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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: The coast of "Palestine" is "under occupation" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 19, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestinian Taste on fish.
PA TV Host: “When talking about fish, especially in Palestine, we ought to be on one of the coasts. But, as you know, most of its [Palestine’s] coasts are under occupation, while the rest – along the Gaza Strip – is under siege.”
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Official PA daily calls Israeli city within the Green Line a "settlement" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2014
     “[Israeli TV] Channel 10 stated that the occupation army had arrested a Palestinian who had infiltrated the Netiv HaAsara settlement north of the Gaza Strip, yesterday afternoon [April 18, 2014].”

The Netiv HaAsara community is located within the Green Line in southern Israel.
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "the territories occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2014
     “Nahlah, from the village of Ya’bad, worked in a Palestinian factory in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel).”
Official PA daily: Jewish claim to Israel as a homeland is "based on the fabricated biblical and Talmudic tales" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2014
Op-ed by Dr. As'ad Abd Al-Rahman, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     "The leaders of the Zionist state, from their first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, to the present day, from the right to the left, agree that historical Palestine is 'Israel's homeland'... This [claim is] based on the fabricated biblical and Talmudic tales. All this points to an Israeli fortress mentality, which is faithful to the Zionist heritage, which is based on racism, arrogance and the lie of 'the chosen people,' and based on the 'Masada complex' - a fear of recurrence of the 7 years of a Roman army siege which forced the Jewish men in the fortress to make a strange decision that no reasonable person throughout history has ever understood: to kill their women, children and elders and then commit suicide...
Israel and peace are opposites. This [Israel] is a state that surrounds itself with physical and psychological concrete walls that are ingrained in the Jewish mentality, which is based on rejection and fear of the other, and which sees the solution in expanding the construction of the fortress walls. Even the racist separation fence, in addition to being a kind of 'apartheid', recalls the tradition of the Jewish ghetto in Europe. Therefore, one can say that Israel's recourse to building the fence stems from reasons connected to the internal psychological structure of the Israeli character, which was formed in the shadow of the Jewish ghetto worldview."
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Official PA daily refers to Israel as the "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 11, 2014
     “Yesterday [April 10, 2014], the General Teachers’ Union of the Jenin [Fatah] branch and the [Israeli-Arab] Hadash faction in Majd Al-Krum, in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), honored 50 children of Martyrs (Shahids) from the [Palestinian] Security Forces and the Teachers’ Union.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Official PA TV uses non-recognition terminology: "Palestine occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 8, 2014
Official PA TV News reported on the family of Karim and Maher Younes, who were supposed to have been released in the fourth phase of pre-Oslo Accords prisoner releases which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks in 2013.
PA TV reporter: “Karim Younes, a name that came up several times in prisoner-exchange deals, but despair has prevailed all these years, because Israel has insisted on not freeing him and 14 other prisoners from Palestine occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel).”

Notes: Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980. Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012 to 40 years.
Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

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. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.
Official PA TV complains that Israel hasn't released prisoners who kidnapped and murdered 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 8, 2014
Official PA TV News reported on the family of Karim and Maher Younes, who were supposed to have been released in the fourth phase of pre-Oslo Accords prisoner releases which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks in 2013.
PA TV reporter: “Karim Younes, a name that came up several times in prisoner-exchange deals, but despair has prevailed all these years, because Israel has insisted on not freeing him and 14 other prisoners from Palestine occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel).”

Notes: Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980. Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012 to 40 years.
Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

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. The third group of 26 was released on Dec. 30, 2013. The fourth group was scheduled to be released on March 29, 2014, but Israel delayed their release while negotiating the terms for continuation of the peace talks. When the PA submitted requests for admission as a state to several international bodies, Israel cancelled the release.
Official PA daily: We won't "cede a single grain of dust from... Palestine occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 1, 2014
Op-ed by Najib al-Qaddumi
     “On this great day, March 30, 1976, the Palestinians proclaimed their adherence to their land and their readiness to sacrifice everything to protect the land of their forefathers. This day is justly called ‘Land Day’…
After the owners of the land – the residents of the Galilee and the Triangle (a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns and villages adjacent to the Green Line in northern Israel) – revolted against the Israeli authorities, who had expropriated thousands of dunams in the region of the Galilee and the Triangle… the Zionist enemy forces invaded the villages with the aid of tanks and armored vehicles. They started shooting at the defenseless residents, who had revolted to protect the land and to thwart the plot to Judaize the Galilee…
You won’t find a single Palestinian, [whether] man or woman, old or young, who will agree to cede a single grain of dust from the land of Palestine. As the scheme to Judaize the Galilee was thwarted in the past, so the current ‘Jewish state’ scheme will be thwarted too. This is an overtly racist slogan, and with its implementation, our brethren in [the part of] Palestine occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) will be expelled from their forefathers’ land, and the sons of Palestine in the diaspora will be prevented from returning to their land and homes, whence they were expelled in 1948 by force of arms…
In addition, the Kerry plan now on the agenda, which is opposed to the aspirations of our people, will fail.”

For a note about Land Day, click "full article."
Israeli Arab MP uses non-recognition terminology: "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2014
     “In Nazareth, [Israeli Arab] MP Masud Ganaim of the United Arab List, called to turn Land Day into a day of struggle and unity for all groups of our Arab-Palestinian nation within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).
In a statement, Ganaim said: ‘The 38th anniversary of Land Day reaches us while the Judaization frenzy continues to intensify and while our people continue to suffer from the expropriation and Judaization policy that has become clear and evident in the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle (Israeli region bordering the West Bank with a large Arab population) and in the mixed cities. Considering this reality, we need this flame and this spark, which were lit on March 30, 1976, and kindled a path of struggle based on collective action.”

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 daily: "The occupation stole 85% of Palestine" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2014
Headline: “Israel has demolished 1,230 housing units in Jerusalem since 2000 – In honor of Land Day: The occupation stole 85% of Palestine.”
     “The [Palestinian] Central Bureau of Statistics said the occupation controls over 85% of the land of historic Palestine, and that half the settlers live in the district of Jerusalem.”
PA daily op-ed: "Recognition of the Israeli state's 'Jewish identity'… means the destruction and effacement of the foundations of the Palestinian narrative"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     “Today is the 38th anniversary of Land Day, at a time when the struggle between the [Palestinian] national project and the Zionist colonialist project is intensifying…
The Israeli leadership insists on bending the truth and imposing its false narrative by extracting recognition of the Israeli state’s ‘Jewish identity’ from the Palestinian people and leadership. This means the destruction and effacement of the foundations of the Palestinian narrative.”

Note: 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. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider it a national day.
PA minister refers to Israel as "Palestinian territories occupied in 1948" and Israeli gov. as "occupation authorities" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2014
     “Dozens of angry citizens demonstrated yesterday evening [March 29, 2014] in front of the gate of the Ofer military camp near Ramallah to protest Israel’s delay in releasing the fourth group of prisoners [arrested] before [the] Oslo [Accords]…
[PA] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs [Issa Karake] said: ‘We have come to welcome our heroic prisoners included in the fourth phase [of prisoner releases], who should have been released today, but the gate of the Ofer prison has not opened because of the Israeli cancellation.’
He added: ‘We demand from the occupation authorities the release of all the veteran prisoners in the fourth phase, who number 30 [in all], 14 of whom are from the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel). We hold them [Israel] fully responsible for the ramifications of the delay in releasing [the prisoners] in accordance with the agreement [between Israel and the PA].’”
PA minister opposes land swap because "the entire land is Palestinian land" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2014
     “The [Popular] Front for the Liberation of Palestine called Land Day a symbol of the spirit of struggle and self-sacrifice demonstrated by our people and the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine through their devotion to the option of resistance to a cruel occupation that was planted in our land by force of arms…
[PA] Minister of Agriculture Walid Assaf called for the broadest possible popular participation in the 38th Land Day events. He said that this day represented a milestone in the Palestinian struggle against the occupation’s Judaization projects, which aim to steal additional tracts of Palestinian land for purposes of settlement expansion and [the construction of] the racist separation fence. The Popular Front expressed… its strong opposition to the land swap agreement achieved by the negotiations, because it contains ‘a recognition and admission of Israel’s right to the larger part of the land of Palestine. The entire land is Palestinian land, and the agreement to swap part of it with another part that has [remained] stolen [land] since 1948 amounts to the support and legitimization of a future Israeli policy, whose aim will be to expel our people from the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).’”

Note: 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. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider it a national day.
Fatah official: We will "expel these invaders from every inch of our Palestinian land" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 30, 2014
Abbas' advisor on NGOs Sultan Abu Al-Einein: "This [commemoration of Land Day] reminds us of March, in which the Palestinian woman excelled in the art of warfare beside the Palestinian man. We also recall Martyr Dalal Mughrabi -- I salute her soul and the souls of all the Martyrs -- [Dalal] who established her Palestinian Republic in her own special way between Jaffa and Tel Aviv... Land Day is not [just] a regular, passing day in the life of our Palestinian nation, but it confirms and reminds those whose memory has betrayed them... that on this land and for this land it is worth giving our blood in order to expel these invaders from every inch of our Palestinian land."
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Notes: 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. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider it a national day.
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Mahmoud Darwish is regarded as the Palestinian national poet. Although considered a symbol and spokesman for the Palestinian cause, Darwish rejected accusations of AntiSemitism, publicly identified himself with the Jewish civilization in Palestine, and expressed his hope for reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews.
Fatah official: Israel was established as a barrier to Arab unity, which was stolen by the West 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum‎ ‎interviewed Fatah Central Committee ‎Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was ‎posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas ‎Zaki: “We in Fatah still retain the principle ‎of armed struggle – but it should be used ‎‎[only] when it is useful to us and when it ‎exacts a heavy price from the enemy…‎
Our Middle East is rich in energy. I believe ‎the time has come for people to know why ‎Israel was established ‎…‎
They said it was necessary to establish a ‎human barrier, which is Israel, which ‎would separate the western parts of the ‎Arab world from its eastern parts, would ‎control the region’s resources – that is, oil ‎and industry – and prevent the Arabs from ‎regaining their unity and culture, which the ‎West had taken from them.”‎
Op-ed in PA daily: "Zionist propaganda machine" tries to convince world that Jews "have historical roots" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 27, 2014
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar , regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     “Israel, which was established through a colonialist decision 66 years ago, still, to this very day, has no constitution defining its borders or defining who is a Jew. This means that Israel’s borders are expandable, so that they may include any place within the Arab countries, especially in those bordering on Palestine, where the Zionist propaganda machine can convince world public opinion that the Jews – as a race, not a religion – have historical roots.”
Fatah official: Israel is a “colonialist settlement” with no history in the land 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee Member and [PA] Commissioner of International Relations Nabil Shaath said that the Israeli government’s demand that the State of Palestine recognize Israel as [a] Jewish [state] is the ideological and historical explanation [it] needs to justify the theft of Palestine. He said: ‘They want us to admit that they did not steal our land, since by recognizing the state [of Israel] as Jewish, we would be acknowledging that Palestine is their original land and country.’ He emphasized that this would never happen under any circumstances.
He [Shaath] added: ‘This recognition threatens the right of return and the Palestinians in Israel (i.e., Israeli Arabs). It would mean depriving them of their right to citizenship, and defining them as aliens or visitors. Israel’s aim is to justify the continuation of the colonialist settlement of the occupied land and the [refusal to] retreat from any part of Jerusalem, [which they consider their eternal capital.’ He also said: ‘With this demand, they are threatening the Palestinian [West] Bank, since the propaganda, deceitfulness and claims of the Zionist movement were based on [the idea] that their historic roots were, in fact, in the [West] Bank.
What this means is that they are preparing justifications for stealing the lands of the State of Palestine. Through this recognition, the settlement will become legal, meaning [it] will no [longer] be colonialism.’
He added: ‘They are trying to falsify reality, and their historic stories about their connection to the land of Palestine are questionable…
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Official PA TV uses non-recognition terminology: "1948 territories" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 22, 2014
Official PA TV program The Best Home:
PA TV host Walaa Battut: “Today, you and I will welcome a group that is very dear to us and is excellent and unique, from the 1948 areas (i.e., Israel) - from our lands occupied in 1948. They have come here today to participate in our show, and so we will get to know them and see their talent: the Cookies Group.”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2014
     “Kamel Al-Rub, aid to the district governor of Jenin and director of Public Affairs, met yesterday [March 19, 2014] with several students from among our people in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) [studying] at the Nursing Department at the Arab American University.”
Official PA daily: Nazareth is a city in "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2014
     “Dozens [of protestors] held a sit-in strike yesterday [March 14, 2014] in the Al-Ain Square in Nazareth, in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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