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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]
PA daily uses term "1948 territories" to refer to Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2015
     “Since yesterday, a large number of citizens from occupied Jerusalem and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) have come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA daily again uses terminology denying Israel’s existence: “1948 territories” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2015
     “Yesterday evening, a worker from the village of Aboush, south of Tulkarem, died after falling four stories at a construction site within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”

From WAFA, official PA news agency
Israel referred to as “occupied Palestinian interior” in PA daily 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2015
     “Defensive [player] Tarek Shamalna expressed his great joy upon rejoining the Palestinian [football] league… from one of the [sports] clubs of the occupied Palestinian interior (i.e., Israel).”
Israel referred to as “1948 territories” in PA daily 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2015
     “Due to his severe condition, citizen Suhayb Jamal Arar was transferred to a hospital in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Fatah calls Israeli city of Nazareth “occupied Nazareth” 
Source: Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, Jan. 13, 2015

Text and image published on the Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces

Text on image: “A picture from Palestine: The Spring of the Virgin (i.e., Mary’s Spring) in occupied Nazareth”
PA daily op-ed: Israel was established “for colonialist reasons” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, in response to an op-ed by Dr. Guy Bechor in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, in which Bechor wrote that the Arab world’s power will decline with the drop in oil prices, and that other countries, such as the US and Israel, will take their place as the world’s main energy exporters.
     “The Israeli publicist’s [Guy Bechor’s] statements may be correct in certain respects, but he forgets that the [natural] gas Israel claims to have found in the sea is not its exclusive property, for the Syrian, Lebanese, Cypriot, Palestinian and Egyptian gas fields are bigger, and the part belonging to Israel is not so huge. In addition, in the event of a fall in oil prices and the finding of new gas and oil sources outside the Arab world, Israel will lose its strategic importance for the US and the West. This is because Israel is an entity established by colonialism in the vicinity of the Suez Canal for colonialist reasons – in order to maintain [their] presence near the Canal, which was at the time the [main] marine transportation artery, and the West continued to protect Israel after oil was discovered. Once oil loses its strategic importance, Israel will also lose its importance, for its main role is to spread instability in the Arab region and prevent geographic continuity between the eastern and western Arab countries, in order to preclude any form of Arab unity and development and modernization in the Arab countries. In addition, Israel’s role will come to an end once oil loses its importance and becomes plentifully available on the markets – for Israel’s role is only to destroy.”
PA daily refuses to call Israel by name: “The interior occupied in 1948” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2015
     “It should be noted that she entered the Jenin district from the interior occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel)…”
Early Zionist leaders were aided by ‎colonialist powers to “steal Palestine”‎ 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Jan. 5, 2015
     ‎“The scheme to steal Palestine... goes ‎back many years in the history of the ‎Zionist movement, especially since the ‎period of the establishment of the Lovers ‎of Zion [organizations] (1882-1895) [all ‎parentheses in source], and the arrival of ‎the first organized Zionist immigration ‎from Russia in 1882, through Herzlian ‎Zionism (1895-1905) and the election of ‎David Ben Gurion in 1937, when the ‎Zionist movement entered the phase of ‎belligerent Zionism, and until 1948, all ‎under the patronage and with the aid of ‎the world colonialist powers.‎ The Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ ‎Palestinian term for the establishment of ‎the State of Israel) occurred at a time ‎when the Arab nation everywhere was ‎living in difficult conditions, under rulers ‎and colonialists, and the Arab ‎governments were tools in the hands of ‎colonialism and Zionism…‎ When the Arab countries grabbed the ‎reins of power from the Palestinian ‎people, on the orders of the colonialists, ‎they opened the door to colonialism and ‎Zionism, and turned the Palestinian ‎people into lines of desperate refugees… ‎in addition, the Arab governments drew ‎our nation into narrow conflicts that ‎served opportunist interests, bringing ‎about the realization of the aspirations of ‎Zionism and colonialism to scatter and ‎persecute our people using Nazi ‎methods.”‎

Note: Al-Asima is distributed with the ‎official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat ‎Al-Jadida and lists as its "general ‎supervisor" Othman Abu Gharbieh, who is ‎a member of Fatah's Central Committee ‎and the Secretary General of the Popular ‎National Conference of Jerusalem, the ‎PLO institution that publishes this bi-‎weekly. ‎
PA TV News: Israel is “striving to manufacture a new history that legitimates its occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2014
Official PA TV News broadcast:
Official PA TV reporter: “The occupation is well aware of its goals, and history is [its] first and last objective. This is the identity they attempted to manufacture on this land… the settlers invaded an ancient tomb… an ancient rock-cut cave built by the Greeks. The ‘Palestinian’ rebels used it as a hideout during their war against the Romans... The recurring invasions and the holding of Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., a name used by the PA to refer to Jewish prayers) in ancient tombs; the occupation is behind them, striving to manufacture a new history that legitimates its occupation.”
PA daily refers to Israel as “1948 territories” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2014
     “Over 55,000 citizens, including 200 adult worshippers from the Gaza Strip, held the Friday prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… A  WAFA correspondent reported that the worshippers had begun arriving at the Mosque yesterday morning [Dec. 19. 2014] from Jerusalem, its suburbs, neighboring villages and towns in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
1947 Partition plan was "an unprecedented historical injustice" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2014
     “Today, the powers find themselves faced with the commitment to establish a Palestinian state, after the failure of the plans of the Zionist movement and the colonialist powers to cancel Palestine and remove it from the map. After the failure of all of Israel’s attempts, the negotiations and the peace initiatives, from the Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) to the present day, it has become clear that the world is tending towards a forced solution that will ensure the establishment of the State of Palestine, even if this means entering into limited confrontation with Israeli policy. What this indicates is that Israel has exhausted its exploitation of the Holocaust as a means of blackmailing the West and the world, and that there is a growing contradiction between Israel’s current policies regarding the region and the [Palestinian] cause, and the West’s interests and Middle East strategy…
The Palestinians refused to accept the partition of their country, as it constituted an unprecedented historical injustice, as the sections of the resolution show. The Jews, most of whom were new settlers in Palestine, were “granted” 55.5% of the territory of Palestine, even though they represented less than one third of the population and owned only 7% of the territory of Palestine, while the Palestinians, who represented over two thirds of the population, received 44.5% of their lands, which they had owned and on which they had lived for centuries…
The proposal to partition Palestine came with the aim of fragmenting it, and the powers that stood behind the proposal were aware it would ignite war after war until the [full] or partial right [to the land] would return to its owners.”
Jericho Deputy Governor praises Neturei Karta, anti-Zionist fringe Jewish group 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2014
     “Deputy District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Jamal Rajoub praised the position of the Neturei Karta movement (i.e., extremist, anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Jews who deny Israel's right to exist until the Messiah comes) which supports the rights of the Palestinian people to freedom, independence and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state over all of Palestine. Rajoub made these statements while receiving the head of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta movement in Palestine, Meir Hirsh.”
Fatah official: Palestinians won’t rest until “not a single Zionist is left in the land of Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2014
     “Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Director of the [PA] Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Ziad Abu Ein said that the issue of liberating Palestine was in everyone’s interests… These statements were made during a political forum organized by the [Separation] Fence and Settlement Resistance Authority, together with the Political and [National] Advisory Commission and the Arab American University in Jenin… Abu Ein emphasized that defeat does not figure in the annals of the Palestinian people, which has been resisting the occupation for decades, and which does not and will not rest until not a single Zionist is left in the land of Palestine… He added that the young generation was the generation of liberation and the generation of a bright future, which will herald approaching victory to Palestine, [noting] that it had much knowledge and experience, and had surprised everyone during the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005). In response to the students’ questions, he emphasized that rifts [between factions] is a crime and disgrace to all that encourage them, and that they serve no one but the occupation. He added that we must unite and increase our efforts to resist this oppressive Nazi occupation, which is stealing our land and spilling our blood.”
Israel is “Zionist-imperialist theft project” and “cancerous growth” 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Dec. 2, 2014
Op-ed by Maan Bashour from Beirut:
     “Most of the bloody conflicts and sectarian, religious and ethnic wars we have witnessed in our great Arab homeland are the result of the Zionist-imperialist theft project which has turned Palestine into a platform for turning the lives of all Arabs into hell, through reliance on its allies and their proxies in the region. Therefore, we must consider the Palestinian Intifadas, resistance and victims as [part of] an operation to uproot the cancerous growth and create a new atmosphere in the relations between the [Arab] nation and the region, as part of the only legitimate conflict at the current time – the conflict with the Zionist enemy, its protectors and accomplices.”
Fatah official: We will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state because it would “cancel our [Palestinian] narrative, our history and our religion” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of Politics hosted Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat.
Saeb Erekat
: “In brief, we cannot accept the Jewish state – Israel as a Jewish state – not today, not tomorrow and not in a hundred years, because whoever accepts Israel as a Jewish state agrees to change his history, his narrative and even his religion. I understand that the State of Israel exists and that we have recognized it. In 1993, there was a mutual recognition. For Israel to come and demand of the Palestinians that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state – what do they want with this? They want us to tell them: ‘Your narrative is true and we, Arabs, are foreigners in this land, and so we will cancel our narrative, our history and our religion.’”
Official PA TV host: “And to confirm that this is a land without a people for a people without a land.”
Saeb Erekat: “Exactly. This will never happen! This is wickedness. This is not the refugee issue or the issue of the 1948 Arabs (i.e., Israeli Arabs). This issue regards our existence, culture, and religion. It is therefore inconceivable that any Palestinian should ever agree that Israel become a Jewish state, for by doing so he would be accepting the Israeli narrative and erasing his own.”
Islamic-Christian council says UN partition plan gave land to Jews “who had no right to it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa: “The decision to partition Palestine, which disowned the greater part of Palestine and gave it to the Jews – to people who had no right to it whatsoever… and yet, this was the UN’s decision. The UN should rethink [its decision] and give Palestine its rights, like the rest of the world.”
PA TV kids' program: Israel is “our lands occupied in 1948… ‎until all of Palestine is liberated” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 28, 2014

Official PA TV program The Best Home:
Official PA TV host: “My friends, the ‎singers [we just heard] were Fatafit, from ‎our lands occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel). ‎My young friends, these are the lands ‎Israel occupied in 1948. There are still ‎Palestinians living there, but they are ‎under the full control of the Israelis, ‎unfortunately. Yet, everything inside them ‎is Palestinian. Their entire message is ‎Palestinian, and they will continue to ‎protect our lands there, until the day ‎when all of Palestine is liberated.”‎
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Palestinian man on PA TV: “We came to say that this is our land, the land of Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 24, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the Beitar Jerusalem – Bnei Sakhnin football match:
Arab fan: “We didn’t come here just to be present and cheer. We also came to say that this is our land, the land of Palestine and that we don’t like racism.”

After the fan’s comment, official PA TV showed footage of the Arab crowd shouting: “With spirit and blood we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa.”
Abbas’ Advisor: Israel seeks to “eradicate” Palestinian identity and create “an illegal Jewish entity” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Nov. 23, 2014
      “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that Arabs and Muslims around the globe, especially those with foreign citizenship, must go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and come together to Jerusalem to support the resolve of its residents. During a political forum held at the embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria, Al-Habbash said: ‘Our people is now in the last stage of a war of existence and self-coercion against the occupation, which is seeking in any way possible to eradicate our identity, force a Caesarian birth of a Jewish entity and clone an illegal entity at our expense.’… In addition, he emphasized that the occupation – which thinks it has succeeded in winning the geographic war with [its] racist fences and roadblocks and that it will have the last word in the fairy tale of Jewish Jerusalem by taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque – must be opposed.”
PA TV refers to Haifa and all of Israel as “the occupied interior” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 23, 2014


Official PA TV program
The Economic Tour:
Text above image and official PA TV host: “Did you know that Haifa tops the list of the most polluted cities in the occupied interior (i.e., Israel)?”
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