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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]
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."
Official PA TV: “Palestinian institutions” run and govern Jerusalem, shadow government in place for “when Jerusalem is liberated” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 21, 2017
Official PA TV program Buy Time in Jerusalem, on Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem

Official PA TV host: “The subject of today’s program is the [Palestinian] institutions [in Jerusalem]. They are considered a [Palestinian] shadow government in Jerusalem. They are a guarantee of the Arab identity of the city, and are a firm shield against the attempts to make it Israeli…”

Official PA TV host: “The [Palestinian] institutions [in Jerusalem] are in practice a shadow government, so that the moment Jerusalem is liberated [from the Israeli occupation] there will already be ministries of education, health, antiquities, justice, interior, foreign affairs, labor, and agriculture there. These institutions, even though they are small, are the ones running Jerusalem - despite the occupation. And whoever goes back in history will find the smile of Abu Jihad Khalil Al-Wazir (i.e., former head of the PLO terror organization’s military wing, organized attacks in which 125 were murdered) in most of the Jerusalem institutions.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PLO demands Britain apologize for “historical injustice” caused by “colonialist and ominous” Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2017
Headline: “The [PLO] Executive Committee opposes the Israeli plundering of Palestinian land, which is called ‘the Regularization Law,’ and calls on the international community to oppose it”

Excerpt from the full text of the statement published by the PLO Executive Committee in a meeting held on Feb. 13, 2017.

“The [PLO] Executive Committee discussed Britain’s decision to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) this year. It called on Britain to cancel this celebration, and apologize to the Palestinian people for the crime and the human tragedy that Britain caused it 100 years ago. [It also called on Britain] to fix this mistake and the historical injustice that was caused as a result of this colonialist promise, to recognize the State of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to the lands from which they were uprooted by brute military force, and to compensate the Palestinian people for the damages of the human tragedy that was caused as a result of this colonialist and ominous promise.”

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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."
Palestinian Teachers Union coordinates with British counterpart to protest Balfour Declaration, a “historical mistake” for which UK should apologize 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Feb. 13, 2017
Headline: "The Union of Palestinian Teachers is coordinating steps of protest with the National Union of Teachers in Britain against the celebrations of the Balfour Promise"
     "The [General] Union of Palestinian Teachers received a delegation of the National Union of Teachers in Britain as part of the joint activities between the unions... They also discussed the political issue and talked about the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and the objection activities against the invitation of the Israeli government by the British government to the celebrations of the [100th anniversary of] the Balfour Promise. It was agreed that protests will be held in London as a sign of objection to these celebrations, in light of the fact that they deepen the historical injustice from which the Palestinians are suffering as a result of this [Balfour] promise. It was also emphasized that the steps in London must be coordinated between the unions in order to press Britain to rescind this invitation and correct the historical mistake against the Palestinian people."

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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.”
Op-ed in official PA daily denies Israel’s legitimacy: "All of Israel, from beginning to end, is a settlement," denies Jewish history as "myths" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

     "All of Israel, from its beginning to its end, is a settlement, a land [they] hold by force without any legitimacy. Whether by dividing the land of a sick man (Ottoman Turkey) [parentheses in source] in the days of [the] Sykes-Picot [Agreement], the wall and tower and laundry line phenomenon as a declaration of the establishment of a settlement, or using all the force of the British Mandate in order to obtain this land under the umbrella of the first sin – the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), whose 100th anniversary will take place [soon]... Even when the world conspired to turn the folklore myths into Jewish history and issued [UN] Partition Resolution 181, the Zionist movement refused to be satisfied with the international decision and insisted on the logic of settlement, which is theft of our Palestinian land by force, the force of scheming, the force of deceit in many forms, and the force of the weapon, iron, fire, and abominable massacres..."

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Fatah official: Balfour Declaration caused loss of Palestinian self-determination and independence, Britain should not celebrate with Israeli PM 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2017
Headline: “Nazzal calls to cancel the European [Union]-Israel Association Council conference”

“[Fatah] Movement Spokesperson in Europe Jamal Nazzal called on the friendly European parties in the government and opposition to act to cancel the European [Union]-Israel Association Council conference, which is expected to be held this month…
Regarding the hosting [on Feb. 6, 2017] of occupation [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by the government of Britain for [the 100th anniversary] of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) (sic., while in Britain on an official visit, Netanyahu was invited to the celebrations that will take place later this year –Ed.), Fatah expressed its discontent over this step, which it described as a ‘saddening provocation.’ This is because through the Balfour Promise and its implementation, Britain caused our people to lose its right to self-definition and independence in its homeland. Nazzal said: ‘What would be more efficient for making justice and peace in the world as far as Britain is concerned would be for Britain to be a guarantor for stopping the historical injustice that was caused to many peoples who were harmed as a result of the history of Britain in the period of colonialism.’”

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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.
Abbas to French Senate: Britain must apologize for the Balfour Declaration, accepts Israel's right to exist 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 8, 2017
Official PA TV, excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the French Senate on Feb. 8, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Yesterday [Feb. 7, 2017] the British government announced that it invited Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to attend the ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917. This is a matter that surprises us and which we condemn. We demand that the British government apologize to the Palestinian people for the destruction and expulsion that were carried out against our people... The government of Britain did not have a connection to the Middle East and Palestine in 1917. It said ‘we will give Palestine to the Jews as a national homeland.’ Now it [Britain] comes and holds a ceremony in honor of this. We say that such a decision gives to one who has no right, from one who is not the owner. However, the State of Israel exists. We cannot deny this, it exists! It does! However, the government of Britain, which sinned against our right and wrote in the Balfour Promise [interrupts himself] - it completely denied us in the Balfour Promise and did not mention us at all – it was expected that it would apologize, no less and no more."

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PA Minister of Education calls for prosecution of British government over Balfour Declaration 
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Feb. 7, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “The government of Britain’s insistence on insulting the Palestinian people by welcoming the ruler of Tel Aviv (i.e., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an official visit on Feb. 6, 2017), and inviting him to a celebration that it intends to hold for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), constitutes a deepening of its historical injustice towards the Palestinian people and the ongoing Nakbas (i.e., “catastrophes,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel and what has happened since its establishment) that were caused to it due to [Britain], as well as cooperation with the executioner at the expense of the victim. Therefore, there is no point in demanding that Britain apologize, but rather we must put its government on trial in the world courts.”

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 Presidency accuses Britain, it had no right to issue the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] presidency condemned and was surprised over the fact that the government of Britain invited Netanyahu to the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Balfour Promise"

"The [PA] presidency expressed its condemnation and surprise over the invitation that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received to the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration).
Official [PA] Presidency Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that Britain, which bears responsibility for the disaster that befell the Palestinian people 100 years ago, did not have a right to make this deal. He also said that instead of correcting this historical mistake and recognizing the Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, it [Britain] is currently making preparations to mark an event considered by the Arab world and the international community as the reason for the tragedy for which the Palestinian people and the Arab region are [still] paying the price.
Abu Rudeina demanded that the government of Britain correct this mistake in order to maintain the security and stability of the region."

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.
Palestinian leaders: "Palestinians of the Interior" are "the legal owners of the land" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Our embassy in Madrid marked the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians of the Interior”
     “The embassy of the State of Palestine in Madrid marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) today [Feb. 7, 2017] in an event in which many members of the Palestinian and Arab community and the Spanish comrades took part.
Head of the [Palestinian] community [in Madrid] Jamil Abu Sa’ada, Professor Sonia Boles , Palestinian journalist Majed Al-Debsi, and [Palestinian] Ambassador [to Spain] Kifah Odeh noted the racist acts that Israel is perpetrating against the Palestinians - the legal owners of the land - in the Interior, in order to expose the lie according to which Israel is the only democratic state in the region…
Ambassador Odeh said that the residents of the Interior – Muslims, Christians, and Druze alike – are an inseparable part of the Palestinian Arab people, condemned the ethnic cleansing policy that Israel is still perpetrating against the Palestinians, [and added] that the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) has not yet ended.”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The '48 areas" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2017
     "Political activists and academics emphasized the importance of the fighting role of our people in the '48 areas (i.e., Israel), and said that they are the witnesses to the occupation's crimes of stealing the homeland and the Palestinian land."
PA daily op-ed: "There is and never has been any sort of Temple... in Palestine... [Israelis] have not found a single thing connected to Judaism in all of Palestine, and not just in Jerusalem" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2017
      "[UN secretary-general] Antonio Guterres clearly and explicitly sinned against peace and the Palestinian-Israeli political agreement when he claimed yesterday [Jan. 29, 2017] in an interview with the Hebrew-language Voice of Israel [radio] that he 'believes in the connection between Jerusalem and the Jews.' In contradiction to the UNESCO resolutions, history, and facts, the secretary-general claimed that it is as clear as day - in his opinion which is far from the truth and the facts - that 'The Temple in Jerusalem that was destroyed by the Romans was a Jewish Temple'...
Mr. Antonio... [you should know that] Jerusalem and all of Palestine - from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea - are the land of the Palestinian people, and their history is its history... Jerusalem is Palestinian Arab. It belongs only to the followers of Islam and Christianity, and not Judaism, but this does not prevent followers of the Jewish religion from visiting it. What is called the 'Wailing' Wall is nothing but the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall). There is and never has been any sort of Temple of Prophet Suleiman (i.e., King Solomon) in Palestine. The Israelis have been excavating for nearly 100 years throughout the length and breadth of the land since occupying it in its entirety in June 1967 (sic., 50 years), and they have not found a single thing connected to Judaism (sic., numerous Jewish artifacts have been unearthed -Ed.) in all of Palestine, and not just in Jerusalem..."
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PLO official: We will never recognize a Jewish State 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 25, 2017
Headline: "Rafat: We will not agree to any Israeli soldier remaining on our land"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat emphasized that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, the pillars of his government, and all those who stand by its side or support it know well that there will never be a Palestinian that agrees or can agree to renounce even one of the Palestinian rights that have been anchored in the agreements and decisions of international bodies…
He continued: 'Our recognition of Israel as part of the ‘Oslo’ declaration of principles agreement (i.e., 1993 Oslo Accords) does not mean in any way that we have recognized what is called the "Jewish state," and that recognition will never take place, just as no Palestinian will agree to even one Israeli soldier remaining in the territories of the Palestinian state.'"
Hamas leader responds to accusations of Antisemitism: We’re not against Jews, we’re against Zionists, “who [are] occupying our lands” 
Source: Al-Jazeera, Jan. 25, 2017
Al-Jazeera English program UpFront, interview with senior Hamas leader Osama Hamdan

Reporter Mehdi Hasan: “You and many other Hamas officials often say that you’re in conflict with the Israelis, and it’s a political conflict, that you’re opposed to Zionism, not Judaism. You often say it’s not a religious war, you’re not Antisemitic, you’re not against Jews. And yet the Hamas charter is filled with Antisemitic references to Jews being behind Communism, being behind World War I, World War II. It endorses the famous Antisemitic conspiracy, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a global Jewish conspiracy. Aren’t you embarrassed by that kind of language? Why not take it out of the charter, to show good faith, to show that you’re not all Antisemitic?”
Senior Hamas Leader Osama Hamdan: “When we talk about the Jews we are not against their religion, we are not against their beliefs, we are not against them as a people who believes. In fact, we believe in Musa (i.e., Moses), we believe that he was a prophet, like Muhammad, and we believe they are the same. So we are against the one who is occupying our lands. We are against the ones who is occupying our cities, villages.”

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PLO official Ashrawi: Britain needs to “correct the historical injustice of the Balfour Declaration” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2017
Headline: "Ashrawi met with British Consul General Alastair McPhail"

"PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi met yesterday [Jan. 23, 2017] with British Consul General [to Jerusalem] Alastair McPhail at her office in Ramallah…

In light of the approaching date of the meeting between British Prime Minister Mrs. Theresa May and American President Donald Trump, Ashrawi called on the government of Britain to fill a positive and constructive role in everything connected to ending the Israeli occupation, and to correct the historical injustice caused to the Palestinian people as a result of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)."

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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