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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 uses non-recognition terminology: "Territories occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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: Official PA daily, 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.


Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The territories occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2014
From an op-ed by Adli Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     “We will not betray those who stood firm on the land of our fathers, who, through their endurance, faith and perseverance in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), achieved a national presence that vibrates with [a sense of] belonging to this land and this cause.”
Fatah official denies Jewish historical connection to Western Wall 
Source: Al-Falastinia TV (Fatah Party), Feb. 19, 2014
Al-Falastinia TV program Special Coverage hosted Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen.
Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen:
“We demand that all the lands conquered in [19]67 be under Palestinian control. As I said, the exchange [of territories] will be in the border areas, not in Jerusalem. When you talk about what is known as the ‘Al-Buraq Wall’ (i.e. The Western Wall of the Temple Mount), even the British committee that came to Palestine in the 1930s and examined the issue found that this is the ‘Al-Buraq Wall’ and not the ‘Wailing Wall.’ For this reason, we repeat that any site with a connection to the religious aspect – we believe in freedom of religion and in people’s [right to] visit the religious sites. However, so far, none of the archeologists, not [even] the Israeli ones, have proved the existence of a single remnant of the Israeli side in the places claimed to be theirs. I repeat: we will only agree to all [parts] of Jerusalem conquered in ’67 being a part of the Palestinian state and the capital of the State of Palestine.
Posted on YouTube on Feb. 20, 2014

Note: The 1930 Wailing Wall Commission was appointed by the British government, with the approval of the League of Nations, to settle the matter of the Jews’ and Muslims’ rights and claims to the Western Wall. The commission concluded that the Western Wall had served as a Jewish holy site long before it became a Muslim Waqf (an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and that it had never served the Muslims for religious purposes. The commission’s final conclusion was that the Western Wall was holy only to the Jews and therefore they should be granted free access to worship at the site.
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 15, 2014
     “Thousands of Palestinians from Jerusalem, its suburbs and villages, and from the communities in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) attended the Friday prayer in the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Official PA daily calls town in northern Israel a "settlement" in "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 15, 2014
     “Salah Sawa'id , President of the Defense Committee for the village of Al-Ramiya, located in the Karmiel settlement (town in northern Israel, within the 1967 borders) in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), said the villagers will continue their struggle to remain on their land.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Karmiel is a town in northern Israel, within the 1967 borders.

PA TV children's show calls Israel "the 1948 lands" and "the occupied lands" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 15, 2014
Official PA TV program The Best Home.
PA TV host Walaa' Al-Battat to a girl who called the TV studio: “I have a surprise for you, Dumya . You have many talents. Director Fatima Al-Khatib talked to me – she’s the founder of the Cookies group – you’ll join it soon and perform, using your many talents – like dancing, singing and acting. Allah willing, they’ll call you soon to join them. This group performs only in the occupied lands, the 1948 lands (i.e., Israel) and since you, Dumya, are from Shfar'am in the occupied lands, you can join this group.”
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2014
     “Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ [Affairs] and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Ziad Abu Ein… added: ‘…We greatly appreciate all the efforts being made by the Arab Members of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and our people in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) to support the prisoners and their just cause.’”
Official PA daily refers to Israel as the "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2014
     “Several Arab directors spoke by telephone… including… Bilal Yusuf from the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "the '48 areas" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2014
     “Members of our refugee nation in the ’48 areas (i.e., Israel) have sent a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, which Al-Hayat Al-Jadida received a copy of, in which they declare their solidarity with him in view of the Israeli and American pressures [being put on him]…
The signees addressed the President as follows: ‘We the displaced, who number over three hundred thousand, decided to adhere to our rights of return during the first conference, held in 1995, and not to accept any alternative, whether compensation, substitute or [re]settlement. Furthermore, we decided at our second conference, held in 2000, to refuse any settlement between the PLO and Israel that would harm our legitimate rights of return, and said that any agreement denying our right of return, explicitly or implicitly, is fundamentally null and void.’

It should be noted that hundreds of thousands of our people in the areas occupied in ’48 were expelled from their villages and their lands were expropriated but they are not recognized as refugees.”
PA chief negotiator: Palestinians lived in Jericho 3,000 years before Jews arrived 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2014
     “Palestinian [chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat told Israeli [MP and negotiator] Tzipi Livni: ‘My Canaanite family lived in Jericho 3,000 years before the people of Israel came to the city, led by Joshua Bin Nun.’…
[PA] chief negotiator and Palestinian fighter Erekat, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said this to Livni at the Security Conference in Munich, Germany.
At the same time, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, a member of the Central Committee of that same liberation movement conducting the peaceful popular resistance in Palestine (i.e., Fatah), explained what Jesus, the messenger of love and peace, meant when he said ‘salt of the earth’: [standing] beside the holy stones of the homes in the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley, [Al-Aloul] said: ‘The Jordan Valley is Palestinian and the village of Ein Hijleh is [on] the land of the Deir Hijleh church, and was originally a Palestinian Canaanite village on the route connecting the Dead Sea to Beit Shean.”
Official PA: Terrorist died a "Martyr" when he placed an explosive in "the 1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2014
     “[Jalal] Mahamid died a Martyr (Shahid) on February 8, 2002, along with Martyr Tawfiq Mahamid, as they were placing an explosive device in Umm Al-Fahm, which is within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”

Note: Jalal Mahamid planned a double suicide attack in Israel with another terrorist, Tawfiq Mahamid, on Feb. 8, 2002. They entered Israel, but their vehicle exploded too soon and both were killed without harming anyone else. Israel transferred Jalal Mahamid’s body to the PA on Feb. 4, 2014.
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "The Interior occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 26, 2014
     “Dozens of Palestinians from the Interior (i.e., Israel), demonstrated in Ramallah yesterday [Jan. 25, 2014] to protest the siege of the Al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. They demanded that the armed [Syrian] groups leave the camp and that the necessary aid be supplied to the beleaguered residents …
Palestinian activists from the Interior occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) held the procession in central Ramallah. They attempted to reach the Muqata’a, the [PA's] Presidential Headquarters, to pass on the protestors’ demands, but the security forces prevented them from reaching the site.”
Official PA daily calls town in central Israel a "settlement community" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2014
     “Yesterday [Jan. 24, 2014], the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a large church from the Byzantine period.
The archaeologists do not exclude the possibility that the church was a center of Christian worship for communities that resided near the site, which is currently occupied by the settlement community of Aluma.
This church was discovered during salvage excavations conducted in preparation for the construction of a new settlement neighborhood in the community of Aluma.”

Note: The town of Aluma is located in central Israel, within the 1967 borders.
Official PA daily refers to Israel as the "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2014
     “Yesterday [Jan. 23, 2014], Fatah Central Committee member and Chairman of the Committee for Contact with Israeli Society Muhammad Al-Madani met with a delegation representing the Islamic Movement in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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