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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]
Israeli Arab Hadash party delegation: Israel is “the Interior” and Palestinians are “owners of the land” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2013
     “Jenin District Governor Talal Dweikat received a delegation from the [Israeli-Arab political party] Hadash’s Teachers’ Faction yesterday [Dec. 29, 2013] in the district offices… Secretary of the Hadash [Teachers’] Faction Sa’id Yassin… said: ‘We in the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Israel) experience the occupation’s racist steps, first among them [the demand to recognize] the state’s Jewish character. This is a red line because we are the owners of the land.’”
Fatah official Saeb Erekat refers to Israel as “the 1948 [territories]” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 29, 2013
     “[Saeb] Erekat, Fatah Central Committee member and one of the prominent leaders in the [West] Bank, said in a special interview with the Saudi Arabian Al-Yaum newspaper… in response to a question about the alternatives the President [Abbas] spoke about should negotiations fail: ‘We made a commitment for now, and paid a very heavy price by [promising] not to turn to international institutions for nine months, in return for [the release of] 104 prisoners. This is a very heavy price, but it is an appropriate price, because countries that respect themselves go to war for their sons’ freedom. These are Palestine’s heroes, who spent more than 20 years in Israeli prisons, and the time has come to release them, regardless of their geographic or political affiliation. There are 14 brothers from the 1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel), 10 from Jerusalem, 11 from the Islamic Jihad, 13 from Hamas, 7 from the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine, PFLP], 21 from [various] organizations and 54 from the Fatah Movement. We agreed that they will be released without deportation, banishment or changing of their location, and if Israel denies these agreements, our alternative will be to turn to international institutions.’”

Note: In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The terrorists were released in stages. The first group of 26 was released on Aug. 13, 2013. The second group of 26 was released on Oct. 30, 2013.
Non-recognition terminology: PA daily refers to Israel as "the occupied Interior" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2013
Op-ed by writer and political researcher Salah Wadia:
     “In the past, in the 1990s, every time [we] got closer to a Palestinian-Israeli agreement and with the beginning of each round of negotiations, Hamas increased its activity against the occupation in the occupied Interior (i.e., Israel) in order to embarrass the [Palestinian] Authority and sabotage the negotiations.”
PLO official uses non-recognition terminology, referring to Israel as “the Interior” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2013
     “During the reopening ceremony of the Jericho Culture and Art Center… [PLO Executive Committee member and PA chief negotiator] Dr. Saeb Erekat said: ‘In order to narrow the gaps, President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, which contained all that is in our power and not in our power. We will not accept the Jewishness of Israel, which will harm the refugee cause and harm the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Israel), and most dangerously – will alter history and religion as though we were never on this land.’
Woman in PA TV documentary: “Jews can live on Mars” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2013
From a documentary that aired on official PA TV:
Woman: "I'm not against Jews. They can live. They can live on Mars, Allah willing, but they cannot take over places that are not their places, or land that is not their land and a homeland that is not their homeland."
Click to view video
PA official claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived on land 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 26, 2013
PA TV program Speak Up hosted Fatah Central Committee member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: “We are members of this land and members of this people. The Natufians were in Jericho 10,000 years ago. And so were the Canaanites, thousands of years. When Israel says to us: You must recognize us as a Jewish state; they are asking us to erase my history. Erase my culture. Erase my narrative. That will never happen.”

Note: The Natufian culture was a sedentary, hunter-gatherer, Mesolithic culture that lived in the Levant region of the Near East between about 13,000-9,800 BC.
Official PA daily: Jews have "nothing to do with... historic Palestine" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2013
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     “How, and on what grounds, is the Jew, who has nothing to do with the Palestinian Arab land (historic Palestine) [parenthesis in source], entitled to return to it, while the Palestinian son of the Palestinian is not entitled [to return]?”
PA daily uses terminology denying Israel’s existence: “The territories occupied in 1948” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2013
     “Occupation forces closed roads leading to Hebron and the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) due to weather conditions.”
PA daily refuses to call Israel by name, uses term “occupied Interior” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2013
     “Samir Issa submitted his resignation from coaching the Maccabi Umm Al-Fahm [football] team that is at the bottom of the National League table – the occupied Interior (i.e., Israel) league.”
PLO official: “Palestinians are the original owners of the land” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2013
     “During a conference held by the Palestinian Peace Alliance on the tenth anniversary of the Geneva Initiative in Ramallah yesterday evening [Dec. 8, 2013]… [Secretary of the PLO Executive Council Yasser Abd Rabbo] reiterated the Palestinian leadership’s utter refusal of Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognize the State of Israel as a Jewish [state] and said: ‘Netanyahu wants historical Palestine to be a national homeland for the Jews without rights for the Palestinians, the original owners of the land.’”
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: “1948 territories” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 10, 2013
     “The [Baqa Al-Gharbiya] municipality and Arab leaders in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) held a meeting last night [Dec. 9, 2013]."
From WAFA, official PA news agency
PA daily calls Israel “territories occupied in 1948” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2013
     “The District Governor of Jenin received a delegation from the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) at the District [Governor’s] residence.”
PA daily calls Israeli town a “settlement” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2013
Headline: “Beit Sira – a village located on the border, is surrounded by settlements and roadblocks and suffers from a lack of what is needed to stand firm (i.e., in face of Israel)”
     “Beit Sira is a village located near the border. [It] is surrounded by the Reut settlement-compound that is located on the lands of the Bir Ma’in village.”

Note: Reut is a town in central Israel.
Israeli-Arab writers are “from Palestine that was occupied in 1948” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2013
By editor of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Yahya Yakhlaf:
     “Possibly, the most important thing [Subhi Shahrouri] reported to us in [the New Horizon magazine’s] pages were the cultural resistance poems by the writers from Palestine that was occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel).”
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: “Israeli occupation” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 3, 2013
     “In the city of Palermo (Italy), the City Council and many organizations marked the International Day of Solidarity with our [Palestinian] people and affirmed the need to end the suffering of the Palestinian people bent under the yoke of Israeli occupation, to achieve a comprehensive peace and to establish a Palestinian state. In addition, the city’s City Council announced that honorary citizenship would be granted to fighter prisoner Marwan Barghouti.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: “1948 territories” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 28, 2013
     “The Collaboration Institution is an independent, civilian, nonprofit institution established in 1983 by a group of notable Palestinian and Arab economists and intellectuals in order to provide humanitarian aid and development aid to Palestinians in the [West] Bank, including Jerusalem, as well as in the Gaza Strip, the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) and Palestinian concentrations in Lebanon.”
Colonialist and imperialist forces support Israel and the Zionist movement – “the strongest settlement occupation movement in the world” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2013
By Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily:
     “[The Chinese] nation took its place as leader of the world’s liberation movements. This [fact] made the leaders of billions of people in the Far East stand amazed in face of the Palestinian people’s struggle – [who are] small in number but enormous in its struggle – and our resolve in face of the Zionist movement; the strongest settlement occupation movement in the world, which is supported by mighty colonialist and imperialist forces, such as Britain, ever since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) [was made] and during the [British] Mandate for Palestine period, and [by] the US, which took upon itself to provide all means of existence, power and fortitude for the occupation state (Israel) [parenthesis in original].”

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 daily refers to Israel as “the Palestinian Interior” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 22, 2013
Headline: “Tenth Palestinian International Purebred Arabian Horse Show opens today [Nov. 22, 2013]”
     “One hundred and forty Arabian horses from the homeland’s various districts will compete, among them 48 horses from the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Israel).”
Palestinian boycotts fair because Israel was invited 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 17, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning about the Arab League’s Award for Outstanding Youth in the area of Culture and Communications. The program hosted Omar Abu Shawish, who won the award for his poetry.
PA TV host: “You participated in a book fair in the city of Turin, Italy, but quit the fair. What was the reason?”
Omar Abu Shawish: “The reason was that a state known as Israel had been invited as the conference’s guest of honor, to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of what is known as Israel. It was hard for us as young Palestinians attending [the fair] to accept the notion of Israel’s existence… we fight with the Zionists over Palestine, because Palestine exists and will remain. We left [the fair] because this is not the State of Israel, this is the State of Palestine, occupied Palestinian lands. Therefore we will not agree that someone who steals and occupies our land will be among us at the same place and on the same bench.”
PA TV host: “Your quitting was something wonderful, I believe.”
University official to Israel: "You have no legacy in this land” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning interviewed Activities Coordinator at the An-Najah National University’s Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Jaber Khdeir about the Museum of Folklore and Ancient Tools that was built under the university’s auspices.
     Dr. Jaber Khdeir: “The Israeli occupation is trying to steal this [Palestinian] heritage. Trying to steal the Palestinian land and the [identity of the] the Palestinian man. And we tell everyone that the land of Palestine [is] the land where, first of all, human culture was born. In this way we tell the Israeli occupier: ‘You have no legacy in this land, you have no existence in this land. We, the Palestinians, built this land, built these cities. The Palestinian human being is a creator of industry, a creator of agriculture, a creator of cities, and creator of culture. The agriculture was created in Palestine. The first ten cities built in the world are in Palestine.’ That is why we say that it is the Palestinian human being who created this culture 6,500 years ago. These Jews have no existence on this Palestinian land. They were passers-by and they will continue to be passers-by.”
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