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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 dedicates "Martyr's Monument" shaped like map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Shasha, independent Palestinian news website, Jan. 8, 2016

Headline: “Surif dedicated the Martyr’s Monument”
     “Fatah’s Surif organizational branch and the Surif Municipality held a national ceremony for the dedication of the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) Monument in the center of the village, with the participation of institutions, figures, and residents of the village, and with the presence of Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki and the secretaries of the district’s branches.”

The article includes a picture of the Martyr’s Monument, which is in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and features the colors of the Palestinian flag.
Fatah leader praises young Palestinians for heeding PA call: “They succeeded in making Israel worry, with rocks and knives” 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Jan. 4, 2016


Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki:
“From where did the reaction come when [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas and the political leadership announced that we cannot take it any longer, in other words, that we will not agree to a PA without authority and an occupation without cost [to Israel]? Who took action? The young from the Oslo generation who are in the prime of their youth did, [those] whom Allah chose and loved. They chose the path of Martyrdom (Shahada). Yes, they marched of their own will on the illuminated path to Paradise. They succeeded in making Israel worry, with rocks and knives, and in imposing a curfew on several parts of our occupied land, the so-called State of Israel.”
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Fatah official at terrorist’s funeral: For Palestine’s sake we “accompany to their wedding the righteous Martyrs, who pave the way of freedom and independence with their pure blood”  
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Jan. 1, 2016
Photos and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki
Posted text: “Because Palestine is the earthly gate to Heaven and the cradle of monotheistic religions, for its sake we accompany to their wedding (i.e., Martyr's funeral is considered wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam) the righteous Martyrs (Shahids), who pave the way of freedom and independence with their pure blood
May Allah have mercy on the Martyrs of Palestine”


Picture shows Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki giving a speech at the funeral ceremony in honor of terrorist Muhammad Al-Shubaki who stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier.

Text on poster:
“The popular services committee at the Al-Fawwar refugee camp
Funeral ceremony of the heroic Martyr
The homeland’s wild animal
Muhammad Ismail Al-Shubamki
We will return, whether the invaders like it or not”

Muhammad Al-Shubaki – Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier at the entrance to the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, next to Kiryat Arba, on Nov. 25, 2015. Al-Shubaki was wounded and treated in an Israeli hospital, where he later died of his wounds.
Fatah official: The “Intifada will soon become a civil rebellion”  
Source: Al-Quds, Dec. 31, 2015
Headline: “2016 will be the closing of the page of relying on talks and negotiations and the beginning of self-fulfillment in the field”
     “Fatah Central Committee Member [and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China] Abbas Zaki told… the Al-Quds [newspaper]: ‘On the occasion of this event (i.e., the celebrations of the anniversary of the launch of Fatah), we ask Allah, first, to have mercy on the Martyrs’ (Shahids) souls, and we recall the heroic acts, the first prisoner, the first Martyr, and the large number of Israeli fatalities in the Hijazi operation (Mahmoud Hijazi attempted to blow up Israel’s National Water Carrier in 1965. In contrast to Zaki’s statement, Israel did not suffer any casualties –Ed.)… The Fatah Central Committee member added: ‘Despite the deceptive peace process, the [Israeli] prisons are filled with Fatah members, and the graves are also overflowing with them.’ In addition, he emphasized that history will bear witness that most young people who walked the path of light to Heaven are Fatah members, [who have done it] without being instructed to do so by the leadership. He stated: ‘We now concur that the Intifada will soon become a civil rebellion, and that we should regulate our internal situation and restore the appreciation and veneration of the PLO which almost disappeared in the absence of its departments and plans.”

Intilaqa – "The Launch" – the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison but  was released in 1971 and returned to Lebanon in an exchange deal with Fatah for Shmuel Rozenvasser, an Israeli citizen who was abducted by Fatah terrorists in 1970.
Exhibit sponsored by Bethlehem municipality honored 52 murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 31, 2015

Headline: “We will open an exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the prisoners sentenced to life”
     “Yesterday [Dec. 30, 2015] was the unveiling of the exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the district’s 52 prisoners sentenced to life, sponsored and supervised by the Bethlehem municipality and the union of released prisoners. Present at the event were Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem district Jabrin Al-Bakri, Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, and [Greek-Orthodox] Archbishop [of Sebastia] Atallah Hanna… The speakers emphasized in their speeches that this exhibit is a salute of loyalty and commitment to the prisoners serving time in the occupation’s prisons.”
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Fatah official: Fatah, not Hamas, is leading the “mass uprising,” i.e., terror wave  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2015
Headline: “Zaki: Hamas actions are proof that it is not a part of the Palestinian identity”
     “Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki said that the actions taken by Hamas in the Gaza Strip shortly before the rally to mark the 51st anniversary of the Palestinian revolution are additional proof that it is not a part of the Palestinian identity. Zaki said yesterday in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The harassment and arrests being carried out by Hamas in an attempt to cause the rally marking the launch [of Fatah] (Intilaqa) to fail is a great loss for it [Hamas]. It proves that it is not a part of the Palestinian identity.’ He emphasized that the Fatah movement draws its strength from its people, and noted that its fingerprints are clearly evident in the popular Palestinian uprising, whose goal is to protect the inalienable national rights and obtain freedom and independence. Zaki added that ‘Hamas needs to understand that Fatah is carrying the flag of victory, through the national measures [it takes], and that the fact that it is currently leading the mass uprising is the best proof of this.’”

Intilaqa - “The launch” of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier –Ed.
Fatah leader: Allah loves young Palestinians who stab Israelis. It is “peaceful resistance” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 29, 2015


Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki:
“This is a year of challenge. We must challenge [the occupation] without fear... or by the sacrifices being made now by our young people, with rocks and knives, through which Palestinians have once again imposed a new parameter in the equation of the struggle… We are now witnessing a phenomenon called peaceful popular resistance. How? These young people, youth, believed in Allah and Allah loved them and took them to Him, but their funerals are greater than those of the leaders and the sympathy for them is great.”
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Collection of items honoring Samir Kuntar, "heroic" murderer of 4  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2015
Samir Kuntar was a Lebanese terrorist who in 1969 infiltrated Israel and murdered four Israelis. Kuntar murdered his youngest victim, four-year-old Einat Haran, by repeatedly smashing her head with his rifle butt. After being released from Israeli prison in 2006, Kuntar joined Hezbollah and was planning terror attacks against Israel when he was killed in an explosion in Syria on Dec. 19, 2015. He was glorified by various PA and Fatah and media outlets as "heroic", a "Martyr" (Shahid), and a "great fighter." 
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Fatah official: “The current Jerusalem Intifada… is an undirected intifada, arising as a result of the inability to coexist with the Zionist occupation” 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Dec. 16, 2015
      "Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki said that Jordan is considered the present refuge for all oppressed, and emphasized that Jordan's stability is a real strength for Palestine.
During the mass rally in the [Jordanian town] Zarka at the compound for professional unions, organized two nights ago [Dec. 14, 2015] by the popular committee for the support of the popular uprising [in Palestine], to mark the anniversary of the Palestinian Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993), he added that the current Jerusalem Intifada is the fruit of the renewed willpower in Palestine, and is an undirected intifada, arising as a result of the inability to coexist with the Zionist occupation… He noted that the Zionist entity carries out organized terror against the Palestinian people, as they are assembling Zionist organizations, like the Zionist Irgun and Haganah (i.e., Jewish defense forces in the pre-state period) gangs, which carry out terror and intimidate. He stated that the right of return of the Palestinian people who was exiled from its land will be guaranteed if Jerusalem is returned, and added that the liberation of Jerusalem can blow up the current Zionist strategy, which is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Fatah official praises Russia for going against US activities, which were to destabilize countries in region for Israel’s purposes  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 1, 2015
Headline: “Zaki met with the Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine”
     “Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki met with the Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine today, Tuesday [Dec. 1, 2015] morning … Zaki noted that the conduct of the extremist Israeli government, run by rabbis who permit killing Arabs and reoccupying the West Bank, has severe implications, which could ignite conflict and instability in the region. Zaki praised Russia’s activity in the region, [as Russia] already has understood the scope and consequences of the American ‘creative anarchy’, which was a destructive earthquake for the capabilities of the countries and peoples of the region, and harmed the sovereignty of these countries in order to guarantee Israel’s security and superiority, which could lead to the intensification of the existing occupation, the expansion of the settlements, and the materialization of the dream of the greater State of Israel.”

“Creative Anarchy” or “constructive anarchy” are terms coined by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2006 to describe the initial stage in the political reconstruction of former dictatorships as part of the Anglo-American roadmap for a “New Middle East.”
Fatah official: Arab countries don’t support Palestinian fight against Israel because “everyone is afraid, because all the banks are under US supervision, the Zionist experts” 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Nov. 22, 2015
Al-Mayadeen TV program The Latest Edition
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “This current action – the intifada with knives – this new one. The previous [intifadas] began with stones, slingshots, nails and [toy] marbles, and later came Molotov cocktails, knives and other things, gradual actions. This time, the knife came right away. Why? Because these people have lost hope for the future, there is no [political] arrangement. They act in the same way that the enemy acts. They [the Israelis] have started the intifada, not we...  Israel cares about security and money. We have imposed [a reality] on them through the knife, which has caused instability, and therefore [now] there is no security and no money. We have no money, or anything, frankly... They [Arab countries] give [money] because of the jobs (i.e., for the salaries for civil servants) and so that we will enjoy life, but [to give money] so that you will fight against Israel, that is forbidden. Everyone is afraid, because all the banks are under US supervision, the Zionist experts, and all the Arabs’ money is in Manhattan, and the keys to petroleum are in the US. If so, we intend to [fight] with our blood, which is more valuable than money."

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Fatah official: “ISIS and Israel are the same coin” and only way to save the region is to “remove from the body this cancer that is Israel” 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Nov. 22, 2015
Al-Mayadeen TV program The Latest Edition, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “Therefore this step (i.e., an assembly to show support for the intifada) came, following the revival of the Palestinian problem, after all signs of the Oslo accords and betting on false peace had disappeared, and after matters were put in the hands of a strategic ally of Israel, the US. After all, this large country has no strategic alliance in the world except with Israel, the ‘airplane carrier’ in the region, or the most advanced dagger for slaughtering the Arab nation. In the past [Israel] had a role dealing with communism, and it has ended. Today they wish to create a horror named Islam and it will also fail, because ISIS and Israel are the same coin, two sides of one coin being operated by the US. The purpose of ISIS, the Islamic State, is to provide an excuse for the Jewish state’s existence, except for the difference that this one [the Islamic State is doomed] to disappear, and this one [Israel] to remain… I believe the situation cannot be fixed, and the only way to save the region is to remove from the body this cancer that is Israel, which is the reason for all the types of backwardness and destruction… "
 
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Fatah official calls Israeli policy “barbaric, Nazi, fascist” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2015
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: ‘Israel has no idea who it is up against, and we will let the street speak’”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki said that the occupation will not succeed in advancing its aggressive plots in Jerusalem and Hebron, and praised the heroic acts being carried out by the young Palestinians against the Israeli enemy.
Zaki said to the Iranian news agency ‘Fars’: ‘As long as barbaric, Nazi, fascist Israeli steps are being taken, our people will not surrender or wave a white flag, and in the end [we] will defeat the occupier.’"
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Fatah official: Murderers of 4 are “giants and leaders... Whoever succeeded in killing, this is a big thing” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 31, 2015


Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki:
“They [the Martyrs] are giants and leaders who have written the future of the region. These Martyrs of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] have outshined the political leadership and scared Israel... Raed (i.e., terrorist who stabbed one) is not [just] a Martyr from [the town of] Sa’ir, or the Hebron district. Raed is just like Iyad Al-Awawdeh (i.e., terrorist who stabbed one), Alaa Abu Jamal (i.e., terrorist who murdered two), and Muhannad Halabi (i.e., terrorist who murdered two). These are pioneers. Raed is one of the greatest pioneers... I believe that, Allah willing, something will be built and named after him [Raed]. When Palestine is liberated, Allah willing, he will have at least an institution named after him, and a statue [made] of him... Everyone who loves Palestine and wants Israel to be scared, should salute [all] the deceased - whether they were Martyrdom-seekers, or Martyrs. Whoever succeeded in killing, this is a big thing, and whoever succeeded in at least scaring the Israeli pedestrian is also a Martyr.”
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Fatah official says the leadership supports peaceful resistance, no war 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Oct. 18, 2015
Headline: “Zaki: ‘We give free rein to the peaceful wishes of the people as well as the infliction of economic loss to the occupation state that will affect its security’”
     “Fatah Central Committee Member [and Commissioner of Arab Relations] Abbas Zaki stated that the leadership and the official Palestinian echelon are interested in giving free rein to the peaceful wishes of the people, not in war against the occupation state, and emphasized that inflicting economic loss on the occupation state will affect its security.
Zaki stated today [Oct. 18, 2015], Sunday, in an interview with Mawtini Radio: ‘We are a people under attack, and it is our right to defend ourselves, our land and our property.’ He added:
‘We are a people that creates miracles, and the occupation state only reaps disasters from its crimes against our people.’ Zaki stressed that the official Palestinian echelon is interested in giving free reign to the peaceful wishes of the people, not in war or gunfire. Moreover, he emphasized that an economic loss of 5 billion dollars per month for the Israeli occupation state will affect its security, bearing in mind the fact that economy is the main pillar of security.”
Fatah official supports “non-violent” “uprising” because Israel would benefit from Palestinian violence 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: "Abbas Zaki to 'Donia Al-Watan': 'Severing of ties with Israel within a week'
       “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki clarified that the settlers' wild behavior and the current actions require a large effort in order to turn [the uprising] into a greater public uprising, that will be of a non-violent nature and capable of continuity, and announced: 'We fear that the actions will gradually become military and Israel will be the one to benefit.'
Zaki noted that if the confrontations remain as they are now, it will be suicide [for the PA], and noted that a united leadership with organized plans is necessary, which will daily enlist thousands of people and international solidarity activists… 'in order to take a greater part in the destruction of the Israeli economy and the undermining of its stability, so that the whole world will feel the occupation’s racism, and the world needs to bear responsibility. However, if the situation remains as it is, action after action, the world's perception, which favors Israel, will be that it is an issue of terror that can be eliminated.'"

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Syria’s Mufti expresses solidarity with Palestinians for “saving” Al-Aqsa Mosque “from the claws” of Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: ‘Syria’s Mufti: ‘Al-Aqsa is a trust hanging on the neck of the nation’”
     “Mufti of Arab Republic of Syria Ahmed Badr Al-Din Hassoun emphasized that the president of Syria, the government of Syria, and the Syrian people stand alongside the Palestinian people’s struggle against the aggressive Israeli war machine. In a phone conversation he held with Fatah Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki, Mufti Hassoun said that in its opposition and defense of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the Palestinian people protect the holiest site in the world, while waving the flag of glory and honor of the Arab and Islamic nation and free people around the world.
He added that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a trust placed around the necks of the trustees, Muslims and Christians alike, and that saving it from the claws of the occupation is a Pan-Arab and human duty… Zaki said that its authors have and do stand at the side of the Palestinian people’s struggle, out of a Pan-Arab awareness, which sees Palestine as the most important cause of the Arabs.”
Fatah official: Israel has “instruments of great destruction” and “at this time, armed intifada does not serve our interests” 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: ‘The “faultless” Oslo Accords are over, and our power now lies in our unity’”
     “In order to better understand the expected scenario of what will soon take place in the heated Palestinian arena, in view of the escalating confrontation between the Palestinians and occupation soldiers in dozens of points of conflict, and in order to understand what is now required of the responsible institutions, [Palestinian News Agency] Al-Hadaf spoke with Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki…
Regarding the ‘armed intifada,’ Zaki stated that the events of the second Intifada (i.e., Al-Aqsa Intifada, PA terror campaign 2000-2005) must not be forgotten, ‘for Israel has instruments of killing and great destruction, and at this time an armed intifada does not serve our interests…’
Regarding the historical mistakes of the Palestinians’ conflict with the Zionist enemy, Abbas Zaki stated that the ‘faultless’ Oslo Accords are over, and the misleading peace has stopped fooling the Palestinians."
Fatah official: Stabbings and rock throwing are Palestinian self "defense" 
Source: Anadolu Agency, Turkish news agency, Oct. 9, 2015
Statement by Abbas Zaki, member of Fatah's Central Committee, published on the website of  Fatah's European Information and Culture Commission and on Anadolu Agency, a Turkish news agency, on Oct. 9, 2015      
      "We are defending ourselves today, and will continue to defend ourselves. We are not in favor of escalation. However, the occupation is the one that kills, destroys, and attacks our cities and villages. Of course the defense differs from Palestinian to Palestinian, and there are some among us who defend with a rock, and those who defend with a knife."
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Fatah senior official supports armed struggle but only when “beneficial” and “causes heavy losses to the enemy” 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Oct. 8, 2015
Official PA TV program Inside, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “There are several means and arenas of resistance. Resoluteness is resistance. The economy is resistance. Science is resistance. Diplomacy is resistance. Regarding armed struggle, in which Israel has power and an advantage, with all its arsenal of weapons, I do not say we have to abandon it, but I do say that sometimes we need to use it, when it is beneficial to us and causes heavy losses to the enemy. We cannot begin with it with weapons it is doubtful will last two weeks, and in the end Israel will rule the world, and will claim it won the battle as it won against the Arabs in the past.”

Broadcast on official PA TV on Oct. 7, 2015 and posted on Abbas Zaki's Facebook page on Oct. 8, 2015.
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