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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 daily op-ed: Balfour Declaration was “ominous promise”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2016
Excerpt of op-ed by Issa Abd Al-Hafiz
      “Acre is the city of the three Martyrs (Shahids) (i.e., terrorist murderers Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir) who the British Mandate authorities strangled on Red Tuesday, this date that remains preserved in the black history of the [British] mandate and in the Palestinian memory of previous generations.
Along the coast, on the sea of Acre (i.e., the Mediterranean Sea), the graves of the three Martyrs have remained witnesses to the crime of the British Mandate that was lenient and allowed the bringing in of tens of thousands of Jewish migrants to Palestine after [then British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour published his ominous promise (i.e., the Balfour Declaration), in which he committed to the establishment of a national homeland for the Jews on the land of Palestine while exploiting its being under the mandate after the collapse of the Turkish Empire in World War I, even though the ominous promise was published two full years before the end of the war (sic ., the Balfour Declaration was published on Nov. 2, 1917, while World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918).”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.

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.
Oct. 2016 poll: 75% of Palestinians support Abbas’ call on Britain to apologize for 1917 Balfour declaration promising establishment of Jewish homeland  
Source: Center for Opinion Polls, An-Najah University website, Oct. 17, 2016
Q: “Do you support or reject a call from President Mahmoud Abbas on Britain to accept the historical, legal, political, material, and moral responsibilities relating to the consequences of [the] Balfour Declaration including offering an apology to the Palestinian people for the catastrophes and injustice committed against them?”
   Total  West Bank  Gaza Strip
I support 75.0 78.7 68.8
I reject 17.5 17.3 17.8
No opinion/
I do not know
7.5 4.1 13.4
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

Note: "Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 53
PA Ambassador to France: Balfour Declaration “stemmed from the desire to solve… ‘the Jewish problem’ in Europe by creating a homeland for them… so that Europe would be rid of the problem of its Jews” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2016
Headline: “Palestine participates in a seminar in the French Senate marking 100 years since Sykes-Picot”
       “The Vigilance Committee for Real Peace in the Middle East (CVPR-PO) yesterday [Oct. 10, 2016] held a seminar in the French Senate… Ambassador of Palestine in France Salman Al-Harfi… said that this [Balfour] Promise stemmed from the desire to solve what was called ‘the Jewish problem’ in Europe by creating a homeland for them (i.e., the Jews) and transferring them to it, so that Europe would be rid of the problem of its Jews.”

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 non-recognition terminology: "1948 areas" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: "Two young people from Tulkarem and Yatta were killed in two traffic accidents within the green line"
     "A young person from Tulkarem was killed yesterday [Sept. 28, 2016] in a traffic accident that took place next to Shfar’am within the ‘48 areas (i.e., PA term for Israel)…
Likewise, yesterday it was announced that young Muhammad Yusuf, 33, from the village of Yatta south of Hebron, died of his injuries that were caused when he fell from a [great] height at a building site during his work in Be’er Sheva within the 1948 areas three days ago [Sept. 26, 2016]."
Palestinians prepare for year-long campaign against the Balfour Declaration, demand apology from Britain 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2016
     “The embassy of the State of Palestine in the United Kingdom held a meeting to consult and prepare for the series of activities that will take place throughout the 100th year since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). More than 22 representatives of different associations that support the Palestinian cause in Britain were present at the meeting.
Ambassador Manuel Hassassian opened the meeting with a speech, in which he mentioned the tragedy that befell our Palestinian people as a result of this discriminatory [Balfour] promise, of which [only] the part that benefits the Israelis was implemented, while the part connected to the Palestinian people was not implemented. He emphasized that the fact that the British government is not participating in marking the 100th anniversary of this promise is just proof of its support of all [the crimes] that Israel perpetrates against the Palestinian people. He demanded to pressure the British government again so that it would take a firm stand regarding the settlements and the blockade and recognize the State of Palestine, as a minimum apology for the Balfour Promise.”

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 daily: "There are no archaeological remains of Jews in historical Palestine" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2016
Headline: “The racist arrogance of Netanyahu – part 1”
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu is a clown who does not know how to amuse and a pathetic demagogue…
He says something and its opposite – one time [he says that]: ‘The UN has become a farce,’ and another time he says that: ‘The UN also changes, and everything is changing quicker than you think.’ Another time he announced that: ‘The UN Human Rights Council is a big joke, because every year it condemns Israel more than any other state in the world’…
Afterwards he continued with an attack against the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and said that it ‘denied the close connection of 4,000 years between the ‘Jewish’ people and its holiest site, ‘the Temple Mount’ (meaning the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first direction of prayer, and the third holiest sanctuary) [parentheses in source]. There are no archaeological remains of Jews in historical Palestine. Seventy years have passed and the Israeli archaeologists have not found any proof of their existence on the land and homeland of the Palestinian people.”
Fatah official refers to Israel using non-recognition terminology: "The lands occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 24, 2016
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen
Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen: “The settlers are a time bomb on the Palestinian land, which is liable to cause an explosion at any moment, and therefore there is no choice and no solution other than their returning to the lands occupied in 1948 (i.e., one of the ways the Palestinians refer to Israel).”
Abbas demands apology from Britain for the “ominous Balfour Promise” which facilitated “most terrible crime” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 22, 2016
Official PA TV broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “One hundred years have passed since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), according to which the British, Great Britain, unjustly gave the land of Palestine to another people. Thus they laid the foundation for the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people and the loss of its land and its expulsion from it. They were not satisfied with this, but rather the British Mandate translated the promise into actions and policy that helped carry out the most terrible crime against a people that lived in security on its land, did not attack anyone, and did not participate in any war against anyone. Therefore we call upon Britain, on the 100th anniversary of this ominous promise and ominous deal, to draw the conclusions and learn a lesson, and accept on itself the historic, legal, political, material, and ideological responsibility for the consequences of this promise, including an apology to the Palestinian people for the Nakba, the tragedies, and the oppression that have afflicted it, and the correction of this historical tragedy and dealing with its consequences, at the very least by recognition of the Palestinian state. This is what is required of Britain after what it did to the Palestinian people.”

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 daily refers to Israelis from Ashkelon as "settlers" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 20, 2016
Headline: “Two settlers from Ashkelon stabbed a citizen in Idhna in Hebron”
     “Two settlers from Ashkelon yesterday evening [Sept. 19, 2016] stabbed a citizen in the village of Idhna that lies west of Hebron. Israeli police reports claimed that the background of the stabbing crime was criminal, and that it occurred due to an argument over a repair to the settlers’ car.”

Note: Ashkelon is an Israeli coastal city in Southern Israel.
PA TV airs song addressing Israel: "Accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program Holiday Morning, hosting poet Abdallah Qishta
Poet Abdallah Qishta begins to recite the poem "A Homeland That is Tired of Waiting"
Poet Abdallah Qishta:
"Oh my enemy, others are brighter than you…
You are a Nazi, do not lie and do not call for peace
The chaos of your corruption is running rampant in Muslim countries
Your ebb and flow have come to an end, the illusion has reached its end and dissipated
Your time has come, accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
[Even if] a period passes, we will not forget and our veins will be renewed
Your fate is shame and disgrace, regardless of what will come to pass.
Tomorrow we will liberate our land and we will lay the cornerstone,
Sometimes with weapons, and sometimes with politics.
The soil always calls to us: 'Come with [your] head held high,
Wear the crown of glory, and break the head of the evil one’
Its [the soil’s] knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed…"
Official PA TV host: "We do not deny that the poem is wonderful and the style is very unique, especially as there is an attractiveness to the Nabataean or Bedouin poem, as some know it ."

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 daily describes Israeli city of Ashdod as “in the occupied Interior” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 11, 2016
Headline: “The election ink has arrived, but the voter might be absent”
     “The election ink (in Arab countries voting is conducted by dipping a finger in ink and making a fingerprint on one’s selection –Ed.) arrived two days ago [Sept. 9, 2016] from Europe at the Ashdod port in the occupied Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel), but according to indications, the voters are likely to be absent from the voting booths.”
PA daily non-recognition terminology: Israel is “’48 areas” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2016
Headline: “20 citizens were wounded in two separate traffic accidents in Jerusalem and Jenin”
      “A traffic accident occurred between two cars and led to the injury of nine citizens, six of them in serious condition and three in moderate condition, and a number of them were transferred to hospitals within the ’48 areas (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel).”
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "the '48 areas" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2016
Headline: “As a sign of solidarity with our people: BDS calls to freeze the membership of the Israel Football Association”
     “The BDS movement (i.e., Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement) in Italy called… to place Palestinian flags on social media pages yesterday evening [Sept. 5, 2016] as Italy is playing against Israel in the 2018 FIFA (i.e., Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup qualifications in Haifa, which is in the ’48 areas (i.e., PA term for Israel).”
Op-ed in PA daily: Balfour Declaration was “ominous promise” in which “those without ownership of the land of Palestine gave as a gift to those who are not entitled to it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2016
Headline: “Strengthening the Palestinian legitimacy!”
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza.
      “The great mistake that was perpetrated against Palestine 100 years ago through the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which those without ownership of the land of Palestine gave as a gift to those who are not entitled to it, which is the Zionist movement, and which considered a people that has existed for thousands of years (i.e., the Palestinians) as just a [group of] minorities whose humanitarian rights must be protected, without mentioning their political rights – a great mistake was the basis for the establishment of the State of Israel; it is the hinge on which all the regional and international alliances with Israel are based in different ways, and on its basis Israel continues to deny the existence of the Palestinian people, and therefore their rights as well.”

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 activist: Palestinians descend from ancient Canaanites, if Jews were in Samaria 3000 years ago it was "for a short period" as "guests" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2016
Headline: “Journalists took a tour of the historic village of Sebastia”
     “Activists of the village of Sebastia (i.e., where an ancient Jewish capital stood, see note below) in the Nablus district, during a meeting of journalists held yesterday morning [Sept. 4, 2016], declared that the village is the third [place] after Jerusalem and Hebron that is [most] under the threat of Israeli Judaization …
The hashtag campaign #Sebastia_sun_of_the_cultures, which was officially launched yesterday by young activists, declared that the village of Sebastia is under threat of Judaization…
Head of the Sebastia Municipality Mu’tasim Aliwi said: ‘The Zionist occupation illegally insists that it has ownership of the place… Despite the occupation’s claim that it has roots in this village for the last 3,000 years, the Canaanites were here before that and established their culture here 4,000 years ago…’
Spokesman of the #Sebastia_sun_of_the_cultures campaign Zaid Al-Zuhri emphasized that, ‘Every bit of Sebastia tells of an ancient culture that has passed from here. They say it is Samaria, the capital of the northern kingdom. Indeed, this is the Israeli version on which they base their historic right to Palestine, and we say to them: ‘Perhaps we received you here as guests 3,000 years ago for a short period during the Roman period, but we have been here for more than 4,000 years. Sebastia is the direct continuation of Canaanite Shakim, in other words the city of Nablus.”

The city Shomron (Samaria in Greek), near Nablus, was the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in the 9th and 8th centuries BCE. It was destroyed by the Assyrians in 722 BCE and rebuilt by the Judean King Herod in 27 BCE, who renamed it “Sebastia.” For more information, click "full article."
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "'48 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2016
Headline: “Approximately half a million students from the ’48 territories return to their schools”
     “Approximately 530,000 Palestinian students from the ’48 territories (i.e., PA term for Israel) returned yesterday [Sept. 3, 2016] to the study chairs at the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year.”
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "Palestinian Interior" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2016
Headline: “Ghannam: The occupation’s fences and checkpoints will not divide members of the one people”
     “District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam yesterday [Sept. 3, 2016], during a reception for female Arab advisors for advancing the status of women and empowering them in the villages and local councils in the Palestinian Interior (i.e., PA term for Israel), emphasized the unity of the blood and the cause, and also emphasized that the fences and checkpoints will not separate the souls of the one people and their national affiliation.
Ghannam clarified during the meeting that her goal was to have the female Palestinian activists of the Interior get to know the district governor and benefit from her experience, because we have full awareness and we understand the suffering of our sisters in the occupied Interior due to the racist acts being carried out against them.”
Fatah official: Israel's existence constitutes "aggression against Arab territory" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 23, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics hosts Fatah Central Committee member, Commissioner for Diaspora Branches, and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen

Fatah Central Committee member, Commissioner for Diaspora Branches, and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen:
“The [Arab] Joint Defense Treaty determines that any aggression against Arab territory must be fought against. What about the Israeli aggression that extends 50 years already against the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem, and in addition, the territories that were occupied in ’48? Why is the Joint Defense Treaty of the Arabs not being implemented regarding this issue?”
PLO official refers to Israel as "Palestine that was occupied in 1948" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 20, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, interview with Secretary of the PLO National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science and Chairman of the Palestinian Writers’ Union Murad Al-Sudani about the Palestinian Educational Cultural Forum
Secretary of the PLO National Committee for Education, Culture and Science and Chairman of the Palestinian Writers’ Union Murad Al-Sudani: “The budget allocated by the occupation’s Ministry of Education to the Arab sector in Palestine that was occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) is 10 or 20 times more than the budget of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture. They (i.e., Israel) understand the importance of culture, and they are trying to change the Palestinian awareness and erase it (i.e., Palestinian culture).”
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.
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