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Mahmoud Abbas
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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
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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Abbas' advisor praises murderer of 37 civilians 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on NGOs Sultan Abu Al-Einein: "I am greatly honored to be standing [here] today, so days that are important to us all will never be erased from our memory. In March, [we mark] Palestinian Women’s Day, in March, Palestinian Mother’s Day also occurs, in March [we remember] that dark-skinned young woman from the Shatila [refugee] camp [Dalal Mughrabi], who would not agree to anything other than to establish her state between Jaffa and Lebanon in her special way; that young woman who fought along with her comrades until her ammunition ran out. Yes, March is honored by this Palestinian blood... They [Israelis] are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice. Let the young people hear me: Allah, honor us with Martyrdom (Shahada). Allah, give us the honor of being part of the procession of Martyrs."
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA prime minister conveys Abbas’ condolences to families of terrorists 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2014
     “Yesterday [March 12, 2014] [PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah consoled the relatives [of several Martyrs (Shahids), including] the Martyrs of the numbered [cemeteries] (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers) from Nablus, Martyr Maher Muhyi Al-Din Hbeishah and Martyr Imad Kamal Zubeidi… Hamdallah conveyed President Mahmoud Abbas’ condolences to the Martyrs’ relatives and expressed his hope that Allah would let them rest in Paradise and grant their families forbearance and solace.”

Notes: Maher Hbeishah - was a suicide bomber who detonated himself on the no. 16 bus in Haifa on Dec. 2, 2001, killing 15 people and wounding around 40. Israel transferred the terrorist‘s body to the PA on March 11, 2014.
Imad Zubeidi – was a suicide bomber who detonated himself at a bus stop in Kfar Saba on April 22, 2001, killing Dr. Mario Goldin and wounding more than 40. Israel transferred the terrorist’s body to the PA on March 11, 2014.
The Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties are two burial sites maintained by the Israeli army for burying the bodies of enemy soldiers as well as terrorists. They are fenced and well-marked. Graves have markers instead of gravestones. Burial is temporary, on the assumption that the bodies will eventually be returned to their countries of origin. No ceremony is held. The bodies are buried in numbered caskets, after their identities have been documented.
PA minister of Religious Affairs calls Hamas terrorist murderers “the great ones” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 7, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday prayers from the mosque at the Presidential residence in Ramallah. The sermon, on the victory of the faithful over the infidels with reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, was given by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash; the audience included PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee members Muhammad Shtayyeh and Saeb Erekat.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Habbash expressed sorrow over Egypt’s decision to declare Hamas a terror organization
: “None of us ever imagined that Hamas – after the history of [its] founders, the Martyrs (Shahids), the great ones, like Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Rantisi, [Ibrahim] Al-Makadmeh, Salah Shehadeh, Ismail Abu Shanab and others – would ever be in such a terrible situation.”

Notes: Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – Founder and former head of the Hamas terrorist organization. Hamas is responsible for numerous terror attacks that caused the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi – Co-founder of Hamas. Ibrahim Al-Makadmeh – One of the founders of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and responsible for planning several terror attacks in which 28 Israelis were murdered. Al-Makadmeh was killed by Israel in March 2003. Salah Shehadeh - head of Hamas' military wing the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. He was killed in an Israeli airstrike in 2002. Ismail Abu Shanab – a senior Hamas official.
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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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PA TV glorifies Abbas' defiance of the US in seeking UN observer status 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2013
PA TV broadcast the movie ‘The appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts]’ Part 1.
The movie’s intro: “A clear objective and a legitimate right.”…
“We chose the way and entered the conflict; we won and waved the name ‘Palestine.’
“Defiance, power, determination, the appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts].”
Member of Fatah Central Committee Muhammad Shtayyeh proudly recounts the times PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ to the US: “I want to tell you something important. When we went to the [UN] General Assembly this time, President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ 12 times. This is the twelfth time he said ‘no’ to the US… when Dick Cheney tried to dissuade him from attending the Arab [League] Summit in Syria. President Mahmoud Abbas told the Americans ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent the Hamas movement from participating in the 2006 elections. President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ when it tried to prevent us from entering a National Consensus Government with Hamas.
President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent him from signing the reconciliation – the [Hamas-Fatah] Cairo agreement…
The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] Security Council, and despite that we appealed. The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] General Assembly, and despite that we appealed.
The US tried to prevent President Mahmoud Abbas from visiting Iran, and despite that he went.
Therefore, there is a long record of this spirit of defiance found in the President, the Palestinian leadership and the Fatah Movement.”
Abbas Rep.: "We struggle, negotiate, fight… we choose the forms of struggle according to existing conditions” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
Host of the event: “Now, we call on Azzam Al-Ahmad - Abu Nidaa - member of the Fatah Movement’s Central Committee, to deliver the President [Abbas]’ speech, we will now all salute His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen.”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “Mothers and families of our brave prisoners, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I send you President Mahmoud Abbas’ greetings in this celebration of the release of a new group of our heroes, our brave prisoners, who have been a new example of endurance, resolve and giving, and who taught how to sacrifice… We say to Marwan [Barghouti] and to Ahmad Sa’adat and to our thousands of prisoners: Be assured that we will celebrate [your release] shortly. There are no life sentences under any circumstances. Our revolution that has been described as the revolution of the impossible, yes, it is the longest revolution in history. We do not know despair, true, we are taking a circuitous route but we will achieve our goals. We struggle, negotiate, fight – the popular resistance is escalating and expanding, and we choose the forms of struggle according to the existing conditions.”

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored as well as descriptions of the imprisoned terrorists mentioned by Azzam Al-Ahmad.
Senior Fatah official: Abbas “baffled everyone” with diplomacy; now we can “administer poison to them [Israel] drop by drop” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity... How great what President Mahmoud Abbas has done, who through his insight knew how to defeat the enemies… Mahmoud Abbas came with his strong argument, with his intelligent policy, and with excellent, elegant diplomacy, and he baffled everyone in the Israeli camp, and he forced this equation (i.e., equating prisoners who had killed with prisoners who had not). For no one expected that Israel, which hands down life sentences and decided that they [the prisoners] would go from prison to the grave, [would release them]. They have become medals on the chest of this nation… The release of these heroic brothers was payment for nine months in which we won’t turn to international institutions… When Israel and America declared that ‘the old will die and the young will forget,’ and when they said that this is their ‘Promised Land,’ we told them that what is ‘promised’ is turbulent confrontation. We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

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Abbas: “We tried… the Second Intifada” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2011
"[Abbas] emphasized that he supports the options that the Arabs will choose, and added: ‘I have said more than once that if the Arabs want war – we are with them. I cannot fight alone. We tried military action during the Second Intifada and during the attack on Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, after the [Hamas] refusal to renew the ceasefire, and it brought destruction upon us. 25% of the homes in Gaza are still in ruins.’
He noted that he opposes military action and that he believes that popular operations resisting settlement and the [security] fence lead to clear positive results for the Palestinian cause. He noted that 50% of the participants in these demonstrations are Israelis, while 25% are foreigners.
He added: ‘We are determined to continue this activity, and we do not wish to turn to armed struggle, because our capabilities and the international atmosphere do not allow for it.'"
Abbas: "We tried the Intifada in 2000" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 6, 2010
“We tried the Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005) in 2000, and it destroyed everything that we had built. If the Arabs would want to fight, we’d be the first to fight. I told them at the [Arab] Summit in Sirt [Libya]: ‘If you want war, take the lead.’ It’s not possible for us [Palestinians] to go ahead alone; they must be first, with us behind them. We shall not permit them to fight using us. One of them [Arab leaders] spoke about resistance. I said to him, ‘The Palestinian people is not interested in resistance. We, as the [National] Authority, are not interested in resistance, Hamas has abandoned resistance, they are preventing [launch of] rockets and they speak of a tahadiyeh [ceasefire]. Therefore, if he [the Arab leader] is interested in resistance, let him carry it out himself. Nothing is easier than raising a banner [that says], ‘Forward, men!’ And half an hour later we’ll get a slap in the face and find ourselves on the floor. It’s not possible for a responsible person to behave this way.”
Abbas: I shot first bullet against Israel 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Feb. 28, 2008
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "I was honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror against Israel began in 1965], and having taught resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is beneficial and when it is not... we had the honor of leading the resistance. We taught everyone what resistance is, including the Hezbollah, who were trained in our camps [i.e. PLO camps in the 60s and 70s]."
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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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PA TV glorifies Abbas' defiance of the US in seeking UN observer status 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2013
PA TV broadcast the movie ‘The appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts]’ Part 1.
The movie’s intro: “A clear objective and a legitimate right.”…
“We chose the way and entered the conflict; we won and waved the name ‘Palestine.’
“Defiance, power, determination, the appeal to the UN; secrets and hidden [facts].”
Member of Fatah Central Committee Muhammad Shtayyeh proudly recounts the times PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ to the US: “I want to tell you something important. When we went to the [UN] General Assembly this time, President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ 12 times. This is the twelfth time he said ‘no’ to the US… when Dick Cheney tried to dissuade him from attending the Arab [League] Summit in Syria. President Mahmoud Abbas told the Americans ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent the Hamas movement from participating in the 2006 elections. President Mahmoud Abbas told the US ‘no’ when it tried to prevent us from entering a National Consensus Government with Hamas.
President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘no’ when the US tried to prevent him from signing the reconciliation – the [Hamas-Fatah] Cairo agreement…
The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] Security Council, and despite that we appealed. The US tried to prevent us from appealing to the [UN] General Assembly, and despite that we appealed.
The US tried to prevent President Mahmoud Abbas from visiting Iran, and despite that he went.
Therefore, there is a long record of this spirit of defiance found in the President, the Palestinian leadership and the Fatah Movement.”
Abbas sends condolences on death of South Vietnamese military leader 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2013
     “Palestinian Ambassador to Vietnam Sa’adi Al-Tumeizi conveyed the condolences of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people to the family of late Vietnamese general [Vo Nguyen] Giap, at his home in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Giap was considered a friend of the Palestinian people and the person responsible for Vietnam’s victories throughout the years of the Vietnamese national struggle against colonialism and foreign involvement during the last century. Ambassador Al-Tumeizi expressed the appreciation of the Palestinian leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, of the outstanding role the deceased filled in strengthening the bonds of friendship and struggle that is shared by the two nations, the Palestinian and the Vietnamese. In addition, the ambassador conveyed his own deep condolences for his (Giaps’) death and declared that his death is a loss not only for Vietnam but for the Palestinian people and all nations struggling for freedom, independence and social progress.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas sends “heartfelt best wishes” to North Korean ruler 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated his counterpart, Marshal Kim Jong-un, First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of [North] Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea, Supreme Commander of the [North] Korean People's Army, on the founding day of the Republic [of North Korea].
In his telegram, the President [Abbas] expressed his most heartfelt wishes to Marshal Kim Jong-un, to his esteemed government and to his friendly nation. He expressed our gratitude and appreciation of the Democratic Republic of Korea’s strong stand, its principled solidarity with our people and with its just struggle for freedom and for establishing its independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
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Abbas: Israel's killing of shooter is one of "daily crimes committed against our defenseless people" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 5, 2014
     “Yesterday, Thursday [Jan. 30, 2014] District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam led a delegation from the district [administration] that delivered a special telegram of condolence for Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Mubarak on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas. The President said in the telegram: ‘Before all of you and before our people in the Jalazone refugee camp that is standing firm, we express our heartfelt and brotherly condolences on the Martyrdom death of the precious son Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak, whose pure soul ascended to God’s kingdom as a result of the despicable occupation army’s bullets.’ The President added: ‘By sharing in the grief felt by all of you over his Martyrdom death, we express our absolute denunciation and our strong condemnation of this heinous crime, which is one in a series of daily crimes committed against our defenseless people by the occupation army, and we call on Allah to forgive him [Muhammad Mubarak] and have mercy on him and gather him into the group of virtuous Martyrs who have attained His benevolence in Paradise. [And we call on Allah] to give you and his dear family forbearance and solace.”
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Note: Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak – shot at an Israeli army position on Jan. 29, 2014. He was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire with Israeli forces.
Abbas spokesman accuses Israel of “falsifying history” and erasing Palestinian memory 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2014
     “Official spokesperson for the President [Abbas], Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the campaign of lies, which was carried out by the Israeli government at its meeting two days ago [Jan. 5, 2014], against our people, its National Authority and institutions, is dangerous and unacceptable. He demanded that the American government activate the Palestinian-American-Israeli tripartite [anti-incitement] committee to respond to these claims.
Abu Rudeina said: ‘The campaign [of lies] that the Israeli Prime Minister and [Israeli] ministers have joined, of accusing our people and its leadership of incitement, exposes the [Israeli] intentions to renounce the peace process and maintain the unchanging policy that cannot survive outside the swamp of occupation, settlement, ongoing abuse of our people, putting thousands of its sons in prisons and detention centers, seizing its property, demolishing its homes and displacing it.’
He added: ‘The Israeli government is not satisfied with falsifying history but [also] asks the Palestinian people, its leadership and institutions to succumb to one of the greatest acts of falsification in history, to conceal the truth, to falsify its national awareness and erase its memory, that memory, which we inherited and which we will bequeath to our children, generation after generation.’”
Abbas refers to IDF as “murdering gangs” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 24, 2013
     “President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his condolences over the Martyrdom death of fighter Muhammad Asi whom the occupation forces murdered in cold blood two days ago [Oct. 22, 2013].
In his telegram to the Asi family, the President said: ‘[It was] with great pain that we received the news of the Martyrdom death of the dear son, the deceased fighter Muhammad Asi, who was murdered in cold blood by the occupation army’s murdering gangs... We declare before you that the occupation’s crimes will not frighten our people and that the Martyrs’ blood is not spilled in vain.’
On the same matter, Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim conveyed his condolences over Asi’s Martyrdom death in a telegram to the Asi family in which he condemned the daily crimes committed by the occupation against our people. Likewise, Head of the President's Office Hussein Al-A’araj conveyed his condolences over Asi’s Martyrdom death. He asserted that the occupation’s crimes will not prevent our people from continuing the struggle until freedom and independence [are achieved].”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Muhammad Asi – one of the planners of a terror attack on a Tel Aviv bus in which approximately 30 people were wounded. The attack occurred during Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation, which was aimed at destroying Hamas’ terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip (Nov. 14-21, 2012). Asi was killed during an exchange of fire with the Israeli army forces that came to detain him on October 22, 2013.
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Abbas applauds following call for Jihad in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 13, 2014
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “There is a message we must convey to those who kidnapped the Yarmouk [Palestinian] refugee camp [in Syria] with baseless false slogans, pretexts, and excuses. We say to them: ‘The venue for resistance and Jihad is not the Yarmouk refugee camp. Whoever wants resistance, whoever wants Jihad, the direction for Jihad is well-known and clear. Everyone knows it. I don’t think that there is anyone who doesn’t know where Jihad is supposed to take place. [Applause from the audience] I don’t think that there is anyone who doesn’t know to where we should direct efforts or where to concentrate the masses. I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t know this. Those who send young people to Syria or elsewhere to die for a misdirected cause must stop and understand that Jerusalem is still waiting. Jerusalem is the direction, Jerusalem is the address. [Abbas and audience applaud.] A compass that does not point to Jerusalem, Muhammad has nothing to do with it. Put an end to your ignorance, and recognize that you [those fighting in Syria] are nothing more than small tools in a game [controlled by] malicious hands that are running a filthy game to crush the Ummah (Islamic Nation) and diminish it, and deflect the compass, away from its true direction.”
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Note: A large sign on stage announced that the event was under the auspices of Abbas.
Abbas in letter: Jesus was a Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2013
PA TV program Palestine This Morning interviewed Father Raed Abu Sahliya about the meaning of Christmas.
Father Raed Abu Sahliya: “First of all, I want to thank his Excellency, President Mahmoud Abbas for his letter, which was published yesterday [Dec. 23, 2013]. The letter is truly beautiful and comprehensive and I think the person who wrote it – if he [Abbas] didn’t write it himself – specializes in writing Christmas letters. Each of its paragraphs has a specific topic and one of the topics is that Jesus was a Palestinian and that the Christian faith started specifically in Bethlehem and spread to the rest of the world.”
Abbas' Christmas speech: Jesus was “a Palestinian messenger” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 23, 2013
     “President Mahmoud Abbas Monday said in his Christmas message that millions of Palestinians are still denied the right to worship in their homeland… In Bethlehem, more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born; a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world. As we Palestinians strive for our freedom two millennia later, we do our best to follow his example. We work with hope, seeking justice, in order to achieve a lasting peace.”

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7- Non-recognition of Israel
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Abbas and PA leaders attend Fatah performance presenting Israel as "Palestine" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 30, 2014
Palestinian singer at Fatah concert:
      "We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free. No matter how long the nights of exile, I am returning to you, oh land. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra (northern Israel) our coast, and Beit Shean (Israeli city). Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra our coast, and Beit Shean. Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra, north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa (Israeli city) and Tantura to the [Jordan] valley (i.e., all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free."
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Note: This video has been broadcast dozens of times since 2011. To view the full list of Fatah officials in the audience, click "full article" below.
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 [the Israelis] intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by [using] 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.
Fatah official on behalf of Abbas: "The 1948 lands (i.e., Israel) are occupied" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Oct. 9, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast an event marking the 32nd anniversary of a senior Fatah and PLO leader from the 1970s, Majed Abu Sharar’s Martyrdom death. Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen spoke on behalf of PA Chairman Abbas.
Moderator: “Brothers and sisters, now listen to the speech of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, which will be delivered by fighter Jamal Muhaisen, member of Fatah’s Central Committee.”
Muhaisen, on behalf of Abbas: “All our holy places are still under occupation, and so far we have not liberated one inch of Palestinian land. All Palestinian land is occupied – Gaza is occupied, the West Bank is occupied, the 1948 lands (i.e., Israel) are occupied and Jerusalem is occupied.”
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PA minister: Abbas and the Palestinian people will not agree to make concessions 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 14, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash from the Al-Taqwa Mosque, Al-Tireh.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
“I am telling you, brothers, and I am telling the whole world, even the US: you will only hear from the President [Abbas] what you have heard him say in the past. You will not hear from him about concession when there is an [entire] nation behind him. If the President cedes – his people will not forgive him. We will stand with him as long as he adheres to [his] principles. But if he deviates from [his] principles, we will not stand with him, and he will find himself alone. He knows this, and he will tell them (i.e., Israel and the US) so.”
Abbas to refugees: All five million refugees will have option to "return to Israel, and hold Israeli citizenship" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 6, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to members of Fatah’s Al-Shabiba Al-Tullabiya student movement at the Presidential headquarters.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The refugee’s right is a personal right. In other words, you are a refugee and your son is a refugee – you give up but your son doesn’t give up, or vice versa – he is free [to do so]. When we say this is a personal choice – he chooses. We said he can choose between [the following]: a. he can staywhere he is – in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, wherever he wants – and receive compensation. Of course. Or, [b.] he can go to another country, with the consent of that country – ‘I want to emigrate to Canada’ or wherever you want… and receive compensation. Or – c. [he] can decide to go back to the State of Palestine, and receive compensation. Or decide to return to the State of Israel, and receive compensation, and [then] return, of course.
These are the options we will present to the Palestinians, and they will choose: [Do] you want to stay here? You are welcome. [Do] you want to go there? You are welcome. Do you want to go to Palestine; do you want to return and receive Israeli citizenship – that’s how it is…
All the refugees and their descendants, who currently number 5 million, are from the 1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel). In other words, there are no refugees from Nablus or Ramallah – they are all from Tiberias, Safed, Acre, Nazareth, Jaffa, Be’er Sheva, or from those areas. So, you’ll return to Israel, and hold Israeli citizenship.”
Abbas: "The claim that I intend and plan to return five million Palestinian refugees is a joke" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2014
     “On the refugee issue, the President [Mahmoud Abbas] said, according to [Israeli political party Meretz Chairwoman MP Zehava] Galon: ‘The claim that I intend and plan to return five million Palestinian refugees is a joke and nothing more, because I do not want to destroy Israel, and not a single refugee will return to Israel without the Israelis’ consent; but I [do] expect Israel to agree to set a quota for the number of refugees it can absorb each year.’”
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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




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