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Mahmoud Abbas
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Ibrahim Mudayris
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
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Salam Fayyad
Issa Karake
Jibril Rajoub
Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas worked very closely with Arafat during the years Arafat ruled the PA. Abbas was appointed by Arafat as Prime Minister in 2003, and was elected as Chairman of the PA in January 2005. This section documents statements made by Abbas.

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


Glorifying terror and violence

Abbas vows the PA won't stop paying terrorist salaries 
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: "There is something that the Americans are telling us to stop - the salaries of the Martyrs and the Martyrs' families. Of course we categorically reject this. We will not under any circumstances allow anyone to harm the families of the prisoners, the wounded, and the Martyrs. They are our children and they are our families. They honor us, and we will continue to pay them before the living."
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Abbas made this statement in response to the American demand that the PA stop paying salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of terrorists.

Abbas praises Jersualem rioters who "stood alongside the truth and against the lie" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The residents of Jerusalem stood alongside the truth and against the lie”
          “During a meeting of the [PA] leadership held in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas praised the resolve of the residents of Jerusalem, Muslims and Christians, before the steps of the Israeli occupation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.), and [said] that they stood alongside the truth and against the lie.He added: ‘Everyone stood as one, and nobody caused them to bat an eyelid or harmed their determination, and they all announced that prayer would only take place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque if the situation returned to what it was before July 14 [2017].’ He continued: ‘All of the decisions that the [PA] government made will be carried out as they are, and what interests us is to continue supporting our people and their resolve on their land, in their homes, and in their homeland within Jerusalem.’”

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Abbas praises and glorifies terror leader Faisal Al-Husseini and Nazi collaborator Grand Mufti of Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 5, 2017
Official PA TV, live broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech given before visiting Palestinian leaders from Jerusalem at the PA’s headquarters

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Blessings to the soul of brother fighter Faisal Al-Husseini ( i.e., senior Fatah and PLO terror leader in the 1970s), blessings to the great Martyr (Shahid), Al-Qastal Martyr (i.e., a village that served as a military base for Arab armies in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and was captured by Israel) Abd Al-Qader Al-Husseini (i.e., Arab commander in the 1948 war). A loyal blessing to the soul of Grand Mufti of Palestine and G uardian of its Arabness [Haj] Muhammad Amin Al-Husseini (i.e., a collaborator of Adolf Hitler). This man whose virtues we cannot forget, and whose struggle and history we cannot forget. He who spent his life defending Palestine and was called ‘the Grand Mufti of Palestine and Guardian of its Arabness’ – we won’t forget these people.”

Haj Amin Al-Husseini - Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the time of the British mandate, and spiritual and a political leader of the local Arab population. He strongly opposed Zionism and was behind riots and attacks on Jews. During World War II he actively collaborated with Nazi Germany, meeting Adolf Hitler personally and recruiting Muslims for the Nazi army.
 


Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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..."



Abbas encourages Jerusalem riots: “We are with you in all that you have done and are still doing, you are causing us pride” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
       “At the beginning of a meeting of the [PA] leadership yesterday evening [July 25, 2017], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that as long as the situation in Jerusalem does not return to being as it was before July 14, [2017], there will be no changes whatsoever (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below –Ed.). The president added: ‘All of the new Israeli steps on the ground from that date until today need to stop, and then the situation in Jerusalem will return to normal. Afterwards we will continue our work on everything regarding the relations between us and them.’ The president said: ‘Since Israel tried to change the situation, the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem have risen as one (i.e., they launched violent riots –Ed.) You have objected to all of the [Israeli] steps, and we have supported you in what you have done and what you are doing. We are with you in everything that you have done and are still doing, as you are causing us pride, and you are taking care of your Al-Aqsa Mosque, your land, your dignity, your people, your religion, and your holy sites. This is the response to everyone who wants to harm our holy sites. Jerusalem is ours. It is our capital and it is [under] our sovereignty, and therefore what you [Palestinians] are doing is right.’"’
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Abbas: We will cancel the security coordination with Israel, but I personally am in favor of it 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
[Q:] "Your Honor the President… we will ask you about the circumstances of the issue of Martyr (Shahid) Basel Al-A'araj (i.e., head of terror cell killed while shooting at Israeli soldiers who came to arrest him, see note) and his five comrades that is preoccupying the Palestinian street... Do we understand from Your Honor that the security coordination between you and Israel was not the reason for Basel Al-A'araj's death as a Martyr?"
[Abbas:] "The Palestinian security coordination with Israel is a different matter, and what happened with Basel is not connected to the security coordination. We have decided to cancel the security coordination. It remains for us to choose the appropriate time for this, and that is the PLO's responsibility, in coordination with me. There are members of the Palestinian people who support the security coordination, and there are those that oppose it, and everyone has their own opinion. However, we must criticize it with respect for the opinion of the other, and there are those who criticize me on Facebook and other [places] because I am in favor of the security cooperation."

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Personal responsibility for terror
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, Jan. 2, 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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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..."



Abbas kisses 14-year-old stabber 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Mar. 5, 2017
Picture and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

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


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

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

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

Muhammad Al-Jalad - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver at Hawara checkpoint outside Nablus on Nov. 9, 2016. The screwdriver failed to penetrate the soldier’s flak jacket, and Al-Jalad was shot and wounded by other soldiers at the scene. Al-Jalad died of his wounds at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva in Israel in February 2017.
 


Contact with enemies of the West
Abbas sends telegram to leader of North Korea wishing him "all health and happiness" for Korea's Liberation day 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 15, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president congratulates the leader of North Korea for Liberation Day"
      "President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas today, Tuesday congratulated First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea National Leadership Committee, and Supreme Leader of the Army Kim Jong-un for [Korea's] Liberation Day.
The president said in a greeting telegram for the occasion that the Korean people sacrificed the most precious sacrifices for its freedom and honor, and expressed appreciation for the solidary and stable positions of Korea supporting the rights of our people and its just struggle to end the occupation and establish our independent state and its capital of East Jerusalem - the surest guarantee of realizing a just peace that all peoples of the region seek.
His Honor the president wished Leader Jong-un all health and happiness; the Korean people continued stability and prosperity; and that the historical friendly relations between Palestine and North Korea and their two peoples will continue to develop and grow."
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Abbas congratulates Iran on anniversary of 1979 revolution 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2017
Headline: “He conveyed [PA] President Abbas’ blessings to the Iranian people and its leadership on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the [Islamic] Revolution – Al-Za’anoun briefs Rouhani on the situation in Palestine”

“Chairman of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) Salim Al-Za'anoun yesterday [Feb. 22, 2017] briefed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the developments in Palestine. The meeting, which was held in Tehran, dealt with the Israeli violations throughout the Palestinian territories, and particularly against the occupied city of Jerusalem and its holy sites. Al-Za’anoun explained the importance of the Arab, Islamic, and international activity in order to aid our people and force the occupation to stop its crimes.
Al-Za’anoun conveyed to Iran’s president [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ blessings to the Iranian people and its leadership on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution…
Al-Za’anoun and his entourage also met yesterday with Iranian Parliament Chairman Ali Larijani…
It should be noted that these meetings were held on the sidelines of the sixth international Support for the Palestinian People Conference (sic., Support for the Palestinian Intifada Conference), whose concluding statement, which was published yesterday evening, called to make efforts to end the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories, and to take quick steps to support the Palestinian people and defend it from the occupation’s brutality.”

Abbas orders flags lowered to half-mast in mourning over "historic leader" Fidel Castro 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 28, 2016
Headline: “The lowering of the flags to half-mast was ordered as a sign of mourning over the death of Castro”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 27, 2016] ordered the lowering of the flags to half-mast as a sign of mourning over the death of the historic leader, former President of Cuba Fidel Castro.”
 


Hate promotion
PLO official repeats libel accusing Israel of spreading drugs for the purpose of destroying and weakening Palestinian society 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 21, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ahmed Majdalani

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Ahmed Majdalani: “The Israelis have never ceased their efforts to infiltrate Palestinian society and destroy it. There are two means for the destruction: Weapons, which created the chaos, and drugs.”

Official PA TV host: “In order to keep the people away from involvement in politics.”

Majdalani: “In order to keep society away, to weaken it, and to erode society. These are the two weapons that the occupation uses. There is an additional weapon and it is the weapon of terror, which is [used] daily. Those are the two dangerous weapons. Weapons have a role in destroying society, weapons that are transferred to gangs who deal in it, transfer it, and sell it has a specific role. It has a specific role and that is the creation of strife and a situation of internal tension…

Abbas attacks US Ambassadors David Friedman and Nikki Haley 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Abbas in speech to PLO Central Council:
"There are two names that I don’t want to mention, but my conscience is bothering me, so I have to mention them. American Ambassador [to Israel] David Friedman... He says: "There is no occupation, who said there’s an occupation? Israel is building on its lands." ... The second name, their [US] Ambassador to the UN Ms. [Nikki] Haley… who said: 'I wear high heels not for fashion, [but] only to hit whoever attacks Israel.' I say to her – and may she hear me – [our] response is going to be worse, but not by way of high heels. The response will be worse... I say that these two are an insult to an [American] administration that respects itself, if it wants to respect itself."
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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, Jan. 2, 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 on Jerusalem
Abbas: Jews\Israelis are skilled “in falsifying history and religion”, the Torah says the Canaanites were in Jerusalem since before Abraham until today, but the city should be "open city for all religions"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 13, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Indeed [we], women and men, believe in our right and Allah’s promise to us that this sanctified city [Jerusalem] – since the Canaanite Jebusites established it 5,000 years ago – was not and will not be anything but the capital of our independent state, and [that] sovereignty in it [belongs to] the State of Palestine. By the way, I don’t like to argue about history or religion because none are more skilled than they (i.e., Israelis/Jews) are in falsifying history and religion. But if we read the Torah, it says that the Canaanites were here before our lord Abraham, and their presence has not stopped since that time (sic, there is no connection between the Canaanites and today's Palestinians) – this is in the Torah – until this very day. But if they want to falsify, they will divert the words from their place... We want it [Jerusalem] as an open city to all the members of the Heavenly religions, that they may practice their worship in it. If we will take East Jerusalem – let the Muslim, the Christian, and the Jew come and practice their faith in complete freedom, there is no obstacle.”

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Abbas: The PA must cut relations with any country that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in speech to PLO Central Council:
"We made a decision at the [Arab] Summit in Amman in 1980 that every state that recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or that transfers its embassy to it – we must cut our relations with it."
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Abbas made this statement in response to US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017. Trump instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

Abbas: The US “committed a crime” when it declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel 
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 will not accept the deals the US wants to impose on us. We will not accept its mediation after the crime it committed against Jerusalem [by declaring it Israel’s capital] … We will not agree to be an Authority without authority, and will not accept an occupation without [exacting] a price from the occupation forces."
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On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
 


Non-recognition of Israel

Abbas distorts history: Israel is Europe's "colonialist project that is not connected to Judaism, but made use of the Jews so they would serve as pawns" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2018
Excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council on Jan. 14, 2018

      "Egyptian intellectual Abd Al-Wahab Al-Masri, may his memory be a blessing, was one of the most important people that spoke about the Zionist and Jewish movement… He described this entity with these words: 'The significance of Israel’s functional character is that colonialism created it in order to fill a specific role; it is a colonialist project that is not connected to Judaism, but made use of the Jews so they would serve as pawns, and they were, under the motto 'the Promised Land' and 'the Beloved Land,' and they brought them here'…
There is an important matter – how will the Jews immigrate [to Palestine]? The Jews do not want to immigrate because of killing and slaughter. Even during the Holocaust that took place they did not immigrate [to Palestine] (sic., there were many attempts to immigrate to the Land of Israel, many of which were blocked by the British). By the way, the number of Jews in Palestine in 1948 did not exceed 640,000, and most of them came from Europe. [Theodor] Herzl [a founder of modern Zionism] used to say: 'Antisemitism is the engine of Zionism' – in other words, the more antisemitic a person is, the more beneficial he is to us [the Jews]. This is because he advances the Zionist goal – to expel the Jews from their countries to Palestine."
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PA PM on behalf of Abbas: “For the last seven decades (i.e., since Israel’s establishment) our people has adhered to its identity and heritage in the face of the occupation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2017
Headline: “Hamdallah in a speech on behalf of the [PA] president: The [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation is an irreversible strategic option”
      “Al-Quds Open University held its sixth scientific conference on popular heritage yesterday [Nov. 8, 2017], titled The Popular Heritage Conference in the Jenin District and the Galilee: Identity and Belonging, and this was under the patronage of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.
As part of his speech on behalf of the president at the conference, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: …‘For the last seven decades (i.e., since the establishment of the modern State of Israel) our people has adhered to its identity and heritage in the face of the occupation, which is strengthening its control of our country, tearing it to shreds, besieging Gaza, attempting to perpetuate its isolation, and striving to isolate Jerusalem from its surroundings.’”

Abbas to Britain: “You committed a crime against the Palestinian people… the Balfour Promise - a promise of one who is not the owner to one who is undeserving” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2017

Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the Palestinian ambassadors’ conference in Bahrain on April 11, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We will continue to make our demands of Britain. Our demands are not secret. They asked: What do you want from us? We said: Say ‘Sorry’ and recognize the State of Palestine. They said: It is problematic. We said: So we will submit a lawsuit against you in the international courts and in the courts in Britain. will not concede our rights. You committed a crime against the Palestinian people, and that is the Balfour Promise. A promise of one who is not the owner to one who is undeserving."
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On the peace process

Abbas in France: “The US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process… We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war… Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement at a joint press conference together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 22, 2017, in France

       "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'As a result of [US] President [Donald] Trump's determination that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and decision to transfer the embassy there, I have emphasized before His Honor [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron that the US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process, and that we will not agree to any plan from it as it is biased [in favor of Israel] and violates international law… Whoever presents such a plan, according to which united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and transfers its embassy there in violation of all of the international decisions - I do not think that he is capable of presenting a just and reasonable solution for establishing peace in the Middle East…
Everyone knows that we are among the official parties in the world that are fighting violence and terror throughout the world... We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war, and that is how our people is now characterized. Therefore, you see that all of the demonstrations that have been held in the Palestinian territories have been peaceful demonstrations (sic., the demonstrations have included rioting and rock throwing, and been accompanied by stabbings and stabbing attempts)… We want peace with Israel. Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it and live in peace with it.'"

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Abbas' spokesman: Unless a "solution" to the Palestinian issue is reached, "tension, anarchy, and violence... in the region and the world" will continue 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 1, 2017
Headline: "Abu Rudeina: Jerusalem is the key to war and peace, and the region stands before difficult decisions"
      "[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that any just solution must include East Jerusalem as the capital of the independent [Palestinian] state, and emphasized that not reaching a solution to the Palestinian issue will cause a continuation of the situation of tension, anarchy, and violence that is prevailing in the region and the world."

Abbas: “There will not be a peace agreement without the release of all of the Palestinian prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: The national [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation is the priority that we are striving to achieve in all possible ways"
       "Yesterday evening [Oct. 5, 2017] the second session of the [Fatah] Revolutionary Council began at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the members of the Fatah Movement Central Committee…
In the Revolutionary Council meeting, the president gave an important speech in which he discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian political and internal situation…
The president referred to the matter of the prisoners and said that the issue touches the soul of the entire Palestinian people, and that there will not be a peace agreement without the release of all of the Palestinian prisoners from the occupation's prisons."
 


Speeches to the international community

Abbas: Jews\Israelis are skilled “in falsifying history and religion”, the Torah says the Canaanites were in Jerusalem since before Abraham until today, but the city should be "open city for all religions"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 13, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Indeed [we], women and men, believe in our right and Allah’s promise to us that this sanctified city [Jerusalem] – since the Canaanite Jebusites established it 5,000 years ago – was not and will not be anything but the capital of our independent state, and [that] sovereignty in it [belongs to] the State of Palestine. By the way, I don’t like to argue about history or religion because none are more skilled than they (i.e., Israelis/Jews) are in falsifying history and religion. But if we read the Torah, it says that the Canaanites were here before our lord Abraham, and their presence has not stopped since that time (sic, there is no connection between the Canaanites and today's Palestinians) – this is in the Torah – until this very day. But if they want to falsify, they will divert the words from their place... We want it [Jerusalem] as an open city to all the members of the Heavenly religions, that they may practice their worship in it. If we will take East Jerusalem – let the Muslim, the Christian, and the Jew come and practice their faith in complete freedom, there is no obstacle.”

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Abbas in France: “The US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process… We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war… Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement at a joint press conference together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 22, 2017, in France

       "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'As a result of [US] President [Donald] Trump's determination that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and decision to transfer the embassy there, I have emphasized before His Honor [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron that the US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process, and that we will not agree to any plan from it as it is biased [in favor of Israel] and violates international law… Whoever presents such a plan, according to which united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and transfers its embassy there in violation of all of the international decisions - I do not think that he is capable of presenting a just and reasonable solution for establishing peace in the Middle East…
Everyone knows that we are among the official parties in the world that are fighting violence and terror throughout the world... We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war, and that is how our people is now characterized. Therefore, you see that all of the demonstrations that have been held in the Palestinian territories have been peaceful demonstrations (sic., the demonstrations have included rioting and rock throwing, and been accompanied by stabbings and stabbing attempts)… We want peace with Israel. Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it and live in peace with it.'"

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Abbas to British activists: The British people do not agree with the “historical tragedy” of the Balfour Declaration, please support our “peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The British people do not agree to the historical injustice that Balfour caused to our people”
      “At the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 2, 2017] received a delegation of British solidarity activists who walked by foot for more than 147 days from Britain to occupied Jerusalem as a sign of condemnation of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) on the 100th anniversary of it being issued... The president said: …‘We are convinced that you are the ones that truly represent the British people, and it is a people that does not agree to the historical tragedy that the Balfour Promise caused to our people. In this context, we appreciate the noble position of the British House of Representatives that asked the British government to recognize the State of Palestine.’ […]
The president added: ‘We rely on people like you to support our people and strengthen its resolve so that it will be able to continue its peaceful struggle to end the occupation. We are certain that you understand that we are the only people in the world that is still bowing under the fire of this military occupation, which has continued for the last 50 years.’”

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