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Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas worked very closely with Arafat during the years Arafat ruled the PA. Abbas was appointed by Arafat as Prime Minister in 2003, and was elected as Chairman of the PA in January 2005. This section documents statements made by Abbas.

In 2006, official PA radio and television stations were placed under the control of Abbas’s office [Ma’an News, Feb. 17, 2006]. Therefore, in addition to Abbas's own statements, it is important to examine the broadcasts and publications of official PA media which are documented on PMW's website. They are a reflection of the ideologies and messages that Abbas and other PA leaders and officials choose to disseminate to their people.
Topics on this page
1- Glorifying terror and violence
2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
3- Personal responsibility for terror
4- Contact with enemies of the West
5- Hate promotion
6- Abbas on Jerusalem
7- Non-recognition of Israel
8- On the peace process
9- Speeches to the international community
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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PLO official: Abbas “emphasized his absolute refusal” to Israeli demands to stop PA salaries to terrorists 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “Karake demanded urgent international intervention and confirmed that an additional group of prisoners has joined the [hunger] strike of freedom and dignity”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… explained in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Saturday [April 29, 2017]… that ‘[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized his absolute refusal of the Israeli demands to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and emphasized his absolute support for them (i.e., for the payments).’”
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Abbas meets families of "Martyrs" and imprisoned terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The prisoners’ cause is a priority among the issues in which the leadership is interested”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a delegation of families of Martyrs (Shahids) and hunger striking prisoners from all districts of the homeland yesterday [April 28, 2017] at his presidential office in Ramallah. The president emphasized that the leadership is in contact with all of the international parties in order to pressure the government of Israel to accede to the prisoners’ just humanitarian demands. The president noted that the prisoners’ cause is a priority among the issues in which the leadership is interested. He called on everyone to stand alongside the prisoners and their just cause, and to ease their suffering and their families’ suffering.”
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Abbas' Secretary-General speaks in Abbas' name, praises imprisoned Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 25, 2017
Headline: "Abd Al-Rahim: The prisoners are carrying out a heroic act that will be recorded in history in letters of light and fire"
     "Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim praised the achievements of Arab American University… in a speech he gave on behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at a ceremony to inaugurate the university's new campus in Ramallah…
He added: 'This event is taking place while our brave prisoners’ [hunger] strike enters its eighth day… The occupation wants to break the determination of this people and to harm its stability, its spark, and its legal resistance. However, our brothers and friends Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), Ahmad Sa’adat (i.e., head of the PFLP terror organization), Mahmoud Abu Sorour (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), and Anas Jaradat (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 31) are carrying out a heroic act in the battle of freedom and dignity that will be registered in history in letters of light and fire as part of our journey of eternal life and victory.'"

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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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Abbas: We will cancel the security coordination with Israel, but I personally am in favor of it 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
[Q:] "Your Honor the President… we will ask you about the circumstances of the issue of Martyr (Shahid) Basel Al-A'araj (i.e., head of terror cell killed while shooting at Israeli soldiers who came to arrest him, see note) and his five comrades that is preoccupying the Palestinian street... Do we understand from Your Honor that the security coordination between you and Israel was not the reason for Basel Al-A'araj's death as a Martyr?"
[Abbas:] "The Palestinian security coordination with Israel is a different matter, and what happened with Basel is not connected to the security coordination. We have decided to cancel the security coordination. It remains for us to choose the appropriate time for this, and that is the PLO's responsibility, in coordination with me. There are members of the Palestinian people who support the security coordination, and there are those that oppose it, and everyone has their own opinion. However, we must criticize it with respect for the opinion of the other, and there are those who criticize me on Facebook and other [places] because I am in favor of the security cooperation."

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Fatah official: Shimon Peres was a "murderer and a criminal," Abbas attended his funeral because of international pressure 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 11, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, on the criticism against PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sept. 30, 2016
Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “Indeed in the last few days there has been a dispute and commotion, and that has a connection to the opposition that is being talked about, opposition to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas in general], or opposition to his going to the funeral of… [former Israeli President] Shimon Peres, the murderer and the criminal. That is what I say about him: the murderer and the criminal. If I say that he is a murderer and a criminal, that is a different matter [than Abbas’ attendance at the funeral]. I can completely understand the step taken by the president when he went to the funeral. He is the president of the Palestinian people and the responsibility placed on him is different from the responsibility placed on me. I did not go [to the funeral], and I say that he (i.e., Peres) was a criminal. The president [Abbas] is a different matter; the president has different obligations regarding this. The entire world called him. French President [Francois Hollande], who intends to hold the international conference on which we are pinning many hopes, called him. The president has obligations that other people, who are heads of [Palestinian] factions, are free of. However, they have the right to criticize and oppose.”

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Analyst on PA TV: Abbas visit to Peres' funeral will bring us positive international attention, just like our humanitarian treatment of Gilad Shalit 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 1, 2016
Official PA TV program Inside, about the treatment of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ participation in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, hosting political analyst Hani Abu Zaid
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid is asked about the criticism against PA Chairman Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid: “However, those criticizing [PA President Mahmoud Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres] do not know that [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] made a humane visit that has no political standing, but rather as I noted [was made] to block the path of the ]Israeli] extremist government…
Let me give you an example. We, with our cultural and religious heritage, when [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit was taken captive, did we torture him? Did we starve him? Did we treat him harshly? No one has criticized this treatment [of Shalit]. Therefore, this treatment is part of the treatment of prisoners, even though he is a soldier, and possibly also a murderer... Despite this, the humanitarian side to his captivity [is that] he was treated as a prisoner of war. Therefore, in light of the expected results we guarded his life. For this reason we tried as much as possible to gain benefit and [positive] results from this treatment. Therefore, the visit of President Abbas and his participation in the funeral has very great positive ramifications.”

Gilad Shalit was an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. During that time, he was denied visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross and was not allowed communication with his family, in violation of his rights under the Geneva Convention. Click "full article" for more information.
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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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Abbas kisses 14-year-old stabber 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Mar. 5, 2017
Picture and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

The picture shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas embracing 14-year-old Osama Zaidat who attempted to stab Israeli citizens at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba.


Posted text:
"[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: The Israeli actions against our people will not cause us to renounce our just rights
President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that the Israeli actions against our people, including attacks, arrests, and killing, will not cause us to renounce our just rights and the establishment of our independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Abbas said this today, Sunday evening [March 5, 2017], at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah while receiving the family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Al-Jalad (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing) who died in the occupation's prisons, and the released prisoner, the injured child Osama Zaidat (i.e., terrorist, attempted stabbing)."

{Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, March 5, 2017]

Osama Zaidat – 14-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israelis at a bus stop near Kiryat Arba on Sept. 23, 2016. He was shot in the leg by soldiers during the attempt.

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
Red Cross cuts funding for second monthly visit for families of prisoners; PA will cover cost instead 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "Fares: The president signed on covering the expenses of the second monthly visit of prisoners' relatives"
     "Chairman of the [PA-funded] Palestinian Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares revealed that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a resolution to cover the costs of the second monthly visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the Israeli prisons.
Fares said today, Tuesday [Aug. 9, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'After the Red Cross reduced the visits and limited them to once a month, the president signed a resolution to cover the expenses of the second visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the occupation state's prisons.' Likewise, he spoke about a conditional agreement which the Palestinian government and the Red Cross will sign, according to which the government will cover all of the expenses of the second visit, on condition that the Red Cross will continue to obtain permits from the Israeli side."
PLO official reaffirms Palestinian commitment to "struggle in all its forms;" currently, Abbas has declared "peaceful popular resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program To Palestine, hosting Secretary-General of the Palestinian Arab Front and PLO Executive Committee member Jamil Shehadeh
Jamil Shehadeh: “The message needs to be clear to the occupation: The Palestinian people is determined to continue the struggle in all its forms until the establishment of a state. This is the decision of the Palestinian people. At the moment, our young people have chosen popular uprising, peaceful popular resistance, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has declared, and everyone is listening to him. (“peaceful popular resistance” refers to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, see below –Ed.) This does not mean that other options have been removed from the Palestinian people’s range of possibilities.”

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Several months of Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing rocks and molotov cocktails, and car rammings. The wave was at its height from October 2015 through March 2016, but one man was killed in September 2015 and sporadic attacks continued after March 2016, including a bus bombing in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016.

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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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Abbas sends envoy to speak at ceremony marking 4th anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president's envoy participated in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Chavez"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participated as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ envoy in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Venezuelan leader [former President] Hugo Chavez at his tomb at the Cuartel de la Montaña fort in the capital of Caracas…
Ismail, in the speech of the State of Palestine, the guest of honor, expressed the thanks and appreciation of the Palestinian people and its leadership for Venezuela's historical support of the Palestinian cause and for its courageous and noble positions to raise the voice of the just Palestinian cause in all of the international circles. This is the basic and ethical policy in which the late Chavez believed, and which was expressed by the support for the causes and struggle of oppressed peoples throughout the world, and primarily the Palestinian cause. He added that the people of Venezuela bears the flag and idea of Chavez and continues in his path, and that the global imperialism did not prevent Venezuela from defending the Palestinian cause and the causes of the oppressed peoples for their dignity and self-determination."


The article includes a picture showing PA President Mahmoud Abbas' envoy PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participating in the ceremony to mark the fourth anniversary of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death at his tomb.

Caption under picture:
"The [PA] president's envoy during his participation in marking the anniversary of Chavez[‘s death]"
Abbas sends greetings to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president received additional greeting telegrams for the new year”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas blessed Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir for the independence day celebrations of his homeland. In the telegram the president expressed his appreciation for the strong relations of comradeship that unite the two peoples and lands, and his pride in the positions of Sudan that support the rights of our people and its struggle for the end of the occupation of our land and the establishment of its independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.”

Omar Al-Bashir - Sudanese President who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Al-Bashir oversaw the fighting against several armed groups from 2003 to 2008 in Darfur, in which he is accused of targeting members of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa ethnic groups in a conflict that left roughly 300,000 killed and around three million displaced according to UN estimates. The ICC issued two warrants against him on March 4, 2009, and July 12, 2010, but he has remained at large and in control of Sudan. The ICC charged Al-Bashir with five counts of crimes against humanity – murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture, and rape; two counts of war crimes – intentionally attacking civilians, pillaging; and three counts of genocide – killing members of targeted ethnic groups, causing them serious bodily or mental harm, and inflicting conditions on them to cause physical destruction. Al-Bashir has been the target of international sanctions from world nations including the US. (Source: https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir)
Abbas sends letter of condolences to Iranian president over death of former leader 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president sent a telegram of condolences over the death of Rafsanjani"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Jan. 9, 2017] sent Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a telegram of condolences over the death [on Jan. 8, 2017,] of former President of Iran and head of the Iranian council to protect the interests of the regime (i.e., the Expediency Discernment Council) Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,.
The president said: Rafsanjani died after 'a life full of activity dedicated to the loftiness of his homeland, the honor of his people, and defense of his nation's causes, and primarily the Palestinian cause.' The president conveyed on his own behalf and on behalf of Palestine his sincere condolences to Rouhani, his government, his people, and the family of the deceased, and asked that Allah let him dwell in Paradise."
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5- Hate promotion
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Abbas: “The reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from” is “the occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 12, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the celebration of the formulation of the Public Service Ethics Code


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
“The international community is becoming more and more convinced that the occupation of the Palestinian state by Israel is the reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from, and that without a just solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with the two-state solution - which is included in the Arab Peace Initiative - and the relevant resolutions of the [UN] Security Council, neither peace, nor security, nor stability will be achieved, and the region will remain exposed to very difficult possibilities, especially in light of the growth of the phenomenon of terror and extremism, which we condemn and are fighting against with all of our strength.”
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Abbas appoints Antisemitic PA TV host as dean of Gaza Al-Azhar schools: “Al-Azhar institutes... [are] conveying the correct message of Islam” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 6, 2017
 Headline: "The [PA] president receives the dean of the Al-Azhar institutes in Palestine"
       "[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas received Dean of the Al-Azhar institutes in Palestine Sheikh Imad Hamato this evening, (Monday) [March 6, 2017], at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah...
The president emphasized his full support of the Al-Azhar institutes and praised their large role in conveying the correct message of Islam. His Honor [Abbas] blessed the dean of the Al-Azhar institutes on his entry into the [new] role, and wished him success in the future.
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim and the president's advisor on religious and Islamic affairs and Supreme Shari'ah Judge of Palestine Mahmoud Al-Habbash were present at the meeting."
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Abbas-appointee was former aide to terrorist who murdered 125 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 20, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Supreme Leadership [Council in Gaza] member Yahya Rabah emphasized… in a special interview with [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the PA has gotten over the subject of [exiled Fatah leader Muhammad] Dahlan and considers it a thing of the past…
Regarding the appointment of Mahmoud Al-Aloul as Fatah Movement Deputy President (sic., Deputy Chairman), Rabah noted that this is a good choice, and [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas is interested in a man who will help him and not hinder him, and Al-Aloul has a great history within the movement, and he has respected standpoints as he was one of the aides of deceased Martyr (Shahid) Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., former head of the PLO terror organization’s military wing), and added that he commands great respect from the Palestinian people and Fatah people and members.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
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6- Abbas on Jerusalem
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Abbas: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem "it will destroy the peace process" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: We adhere to peace, and transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will destroy the peace process"
     "During a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart, [Polish President Andrzej Duda, PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] warned against transferring the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said that this would destroy the peace process, and added: 'We have heard things from American President-elect (Donald) Trump, but as of now we have not officially heard about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.'
He added: 'We want to hear what he says when he enters the White House - but if this step is taken, it will destroy the peace process.’ He added: 'We are not getting ahead of ourselves… it is better that we wait until he enters the White House and we hear from him directly as president of the US. Then there will be a response to every action, and if he decides to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem we will have a political and diplomatic response. We hope that it will not happen.'
The president emphasized his adherence to peace as an option from which there is no return. He noted that this year is likely to be the last opportunity to speak and act for the implementation of the two-state solution."
Abbas: "Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem... will sabotage the peace process" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 17, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is provocative and will harm the peace process"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will sabotage all future progress and the peace process. He noted that it is not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.
The president, who led a [PA] government meeting today (Tuesday) [Jan. 17, 2017] conveyed a message to [US] President-elect Donald Trump by saying: ‘We hope that he will not transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as Jerusalem is a united city in the eyes of Israel, and it is not right and not legal. Therefore, transferring the embassy will sabotage all future progress, and therefore will [also] sabotage the peace process. We hope that he will stop the transfer of the embassy and begin negotiations on the basis of the international decisions and [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334, and on the basis of the results of the Paris Peace Conference [held Jan. 15, 2017]. When it all ends, each side will know what its borders are. We know that our borders are based on the 1967 [borders], including East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine. So they will do what they want, [but] before that, transferring the embassy will be not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.’"
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PA Mufti warns "Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent" on issue of embassy move; Abbas turns to Putin for help 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] mufti emphasized that the Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent if Trump takes this step – the [PA] president calls on Putin to aid in preventing the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem”
     "PLO Executive Committee Secretary[-General] Saeb Erekat said yesterday [Jan. 13, 2017] that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help prevent the US from transferring its embassy to Israel (sic., to Jerusalem). Erekat said that he passed the message from President Abbas to Putin during a visit to Moscow during which he met with [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Erekat said: ‘I passed a letter from President Abbas to Putin. Frankly, in it was a request for aid from Putin, after information reached us according to which US President-elect (Donald) Trump will transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, which as far as we are concerned is considered a red line and a serious matter…’
[PA] Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Muhammad Hussein yesterday condemned Trump’s plan to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He viewed it as an attack on Muslims worldwide.
In a Friday sermon that he gave at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Hussein said: ‘The promise of the president-elect [Trump] to transfer the embassy is not only an attack on the Palestinians, but rather on [all of] the Arabs and Muslims. The Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent when they see the aggression realized at the moment of the transfer of the embassy to occupied Jerusalem.’”
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7- Non-recognition of Israel
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Abbas plans to "put Britain on trial for the Balfour Promise" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Apr. 26, 2017
Headline: “Britain refuses to apologize for the Balfour Promise, and the [PA] president will put it on trial”
     “Britain has refused to submit an apology for the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that was issued in 1917 and paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel.
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Britain officially apologize to the Palestinian people for this promise in a speech that he gave before the UN General Assembly in September [2016], but Britain is intending to hold celebrations together with senior Israeli officials for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise on Nov. 2 [2017].
Palestinian Ambassador to Britain Manuel Hassassian told [the official PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine that… ‘Steps will be taken to put Britain on trial for the Balfour Promise, and there are lawyers working on the matter in Britain. The position of the president is clear, and he will not retreat from it until Britain apologizes to the Palestinian people and recognizes the State of Palestine.’”

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.
Abbas on the Balfour Declaration: Britain "must apologize for this historic mistake" 
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Apr. 3, 2017
Headline: “Abbas in an interview with Al-Quds Al-Arabi: … We will turn to the international forums if Britain insists on marking the anniversary of the Balfour Promise and will not apologize”
Excerpt of an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas by the London newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi

[Q:] “As we near the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that promised the Jews a national home in Palestine (on Nov. 2, 1917), [and as] preparations [are being made] to mark this anniversary, which British Prime Minister Theresa May has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to participate in – are there Palestinian steps that are more than just calls on London to apologize for this historic mistake against the Palestinian truth? And what Palestinian moves will there be if Britain ignores the Palestinian calls?”

[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] “We began to demand that Britain apologize to the Palestinian people at [our] speeches of the last UN General Assembly session in September 2016, and also at the Arab Summit in Mauritania. We demanded and still demand that Britain not celebrate this event, which was catastrophic from the Palestinian people’s perspective. In addition, it must apologize for this historic mistake that it committed against us, and it must recognize the State of Palestine…”

[Q:] “And if Britain does not respond to the Palestinian demands on the matter? Are there other steps, for example turning to the International Criminal Court and other international organizations?”

[Mahmoud Abbas:] “I have said that we will turn to all of the local and international forums and talk to them..."

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Abbas claims Palestinians have been under occupation for "70 years" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump... I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states..."
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8- On the peace process
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Abbas to foreign audience: We want the two-state solution with a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi, India

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We are working to implement the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. In other words, an independent and sovereign Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, which will live in security and peace beside the State of Israel."
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PLO official: Abbas “emphasized his absolute refusal” to Israeli demands to stop PA salaries to terrorists 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “Karake demanded urgent international intervention and confirmed that an additional group of prisoners has joined the [hunger] strike of freedom and dignity”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… explained in an interview with Radio Mawtini today, Saturday [April 29, 2017]… that ‘[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized his absolute refusal of the Israeli demands to stop the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), and emphasized his absolute support for them (i.e., for the payments).’”
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Abbas: We want a "Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: "[PA President Mahmoud] Abbas: Trump's representative came to listen and did not raise ideas or suggestions"
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"…
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump. He told me at the beginning of the conversation that he has heard much about me and he wants to invite me to visit the White House. I told him that I am ready to come at any time that suits him, and the conversation, which was not long but which was warm, ended. I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."…
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9- Speeches to the international community
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Abbas to foreign audience: We want the two-state solution with a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi, India

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We are working to implement the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. In other words, an independent and sovereign Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, which will live in security and peace beside the State of Israel."
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Abbas expresses solidarity with Sweden after terror attack claims 4 lives 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2017
Headline: “4 people were killed and 12 others wounded in an attack in Stockholm – the [PA] president expresses solidarity with Sweden against the terror attack it experienced”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed solidarity with the Kingdom of Sweden and with the Swedish people against the terror attack that it experienced yesterday [April 7, 2017], which claimed several killed and wounded citizens (see note below-Ed.). In a telegram that he sent to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, [Abbas] emphasized the State of Palestine’s position against terror in any place, regardless of who is behind it.”

On April 7, 2017, a car ramming terror attack was committed using a stolen truck in Stockholm, Sweden, leaving 4 murdered and 15 wounded. Swedish police later arrested a 39-year-old suspect of Uzbek origin.
Abbas claims "he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace" and that "Palestine stands against terror and violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president receives the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening  received the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace, which is awarded to people who are characterized by integrity, openness, humaneness, and tolerance…
In a speech that he gave at the award reception ceremony in the city of Dortmund in Germany, the president said: ‘Judaism is a monotheistic religion that we completely respect, like Christianity and Islam. Our conflict with Israel is not against Judaism, but rather against the occupation that rules over our land and our people.’... He emphasized that he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace, dialogue, abandonment of violence, and activity through political, diplomatic, and peaceful means in order to put an end to the Israeli occupation…
The president emphasized support for dialogue between religions and cultures, and said: ‘Recently we encouraged the connection between Al-Azhar (i.e., a leading Islamic institution located in Egypt) and the Vatican, and we are sure that understandings will grow from this that will contribute to the establishment of peace, tolerance, and coexistence between all of the religions in our region and in the world.’ He also emphasized that Palestine stands against terror and violence in our region and in the world, whatever their source and form may be.”

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