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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:
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.
Fatah official in PA TV news broadcast: Israel is like Hitler 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 17, 2012
Report about a Palestinian demonstrator attacked by an Israeli army dog. Interview with Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki, about the incident.
PA TV reporter: "In these images, Israeli Nazism and the criminal mentality are eternalized. The methods are numerous, but the aggression is the same. Police dogs attack the demonstrators and bite their exposed parts…"
Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki: "When this enemy uses dogs and live bullets and this planned military violence, it emphasizes its violent, racist nature and character, which is unacceptable, and which has multiplied and spilled over beyond all limits. In my opinion they imitate – and they are determined to imitate – the period of Hitler. Because, in the Nazi war, Hitler was determined to train dogs… so that they would enter the war. These modern weapons and modern technology have reached their hands, harmful wild boars, as well as dogs that bite the bodies of the [Palestinian] fighters." ...
Host: "Mr. Zaki, when the Israeli soldiers use dogs as a means of suppressing these demonstrations, why, in your opinion, do they reach such a level of barbarism and of torture of civilians?"
Zaki: "They are – first of all, when they exaggerate with their crimes, they're afraid. Their man is already not able to handle it. Therefore, I believe that the dog, the boar, and the soldier have now joined forces [lit: they are in one pit] against Palestinian humanity."
Fatah official representing Abbas makes solidarity visit to families of two terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2012
On March 8, 2012, two Palestinian terrorists attacked an Israeli soldier in Hebron and stabbed him with a knife. Despite his wounds, the soldier managed to shoot both terrorists, one of whom was killed while the other was injured. In the following PA daily article, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki honors the terrorists in Abbas' name:
     "[Fatah] Central Committee member Abbas Zaki yesterday conveyed condolences in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah Central Committee to the family of the Martyr Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram from the town of Yatta in Hebron, who died as a Martyr after being shot by the occupation forces when he tried to prevent the arrest of the prisoner freed in the [Gilad] Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal. Zaki expressed the solidarity of the President and the leadership of Fatah with the family of the Martyr... He pointed out that the cold-blooded murder of Abu Aram is organized crime of the extremist Israeli government... Zaki also visited the family of the injured prisoner Mahmoud Omar Rashid who was also injured in town of Yatta (in the same incident)... He expressed the pride of the Palestinian leadership in this generation and in this heroism."
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Fatah event song calls to attack Israel "with the rifle" - PA leaders applaud  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 17, 2011
"Oh Palestinians, the revolution is certain,
with the rifle we will impose our new life.
Oh Palestinians, [the Zionist] shot you with the rifle,
the Zionists are killing your doves in your sacred area.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you.
Fire is in my hands, and with you attack the snake's head (Israel)."
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Clapping in the audience:
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 Abu Al-Einein - Member of the Fatah Central Committee

Note: This video originally aired on Sept. 4, 2011 and was rebroadcast Sept. 5 and Oct. 17, 2011.
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: Goal is end of Israel, but "you can't say that to the world" 
Source: Al-Jazeera TV, Sept. 23, 2011
     "The agreement is based on the borders of June 4 [1967]. While the agreement is on the borders of June 4, the President [Mahmoud Abbas] understands, we understand, and everyone knows that it is impossible to realize the inspiring idea, or the great goal in one stroke. If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, if Israel uproots the settlements, 650,000 settlers, if Israel removes the (security) fence - what will be with Israel? Israel will come to an end. If I say that I want to remove it from existence, this will be great, great, [but] it is hard. This is not a [stated] policy. You can't say it to the world. You can say it to yourself."
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Fatah Central Committee member: The US has no morality, we must work against the US 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 21, 2011
Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee:
     "Praise to Allah, it was as though I had Divine inspiration; from the moment they applauded [US President] Abu Hussein Obama, and from the moment he began his speech, I swear by Allah, I felt that this man [Obama] was a puppet in the hands of the Zionists and the Israelis – a puppet! No more and no less. Why? Because the history of the United States is a forgery. What they call ideals and the values of Washington, the values of George Washington, and democracy and so on, serves them when they so desire…
The time has come to leave the equation which separates the US from Israel. Both are [committing] the same crime. They slaughtered the Indians there, but they can't slaughter us here. The world is a small village; today there are changes: In Turkey, let's hear Erdogan's speech; let's hear the speech by Ahmadinejad. As I see it, we must now work with everything which is against the US, so that they will come back to us. Because they [the US] – if they aren't afraid, they're not embarrassed [to act as they do]; they have no values or morality."
PA TV host: "Correct."
Zaki: "Isolate Israel as a punishment for its crimes against man, stone, and tree" 
Source: Palvoice website (Fatah), Dec. 15, 2010
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: Internal compromise means victory for everyone. Fatah and Hamas must meet halfway.”
     "Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee and General Commissioner for Arab Relations, called for an Islamic summit conference to be held immediately for the city of Jerusalem… He emphasized that the summit would need to establish the stance of the Islamic states towards Jerusalem, ‘since it is not only ours, but [belongs to] all Muslims, and is in grave danger.’
Zaki said, in announcements to the press, that ‘the struggle and the Jihad for the liberation of Jerusalem are not the job of the Palestinians alone; it is the job of all Muslims and all believers and all who are loyal and who bear the faith, and Jihad on [Jerusalem’s] behalf is a personal religious commandment (i.e. incumbent on every individual) [fard ayn] and not [merely] a communal religious commandment, especially in the shadow of the threat to the holy city and its inhabitants, coming from the occupiers who are acting to change its Arabic and Islamic landmarks…’ He noted that the excavation activities which Israel is carrying out beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque threaten the collapse of the Marwani prayer complex [Solomon’s Stables]… In addition, they may cause a larger collapse of the structures adjacent to Al-Aqsa, in addition to the building of a new synagogue… with the purpose of concealing the usual sight of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa...
Zaki also demanded action on the broadest possible scale on all continents in order to isolate Israel as a punishment for its crimes against man, stone and tree, and for being a wayward state which is above the law, and to expose its strategic alliance with the US…
[In conclusion, Zaki] demanded of the Arab League to emphasize the boycott of Israel.”
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