are ‎our occupied lands, the 1948 lands that Israel occupied in 1948. Israel occupied them ‎in 1948. These are Palestinian lands and will remain Palestinian.‎
Allah willing, they will return to us some day and will not be under the rule of the ‎occupation.”‎
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PA TV host calls Israel "the 1948 occupied territories" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 29, 2014


PA TV host (Israeli Arab) Asma'a Azaizeh
: "Viewers. In this episode we will shed light on the menace of confiscation of agricultural lands in the 1948 occupied territories (i.e., Israel), which is definitely no different from the colonial expansion policy, which is the way the Israeli authorities are going."
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PA TV: Israel “uproot[s] the indigenous owners” of the land, “eradicate[s] its history” and “settle[s] foreigners” (i.e., Israelis) in its place 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 28, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the Judaization of Jerusalem
Official PA TV reporter: “This is a total war to uproot the indigenous owners and children of this land by various means of exile. [A war] to eradicate its history, holy places and heritage, to settle foreigners [in their place] and give them a new character (i.e., as indigenous), hand in hand with the crime of the ongoing Judaization of the city [Jerusalem].”
PA TV news: “Boycotting Israeli ‎products is a national and moral duty”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 7, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of ‎Politics on a campaign to boycott Israeli ‎products in Qalqilya.‎
Official PA TV host: “As part of the ‎campaign to boycott Israeli products, the ‎campaign’s female [activists] in the ‎Qalqilya district organized a tour of the ‎commercial area to confirm that it had ‎been emptied of Israeli products.”‎
Official PA TV reporter: “Boycotting Israeli ‎products is a national and moral duty, ‎which requires self-regulation that will ‎lead to a Palestinian market free of ‎occupation products. The goal of the ‎women’s campaign in the Qalqilya district ‎is to get rid of the Israeli products.”
‎‎[Female activists are shown destroying ‎products, e.g. by pouring bottles of Israeli-‎produced orange drink onto the ground.]‎
PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 30, 2014
The PA TV video shows a woman who apparently represents "ancient Palestinians" (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land - replacing the Jewish people's actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Suddenly the scene is disturbed, the birds scatter and the woman runs away from various foreign invaders: first an ancient Roman soldier, then a Crusader, then a British soldier, and finally a Jew (wearing a skullcap), who throws a lit cigarette at her.
In the final scene, the woman stops fleeing when a man on a horse - the "new" Muslim conqueror Saladin who defeated the Crusaders - extends his hand and helps her up the mountain. He represents the coming savior who will "liberate Palestine" from Jewish-Israeli rule. In the end, the woman stands on the top of the mountain, fleeing no one anymore, symbolizing that Israel is gone like the other foreign rulers.
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Note: The video originally aired March 2, 2012. It was rebroadcast on both PA TV and PA TV Live at least 18 times in 2012, 54 times in 2013 and 28 times in 2014, most recently on June 13, 2014.
Official PA daily: Israel is a "colonialist, settler and Orientalist state, ‎which fabricated a historical narrative in ‎order to colonize Palestine‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2014
Op-ed by Izz Al-Din As'ad
     ‎“IS was‎ a pawn of Israeli-American ‎intelligence, meant to fulfill the dream of ‎the Jewish state…‎
The danger in a religious state is evident ‎to all groups of a people’s ethnic and ‎religious minorities, given that the Islamic ‎State – represented ‎ by IS – has ‎imposed a poll tax on the Iraqi Christians, ‎and fought other Muslims – both Sunni ‎and Shiite – under the pretext of [their] ‎having forsaken Islam and [committed] ‎heresy. In other words, a religious state, ‎whatever the religion may be, is based on ‎an ideology of exclusion, inequality, ‎injustice…‎
Every religious state has fought and will ‎always fight other religious and ethnic ‎minorities in order to expel them from the ‎country. This is what happened in Serbia, ‎this is what is being carried out in Iraq by ‎IS, and this is what may happen to the ‎Palestinians in Israel, both Muslims and ‎Christians, if the dream of the Jewish state ‎is fulfilled…‎
Establishing a Jewish state means the ‎Jewish territory controlled by the Jewish ‎state will be land for Jews only. In the ‎Palestinian case, this is a complex issue, ‎because this state is a colonialist, settler ‎and Orientalist state, which fabricated a ‎historical narrative in order to colonize ‎Palestine. It will act forcefully to destroy ‎the Arab society in Palestine, which was ‎colonized in 1948. This may amount to the ‎expulsion of the Palestinians living in ‎Jerusalem, in order to cleanse the Jewish ‎state of the ‘gentiles’ – the Jewish term for ‎non-Jews…‎
The creation of IS, the outlining of its ‎strategy... contribute ‎dangerously to the realization of the idea ‎that Israel is a Jewish state.''
Official PA daily: Israel "was planted in this region to ‎serve as a tool of evil, death and hatred‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and member of the Fatah ‎Leadership Committee in Gaza
     ‎“Israel is reminding the nations and ‎peoples of the world of its original ‎character, a despicable character, ‎overflowing with hate, hostility, contempt ‎of others and scorn of their blood. Why are ‎Israel’s leaders enraged when they see ‎the nations expose once again Israel’s ‎true character, its basic myth and original ‎sin – that it was planted in this region to ‎serve as a tool of evil, death and hatred? ‎Since being planted in this soil, it has not ‎wandered far from the purpose for which it ‎was created, and cannot wander far from ‎its truth: that it is a state of bloody terrorism ‎that cannot construct anything with others ‎other than hostility, hatred, death and ‎horrors.”‎
Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi attacks Obama for acknowledging Jewish history 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 10, 2014


PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi: "Look at the most dangerous thing that Obama said to [New York Times journalist] Thomas Friedman. Once again, he [Obama] has adopted the discourse of Zionist ideology. He adopted it when he came to this region, speaking about the Jews' return to their land, and that this is a Jewish state, the Zionist dream, and so on. Obama's adoption of the discourse of extremist Zionist ideology and his turning it into a basis for political decision-making is dangerous."
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Israel is a “cancerous entity which can only be cured by leaving our land” – PA daily op-ed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2014
Op-ed by Fathi Al-Bis, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     “In his response to the barbaric Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people, particularly in the Gaza Strip, the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, said: ‘It seems the devil has possessed [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu.’ We in this region, for our part, say that Netanyahu and his associates truly are devils, unparalleled in perpetrating evil acts. Their evil souls constantly tempt them to murder more and more, and nothing else, under the illusion that murder is what will protect and save them from the existential fear concerning the fate of their cancerous entity, which can only be cured by [its] leaving our land.”

Note: This article was published during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Official PA daily: "Israel is a completely artificial state without ‎historic or moral roots‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
     "This war has proved once again that Israel ‎is a completely artificial state without ‎historic or moral roots, a myth produced by ‎the settlement wave – a fact that prevents ‎it from living normally. As long as it exists, ‎it will only produce things that are against ‎humanity, and as long as its occupation ‎continues, it will produce nothing but ‎massacre after massacre, lies, false claims ‎and libels…Benjamin Netanyahu is a ‎descendant of the Nazis [who] worships Hitler’s ‎path and imitates him in all the ‎Holocausts he has perpetrated.”‎
Official PA daily: Jews should go back to where they came from 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2014
Op-ed by Palestinian writer Hanan Bakir
    “The meeting with him [Norwegian poet ‎Håvard Rem] took place in my home, in ‎the presence of the Norwegian ‎intellectual Walid Al-Kubaisi… I ‎remember that one of the things we ‎spoke about was how we [Arabs] welcomed the ‎Jews after the West persecuted them, ‎and that we, the Palestinians, are paying ‎the price for [the treatment of] the West, and ‎the most useful thing would be for the ‎West to make room for them to establish ‎their state [Israel], and if any [Israelis] among ‎them wishes to live with us as a ‎Palestinian – [they are] welcome, ‎because this is Palestine, and it was ‎Palestine already before all the ‎monotheistic religions. About a month ‎ago, the two friends, [visited] … After six hours and many appetizers, she ‎said:‎
‘Whoever [Israelis] wants to can fit in among us
And the others will return to their lands of ‎origin
They were treated well there before they ‎came to us.‎'"
Official PA daily: Jewish nation "was invented just a ‎hundred years ago‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council ‎member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist ‎for official PA daily
     ‎“The Palestinian people, including all its ‎factions, are taking a stand against the ‎escalating Zionist aggression, which ‎began when the Israeli regime took ‎advantage of the disappearance and later ‎killing of the three settlers (i.e., kidnapping ‎and murder of three Israeli teens). The ‎Israeli government initiated a campaign of ‎racist incitement and sedition…‎
This campaign… which accompanied ‎‎[Israel’s] military aggression throughout ‎the West Bank (which they call, in a ‎falsification of history, ‘Judea and ‎Samaria,’ neither of which ever existed ‎here) [parenthesis in source], has borne ‎its fruit among the extremist Israeli right, ‎which has taken the law into its hands ‎under the protection of the Israeli soldiers, ‎as part of what it calls revenge for the ‎deaths of the three settlers…‎
They are performing the same act, with ‎dozens of massacres and Holocausts ‎against our people in Palestine, from the ‎Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian ‎term for the establishment of the State of ‎Israel) till today. In this way, the incitement ‎campaign bounces back on Netanyahu ‎and strikes him, and the suffering of the ‎Palestinian people is once more revealed, ‎as opposed to the whining of Netanyahu ‎and those he considers his Jewish ‎‎‘nation,’ which was invented just a ‎hundred years ago.‎"

Click here for the full article, with explanatory notes about the kidnappings and the 2014 Gaza conflict.
PA TV host refers to Israel as the "occupied Palestinian interior" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 4, 2014
Official PA TV program Ramadan ‎Responsa interviewed Dr. Sami Abu Arja, ‎a mufti from Gaza
PA TV host: “Doctor, we had a question ‎about the banks in the occupied ‎Palestinian interior (i.e., Israel) – the Israeli ‎banks. Our brother from the interior asked ‎‎[about] these banks and said he had to ‎have contact with these banks – there are ‎pensions and old-age pensions, and we ‎have many contacts with these banks. ‎How can we have contact with these ‎banks when, as is known, they engage in ‎usury, and is there an alternative if I am ‎forbidden from having contact with the ‎Israeli banks in the occupied Palestinian ‎interior?”‎
PA TV host refers to all of Israel as "occupied Palestine" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2014
Official PA TV program Ramadan ‎Responsa hosted Ismail Nawahdeh, a ‎preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque
A caller asks whether it is permissible to ‎invest in Israeli banks and whether the ‎gains can be considered interest.‎
PA TV host: “Perhaps there is an ‎alternative. [Let us move] from occupied ‎Palestine – and all of it is occupied – to ‎the West Bank, for example. Let him come ‎here, to the banks. Instead of contributing ‎to the occupation’s development, let him ‎contribute to development here, for ‎example.”‎
Fatah refers to all Israelis as "settlers" and "bastards" from foreign countries 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 2, 2014
     “Who is the source of terrorism?
By the poet of the homeland, Khaled Al-Issa

I opened the book
And found the answer:
The source of terrorism is the Zionist
Come and see what happened...

The Zionist, by Allah, is treacherous
O settler, O malicious one
Your time has ended
Read the papers, lawless settler
And hear, O settlers:
You have neither conscience nor religion.
Bastards, all of you
You were brought to this land
From [Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor] Liberman’s Russia,
from Ethiopia and Sudan
And the settler is like a monkey...

O world, O sleepers
The birds alight on your heads
Look, see what has happened in Palestine
Where are the decision-makers?

This [West] Bank is protected
And the hearts in it are burning.
O Arabs, enough betrayal:
We wish for the blood to become rivers...

This homeland wants [your] rage -
It does not want you to wait.”
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Official PA daily: Jews never ruled Judea and Samaria, but even if they did, the Israelites of the Bible were in fact Arab tribes and not related to Jews of today 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2014
Op-ed by Bakr Abu Bakr, member of ‎Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and ‎regular columnist for official PA daily
     ‎“This occupier has been distorting history ‎ever since it claimed ownership of ‎Palestine and up to its attack against what ‎it is calling, without proof, falsely and ‎deceitfully, ‘Judea and Samaria.’ No ‎territories of Judea and Samaria ‎belonging to Solomon, David and Joshua ‎ever existed here, and even if they did ‎exist in the distant past, the Jews of today ‎have nothing to do with the People of ‎Israel mentioned in the Quran and the ‎Bible, who were Arab tribes that believed ‎in Judaism and disappeared.”‎
Official PA daily: Israel is "barbaric," "a product of myth, racism and war;" Israeli soldiers are "killers and savages" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fathi Al-Bis, columnist for the official PA daily 
     "The abhorrent sectarianism (i.e., wars in Iraq and Syria) is burning everything...
Israel - a product of myth, racism and war - believes that the conflagration in the region gives it a free hand and respite, and that the flames won't reach it. It therefore continues to kill, burn, destroy and attack, in all the forms inappropriate to human beings. Its leaders forget that these flames are burning because of it, and will be directed towards it in the end.
Israel's racist and extremist leadership has not learned its lesson. For over 60 years now, it has been killing, causing [people] to flee, expelling, taking prisoners, winning wars and annexing lands. But in reality, it is in crisis, because it has not succeeded in extinguishing the flames in the soul of the Palestinian...
The Israeli lives in the helmets of the soldiers of myth, who are killers and savages...
With the excuse of the disappearance of three settlers (i.e., On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank) who were on a land which did not belong to them, while robbing and challenging the owners of the land, Israel does as it pleases in the West Bank, and threatens Gaza... The Palestinian, with [his] Arab loyalty and identity which knows no sectarianism, confronts Israel. He observes with sadness the flames that surround him and that divert the people of the Arab nation from the duty of the basic and central confrontation, which is with the barbaric Israel. He looks forward to the day when the flames of [this] abhorrent sectarianism will be extinguished, so that everyone will be free to bury the [Israeli] myth that is being lived by the bloodthirsty, helmet-clad and rifle-bearing soldier."
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Abbas advisor: "The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 20, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon from the Al-Tashrifat Mosque in the presidential compound in Ramallah. The sermon was delivered by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs
Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs: “The Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years. They didn't leave it. Nations came and nations went, empires came and empires went, but the Palestinians are permanent here like the olive tree, rooted here like the mountains, the mountains we see in Palestine. We were here with them and will not leave them until Allah's [Day of] Judgment (i.e., Resurrection Day).”
PA Chairman Abbas is seen praying in the audience
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Fatah member writes in official PA daily: Settlements existed since beginnning of Zionist movement 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 14, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
     “Everyone knows that the settlement [project], in its aggressive and negative overall sense, was and still is one of the foundational ideas and principles of the State of Israel, just as there was a pioneer ideology and practice among the Zionist movement and its first leaders. The activities for granting legitimacy to all means of gaining control of the land of the Palestinian people continued in numerous ways before the First Zionist Congress in 1897 and after it, from the use of an ambiguous religious text, such as the myth of the divine promise, to the use of money in view of the gradual collapse of the Ottoman state.”
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