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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 uses non-recognition terminology: "The 1948 territories" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2014
     “Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Ziad Abu Ein… added: ‘…We greatly appreciate all the efforts being made by the Arab Members of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and our people in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) to support the prisoners and their just cause.’”
Official PA daily refers to Israel as the "1948 territories" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2014
     “Several Arab directors spoke by telephone… including… Bilal Yusuf from the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "the '48 areas" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2014
     “Members of our refugee nation in the ’48 areas (i.e., Israel) have sent a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, which Al-Hayat Al-Jadida received a copy of, in which they declare their solidarity with him in view of the Israeli and American pressures [being put on him]…
The signees addressed the President as follows: ‘We the displaced, who number over three hundred thousand, decided to adhere to our rights of return during the first conference, held in 1995, and not to accept any alternative, whether compensation, substitute or [re]settlement. Furthermore, we decided at our second conference, held in 2000, to refuse any settlement between the PLO and Israel that would harm our legitimate rights of return, and said that any agreement denying our right of return, explicitly or implicitly, is fundamentally null and void.’

It should be noted that hundreds of thousands of our people in the areas occupied in ’48 were expelled from their villages and their lands were expropriated but they are not recognized as refugees.”
PA chief negotiator: Palestinians lived in Jericho 3,000 years before Jews arrived 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2014
     “Palestinian [chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat told Israeli [MP and negotiator] Tzipi Livni: ‘My Canaanite family lived in Jericho 3,000 years before the people of Israel came to the city, led by Joshua Bin Nun.’…
[PA] chief negotiator and Palestinian fighter Erekat, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said this to Livni at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany.
At the same time, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, a member of the Central Committee of that same liberation movement conducting the peaceful popular resistance in Palestine (i.e., Fatah), explained what Jesus, the messenger of love and peace, meant when he said ‘salt of the earth’: [standing] beside the holy stones of the homes in the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley, [Al-Aloul] said: ‘The Jordan Valley is Palestinian and the village of Ein Hijleh is [on] the land of the Deir Hijleh church, and was originally a Palestinian Canaanite village on the route connecting the Dead Sea to Beit Shean.”
Official PA: Terrorist died a "Martyr" when he placed an explosive in "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2014
     “[Jalal] Mahamid died a Martyr (Shahid) on February 8, 2002, along with Martyr Tawfiq Mahamid, as they were placing an explosive device in Umm Al-Fahm, which is within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”

Note: Jalal Mahamid planned a double suicide attack in Israel with another terrorist, Tawfiq Mahamid, on Feb. 8, 2002. They entered Israel, but their vehicle exploded too soon and both were killed without harming anyone else. Israel transferred Jalal Mahamid’s body to the PA on Feb. 4, 2014.
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The Interior occupied in 1948" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 26, 2014
     “Dozens of Palestinians from the Interior (i.e., Israel), demonstrated in Ramallah yesterday [Jan. 25, 2014] to protest the siege of the Al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. They demanded that the armed [Syrian] groups leave the camp and that the necessary aid be supplied to the beleaguered residents …
Palestinian activists from the Interior occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) held the procession in central Ramallah. They attempted to reach the Muqata’a, the [PA's] Presidential Headquarters, to pass on the protestors’ demands, but the security forces prevented them from reaching the site.”
Official PA daily calls town in central Israel a "settlement community" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2014
     “Yesterday [Jan. 24, 2014], the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a large church from the Byzantine period.
The archaeologists do not exclude the possibility that the church was a center of Christian worship for communities that resided near the site, which is currently occupied by the settlement community of Aluma.
This church was discovered during salvage excavations conducted in preparation for the construction of a new settlement neighborhood in the community of Aluma.”

Note: The town of Aluma is located in central Israel, within the 1967 borders.
Official PA daily refers to Israel as the "1948 territories" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2014
     “Yesterday [Jan. 23, 2014], Fatah Central Committee member and Chairman of the Committee for Contact with Israeli Society Muhammad Al-Madani met with a delegation representing the Islamic Movement in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas rep claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 20, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast the first convention of the Palestinian Bar Association Union that discussed “Palestine and International Law.” Fatah Central Committee Member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat represented PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The symbol of the European Union appeared on the banner behind the stage, and an EU representative addressed the gathering.
Fatah Central Committee member Erekat: “Concerning the Israeli side repeatedly saying that Israel is a ‘Jewish state’ – some say they [the Israelis] intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by [using] this term. Some say they want to harm the status of Palestinian residents in the ’48 territories (i.e. Israel). You are in the city of Jericho. Our story began in this city 10,000 years ago when the Natufians founded it. The Canaanites were [here] 5,500 years before Joshua burned it down. Whoever asks me to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is asking me to alter my history, to change my religion, to revise my culture. That is not going to happen. He wants us to say it is a Jewish state, meaning that the land belonged to the Jews and that we are strangers to it.”

Note: The Natufian culture was a sedentary, hunter-gatherer, Mesolithic culture that lived in the Levant region of the Near East between about 13,000-9,800 BCE.
PA TV: Balfour Declaration was “A promise given by those who did not own [the land] to those who had no right [to it]” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 16, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning from Gaza, on the public campaign to sue Britain over the Balfour Declaration. The program hosted the campaign’s coordinator in Gaza, Muhammad Al- Makadmeh.
Campaign coordinator Muhammad Al-Makadmeh: “To this very day, Germany still pays money to the State of Israel, even though it did nothing to the State of Israel. More than 80 years ago, Hitler acted against the Jews. A situation has been created to make it seem that Israel represents all Jews in the world. To this very day, Germany continues [to pay]. Today, a 20-year-old German…“
PA TV host [interrupting him]: “If so, we can compare [Israel’s] attitude [towards Germany] to our attitude towards Britain, and blame it for the Balfour Promise (Declaration); so that [the British] may feel guilty for what their fathers did.”
Al-Makadmeh: “[Britain] should feel guilty, because it truly committed a crime against us: It issued a decree in a place it had a mandate over, and promised this land to the Jews.”
PA TV host: “A promise given by those who did not own [the land] to those who had no right [to it] (i.e., the Jews).

Note: 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 view 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.

Headline in PA daily refers to Israel as “the Palestinian Interior” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2014
Photo caption:  "Honoring the family of leader prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat."
Headline:
“The Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] honors families of several prisoners and detainees, including families from the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Israel) and the West Bank”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], in cooperation with the [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Club and the Supreme Council for Monitoring Prisoners’ Affairs, honored the families of prisoners Ahmad Sa’adat, most veteran prisoner Karim Younes, most veteran female prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni, as well as the families of prisoners Maher Younes, Ahed Abu Gholmeh, Fuad Al-Shubaki, Omar Al-Akkawi and Muhammad Al-Milh. This [was done] out of appreciation of their heroic sacrifice…
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam delivered a speech on behalf of the President [Mahmoud Abbas] in which she to
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: “occupied Jerusalem,” “what is referred to as ‘Jewish heritage’” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2014
The PA uses the term "normalization" to refer to any joint activity, project, or program between Israelis and Palestinians. The PA frequently rejects "normalization" with Israel, whether in sports competitions, at cultural events, at conferences, etc.
Headline: “Held by Israeli Minds of Peace organization and Palestinians – Jerusalem residents succeed in stopping a ‘normalization conference’ at the Ambassador Hotel”
     “Yesterday [Jan. 10, 2014], activists from Jerusalem succeeded in stopping a normalization conference that was held by an Israeli NGO at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied Jerusalem. They burst into the conference hall, yelling and calling out outraged cries against normalization with the Israelis due to the continuance of the occupation...
A review of documents published by the organization that summarized previous conferences shows that another normalization meeting had been held in Tel Aviv this past December 28 and 29 [2013]...
Regarding occupied Jerusalem, the document [written by Minds of Peace] says that ‘East Jerusalem’ will be transferred to Palestinian control, while ‘West Jerusalem’ will remain under Israeli control, as will what are referred to as ‘the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem,’ which will be exchanged with the Palestinians for other territories.
What is even more laughable about the document is the call to teach Palestinian children the Hebrew language and what is referred to as ‘Jewish heritage.'”

PLO official refers to Israel as “the Interior” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2014
     “Director of the [PLO] Department for Jerusalem Affairs and PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Qurei asserted that [we] must continue and release all the prisoners… [including] our revolutionary Palestinian brothers from the Interior (i.e., Israel). He spoke during a visit he made to the homes of released [prisoners] from Jerusalem to congratulate them on their release. Qurei visited released [prisoner] Jamal Abu Jamal in the village of Al-Mukaber, released [prisoner] Bilal Abu Hussein, released [prisoner] Yassin Abu Khdeir from the town of Shuafat and Mahmoud Abu Da’ajneh from the Shuafat refugee camp.”

Notes: Jamal Abu Jamal – was arrested in May 1994 for attempted murder. He was serving a sentence of 22 years in prison but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Bilal Abu Hussein – was arrested in 1988 for blocking roads and setting a vehicle on fire. While in prison, he and his cellmates murdered a prisoner whom they suspected of collaborating with Israel. He was sentenced to 36 years in prison but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Yassin Abu Khdeir – Shot Yigal Shahaf to death in Jerusalem on October 10, 1987. He was serving a sentence of 28 years in prison but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Mahmoud Da’ajneh - took part in the murder of Sarah Sharon who was stabbed to death in Holon on January 20, 1993. He was serving a life sentence but was released in December 2013 as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
PA daily op-ed: Israelis have no right to land, which God gave to Palestinians 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2014
From op-ed by Imtiaz Diab:
     "Regarding those [Israelis] who came boasting the metal of their gleaming rifles, while fleeing a fate of their bodies being turned to white dust (i.e., the Jews who fled the Holocaust), who shared our bread and salt with us, who betrayed our courtesy and claimed their God had promised our land to them – they are only transient in their journey in the Diaspora, [a journey] which has protected them from dissolving into the nations that hated them everywhere, except for us, we who gave them shelter in our homes.
We know well that they… will leave our holy olive tree one day, [the olive tree] which they uprooted from the soil they claim to own!
They have never understood that God gave this land to those who were born on it, those who have lived on it, those whose fathers were buried in it, and to those who were compelled to migrate by force by those who came and claimed the land was desolate. This is the land of those who have loved it, breathed its air, embraced its trees and wept over any damage done to its soil…"

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Fatah official uses non-recognition terminology: “Palestinian Interior" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2014
An episode of the PA TV program Palestine this Morning discussed the role of women in Palestinian society and hosted Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad.
Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad: “…I wanted to move on to the topic of Dalal Mughrabi because she led a quality operation (i.e., terror attack) in the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Israel). She killed dozens of Israeli army officers, and she was the leader of this operation. She led men. She is a source of pride in her struggle, her history, her giving and her sacrifice. The woman was a [role] model in the national struggle and this role model is now being copied, and [students] learn about it at the world’s universities.”

Notes: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Israeli Arab Hadash party delegation: Israel is “the Interior” and Palestinians are “owners of the land” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2013
     “Jenin District Governor Talal Dweikat received a delegation from the [Israeli-Arab political party] Hadash’s Teachers’ Faction yesterday [Dec. 29, 2013] in the district offices… Secretary of the Hadash [Teachers’] Faction Sa’id Yassin… said: ‘We in the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Israel) experience the occupation’s racist steps, first among them [the demand to recognize] the state’s Jewish character. This is a red line because we are the owners of the land.’”
Fatah official Saeb Erekat refers to Israel as “the 1948 [territories]” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 29, 2013
     “[Saeb] Erekat, Fatah Central Committee member and one of the prominent leaders in the [West] Bank, said in a special interview with the Saudi Arabian Al-Yaum newspaper… in response to a question about the alternatives the President [Abbas] spoke about should negotiations fail: ‘We made a commitment for now, and paid a very heavy price by [promising] not to turn to international institutions for nine months, in return for [the release of] 104 prisoners. This is a very heavy price, but it is an appropriate price, because countries that respect themselves go to war for their sons’ freedom. These are Palestine’s heroes, who spent more than 20 years in Israeli prisons, and the time has come to release them, regardless of their geographic or political affiliation. There are 14 brothers from the 1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel), 10 from Jerusalem, 11 from the Islamic Jihad, 13 from Hamas, 7 from the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine, PFLP], 21 from [various] organizations and 54 from the Fatah Movement. We agreed that they will be released without deportation, banishment or changing of their location, and if Israel denies these agreements, our alternative will be to turn to international institutions.’”

Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013.
Non-recognition terminology: PA daily refers to Israel as "the occupied Interior" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2013
Op-ed by writer and political researcher Salah Wadia:
     “In the past, in the 1990s, every time [we] got closer to a Palestinian-Israeli agreement and with the beginning of each round of negotiations, Hamas increased its activity against the occupation in the occupied Interior (i.e., Israel) in order to embarrass the [Palestinian] Authority and sabotage the negotiations.”
PLO official uses non-recognition terminology, referring to Israel as “the Interior” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2013
     “During the reopening ceremony of the Jericho Culture and Art Center… [PLO Executive Committee member and PA chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat said: ‘In order to narrow the gaps, President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, which contained all that is in our power and not in our power. We will not accept the Jewishness of Israel, which will harm the refugee cause and harm the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Israel), and most dangerously – will alter history and religion as though we were never on this land.’
Woman in PA TV documentary: “Jews can live on Mars” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2013
From a documentary that aired on official PA TV:
Woman: "I'm not against Jews. They can live. They can live on Mars, Allah willing, but they cannot take over places that are not their places, or land that is not their land and a homeland that is not their homeland."
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