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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]
PLO calls on the British government to "apologize for the ominous Balfour Promise" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2017
Headline: "The PLO called to expose the occupation's steps and its settlement policy"
     "The PLO Department of Arab Relations called to expose the Israeli occupation's steps and its settlement policy…
The department noted that the fact that UN Secretary-General [António Guterres] cancelled the [UN] ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) report (see note below –Ed.) is an expression of his siding with the occupation government and its acts. This is in the shadow of the passing of 100 years since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and the British government's insistence on continuing to support the occupation state and side with it and continue the injustice that was done to the Palestinian people and the peoples of the region as a result of this decision …
The department called… on the British government to end this historic tragedy that was caused to the Palestinian people, apologize for the ominous Balfour Promise, recognize the Palestinian state, and compensate those who were harmed by the historical injustice that the Balfour Promise constituted."

On March 17, 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres ordered that a UN ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) report declaring that "Israel has established an apartheid regime that systematically institutionalizes racial oppression and domination of the Palestinian people as a whole" be taken off the ESCWA website.

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2017
Headline: "A small earthquake struck the coastal area between Haifa and Nahariya"
     "The area between Haifa and Nahariya in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) experienced a small earthquake of a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale yesterday [April 4, 2017]."
Abbas on the Balfour Declaration: Britain "must apologize for this historic mistake" 
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “Abbas in an interview with Al-Quds Al-Arabi: … We will turn to the international forums if Britain insists on marking the anniversary of the Balfour Promise and will not apologize”
Excerpt of an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas by the London newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi

[Q:] “As we near the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that promised the Jews a national home in Palestine (on Nov. 2, 1917), [and as] preparations [are being made] to mark this anniversary, which British Prime Minister Theresa May has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to participate in – are there Palestinian steps that are more than just calls on London to apologize for this historic mistake against the Palestinian truth? And what Palestinian moves will there be if Britain ignores the Palestinian calls?”

[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] “We began to demand that Britain apologize to the Palestinian people at [our] speeches of the last UN General Assembly session in September 2016, and also at the Arab Summit in Mauritania. We demanded and still demand that Britain not celebrate this event, which was catastrophic from the Palestinian people’s perspective. In addition, it must apologize for this historic mistake that it committed against us, and it must recognize the State of Palestine…”

[Q:] “And if Britain does not respond to the Palestinian demands on the matter? Are there other steps, for example turning to the International Criminal Court and other international organizations?”

[Mahmoud Abbas:] “I have said that we will turn to all of the local and international forums and talk to them..."

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Fatah calls on Britain to “correct the historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 2, 2017
Headline: “The European Union condemns: New settlement construction will destroy the hope for the two-state solution”
     “The Fatah Movement welcomed the international positions condemning the settlement colonialism. In a statement by its spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal, Fatah said that immediate recognition of the State of Palestine is the only logical and effective response to the settlement colonialism… Fatah expressed its appreciation for the position of British Secretary [of State for] Foreign [and Commonwealth Affairs] Boris Johnson regarding Israel’s announcement of the construction of 2,000 housing units in the settlements in the West Bank. It called on Britain to correct the historical mistake - the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) - and to recognize the State of Palestine.”

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 TV reporter calls Israel “the alleged state”  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Apr. 1, 2017
Official PA TV News, on Land Day in Qalqilya

Official PA TV reporter: “Each year Land Day reveals our people’s hold on their lands that have been occupied by Israel since the establishment of the alleged state (i.e., Israel). The lands of the city of Qalqilya have been expropriated time after time, and also 30,000 dunams (i.e., approximately 7,400 acres) of its most fertile lands are isolated behind the annexation and expansion wall.”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
PA official denies Israel in any borders: Occupation has existed 70 years 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 31, 2017
Headline: “Ghannam: The occupation will not remain forever and we will achieve all of our rights”

“District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam briefed Mayor of Tangier in Morocco Muhammad Al-Bashir Al-Abdlawi…, as he welcomed her at the municipality headquarters, ‘about the suffering of the Palestinian people and the details of the occupation’s attacks and its cold-blooded targeting of all the Palestinians.’ She also noted that ‘Our people is collapsing under an occupation that has been treating its children, elderly, and young people with violence for nearly 70 years. However, our people still believes that the occupation will not continue forever, and that we, with the aid of our friends in the world, will achieve all of our national rights, and prime among them the establishment of our independent state with full sovereignty, whose capital is Jerusalem.’”
Fatah official calls on Britain to apologize for the Balfour declaration, a “historical mistake” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2017
Headline: “Fattouh calls on Britain to recognize the State of Palestine”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Commissioner of International Relations Rawhi Fattouh called on Britain to recognize the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders whose capital is East Jerusalem, to implement the recommendation of the [British] parliament on the matter, and to submit an apology for issuing the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). This was said during Fattouh’s meeting yesterday [March 30, 2017] with a delegation from the British Labour Party, led by General Secretary of the Party Iain McNicol. Fattouh emphasized the significance of the British recognition of the State of Palestine, particularly in light of the recommendation that was published by the parliament in 2014 on the matter, and also the importance of the apology for the historical mistake that the government of Britain made in issuing 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.
Official PA TV children's program host refers to Israel as "the Palestinian villages that were occupied in 1948" and looks forward to their return 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 31, 2017
Official PA TV program The Best Home, on Land Day
Official PA TV host Walaa Al-Battat:
“In honor of this day (i.e., Land Day), the Birds of Paradise Kindergarten has brought us flowers with the names of the uprooted villages, the Palestinian villages that were occupied in 1948 (i.e., in Israel), and Allah willing they will return to us one day. Thank you Birds of Paradise for this nice gesture.”
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Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
Official PA daily refers to Israel as "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 27, 2017
Headline: "Shufa is in the sights"
     "Citizens of the village of Shufa, southeast of Tulkarem, are very worried about the bulldozing operation being carried out by the Israeli occupation's bulldozers in the areas adjacent to the bypass road that is west of the village and connects the Einav and Avnei Hefetz settlements to the areas within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel)."
Fatah official: “To this moment, Fatah does not recognize Israel”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 26, 2017

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

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

Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day on May 15, the day after Israeli Independence Day. On May 15, 1948, combined forces from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq joined Palestinian Arab forces in an attempt to eradicate the newly-established State of Israel. The
Nakba (i.e. "the catastrophe) refers to the displacement of Palestinians that occurred as a result of this Arab war of aggression against Israel.
PA Education Minister: Our education must “encourage liberation”; Israeli Arab members of Israeli parliament: Incitement against Israel is a “Palestinian right” and “human obligation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 23, 2017
Headline: “Saidam: We want education that will encourage liberation”

“The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education yesterday [March 22, 2017] opened a first of its kind workshop regarding the ‘incitement’ in the Palestinian curricula and the Israeli attack against the education.
[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam, [PA] Minister of Culture Dr. Ehab Bessaiso, Director of the Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Walid Assaf, [PA] Deputy Minister of Education Basri Saleh, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] advisor on [Foreign Affairs and] International Relations Dr. Nabil Shaath, and Israeli Arab Parliament members Dr. Ahmad Tibi, Muhammad Barakeh, Hanin Zoabi, Masud Ganaim, and Talab El-Sana participated in the workshop events…
Saidam emphasized that this unconventional workshop is being held due to the attack that the occupation is waging against our curriculum, and emphasized that the workshop will lead to many questions.
Saidam answered the big question: Which educational system do we want? He said: ‘We want education that will encourage liberation.’ In conjunction, he presented the prominent aspects of the curricula, and particularly those of the new national curriculum for grades 1 – 4…
Saidam mentioned the fact that the occupation forbids teaching the [PA] national curriculum in the schools of Jerusalem (i.e., Israeli Arab schools). He noted that the curriculum includes great expertise whose goal is to mold the Palestinian personality and accompany the education with knowledge and deep-rooted principles…

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PLO negotiator Erekat repeats libel: Israel guilty of “ethnic cleansing,” must be uprooted, Israeli Defense Minister guilty of “war crimes” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 19, 2017
Headline: “Erekat: Liberman’s decision regarding the [Palestinian] National Fund means the revoking of Israel’s recognition of the PLO”

“Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, PLO Chief Negotiator [and Fatah Central Committee member] Dr. Saeb Erekat again expressed his strong opposition to Israeli Minister of War (i.e., Defense) Avigdor Liberman’s decision to define the PLO Palestinian National Fund as a ‘terror organization.’
While receiving EU [Special] Representative for [the Middle East] Peace Process Fernando Gentilini and the Chinese ambassador in Palestine – each one separately – Erekat said that Liberman’s decision means the revoking of Israel’s recognition of the PLO.
He called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce the position of his government and whether the government has revoked its recognition of the PLO…

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Abbas claims Palestinians have been under occupation for "70 years" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump... I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states..."
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Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2017
Headline: “The occupation authorities banned a British supporter of the Palestinian cause from entering the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel)”

Chairman of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Hugh Lanning was barred entry to Israel on March 12, 2017 due to his pro-BDS activism seeking to impose a global boycott on Israel.
PA Minister of Foreign Affairs demands that the UK apologize for the "ominous Balfour Promise" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: “Al-Malki: The Arab foreign ministers decisively emphasized the centrality of the Palestinian cause”
     “[PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad] Al-Malki discussed the recent developments in the Palestinian arena with his British counterpart [UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs] Boris Johnson…
He emphasized the [Palestinian] opposition to the preconditions set by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for starting any sort of negotiation between the Palestinian side and the Israeli side, and particularly what [Netanyahu] said in the US and in Australia regarding the need for Palestinian recognition of a Jewish state and for Israeli security control over the Palestinian state…
He mentioned the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Balfour Declaration), and demanded that Britain apologize for this promise instead of calling to mark [its 100th anniversary], because it is the greatest disaster that has been caused to the Palestinian people and to its dream to remain on the soil of its homeland like the rest of the peoples of the world.
He added: ‘It would have been better for Britain to fix the historical mistake that caused the greatest damage to the Palestinian people and to its national cause, as it made two-thirds of the Palestinian people refugees and homeless in the region and throughout the world.’ He also called on Britain to recognize the Palestinian state in the June 4 [1967] borders, whose capital is East Jerusalem.”

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.
Film shown to NATO reps depicts “colonialism in Palestine since 1948” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2017
Headline: "Assaf briefed an international parliamentary delegation regarding the settlement plans"
      "Chairman of the [PA] Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Walid Assaf yesterday [March 2, 2017] briefed a delegation from the NATO alliance Parliamentary Assembly, which included 40 members of the alliance from 14 states, and also the Science and Technology Committee and the Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group, regarding the Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank… The committee presented a filmed and detailed explanation of the colonialism in Palestine since 1948 and until today, how the occupation settlements and the wall were built, and how the division into administrative and security regions was carried out, with a focus on the latest period between 1997 and 2016."
Palestinian universities want Israeli Arab students to study in the PA, rather than in Israel – “the interior” 
Source: PANET, Israeli-Arab website, Mar. 1, 2017
Headline: "13 universities and colleges take part in the first Palestinian guide to higher education for students from the Interior"

“Nazareth – the Institute for Palestinian-Palestinian Contact – Bortokala.com - announced that the opportunity to participate in the book The Palestinian Higher Education Guide for Students from the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) has now ended.
The number of Palestinian universities and colleges participating in the guide reached 13 - seven universities and six official academic colleges - and they are: Birzeit University, the Arab American University in Jenin, National An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron, Al-Quds Open University, Al-Quds University, and Bethlehem University.
The colleges are: Da'wah Islamic College in Qalqilya, Makassed College for Nursing in Jerusalem, the governmental Palestine Technical College for Girls in Ramallah, the government Al-Arroub Palestine Technical College in Hebron, the Modern College in Ramallah, and the Dar Al-Kalima College for Arts in Bethlehem.
The [guide]book – whose length exceeds 130 pages – will include, in addition to sections dedicated to the universities and colleges, the regulations of the Palestinian Council of Higher Education in regard to the recognition of certificates, and the addresses of the relevant departments in the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The reader will be able to go to the websites of the universities and colleges to receive additional information… by using the QR barcode system.
All this and more - the local council and the community center in the town of Yafa an-Naseriyye will host an official ceremony next month for the publication of the book, and this is under the auspices of [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam. He will speak at the event alongside Council Head Attorney Imran Kinana,
PA daily op-ed: "Ominous" Balfour Declaration was created by Jewish money and imperialism 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: “One people not split into groups”

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

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

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Official PA daily refers to Israel as "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2017
     “The occupation authorities cancelled 110 work permits yesterday [Feb. 23, 2017] at the Jalame military checkpoint north of Jenin, and prevented those holding them from entering the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
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