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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]
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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Fatah student movement: "The illegal occupation will not succeed in hiding the truth and changing its [Jerusalem's] Canaanite Arab Islamic and Christian character" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, May 23, 2016
Headline: “Fatah’s Shabiba: The fact that Israel displayed a misleading sign regarding the reality of Jerusalem constitutes the issue of a challenge to the international community”
     “Fatah’s Shabiba [student] movement issued a statement in which it emphasized that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of our Arab Palestinian people, and that all the activity of the illegal occupation will not succeed in hiding the truth and changing its Canaanite Arab Islamic and Christian character. Likewise, it emphasized that the fact that the right-wing extremist [Israeli] government tried to falsify the facts a number of days ago through the advertisement of a picture describing East Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (apparently referring to Israeli exhibition at the UN headquarters in New York –Ed.) is part of the Zionist movement’s plot to expel its residents and Judaize it on the way to completing the plot of the Zionist colonialist expansion at the expense of the Palestinian people and land.”
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.”
Abbas: "Palestine and its people have been here since the Canaanites" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 19, 2016
Headline: “We will build the government institutions, and you will be able to declare independence soon”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas inaugurated the Palestinian Museum which is on the grounds of Birzeit University in an opening ceremony in the presence of top officials, leaders, academics, and cultural figures…
[Abbas] said: ‘We are inaugurating one of the most magnificent Palestinian buildings, which will guard and tell the memories of our people, while it lets future generations know that Palestine and its people have been here since the Canaanites, and are planted in this ground throughout time and long decades, and they have not left this land, not even for one moment.’…
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam said…‘The inauguration of this building that stirs pride shows that Palestine is a state that is only missing being rid of the occupation, which is trying to create history for itself at the expense of our history, but it is our history. We were here and will remain in our land, and the occupation will not last long.’”

PA ambassador to Ukraine: Palestinians left their lands "under duress so as to be replaced by those who have no ownership of or right to the land" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 17, 2016
Headline: “Palestinian embassy marked the Nakba in Ukraine”
     “The embassy of the State of Palestine in Ukraine marked the 68th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) together with Arabic House and the Sunflowers Charity Fund …
Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Ukraine Mohammed Alasaad said that our people is still suffering for the last 68 years from the Nakba it experienced, and still experiences a new Nakba every day expressed by settlement, Judaization, checkpoints, arrests, blockades, and the perpetration of the most despicable tortures against our people, after it was expelled from its land, cities, and villages to live as a refugee in the Diaspora and left its lands under duress so as to be replaced by those who have no ownership of or right to the land.”
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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Palestinian National Council: Right of return is non-negotiable, peace will only come when the refugees return to land occupied by “Zionist gangs” in 1948 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2016

"The [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) demanded of the UN to act to implement resolution 194, to enable the refugees to return to their land that was occupied by the Zionist gangs in 1948, and to put an end to the arrogance of the occupation and its frivolous opposition of the international community's will by leaving our people under occupation."

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].”
Qalqilya governor says Israeli occupation began in 1948 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "Conference on summary executions and persecuting their perpetrators in the International Criminal Court"
       "During the conference organized by the Al-Quds Open University, the Authority for Political and National Guidance, and the Fatah Movement, titled The Summary Executions and Persecuting their Perpetrators in the International Criminal Court… [Qalqilya] District Governor [Rafe' Rawajbeh] noted that the crime of [the Israeli] occupation stretches from 1948 to the present, and emphasized that the occupation is a crime and that the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) is a crime against the Palestinians as it paved the way for the theft of their land."

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.
Jericho Governor: Israel "stole our land" and "forges" history 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Jericho: Rally to mark Prisoner’s Day, Land Day, the anniversary of [the death of] Abu Jihad, and Deir Yassin”
      “The Jericho branch of the Al-Quds Open University held a national rally yesterday [April 12, 2016] to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, the eternal Land Day, the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ and the anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre in the Jericho municipality theater, in the presence of many politicians… Jericho and [Jordan] Valley District Governor Majed Al-Fatiani said that… in April, on the land of Rue Verdun, the two Kamals, Nasser and Adwan, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar died, and the Land Day Martyrs wrote their will to us, stating that we should tell those who stole our land that we as Palestinians have a large breathing space that has been maintained throughout history, regardless of how much this occupier forges, it cannot forge the letters of history and the will of the peoples. Likewise, in April Abu Jihad, manufacturer of men, also passed away, but Palestine prevails, and the idea is still inscribed in our hearts.”

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PA daily refers to Israel as "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2016
Headline: "Nazareth: Announcement of the establishment of the Loyalty and Reform Party"
     "Yesterday evening [April 11, 2016], the establishment of the Loyalty and Reform Party within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) was announced in Nazareth, in the presence of party leaders and popular and political leaders."
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PA daily op-ed: “Historic Palestine, and Jerusalem at its heart, its western and eastern parts, has been Palestinian land for 4,000 years” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "The embarrassing capitulation of the UN"

Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

"A few days ago the UN refused to display an Israeli exhibit titled Zionism and Jerusalem, which was meant to be held on Monday, April 4 [2016], because the exhibit is not consistent with the decisions the of international bodies and includes pictures and symbols that have no connection to Zionism and the Israeli ethnic cleansing state, including pictures and items of the original owners of the land, in other words the Arab Palestinians. Likewise, posters are displayed in the exhibit with slogans that contradict the option of a political arrangement and the UN resolutions from the beginning of the conflict 70 years ago and until today, such as: 'Jerusalem, where Israel originated 3,000 years ago!' However, the UN leadership capitulated to the logic of Israel's representatives in the UN after Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon sent a letter of sharp protest to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in which he protested the ban decision…

Unfortunately, the UN ignored its regulations and decisions and agreed to the option of the Israeli ambassador, right-wing extremist [Danny] Danon, who opposes the two-state option within the borders of June 4, 1967. This is an embarrassment for the UN secretary-general and the entire international body, and reflects a shirking of the decisions of international entities by those appointed by this body, who have rejected and reject the Israeli view, as it has no connection to reality, the two-state option, or historical logic. This is because historic Palestine, and Jerusalem at its heart, its western and eastern parts, has been Palestinian land for 4,000 years."
PA daily does not call Israel by name, uses term "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 2, 2016
     "About 70,000 residents of occupied Jerusalem, its surroundings, and the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) held the afternoon prayers yesterday, Friday [April 1, 2016], at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza."
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PLO magazine for kids teaches that a city on Northern Israel is a "settlement" 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Apr. 1, 2016
      “The occupied city of Sepphoris
A Palestinian city in the Nazareth district, located 6 kilometers north of the city and considered one the Galilee’s largest cities... The village was seized by the Zionist occupation on May 15, 1948, and its residents left for good… The name of Sepphoris, like the rest of the Palestinian cities whose residents were expelled, was changed to a Hebrew name, and now this principal city is known as the settlement Tzipori.”

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. Zayzafuna's website states that the magazine's advisory board is comprised of PA officials and educators, including Jihad Zakarneh, PA Deputy Minister of Education, and Abd Al-Hakim Abu Jamous, Head of the Media Department at the PA Ministry of Education. In May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada explained on PA TV that the PA gives "a monthly payment of 10,000 shekels ($2,700) to cover the magazine's [costs]." [Official PA TV, May 9 and 13, 2011]
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