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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]
Palestinian man on PA TV: “We came to say that this is our land, the land of Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 24, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the Beitar Jerusalem – Bnei Sakhnin football match:
Arab fan: “We didn’t come here just to be present and cheer. We also came to say that this is our land, the land of Palestine and that we don’t like racism.”

After the fan’s comment, official PA TV showed footage of the Arab crowd shouting: “With spirit and blood we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa.”
Abbas’ Advisor: Israel seeks to “eradicate” Palestinian identity and create “an illegal Jewish entity” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Nov. 23, 2014
      “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that Arabs and Muslims around the globe, especially those with foreign citizenship, must go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and come together to Jerusalem to support the resolve of its residents. During a political forum held at the embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria, Al-Habbash said: ‘Our people is now in the last stage of a war of existence and self-coercion against the occupation, which is seeking in any way possible to eradicate our identity, force a Caesarian birth of a Jewish entity and clone an illegal entity at our expense.’… In addition, he emphasized that the occupation – which thinks it has succeeded in winning the geographic war with [its] racist fences and roadblocks and that it will have the last word in the fairy tale of Jewish Jerusalem by taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque – must be opposed.”
PA TV refers to Haifa and all of Israel as “the occupied interior” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 23, 2014


Official PA TV program
The Economic Tour:
Text above image and official PA TV host: “Did you know that Haifa tops the list of the most polluted cities in the occupied interior (i.e., Israel)?”
Palestinian Arab nation is rightful "owner" of all Israel, "from the River to the Sea" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2014
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman (pen name of Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul), regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     “The Zionist movement, and alongside it the capitalist West, have failed to advance the idea behind the slogan [‘A land without a people for a people without a land’], because the Palestinian Arab nation, the owner of the land, the history and the culture, challenged it with all its might and will, by adhering to its cause, culture and national project. The fact that [the Palestinian people] agreed to a compromise and political settlement, absolutely does not mean that it has turned its back on its history and national identity, and does not contradict the fact that it, and it alone, is the owner of the historical Palestinian Arab land from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, whose total area amounts to 27,009 square kilometers (Note: The combined size of Israel and the Palestinian areas is roughly 27,000 square kilometers; the combined area of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is 6,220 square kilometers. The size of “Palestine” suggested in this op-ed includes Israel.) Yet the true wish of the Palestinian people and its legitimate leadership is to make peace and stop the cycle of violence and war, alongside other actors – those that motivated it to give the two-state solution along the June 4, 1967 borders a chance, together with the promise of the right of return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and lands, according to UN resolution 194.”
Israel referred to as “the occupied interior” 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Nov. 13, 2014
     “Martyr (Shahid) Kheir Al-Din Hamdan, 22, from the town of Kafr Kanna in the occupied Galilee, died as a Martyr when the occupation forces assassinated him in cold blood… The police raised the alert level among its forces to 3, the next to highest level, for fear of violent clashes in the occupied towns and villages in the Galilee, especially after thousands participated in the funeral of Martyr Hamdan. These clashes spread to all the territories in the occupied interior (i.e., Israel), as in, for example, Acre, Haifa and Nazareth.”

Note: Kheir Al-Din Hamdan – 22 year-old Israeli Arab man shot to death by Israeli Police on Nov. 8, 2014 in the Arab-Israeli town of Kafr Kanna. Police claim that Hamdan was shot after attempting to stab an officer, but a surveillance recording shows Hamdan hitting the windows of a police car with a knife, and then being shot by a police officer while running away. Hamdan later died of his wounds. The Israeli attorney general has ordered an investigation of the incident, which provoked large-scale rioting in Kafr Kanna.
PA Foreign Ministry calls the Balfour Declaration ‎a “historic mistake” and a “crime”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2014
     ‎“The [PA] Foreign Ministry said that the ‎present anniversary of the Balfour ‎Promise (i.e., Declaration) was different ‎than that of previous years – although this ‎ominous Promise reflected a colonialist ‎occupation mentality, expressed at the ‎time in official British positions by way of a ‎criminal exploitation of the power balance ‎‎– because this year, the anniversary ‎comes against the backdrop of the vote of ‎the British House of Commons by an ‎overwhelming majority, to rectify this ‎historic mistake, made by the British ‎government about one hundred years ‎ago… Nonetheless, we condemn today, ‎as we have done in previous years, this ‎ominous anniversary, the consequences ‎of which have yet to be alleviated, and for ‎which crime against the Palestinian ‎people Britain has yet to apologize for the ‎past hundred years.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note:‎ 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 view 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.‎
Balfour Declaration was a “double crime ‎against humanity" that “promised the ‎Jews a land that was not theirs”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2014
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular ‎columnist for the official PA daily:‎
     ‎“It is unsurprising that the extremist ‎religious groups, movements, and ‎organizations in the region today emerged ‎from the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ‎formed only a decade after the Balfour ‎Promise (i.e., Declaration) and the arrival ‎of the first Jewish pioneer settlers from ‎Europe to Palestine… It may be that ‎British Parliament’s symbolic vote in favor ‎of recognizing the State of Palestine was ‎a moral awakening, even if [it came] about ‎‎100 years after Great Britain’s crime, ‎which promised the Jews of the world a ‎land that was not theirs… ‎
We can say that the British politicians of ‎the period committed a double crime ‎against humanity. The first and biggest ‎‎[crime] was having caused the Palestinian ‎people’s Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ ‎Palestinian term for the establishment of ‎the State of Israel) and the attempt to tear it ‎from its roots which date back to the dawn ‎of history… The other, parallel crime was ‎against political and humanistic thought, ‎when it took part in the reestablishment of ‎religious states.”‎

Note: 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 view 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.‎
Ramallah Governor: Balfour Declaration gave land to those “with no right to it” 
Source: Facebook, Nov. 2, 2014


Image and text posted on the official Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam:
Text: “Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
We will not forget
We will not forgive
We will not give up”

Text on image: “We will not forget the ominous Promise (i.e., Declaration)
Those who have no ownership [of Palestine] gave [it] to those with no right [to it].
Nov. 2, 1917”
PA daily op-ed blames Britain and the League of Nations for “the ominous Balfour Promise” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2014
Op-ed by Khaldoun Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     “While the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) laid the cornerstone of the Zionist plan to occupy Palestine, it was the White Paper of Sept. 11, 1922 (sic. – should be June 3) that formulated the practical steps for the implementation of the Zionist plan… The marking of the anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise while laying the blame on Britain alone, without drawing the world’s attention to the role played by the League of Nations in its [the Balfour Declaration’s] realization by means of the Mandate’s charter, amounts to a letter of indulgence to the League of Nations for its crime against us, and for the UN’s crime in its partition decision and afterwards.”

Note: 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 view 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.
Governor of Jericho: Israel is just one of many “invaders” who will [eventually] leave 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
     “District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Majed Al-Fatiani said that all the invaders and travelers through the land of Palestine, no matter how arrogant and conceited they may be, will [eventually] leave, for Palestine’s people has been on its land for thousands of years, and is armed with the willpower to stand resolute and remain on its land. [Al-Fatiani] made these statements during a meeting with a delegation of women from the Orthodox club in the village of Ibelin this afternoon at the district seat in downtown Jericho… District Governor Al-Fatiani also said that the Palestinian people is one nation – whether on its land and the land of its ancestors in Jericho, Haifa, Nazareth, Jenin, Rafah or Jerusalem, or in the countries of the diaspora, to where it was forced to flee and emigrate by the occupation authorities.”
Jews of today not connected to Jews of the Bible and have no historic right to “Palestine” or Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily:
“Most, if not all Israeli politicians and writers… view the President’s [Mahmoud Abbas’] intellectual and cultural activity towards refuting the false Israeli narrative regarding their historic right to Palestine and Jerusalem as terrorism, falsification and Antisemitism – [areas] in which they themselves have specialized throughout history. [Political advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu] Dore Gold’s reaction to statements made by the President, [senior PA leader] Dr. Nabil Shaath and [Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat, as well as his linking them to President [Yasser] Arafat’s denial of the existence of what they call the ‘Temple’ in Jerusalem, form part of the Israeli fear, which borders on horror, of any Palestinian action not in line with their goals and political, intellectual or historical lies (the falsity of which has been proven by modern archeology and research) [parenthesis in source]… The Israeli political leadership’s exaggerated use of ideology, culture and history is proof of [its] political and legal bankruptcy, designed to conceal its failure on the political and public relations level, as well as on the ground. Those who fail have no choice but to use false history to blind the nation, to prove what has already been scientifically shown – today, and not yesterday – to be lies and nonsense: that Israel, the extinct Yemenite tribe, with all its kings and people, was never present in Palestine, but only in its original environment. Furthermore, the Jews of today, who originate from the area of the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, have no connection with the historical stories of the Bible.”
Abbas' advisor: "The entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law)" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2014
     "Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that selling or handing over lands and real estate in Jerusalem and all of Palestine to the Israeli occupation or settlers constitutes treason and a violation of Islamic law. He emphasized that anyone committing this crime - whether as a [real estate] agent or seller - is not part of the nation, and must responsibility for his crime. In addition, he issued a call to fight the groups of traitors - to isolate and boycott them in any way possible.
Al-Habbash emphasized that according to Islamic Shari'ah law, the entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and is blessed land, and that it is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it."
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PA daily columnist: “We are the owners and masters of this land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2014
Op-ed by Hassan al-Kashef, columnist for the official PA daily:
     “We are not a nation of slaves. We are the owners and masters of this land. We are the defenders and owners of Al-Aqsa, entrusted with its security and preservation – not these racists, who burned it in 1969, and now desecrate it with the excuse that they have a right to it!”

Note: The fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque – In 1969, Michael Rohan, a deranged Australian Christian, set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
PA TV refers to Israel as “the occupied interior” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 16, 2014


Official PA TV program
For You:
Screenshot: “Prisoner Muwaffaq Arouq – the occupied interior (i.e., Israel)”

Note: Muwaffaq Arouq, from the village of Yafiah in the Galilee, was sentenced to 42 years for transporting suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station on Jan. 5, 2003, killing 23.
PA daily columnist calls the Balfour ‎Declaration “the great sin”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:
     ‎“The decision of the British House of ‎Commons to vote in favor of Palestine at ‎the UN Security Council and in favor of ‎recognizing the State of Palestine ‎according to the June 4 [1967] borders, ‎with East Jerusalem as its capital, as a full ‎UN member state, is a very important ‎decision, even though it is not binding ‎upon the British government. This ‎decision has deep meaning. [It signifies] ‎that although one hundred years have ‎passed since the great sin known as the ‎Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and ‎despite the injustice done to the ‎Palestinian people and the generalizing ‎and flawed Israeli Zionist claim that the ‎Islamic State issue has left no room for ‎Palestine (i.e., on the international ‎agenda and discourse), the Palestinian ‎issue still occupies the first place. It ‎occupies the first place not only from a ‎moral standpoint, but also from a political ‎one: The crime will neither die nor benefit ‎‎[its perpetrators], and its perpetrators will ‎be punished. The crime will not be ‎forgotten, and its perpetrators must atone ‎for it. Israel, the bastard offspring of an ‎international conspiracy, will not escape ‎its responsibility no matter how hard it tries ‎‎– for when it looks back, it will discover it ‎has not come far, and is still within the ‎reach of historical judgment.”‎

Note:‎ 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 view with ‎favour the establishment in Palestine of a ‎national home for the Jewish people” and ‎is seen as the basis for later in
PA foreign minister: The Balfour ‎Declaration was a “historic injustice”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2014
     ‎“PA Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki ‎welcomed the decision of the British ‎House of Commons to recognize the State ‎of Palestine, despite its being [merely] a ‎symbolic decision, describing it as a ‎‎‘historic event’ and a ‘correction of the ‎injustice’ inflicted by the Balfour Promise ‎‎(i.e., Declaration). In his statement, Al-‎Maliki called [the decision] ‘a correction of ‎the historic injustice which denied the ‎rights of the Palestinian people by ‎considering Palestine ‘a country without a ‎people for a people without a country’ – ‎alluding to the promise made by British ‎Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour from 1917, ‎in which he committed [himself] to ‘the ‎establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people.’” ‎

Note: 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 view 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 Foreign Minister: Balfour Declaration was a “historic injustice” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2014
      “PA Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki welcomed the decision of the British House of Commons to recognize the State of Palestine, despite its being [merely] a symbolic decision, describing it as a ‘historic event’ and a ‘correction of the injustice’ inflicted by the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). In his statement, Al-Maliki called [the decision] ‘a correction of the historic injustice which denied the rights of the Palestinian people by considering Palestine ‘a country without a people for a people without a country’ – alluding to the promise made by British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour from 1917, in which he committed [himself] to ‘the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.’”

Note: 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.
Fatah spokesman calls Balfour ‎Declaration “a historical injustice”‎ 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi ‎welcomed, in the name of the movement, ‎the vote of the British House of ‎Commons, which overwhelmingly ‎supported recognizing the State of ‎Palestine… Al-Qawasmi explained that ‎‎‘We in Fatah expect the British ‎government in particular to take an ‎important step in this direction, which ‎conforms with international legitimacy, ‎and thereby do justice to the Palestinian ‎people, which has endured a historical ‎injustice since 1917… ’”‎

Note: 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 view 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’ advisor: The Balfour Declaration ‎was a “historic mistake”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Prominent Palestinian leaders, individuals, ‎factions and institutions welcomed today the ‎decision of the British House of Commons to ‎recognize the State of Palestine… Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, said that [with its ‎decision] today, Britain was correcting, even ‎if only symbolically, the historic mistake it ‎committed against the Palestinian people in ‎‎1917, almost 100 years ago, by means of the ‎Balfour Declaration, which called for the ‎establishment of a national home for the ‎Jews on the land of Palestine.”‎

Note: 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 view 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 host: “What Israel? It's our land”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 4, 2014

Boy, guest on show: “I have never entered Israel or Gaza.”‎
TV host: “What Israel? It's our land.”‎
Boy: “Israel is our land – the 1948 lands.”‎
Host: “It's our land, occupied Palestine.”‎
Boy: “The 1948 lands.”‎
Host: “Our land, occupied Palestine. It's Haifa, Jaffa, Acre (i.e., Israeli cities). These are ‎our occupied lands, the 1948 lands that Israel occupied in 1948. Israel occupied them ‎in 1948. These are Palestinian lands and will remain Palestinian.‎
Allah willing, they will return to us some day and will not be under the rule of the ‎occupation.”‎
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