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Rami Hamdallah
Atallah Hanna
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Yusuf Ida'is
Hanna Issa
Issa Karake
Muhammad Al-Madani
Ibrahim Mudayris

Jamal Muhaisen

Nasser Al-Qidwa

Ahmed Qurei

Jibril Rajoub
Samir Al-Rifai
Sabri Saidam
Dalal Salameh
Nabil Shaath
Hussein Al-Sheikh
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Tawfiq Tirawi
Abbas Zaki
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.

On Aug. 2, 2018, Abbas was named as "head of the PLO Executive Committee and the one responsible for the [Palestinian] National Fund." The fund has been declared as a terorr organization by Israel.
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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Abbas: Terrorists acted out of “national interest, not for personal reasons” – we must pay them
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 21, 2019


Speech at the Arab League conference in Cairo

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "[Israel] said: 'We object to the money that you are paying to' – what they call – 'the terrorists, the criminals.' In other words, the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded. Why? They [Israel] said: 'They are criminals. Therefore, you must not pay them money.' We have been paying salaries to the families of the Martyrs, to the prisoners, and to the wounded since 1965. This is because they were killed, imprisoned, or wounded because of a national interest and for the sake of a national interest, and not for personal reasons. It is our obligation to take care of their families."
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Abbas confirms continued salaries to terrorist prisoners
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 31, 2019

Speech at the Arab League Summit in Tunisia

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "[Israel] has recently begun to deduct a large part of our money that it collects… which is known as the tax deduction money that amounts to $200 million a month, on the pretext that we are paying salaries to the families of the prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded… We have said and will say to Israel and the entire world that we will not abandon our people, and particularly [not] those among them who have sacrificed. We will continue to support them even if these will be the last financial resources that we have."
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Martyrs’ families thank Abbas for “determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2019
Headline: “Sbeihat: The Martyrs’ families feel pride in light of the [PA] president’s positions”
      “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine expressed its appreciation yesterday [March 3, 2019] for [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions on all that is connected to the affairs of the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families in the various fields.
Secretary-General of The [National] Association [of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine] Muhammad Sbeihat said in a statement from the association: ‘The Martyrs’ families feel pride thanks to President [Abbas’] firm positions regarding them. They… greatly appreciate all of the decisions, the latest being the instructions he gave today to the [PA] government determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately, before all of the other sectors and without any reduction. This is despite the government’s financial situation, and particularly after the occupation robbed the tax money (refers to implementation of Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.).’”

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2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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Abbas condemns terror attack in Egypt in which 7 were killed, says “this act of terror that contradicts all values… and the monotheistic religions”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2018
Headline: "The [PA] president expressed his condolences to his Egyptian counterpart and to [Coptic] Pope [of Alexandria] Tawadros [II] over the victims of the terror attack: We stand by the big sister Egypt before the dark terror"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his condolences to his Egyptian counterpart [Egyptian President] Abdel Fattah El-Sisi over the victims of the terror attack that was committed yesterday [Nov. 2, 2018] against a bus transporting priests to a monastery in the Al-Minya district of upper Egypt, and which led to the death as Martyrs (Shahids) of seven Egyptians and to the wounding of an additional 14.
The president expressed his strong condemnation of this act of terror that contradicts all values, human norms and morals, and the monotheistic religions.
The president emphasized the solidarity of Palestine and that it stands alongside the big sister Egypt before the dark terror that has no religion or morals, and asked of almighty Allah to protect Egypt and its people - the brother in security, prosperity, and stability – to have mercy on the souls of the victims, and to grant a speedy recovery to the wounded."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

Abbas: “Jerusalem is the gate to peace… only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and …it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 17, 2018
Official PA TV, special broadcast for the Al-Azhar Conference in Cairo, on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After [the US] has stood unequivocally alongside the occupation and imposed a reality upon us that leaves us no choice but to turn to all of the other options available to us to defend our rights, we will turn to all of the options – but we will not turn to terror and violence. Indeed violence and terror are rejected [by] all states of the world and us, but we have our other means through which we will turn to receive our rights, with all of these options – [to turn] back to our nation’s public so they will fulfill their role in defending Jerusalem, in addition to internationalizing the conflict with the occupation, and continuing to join the international organizations and alliances as an authentic right of the State of Palestine…
[US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision does not give Israel any legitimacy in Jerusalem and does not give the occupation a right to its land or its skies. This Jerusalem has always been a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city. And it is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and without it there cannot be peace in the region nor in the entire world – as long as Jerusalem is not liberated in all of its borders that we want from the Israeli occupation. Jerusalem is the gate to peace for everyone only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and it is also the gate to war if it is not already- it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not [the capital of Palestine]. It is the gate to war and peace and Mr. Trump must decide.”

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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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Abbas recommended to Arafat to stop PA terror campaign (Second Intifada) because “we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 2, 2018
Official PA TV program The Philosophy of Patience, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ recollections from the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), aired March 23, 2018, rebroadcast April 2, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After the second Intifada broke out due to Sharon’s visit, I was with [then PA Chairman] brother Yasser Arafat and [PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat in a plane... From the third day I said to him: ‘Yasser Arafat, this intifada must stop, because it’s a snowball that you don’t know where it will roll.’ Yasser Arafat heard me and heard the others, and he didn’t have to pay attention to my words. He waited, he thought, and they made him understand that it’s possible that things will develop and we will achieve something. My opinion was that we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster that ended with the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of Yasser Arafat. It ended with the occupation of the entire West Bank and the destruction of all the agreements that were signed between us and Israel, and we are still suffering from this to this day.”

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Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."


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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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PA Foreign Affairs Minister participates in inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan president and “conveyed to him the congratulations and wishes of Mahmoud Abbas”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2019
Headline: "Al-Malki participated in the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro"
   "[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki participated in the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who was reelected in May 2018 for a second term for the period between 2019 and 2025 (the 2018 election was determined to be fraudulent and internationally Venezuela is considered to be without a president since Jan. 10, 2019, when Maduro’s legitimate term ended –Ed.). Al-Malki congratulated President Maduro on receiving the presidency, wished him success in his service of the Venezuelan people, and conveyed to him the congratulations and wishes of [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership that always stands by Venezuela and its people, as Palestine does not forget its friends."
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Abbas congratulates North Korean dictator on anniversary of establishment of Korean Workers’ Party and “expressed pride in the historical ties of friendship between the two states and the two peoples”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] president congratulates the president of North Korea on the anniversary of the establishment of the [Korean] Workers’ Party”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated North Korean President, Chairman of the Korean Workers’ Party, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Marshal Kim Jong-un yesterday [Oct. 10, 2018]. In his telegram, President [Abbas] expressed pride in the historical ties of friendship between the two states and the two peoples, [North] Korea’s solidarity [with the Palestinians], and its positions that support our people’s struggle to end the occupation and establish the independent state whose capital is East Jerusalem, the city of tolerance, coexistence, and peace.”
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PA Foreign Minister passes letter from Abbas to Kim Jong-Un: “The President’s letter is a message of solidarity with the North Korean people in similar circumstances, in which international pressure is being applied to our two peoples by the US”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2018
Headline: "Al-Malki met with the vice president of the presidium in the Democratic Republic of Korea"
     "[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki met with Deputy Head of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Dae in the capital of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (i.e., North Korea), Pyongyang.
Al-Malki emphasized the depth of the historical relations between the two states and the shared history of liberation. He emphasized that the Palestinian leadership is careful to be together with the Korean people on this important occasion (i.e., the 70th anniversary of the establishment of North Korea). Al-Malki gave a letter from [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] to his North Korean colleague Marshal Kim Jong-un... Al-Malki said: 'His Honor the President’s letter is a message of solidarity with the North Korean people in similar circumstances, in which international pressure is being applied to our two peoples by the US.'"
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5- Hate promotion
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Abbas and Fatah official accuse Israel of inciting against the Palestinian leadership and attempting to assassinate Abbas, “as they poisoned” Arafat
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2019
     "In his response to the Israeli threats and to the settlers’ incitement to murder him, the president recently told members of the press in Cairo: ‘They can kill me in my home with bullets or with a missile at any given moment. They can also kill me with poison, as they poisoned the late [PLO Chairman and PA] President Yasser Arafat (sic., scientific teams have debunked this conspiracy; see note below) and killed [Palestine Liberation] Organization leaders in the past – but I will not surrender. Life is in Allah's hands, and even if they kill me, it will not solve their problems.'
President [Abbas’] advisor on Foreign Affairs [and International Relations] Nabil Shaath said: 'The Israeli incitement against President Abbas that is increasing these days is very similar to what happened to Martyr (Shahid) President Yasser Arafat, as the two leaders acted in the same way facing the pressures and refused to renounce our people’s legitimate rights.' He added: 'We are all potential Martyrs; we will continue to stand firm and will not surrender in order to save ourselves.'
Shaath noted that President Abbas is repeatedly saying in his meetings abroad that 'he will not betray his cause and will not renounce Jerusalem and the refugees' right [of return].''"
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Abbas photographed holding PA daily with cartoon on back cover that depicts an Israeli soldier poisoning a Palestinian baby
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2018

Cartoon published on the back cover of the official PA daily

Text on cartoon: “Laila Gandour (see note below- Ed.)”

The cartoon shows an Israeli soldier removing a bottle from a baby’s mouth and replacing it with a bottle marked with the skull and crossbones symbol for poison.
The cartoon refers to Laila Gandour, an 8-month-old Palestinian baby girl who died on May 21, 2018, at the March of Return riots on the Gazan border with Israel, to which her family had brought her. The Palestinians have claimed that she died of tear gas inhalation; however, she suffered from existing health conditions and the cause of death has not been determined. Pictures of Gandour and her funeral have become a symbol of the border riots.

The day after the cartoon was published, a picture was taken of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reading the official PA daily while hospitalized in Ramallah, and this cartoon was clearly visible on the back cover. This picture of Abbas has been widely disseminated in the media, possibly to show him being well after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

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Abbas in Antisemitic speech claims Jews' "social role that was connected to usury, and banks" caused Antisemitism, Holocaust; claims some Jews are descended from Khazars; denies Jewish connection to Israel
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 30, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:  "The sons of Jacob were 12. Where did you bring 13 from? They invented it. Where? In the Khazar Kingdom. When? In the 9th century. It was an irreligious kingdom. Afterwards it became a Jewish kingdom. The emperor converted to Judaism and therefore [the kingdom] converted to Judaism.  Afterwards it broke apart, and all its residents migrated to Europe, and these are the Ashkenazi Jews (this claim is rejected by experts and genetic testing confirms uniform origin of the different Jewish communities-Ed.). The Ashkenazi Jews are not Semites, and they have no connection to Semitism or Abraham, Jacob, or others. It was a Tatar-Turkic state... Second, these Jews who migrated to eastern and western Europe were subjected to massacres by some state every 10 to 15 years from the 11th century until the Holocaust that took place in Germany. OK, but why did this happen? They say: 'Because we are Jews.'...  The hatred of the Jews is not due to their religion, but rather due to their social role. If so, it's a different issue. And therefore, the Jewish problem that was common in all of the states of Europe against the Jews was not due to their religion, but rather due to their social role that was connected to usury, and banks, and so forth... Now we are talking about the Jewish homeland. They are talking about longing for Zion and that's why they are going [there] and so forth. I say - not me, rather history says that these words are baseless."
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6- Abbas on Jerusalem
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PA Chairman Abbas: Israel desecrates our holy sites
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 31, 2019

Speech at the Arab League Summit in Tunisia

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "The Israeli occupation forces are committing oppression and arbitrary acts in order to erase the holy city’s identity, change its spiritual and historical characteristics, desecrate the sanctity of our holy sites – the Islamic and Christian ones, and pressure its residents, visitors, and those coming to worship there. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to invasions every day."
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.
Abbas pretends to US students the PA is “not against the Jews,” all can practice religion at Jerusalem holy sites
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2019

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in meeting with American students from Harvard University:
"We are honestly not against the Jews. No. The Jews, the Christians, the Muslims – for us they are equal... Regarding East Jerusalem, we will say that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and between them is a kind of cooperation. But the holy sites will remain open to the three [monotheistic] religions at all times. And it will be forbidden to prevent any person – Christian, Jew, Muslim – from going and performing his religious rituals."
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PA Presidential Office accuses Israel of “defilement of the holy sites”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 10, 2018
Official PA TV News on the Israeli army entering the headquarters of the official PA news agency WAFA

Official PA TV newsreader: “The [PA] Presidential Office has given notice that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas will make urgent contact with a number of bodies – Arab and international – so that they will bear their responsibility in light of the grave Israeli escalation, which is being expressed by its continuing invasions of the Palestinian cities, the continuing crimes of the settlers, and the defilement of the holy sites.”
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7- Non-recognition of Israel
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PA Chairman Abbas calls Palestinians “We Canaanites, the owners of this land”
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Jan. 25, 2019
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, filler featuring a statement made by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during a speech at a PLO Central Council meeting on Oct. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We Canaanites, the owners of this land, were born in it, will live on it, and will be buried under its holy ground.”
Abbas emphasizes that the salaries to terrorists and families of Martyrs will not stop, and that “their rights must not be compromised”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2018
“The Palestinian [PLO] Central Council held its 30th session in Ramallah, in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
The president emphasized that the salaries (rawatib) of our Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded are a red line and that their rights must not be compromised, and also that from its first stone the settlement [enterprise] is illegal and opposes international law.”

Fatah grants Abbas UNRWA refugee card
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2018
"Members of the delegation gave the president an UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) card with his name and picture, which was printed in order to emphasize the right of return and His Honor [Abbas]’s adherence to the refugees’ right of return to their homeland.”
The picture accompanying the article shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas standing with the delegation and holding a large poster meant to resemble a UNRWA refugee card, which has his picture and name on it, and the text “Refugee Card” in English and Arabic.

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8- On the peace process
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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

Abbas denounces violent resistance: “Peaceful popular resistance is our path”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The next point is peaceful popular resistance (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which at times also refers to the use of violence and terror). I’m not ashamed to repeat it 100 times or 1,000 times: I’m only with the peaceful popular resistance, through which we have dealt with the occupation in the previous month or previous days, when [US President Donald] Trump’s initiative (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) came out. Peaceful popular resistance - and believe me, it is stronger and more effective than the other [resistance], because the other – don’t rely on it.... My brothers, we have finished with this [terror], are you still continuing to fight us? We do not want anyone to fight us. We have learned the lessons, and therefore the culture of peace is widespread. We do not interfere in the internal affairs of anyone, and no one has the right to interfere in our internal affairs. We will continue to fight terror, regardless of its form or source, because we have an interest in this, and it is part of our responsibility as a state against terror."

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Abbas emphasizes he seeks peace with Israel through continued conversation with Israelis, but PLO can make its own decisons
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We have an additional matter and it is important, and I think it needs to continue. I don't impose my decisions on the [PLO Central] Council. The council is free to make the decisions it wants. We have the conversation with the supporters of peace in Israel, the conversation with the supporters of peace in Israel. A group of young men and women are responsible for it, women and men who are speaking with the supporters of peace in Israel, or [with] those who are expected to be supporters of peace… We must try, we will continue with these meetings because they are beneficial meetings. After all, with whom do we seek peace? With the State of Israel – or not? If there will be [two states,] Israel and Palestine, we will need to coexist and speak with each other. So let us speak with each other from this moment, and we are continuing the conversation, and it is not connected to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu rejecting peace. We must maintain these actions."
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9- Speeches to the international community
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Abbas condems terror attacks in Sri Lanka
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 21, 2019
Published in WAFA, official PA news agency (English edition)

Headline: “President Abbas condemns Sri Lanka terror attacks”
       “President Mahmoud Abbas today condemned the terrorist bombing attacks that targeted three churches and two luxury hotels in Sri Lanka earlier today, which resulted in the killing or injury of dozens of innocent civilians. Describing the attacks as ‘criminal and gruesome,’ Abbas offered condolences to the people and President of Sri Lanka as well as to the bereaved families. He also wished an immediate recovery of the wounded. ‘Terrorism is spreading as an epidemic across the world. I call on the countries of the world to cooperate to eradicate terrorism and not to tolerate with racist groups that incite violence and hatred,’ he said in an official statement.”
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Abbas pretends the PA is against terror when speaking to American students
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2019

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in meeting with American students from Harvard University:
"We want to achieve our right and our state peacefully... We will not choose a path other than negotiations to achieve our right. We always say that we are extending our hands to the Israelis… We believe in peace and believe in security for everyone... We made agreements with 83 states in the world… prime among them the US, Canada, Britain, European states, Japan, and the like – on one issue: the war on terror in the world, terror in all its forms, variations, and sources."
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Abbas to Harvard students: “I rule out the possibility of violence, and we will not use it. We will not accept violence at all”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2019
Al-Ayyam reported that Abbas in a speech to American Harvard students specifically said that he is against violence and “rules out” the use of it. However, this was not part of his televised speech nor of the official PA paper’s report on the speech. The statement against violence might have been part of the original manuscript for the speech which papers often receive in advance of the speech itself. Abbas then apparently decided to skip this part of the speech.

      "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas] said: ‘After the Israeli elections we will have an opinion, and we will not accept the steps that Israel has implemented against us. I rule out the possibility of violence, and we will not use it. We will not accept violence at all, but there are [other] things we can do to achieve our rights, and to protest the denial of our rights.’ The president spoke yesterday [March 23, 2019] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah before a delegation of approximately 180 students from Harvard University…"
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