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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]
Official PA daily op-ed: Western aid money is an “obligation towards the Palestinian people from… the capitalist West that created the Israeli ethnic cleansing state” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 8, 2016
The following is an excerpt of the op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a regular columnist for the official PA daily:
“The West is not dictating any sort of position to the Palestinian leadership in general, and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas in particular. The [Western] aid money is not a favor from anyone; it is an obligation towards the Palestinian people from the entire world, and particularly the capitalist West that created the Israeli ethnic cleansing state and supported it. The revolution movement, Hamas, and its pawns have apparently not heard what was said in President Abbas’ speech at the recent Arab Summit in Nouakchott, [Mauritania], in which he called on the Arab brothers to help the Palestinian leadership sue Not-Great Britain for giving the ominous promise, the 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.
PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 5, 2016

The PA TV video shows a woman who represents "ancient Palestinians" (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land - replacing the Jewish people's actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Suddenly the scene is disturbed, the birds scatter and the woman runs away from various foreign invaders: first an ancient Roman soldier, then a Crusader, then a British soldier, and finally a Jew (wearing a skullcap), who throws a lit cigarette at her.
In the final scene, the woman stops fleeing when a man on a horse - the "new" Muslim conqueror Saladin who defeated the Crusaders - extends his hand and helps her up the mountain. He represents the coming savior who will "liberate Palestine" from Jewish-Israeli rule. In the end, the woman stands on the top of the mountain, fleeing no one anymore, symbolizing that Israel is gone like the other foreign rulers.
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Note: The video originally aired March 2, 2012. It was rebroadcast on both PA TV and PA TV Live at least 18 times in 2012, 54 times in 2013, 44 times in 2014, 42 times in 2015, and 7 times in 2016, most recently on Aug. 5, 2016.
PA Foreign Minister: Balfour Declaration was “mistake and historical wrong” that Britain should apologize for, because it contributed to Israel’s establishment  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 28, 2016
Headline: “Al-Malki: It is the right of our people to settle accounts with those who caused its Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), and Britain must apologize and recognize the State of Palestine”
      “[PA] Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki emphasized that Britain must apologize for the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and correct this historical mistake by recognizing the State of Palestine in the borders of June 4, 1967…  Al-Malki said today (Thursday) [June 28, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘Palestine hoped that Britain would demonstrate historical and political courage and responsibility, and would come and officially declare that it apologizes to the Palestinian people for the Balfour Promise on its hundredth anniversary.’ [...]
Al-Malki noted that the Palestinian leadership expects British recognition of a Palestinian state in the ’67 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. This is as a correction of the mistake and the historical wrong it did with the Balfour Promise, which led to the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), uprooting, suffering, and prevention of the establishment of the Palestinian state, and it [Britain] did the opposite: It contributed to the establishment of the occupation state (Israel) [parentheses in source]...”

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PA Foreign Ministry demands Britain apologize for the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Foreign Ministry called on Britain to bear the historical responsibility for our people”
     “The [PA] Foreign Ministry said that the ongoing historical injustice befalling our people places on Britain historical responsibilities that it cannot evade to help our people and to stand by its side in order to undo the historical injustice that it contributed to, and to stop the suffering of our people…
The ministry demanded of Britain that it submit an official historical apology for everything caused by the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and the [British] Mandate – the expulsion, destruction, killing, and suffering that continues to this day, accompanied by official British recognition of the State of Palestine in the borders of June 4, 1967, whose capital is Jerusalem.”
Official PA daily refers to Israel as the “‘48 territories” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2016
     Headline: “Jenin hosts the Palestinian Clothing Festival”
“The Jenin district, the [PA] Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and the National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science celebrated yesterday [July 25, 2016] the opening of the Palestinian Clothing Festival at the amphitheater of the tourist village of Hadad.
Taking part in the opening of the festival were Jenin and Nablus District Governors Ibrahim Ramadan and Akram Al-Rajoub… as well as delegations from the ‘48 territories (i.e., Israel).”
PA asks Arab League to help sue Britain for issuing Balfour Declaration, Britain should apologize for the Balfour Declaration like Germany did for the Holocaust 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 25, 2016


Official PA TV newsreader: "In a speech given in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas, [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki... asked the General Secretariat of the Arab League to help the [PA] leadership prepare a legal case..."
PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki in speech at the Arab League Summit representing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We ask the General Secretariat of the Arab League to assist us in preparing a legal case in order to file a lawsuit against the British government for its issuing the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and for its (i.e., the Declaration’s) implementation afterwards, as a mandatory authority, which caused the Nakba of the Palestinian people and its expulsion..."
Expert on International Law and Secretary General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa: "It is the right of the Palestinian Arab people to sue Britain... If they refuse to accept it [the lawsuit] in the International Criminal Court, we can turn to the UN [General] Assembly... and [demand] the establishment of an international criminal court with the jurisdiction to place sanctions on Britain… I present as an example the Nazis’ Jewish Holocaust against the Jews in World War II. Germany even apologized and until now it has expressed political, economic, social, and cultural apologies. It even has funded the Israeli entity with billions of dollars until now, and therefore it is similar to the holocaust carried out against the Palestinian Arab people."
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Official PA daily calls Israel “the Interior” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2016
“Shabab Al-Khalil defender Tamer Tatour decided to leave the [football] club and play in the Interior (i.e., Israel) league for the Hapoel Kfar Kanna club.”
PMW note: Hapoel Kfar Kanna is an Israeli-Arab football club.
Official PA daily calls Israeli city of Haifa “occupied;” and Israel is “the interior that was occupied in 1948” 
Source: Website of official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 28, 2016
Headline: "With a computer, O watermelon"
     "Three Palestinian students from the interior that was occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), who are studying software engineering at the College of Applied Sciences at Technion University in the occupied city of Haifa, have succeeded in inventing a small device that reveals the quality of the watermelon before the purchase."
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PA TV Ramadan lesson teaches that Islam prohibits Israel’s right to exist: “Holy Palestine is a waqf... It is forbidden to relinquish a single grain of its soil” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 11, 2016


Head of the Waqf’s Al-Aqsa Academy of Heritage and Antiquities Najeh Bakirat:
"Every grain of soil in Palestine (i.e., including all of Israel) is ours. The status of Hebron is part of the status of Palestine, as it is an integral part of the Palestinian land, like the status of Nazareth in our eyes, and Acre, Haifa, and Jaffa (i.e., all are cities in Israel). Every grain of soil in Palestine is part of the blessed Palestine, the holy Palestine which is a waqf. Therefore it is forbidden to relinquish a single grain of its soil."
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A waqf is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law.

The presenter, Najeh Bakirat, is listed as the director of this PA TV program and also appears on the show as one of the presenters.

Broadcast on official PA TV, Palestine in the Quran show
Official PA daily implies Jews have no connection to land of Israel, says “Judaism is a religion, and is not a nationality in any way”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2016
Headline: “Between complete refusal and accepting the facts”
     “The great lie, as we know, which was spread by the leaders of the Zionist movement such as Israel Zangwill (i.e., a British author and a close associate of Theodor Herzl) and Theodor Herzl (i.e., one of the founders of the modern Zionist movement), says that Palestine is ‘a land without a people for a people without a land.’ In this slogan there is no truth of any kind, as Palestine and its people existed together, and as the Jews were citizens of the lands from which they came in ships of the Zionist movement project. Likewise, Judaism is a religion, and is not a nationality in any way, and the ‘Ashkenazi’ Western Jews tried and are still trying to change Judaism into that.”
Abbas' advisor: Jews “are thieves who stole the land… we have been here for 5,000 years” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 3, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "They [the Jews] claim that there was a Temple here. Those are unfounded claims, myths, and rumors. However, the problem between us and them is not a problem of religious or historical narrative. The problem is that they are thieves. The problem is that they are thieves who stole the land, and who want to steal the history, but history cannot change and cannot be falsified. The facts bear witness to it. We have been here for the last 5,000 years, and have not left this land. We have not left this land. Our forefathers are the monotheist Canaanites and Jebusites. They are the ones who built Jerusalem, before Abraham was even here."
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There never was an ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion in 637 CE. Arabs first identified themselves as "Palestinians" in the 20th century, after the creation of the State of Israel. Claiming a 5,000 year old Palestinian nation is a historical lie.
Official PA daily: Israel is “the 1948 territories” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 28, 2016
     “Thousands of citizens from occupied Jerusalem and within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), and about 200 adults from the Gaza Strip, held Friday prayers yesterday [May 27, 2016] at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza.”
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PA daily article about Israeli Arabs calls them as "Palestinians within the 48 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2016
Headline: “Hamdallah received a delegation of Arab [Israeli] parliament members and leader of the Monetary Authority”
      “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah received a delegation of Arab [Israeli] parliament members, led by Ahmad Tibi, in his office in Ramallah yesterday [May 23, 2016].
The prime minister was briefed regarding the situation of the Palestinians within the 48 territories (i.e., Israel) and occupied Jerusalem, and emphasized the position of the leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas and the government, to support them on all levels.”
Official PA news agency refers to Israel as "1948 territories" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 24, 2016
Headline: “The Israeli police arrested a young person from Qabatiya, within the 1948 territories”
     “Yesterday evening, Tuesday [May 23, 2016], the Israeli police arrested a young person within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel). [The young person was] from Qabatiya, south of Jenin.”
Abbas’ speech in Turkey: The Palestinian Nakba began “in 1917 (i.e., with the Balfour Declaration) and continues until this day”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 24, 2016
This speech was actually given by PA Foreign Minister Ryad Al-Malki in the name of Abbas. However this is not mentioned in the WAFA article or in the next day’s Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. A last minute change might have caused a change in speakers.

Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Despite the occupation and a lack of resources, we are doing what is required of us in everything connected to international humanitarian aid”

Excerpt of speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the First International Summit on Humanitarian Activity on May 24, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey

“Ensuring the existence of international collective political will to implement the decisions of international institutions – which call to find a comprehensive and just political solution to the Palestinian issue –is the first and basic stage on the way to ending all aspects of the Palestinian people’s tragedy.

As a result of it, the Palestinian people’s Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) was caused, which started to be carried out in 1917 (i.e., with the Balfour Declaration) and continues until this day.

Ladies and gentlemen, approximately 6 million of our people are still refugees and uprooted, living in their places of refuge in neighboring states and within Palestine.'

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Official PA daily: Israeli “settlement in Palestine” began in 1948 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2016
Headline: “Assaf briefed the Jordanian parliamentary delegation regarding the settlement plans”
      “A Jordanian parliamentary delegation including 13 parliament members visited the PA Committee Against the Wall and Settlements yesterday [May 19, 2016], led by Deputy Chairman of the Jordanian Parliament Faten Khleifat… Present at the reception for the visiting delegation was Chairman of the [PA] Committee Against the Wall and Settlements Minister Walid Assaf who blessed the delegation for coming to Palestine, their second land and homeland, and added; ‘We and Jordan constitute one people in two countries.’ The parliament members listened to a filmed and detailed explanation regarding the state of [Israeli] settlement in Palestine from the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) in 1948 until now and the manner of settlement building, the building of the fence, and the division of areas administratively, and in regard to security.”
Palestinian events for Nakba Day deny refugees resettlement, hold convoys of “vehicles of return” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2016
(AFP) “The Train of Return in Bethlehem”
Text on first train carriage: “There is no statute of limitation to our right of return”
“The buses of return in Ramallah”
(AFP): A mass procession in Nablus on Nakba Day”

Headline: “On Nakba Day: Train, ship, and buses for the return”
“The [Palestinian] residents of various places in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and refugee camps in the Diaspora marked the 68th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) yesterday, by sounding a siren for 68 seconds, and in mass processions…"

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PA daily describes Israel as “the 1948 territories” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 28, 2016
Headline: “Nablus: The Samaritans make a pilgrimage to the peak of Mount Gerizim”
     “Members of the Samaritan ethnic group completed the ceremonies of the pilgrimage to the peak of Mount Gerizim in Nablus early yesterday morning [April 27, 2016]… It should be noted that the Samaritans, who describe themselves as the true keepers of the bible, number 790 people, some of whom live in Nablus, while the others live in Holon, within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
PA government calls on Palestinians and Israeli Arabs “in the interior (i.e., in Israel) to come to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and carry out Ribat  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2016
    “During its weekly meeting in Ramallah yesterday [April 21, 2016]… the [PA] government warned of the dangerous calls of the alleged [Jewish] Temple extremist groups and organizations for mass participation in increased invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza as the Jewish holiday season begins, and to organize Talmudic activities on the mosque’s plaza. This is part of the aggressive schemes of the Israeli occupation government, meant to completely take over Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Judaize them. The [PA] government called on its people in the interior (i.e., Israel) and everyone who can come to Jerusalem to do so, and said to be constantly present in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its plaza and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to retaliate to every possible attack against it.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology, referring to Israel as "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2016
Headline: “Palestine marked Prisoner’s Day with processions and mass national rallies”
     “Our Palestinian people in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, and in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), and all of the different diasporas marked Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, which took place yesterday [April 17, 2016].”
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