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Op-ed in official PA daily accuses Hamas of “sacrificing members of our people, the children and the young people”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 30, 2018
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "Hamas maneuvers and the sponsor [Egypt] is broiled in the sun"

"Every civilian and person that follows the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation process can see that the Hamas Movement always finds false excuses and invented excuses to put a stick in its wheels and to thwart its progress, as this is not an interest of the Muslim Brotherhood. Therefore, it has again turned to creating a fictitious escalation on the border and to sacrificing members of our people, the children and the young people, for the sake of its separatist statements, in exchange for cooperation and running through the maze of the American deal of the century (i.e., US President Donald Trump's as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan). This is despite the fact that even the Americans themselves have begun to gradually back down from this given the difficulty in marketing and making it pass due to the firm stance of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO leadership against it, alongside its rejection by the UN and the world's central authorities."
Host on official PA TV says that unlike Abbas “who has no agenda other than Palestine,” Hamas is “selling its soul to the devil” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 24, 2018
Official PA TV program From Cairo, hosting Egyptian Parliament Member and journalist Mustafa Bakri

Official PA TV host: “We must not compare what is being done by [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] who has no agenda other than Palestine and the land of Palestine, and [what is being done by] another faction [Hamas] that is selling its soul to the devil [Israel] for nothing.”

PLO official: Hamas is changing the goals of the March of Return “to favor the personal party agendas that have no connection to the right of return” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 23, 2018
Headline: "Al-Zaq: Hamas is acting to distort the idea of the peaceful popular struggle"

"National Activity Council Secretary, [Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) political bureau member, and Secretary of the PPSF in Gaza] Mahmoud Al-Zaq said that the Hamas Movement is acting to distort the idea of peaceful popular struggle by diverting the direction of the March of Return (i.e., violent riots on the Gaza-Israel border) in order to realize personal party agendas.
Al-Zaq added yesterday [Sept. 22, 2018] in statements to [official PA radio station] The Voice of Palestine that Hamas has added a special clause to the main goals of the March of Return and turned it into a primary goal – breaking the siege in order to realize its personal agendas. In other words, it wants to be recognized and that a bilateral agreement between it and Israel will be signed. This means that Gaza will become a political entity that signs agreements, and herein lays the danger as the center of the American plan is to establish a tiny state for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
He continued and said that the attempt to change the struggle's position and its goals has caused the national forces to aggressively criticize what is happening. He explained that it was agreed from the beginning not to push the young people into dangerous areas and turn them into cannon fodder for the occupation's army, but there are clear attempts on Hamas' part to change the goals of the March of Return to favor the personal party agendas that have no connection to the right of return.
Al-Zaq explained that Hamas is acting in a completely absurd and wrong manner, and all of this is part of its personal agenda to continue its rule of the Gaza Strip by applying pressure to extract regional recognition of it as [having] political weight in the Gaza Strip.

Fatah official: Hamas is attempting “to cover its inability to manage the affairs of our residents in Gaza” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2018
“The Fatah Movement expressed its strong condemnation and rejection of Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri’s statements, which included a series of lies and deceptions that harm our people’s unity, its struggle, and its national project. Head of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission’s Information Office Munir Al-Jaghoub said yesterday [Sept. 20, 2018] that the Hamas Movement’s insistence on repeating its broken record over and over regarding ‘the sanctions against Gaza’ is nothing but an exaggeration in its attempts to cover its inability to manage the affairs of our residents in Gaza and the bankruptcy of the tyrannical coup project (apparently refers to 2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip; see note below –Ed.), which treats the Gaza Strip as a hostage that Hamas uses for its wretched bargaining with the occupation. This is only in order to establish the coup’s rule and defend its leaders, while it is throwing the members of our people in Gaza into confrontations with the Israeli killing machine without providing them with even minimal means of defense, even though it boasts day and night with hollow words about ‘the weapons of the resistance,’ behind which it hides in order to defend its coup project.”

2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah won the 2005 Palestinian Authority Presidential election. However, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with a majority of 74 out of 132 seats, to Fatah’s 45 seats. Fatah’s rule of the PA Presidency and Hamas’ rule of the PA government led to friction and eventually armed conflict between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas defeated Fatah militarily in the Gaza Strip in 2007, and since then Hamas rules in Gaza while the PA continues to rule the West Bank under Fatah.

Video broadcast on official PA TV accuses Hamas of being “The one who is punishing Gaza” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2018
Official PA TV, filler on Hamas

Images are shown of armed Hamas forces in Gaza, including images of Hamas members suppressing protests with force.

Text on screen: “The one who is punishing Gaza
Is the one that is ruling it with iron and fire
And the sun of truth
Will not be covered by
False words”
Editorial in PA daily attacking Hamas states PA transfers 4 million shekels a month to Gaza in prisoners’ salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2018
Excerpt of editorial in the official PA daily

Headline: "Mahmoud Abbas 'imposes sanctions' in Gaza..."
      "What are the 'sanctions' of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas that Hamas claims that he is imposing on Gaza… What kind of sanctions are these that give and don’t take? President Mahmoud Abbas' 'sanctions' allow a government expenditure of billions on Gaza over the last 10 years, during which money was transferred to all of the sectors of government employment and services in Gaza: to health and education, water and electricity, salaries for military and civilian state employees and to members of the [PA] Parliament (Legislative Council)… and the salaries of the prisoners in the occupation's prisons and those who are released.... salaries of the prisoners and the released [prisoners]:4,446,000 shekels a month..."

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Hamas fighters torture 13-year-old Palestinian boy, because of children’s quarrel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 22, 2018

WARNING: This video contains images of a graphic and disturbing nature involving a minor.

Official PA TV News, on Hamas members kidnapping and torturing a 13-year-old boy named Muhammad Adham Abu Anzah in Gaza following a quarrel between him and the son of a Hamas member.

13-year-old boy Muhammad Adham Abu Anzah: "They grabbed me and put me in a room. Then they started to hit me with daggers and a whip. He broke my finger. I demand justice. When one finished or tired out, another came and continued to hit me with a belt. They broke iron on my neck. Six people – they continued to hit me until the police came. Afterwards, the police arrested me. Later, my father came and started to shout at them, and then they released me..."
Father of Muhammad Adham Abu Anzah: "The people who hit him are known to us – they treated him like the [holiday] sacrifice... There is no need for this barbarity. To torture and hit him inside the mosque, to tie him up, to break sticks on him, and to hit him with chains. His soul was broken... He wanted to commit suicide! He told me: ‘Dad, I didn’t do anything.’ If we keep silent about something like this today, tomorrow they might do it to a small child, a two-year-old or a six-month-old. They might kill him... "
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Editorial in PA daily criticizing Hamas-Israel ceasefire compares Trump to Shylock 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2018
     "Ten years of Hamas against the national reconciliation [with Fatah], and only three months were required for Hamas to reach a reconciliation with the occupation (refers to ceasefire agreement under negotiation between Israel and Hamas -Ed.) in return for what can be called 'banking reliefs' - loans for improving its situation in power only! These are indeed loans, because Israel... will not give Hamas gifts and undoubtedly will not give it anything for free. Perhaps Hamas needs to read the story The Merchant of Venice by [William] Shakespeare today (refers to play in which the sly Jewish moneylender Shylock demands that a debtor repay him with a pound of his own flesh -Ed.), so that perhaps it will understand what it must pay in order to return these loans, particularly because this time Shylock is the merchant and the contractor [US President] Donald Trump!"
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Editorial in official PA daily claims Hamas gives Israel an “excuse” to attack Gaza, calls Hamas shooting rockets into Israel “merciful shelling” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2018
Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily

Headline: “Hamas’ merciful shelling!”

“How long will the deceit of the ‘revolutionary’ slogans be allowed, especially the slogan that the Hamas Movement repeats day and night claiming an equation according to which ‘bombing will be answered with bombing’ – an equation that is incorrect and unrealistic, as if it was a struggle between two equivalent arsenals with the same might and effectiveness!
This is what the Israeli occupation undoubtedly wants, since it gives its excuse – ‘self-defense’ – a more extensive place in its media and its political discourse. In this way its excuse becomes more reasonable and more accepted than it currently is accepted, and specifically in the American media!

Let us read Hamas’ equation from a realistic viewpoint: The aggressive Israeli bombings… exact additional victims among our people’s civilians in the disaster stricken Gaza Strip… while Hamas’ shelling can simply and unhesitatingly be called ‘merciful shelling,’ which does not cause notable losses on the Israeli side – not of life and not of property! (The relatively limited damage caused to Israel by Hamas is a result of imprecise weaponry and Israeli defensive measures, not “merciful” intent from the Hamas terrorists –Ed.)

Gaza’s blood has flowed every day as a result of the wild Israeli bombings, while Hamas’ response is a meaningless equation…
How long will the deceit of this equation last? How long will this deceit be allowed?”
Fatah: “Iran has not supported the Palestinian people at all through its support for Hamas” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2018
Headline: “Fatah responds to the demonstrators’ calls: Iran has not given the Palestinian people aid”
     “The Fatah Movement condemned the cheap calls against the fighting Palestinian people, which were made by some Iranians who protested over the financial situation and wished for ‘death to the Palestinians.’ It wondered: ‘Do the Iranians think that their governments – the previous ones and the present one – have given a single penny to the Palestinian people? This is not true at all.’ Official Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi emphasized in a press release yesterday [June 30, 2018]: ‘It is shameful that there are those who think that the cause of the financial crisis in Iran is the support for the Palestinian people, because Iran has not given the Palestinian people anything. This is despite Fatah and the PLO standing alongside [Ayatollah] Khomeini’s revolution in 1979, and we have never harmed them – not with words and not with actions – and have never interfered in their internal matters.’”

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Fatah official criticizes March of Return riots: "We do not need to be happy when a Martyr falls; when a child or woman's foot is severed… our wealth should not be our fallen Martyrs"  
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 15, 2018
Official PA TV Live, special broadcast of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, hosting Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip Muhammad Joudeh Al-Nahal in the Gaza studio

Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip Muhammad Joudeh Al-Nahal: "When this March [of Return] (i.e., violent riots at the Gazan border with Israel; see note below) was some distance from the border at its beginning, it succeeded in conveying to the whole world the message that we will never forget our villages and cities that we left. However, when the Palestinian factions and everyone who is taking part raise the level of expectations of our Palestinian people as if there is no longer a barbed wire fence, and that we will succeed in entering [Israel], we must call things by their name and not allow ourselves and our children to have casualties and thousands of crippled and wounded people. Peaceful popular resistance has its foundations and methods... No! When this resistance will truly be popular resistance, we will have to cause the occupation to miss the opportunity [to kill us]. We do not need to be happy when a Martyr (Shahid) falls here and there; when a child or woman's foot is severed; or [a woman] is wounded here or there. Therefore we must rethink this matter, and there should truly be a comprehensive leadership for the popular resistance with its popular foundations; and we should not be easy prey for this occupation under the slogan that ‘we will break through this fence’ and gamble with our lives. The matters need to be clear to the members of our people, and we will distance ourselves from much bloodshed and many wounded, and our wealth should not be our fallen Martyrs."

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Abbas advisor accuses Hamas of gambling with the lives of Gazan women and children 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 27, 2018
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “I will talk about what is happening in Gaza, this gamble on children and women in a campaign that has no connection to Palestine (refers to March of Return protests on the Gaza border; see note below –Ed.). They said, and we say: peaceful resistance, peaceful action, peaceful popular resistance. Therefore, why are you sacrificing children before the occupation soldiers and throwing them to their doom? For Palestine? No, by Allah. Palestine has no desire for this, Palestine has no part in this, and the religion has no part in this. Yesterday I heard something – one of the satans, an accursed satan who calls himself a mufti, said: ‘This is the greatest Jihad.’ What great Jihad? Throwing children? So that they will be killed or their limbs will be cut off? While your leadership is enjoying itself, and its entire mission is to take part in the funerals, just that, and visiting houses of mourning, and not of their children… O members of our people in Gaza, our beloved, do not accede to these gamblers, and guard yourselves in every move you make and every action you take. Do not obey the words of the exaggerators, and do not obey the words of the gamblers, adventurers, and those with agendas, who want blood in order to reinvent themselves…"

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Hamas is sending civilians to die for media coverage, says Abbas' advisor 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 6, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, and Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki

Mahmoud Al-Habbash
: “The Palestinian people... doesn’t care about those [Hamas] with ‘the emotional stories of heroism,’ those with the slogans of heroism - slogans that when you hear them, you think that the people saying them are inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque after they liberated it. And afterwards you discover that they’re only selling illusions, trading in suffering and blood, trading in victims, [saying]: ‘You Palestinians, our people, go and die so that we’ll go to the TV and media with strong declarations.’ These [Hamas] acts of ‘heroism’ don’t fool anyone anymore. The Palestinian people... sides with the PLO.”
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Fatah official: The tunnels in Gaza will be sealed under PA sovereignty  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 29, 2017
Headline: "A senior figure in the PA: All of the tunnels in Gaza must be sealed"
        “Fatah Movement Advisory Council member Sarhan Dweikat said: 'Under the PA's sovereignty, the legitimacy of the tunnels in the Gaza Strip cannot be approved, as legitimizing the tunnels means limiting the role of the state and its leadership. The state and its leadership are the only rulers on the ground, and applying their rule means rule above and below ground.'…
He explained that when we talk about borders, the meaning is that it is necessary to regularize the crossings and seal all of the tunnels in Gaza, so that the Palestinian [PA] Security Forces are the ones controlling the borders. How is it possible to place a soldier of the national [PA] Security [Forces] on the border when there is a tunnel underneath him? In this case, there will be no sovereignty or control…
Regarding the resistance's weapons, Dweikat said: 'They must be regularized and subject to the PA decisions, as there is no excuse for the existence of militias acting secretly or openly. The decision regarding peace or war is a political decision, to which no one has an exclusive right, and it must be a general Palestinian decision.’"
Hamas official on PA-Hamas unity talks: Hamas “will never hand over its weapons”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 14, 2017
Headline: "What did Al-Zahar say in response to demands to disarm the resistance?"
        "Hamas leadership member Mahmoud Al-Zahar emphasized today, Monday [Nov. 13, 2017], that the [PA] government and the PA are placing conditions in order to make the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation fail so as not to bear their responsibility and to avoid the Egyptian initiative. He also emphasized that it is necessary to 'determine the mechanisms for implementing what the factions agreed upon in 2011' including the emphasis that the security doctrine considers Israel an enemy.'
Al-Zahar explained in a TV interview that no one can come near the resistance's weapons or disarm it. He responded to the statements of [PA] Police Director in the West Bank Hazem Atallah, who promised to disarm the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam [Brigades] (i.e., Hamas' military wing): ' Hazem Atallah cannot disarm the resistance, and the resistance will never hand over its weapons. The resistance is the guarantee of Gaza's security.'"
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PLO official on Fatah-Hamas unity talks: Hamas will not be allowed to keep their weapons 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 22, 2017
Official PA TV program State of Politics, on the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation process

Secretary-General of the terror organization Palestinian Popular Struggle Front and PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani: "The matter of the weapons is not an end unto itself. We are all in the PLO, we are all armed factions, all of us. [We had weapons] 25 years before Hamas, or more than that. When Hamas, or the Muslim Brotherhood movement, discovered the [armed] struggle, they joined it. Therefore, the subject of [armed] resistance is not a monopoly of one faction or another. And no faction has the sole right or ownership over it.
The resistance is the resistance of the Palestinian people, in all forms of resistance, and not just the armed struggle. The resistance has tangible forms, according to the actual circumstances. The actual circumstances – which we agreed upon with the Hamas Movement in the national unity document in 2006 – are popular resistance. And therefore we are not opening a discussion about the weapons of Hamas or another [organization] now, as we wish for the success of the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation [and] the success of the national effort for our people... We are talking about one state, one regime and law, and one [authority over the] weapons. That is the end of the process…"

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PA Security Forces arrest students of Hamas-affiliated student bloc 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Sept. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Security Forces arrested the Islamic Bloc coordinator at Birzeit University and confiscated the students’ documents"
     "The [PA] Security Forces arrested Islamic Faction Coordinator at Birzeit University Osama Mafarjeh after it stopped the car of Student Council Head Omar Kiswani and confiscated his personal computer, which includes the students' documents, and also his car.
Osama Mafarjeh declared a hunger strike from the moment of his arrest, which was a result of his union activity in the service of the Birzeit University students. In the same context, the Palestinian [PA] Security Forces continue to hold Student Council Secretary of the Faculties Committee Yahya Alawi in detention for the third day without any charge, and also continue to hold students Asid Al-Bana and Asid Abu Adi in detention for the second day. Birzeit [University] Student Council Head Omar Kiswani emphasized on behalf of the council that the campaign [of arrests] against the students of Birzeit and the representatives of the Islamic Bloc in the student council will not lessen their determination to continue to serve the students."

Hamas MPs to be given their salaries that were being held by the PA 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 15, 2017
Headline: “After the end of the crisis of the prisoners and released [prisoners’] salaries, the issue of the Hamas parliament members is on the way to being resolved”
    “Several issues and topics were raised in [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with a delegation of the Hamas Movement in the West Bank, which was held in his office yesterday [Aug. 14, 2017]. Hamas [PA] Parliament Member Abd Al-Jaber Fuqaha… noted that they spoke about the salaries of the parliament members that were stopped, and the delegation received promises to return the salaries, but without a specific time being determined for this. The [PA] Parliament members also obtained promises several days ago from Head of [PA General] Intelligence Majed Faraj to return the parliament members’ salaries, during the delegation’s meeting with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.”

Fatah official on Fatah-Hamas reconciliation: “We respect the weapons of resistance and revere the resistance,” but Hamas must put away its weapons  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 9, 2017
Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “As I have said, [Hamas’] manifestations of control need to end. Tthere is no executive committee (i.e., the Hamas government in Gaza) and no shadow government. This also means that the phenomena of weapons, armed people, and militias need to end.”
Official PA TV Host: “But there are weapons of resistance in Gaza.”
Jibril Rajoub: “… We respect the weapons of resistance and revere the resistance and the weapons of resistance, but that doesn’t justify there being [Hamas] militias that behave like a governmental authority. Sir, let them hide the weapons of resistance, we do not want to collect their weapons; and by the way, we told them that [at the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation talks] in Cairo. Sir, we also don’t want to force sponsorship on the weapons of the resistance. Put them in storage rooms, and afterwards, sir, if there is a call for help at a time of war – or if Heaven forbid [there is a war in Gaza], I say that Gaza will not withstand this, it has been enough for Gaza, my brother. [Gaza] has sacrificed, done, and gone through enough. Dear sir, [the weapons of the resistance] will not be a problem unless [Hamas] actively behaves like an illegal militia.”

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PA government cuts salaries of 37 Hamas parliamentarians  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, July 9, 2017
Headline: "A Hamas member of parliament confirmed that the salaries of 37 PA parliament members were stopped"
       "Member of [PA] Parliament (Legislative Council) Naif Al-Rajoub from the Hamas Movement in the West Bank revealed that the [PA] government has published an official decision to stop the salaries of 37 members of parliament. Al-Rajoub said in a statement to the Hamas website Al-Risalah Net today, Sunday [July 9, 2017], that the [PA] Ministry of Finance in Ramallah 'officially notified us that we will not receive salaries this month, based on a government decision.' Al-Rajoub explained that the decision includes 37 members of parliament in the occupied West Bank, and noted that they have tried to clarify why their salaries were stopped, but did not receive any answer. The member of parliament said that this decision is part of the policy of punishment that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the [PA] government are implementing against the members of parliament from Hamas in the West Bank, and emphasized that this is a violation of the law that must have action taken against it."
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