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Abbas Zaki
Abbas Zaki
Abbas Zaki is a senior official in Fatah. He is currently a member of the Fatah Central Committee and (since 2009) the Commissioner of Relations with Arab Countries and Relations with China. He was the PLO Ambassador in Lebanon until 2009 [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 10, 2009].
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He remains a close associate of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and has also been chosen on several occasions to deliver speeches in Chairman Abbas’ name.
Abbas and Zaki’s close working relationship is an indicator of Zaki’s seniority in PA government, thereby making his statements and positions on various issues all the more significant. Palestinian Media Watch has documented numerous statements by Abbas Zaki glorifying terror and denying Israel’s right to exist. For instance, Zaki stated in 2011 on Al-Jazeera TV that that the goal is for Israel to be “removed from existence.” He went on to say that “this is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.”

The following section documents relevant statements made by Abbas Zaki:
Fatah official: “If Hamas, which is involved in resistance, is considered a terrorist movement, this means that all groups of the Palestinian people are involved in terrorism” 
Source: Palestine Today, independent Palestinian news agency (Gaza), Dec. 2, 2018
Headline: “Prominent senior Fatah official: Hamas is part of us and we are part of it, we will not abandon it to fight alone on the front line”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said: ‘The proposed American resolution, which was submitted to the [UN] Security Council and condemns the Hamas Movement, is a typical racist resolution that we will fight against in every way, because it harms the Palestinian enterprise and the struggle, and not [just] a specific faction.’
Zaki added in statements to [independent Palestinian news agency] Palestine Today: ‘If Hamas, which is involved in resistance, is considered a terrorist movement, this means that all groups of the Palestinian people are involved in terrorism. This contradicts reality, as Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian factions are national liberation movements that are involved in resisting an Israeli occupation that is implementing terrorism against the members of our people.’”
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Fatah official: War in Syria is because “the West and the Israelis do not want the region to be unified and stable,” praises Assad and Syrian regime 
Source: Official Facebook page of Abbas' Presidential Guard, Nov. 29, 2018

Text and picture posted on the official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Posted text: "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki received a high level delegation from the occupied Syrian Golan…
Zaki noted that the suffering of the brothers in the Golan as a result of the barbarity and tyranny of the occupation is the same suffering that the members of the Palestinian people are experiencing everywhere they are located in the occupied Palestinian territories. He added that the enemy is one, and that the goal is to take control of the resources of the region's peoples, and to redistribute them. He noted that what is happening in Syria is occurring in the same context, as the West and the Israelis do not want the region to be unified and stable.
Zaki expressed his appreciation for the victories that the Syrian army has achieved against the armed gangs in Syria, and emphasized that the Syrian people, under the leadership of [Syrian President] Bashar Assad, will obtain the final victory over the enemies of sister Syria."
“Rush toward death and life will be given to you” - Fatah leader to university students 
Source: Official Facebook page of Abbas' Presidential Guard, Nov. 19, 2018

Text accompanying video on Facebook:
“Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki’s speech during the reception for the new students, the Yasser Arafat class, in the Nablus branch of Al-Quds Open University.”

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “Jerusalem is the jewel in the crown. Yasser Arafat knew the value of Jerusalem and repeatedly said: ‘Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching towards Jerusalem.”
Abbas Zaki chants and the audience repeats: “Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem.”
Abbas Zaki:
“Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Cursed is anyone who does not sacrifice for Jerusalem!… what did [Arafat] say? He said: ‘Arise! The gates of Heaven have opened.’ He who seeks death – life will be given to him. Those who die [naturally] are the cowards. But real men approach death with a smile… Do not be afraid - death is in the hands of Allah. Rush toward death and life will be given to you!’”
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Fatah official denies having said that the US terror list is “a badge of honor on the chest of everyone whose name was included” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2018
Headline: “Zaki denies statements that were attributed to him regarding those who were put on the terror lists”

“Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki denied that he gave any statements on the matter of who was put on the terror lists.
He called on all of the media outlets to be careful about precision when quoting statements and giving information.”
Fatah official declares US terror lists are “a source of pride to our Palestinian people and a badge of honor” to those named as terrorists 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 14, 2018
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: The American terror lists are a badge of honor for Saleh Al-Arouri”

“Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that the American terrorist lists that were published yesterday (Tuesday) [Nov. 13, 2018] are a source of pride to our Palestinian people and a badge of honor on the chest of everyone whose name was included on these lists.
In a press statement, Zaki explained that the American decision to put the senior [Hamas] official [and founder of the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing] Saleh Al-Arouri on the terror lists reflects the arbitrary American bias [in favor of Israel], and [America’s] practical contribution to the hostile treatment of our people and standing against its aspiration for freedom.
Zaki called on the free people of the world to come out against the American actions, which sponsor terror, and not to recognize any list that is published on the basis of its solidarity with the Israeli project in the region.
Zaki explained that the American decisions will not affect our people’s struggle and its leaders’ path.”
"The UN allows the Palestinian people to use the armed struggle… the rifle will never fall" - says senior Fatah official 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2018

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, on the anniversary of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat’s death

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “[UN] Resolution 3236 was passed which allows the Palestinian people to use all types of struggle – including the armed struggle … [Arafat] said to them: ‘‘I’ve come to you bearing an olive branch in one hand and a revolutionary’s gun in the other hand. Do not let the green branch fall from my hand.’’ He did not say: ‘‘[Let] the rifle [fall],’’ because the rifle will never fall, even today. We don't want to use the struggle, because we know that Israel is waiting for the opportunity to erase us from the land.
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Fatah official mocks Israel's defenses against terror and encourages killers: “May Allah grant them success” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Oct. 3, 2018

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:
“When [Muhannad] Halabi (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2) went out with a knife in spite of everyone, and they [Palestinians] began carrying out – may Allah grant them success – the Jerusalem operations (i.e., terror wave), they [Israelis] began to put cement blocks [at bus stops] to protect themselves.”
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Fatah official: “Allah willing, our state will be from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea;” The Jews want “to gather so they can be annihilated” 
Source: Al-Alam TV (Iran), May 29, 2018
Iranian Al-Alam TV program Guest and Dialogue, on International Al-Quds Day and US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, hosting Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: "All of this American recklessness and arrogance has crossed every line. From here I say: This proves that America is devoid of culture, devoid of history, and they think that if they massacred the American Indians, they will also massacre the Palestinian people. No! [...] Now, we have said to Israel: Take a state in the [1967] borders, and we are in these borders. But soon, this will no longer be. They have refused, we refuse- Allah willing our state will be from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, we will finish this matter, and we are willing to accept them in a democratic and secular state that contains Jews, Christians, and Muslims in an equal manner. And we do not want Israel and this Zionism. Let them go, we will finish it. We and the Jews are friends, in other words... But this propaganda of theirs that says: 'We want a state for Jews in Palestine’ – this, I think, from a historical perspective, they want to gather so they will be annihilated. Nobody accepts them.”
Host: "Even Europe did not accept them."

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Fatah official: PA will pay salaries of PA employees in Gaza that were delayed 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 25, 2018
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: The condition of the civilians in Gaza will improve at the end of the month, and the salaries will be paid”
    “Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki told… [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: ‘By the end of the month [April 2018], the salaries of the PA employees in the Gaza Strip will be paid, and none of the civilians’ rights will be harmed. This is a right and not charity. They worked in official positions and therefore are eligible for salaries, and it is natural that they will receive their salary.’
He explained that no decision has been made to steal anyone’s salary, and emphasized the statements of the Palestinian [PA] government, which has said that the salaries of the employees in the southern districts (i.e., the Gaza Strip) have not been paid due to technical reasons.”
Abbas honors mother of 5 terrorists, including 2 murderers; Fatah official: “a precious, mighty, and beloved woman… We consider her children entrusted to us” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 25, 2018

Official PA TV News, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas hosting Um Nasser Abu Hmeid, the mother of five terrorist sons, among them 2 murderers, at the PA headquarters in Ramallah on April 25, 2018.

Official PA TV newsreader: "President Abbas welcomed in the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah Um Nasser [Abu] Hmeid ‘‘Khansa of Palestine,’’ mother of five prisoners..."
(Visual of Abbas' meeting with Um Nasser)
Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "Um Nasser is a precious, mighty, and beloved woman. We identify with her and consider her children entrusted to us because they sacrificed their freedom for the Palestinian cause and people."
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Statue of map of “Palestine” in Fatah official’s office 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 18, 2018

Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki hosting the new Chinese ambassador in his office. On the table between them is a statue of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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PA District Governor glorifies terrorist Abu Jihad’s "acts of heroism and his self-sacrificing operations;" Fatah official: Abu Jihad was "an example of heroism and loyalty"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2018
     “The [PLO] Political and National Guidance Authority and the [PA] Ministry of Information in the Tubas and North Jordan Valley district marked the 30th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of deputy general commander of the revolution forces and engineer of the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993 in which approximately 200 Israelis were murdered) Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125), and also Prisoner’s Day…
District Governor [Ahmed] As’ad said that as is its custom, Tubas is marking Palestinian Prisoner’s Day and the anniversary of... Khalil Al-Wazir, at a time when our people is remembering the unique commander’s acts of heroism and his self-sacrificing operations (i.e., terror attacks) that shattered the occupation’s mentality, as he was the First Bullet and the First Stone…
Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki reviewed the life path of Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir, who constituted a school for struggle who succeeded in realizing national unity, created an extraordinary incident that did not happen again in Palestine, and provided an example of heroism and loyalty.”
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Abbas' advisor: We don't want religious conflict, but Israel does, attacks holy sites, great ugliness characterizes them 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 9, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Brother believers, in the framework of the conflict with the occupation we have always said, and the Palestinian leadership has repeated: We do not want to ignite a religious battle or religious conflict. We do not want to make the conflict religious. Because, simply put, we do not hate the religions, we do not hate people because of their faith, and our motto is ‘there is no coercion in religion’…
However, while we act in this way, every day several fools come out against us who fan the flames of religious struggle, and they want to make the conflict religious – starting with attacking the holy sites, targeting the holy sites, and targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the mosques and churches in Palestine… if a Muslim went out and belittled the Torah, for example – Heaven forbid, we do not do something like this, and it is not fitting for us to do something like this. But if it happened, Heaven forbid, what would their responses be? [...] They would accuse us of ‘Antisemitism,’ as if they are Semites and we are from Mars. These people - our response to them is not curses, we will not curse them – they have enough ugliness that we do not need to curse them, as the curses would be less than the ugliness that characterizes them.”

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Fatah official: US President Trump is "Gestapo," "ignoramus" 
Source: YouTube channel of Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Mar. 6, 2018
YouTube channel of Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV, Talk of the Hour program, hosting Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV host: "This 'deal of the century,' does Trump expect you to accept it?" ...
Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "Yes, he thinks that all he saw among the Arabs was that they dance and forget themselves. He takes their money and tricks them... He says: 'There is no Iraq. There are rival factions.' Iraq is the second largest oil reserve in the world, estimated at 15 trillion. [And Trump says:] 'It is ours. We will not retreat, it is ours.' If they besiege him and make an arrangement for you, he will say: 'They should pay a trillion - a trillion and a half immediately.' What is this? He is Gestapo. O Allah, expose and reveal this! When your opponent is an ignoramus, by the way, you win."
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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.)."
PA TV demonizes Israel: Israel has “systematic” policy to “murder Palestinian children whose only sin was love of the homeland” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 31, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the funeral of Laith Abu Na’im who was killed during violent confrontations with the Israeli army, interview from the funeral with Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “I saw the scene of the murder, two meters away. Therefore, when a human being turns into a savage, and the one who is armed with all types of weapons attacks a young person of such an age and kills him – he loses his humanity. The flow of the young people and [former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser] Arafat’s slogan ‘Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem’ are the guarantee for the continuation, and the resolve of the leadership against all of these challenges.”
Official PA TV reporter: “Laith [Abu Na’im] reached his final resting place today, after he was shot and murdered at point-blank range by the hostile soldier, and this was as part of the systematic Israeli policy to murder Palestinian children whose only sin was love of the homeland.”
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Fatah official to Hezbollah head’s call for intifada over US announcement on Jerusalem: “We will not disappoint you”  
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Dec. 11, 2017
     “Palestinian Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that the [Fatah] Movement is no longer interested in any relations with the US, as it and Israel are currently two sides of the same coin. He also said that [US President Donald] Trump will no longer have a role in the political process or a [peace] agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Zaki’s statements came after Hezbollah Secretary-General Mr. Hassan Nasrallah’s speech at a mass demonstration for Jerusalem held in the southern quarter of Beirut, in which he called on the Palestinian people to carry out a third intifada in response to American President Donald Trump’s recent decision, as part of which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Zaki addressed the secretary-general of Hezbollah and said: ‘We will not disappoint you.’”
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Fatah official: US President Trump is an “ignoramus… thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel as he gave his daughter to Kushner” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “We are standing before this ignoramus (i.e., US President Donald Trump), who has attempted to make himself like [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour of 2017 by giving a national home to the Jews in Palestine. He came to place himself over something that does not belong to him, as if it were a business deal. Like he gave his daughter Ivanka to [Jared] Kushner, he thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel. In other words, a business deal…
I think that now he is not only our enemy, but also his own enemy, the enemy of the international community, the enemy of Europe, of Turkey, and of the Arabs who [just] yesterday were his pawns… [Jerusalem] is [the place of] lord Muhammad’s Night Journey, [and the place of] Jesus’ resurrection. It is the earth’s gate to Heaven. This fool will not be able to change anything. Therefore, now the options are open and no one will blame us… Everyone needs to put a picture of Trump with a donkey on his head – let them burn him and hang him. We need to see [a picture of] Trump on every street and step on it… Now, I declare today that Trump has joined terror. Terror is the highest form of occupation known to man (sic., generally “occupation” and “terror” are reversed in this sentence). This terrorist occupation – currently the American administration is terrorist, it has joined the Likud (i.e., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party). Therefore, the extremists in Israel and Trump are two sides of the same coin.”

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Fatah official: The US is "the snake’s head” 
Source: YouTube channel of Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Dec. 6, 2017

Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:
"This is a clear declaration that Trump has joined the terror, because the occupation is the highest form of terror. In Trump’s declaration, he reminded us of the old imperialism, when [former British Secretary of State Arthur] Balfour declared that the Jews have the right to have a national home in Palestine... His declaration is worthless, and therefore we must boycott this administration, and have no contact with the snake’s head... One who pins his hopes on the Americans or on the illusion of peace is not a Palestinian."
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Fatah official on Hamas disarmament: “As long as there is an occupation, it is forbidden to cancel any of the expressions of the resistance... It is necessary to keep the weapons... and honor them only when it will be worthwhile for us” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Nov. 30, 2017
     “The Al-Quds monthly (i.e., the magazine of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon) conducted an interview with Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki…
[Question:] Have you discussed the matter of Hamas’ weapons?
[Abbas Zaki:] Our viewpoint is that as long as there is an occupation, it is forbidden to cancel any of the expressions of the resistance, and one is welcome to use clean weapons against the enemy. However, it is forbidden that this use of weapons be subordinate to a faction or the caprice of a group, but rather [it should be subordinate] to a national decision... We in the Fatah Movement laid the foundations of the culture of resistance, and if not for us, no one would be carrying weapons. Therefore, the talk about weapons needs to be conducted respectfully and with caution, as the weapons are a security balance, and the circumstances do not allow using them currently because we are part of a defeated nation and armies that are fighting each other. It is necessary to keep the weapons, develop them, and honor them (sic., apparently intent is “use them”) only when it will be worthwhile for us and harmful for the enemy. Based on this, the option of popular resistance is what is on the agenda, but it is necessary to find a specific definition for the popular resistance so that in the end it will lead to civil disobedience and in it all of the means will be used in order to disprove the democracy of ‘Israel’ and expose it as an apartheid entity.”

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