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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 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.”
Senior Fatah official: Jihad on [Jerusalem's] behalf is a personal religious commandment 
Source: Palvoice website (Fatah), Dec. 15, 2010
     "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…’
Senior Fatah official: Israeli excavations under Al-Aqsa may cause collapse 
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 religious communal 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."
Senior PA official Abbas Zaki: Zionist lobby and AIPAC control President Obama 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2010
     “Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee and President Mahmoud Abbas’s representative… Zaki delivered a speech in which he conveyed greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas… He spoke about the pressures being exerted on the Palestinian leadership to cooperate with attempts to acquire legitimacy for Netanyahu, his government, his crimes, and the violations and the plots to Judaize Jerusalem which he is carrying out... He noted that this American pressure is being exerted [on Palestinians] because of their own [American] needs in anticipation of mid-term elections. And despite the position of Obama, who wants to do something, but is controlled by the Congress, the Zionist lobby, and AIPAC.”
Mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre "will always remain our ideal for the generations to come," says Fatah 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2010
Headline: "Impressive farewell to the Shahid (Martyr) commander Abu Daoud at the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp"
     "'He began his life as a regular individual and concluded it with giant stature.' Thus Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, described the Shahid (Martyr) commander Abu Daoud who parted from his brothers and from his people two nights ago, after a life spent in struggle under the flag of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) and under the flag of the PLO...
He spent his life as a fighter for the liberation of this homeland and for the return of its dispersed children to it. He joined Fatah upon its establishment, and directed many fighting operations against the Israeli occupation. Generations of fighters and people of struggle were educated by him...
Zaki described the late commander thus: 'He started his life as a regular individual and concluded it with giant stature.' Speaking to WAFA news agency, he added: 'We have lost a man on the level of the Arab region and on the level of the world revolutionary movement, by virtue of his noble actions and his glorious history. Bestowing this honor in every place, inside the homeland and outside of it, does justice to this mighty man.'
Dr. Samir Al-Refa'i [Secretary of the Fatah branch in Syria] said: 'With the fall of Abu Daoud as a Shahid we have lost a man who is worth all other men together, but we have already become accustomed to this road being a long one, full of Shahids, commanders and fighters.
He added: 'Abu Daoud is one of the symbols of the Fatah movement. He lived his life wounded, and his wounds testify to his path of struggle and to his continuous struggle on behalf of his people and the homeland. He will always remain our ideal and a role model for the generations to come.'"

Note: Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, also known as Abu Daoud, planned the 1972 attack on Israeli
PA leader Zaki: Armed struggle still option if negotiations fail 
Source: Al-Ghad (Jordan), May 22, 2010
     "Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, does not believe that a Palestinian-Israeli agreement will be achieved in the shadow of the extreme right-wing [Israeli] government, but he leaves the door open to a 'return to [UN] Resolution 181 and to all forms of the struggle, including the armed struggle, if the negotiations fail: the door is open to a return to the UN, such that Resolutions 242 and 338 will no longer have any value, and there will be a return to Resolution 181 [of November 29, 1947], which is the Partition Plan and the birth certificate of the State of Israel and of the Palestinian State. In addition, [there will be] a return to UN Resolution 3236, which grants the Palestinian people the right to all forms of the struggle, including the armed struggle...’ He called for ‘a gathering that will bring together the Fatah and Hamas leadership, under Mahmoud Abbas'... and added: 'We are in favor of anyone who defends the homeland and bears arms in order to defend it, because he supports the idea of Fatah and of the resistance. Likewise, we stand with anyone who comes out against the Zionist lobby and isolates Israel and puts it in a corner.'”
Fatah official: Abu Jihad was “the first bullet, the start of the revolution, a legend”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2010
      “The Palestinian Academy for Security Sciences held a ceremony yesterday [April 21, 2010] on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, with the participation of Fatah Central Committee member, Commissioner of NGOs and Chairman of the Academy’s board of trustees Tawfiq Tirawi and Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Arab Relations Abbas Zaki…  As the [Palestinian] Prisoner’s Day ceremony coincided with the anniversary of the Martyrdom (Istishhad) of Commander Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), Zaki spoke about the deceased commander. He described him as the first bullet, the start of the revolution, a legend, and a man impossible to describe in words.  Zaki summarized Abu Jihad’s life of struggle from his childhood until his momentous death as a Martyr… He said: ‘He was the [most] extraordinary revolutionary and military commander. He was the politician as well as the academic who founded a Palestinian periodical in 1958. He was tolerant towards his people, and tough and terrifying to his enemies. He was the one who predicted the Stone Intifada (i.e., the first Palestinian wave of violence against Israel, 1988-1993), and he was the one who watered the [Palestinian] soil with his pure blood.’”
Abbas rep. and Fatah official commemorated terrorist Abu Jihad at rally held in his honor 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Apr. 18, 2010
Headline: Hebron: “Army pensioners mark anniversary of the Martyrdom death of Abu Jihad”
“The National Council of Military Pensioners in Hebron organized a national rally marking the anniversary of the Martyrdom death of the leader Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), and Palestinian Prisoners' Day, at the Academic Association hall in the city… The rally included a speech by [district] governor Hussein Al-A'raj, representing President Mahmoud Abbas, and by Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki… The speakers enumerated the virtues of the Martyr commander Abu Jihad in the context of the Palestinian and worldwide liberation movement. They also emphasized the need to unite around the issue of the male and female prisoners in the occupation prisons, and to act for their liberation."

Note: 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 killing 125 Israelis. This included the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abbas Zaki appointed as Fatah Commissioner of Relations with Arab Countries and Nabil Shaath as Commissioner of International Relations 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 10, 2009
     "The Fatah Central Committee appointed Central Committee member Dr. Nabil Shaath as Commissioner of International Relations, and Abbas Zaki as Commissioner of Relations with Arab Countries."
Israel established to rid Europe of Jews 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2008
Abbas Zaki, PA representative to Lebanon:
     "We must understand why Israel was established… [The Europeans] wanted to get rid of the Jews… At that same time, energy [oil] was discovered in the Arab region… They solved the [Jewish] problem by exporting [the Jews to] Israel [and at same time] they imposed their hegemony on the region’s natural resources. The [purpose of the] State of Israel is not for the Jews, but is an ongoing [colonial] project, an outpost of Imperialism.”
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PA representative Zaki proud that Fatah has continued "armed operations" [terror] 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 7, 2008
Abbas Zaki, PA representative to Lebanon:
     "Shame on anyone who says that Fatah put down its weapons! Since June 14 [Hamas takeover] until today, Fatah's Al-Aqsa brigades [executed] 220 operations, which are 30% of the [total] operations."
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PA officials: Imprisoned terrorists are ‎‎“soldiers of the PA” and receive ‎salaries, they should receive higher ‎salaries 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Jan. 18, 2000
Headline: “729,000 dollars distributed to ‎families of prisoners whose homes were ‎demolished”‎
     ‎“Yesterday, [Jan. ‎‎18, 2000] Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, ‎Hisham Abdul Razek met with members of ‎the Parliamentary Education and Social ‎Affairs Committee and informed them that ‎the [compensation] committee had ‎finished transferring the checks to those ‎entitled to them last week and added that ‎the total sum [of the distributed money] is ‎approximately 729,000 US dollars. He ‎elaborated and said that every prisoner ‎from Jerusalem whose home was ‎demolished received 7,000 dollars and ‎every prisoner from the West Bank or ‎Gaza Strip whose home was demolished ‎received 5,000 dollars. He said that there ‎are seven prisoners from Jerusalem and ‎the rest are from the West Bank and Gaza ‎Strip… And in a different context, ‎‎[minister] Abdul Razek explained that ‎the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs ‎considers anyone detained [in Israel] a ‎soldier of the PA and therefore and ‎accordingly, every prisoner is entitled to ‎the full rights of an ordinary soldier in ‎the [nation’s] service, including a salary ‎starting at 900 shekels. Head of the ‎Education Committee and member of ‎Parliament, Abbas Zaki asserted that the ‎prisoners should not be considered ‎only as [simple] soldiers and demanded ‎that they be awarded higher salaries ‎and military ranks – so that the Israeli ‎prison management would not treat ‎them as no more than simple soldiers.”‎
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