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Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas worked very closely with Arafat during the years Arafat ruled the PA. Abbas was appointed by Arafat as Prime Minister in 2003, and was elected as Chairman of the PA in January 2005. This section documents statements made by Abbas.

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


Glorifying terror and violence

Abbas states he "share[s] the same ideas" as terrorist Marwan Barghouti in documentary 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Marwan: A film that illustrates the stories of the fighters, the expelled, and the prisoners”
     “‘Marwan’ is a 70-minute documentary film that was screened yesterday, Tuesday [Feb. 6, 2017], in its first version at the Red Cross Hall in El-Bireh. It is a documentary film that illustrates the life of the Palestinian fighter [Marwan Barghouti] (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), who was sentenced to 5 life sentences in the occupation’s prisons… The film begins with an interview with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he emphasizes that he and Barghouti have shared the same ideas for the past 40 years, and it documents the life of prisoner Marwan Barghouti from 1978, and his participation in the Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) and afterwards in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), during which he was arrested...”

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Palestinian leaders honor mothers of prisoners serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2017
Headline: "Ramallah: A tribute to the prisoners' mothers"
The picture in the article shows Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam shaking hands with a prisoner's mother.


     "The [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club and the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs yesterday, on occasion of Mother's Day and under the auspices of the Ramallah and El-Bireh District and the Fatah branch, honored a number of the mothers of prisoners in the occupation's prisons, who have been sentenced to many years and life sentences.
Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam said during the tribute held in Ramallah: 'We bow before the sacrifice of the prisoners, their mothers, and their families.' She noted that there are 19 mothers who are at this moment within the occupation's prisons. She also emphasized that all of the top officials and members of our people must always stand beside the prisoners' families and the mothers, and not only at special events, as they suffer much and need someone to ease their [suffering over] the absence of their sons.
Ghannam conveyed the greetings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and emphasized that the prisoners' cause is on the Palestinian leadership's list of priorities, as there will be no freedom or independence without the release of all of the prisoners…
Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake praised the Palestinian woman who with her steely sacrifice has demonstrated all of the significance of partnership in the struggle and standing against the occupation’s barbarity... He expressed his appreciation for the female prisoners..."

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Abbas rep blesses kidnapper, murderers, and leaders of terror organizations 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2013
Official PA TV aired a live broadcast from Ramallah of The People’s Conference to Support Prisoners in the Occupation’s Prisons held under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Event moderator: “President Mahmoud Abbas’ words will be presented by Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul.”
Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “There are 113 pre-Oslo prisoners, some of whom have been in prison for more than 30 years. This is also something that is hard for the human mind to fathom. We bless them all. Firstly, the beloved brother, the fighter Karim Younes. Naturally, this cause affects us and troubles us very much. And we are talking about all these fighters, and about all these leaders of whom we are proud. We are talking about the beloved Marwan Barghouti, about Ahmad Sa’adat, about Fuad Al-Shubaki, about [Ibrahim] Abu Hajla. About this tremendous number of fighters; about Hassan Yousef, about Nasser, about this whole tremendous number of fighters, of whom we are very proud.”

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Diplomacy and/or return to violence
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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Analyst on PA TV: Abbas visit to Peres' funeral will bring us positive international attention, just like our humanitarian treatment of Gilad Shalit 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 1, 2016
Official PA TV program Inside, about the treatment of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ participation in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, hosting political analyst Hani Abu Zaid
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid is asked about the criticism against PA Chairman Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid: “However, those criticizing [PA President Mahmoud Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres] do not know that [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] made a humane visit that has no political standing, but rather as I noted [was made] to block the path of the ]Israeli] extremist government…
Let me give you an example. We, with our cultural and religious heritage, when [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit was taken captive, did we torture him? Did we starve him? Did we treat him harshly? No one has criticized this treatment [of Shalit]. Therefore, this treatment is part of the treatment of prisoners, even though he is a soldier, and possibly also a murderer... Despite this, the humanitarian side to his captivity [is that] he was treated as a prisoner of war. Therefore, in light of the expected results we guarded his life. For this reason we tried as much as possible to gain benefit and [positive] results from this treatment. Therefore, the visit of President Abbas and his participation in the funeral has very great positive ramifications.”

Gilad Shalit was an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. During that time, he was denied visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross and was not allowed communication with his family, in violation of his rights under the Geneva Convention. Click "full article" for more information.

Fatah official: Shimon Peres was a "murderer and a criminal," Abbas attended his funeral because of international pressure 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 11, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, on the criticism against PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sept. 30, 2016
Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “Indeed in the last few days there has been a dispute and commotion, and that has a connection to the opposition that is being talked about, opposition to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas in general], or opposition to his going to the funeral of… [former Israeli President] Shimon Peres, the murderer and the criminal. That is what I say about him: the murderer and the criminal. If I say that he is a murderer and a criminal, that is a different matter [than Abbas’ attendance at the funeral]. I can completely understand the step taken by the president when he went to the funeral. He is the president of the Palestinian people and the responsibility placed on him is different from the responsibility placed on me. I did not go [to the funeral], and I say that he (i.e., Peres) was a criminal. The president [Abbas] is a different matter; the president has different obligations regarding this. The entire world called him. French President [Francois Hollande], who intends to hold the international conference on which we are pinning many hopes, called him. The president has obligations that other people, who are heads of [Palestinian] factions, are free of. However, they have the right to criticize and oppose.”

For details on the French peace initiative referred to, click "full article."
 


Personal responsibility for terror
PA daily: Abbas' speech constituted "clear and visible support for resistance, and as a call for rage against the occupation" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2014
Headline: “Two decisive backings of the president: Support for resistance and the declaration of victory”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas has turned to our people a number of times since the beginning of the [Israeli] aggression against the Gaza Strip. Each time he added something new to the chain of events and their fast development in a way that serves the Palestinian cause, and particularly the Gaza Strip, which sacrificed Martyrs (Shahids) daily.
In the president’s speech two days ago [Aug. 26, 2014], he announced the end of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, on the basis of the Egyptian initiative, which he adhered to the whole time. Last month he said other things, from which it seemed that he is coming out against the occupation and supports our people’s resistance. Many considered the fact that he concluded his speech with the Quranic verse: “Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory,” [Quran, Surah 22:39, Sahih International] as clear and visible support for resistance, and as a call for [outbreaks of] rage against the occupation. This was realized in the field in the West Bank, which answered the president’s call and went out to confront the occupier.”

PLO official reaffirms Palestinian commitment to "struggle in all its forms;" currently, Abbas has declared "peaceful popular resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program To Palestine, hosting Secretary-General of the Palestinian Arab Front and PLO Executive Committee member Jamil Shehadeh
Jamil Shehadeh: “The message needs to be clear to the occupation: The Palestinian people is determined to continue the struggle in all its forms until the establishment of a state. This is the decision of the Palestinian people. At the moment, our young people have chosen popular uprising, peaceful popular resistance, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has declared, and everyone is listening to him. (“peaceful popular resistance” refers to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, see below –Ed.) This does not mean that other options have been removed from the Palestinian people’s range of possibilities.”

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Several months of Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing rocks and molotov cocktails, and car rammings. The wave was at its height from October 2015 through March 2016, but one man was killed in September 2015 and sporadic attacks continued after March 2016, including a bus bombing in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016.


Red Cross cuts funding for second monthly visit for families of prisoners; PA will cover cost instead 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "Fares: The president signed on covering the expenses of the second monthly visit of prisoners' relatives"
     "Chairman of the [PA-funded] Palestinian Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares revealed that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a resolution to cover the costs of the second monthly visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the Israeli prisons.
Fares said today, Tuesday [Aug. 9, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'After the Red Cross reduced the visits and limited them to once a month, the president signed a resolution to cover the expenses of the second visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the occupation state's prisons.' Likewise, he spoke about a conditional agreement which the Palestinian government and the Red Cross will sign, according to which the government will cover all of the expenses of the second visit, on condition that the Red Cross will continue to obtain permits from the Israeli side."
 


Contact with enemies of the West
Abbas sends envoy to speak at ceremony marking 4th anniversary of Hugo Chavez's death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president's envoy participated in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Chavez"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participated as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ envoy in marking the fourth anniversary of the death of Venezuelan leader [former President] Hugo Chavez at his tomb at the Cuartel de la Montaña fort in the capital of Caracas…
Ismail, in the speech of the State of Palestine, the guest of honor, expressed the thanks and appreciation of the Palestinian people and its leadership for Venezuela's historical support of the Palestinian cause and for its courageous and noble positions to raise the voice of the just Palestinian cause in all of the international circles. This is the basic and ethical policy in which the late Chavez believed, and which was expressed by the support for the causes and struggle of oppressed peoples throughout the world, and primarily the Palestinian cause. He added that the people of Venezuela bears the flag and idea of Chavez and continues in his path, and that the global imperialism did not prevent Venezuela from defending the Palestinian cause and the causes of the oppressed peoples for their dignity and self-determination."


The article includes a picture showing PA President Mahmoud Abbas' envoy PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail participating in the ceremony to mark the fourth anniversary of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death at his tomb.

Caption under picture:
"The [PA] president's envoy during his participation in marking the anniversary of Chavez[‘s death]"

Abbas sends letter of condolences to Iranian president over death of former leader 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president sent a telegram of condolences over the death of Rafsanjani"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Jan. 9, 2017] sent Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a telegram of condolences over the death [on Jan. 8, 2017,] of former President of Iran and head of the Iranian council to protect the interests of the regime (i.e., the Expediency Discernment Council) Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,.
The president said: Rafsanjani died after 'a life full of activity dedicated to the loftiness of his homeland, the honor of his people, and defense of his nation's causes, and primarily the Palestinian cause.' The president conveyed on his own behalf and on behalf of Palestine his sincere condolences to Rouhani, his government, his people, and the family of the deceased, and asked that Allah let him dwell in Paradise."

Abbas sends greetings to Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president received additional greeting telegrams for the new year”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas blessed Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir for the independence day celebrations of his homeland. In the telegram the president expressed his appreciation for the strong relations of comradeship that unite the two peoples and lands, and his pride in the positions of Sudan that support the rights of our people and its struggle for the end of the occupation of our land and the establishment of its independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.”

Omar Al-Bashir - Sudanese President who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Al-Bashir oversaw the fighting against several armed groups from 2003 to 2008 in Darfur, in which he is accused of targeting members of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa ethnic groups in a conflict that left roughly 300,000 killed and around three million displaced according to UN estimates. The ICC issued two warrants against him on March 4, 2009, and July 12, 2010, but he has remained at large and in control of Sudan. The ICC charged Al-Bashir with five counts of crimes against humanity – murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture, and rape; two counts of war crimes – intentionally attacking civilians, pillaging; and three counts of genocide – killing members of targeted ethnic groups, causing them serious bodily or mental harm, and inflicting conditions on them to cause physical destruction. Al-Bashir has been the target of international sanctions from world nations including the US. (Source: https://www.icc-cpi.int/darfur/albashir)
 


Hate promotion
Abbas: “The reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from” is “the occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 12, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the celebration of the formulation of the Public Service Ethics Code


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
“The international community is becoming more and more convinced that the occupation of the Palestinian state by Israel is the reason for all the disasters that the region and the world are suffering from, and that without a just solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with the two-state solution - which is included in the Arab Peace Initiative - and the relevant resolutions of the [UN] Security Council, neither peace, nor security, nor stability will be achieved, and the region will remain exposed to very difficult possibilities, especially in light of the growth of the phenomenon of terror and extremism, which we condemn and are fighting against with all of our strength.”
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Abbas-appointee was former aide to terrorist who murdered 125 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 20, 2017
     “Fatah Movement Supreme Leadership [Council in Gaza] member Yahya Rabah emphasized… in a special interview with [independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the PA has gotten over the subject of [exiled Fatah leader Muhammad] Dahlan and considers it a thing of the past…
Regarding the appointment of Mahmoud Al-Aloul as Fatah Movement Deputy President (sic., Deputy Chairman), Rabah noted that this is a good choice, and [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas is interested in a man who will help him and not hinder him, and Al-Aloul has a great history within the movement, and he has respected standpoints as he was one of the aides of deceased Martyr (Shahid) Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., former head of the PLO terror organization’s military wing), and added that he commands great respect from the Palestinian people and Fatah people and members.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Abbas appoints Antisemitic Islamic preacher as head of schools 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 25, 2016
Abbas’ official appointment of Hamato

Headline: "[PA] presidential decision: Sheikh Hamato was appointed dean of the Al-Azhar institutes"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decision regarding the appointment of preacher Sheikh Dr. Imad Yaqub Hamato as dean of the Al-Azhar institutes in Palestine."
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The Al-Azhar institutes are schools that prepare students for studies at the Al-Azhar University, which was established in Gaza by a decree of Yasser Arafat in 1991. The institutes follow the curriculum of the Al-Azhar Institute in Egypt rather than the PA curriculum. Al-Azhar University’s website describes it as independent, but the PA has some control as shown by the fact that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas appointed Imad Hamato as dean of the institutes.

PMW has documented many antisemitic statements by Hamato. Click link to bulletin (above) for details 
 


Abbas on Jerusalem
Abbas: Israel is executing "methodical plan" to "change Jerusalem’s identity" and change status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 12, 2015
Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech during a visit to Turkey on Jan. 12, 2015
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The most serious thing from what I mentioned before is the methodical plan that the Israeli government is carrying out to change Jerusalem’s identity and to make things difficult for its residents. Here I warn of all the plans to change the status quo of the last 67 years in Jerusalem, and especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This constitutes a threat, as you know, to turn the political and national conflict between us and the Israelis into a religious conflict. This is something we do not want and we warn against it.”

PA Mufti warns "Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent" on issue of embassy move; Abbas turns to Putin for help 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] mufti emphasized that the Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent if Trump takes this step – the [PA] president calls on Putin to aid in preventing the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem”
     "PLO Executive Committee Secretary[-General] Saeb Erekat said yesterday [Jan. 13, 2017] that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help prevent the US from transferring its embassy to Israel (sic., to Jerusalem). Erekat said that he passed the message from President Abbas to Putin during a visit to Moscow during which he met with [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Erekat said: ‘I passed a letter from President Abbas to Putin. Frankly, in it was a request for aid from Putin, after information reached us according to which US President-elect (Donald) Trump will transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, which as far as we are concerned is considered a red line and a serious matter…’
[PA] Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Muhammad Hussein yesterday condemned Trump’s plan to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He viewed it as an attack on Muslims worldwide.
In a Friday sermon that he gave at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Hussein said: ‘The promise of the president-elect [Trump] to transfer the embassy is not only an attack on the Palestinians, but rather on [all of] the Arabs and Muslims. The Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent when they see the aggression realized at the moment of the transfer of the embassy to occupied Jerusalem.’”
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Abbas: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem "it will destroy the peace process" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: We adhere to peace, and transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will destroy the peace process"
     "During a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart, [Polish President Andrzej Duda, PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] warned against transferring the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said that this would destroy the peace process, and added: 'We have heard things from American President-elect (Donald) Trump, but as of now we have not officially heard about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.'
He added: 'We want to hear what he says when he enters the White House - but if this step is taken, it will destroy the peace process.’ He added: 'We are not getting ahead of ourselves… it is better that we wait until he enters the White House and we hear from him directly as president of the US. Then there will be a response to every action, and if he decides to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem we will have a political and diplomatic response. We hope that it will not happen.'
The president emphasized his adherence to peace as an option from which there is no return. He noted that this year is likely to be the last opportunity to speak and act for the implementation of the two-state solution."
 


Non-recognition of Israel

Abbas claims Palestinians have been under occupation for "70 years" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump... I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states..."
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Fatah FB posts picture of Abbas with map of “Palestine” erasing Israel 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 25, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“#Palestine’s_Job (i.e., the Biblical figure known for his suffering and being tested by God)”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, overlaid with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress).
At the bottom is the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”

Text on right side of image over the map: “Palestine’s Job”
Text on bottom of image: “[Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission”

Abbas threatens to cancel recognition of Israel if US embassy is transferred to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president [Abbas] calls on participants in the Paris Conference to take tangible steps to implement the international decisions – transferring the American embassy will hinder the peace process, and canceling our recognition of Israel will be one of our options”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Jan. 14, 2017] inaugurated the Palestinian embassy at the Vatican. He met with Pope Francis, and again warned against the plan of US President-elect Donald Trump to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. During the inauguration of the embassy…
President Abbas emphasized that he ‘extends his hand to President-elect Trump for cooperation in order to reach peace on the basis of international law.’ He added that ‘any attempt to give legal validity to the illegal annexation of Jerusalem by Israel will eliminate the prospects of the political process, dispel the hopes of a solution based on two states, and encourage the extremism in our region and in the world.’ … President Abbas said that he wrote to Trump and warned him of the consequences of the transfer of the embassy, and noted that this ‘will not only negate any legitimacy of the US to fill a role in settling the conflict, but will also annihilate the two-state solution.’
He added that the Palestinians will discuss several options for a response, after consultations are held with Arab states, and said: ‘Cancelling our recognition of Israel will be one of them, but we hope that we will not reach that, and that instead we will be able to work with the next American administration.’”
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A similar item appeared on official PA TV News on Jan. 14, 2017.
 


On the peace process

Abbas: We want a "Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: "[PA President Mahmoud] Abbas: Trump's representative came to listen and did not raise ideas or suggestions"
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"…
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump. He told me at the beginning of the conversation that he has heard much about me and he wants to invite me to visit the White House. I told him that I am ready to come at any time that suits him, and the conversation, which was not long but which was warm, ended. I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."…
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Abbas spokesman: Annexing Ma’ale Adumim will "lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2017
Article appearing on the front page of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The proposal to annex Ma’ale Adumim will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable”
     “Official Spokesman for the [PA] Presidency Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘Any Israeli decision regarding annexing the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim will be considered a grave and unacceptable escalation in our eyes.’
Abu Rudeina added: ‘This step will end all connections to any peace process, especially in light of the talk about transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem, and this step will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable.’
He continued: ‘Once again we warn against any steps that contradict the decisions of the international bodies, and particularly the latest [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] that considered the settlement in all of the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, as illegal.’ He noted that if Israel crosses this red line, all of the red lines will go down the drain.”

For more information abou UN Security Council Resolution 2334, click "full article."

Abbas: PA will stop cooperation with Israel if UNSC resolution fails 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2014
Headline: “The president: If the proposed Palestinian resolution does not pass the [UN] Security Council, we will stop the cooperation with Israel”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized yesterday [Dec. 23, 2014] that the PA will stop the cooperation with Israel if the proposed resolution about ending the Israeli occupation, proposed to the UN Security Council, fails, according to a report of the Algerian news agency.
President Abbas, who completed his three-day visit to Algeria, said: ‘If the Arab-Palestinian proposal to end the occupation that was presented to the Security Council does not pass, we will take a series of political and legal steps which will have consequences.’ He added: ‘If we fail, we will stop all of our cooperation with the Israeli government, and ask it to assume all of its areas of responsibilities as an occupying state.’ The president emphasized in a press conference: ‘We are determined to regain our rights, including the right of return and the release of all the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons. We will not concede to the occupation’s policy of hegemony and tyranny.’
He continued: ‘The Palestinian issue simultaneously constitutes the key to peace and to war in the Middle East.’ …
In Moscow, senior Palestinian negotiator [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said yesterday that the PA will sign 16 international conventions, including the founding convention of the International Criminal Court, in case the proposed Palestinian resolution about ending the occupation fails.”
 


Speeches to the international community

Abbas claims "he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace" and that "Palestine stands against terror and violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president receives the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening  received the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace, which is awarded to people who are characterized by integrity, openness, humaneness, and tolerance…
In a speech that he gave at the award reception ceremony in the city of Dortmund in Germany, the president said: ‘Judaism is a monotheistic religion that we completely respect, like Christianity and Islam. Our conflict with Israel is not against Judaism, but rather against the occupation that rules over our land and our people.’... He emphasized that he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace, dialogue, abandonment of violence, and activity through political, diplomatic, and peaceful means in order to put an end to the Israeli occupation…
The president emphasized support for dialogue between religions and cultures, and said: ‘Recently we encouraged the connection between Al-Azhar (i.e., a leading Islamic institution located in Egypt) and the Vatican, and we are sure that understandings will grow from this that will contribute to the establishment of peace, tolerance, and coexistence between all of the religions in our region and in the world.’ He also emphasized that Palestine stands against terror and violence in our region and in the world, whatever their source and form may be.”

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Abbas tells Germany: "We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president in a press conference with Merkel: We adhere to the establishment of a just peace according to the two-state solution”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday [March 24, 2017] with German Chancellor Angela Merkel…
During a press conference that he held with the German chancellor a short time before the start of the talks, the president emphasized that the Palestinian leadership adheres to the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace according to the two-state solution, which is based on the 1967 borders…

(The following is an excerpt of Abbas’ speech at the press conference –Ed.)

I again emphasize our support and our standing at your side in order to fight all of the forms of terror and its sources. We express to you our condolences over the victims of the terror operation that took place during the Christmas celebrations (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it, due to the danger that it constitutes to peace and stability in the region and in the world. We also emphasize [the need for] political solutions to conflicts in the region. We oppose military solutions and demand that all sides turn to a political solution.”

Abbas expresses solidarity with Sweden after terror attack claims 4 lives 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2017
Headline: “4 people were killed and 12 others wounded in an attack in Stockholm – the [PA] president expresses solidarity with Sweden against the terror attack it experienced”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed solidarity with the Kingdom of Sweden and with the Swedish people against the terror attack that it experienced yesterday [April 7, 2017], which claimed several killed and wounded citizens (see note below-Ed.). In a telegram that he sent to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, [Abbas] emphasized the State of Palestine’s position against terror in any place, regardless of who is behind it.”

On April 7, 2017, a car ramming terror attack was committed using a stolen truck in Stockholm, Sweden, leaving 4 murdered and 15 wounded. Swedish police later arrested a 39-year-old suspect of Uzbek origin.