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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 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.”
Click to view another item with a photo of the Birds of Paradise Kindergarten celebrating Land Day

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.
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."
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).”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The Interior," "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president emphasized the importance of the role of the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) in strengthening the connection and the opportunities for peace”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a delegation of the leadership of the Balad Party in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), led by the party’s Secretary-General Dr. Mtanes Shehadeh, yesterday evening [Feb. 20, 2017] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.”
Fatah official: Judaism is a religion, not a nationality, therefore “has no homeland” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2017
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, hosting Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, on an increase in the pace of Jewish construction in the West Bank

Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the West Bank and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen: “We will never agree to a state being established on the basis of religion. A state such as this will be the height of bigotry , for [religion] is a divine message, and is not nationalism. As the religion of Islam and the Christian religion, so too the Jewish religion – it has no homeland. This is a divine message, and therefore we recognize it, and we do not recognize it as nationalism.”
Fatah official: “The Zionist project is colonialist and has no connection to Judaism and the myths that the occupation invents” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 21, 2017
Headline: "Shtayyeh briefs an ALECSO delegation about the developments in the Palestinian cause"
       "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of the Treasury and Economy] Muhammad Shtayyeh met with an Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization ALECSO delegation led by Director General of the organization Abdullah Muharib…
During the meeting Shtayyeh welcomed Dr. Muharib and his entourage… and briefed the delegation on the latest developments in the Palestinian cause. He reviewed the historical background of the Zionist project in Palestine since 1650 (sic., 1850) and until present times, what is called the 'global Zionist plan,' and the historical connection between the Zionist project and the Western colonialist project… Shtayyeh emphasized that the Zionist project is colonialist and has no connection to Judaism and the myths that the occupation invents."
University lecturer tells PA TV: Jews "do not have a history, and they do not even have a Torah and a Talmud" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 13, 2017
Official PA TV program Panorama of the Hour, hosting geography lecturer Jihad Abu Tawileh of Al-Azhar University in Gaza
Official PA TV host: "Dr. Jihad [Abu Tawileh], what are the foundations by which the areas are chosen for settlements?”
Geography lecturer Jihad Abu Tawileh: "The foundations and data, or the considerations on which they [Israelis] depend for establishing the settlements in the West Bank are financial considerations. Also the most important consideration is not a historical consideration because the history is falsified. They do not have a history, and they do not even have a Torah and a Talmud. Israel is attempting to create a falsified history, or to invent [history]. I will call it copying biblical and Talmudic history in the West Bank, thinking that it is the land of Judea and Samaria. Of course this is falsified distorted history, but the foundations depended upon [for establishing] are financial, and especially water."
Fatah Central Committee member refers to "70 years of occupation" (i.e., since 1948) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 12, 2017
Official PA TV program State of Politics, with Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner for Diaspora Branches Jamal Muhaisen
Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner for Diaspora Branches Jamal Muhaisen: “We are proud that there are states that were occupied by foreigners and after [several] months or a short time, thousands of people were recruited as spies for the occupying state, whereas we are proud that during 70 years of occupation (i.e., since the establishment of Israel in 1948), and an additional occupation of 50 years (i.e., since the 1967 Six Day War), until now only a very few have fallen into the Israeli net.”
Official PA daily refers to Israel as "the territories that were occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2017
Headline: “Beirut: A demonstration of solidarity with the members of our [Palestinian] people in the 1948 [territories]”
     “The Tyre branch of the Fatah Movement in southern Lebanon yesterday [Feb. 8, 2017] held a sit-in strike as a sign of solidarity with the members of our [Palestinian] people in the territories that were occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) in front of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross [in Beirut]…
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Rifat Shanaah, the Fatah secretary and leadership in Tyre, and Lebanese parties participated in the sit-in strike…
Shanaah said that American President Donald Trump’s threats to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and to consider it the unified capital of Israel constitutes targeting of the Palestinian rights and a scandalous expression of racism. He also emphasized that the Palestinian people has not submitted and will not submit to the Israeli occupation.”
PA government condemns UK's invitation to Netanyahu to celebrate 100th anniversary of Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2017
     "The [PA] government condemned Britain's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). It condemned the celebration of this anniversary [that marks an event] that led to the uprooting of the Palestinian people from its homeland…
The government emphasized that instead of celebrating this anniversary, Britain must apologize to the Palestinian people and correct the historic mistake that it made, by recognizing the Palestinian state, supporting its establishment, and compensating the Palestinian people for what happened to it as a result of this human tragedy."

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.
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