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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 official: Israel and the terror org. ISIS are the US' "most advanced pawns" 
Source: Palestine News Network (PNN, independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 7, 2014
     "Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki said the Palestinian language and terminology [employed] with the Zionist enemy must be changed, as whoever has seen the extent of the destruction, the ruins and the limbs torn from the pure bodies of our people in Gaza understands the goals of the Zionist attack (i.e., Operation Protective Edge) - [namely,] to exploit the terrible situation in the Arab world that has resulted from the lack of bravery, enthusiasm and willpower among those [countries] who have made subjugation to the US their way [of life]... [The US,] whose most advanced pawns include Israel and its new creation, ISIS, whose goal is to destroy the Arab world and eliminate the Palestinian cause."
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ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) - is an unrecognized state and jihadist group that has conquered large parts of Iraq and Syria. It has declared itself a Caliphate, thereby claiming religious authority over all Muslims; its goal is to bring much of the Middle East, including Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Cyprus under its control.

This article was published during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Fatah leader Abbas Zaki: Israel is committing genocide 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki called on the Arab [political] parties and powers to support the Palestinian nation, which is undeniably under the most powerful and evil Zionist attack. In a statement to the press yesterday [July 13, 2014], he said: ‘The aggression does not have military objectives, but serves [to commit] genocide.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: This article was published during the 2014 Gaza war as Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Fatah official: "Whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2014
Q: “[As of now, Israel’s Operation ‎Protective Edge has claimed] over 120 ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded 900, and ‎at the official level, Fatah is still adhering ‎to the negotiations. Is that really the ‎movement’s position?”‎
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas ‎Zaki: “First of all, what is happening in ‎Gaza is a very large operation. The enemy ‎has crossed all boundaries of human ‎‎[behavior], and I don’t believe Fatah is ‎relying on negotiations with this ‎savage…”‎
Q: “What is Fatah’s official position on the ‎Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military ‎wing), who are launching rockets at the ‎Israeli settlements? There are figures ‎according to which Fatah in Gaza has ‎launched over 200 rockets.”‎
Abbas Zaki: “Our eyes are now turned ‎toward Gaza, and the unity of the factions ‎is very necessary... No one in Gaza will ‎look on from the sidelines and sit by idly. ‎Gaza is at war and is living under fire, and ‎whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah‎...
We Palestinians have an international ‎decision regarding our right to defend ‎ourselves, even by means of armed ‎struggle, but we won’t use the [armed] ‎struggle unless it suits the situation and ‎helps and exacts a high price from the ‎enemy during the campaign. ‎
We don’t want to say we are against it.
‎Yasser Arafat went to the UN and told ‎them, ‘an olive branch in one hand and a ‎rifle in the other.’ He didn’t say ‘just a rifle;’ ‎but also the green branch... Mahmoud Abbas is ‎experienced. We don’t want words, we ‎want deeds."

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Fatah official: Israel is a “colonialist Zionist enterprise” in alliance with the US that seeks to weaken the entire Arab region 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
     “On May 14, 1948, colonialist Britain announced the end of its Mandate in Palestine and the completion of its mission, [which was] to allow the Zionist movement to take over... That same night, the leader of the armed Zionist gangs, David Ben Gurion, finished reading the declaration of the ‘independence of the State of Israel,’ as it was called, to the leaders of these gangs. With them, he approved Plan D, and on the morning of May 15, [1948] the Holocaust of Palestine, its great Nakba began… [We are still struggling] to prepare ourselves for the restoration of all the rights we lost and to concentrate all our power and ability on achieving the great victory and putting an end to the Zionist settlement enterprise on our Palestinian land…
As we have seen throughout the history of the conflict, the functional aspect of the colonialist Zionist enterprise outside of Palestine’s borders calls for engaging in war and aggression against the Arab nation, completely dominating all political, social and economic channels in the neighboring Arab countries, weakening and embroiling them in wars and internal and external conflicts, and weakening the [entire] Arab region, exhausting it, to keep it under foreign influence and hegemony forever …
Beyond the borders of the Arab world, it also demands, as we have seen, the forging of a strategic alliance with the United States – where AIPAC and the Zionist lobby have a strong influence – and with the fascist regimes and oppressive regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. [It also demands] supporting separatist and reactionary movements among nations fighting for their freedom and national independence... in order to keep them in the cycle of poverty and dependence on monopolistic global companies.”

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Fatah official: Arch-terrorist responsible for 125 deaths is "an eternal symbol on the path of the struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 16, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki called April 16 a day that generations of Palestinians can never forget. This was the day the great commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ joined the [ranks of the] commander-Martyrs, after writing the history of a period in which the generations raised the flag of the struggle, and led the children of the stones (i.e., the children who threw stones during the first Intifada) to perform miracles.
Zaki added that, despite the pain over the death of a commander engraved in the memories and souls of our people, Martyr Abu Jihad was [still] present, and that the revolution was embodied in a man and commander from among the people. Zaki said that Martyr Abu Jihad had embodied national Palestinian unity and established, in his longstanding confrontation with the Israeli enemy, the fighters’ path of unity... He planted the spirit of grounded resistance among the generations, and remains, despite his absence, an eternal symbol on the path of the struggle. The Prince of Martyrs, Abu Jihad, remains the first bullet and the first stone, the one [our] hearts trust in and through whose vision [our] faith grows…
Among the military operations (i.e., terror attacks) planned by Abu Jihad: the explosion at the Zohar reservoir in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv in 1975, which killed 10 Israelis; the blowing up of a truck bomb in Jerusalem in 1975; the killing of Albert Levi, the senior sapper, and his assistant in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation in 1978, in which more than 37 Israelis were killed... and [he] planned the Dimona Reactor operation (i.e., the Mothers’ Bus Attack) in 1988, which was the principle reason for his assassination."

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Fatah official celebrates "the Republic of Dalal Mughrabi," murderer of 37 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2014
     “The Tunisian High School Teachers’ Association held a well-attended ceremony marking the 38th anniversary of eternal Land Day yesterday [March 29, 2014]…
Participants at the ceremony included… on the Palestinian side, Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations Abbas Zaki, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Tunisia Salman Al-Harfi and Fatah Secretary in Tunisia Hisham Mustafa…
In his speech, Zaki spoke of the stages of the struggle our people have led in this month (March) – the Battle of Karameh, the Republic of Dalal Mughrabi, Mother’s Day and Land Day, which proved the unification of all our people in all of Palestine on that day.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Notes: The Karameh battle - In 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the Al-Karameh village in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists were launching attacks on Israel. Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70. Palestinian sources occasionally refer to the hijacked bus as “the Republic of Dalal Mughrabi.”
Land Day –an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976, to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider it a national day.
Fatah member: "Israel was designed to defeat the Arabs... from the ocean to the gulf" 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum interviewed Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “Israel was designed to defeat the Arabs, from the [Atlantic] Ocean to the Gulf. If the Palestinians were the only ones [being harmed by Israel], then so be it. But I say that as long as this occupation exists, there will be no security for the Arabs, from the [Atlantic] Ocean to the Gulf.”

Fatah official: Israel was established as a barrier to Arab unity, which was stolen by the West 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum‎ ‎interviewed Fatah Central Committee ‎Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was ‎posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas ‎Zaki: “We in Fatah still retain the principle ‎of armed struggle – but it should be used ‎‎[only] when it is useful to us and when it ‎exacts a heavy price from the enemy…‎
Our Middle East is rich in energy. I believe ‎the time has come for people to know why ‎Israel was established ‎…‎
They said it was necessary to establish a ‎human barrier, which is Israel, which ‎would separate the western parts of the ‎Arab world from its eastern parts, would ‎control the region’s resources – that is, oil ‎and industry – and prevent the Arabs from ‎regaining their unity and culture, which the ‎West had taken from them.”‎
Fatah official: Fatah committed to "armed struggle (i.e., violence), but it should be used when it is useful to us" 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum interviewed Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “We in Fatah still retain the principle of armed struggle – but it should be used [only] when it is useful to us and when it exacts a heavy price from the enemy… Our Middle East is rich in energy. I believe the time has come for people to know why Israel was established… They said it was necessary to establish a human barrier, which is Israel, which would separate the western parts of the Arab world from its eastern parts, would control the region’s resources – that is, oil and industry – and prevent the Arabs from regaining their unity and culture, which the West had taken from them.”
Senior Fatah official: "Allah will gather [the Israelis] so we can kill them" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 12, 2014

PA TV host: On the issue discussed in the media, that Netanyahu failed in his attempt to stir up the media around the so-called arms ship (Iranian shipment of arms to Gaza intercepted by Israel), and so he turned to the option of bloodshed, which explains the number of Martyrs (3 Islamic Jihad terrorists) who fell in 24 hours. In other words, he failed to draw the world's attention, and so resorted to the Israeli occupation's traditional method - killing Palestinians in order to provoke a hurried Palestinian reaction. How do you see this?

Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki: Netanyahu went and provoked an uproar, like [when] he drew a nuclear bomb [and said] this is what Iran wants. He failed in the Iranian issue, and tried to improve his situation with the Palestinian issue... These Israelis have no belief, no principles. They are an advanced instrument of evil. They say, the Holocaust, and so on - fine, why are they doing this to us? Therefore, I believe that Allah will gather them so we can kill them. I am informing the murderer of his death.

Fatah official calls terrorists who murdered 4 students “heroes” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 17, 2014
Official PA TV News reported on the funeral of Muhammad Shahin Al-Darabi, whose body was transferred to the PA by Israel. Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki and District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid attended the funeral.
Muhammad Shahin Al-Darabi’s father: “We receive him today with a hero’s reception, and escort him to his biggest wedding.”
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “These heroes, whether Al-Faqih yesterday or Al-Darabi today - they serve as a magnet for the Palestinian people. Therefore, the thousands who have congregated [here today] are indication and proof of our people’s refusal to kneel and surrender.”

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PA official honors murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2014
     “Two days ago [Jan. 18, 2014], Fatah’s main north Hebron branch convened a conference of the regional organizational branch of Surif (a Palestinian village near Hebron), marking the beginning of [a round of] conferences of the [Fatah] regional organizational branches, at the end of which the central branch convention [will be held].
The conference was attended by Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki, the secretary of [Fatah’s] main north Hebron Branch and Surif Mayor Muhammad Lafi (Abu Ala) [parenthesis in source] and released prisoners Ziyad and Mustafa Ghneimat…
[Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations Abbas] Zaki praised the village of Surif and the history of its struggle – [it being] the village of Martyr (Shahid) Ibrahim Abu Dayyeh, released prisoners Ziyad and Mustafa Ghneimat, and prisoner Muhammad Al-Tous (Abu Shadi) [parenthesis in source] - and wished [the latter] a speedy release from the Israeli occupation prison.”

Ibrahim Abu Dayyeh was the commander of an Arab militia during the 1948 War of Independence.
Ziyad Mahmoud Ghneimat and Mustafa Ghneimat were each serving a life sentence for shooting and murdering two Israeli citizens, Meir Ben Yair and Michal Cohen, in a forest on June 27, 1985. They were released in October 2013, as two of the 104 prisoners whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Muhammad Al-Tous – a Fatah terrorist serving a life sentence for a series of crimes. He was the commander of a terrorist cell that attacked 5 civilian buses in September 1985, wounding 16 passengers. He also issued the command to murder Zalman Abolnik in March 1984 and Meir Ben Yair and Michal Cohen in July 1985, and took part in the murder of Mordechai Suissa and Edna Harari in October 1985.
Fatah official: Released murderer's wedding "is the wedding of the entire Palestinian nation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 7, 2014
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PA TV program In a Fighter’s Home visited the home of released terrorist Najeh Muqbil during a celebration of his release and his wedding.
Song at wedding:
“Najeh, oh Fatah man with the Kalashnikov (i.e., AK-47 assault rifle),
Only you please me, the man with the Kalashnikov!
Najeh, oh Fatah man with the Kalashnikov,
Move from neighborhood to neighborhood,
Teach them what rock throwing is!
Najeh, oh Fatah man with the Kalashnikov,
Only you please me, the man with the Kalashnikov!"
PA TV host to member of Fatah’s Central Committee Abbas Zaki: “You’ve come today to congratulate our released hero prisoner, Najeh Muqbil. What do you say on this occasion?”
Abbas Zaki: "Najeh's wedding is the wedding of the entire Palestinian nation."

Note: Najeh Muqbil participated in stabbing and murdering his employer, Israeli citizen Yaacov Shalom, on May 20, 1990. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison. He was released in October 2013, as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Senior Palestinian official Abbas Zaki: State on '67 borders is first stage 
Source: Syrian satellite TV channel, Dec. 23, 2013
Syrian TV host: "When they talk about [the US] imposing a solution, we know that it will be deficient."
Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki: "You can relax. We find ourselves united for the first time. Even the most extreme among us, Hamas, or the fighting forces, want a state within the '67 borders. Afterward, we [will] have something to say, because the inspiring idea cannot be achieved all at once. [Rather] in stages."
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Fatah official mocks Israel for releasing murderers from prison 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
Moderator: "Abbas Zaki will speak on behalf of Fatah..." [Zaki shakes hands with the released murderers]
Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity... How great what President Mahmoud Abbas has done, who through his insight knew how to defeat the enemies... No one expected that Israel, which hands down life sentences and decided that they [the prisoners] would go from prison to the grave, [would release them]. They have become medals of honor on the chest of this nation... We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] "have blood on their hands" (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!"
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Note: Ziyad Mahmoud Ghneimat and Mustafa Ghneimat were each serving a life sentence for shooting and murdering two Israeli citizens, Meir Ben Yair and Michal Cohen, in a forest on June 27, 1985. They were released in October 2013, among the 104 prisoners to be released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Najeh Muqbil - stabbed his employer, Israeli citizen Yaacov Shalom, to death on May 20, 1990. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison, but was released in October 2013 as one of 104 prisoners to be released by Israel, which was the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
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Senior PA official celebrates “magnificent” terrorist “heroes returning from captivity” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity. How great are these men of great stature, for you sieged the prison guard. How great are you, for you knew that you are potential Martyrs (Shahids), yet your will was stronger than any [Israeli] decision and any outcome... We are the ones who planted the spirit of defiance in this nation, and we have been the school [to teach] the culture of resistance... We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… I congratulate the Hebron District on [the return] of this group of select men. And when I mention Mustafa, Ziyad, and Najeh, I add also the great eagle Fakhri Barghouti –33 years in prison, and here he is with us! …
I would like now to recall the commander of the operation, [Muhammad] Abu Shadi Al-Tous, whom we look up to with respect. The reason they are postponing [the release of] this commander is that he angered them more by having been the commander of the operation. We also salute [his wife] Um Shadi, and every front, and [we salute] all those beloved heroes, the pioneers, the free men, the fighters, like these heroes (points to the three released prisoners)… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

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Senior Fatah official: Abbas “baffled everyone” with diplomacy; now we can “administer poison to them [Israel] drop by drop” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity... How great what President Mahmoud Abbas has done, who through his insight knew how to defeat the enemies… Mahmoud Abbas came with his strong argument, with his intelligent policy, and with excellent, elegant diplomacy, and he baffled everyone in the Israeli camp, and he forced this equation (i.e., equating prisoners who had killed with prisoners who had not). For no one expected that Israel, which hands down life sentences and decided that they [the prisoners] would go from prison to the grave, [would release them]. They have become medals on the chest of this nation… The release of these heroic brothers was payment for nine months in which we won’t turn to international institutions… When Israel and America declared that ‘the old will die and the young will forget,’ and when they said that this is their ‘Promised Land,’ we told them that what is ‘promised’ is turbulent confrontation. We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

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Fatah: An “Israeli colonialist expansion project” exists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2013
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki’s office said… in its statement: ‘Abbas Zaki’s visit to Syria wasn’t a personal visit… [but] rather reflected the Fatah Central Committee’s positions, and was based on President Mahmoud Abbas’ instructions and policies. This is not the first [visit] but it was preceded by three Palestinian visits, led by PLO Executive Committee member… [These visits] were based on the following points and topics: …
Thirdly: The President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas’ and the Fatah Central Committee’s concern for Syria does not stem only from its being a country that stands up to the Israeli colonialist expansion project, but also due to concern for Palestinian refugees in sister Syria’s territories.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas representative Zaki: PA opposes foreign interference in Syria 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2013
     “The official Presidential Spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina, said that President Mahmoud Abbas’ special envoy, Abbas Zaki’s visit to Damascus was made as part of the discussion of our people’s difficult humanitarian situation in Syria… Abu Rudeina emphasized the President’s and the Palestinian leadership’s position, according to which there should be no interference in any Arab country’s internal affairs. He said: ‘Our strong position is that there should be no interference on the behalf of any one party, and we stress that our constant position is to honor the right of other nations to freedom, a dignified life and human respect.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Fatah Central committee warns of the “Israeli colonialist expansion scheme” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2013
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki’s office said... ‘Abbas Zaki’s visit to Syria was not [a] private [visit]; the visit to Damascus, which was distinctly political, was conducted as an expression of the position of Fatah’s Central Committee in accordance with President Mahmoud Abbas’ instructions and policy… [These visits] were based on the following points and topics:
a. [The Palestinian people already suffered from confrontations with other Arab nations and has therefore learned [the necessary] lessons to avert destructive wars.]
b. Fatah’s Central Committee, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, has taken a stand against interfering in Syria’s internal affairs and against favoring any one party against another. This [was decided] because we trust the brothers in Syria, who are the most capable of protecting their own interests and finding ways and means to solve their problems, based on preserving Syrian unity, opposing military solutions and settling disputes through democratic dialogue, with the aim of reaching understanding and a common ground to protect Syria from ruin and destruction.
c. The interest President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and the Central Committee show in Syria does not stem only from its being a country struggling against the Israeli colonialist expansion scheme, but also due to concern for Palestinian refugees in sister Syria’s territories. Their refugee camps have been destroyed and ruined and they need livelihood and a glass of water to stay alive until they return to Palestine and reclaim their homes and property in Haifa, Acre, Safed, Tiberias, Lod, Ramle and Be’er Sheva.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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