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Abbas Zaki
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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].
Click to see more details about Abbas Zaki's political career in report from the Washington Institute
 
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:
PA official Zaki calls terrorist Abu Sukkar "an exemplary, self-sacrificing fighter" 
Source: Fatah's Information and Culture Commission's YouTube channel, July 17, 2013
Interviews with Secretary-General of the Presidential Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim and PA representative to Lebanon and member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki in Fatah video posted on Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission's YouTube channel:
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim: "Brother Abu Sukkar was released 10 years ago. For over eight years, he has participated in activities and [attended] house visits to families of Martyrs (Shahids). We miss this man. He will remain in our minds and veins. His memory and his good and wonderful deeds for this nation and for this nation's cause will always remain an example for us to emulate."
PA representative to Lebanon and member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki: "He started [out] with a wonderful and high quality operation (i.e., terror attack) using a refrigerator, that made the enemies lose sleep. He started [out] as an exemplary, self-sacrificing fighter and also in prison he was with a noble group of our Palestinian nation and they turned the detention centers into combat [training] schools."
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Note: Ahmad Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.
This video was posted on the Information and Culture Commission's YouTube channel.
Fatah event song calls to attack Israel, "the snake's head" - PA leaders applaud 
Source: Official PA TV Live, July 3, 2013
Singer Dalal Abu Amneh:
"Oh Palestinians, [the Zionists] shot you with a rifle
The Zionists kill your doves at the holy sites.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you...
Oh Palestinians, the revolution is certain,
with the rifle we will impose our new life...
With fire in my hands,
and together with you my hand
will strike the snake's head [Israel]."
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Clapping in the audience:
Mahmoud Abbas - PA Chairman
Yasser Abd Rabbo - PLO Sec. Gen.
Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim - President's office Sec. Gen.
Abbas Zaki - Member of the Fatah Central Committee
Hanan Ashrawi - PLO Executive Committee member
Abd Al-Rahim Maluh - Member of the PLO Executive Committee
Sultan Ab
u Al-Einein - Member of the Fatah Central Committee

Note: This video originally aired on PA TV on Jan. 8, 2011 and was rebroadcast Sept. 4 & 5 and Oct. 17, 2011. It reappeared six times on PA TV Live in June 2013 and was broadcast most recently on July 3, 2013. It was also posted to YouTube on Jan. 21, 2011.
Fatah official: “Anyone who removes resistance from the struggle” is “ignorant” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 11, 2013
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: ‘The two-state solution has withered away and Kerry has failed his mission’”
     “Member of Fatah Central Committee, and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with the People’s Republic of China, Abbas Zaki said that the two-state solution has reached its end and has withered away, in accordance with Israeli criteria. He wondered which two states ‘Israel’ is talking about when it maintains that Jerusalem is its eternal capital and it continues to settle and steal lands and deny the indisputable rights of our people…
Regarding the PA’s options since no [political] settlement can be seen on the horizon, Zaki said: ‘We are not captive to the American or the Israeli decision. We must struggle to rid the occupation from our land.’ He described anyone who removes resistance from the struggle, as ‘ignorant’.”
Fatah official calls terrorist involved in killing of 37 “wonderful self-sacrificing fighter role model” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 28, 2013
Headline: “Abbas Zaki phones commander of the group responsible for the ‘Dalal Mughrabi’ operation (i.e., terror attack) and convinces him to end his strike”
     “Member of Fatah Central Committee and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China, Abbas Zaki, phoned Hussein Fayyad, leader of the group responsible for the ‘Dalal Mughrabi’ operation (i.e., most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978,) whose health has deteriorated as a result of his hunger strike…
Zaki said that he spoke on the phone with fighter Fayyad, who resides in Algeria because the occupation forbids him to return to his homeland Palestine, and convinced him to end his strike, which he had started because he does not receive his rights [from the PA] as a fighter and as one of the revolution’s heroes.
Zaki added that he promised fighter Fayyad to restore his dignity and raise his case before President Mahmoud Abbas and the concerned parties, so that justice will be done.
Zaki said that the Fatah movement would not abandon its fighter sons who sacrificed what was most precious to them for Palestine’s freedom and that allowing them to live in dignity is an obligation and not a favor.
Zaki said that he is convinced that President Mahmoud Abbas will not tarry in ensuring justice for wonderful self-sacrificing (Fedayeen) fighter role models, such as fighter Hussein Fayyad who fought against the occupation and participated in the heroic Dalal Mughrabi operation."

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Senior Palestinian official Abbas Zaki: Israel's airport will return to Palestinians 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Apr. 8, 2013
PA TV broadcast a ceremony to honor outstanding students from the ‘Abu Jihad’ Khalil Al-Wazir class at the An-Najah National University. Abbas Zaki spoke at the ceremony.
Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “When Mr. Obama came to the region during his visit, as soon as he arrived at the airport of (pauses) Israe… (corrects himself), I mean, the airport where the Israelis are. I don’t want… (corrects himself) this whole country is ours, and Allah willing, the airport will also return to us.”
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Fatah official: "Popular resistance" will not be peaceful 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 8, 2013
PA TV broadcast a ceremony to honor outstanding students from the ‘Abu Jihad’ Khalil Al-Wazir class at the An-Najah National University. Abbas Zaki spoke at the ceremony.
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “We are in the field and we are not abandoning the field. Proof of this is that two-thirds of the prisoners in the [Israeli] prisons belong to Fatah… When we talk about popular resistance, we don’t say ‘peaceful popular resistance.’ No. We say ‘popular resistance’… We gave everything for peace and we now intend to give everything for the battlefield… We cannot turn against each other while Israel is against us. First of all, Israel is the primary enemy and the remaining [internal] hostilities will disappear afterwards.”
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Fatah offical: "We don’t say ‘peaceful popular resistance.’ No. We say ‘popular resistance’… We have given everything for peace and we now intend to give everything for the battlefield"  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Apr. 8, 2013
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony honoring outstanding students from the ‘Abu Jihad’ Khalil Al-Wazir class at the An-Najah National University.

Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “We are on the ground and we are not abandoning the field. Proof of this is that two-thirds of the prisoners in the prisons are Fatah members. This movement is not abandoning the field. We, when we talk about popular resistance, we don’t say ‘peaceful popular resistance.’ No. We say ‘popular resistance’… We have given everything for peace and we now intend to give everything for the battlefield... We must not turn against each other while Israel is against us. First of all, Israel is the main enemy and the remaining hostilities will disappear afterwards.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Senior Fatah official praises Um Nidal, mother of "heroic sons" who were terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 18, 2013
Headline: “Zaki announces the death of fighter Mariam Farahat”
     “Abbas Zaki, Member of Fatah Central Committee, and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China, announced the death of fighter and member of the Palestinian Parliament, Mariam Farahat Um Nidal, whose soul returned to the creator after a journey of giving, overflowing with struggle and sacrifice, during which she sacrificed her three heroic sons Nidal, Muhammad and Rawwad, on the altar of freedom for Palestine. Zaki said that the death of fighter Farahat is ‘a loss for our people, for we have lost one of the acclaimed Palestinian women and one of the resolute fighters of our people.’”
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Fatah official: Jesus was a Palestinian and the Holy Sepulchre is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 16, 2013
PA TV's Topic of the Day interviewed Abbas Zaki, member of Fatah's Central Committee, about the anniversary of Abu Iyad's assassination. Zaki also spoke about historic ties between Christianity and Islam. 
     Abbas Zaki: "This is what is written in the Quran. That we are the nation of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), the nation of Jihad. All the world's Christians – who are now running after Israel – all of them know that Jesus was a Palestinian and that the Church of the Resurrection (i.e., the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem) and the Gethsemane Church are Palestinian. And praying Muslims didn't pray until after Muhammad made the Night Journey from the Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) to the Distant Mosque (Al-Aqsa, in Arabic) and ascended to heaven and descended and prayed with the prophets. And we and the Christians [are bound by] the Pact of Omar, and the time has come for Muslims to wake up. They have no prayer if they abandon Jerusalem."

Note: The Pact of Omar was a seventh century treaty between Muslims and Christians that gave some degree of religious freedom to Christians and Jews as Dhimmis, as long as they abided by certain laws and restrictions.
Fatah official Abbas Zaki: Palestinians are “the nation of Ribat” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 16, 2013
PA TV's Topic of the Day interviewed Abbas Zaki, member of Fatah's Central Committee, about the anniversary of Abu Iyad's assassination. Zaki also spoke about historic ties between Christianity and Islam.
     Abbas Zaki: "This is what is written in the Quran. That we are the nation of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), the nation of Jihad. All the world's Christians – who are now running after Israel – all of them know that Jesus was a Palestinian and that the Church of the Resurrection (i.e., the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem) and the Gethsemane Church are Palestinian. And praying Muslims didn't pray until after Muhammad made the Night Journey from the Sacred Mosque (in Mecca) to the Distant Mosque (Al-Aqsa, in Arabic) and ascended to heaven and descended and prayed with the prophets. And we and the Christians [are bound by] the Pact of Omar, and the time has come for Muslims to wake up. They have no prayer if they abandon Jerusalem."

Note: The Pact of Omar was a seventh century treaty between Muslims and Christians that gave some degree of religious freedom to Christians and Jews as Dhimmis, as long as they abided by certain laws and restrictions.
Abbas representative: "Ask for death!" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013


Moderator at Fatah ceremony:‎ ‎ "Mahmoud Abbas' speech, as delivered by his representative ‎Abbas Zaki"‎
Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “If Jan. 1, 1965 became a national holiday ‎‎(i.e., attempted terror attack on Israel’s National Water Carrier), then the battle of Karameh ‎‎(1968) is the true date of birth [of Fatah] who wanted to fight against this enemy (the Israeli ‎army) that retreated. People asked Moshe Dayan (then Israel's Minister of Defense): What ‎happened to you, you with all the power at your disposal? He said: "What can I do if those ‎facing me have decided to die? If they had done the opposite, the matter would have been ‎determined." So ask for death, and life will be given to you.”‎
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Fatah official: UN Resolution gave Palestinians the right to “armed struggle” (i.e., violence) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2013
From the film Fatah: Revolution until Victory:
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “We have [UN] Resolution 3236 that says that the Palestinian has the right to use any means of struggle, including armed struggle. That’s an international resolution.”
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Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that the "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."

Fatah official: Palestinians have “the right” to armed struggle (i.e., violence) 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), Nov. 21, 2012
Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee:
     "Up to now we in Fatah have had immunity because of the international decision that the Palestinian people has the right to employ all methods of struggle – including armed struggle – as per [UN] resolution 3236. "

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that the "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
Fatah official on Israel-Hamas conflict: "May Allah bless Islamic Jihad, may Allah bless Hamas" 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), Nov. 21, 2012
Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: 
     "My feelings towards Hamas have softened. I salute them. I congratulate them for learning the lessons of 2008-2009 (previous Israel-Hamas conflict). They gave us great pleasure. May Allah bless them. (Note: Islamic Jihad and Hamas launched more than 1,000 rockets and missiles at Israeli cities during the 8-day conflict.) They told the Israelis that this is no joy ride... May Allah bless Islamic Jihad, may Allah bless Hamas. They decided to die to earn this honor... I'm in favor of a Palestinian victory in Gaza, Hamas' and [Islamic] Jihad's victory. Nothing matters to me now except Israel's defeat."
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Fatah official is proud of Palestinian women who carry out suicide attacks and celebrate the death of Martyrs 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2012
Interview with Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, on the PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
     Zaki: "Actually we started a process of organization and precise reconnaissance, in order to start the Fatah revolution, in January '65. From then until today, 48 years of rivers of blood, sweat and tears, we have [had] ups and downs, but the enemy feels, each day that it is regressing. Each period we use a different form of struggle: At one time [we struggle] with weapons, at another time – stones, another time – empty stomachs (i.e., hunger strikes), such that we will defeat this executioner in our battle. I believe that the memory, the love of Palestine and the geography of Palestine still lives in the mind of this tremendous nation. The children, of whom it was said that they would not know this land – they now know it better than the scholars and the adults, and they make sacrifices [for it]. The women carry out Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e., suicide attacks), and utter sounds of joy over the Martyr, and sing to the groom (i.e., the Martyr who marries the 72 virgins in Paradise).This shows what a right that has claimants is, and that the Palestinian people is ready to sacrifice until this black day (Nakba day) is erased through its struggle…"
Fatah official expresses pride that Palestinian women celebrate when Martyrs become “grooms” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2012
Interview with Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, on the PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
     Zaki: "Actually we started a process of organization and precise reconnaissance, in order to start the Fatah revolution, in January '65. From then until today, 48 years of rivers of blood, sweat and tears, we have [had] ups and downs, but the enemy feels, each day that it is regressing. Each period we use a different form of struggle: At one time [we struggle] with weapons, at another time – stones, another time – empty stomachs (i.e., hunger strikes), such that we will defeat this executioner in our battle. I believe that the memory, the love of Palestine and the geography of Palestine still lives in the mind of this tremendous nation. The children, of whom it was said that they would not know this land – they now know it better than the scholars and the adults, and they make sacrifices [for it]. The women carry out Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e., suicide attacks), and utter sounds of joy over the Martyr, and sing to the groom (i.e., the Martyr who marries the 72 virgins in Paradise).This shows what a right that has claimants is, and that the Palestinian people is ready to sacrifice until this black day (Nakba day) is erased through its struggle…"

Note: According to Islamic belief, the Martyr (Shahid) becomes a groom upon his death and marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise.
PA official claims Jews and Israelis control America  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2012
Interview with Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, on PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
     Zaki: "Actually we started a process of organization and precise reconnaissance, in order to start the Fatah revolution, in January '65. From then until today, 48 years of rivers of blood, sweat and tears, we have [had] ups and downs, but the enemy feels, each day that it is regressing. Each period we use a different form of struggle: At one time [we struggle] with weapons, at another time – stones, another time – empty stomachs (i.e., hunger strikes), such that we will defeat this executioner in our battle... Day after day, Allah willing, the picture will become clearer. America is not our fate. It is true that there are 6 million Jews there. It is they who vote for the President and for the Congress, and who control it. Israelis control America through those votes. We have 15 million Arab and Muslim votes. Those living in America – if 5 million of them were to vote as a bloc, it could cancel the Jewish control of the administration and of the American Congress. When there will be an American leadership that believes in the principles of George Washington and does not adhere to the decisions of the extremists in Tel Aviv, perhaps the entire equation will change, and we can begin to live for our hopes, and to turn them into facts. They will live for their diseases and for their hatred, and they will die, with Allah's permission."
Fatah official glorifies violence: "The rifle dare not fall" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 7, 2012
PA TV shows Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee Member, speaking at rally in solidarity with prisoners in Hebron:
     Zaki: "The world did not recognize us… until Arafat got up at the UN and said, 'I am holding an olive branch in one hand, and a rifle in the other – do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand.' He did not say, 'Do not cause the rifle to fall', because the rifle dare not fall so long as there is occupation of our Palestinian land."
Fatah official glorifies continued violence against Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 7, 2012
PA TV shows Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee Member, speaking at rally in solidarity with prisoners in Hebron:
     Zaki: "The world did not recognize us… until Arafat got up at the UN and said, 'I am holding an olive branch in one hand, and a rifle in the other – do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand.' He did not say, 'Do not cause the rifle to fall', because the rifle dare not fall so long as there is occupation of our Palestinian land."
Song at Fatah event: Palestinians are the "rifle" protecting the home from the "wolf" (i.e., Israel) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 22, 2012
Song by Lebanese songwriter Wadi' Al-Safi, sung by Palestinian singer Mondher Al-Ra'i at a performance marking the 46th anniversary of Fatah.
Excerpt from the song:
"We will never leave you, our home,
I will not agree to leave my home
My home – I am its rifle
I will not leave it to the wolf;
I will not lend out its key."

In the audience: President Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary of the PLO Executive Council Yasser Abd Rabbo, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi, President's office Sec. Gen. Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, Ramallah and El-Bireh district governor Laila Ghannam, Arab member of Israeli Parliament Ahmad Tibi, Minister of Fence and Settlement Affairs Maher Ghneim, Fatah spokesman Ahmad Asaf.
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