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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 delegation to Syria briefs members on US attempts to “eliminate the Palestinian cause, and support the presence of the Zionist entity that is desecrating” holy sites “every day,” expresses support for regime 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Apr. 19, 2019
Posted text: “A Fatah delegation led by Abbas Zaki visited the Fatah branch in Damascus, in the Syrian Arab Republic. The delegation included Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations] Tawfiq Tirawi, [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member [and Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places] Hanna Issa, and [Chairperson of the PA] Environmental Protection [Authority with the rank of] Minister Adalah Atteereh…
Zaki briefed the members of the Fatah branch in Syria about the central political developments in the Palestinian arena, and the pressure and sanctions that are being implemented against the Palestinian leadership and [PA] President brother Mahmoud Abbas. He also briefed them about the American administration’s attempts to execute the deal of the century (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.), eliminate the Palestinian cause, and support the presence of the Zionist entity that is desecrating the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity every day... The delegation emphasized that Syria’s victory is Palestine’s victory, and that today Syria is recovering from the alleged Zionist-American ‘[Arab] Spring.’”

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Fatah official attends rally honoring terrorists, with armed fighters  
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Apr. 18, 2019

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki

The image shows Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki giving a speech. Standing on stage behind Zaki is a row of masked men pointing assault rifles into the air.

Posted text: “From the [Fatah] branch of Yatta and its suburbs, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki represents [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at events for Palestinian Prisoner’s Day and the anniversary of the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jihad (i.e., terrorist responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis), which the Fatah Movement at the branch of Yatta and its suburbs organized in order to honor the heroic prisoners’ relatives amid great official and popular attendance.”
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Fatah official: We “will not be prisoners of coexistence with this hangman,” i.e. Israel; glorifies terrorists and terrorism  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 22, 2019
        "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said… yesterday [March 21, 2019] in an interview with Radio Mawtini in memory of the 51st anniversary of the Al-Karameh battle that took place on March 21, 1968… that 'We still have hope for peace, but we will not be servants, will not succumb, and will not be prisoners of coexistence with this hangman – in other words, the Israeli occupation state. We will continue our struggle until we obtain our goals, an independent state whose capital is Jerusalem – and Haifa, Lod, Jaffa, and Safed (i.e., Israeli cities) will remain in our minds and thoughts, and they are dearer than us.
He also praised the path of struggle of the Palestinian people, and its willpower that has created schools for heroism since the Al-Karameh battle and what came before it, and until this day. He expressed his esteem for the Martyrs' souls and saluted the prisoner movement and the prisoners who face the dangers of the occupation's prisons at every moment..."

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Fatah official expresses PA's support for Syria, which face the same "enemy", the US and Israel; states "We must reexamine our positions... in order to deal with this enemy, who understands only the language of violence" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 6, 2019
Headline: “Abbas Zaki talks about the government, the reconciliation, and the deal of the century”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] Movement General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki said that our relations with Syria are growing closer each day since the enemy is the same enemy, Israel and the US who want to bring down Syria… Zaki also said that during the Fatah delegation’s visit to Syria… the relations between Fatah and the [Syrian] Arab Socialist Party and the other parties that support Syrian President Bashar Assad became closer…
At the end of the interview, Abbas Zaki said: ‘We must reexamine our positions and establish the concept of national unity in order to deal with this enemy, who understands only the language of violence. This is because popular resistance has brought down many empires, and there must be true national unity and true unification around President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO.’”

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Fatah official on prisoners’ salaries: "We will starve and go naked and we will not submit to the American-Zionist blackmail. The Palestinian leadership, led by Abbas, will remain loyal to the Martyrs’ families and the prisoners’ families" 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 5, 2019
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: We will starve and go naked and not abandon the rights of the prisoners and Martyrs”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki said… that the payment of the salaries and allowances of the families of the prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) symbolizes their loyalty and the return to the glowing ember of the Palestinian national struggle, and that the prisoners and Martyrs are the symbol of heroism for our people due to their sacrificing their lives and freedom for the Palestinian cause. He said: ‘We will starve and go naked and we will not submit to the American-Zionist blackmail. The Palestinian leadership, led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, will remain loyal to the Martyrs’ families and the prisoners’ families.’”
Fatah official expresses support for Syrian regime; supports various methods of "struggle", including with weapons; condemns US peace conference and "normalization" with Israel  
Source: Facebook page of Fatah’s branch in Syria, Feb. 19, 2019
Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “Syria’s tragedy is the Palestinian tragedy…
We have never had the fighter’s rest. We are fighting and bearing the flag in turn: once with weapons, once with popular resistance, and once with diplomatic, political, and organizational activity. If the flag falls in one arena, it is raised in another arena. Our custom is to continue [with the struggle] without relating to what is taking place around us... We have sworn that we would boycott the US, refuse the deal of the century (refers to US President Donald Trump’s as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan –Ed.), and condemn anyone who attempts to implement normalization [with Israel] or bypass the PLO… No one will dare to publicly declare their treason, because their people will slaughter them even before we take any step.”
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Fatah delegation convey Abbas’ greetings to “the Syrian leadership and people” to Syrian Deputy FM, briefs him on “recurring attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque” by Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Feb. 19, 2019
Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Posted text: “[Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki and the delegation – which included Tawfiq Tirawi and Samir Al-Rifai from the [Fatah] Central Committee, and Hanna Issa and [PA] Minister of Environmental Protection Adalah Atteereh from the [Fatah] Movement Revolutionary Council – met with His Honor Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad.
Brother Abbas [Zaki] conveyed the greetings of His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to the Syrian leadership and people. He also briefed him about the recent developments, the changing of Jerusalem’s landmarks by the occupation forces, the recurring attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the resolve of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership against the US.”

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Fatah official: US is leading “plots” against the Palestinians, including recognizing Jerusalem as “the capital of the Zionist entity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2019
Headline: “Zaki welcomes the chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki welcomed Chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe Ali Al-Qadi yesterday [Jan. 1, 2019]… Zaki welcomed Al-Qadi’s visit to Palestine… and briefed him on the difficult and dangerous situation of the Palestinian cause as a result of the plots that the US, led by [US President Donald] Trump, is leading against the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights – which began with his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist entity and transfer of his embassy to it… Zaki emphasized that the situation necessitates Palestinian unity… in order to deal with the Zionist lobby, which is working to harm the image of the Palestinian national struggle.”

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Fatah official: “Wherever there is a problem, there is a Zionist fingerprint on it” 
Source: Al-Aaraby TV YouTube channel (London), Jan. 30, 2019

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:
"There is a conspiracy, I’m telling you – wherever there is a problem, there is a Zionist fingerprint on it."
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Abbas Zaki also holds the position as Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations
Fatah official is against “Judaizing” and “desecration of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas” by Israel; “Normalization with [Israel] under any pretext constitutes part of the growing plot against our people’s struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2019
      "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki said that the reports in the Israeli media about the visits of official Arab delegations to the Israeli entity (apparently referring to reports in January 2019 that at least 3 delegations from Iraq visited Israel in 2018 –Ed.) , 'if their validity is proven,' constitute a deep stab to the heart of the Palestinian national conflict...
Zaki added that ‘these reports’ are arriving in the shadow of the large battle that our people is waging in Jerusalem – which the settlers are treating as they please under the protection of the occupation forces, the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Zionist entity’s capital, the Israeli Parliament’s laws about annexing Jerusalem and Judaizing it, and the desecration of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas by the settlers through recurring invasions and the threat to destroy the walls of [the Old City of] Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque…
Zaki emphasized that normalization with the occupation under any pretext constitutes part of the growing plot against our people’s struggle. He explained that the Palestinian people, through its struggle, has always constituted an impregnable wall against the colonialist Zionist project that wants to take over the resources of the Arab peoples, and against the spread of Zionism towards the Arab region.”
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Fatah official: “Wherever there is a problem in the world, behind it is a Zionist fingerprint” 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Jan. 1, 2019

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:
“Libya is also about to come out of its crisis.”
Host: “How?”
Abbas Zaki: “the external interference [in Libya] is the problem... Wherever there is a problem in the world, behind it is a Zionist fingerprint.”
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Fatah official “welcomes” terror attack in which 2 Israelis were killed: “We are proudly following the events” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2018
This article appeared in the following locations: SHMS News Agency, Dec. 13, 2018; official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Dec. 13, 2018; official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2018

Headline: "Abbas Zaki to SHMS News: We are proudly following the Givat Assaf operation, and you will soon hear of the absolute cessation of the security coordination"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [Dec. 13, 2018] welcomed the Givat Assaf operation in which 4 Israelis were murdered and wounded (i.e., 2 murdered and 2 wounded) by shooting east of Ramallah). Abbas Zaki said: 'We are proudly following the events in the West Bank. The young Palestinians are avenging a blood vengeance – three Martyrs (Shahids) (refers to terrorist murderers Ashraf Na’alwa and Saleh Barghouti who were killed resisting arrest, and possibly terrorist Majdi Mteir who was killed while committing a stabbing attack; see notes below –Ed.) for three Israelis. (not clear who Zaki is referring to as there have been 5 Israeli murder victims in recent attacks –ED.) This is a great thing.'"
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Fatah official praises terror attack as a “great thing” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2018
Headline: "Abbas Zaki to SHMS News: We are proudly following the Givat Assaf operation, and you will soon hear of the absolute cessation of the security coordination"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [Dec. 13, 2018] welcomed the Givat Assaf operation in which 4 Israelis were murdered and wounded (i.e., 2 murdered and 2 wounded) by shooting east of Ramallah. Abbas Zaki said: 'We are proudly following the events in the West Bank. The young Palestinians are avenging a blood vengeance – three Martyrs (Shahids) (refers to terrorist murderers Ashraf Na’alwa and Saleh Barghouti who were killed resisting arrest, and possibly terrorist Majdi Mteir who was killed while committing a stabbing attack; see notes below –Ed.) for three Israelis. (Not clear who Zaki is referring to as there have been 5 Israeli murder victims in recent attacks –ED.) This is a great thing.'"

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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: “The enemy” Israel’s goal is to “to take over the resources of the region’s peoples and redistribute them… Israel does not want unity and stability in the region” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2018
Headline: “Zaki: We are partners in the struggle of our people in the occupied Golan to achieve freedom”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki emphasized the unity and solidarity between the members of the Palestinian people and the brothers in the occupied Syrian Golan, and the joint struggle to achieve freedom, an end to the occupation, and the liberation of all of the prisoners from the Israeli prisons. Zaki said during his meeting with a high level delegation from the occupied Syrian Golan that the suffering of the brothers in the Golan from the occupation’s barbarism and its injustice is exactly the same suffering that the members of the Palestinian people are experiencing in the various places they are located in the occupied land of Palestine. He also said that the enemy is one and the goal is to take over the resources of the region’s peoples and redistribute them, and that Israel does not want unity and stability in the region.”

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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