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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 official daily: "The occupation stole 85% of Palestine" 
Source: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Op-ed in PA daily: "Zionist propaganda machine" tries to convince world that Jews "have historical roots" 
Source: 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: 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: 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: 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
Official PA daily refers to Israel as "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2014
     “Occupation forces arrested a citizen from the village of Kabatiya south of Jenin yesterday [March 12, 2014], while he was in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Fatah youth: Jews are “new invaders” to the land 
Source: Official website of Fatah's Mobilization and Organization Commission, fatehorg.ps, Mar. 10, 2014
     “Fatah’s Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a press release in response to the declarations made by the extreme right-wing Prime Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that President Mahmoud Abbas [publicly] declare his recognition of Israel as a Jewish state at Birzeit University…
In its statement, Fatah’s Shabiba said that Netanyahu and his right-wing government should learn from history, which has proven at every stage that nations yearning for freedom, justice and independence inevitably achieve victory, and that occupation, racism and darkness are fated to vanish. It [the movement] noted in its statement that every olive tree and every speck of dust in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Acre, Safed, Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron, Gaza and all of Palestine recognizes the true owners of the land, for Palestinian land is alive and knows its original inhabitants, and knows who the new invaders are. [The message also stated that] the Nakba (“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of our people, their expulsion from their villages and cities and the destruction of [their] villages over 66 years ago, will not erase the facts nor change the true face of the land."

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Non-recognition terminology on PA TV: "Palestine occupied since ’48" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 9, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a conference about “Kerry, Palestine, and the Jewish State, from a Palestinian and International Perspective. The conference was held at the An-Najah University in Nablus. Israeli-Arab MP Ahmad Tibi was among the participants.
Dr. Hassan: “My question to you, Dr. [Tibi, is]: In view of this situation, it is clear that Israel is trying to erect a fortified wall against the establishment of a single, democratic state (i.e., the one-state solution)? You are Palestinians from Palestine occupied since ’48 (i.e., Israel); what is your position on this issue?”...
Israeli-Arab MP Ahmad Tibi: "We, I, in terms of political and national interests, if they offer us the single state [ie: granting all Arabs between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river Israeli citizenship] - [well,] at least that’s my only chance of becoming prime minister of Israel – if its name stays the same [Israel]. In the first round [of elections], we will keep the name [Israel] as is. So it’s no coincidence that they refuse to cooperate fully on the one-state solution.”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "Territories occupied in 1948" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2014
     “On the eve of [International] Women’s Day, which began on Saturday [March 8, 2014], the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club revealed that the number of female prisoners in the prisons of the occupation has reached 22, seven of whom have been tried and fifteen are detainees. 17 of them are being held in the Sharon occupation prison, and the most veteran among them is prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni…
Prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni, the most veteran of the female prisoners, is from the village of Arrabat Al-Battuf, in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel).”

Note: Lina Al-Jarbouni - An Israeli Arab woman serving a sentence of 17 years, convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks and of aiding an enemy during war. Arrabet Al-Batouf is a village in the lower Galilee, within the 1967 lines.
Article in PA daily denies Ethiopian Jewry's connection to Israel 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2014
     “[At the Al-Karameh border crossing between Jordan and the PA,] it was business as usual, when suddenly, I was standing before a Falash Mura [Ethiopian] soldier. After checking my passport, he asked me to wait on a chair next to a man whose features suggested he was of Far-Eastern origin. The Asian man, like the Falash Mura soldier, has nothing to do with the country – the former came as a visitor, while the latter can let me enter or turn me back.”

Note: The Falash Mura are descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity. In 2003, the Israeli government passed resolution 2948, granting Ethiopian descendants of Jewish mothers right to emigrate to Israel. Since then Israel has helped bring most of the Falash Mura to Israel.
Palestinian official accuses Israel of "stealing original Arab antiquities, traditions and customs" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2014
     “The activities of ‘The History of the Land from Grandfather to Grandson’ campaign ended yesterday [February 27, 2014]…
[Deputy District Governor of Tubas and the Northern Jordan Valley Ahmad] Sa’adat expressed his appreciation of the work of all the institutions ‘that contributed to the success of the national campaign for the protection of the cultural and historical heritage of Palestinian people,’ noting that the occupation ‘is trying to steal this history and attribute it to the occupying state by stealing original Arab antiquities, traditions and customs. However, the persistence of the Palestinian people and the passing down of this heritage from generation to generation have thwarted the occupation’s plans.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Op-ed in PA daily: Jews were never present in Israel, such claims are nothing more than “fairy tales” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2014
Op-ed by Adli Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for official PA daily
     “These days, the occupiers have reached the height of their rampage in their parliament, which is populated by a handful of crazy people reinforced by fairy tales and bundles of dreams, not a single letter of which has been proven true by a single stone of Jerusalem…
Each day, they come out with a new refrain that not [even] the first Zionists before them could have imagined, and pretend that their alleged Temple stood exactly at the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Recognizing the ‘Jewishness of the State’ is an implicit confirmation that the refugees have no rights, that we stole ourselves a homeland and have not been [living] on our ancestors’ land for thousands of years. If the Jews were indeed present [here] for a short period in the history of our land, that presence was not along the coast, nor in the north or south of Palestine. In other words, the Jews never passed through or were present in the territories which the peace process firmly defines as being outside the negotiations and [designates] as Israeli territory.”
PA daily op-ed: Jews “have no right to be here” and are “nothing but an ephemeral occupying force” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2014
Op-ed by Baha Rahal:
     “My uncle Salah spoke to me this morning, and said, ‘recognizing the Jewishness of the state is not all I fear; what I fear even more is what will [come] after this declaration, if it ever happens – because they won’t be satisfied with this, and will demand more of us; for example, that we testify in their favor that they are the sons of Sarah and that we are the sons of Hagar, and that our mother was her mistress’ maid, and that we agree to their narrative and recognize it for them.
But then, they will say to us, ‘you are the maid’s sons, and the maid cannot bequeath [property] nor can [her property] be inherited…’ And the truth is clear and there is no need for too much analysis. Deep down, they understand that we are the true owners of the land, and that we were born here thousands of years before them; that they have no right to be here and that, in the eyes of the world and history, they are nothing but an ephemeral occupying force – no more, no less. Therefore, they want to extract a legitimization of their presence from us, which will protect them and grant them a right they don’t have, from those with the original right.”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: “the 1948 territories” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2014
The official PA daily reported on the visit by Israeli Arab women from the village of I’billin in Israel to the District Governor of Jericho, Jamal Rajoub.
     “Several female cultural and social figures from the village of I’billin in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) emphasized the unity of the Palestinian people and its adherence to its land, as well as the strength and resolve of the social fabric among its individual members – both Christians and Muslims, and in all parts of the world.
[District Governor of Jericho, Jamal] Rajoub emphasized our nation’s and its leadership’s adherence to their homeland, their rights and their cultural heritage, despite the Israeli occupation authorities’ attempts and actions over the past six decades [aimed] against the national and cultural identity of our people within the 1948 territories…
Poet Amal Awad Radwan, the head of the female delegation, called Palestine a single entity that will not be divided by the occupation’s walls and actions, adding that ‘we are part of this homeland, Palestine, and are living in the ‘prison cell of 1948.’ Despite all the attempts to separate and divide [us], we will remain Palestinians, and we are one nation, united by concerns, hopes, and expectations for a better tomorrow for our people, our nation and Palestine.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Official PA daily calls the neighborhood Ein Kerem a "settlement" in "occupied West Jerusalem" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2014
     “Yesterday’s [Feb. 19, 2014] edition of the Hebrew-language Haaretz newspaper exposed Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing Uri Ariel’s plan to build a settlement neighborhood comprising 2,250 [housing] units in the Ein Kerem neighborhood in occupied West Jerusalem.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: The territory of Ein Kerem is in West Jerusalem and within the 1967 borders.


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