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Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. Using media, education, and cultural structures that it controls, the PA has actively promoted religious hatred, demonization, conspiracy libels, etc. These are packaged to present Israelis and Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, and all humanity. This ongoing campaign has so successfully instilled hatred that fighting, murder and even suicide terror against Israelis and Jews are seen by the majority of Palestinians as justified self-defense and as Allah’s will.


Throughout history bogus conspiracy accusations have been used to incite hatred, violence, and mass murder. The myriad conspiracy libels concerning Israel, Israelis and Jews are an integral part of the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing hate promotion. PA libels claim that Israel conspires to infect Palestinians with AIDS, spread drug addiction, conspired and successfully murdered Arafat, and more. The PA’s goal has been to inculcate hatred to the degree that fighting and murdering Jews and Israelis will be glorified as heroic self-defense.
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PA TV news item accuses Israel of planting mines in Palestinian lands 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2018
Official PA TV News, on landmines in the Tubas area, hosting Acting Governor of Tubas Ahmed Al-As’ad

Official PA TV reporter: “For International Danger of Mines and War Remnants Awareness Day (i.e., International Mine Awareness Day), the Palestinian Center Against Mines organized an activity to raise awareness in the village of Al-Aqaba, east of Tubas, in order to raise awareness among the residents to the danger posed to their lives as a result of the remnants of war.” […]
Acting Governor of Tubas Ahmed Al-As’ad: “The village Al-Aqaba is being attacked by the occupation in all ways. What is happening in the Al-Aqaba region contradicts the international agreements, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention that requires protecting civilians under occupation. The occupation forces are implementing all the forms of abuse against our people in these areas. They are closing this area, and during training they plant mines in the ground, and that leads to victims dying.”

Abbas’ advisor: Palestinians should come to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and preform Ribat there, “to thwart the plans of the occupation and its settlers to turn it into a Jewish synagogue”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Mar. 14, 2018
Headline: “Al-Habbash from the Ibrahimi Mosque: The Shari’ah court will remain and the occupation will disappear”
       “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that ‘The Israeli occupation will disappear, and we from the heart of Hebron emphasize that we remain here, together with our institutions that certify the Islamicness of this land and its Palestinianness - and the best proof of this is the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs).’ … These statements were made during a tour that Al-Habbash held in the Old City of Hebron today, Tuesday [March 14, 2017], in order to be updated on the Israeli violations and actions against the residents of the place… Al-Habbash also encouraged the citizens to come to the Ibrahimi Mosque and to routinely perform Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there in order to thwart the plans of the occupation and its settlers to turn it into a Jewish synagogue.”
PLO Chief Negotiator: Ending the Israeli occupation will bring security and peace to the region  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2018
Headline: “Erekat: Security and peace will begin with the end of the occupation”
     “PLO Executive Committee Secretary, [Fatah Central Committee member, and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat… emphasized that the key to security, peace, and stability in the region will begin with the end of the Israeli occupation and the implementation of the sovereignty of the State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem within the June 4, 1967 borders; a solution of all of the permanent status issues – and prime among them the refugees – based on UN Resolution 194; and the release of the prisoners.”

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Sec-Gen of PA Islamic-Christian Council: Israel “has been waging a war against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem since 1969, as Jewish extremists set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire in 1969” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 1, 2018
       “At a press conference held by the [PA] Ministry of Information in Ramallah yesterday [Feb. 28, 2018] under the title The Consequences of Israel Imposing Taxes on the Churches in Jerusalem, Muslim and Christian clergymen emphasized that the [failure of] the decision to obligate the churches of occupied Jerusalem to pay taxes (the proposed tax would not apply to churches but rather only to properties belonging to churches –Ed.) is due to the will power of our people in Jerusalem and the united stand of its Muslims and Christians…
[Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Dr. [Hanna] Issa said: ‘Israel is attempting to weaken the Palestinian presence of Muslims and Christians in Jerusalem through this. It has been waging a war against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem since 1969, as Jewish extremists (sic., he was a mentally ill Christian Australian) set the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire in 1969, and this was also preceded by the burning of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on June 7, 1967 (PMW could find no record of such an event –Ed.).’”

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PLO official falsely accuses Israel of paying salaries to Israeli terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2018
Headline: "The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs: The murderer of Martyr Abu Sabha receives a salary from the occupation government"

"A report that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs published revealed that Israeli criminal Yoram Skolnick – the murderer of Martyr (Shahid) prisoner Musa Suleiman Abu Sabha (Abu Sabha had carried out a terror attack –Ed.), who died as a Martyr on the eve of Eid El-Fitr (i.e., Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan) in 1993 in the settlement of Susya after Skolnick shot him while his hands and feet were bound – received a large monthly salary (rawatib) from the Israeli government during his imprisonment (sic., Israel does not pay salaries to prisoners –Ed.), a salary from [Israeli] Social Security (sic., any Social Security payments would be some type of welfare, not a salary for what he did Ed.), and also received government aid for opening a business.

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Fatah eulogizes terrorist stabber “who died as a Martyr… on the [Israeli] claim that he carried out a stabbing operation” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 7, 2018
Headline: "Fatah eulogized Martyrs Zamaarah and Al-Tayeh"
     "The Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission eulogized its Martyr (Shahid) Hamza Zamaarah (i.e., terrorist, wounded 1), who died as a Martyr today [Feb. 7, 2018] on the [Israeli] claim that he carried out a stabbing operation, and its Martyr Khaled Al-Tayeh, who died in clashes in Nablus last night. In a statement the commission said that the Fatah Movement is continuing in resistance to the Israeli occupation and its settlers, while at its side are all the members of our heroic Palestinian people wherever they are.' ...
The movement emphasized that it, together with all of the Palestinian forces, will remain the vanguard of our people on the path of struggle until the implementation of national independence on the Palestinian land, and the realization of our people's aspirations for freedom and independence."
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Fatah official, speaking on Abbas' behalf: US embassy move and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be "thwarted;" Zionism "is striving to take over the world's resources by force"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2018
    "In his speech on behalf of the president [Abbas], [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer his country's embassy to it will be thwarted thanks to the Palestinian resolve, thanks to the resolve of the entire world – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – against this foolish decision, and by imposing international isolation on the US and the occupation… He said: 'Our conflict is not with the Jews, but rather with Zionism, which has no values and principles, and which does not attach importance to rights and laws. It includes people that are not Jews and is striving to take over the world's resources by force… [Zaki] said: 'Our position is strong - we reject that any mosque should constitute an alternative to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One hundred and thirty-eight states in the world recognize the State of Palestine, and we demand that they revoke their recognition of Israel…' He added that the Palestinian leadership has objected to the decision to denounce [Chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau] Ismail Haniyeh as a terrorist (he was added to the US terror list; see note below –Ed.)."
Fatah official demonizes Israel as the source of terror in the world 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 8, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on responses to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member Adnan Ghaith

Official PA TV host: “Mr. Adnan Ghaith, much was said at the international [UN] Security Council in its urgent meeting, and much of it pointed to how this [American decision] feeds the fanaticism, tension, and extremism in the region. Israel, as a terror state, is the highest form of terror...”
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Adnan Ghaith: “Certainly, what the Israeli occupation is doing against our Palestinian people in general and in occupied Jerusalem is the height of terror. In other words, the one that murders innocents in the streets and roads, the one that closes the places of worships to the worshippers, the one that allows the settlers and the patrons of the settlers to burn children and attack homes and property, the one that does all this- is carrying out ethnic cleansing against the rightful inhabitants, the owners of the land – this is the height of terror. But let me say the truth – Israel, in other words the Israeli occupation government, would not dare to continue with this terror if not for the American cover... Think that today, when the position of the US supports this Israeli occupation, we therefore say to the US: ‘In the eyes of the Palestinian people and the eyes of our people in Jerusalem you have become partners of this occupation and its crimes, its terror, and its violence against our people and against the Palestinian people.’ If there is terror in the world, its foundation is the Israeli occupation government. The one that feeds ISIS and takes care of ISIS is this Israeli occupation, and the world must completely recognize that the one that is involved in this terror is the Israeli occupation, the height of terror in t
Op-ed in official PA daily claims Israel and the US were behind deadly terror attack in Egypt  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily 

      “The Takfir (i.e., the act of accusing other Muslims of heresy) terror struck again, [this time] at a mosque in the Al-Rawda area east of Bir Al-Abd in the northern Sinai district, and claimed over 300 Martyrs (Shahids) and 130 wounded (see note below –Ed.). This is a shocking and bloody massacre that was committed by savages against innocent civilians as they prayed the Friday prayers…
Time will tell, after the investigations expose the secrets, divergences, and scope of the barbaric crime, because the one who stands behind it – regardless of the name of the organization to which he belongs, and regardless of the pretexts he promoted for his horrible crime – is Israel and the US. [My] intention is not to absolve the Takfir organizations of blame because they are the cheap and cowardly pawns for carrying out the most horrible acts of terror against defenseless civilians…
There is an American-Israeli decision – which is being implemented by their pawns, starting with the Muslim Brotherhood organization and ending with the last of the Takfir organizations – and that is to continue weakening Egypt, at least, particularly because the main goal of their plan is to tear unified Egypt into small and scattered states.”
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Fatah official: Israel “nurtured the ISIS terror organization” 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Nov. 24, 2017
Headline: “Alayan: The Israeli occupation is treating the wounded of ISIS in its hospitals”
         “Fatah Movement leader Raafat Alayan said that those who support the terror organizations are those who derive benefit from shaking the stability of Egypt, and added that the Israeli occupation is the one who nurtured the ISIS terror organization, and the one who opened its hospitals to the wounded of this terror organization.
In an interview with [the Egyptian satellite channel] Al-Ghad [Al-Arabi], Alayan added that Israel is the one who treated all of the Takfir (i.e., the act of accusing other Muslims of heresy) cells in its hospitals and provided them with financial support and weapons, and said: ‘Egypt must not be left alone in this battle.’
Alayan continued and said that what exists in the Arab region, and in Egypt and the Sinai in particular, are not terror cells but rather an organized terror organization supported by states that are known among many of the Arab states, and so too are the funding sources of these terror organizations.”
PA Minister of Tourism: Israel, not Hamas, is behind destruction of archaeological sites in Gaza in order to “erase the Palestinian narrative in the face of the occupation’s false Israeli narrative”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2017
        “In 1998, the PA appointed a French delegation… to conduct excavations at the Tel Es-Sakan archaeological site, which is in the Al-Zahra area in the south of the city of Gaza, but these days it is being leveled and destroyed, despite the decision of the [PA] Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities that defines this as a crime.
[PA] Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Rula Maa’yaa emphasized yesterday [Nov. 15, 2017] that, ‘All of the activities of leveling the ground and destruction at the Tel Es-Sakan archaeological site are illegal’... Historians and experts say that this is an archaeological site from the ancient Bronze Age (3,300-2,300 BCE), and that it is the most ancient fortified Egyptian administrative center in Palestine…
Maa’yaa emphasized that there is no connection between these activities and the Palestinian people... She said that those who are doing this are pawns of the occupation (sic., Hamas has been destroying the site to create military bases), who are serving to erase the Palestinian narrative in the face of the occupation’s false Israeli narrative, according to which it has first rights to the land of Palestine, and this is by destroying the archaeological and historical sites in Palestine.”

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Gazan official on PA TV: The Balfour Declaration was “part of a colonialist plot to rip apart our Arab nation and uproot Palestine from [its] heart” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
National Action Committee Secretary and senior official of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front in Gaza Mahmoud Al-Zaq: “Palestine was an issue in relation to all the free forces in the world, and it is an issue of struggle. Those who participated in the self-sacrificing activity were not just Arabs, rather there are also people from all around the world who participated [together] with us in the modern Palestinian revolution..."
Official PA TV host: “Mr. Mahmoud, what pushed these people to join the ranks of the Palestinian revolution despite not being Palestinian?" [...]
Mahmoud Al-Zaq: “The free peoples of the world saw the Zionist movement as one who was the facilitator and pawn in the service of the colonialist force in the world. Palestine and the Palestinian people were the victim of this international colonialist plot in the entire region, and Palestine is at the heart of this region, and therefore the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) came as part of a colonialist plot to rip apart our Arab nation and uproot Palestine from the heart of our Arab nation based on a colonialist policy to destroy our Arab nation and assist the theft of the resources of the peoples of our Arab nation.”

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PLO official, amid condemnations of terror attack against Egyptian soldiers, connects attack to “the Zionist enemy’s” alleged promotion of terror in the region  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 17, 2017
Headline: “Palestinian condemnations of the terror attack against the Egyptian army in Sinai”
         “The Palestinian forces and activists yesterday [Oct. 16, 2017] condemned the terror attack in which six Egyptian soldiers were killed (see note below –Ed.)...
Palestinian Liberation Front (i.e., member of the PLO) political bureau member Muhammad Al-Soudi said in a press release that the crime that was committed against the heroic Egyptian army soldiers in northern Sinai is not unrelated to the phenomenon of terror in the region, which is sustained by the aggressive forces in the region and prime among them the Zionist enemy, which is focused on taking apart the Arab nation, its states, and its capabilities, and keeping it busy with disagreements that divert it from the struggle against [the Zionist enemy] and its aspirations in Palestine and the entire Arab region.”
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PA Government claims rebuilding of Silwan synagogue south of Al-Aqsa “constitutes a new aggression against Jerusalem” and was done for political, not religious, reasons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] government: The participation of senior Israeli officials in the inauguration of a synagogue south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a new aggression against Jerusalem”

“The [PA] national unity government said that the participation of senior Israeli officials in the ‘inauguration’ of a synagogue south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque constitutes a new aggression against Jerusalem, and a serious blow to the natural status and the Arab-Islamic landmarks of the city (refers to the reinauguration of a historical synagogue; see note below –Ed.).
Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said in a statement yesterday [Aug. 25, 2017]: ‘The [Palestinian] national unity government thinks that the establishment of a synagogue in Silwan, south of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, stems from purely political reasons that are connected to the character of the Israeli occupation government. [The synagogue] is part of the settlement enterprise and has no connection to religion’…
Al-Mahmoud again mentioned the warnings of the leadership and government against the government of Israel’s policy, which is liable to lead to religious wars that nobody wants. He demanded that the international community and free world intervene to put an end to the tensions immediately, and act seriously to establish peace and security in the entire region.”

Silwan synagogue – the Ohel Shlomo Synagogue – A historical Yemenite synagogue in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, which was destroyed after the British expelled the Yemenite Jewish residents of the neighborhood in the 1930s amid Arab riots. In 2015, the Jerusalem District Court evicted an Arab family that was living in the building, and members of the Jewish Ateret Cohanim organization moved in. The synagogue is now being restored (2017).
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Fatah accuses Israel of carrying out 1982 massacre committed by Christian Phalangists 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Sept. 17, 2017
Text and picture posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch

The picture shows a woman lying on the ground. In the lower right corner is the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.



Posted text: “35 years and the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the Sabra and Shatila massacre is still not dry
Thousands of innocent people were murdered in three days by the Zionist army (sic., the massacre was committed by Christian Phalangists; not the Israeli army) and its mercenaries from among the Lebanese forces. The stomachs of the pregnant women were slashed, and the children and elderly were massacred in a spectacle that was fascist, criminal, and shameful to mankind.”

Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.
PA news agency accuses Israel of 1982 massacre carried out by Christian Phalangists 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 15, 2017
Headline: “Tomorrow is the 35th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre”

“Tomorrow, Saturday [Sept. 16, 2017], is the 35th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre that took place on Sept. 16, 1982, at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon…
The massacre began after a siege by the Israeli army led by [Israeli] Minister of War (sic., Defense) Ariel Sharon and [Israeli Army Chief of Staff] Rafael Eitan. This massacre was carried out far from the media outlets, and in it small arms and the like were used in the acts of eliminating the residents of the camp, and the Israeli army’s mission was to surround the camp and light it up at night with flares (s ic., the Israeli army was unaware of the Christian Phalangists’ intentions and did not have a “mission” in the massacre).
The Israeli occupation army and the South Lebanon Army, which cooperated with it, surrounded the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, and hundreds of armed people were let in on the pretext of searching for Palestinian fighters, while there were only children, elderly people, and women in the camp (s ic., the overwhelming majority of those killed were men). The armed people murdered the women and children and most of the bodies were left in the streets of the camp, and afterwards the Israeli bulldozers came in to sweep away the camp and destroy the homes in order to hide the crime (sic., Israel did not try to hide the incident but held the Kahan Commission of Inquiry to investigate it).”

Sabra and Shatila – Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.
Fatah official accuses Israel of being a part of colonialist plan to segregate Arab states 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information held a conference regarding the Palestinian petition to the UN”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Information in Ramallah yesterday [Sept. 14, 2017] held a political conference regarding the Palestinian petition to the UN and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the 20th session of the UN in September 2017 in New York.
Fatah Movement Central Committee members [Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy] Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh and [Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki spoke at the conference…
Zaki emphasized that the colonialist states have a plan prepared since the time of Muhammad Pasha (i.e., an Ottoman Albanian who became the ruler of Egypt and who is considered the founder of modern Egypt because of the numerous reforms he made), according to which Arab states will become states divided into sections and will be financially, industrially, and militarily subordinate to the superpowers, particularly after the discovery of oil in the Arab Gulf states. Israel was a product of the colonialist states in the past, and afterwards the US came and took [over] the colonialist project through its continued control of the world, and the Arab states in particular, and defending Israel as its station and military base. However, with the passing of years, Israel has become a burden to [the US].”
Fatah: ISIS is an Israeli plot to cause division among the Arab states and to “turn Israel into an ally under false pretexts” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 26, 2017
Headline: "Al-Qawasmi: The discovery of Israeli Abu Hafs in Libya confirms the intensification of the plots against the Arabs"
        "The Fatah Movement said that the fact that the Libyan intelligence service discovered that a top leader of ISIS and the Imam of a mosque in Libya, called Abu Hafs, is an Israeli who works in the Mossad (i.e., Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) and that his real name is Benjamin Ephraim (PMW could find no reliable sources confirming these claims –Ed.) confirms that we have been right from the beginning, and everything that is taking place in the Arab homeland is a plot for the division and crushing of the Arab peoples and their homelands.
Fatah Spokesman [and Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Osama Al-Qawasmi said: 'There are more people like Abu Hafs in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.' He noted that the bloodshed that we saw in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sinai, and Gaza confirms that what is happening is the product of intelligence services that are hostile to the Arab nation [and] has the goal of weakening, crushing, dividing, and denigrating its resources, changing the priorities, and turning Israel into an ally under false pretexts."
PA Government claims Israel rejected 1947 UN partition plan, which was rejected by the Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 9, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] government: The king of Jordan’s visit to Palestine is a message to Tel Aviv"

"During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Aug. 8, 2017] led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government emphasized the importance of King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan’s visit and his meeting with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas two days ago in Ramallah…
The government emphasized that Israel arose on the ruins of the Palestinian people, and from the first day rejected UN Resolution 181 (sic., the UN partition plan of 1947 was accepted by the Jewish Agency and rejected by Arab leaders and governments) and UN Resolution 194, which deals with the refugees’ right of return…
The government expressed its opposition to the fact that the American Senate Committee [on Foreign Relations] approved a bill (i.e., the Taylor Force Act), which determines that the US will stop the annual aid that it transfers to the PA (sic., it will stop aid if the PA continues to pay terrorists and families of deceased terrorists –Ed.). It emphasized that the US understands that the occupation… is fully responsible for the PA’s financial responsibility in relation to the occupation’s actions and their results (i.e., Israel is the reason the PA has to pay salaries to terrorist prisoners and dead terrorists' families -Ed.)."

UN Resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues tha
Op-ed in PA daily condemns terror attack at Temple Mount, implies that Israel was behind it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 17, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

    "The operation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered; see note below) that took place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza last Friday [July 14, 2017] and led to the killing of 2 [Israeli] Druze soldiers and the injuring of an additional person, and also led to the death as Martyrs (Shahids) of three Palestinians, the prevention of holding Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque several hours later, and its complete closure to worshippers (the Temple Mount was closed for two days, and afterwards metal detectors were placed at its entrances –Ed.) - this operation, which [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas warned against its exploitation by the Israelis and others after he emphasized his opposition to any act of violence in a place of worship by any party. The Palestinians know well the nature of this operation and who stands behind it, and know that its goals are not connected to Palestine, religion, or anything like this. This is despite the chatter on several satellite channels - which have made themselves bureaus for spreading everything bad, failing, or of evil intention - that has led to tragedies and will yet bring more severe tragedies..."

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