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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: 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
Abbas rep claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 20, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast the first convention of the Palestinian Bar Association Union that discussed “Palestine and International Law.” Fatah Central Committee Member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat represented PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The symbol of the European Union appeared on the banner behind the stage, and an EU representative addressed the gathering.
Fatah Central Committee member Erekat: “Concerning the Israeli side repeatedly saying that Israel is a ‘Jewish state’ – some say they intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by this term. Some say they want to harm the status of Palestinian residents in the ’48 territories (i.e. Israel). You are in the city of Jericho. Our story began in this city 10,000 years ago when the Natufians founded it. The Canaanites were [here] 5,500 years before Joshua burned it down. Whoever asks me to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is asking me to alter my history, to change my religion, to revise my culture. That is not going to happen. He wants us to say it is a Jewish state, meaning that the land belonged to the Jews and that we are strangers to it.”

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 BCE.
PA TV: Balfour Declaration was “A promise given by those who did not own [the land] to those who had no right [to it]” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 16, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning from Gaza, on the public campaign to sue Britain over the Balfour Declaration. The program hosted the campaign’s coordinator in Gaza, Muhammad Al- Makadmeh.
Campaign coordinator Muhammad Al-Makadmeh: “To this very day, Germany still pays money to the State of Israel, even though it did nothing to the State of Israel. More than 80 years ago, Hitler acted against the Jews. A situation has been created to make it seem that Israel represents all Jews in the world. To this very day, Germany continues [to pay]. Today, a 20-year-old German…“
PA TV host [interrupting him]: “If so, we can compare [Israel’s] attitude [towards Germany] to our attitude towards Britain, and blame it for the Balfour Promise (Declaration); so that [the British] may feel guilty for what their fathers did.”
Al-Makadmeh: “[Britain] should feel guilty, because it truly committed a crime against us: It issued a decree in a place it had a mandate over, and promised this land to the Jews.”
PA TV host: “A promise given by those who did not own [the land] to those who had no right [to it] (i.e., the Jews).

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.

Headline in PA daily refers to Israel as “the Palestinian Interior” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2014
Photo caption:  "Honoring the family of leader prisoner Ahmad Sa'adat."
Headline:
“The Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] honors families of several prisoners and detainees, including families from the Palestinian Interior (i.e., Israel) and the West Bank”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], in cooperation with the [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Club and the Supreme Council for Monitoring Prisoners’ Affairs, honored the families of prisoners Ahmad Sa’adat, most veteran prisoner Karim Younes, most veteran female prisoner Lina Al-Jarbouni, as well as the families of prisoners Maher Younes, Ahed Abu Gholmeh, Fuad Al-Shubaki, Omar Al-Akkawi and Muhammad Al-Milh. This [was done] out of appreciation of their heroic sacrifice…
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam delivered a speech on behalf of the President [Mahmoud Abbas] in which she to
Official PA daily: Palestinian narrative is “the only narrative consistent with historic ‎Palestine,” Jewish narrative is “a fabrication”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2014
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, regular ‎columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     ‎“Historic Palestine is the land of the ‎Palestinian Arab nation and bears its ‎narrative, culture, and identity. No one, ‎whatever his power, can sever the bond of ‎affinity, proximity and history between the ‎Palestinians and the land of their ‎forefathers. The only narrative consistent ‎with historic Palestine is the Palestinian ‎narrative, and any other narrative is ‎nothing more than a fabrication meant to ‎justify a colonial occupation that expels ‎‎[the original inhabitants] and settles ‎‎[others in their place]. Therefore, all the ‎claims of the leaders of the Zionist ‎movement, from Herzl to Netanyahu and ‎everyone in between, are false, and have ‎no connection to the truth… ‎
Proponents of the Zionist movement are ‎pumping up these lies through their ‎internationally influential media outlets, ‎which are supported in an unprecedented ‎way by the imperialist West, in order to ‎disseminate them and to brainwash the ‎Jews, who have been deceived, to realize ‎‎[their] colonial objectives in the region. ‎This [is being done] because the State of ‎Israel (Note: the Palestinian media ‎generally avoids using this term) was a ‎front line and support base for the ‎capitalist powers… and its purpose was ‎the partitioning of the Arab region and the ‎theft of its resources, to prevent the ‎awakening of the Arab nation and to serve ‎as a way out of the distress of the Jewish ‎question within the given time frame.‎"

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