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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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Fatah posts Abbas quote to show he is an advocate of “armed struggle”‎ 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 22, 2015

Text on poster of Abbas: "I am not one to surrender. When Fatah launched the ‎armed struggle, we were nine members. Four of us supported the armed struggle, and ‎four opposed it. My vote tipped the scales in favor of the armed struggle. But everything ‎in its time."‎
‎"Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine" ‎
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Note: Abbas' phrase "everything in its time" alludes to the PA policy of alternating ‎between the use of terror and diplomacy, whichever the PA deems the most beneficial at ‎any given time.‎
Fatah posted this to its "Main Page" on Facebook on Jan. 16 and 22, 2015.
Abbas issues strong condemnation of Paris terror attack 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 7, 2015
     “The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the abominable terror attack that took place today, Wednesday [Jan. 7, 2015] in the French capital Paris, and claimed the lives of several French citizens. In a telegram to French President François Hollande, the President emphasized his strong condemnation of such abominable crimes, which are religiously and morally unacceptable. His Excellency [Abbas] expressed our heartfelt condolences to the French president, his friendly nation and the families of the victims, wishing mercy on the victims’ souls, a speedy recovery for the wounded and fortitude for their families.”

Note: On Jan. 7, 2015, Muslim terrorists carried out a shooting attack at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. 12 people were killed in the attack, which was a response to cartoons the magazine published about Islam's Prophet Muhammad. On Jan. 8, in a connected attack, Muslim terrorist Amely Coulibaly shot and killed a policewoman in Paris and on Jan. 9, he shot and killed 4 Jewish shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket.
While Abbas officially condemned the terror attacks in France, PMW has documented different PA reactions to the attacks. Some have condemned them while at the same time condemning
Charlie Hebdo for mocking Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Others have compared the terror attacks in France to Israeli "terrorism" against Palestinians, and some have even claimed that Israel was behind the attacks.
Abbas: We hope that Allah will grant all of us Martyrdom-death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 13, 2014
     “President Mahmoud Abbas offered his condolences yesterday [Dec. 12, 2014] over the Martyrdom (Istishhad) of Minister Ziyad Abu Ein, Head of the [PA] Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall during a visit to the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) home in Ramallah…The President added: ‘We hope that Allah will grant all of us the Martyrdom-death (Shahada) that Ziad attained with great honor while planting an olive tree. I promise you that we will take the olive tree and plant it in the place he wished, and will complete his message.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎
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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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Abbas to Israelis: "We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Israeli Channel 2
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “I told people frankly: We want to protect our holy places. To protect them peacefully, and therefore, people are going there to protect Jerusalem peacefully. Where is the tension that emerged from my mouth (This is an allusion to Israel’s claim that the present deterioration is the result of incitement by the Palestinian leadership, -Ed.)? I say: We must protect them… We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one... It is the Israeli media and many Israeli leaders that are demanding and encouraging a third Intifada. We are not for a third Intifada. We are for peaceful popular resistance to protect our rights, neither more nor less... We extend our hands to you in peace. We say to the [various] layers of the Israeli people: Let us engage in dialogue, so that we may live in peace and stability… I entreat the Israeli people, which has demanded of its government not to miss the opportunity for peace – for evil is all around us, and you know the terrorism and violence that surround us… When the situation here changes; when peace comes, all manifestations of terrorism in the Middle East will cease and peace between us will return.”

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Abbas: PA will not disarm "the Resistance [Hamas]" 
Source: Sada El-Balad TV (Egypt)‎, Aug. 23, 2014
Sada El-Balad TV host: “Mr. President, honestly, and tell me clearly in front of everyone ‎‎– did Egypt, at any point, say ‘we’ll disarm or agree to disarm the Resistance [Hamas]’?”‎
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It [Egypt] never said that. It was the US Secretary of ‎State who once said that to me … He told me: ‘disarm.’ I told him: ‘Yes, once I have one ‎state, one law, one rifle and one government, then you ask me to disarm. Not now. ‎Give me a state and then I’ll decide.’ Egypt didn’t demand this – Israel did… Since the ‎coup against the PA and to this day, we’ve been transferring more than 50% of our ‎budget to Gaza, including [salaries] to 60-70 thousand civil servants who aren’t ‎working. They are [in Gaza] and are receiving salaries. We pay them, because they’ve ‎been prevented from working. Hamas came [to power after the coup] and appointed ‎other people in their place.”‎
Official PA daily: Abbas protects the Palestinian youth, but Mashaal uses children's deaths for political gain 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 14, 2014
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular ‎columnist for the official PA daily
     ‎“In his meeting with academics at the ‎presidential residence in Ramallah, ‎President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘I ‎consider each Palestinian child and youth ‎as my own son, and I am responsible for ‎his safety.’ [...]
Immediately after the Israeli Operation ‎Cast Lead (2008-09) against Gaza ended, ‎we read that the head of the Hamas ‎Political Bureau Khaled Mashaal ‎answered a French journalist who had ‎asked him what his people were capable ‎of doing against Israel’s army, the ‎strongest army in the region. Mashaal ‎answered: ‘The Israeli army may achieve ‎progress. But when the world sees the ‎body parts and blood of the Palestinian ‎children, women and elderly the equation ‎will change!”‎

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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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Abbas: US Senate holds PA responsible for incitement and has recommended freezing aid 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Arab League’s Council of Foreign Ministers.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Unfortunately, the US Senate has recommended freezing its aid to the Palestinian Authority. They have held me personally responsible for the recent violence against the Israelis (reference to Palestinian riots in Jerusalem and several terror attacks in which Israelis were killed, -Ed.). Likewise, the US ambassador to the UN [Samantha Power] has distributed a written statement calling on [UN] member states to reject Switzerland’s call to convene a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. Regarding this accusation, levelled at us by [US] Congress members, [the person] responsible for Israel’s homeland security [General Security Services Chief Yoram Cohen] has openly and clearly announced in the Israeli Parliament that the allegations are completely false, [confirming] that we have not incited against anyone, neither secretly nor in public. Despite the Senate’s directive on freezing [US] aid, we hope they won’t do it.”
Abbas lists terms for ceasefire, concluding: "‎[to fight] has been given to those who ‎are being fought‎" 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), July 22, 2014

Abbas' quoting the Quran at the end of this speech - ‎“Permission [to fight] has been given to ‎those who are being fought, because ‎they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory” - was interpreted by his constituents as a sign to take to the streets. This speech sparked Palestinian rioting in Jerusalem and the West Bank. ‎

PA Chairman ‎Mahmoud Abbas concluded the speech ‎with a quote from the Quran:
“Permission ‎‎[to fight] has been given to those who ‎are being fought, because they were ‎wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory.” [Sura ‎‎22:39, trans. Sahih International]

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PA official: Abbas has increased budget for prisoners fivefold 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 2, 2014
     “[PA] Deputy Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Ziyad Abu Ein said that the Ministry exists and will not be closed until its status is determined, whether through the creation of a Prisoners’ [Affairs] Authority or by leaving it as it is. In a statement to Ma’an, he added: ‘The Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs] still exists in the makeup of the new government and is operating as an institution with all its elements. A discussion was held regarding its replacement with a supreme authority, but no presidential decree has been issued on the matter.’ He went on and said: ‘I am surprised by and condemn all the noise [being made] around the Ministry of Prisoners’ [Affairs], especially since it has not been closed, but [rather], there are thoughts to replace it with an authority whose powers will be no less than that of the Ministry. In addition, the prisoners’ issue is receiving double support from the President [Mahmoud Abbas], since Mahmoud Abbas has increased its budget fivefold.’”
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Abbas representative visits Sudan and gives greetings from Abbas to Sudanese president 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 27, 2014
     “The Fatah delegation that left for Sudan last Thursday to participate in the fourth conference of the Sudanese National Congress [party], concluded its visit today. The delegation was led by Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Dhiab Ayyush. Samir Abd Al-Jabbar, ambassador of the State of Palestine in Sudan, was also present at the conference. Last Thursday [Oct. 23, 2014], the Sudanese National Congress party held its fourth conference, attended by thousands of party members and officials and headed by the party chairman, President Omar Al-Bashir… The conference opened with a speech by [the representative of] Palestine, which was given the honor of being the first to speak. In his speech, Abbas Zaki addressed those present and the participating guests. He greeted the Sudanese leadership and people, and delivered the greetings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to President Omar Bashir.”
Abbas sends congratulatory telegram to Kim Jong-un 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2014
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent a congratulatory telegram to Marshal Kim Jong-un, First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, on the anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Workers’ Party, which took place yesterday [Oct. 10, 2014].
In his telegram, President [Abbas] expressed hope that by this time next year, the fraternal Korean nation will have realized its goals and expectations for progress and prosperity. In addition, the President praised the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for its support of the Palestinian people, and for its support, in all [international] forums, of our people’s firm right to end the occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital - a state that lives in security and peace and [maintains] good relations with all its neighbors. In addition, he expressed hope that the historic relations of solidarity between Palestine and the Democratic People’s [Republic of] Korea, as well as between their two peoples, would continue to grow and develop.”
From WAFA, independent Palestinian news agency
Abbas bestows Star of Palestine medal on Hugo Chavez 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 18, 2014
Headline: “The President [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] bestowed the Star of Palestine on ‎the late Chavez and exchanged ‎decorations with his Venezuelan ‎counterpart”‎
‎     “The visit made by President of the State of ‎Palestine Mahmoud Abbas to Caracas ‎yesterday [May 17, 2014], culminated in the ‎signing of two cooperation agreements ‎with Venezuela…‎
In addition, the President awarded the ‎Bolivar leader Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias a ‎Star of Palestine decoration of the highest ‎order in appreciation of his efforts for the ‎Palestinian cause.‎
The decoration was received by the ‎daughter of the deceased, Rosa Maria, at a ‎ceremony held at the Museum of the ‎Revolution, in the presence of the Vice ‎President of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, ‎Fatah Central Committee member Saeb ‎Erekat, [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs ‎Riyad Al-Malki, ‎Diplomatic Advisor to the President Majdi ‎Al-Khaledi, Palestinian Ambassador to ‎Venezuela Linda Sobh, members of the ‎Palestinian community and several senior ‎Venezuelan officials.‎
The order for the bestowing of the medal ‎on the deceased President Chavez stated ‎that the medal was being given ‘in ‎recognition of his principled and firm ‎positions in garnering regional and ‎international support to help the ‎Palestinian people achieve their legal ‎rights to freedom and independence, and ‎in appreciation of his efforts, his humanity, ‎his extensive influence and his struggle to ‎support oppressed peoples in all parts of ‎the world.’‎
In addition, President Abbas laid a wreath ‎of flowers on Chavez’s grave.”‎

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5- Hate promotion
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Abbas' advisor: Israeli citizenship was “imposed” on Israeli Arabs “as a tax”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 12, 2015
     ‎“Nimer Hammad, political advisor to PA ‎Chairman Mahmoud Abbas… ‎emphasized that the meetings being held ‎‎[between representatives from Arab ‎countries and Palestinians] – whether in ‎the West Bank or with our people in the ‎‎1948 territories (i.e., Israel) – especially in ‎Nazareth and Baka – are ultimately ‎intended to strengthen this bond, and to ‎correct the erroneous approach taken for ‎many years in an attempt to conceal [the ‎identity of] those of our people who had ‎stayed on their land and hold Israeli ‎citizenship, which was imposed on them ‎as a tax for their adherence to their land.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas says he won't recognize Israel as Jewish state; claims Israel plans to displace Israeli Arabs 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2014


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, at a press conference held at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 
     “Starting three years ago they [Israelis] came to us with a new invention: The Jewish ‎state. The Jewish state. Of course, now there is a Jewish state, an Islamic State, the ‎state of ISIS, and so on. The atmosphere is highly explosive. We said: "We will not ‎recognize Israel as a Jewish state." We recognize Israel, the State of Israel... [In Israel] ‎there are a million and half Arabs and half a million Christian and Muslim Russians... ‎We ask: "What right do [Russians] have to come to Palestine?" […] Naturally, Israel has ‎its objectives with this (i.e., Jewish state demand) - in general - that a million and a half ‎‎[Israeli] Arabs will be scattered all over. ‘‘You are not a Jew, what are you doing here?’’ ‎‎‘‘This is a Jewish state and you are not a Jew.’’ Likewise, they shut the doors on the ‎right of return, but we will not give up the right of return. I am a refugee, I am a refugee. ‎The President of the State of Palestine is merely a refugee. From Safed.”‎
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Fatah official speaking in Abbas’ name: ‎Minister Abu Ein was “eliminated… by the ‎enemies of peace and humanity”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2014
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas and the ‎members of the [PA] leadership received ‎condolences last night [Dec. 11, 2014] for ‎the death as a Martyr of Fatah ‎Revolutionary Council member and Head ‎of the Committee to Resist Settlements ‎and the Wall Minister Ziyad Abu Ein at the ‎Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah… ‎Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas ‎Zaki said: ‘In the name of the President, ‎the PLO Executive Committee and the ‎Fatah Central Committee; in the name of ‎the government and Abu Ein’s family: We ‎are deeply grieved by the death of the ‎Fatah leader and knight of Palestine, who ‎was eliminated at a most sensitive ‎moment by murderous criminals, the ‎enemies of peace and humanity, and the ‎enemies of Palestine.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Ziad Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎
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Abbas representative: Without Jerusalem “there can be no state, no life, and no honor” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2015
      “The President [Mahmoud Abbas] participated in a ceremony marking the birthday of the Prophet [Muhammad] at Ramallah’s Palace of Culture yesterday evening [Jan. 5, 2014]. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on [Religious and] Islamic Affairs, said in a speech on behalf of President Abbas: ‘It is a great honor to stand [here] and speak on behalf of the President, on a day so full of [historic] occasions…’
He added: ‘On the 12th of the [Islamic] month of Rabi' Al-Awwal, his [the Prophet Muhammad’s] noble light broke forth (i.e., he was born), and on this day he prophesied, migrated to Medina and returned to his creator. Therefore, this is the day of the Prophet, and justly so. We celebrate it at the same time we observe the birthday of Jesus, peace be upon Him, and the golden anniversary of the revolution of the [Palestinian] land and man, the revolution of Palestine against the occupation, in order to rescue our immortal right…’
Al-Habbash emphasized that at the end of the road, the meeting place would be there, in Jerusalem, at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – noble, dignified and liberated – without which there would be no peace or stability for anyone in the region and the world at large, [Jerusalem] being the crown jewel, and without it there can be no state, no life and no honor.”
Abbas: "Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace"‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 22, 2014
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:‎ ‎"We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace." ‎
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Abbas’ advisor: “Christmas is also a Palestinian holiday because Jesus… was ‎Palestinian”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2014
     ‎"Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' Advisor ‎on Religious and Islamic Affairs... noted that 'We believe in our lord Jesus, peace be ‎upon him, and in his gospel, his prophecy, and his sanctity. In keeping with his creed, ‎we celebrate his birth day just as we do that of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon ‎him, because all prophets are brothers. In addition, Christmas is also a Palestinian ‎holiday, because Jesus, peace be upon him, was Palestinian. He was born in ‎Palestine; lived and was sent [as prophet] to Palestine. Therefore, Christmas has a ‎special Palestinian flavor.'"‎
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Note: This article was originally published in Ma'an on Dec. 21, 2014.
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Abbas says he won't recognize Israel as Jewish state; claims Israel plans to displace Israeli Arabs 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 24, 2014


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, at a press conference held at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 
     “Starting three years ago they [Israelis] came to us with a new invention: The Jewish ‎state. The Jewish state. Of course, now there is a Jewish state, an Islamic State, the ‎state of ISIS, and so on. The atmosphere is highly explosive. We said: "We will not ‎recognize Israel as a Jewish state." We recognize Israel, the State of Israel... [In Israel] ‎there are a million and half Arabs and half a million Christian and Muslim Russians... ‎We ask: "What right do [Russians] have to come to Palestine?" […] Naturally, Israel has ‎its objectives with this (i.e., Jewish state demand) - in general - that a million and a half ‎‎[Israeli] Arabs will be scattered all over. ‘‘You are not a Jew, what are you doing here?’’ ‎‎‘‘This is a Jewish state and you are not a Jew.’’ Likewise, they shut the doors on the ‎right of return, but we will not give up the right of return. I am a refugee, I am a refugee. ‎The President of the State of Palestine is merely a refugee. From Safed.”‎
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Abbas refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2014
 PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:  "... Netanyahu began saying, ‘You have to recognize the Jewish State.’ We refused, absolutely refused. He directed his demand at us, not any [other country] in the world – in other words, he wanted no recognition from any other country in the world but us. We know why. We know very well why he spoke of a Jewish State. They started speaking about issues that could potentially affect the Arabs of 1948 (i.e., Israeli Arabs). When you say ‘Jewish State,’ they [the Israeli Arabs] are outside of it. This is one of the many reasons [we refused], and therefore, we continue to say: We will recognize the State of Israel. If Israel wants to call itself by a certain name, it should turn to the UN – although we would not agree [to such a move], neither now or in the future, under no circumstances. Now, [regarding] the events in the Palestinian territories, the attack on Al-Aqsa, the attack on the synagogue and then [again] Al-Aqsa. In practice, Israel wants to turn this into a religious war, and we have spoken about this repeatedly, saying: ‘You are giving an excuse to those who speak of an Islamic state – IS and the others.’ All of them give excuses to each other. For us, in the 21st century, this idea is not [relevant] – not an Islamic state, not a Christian state, not a Jewish state. Therefore, [when] you reach this line, you Israelis are leading a religious war which will happen, or is already happening, and will increasingly heat up in the region, in view of your statements and your demand that we recognize a Jewish state. We will not recognize a Jewish state and will not allow any opportunity to be given to [those wishing to] declare an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria..."

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Abbas’ advisor: The Balfour Declaration ‎was a “historic mistake”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Prominent Palestinian leaders, individuals, ‎factions and institutions welcomed today the ‎decision of the British House of Commons to ‎recognize the State of Palestine… Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, said that [with its ‎decision] today, Britain was correcting, even ‎if only symbolically, the historic mistake it ‎committed against the Palestinian people in ‎‎1917, almost 100 years ago, by means of the ‎Balfour Declaration, which called for the ‎establishment of a national home for the ‎Jews on the land of Palestine.”‎

Note: The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 ‎was a letter from British Foreign Secretary ‎Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that ‎‎“His Majesty's government view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments ‎to establish the State of Israel.‎
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Abbas’ office condemns Charlie Hebdo’s Muhammad caricature: “No one has the right to… insult the faith of others” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2015
      “The Palestinian President’s Office condemned the offensive cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon Him, published in the last issue of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. The President’s Office… ‘emphasizes that no one has the right to exploit freedom of opinion to insult the faith or religious symbols of others.’”

From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas condemns IS and says no one ‎has right to murder “any human being"‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2015
In his Christmas Eve speech, Abbas ‎strongly condemned IS and stated, “We ‎say to anyone who commits a crime ‎against any human being: Who gave [you] ‎the right to murder any human being?" ‎This statement stands in contrast to the ‎policy espoused by Abbas and his Fatah ‎party, in which Palestinians terrorist ‎murderers are glorified on a regular basis. ‎For examples, see here and ‎here.‎
‎     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas ‎participated in the midnight mass at the ‎Church of the Nativity and in the ‎Christmas celebrations according to the ‎Eastern calendar… I must address the terrorism taking place ‎everywhere, which we are dealing with ‎and which we oppose. We say to anyone ‎who commits a crime against any human ‎being: Who gave [you] the right to murder ‎a Sunni, a Shia, a Christian, an Alawite or ‎a Yazidi? Who gave [you] the right to ‎murder any human being? (i.e., allusion to ‎crimes committed by the Islamic State ‎against people belonging to these faiths.)‎
We say to them: You have nothing to do ‎with religion or Islam; you are beside the ‎subject. Allah will call you to account for ‎the crimes being committed – [whether] ‎against Sunnis, Shias or Christians – but ‎Praise be to Allah, this issue does not ‎exist among us, for we are fully conscious, ‎and we live in a holy land that respects ‎human beings, sanctifies [human] blood ‎and protects its dignity.‎”‎
Abbas representative: Without Jerusalem “there can be no state, no life, and no honor” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2015
      “The President [Mahmoud Abbas] participated in a ceremony marking the birthday of the Prophet [Muhammad] at Ramallah’s Palace of Culture yesterday evening [Jan. 5, 2014]. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on [Religious and] Islamic Affairs, said in a speech on behalf of President Abbas: ‘It is a great honor to stand [here] and speak on behalf of the President, on a day so full of [historic] occasions…’
He added: ‘On the 12th of the [Islamic] month of Rabi' Al-Awwal, his [the Prophet Muhammad’s] noble light broke forth (i.e., he was born), and on this day he prophesied, migrated to Medina and returned to his creator. Therefore, this is the day of the Prophet, and justly so. We celebrate it at the same time we observe the birthday of Jesus, peace be upon Him, and the golden anniversary of the revolution of the [Palestinian] land and man, the revolution of Palestine against the occupation, in order to rescue our immortal right…’
Al-Habbash emphasized that at the end of the road, the meeting place would be there, in Jerusalem, at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque – noble, dignified and liberated – without which there would be no peace or stability for anyone in the region and the world at large, [Jerusalem] being the crown jewel, and without it there can be no state, no life and no honor.”
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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




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