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Denying Israel’s right to exist
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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]
PLO official: Balfour Declaration "constituted the basis for all of the injustices... committed against the Palestinian people, as well as the Palestinian holocaust that has been continuing for the past 100 years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “National condemnation of the Balfour Promise, and the [PLO] Department for Refugee Affairs prepares to launch a campaign against the ominous promise”
      “PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the [PLO] Department for Refugee Affairs Tayseer Khaled called on all Palestinians of all political and ideological affiliations in the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel), the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the refugee camps, and the countries of the exile and the diaspora to unite around the national campaign denouncing the colonialist Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration).
This is for the approaching 100th anniversary of this promise, which constituted the basis for all of the injustices that the Zionist movement and the State of Israel committed against the Palestinian people, as well as the Palestinian holocaust that has been continuing for the past 100 years before the eyes and ears of the international community.”

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.
PLO demands Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration in year-long campaign 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: "The [PLO] Department for Expatriates calls to the [Palestinian] communities to unite their efforts in a campaign to mark 100 years of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)"
    "The PLO Department for Expatriates emphasized… in a letter that it sent to the Palestinian communities in foreign countries… that one of the conditions for the success of the campaign, which is expected to last from Nov. 2, 2016 to Nov. 2, 2017, is its reliance on the national consensus plan led by the PLO. It noted that they must not be satisfied with publication of notices of condemnation, but rather must act to take advantage of the international momentum that supports the Palestinian people in order to accumulate achievements for the right of the Palestinian people and for the right of its cause… The department emphasized the supreme importance of setting clear goals for the campaign, and primarily a call to turn 2017 into the year of the establishment of the Palestinian state and to demand of Britain that it apologize for the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and the suffering that it [Britain] caused the Palestinian people, and [that it] atone for the crime that it committed by recognizing the Palestinian state."

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.
PLO calls Israel an “illegal entity,” calls the Balfour Declaration “invalid” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: "On the 99th anniversary of Balfour: A call to Britain to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state"
     "The PLO Department for Refugee Affairs called on Britain to act in a serious manner to support the demands of the Palestinians to establish their independent state whose capital is Jerusalem, and to return the refugees to their homes in accordance with the international resolutions. The Department for Refugee Affairs said today, Monday [Oct. 31, 2016], in a press release for the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that the time has come to end the international negligence that relates to this illegal entity, 'the occupation,' as a state above the law.
PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the Department for Refugee Affairs Zakaria Al-Agha clarified that the Balfour Promise is invalid due to the illegality of its content, as the subject of the promise is the treaty with Zionism to expel the people of Palestine from their homes and to give it to foreigners…"
 
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Fatah official: UNESCO resolution “showed that the Jews do not have a historical right to the land of Palestine,” Israel falsifies archaeological findings to prove there was an “alleged Temple”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2016

Headline: “Shtayyeh: Our people will always repel attempts to harm the national legitimacy and underlying principles”

“Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh: 'The latest UNESCO resolutions have torpedoed the excuses for talk about their right to a “Jewish state,” and showed that the Jews do not have a historical right to the land of Palestine... Ever since the occupation in 1967, they are excavating day and night without finding anything regarding the alleged Temple (sic.,

Op-ed in PA daily: Israel is deluding “itself and the world that there is any connection between the Jews and Judaism and Palestine”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2016

"In the madness of the Zionist search for any [Jewish] remnants throughout the historic land of Palestine – and especially beneath or around the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Palestinian people – in order to delude itself and the world that there is any connection between the Jews and Judaism and Palestine, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to personally participate this week in the removal of soil from under the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
 
PA daily: Israel is "colonialist pawn and spearhead of the capitalist West," founded on "fabricated Zionist narrative" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: "Us, the UN, and its anniversary"
Excerpt from op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "Yesterday [Oct. 24, 2016] a ceremony was held in Ramallah for the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the UN…
As the organization (i.e., the UN) was starting out, the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian Arab people took place in May 1948. On Nov. 29, 1947, the organization adopted [UN] Resolution 181, regarding the division of historical Palestine – the land and homeland of the Palestinian Arab people – into two states (the Partition Plan, rejected by Arab leaders and governments –Ed.). One of them was named Israel, the colonialist pawn and spearhead of the capitalist West, [which the UN] allowed to exist, and gave it all that was needed in order to survive and live so as to serve its purposes, but [as opposed to this] it prevented the establishment of the Palestinian Arab people’s state, and through pretexts and ridiculous excuses did not allow the return of 800,000 Palestinian refugees, who were exiled by the Zionist gangs that occupied their land...
One of the main goals for the establishment of the organization was to guard 'human rights,' and they established this by publishing the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights' in 1948. [However,] these are the same states that caused a new global tragedy that same year, by establishing the Israeli ethnic cleansing state…
They established on the land [of the Palestinians] a rogue outlaw state, the State of Israel, and brought to it all of the Jews of different nationalities, who accepted the false and fabricated Zionist narrative and aligned with it."

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PLO launches campaign against Balfour Declaration, calls Israel “colonialist project” of Britain 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: "Official and popular preparations for the launch of a campaign on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise"
    "Palestinian leaders, representatives of the factions of national activity, representatives of civil society organizations, union members, academics, and jurists emphasized the importance of uniting the official and popular efforts and the unity of the Palestinian communities in the homeland and the diaspora during the events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)… Director of the Department for Refugee Affairs Tayseer Khaled said that… the department is preparing, through intensive daily discussions with the communities in the diaspora, to launch a broad campaign from Nov. 2, 2016, to Nov. 2, 2017, which will include different activities that will extend over the course of an entire year, in order to make the international community, and Britain in particular, face its historical responsibilities and to call on it to atone for the great crime that it perpetrated and to correct the historical injustice done to the Palestinian people. Khaled said: 'The Balfour Promise is at the base of a colonialist project that was dressed in a false religious and mythical cover in order to realize the colonialist aspirations of Britain and its stepdaughter, the Zionist movement, which to this day is connected through its colonialist project – the State of Israel – to the imperialist interests and their current leader, the US.'"

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PA daily: Israel's "false narrative and claim that it has a history from 2,000 years ago in the Palestinian land... has been rejected by Israeli academics" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2016
Headline: "The failing Israeli war"
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "The government of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu continues its attack against the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution from two weeks ago on Thursday, Oct. 13 [2016] - which rejected the connection between the Jews and Judaism and the Al-Aqsa Mosque [plaza] (i.e., Temple Mount) and the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., Western Wall) - through its desperate efforts to impose its false narrative and its claim that it has a history from 2,000 years ago in the Palestinian land, which has been rejected by Israeli academics."

UNESCO passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “ Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” The resolution condemns “escalating Israeli aggressions” and Israeli “violations” at the site, and calls on Israel “to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aq?a Mosque/Al-?aram Al-Sharif… as a Muslim holy site of worship.” The resolution likewise refers to the Western Wall Plaza as the “Al-Buraq Plaza ‘Western Wall Plaza,’” adding quotation marks to the Jewish name for the site.
For more information on which countries voted for and against the resolution, click "full article."
PA daily op-ed: Balfour Declaration was “ominous promise”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2016
Excerpt of op-ed by Issa Abd Al-Hafiz
      “Acre is the city of the three Martyrs (Shahids) (i.e., terrorist murderers Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir) who the British Mandate authorities strangled on Red Tuesday, this date that remains preserved in the black history of the [British] mandate and in the Palestinian memory of previous generations.
Along the coast, on the sea of Acre (i.e., the Mediterranean Sea), the graves of the three Martyrs have remained witnesses to the crime of the British Mandate that was lenient and allowed the bringing in of tens of thousands of Jewish migrants to Palestine after [then British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour published his ominous promise (i.e., the Balfour Declaration), in which he committed to the establishment of a national homeland for the Jews on the land of Palestine while exploiting its being under the mandate after the collapse of the Turkish Empire in World War I, even though the ominous promise was published two full years before the end of the war (sic ., the Balfour Declaration was published on Nov. 2, 1917, while World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918).”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.

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.
PA Ambassador to France: Balfour Declaration “stemmed from the desire to solve… ‘the Jewish problem’ in Europe by creating a homeland for them… so that Europe would be rid of the problem of its Jews” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2016
Headline: “Palestine participates in a seminar in the French Senate marking 100 years since Sykes-Picot”
       “The Vigilance Committee for Real Peace in the Middle East (CVPR-PO) yesterday [Oct. 10, 2016] held a seminar in the French Senate… Ambassador of Palestine in France Salman Al-Harfi… said that this [Balfour] Promise stemmed from the desire to solve what was called ‘the Jewish problem’ in Europe by creating a homeland for them (i.e., the Jews) and transferring them to it, so that Europe would be rid of the problem of its Jews.”

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.
PA non-recognition terminology: "1948 areas" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: "Two young people from Tulkarem and Yatta were killed in two traffic accidents within the green line"
     "A young person from Tulkarem was killed yesterday [Sept. 28, 2016] in a traffic accident that took place next to Shfar’am within the ‘48 areas (i.e., PA term for Israel)…
Likewise, yesterday it was announced that young Muhammad Yusuf, 33, from the village of Yatta south of Hebron, died of his injuries that were caused when he fell from a [great] height at a building site during his work in Be’er Sheva within the 1948 areas three days ago [Sept. 26, 2016]."
Palestinians prepare for year-long campaign against the Balfour Declaration, demand apology from Britain 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2016
     “The embassy of the State of Palestine in the United Kingdom held a meeting to consult and prepare for the series of activities that will take place throughout the 100th year since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). More than 22 representatives of different associations that support the Palestinian cause in Britain were present at the meeting.
Ambassador Manuel Hassassian opened the meeting with a speech, in which he mentioned the tragedy that befell our Palestinian people as a result of this discriminatory [Balfour] promise, of which [only] the part that benefits the Israelis was implemented, while the part connected to the Palestinian people was not implemented. He emphasized that the fact that the British government is not participating in marking the 100th anniversary of this promise is just proof of its support of all [the crimes] that Israel perpetrates against the Palestinian people. He demanded to pressure the British government again so that it would take a firm stand regarding the settlements and the blockade and recognize the State of Palestine, as a minimum apology for the Balfour Promise.”

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.
PA daily: "There are no archaeological remains of Jews in historical Palestine" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2016
Headline: “The racist arrogance of Netanyahu – part 1”
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu is a clown who does not know how to amuse and a pathetic demagogue…
He says something and its opposite – one time [he says that]: ‘The UN has become a farce,’ and another time he says that: ‘The UN also changes, and everything is changing quicker than you think.’ Another time he announced that: ‘The UN Human Rights Council is a big joke, because every year it condemns Israel more than any other state in the world’…
Afterwards he continued with an attack against the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and said that it ‘denied the close connection of 4,000 years between the ‘Jewish’ people and its holiest site, ‘the Temple Mount’ (meaning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first direction of prayer, and the third holiest sanctuary) [parentheses in source]. There are no archaeological remains of Jews in historical Palestine. Seventy years have passed and the Israeli archaeologists have not found any proof of their existence on the land and homeland of the Palestinian people.”
Fatah official refers to Israel using non-recognition terminology: "The lands occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 24, 2016
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen
Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen: “The settlers are a time bomb on the Palestinian land, which is liable to cause an explosion at any moment, and therefore there is no choice and no solution other than their returning to the lands occupied in 1948 (i.e., one of the ways the Palestinians refer to Israel).”
Abbas demands apology from Britain for the “ominous Balfour Promise” which facilitated “most terrible crime” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 22, 2016
Official PA TV broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “One hundred years have passed since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), according to which the British, Great Britain, unjustly gave the land of Palestine to another people. Thus they laid the foundation for the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people and the loss of its land and its expulsion from it. They were not satisfied with this, but rather the British Mandate translated the promise into actions and policy that helped carry out the most terrible crime against a people that lived in security on its land, did not attack anyone, and did not participate in any war against anyone. Therefore we call upon Britain, on the 100th anniversary of this ominous promise and ominous deal, to draw the conclusions and learn a lesson, and accept on itself the historic, legal, political, material, and ideological responsibility for the consequences of this promise, including an apology to the Palestinian people for the Nakba, the tragedies, and the oppression that have afflicted it, and the correction of this historical tragedy and dealing with its consequences, at the very least by recognition of the Palestinian state. This is what is required of Britain after what it did to the Palestinian people.”

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.
PA daily refers to Israelis from Ashkelon as "settlers" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2016
Headline: “Two settlers from Ashkelon stabbed a citizen in Idhna in Hebron”
     “Two settlers from Ashkelon yesterday evening [Sept. 19, 2016] stabbed a citizen in the village of Idhna that lies west of Hebron. Israeli police reports claimed that the background of the stabbing crime was criminal, and that it occurred due to an argument over a repair to the settlers’ car.”

Note: Ashkelon is an Israeli coastal city in Southern Israel.
PA TV airs song addressing Israel: "Accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program Holiday Morning, hosting poet Abdallah Qishta
Poet Abdallah Qishta begins to recite the poem "A Homeland That is Tired of Waiting"
Poet Abdallah Qishta:
"Oh my enemy, others are brighter than you…
You are a Nazi, do not lie and do not call for peace
The chaos of your corruption is running rampant in Muslim countries
Your ebb and flow have come to an end, the illusion has reached its end and dissipated
Your time has come, accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
[Even if] a period passes, we will not forget and our veins will be renewed
Your fate is shame and disgrace, regardless of what will come to pass.
Tomorrow we will liberate our land and we will lay the cornerstone,
Sometimes with weapons, and sometimes with politics.
The soil always calls to us: 'Come with [your] head held high,
Wear the crown of glory, and break the head of the evil one’
Its [the soil’s] knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed…"
Official PA TV host: "We do not deny that the poem is wonderful and the style is very unique, especially as there is an attractiveness to the Nabataean or Bedouin poem, as some know it ."

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.
PA daily describes Israeli city of Ashdod as “in the occupied Interior” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 11, 2016
Headline: “The election ink has arrived, but the voter might be absent”
     “The election ink (in Arab countries voting is conducted by dipping a finger in ink and making a fingerprint on one’s selection –Ed.) arrived two days ago [Sept. 9, 2016] from Europe at the Ashdod port in the occupied Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel), but according to indications, the voters are likely to be absent from the voting booths.”
PA daily non-recognition terminology: Israel is “’48 areas” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2016
Headline: “20 citizens were wounded in two separate traffic accidents in Jerusalem and Jenin”
      “A traffic accident occurred between two cars and led to the injury of nine citizens, six of them in serious condition and three in moderate condition, and a number of them were transferred to hospitals within the ’48 areas (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel).”
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "the '48 areas" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2016
Headline: “As a sign of solidarity with our people: BDS calls to freeze the membership of the Israel Football Association”
     “The BDS movement (i.e., Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement) in Italy called… to place Palestinian flags on social media pages yesterday evening [Sept. 5, 2016] as Italy is playing against Israel in the 2018 FIFA (i.e., Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup qualifications in Haifa, which is in the ’48 areas (i.e., PA term for Israel).”
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