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Israel is a colonialist implant
Israel is a colonialist implant
The PA created an odious alternative history to denigrate the rebirth of the State of Israel and deny Israel’s right to exist. Since Jews, they say, never had a history in the Land of Israel and therefore never would have started the Zionist movement on their own, an imaginative story had to be created to explain Jewish renaissance in Israel. Accordingly, they teach that Jews were so evil in every country they inhabited for thousands of years that the nations of the world were forced to persecute and often expel them – as acts of self-defense. According to the PA libel, the repeated persecutions and expulsions of Jews are proof that the world agrees about the evil nature of Jews. Britain and Europe were suffering last century from their Jews in their countries, and therefore created Zionism in order to be rid of their Jewish “burden.” The Land of Israel was chosen by the Europeans, in this scenario, as the place to send the Jews in order to control and steal the “natural resources” of the Middle East. This is what the PA is referring to in its schoolbooks and official media when they refer to Israel as an imperialist colonial implant.

This article is an early expression of this ideology in the official PA daily in 1998:
“The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour… [turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews… Zionism was crucial to the defense of the West’s interests in the region, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of its Jews.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998]

This video is a recent expression of this PA ideology, on PA TV:
“Europe, led by Britain, founded Israel... We, as Arabs, as negotiators, as Palestinians when we meet with Europeans [should say]: 'You created and implanted a thieving entity upon Palestinian land...' As they implanted [Jews here] they got rid of [Jews there] and I do not wish to elaborate on this. The Jews in the time of Herzl caused European societies to lose sleep. They wanted to be rid of them, and implanted them in Palestine."
[Fathi Buzia, PA political commentator, PATV, June 17, 2009]
Fatah official on Balfour Declaration, a “colonialist crime”: “No to apology, no to compensation, and no to compromise, rather resistance”  
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Nov. 2, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Commissioner of Popular Organizations and Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi. The image shows a picture of former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and the English text of the Balfour Declaration.

Posted text: 
“This anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) marks 100 years since the colonialist crime and the liberation resistance that the Palestinians have been forced to carry out on the homeland in all of Palestine and the diaspora, [and] our statement still remains the same: ‘No to apology, no to compensation, and no to compromise, rather resistance until the return [of the refugees], the state, and self-determination.’”
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The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Cartoon in PA daily depicts UK PM May drinking Palestinian blood as a “celebration” of the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2017

Headline: “[British Prime Minister] Theresa May celebrates our [spilled] blood”

The cartoon depicts Theresa May holding a wine glass filled with blood.
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PA Ministry of Information: Balfour Declaration is “the greatest crime in the history of mankind” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 1, 2017
Headline: "[PA] Ministry of Information: The Balfour Promise is the greatest political and legal crime in history"
    "The [PA] Ministry of Information stated on the anniversary of the black Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that this promise is the greatest crime in the history of mankind and a political, legal, and moral sin whose heavy price is still being paid by our people with its blood and living flesh.
The ministry emphasized in a statement today, Wednesday [Nov. 1, 2017], that the fact that British Prime Minister Theresa May takes pride in the promise testifies to political insolence not yet seen by history, a strengthening of the violations of our people’s legal rights, and an insistence on supporting terror, settlement, and aggression.
The ministry stated that the promise and all of the ramifications are a legal offense that has no statute of limitations, and that everyone who advances it must be put on trial before the International Criminal Court. This is because a state cannot establish another state on land that it does not own, and it has no right to dispose of it freely under any pretext."
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Fatah Facebook post commemorating Balfour Declaration with image of bloody hand: “No Pride in Colonialism”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 31, 2017

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "#Balfour100"

The image shows what are supposedly Palestinian refugees on the left and then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and current British Prime Minister Theresa May with a bloody handprint overlaid on their faces.

English text on image: "No Pride in Colonialism: Make It Right and Recognize Palestine"
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The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s exact quote before the British House of Commons on Oct. 25, 2017, was: “We are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel, and we will certainly mark the centenary with pride.”
Fatah official: “The ominous Balfour Promise is the greatest crime” ever committed against the Palestinians, Israel was founded for colonial reasons 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 31, 2017
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki issued a call to the national parties and progressive political forces in the Arab homeland for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), in which he demanded that they consider Nov. 2, 2017, as a day of Arab rage in all of the Arab capitals and cities... Zaki explained that this is meant to force Britain to bear its moral, political, humanitarian, and legal responsibility for the consequences of the oppressive promise, and to demand that it correct the historical injustice that led to the uprooting of our Palestinian people, its expulsion, and the occupation of its homeland... He said that the ominous Balfour Promise is the greatest crime that has been committed against the Palestinian people for 100 years, and it is a type of strengthening of the strategic interests of the colonialist forces, which adopted, supported, and strengthened the Zionist project, goals, and presence in Palestine, the heart of the Arab homeland. This was in order to prevent its unity, take over its resources, divide it, split it, and undermine its stability, so that Israel would always be a hostile body to its surroundings and require backing from the colonialist states.”
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Abbas advisor: Balfour Declaration is “a promise from one without ownership to one that is undeserving” [i.e., Jews] which was a “crime”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2017
      "[PA] Supreme Shari’ah Judge and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash emphasized that the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) is a promise from one without ownership to one that is undeserving. [Al-Habbash] held Britain responsible for the tragedy resulting from [the promise], and from which the members of our people and the peoples of the region are suffering due to this ominous promise, and [said] that this injustice must disappear so that the world and region will live calmly and in peace. [Al-Habbash] added that this crime that Britain committed caused tragedies to the Palestinian people, and it is a crime against our people and the Muslims in general…
He noted that after 100 years, instead of Britain apologizing it is holding a celebration for the anniversary of this crime, and British Prime Minister [Theresa May] is proud of her country's crime, due to which blood was spilled and rights were stolen… The supreme Shari'ah judge explained that after 100 years of oppression, our people is still resisting, and its determination has not been broken."

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PA TV News quotes Deputy Chairman of Fatah: The Balfour Declaration “is a crime... [and] Britain is committing another crime by celebrating the ominous anniversary” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2017

Official PA TV News, on Fatah’s condemnation of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration

Official PA TV newsreader: "Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) is a crime and an instrument that [led to] the Nakba, and that Britain is committing another crime against our people by celebrating the ominous [100th] anniversary [of the promise]."
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The Nakba - i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
PLO official: Balfour Declaration “laid the foundations for the brutal system of oppression and Jewish settler colonialism in Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 30, 2017
Headline: “During his visit to a number of prisoners and released prisoners’ families in Hebron – Karake: The Balfour Promise laid the foundations for the occupation’s brutal system of oppression”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)… laid the foundations for the brutal system of oppression and Jewish settler colonialism in Palestine, and that Britain bequeathed all of the means of oppression and violence against our people to the Zionist colonialism…
Karake said: ‘It is not enough that Britain apologize to the Palestinian people, rather it must pay compensation to our people following the disasters and victims that were caused to [our people] due to its policy supporting Zionism… and it also must recognize a free and independent Palestinian state, instead of degrading our people’s right to self-definition and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the colonialist Balfour Promise.’”
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PA daily editorial: Balfour Declaration was “the greatest crime of the era” and celebrating it is "completion of this crime" Jews had “no right” to Palestine 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2017
Headline: “Al-Hayat Al-Jadida editorial: Balfour – the disgrace of British politics”
      “When it continues to celebrate the 100th [anniversary] of the greatest crime of the era that Britain committed against the Palestinian homeland, people, and future with the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration,) what the government of Britain is doing is nothing but the completion of this crime and the slaughter of the basic moral and human values, so that the murderer will be able to continue to dance on the bodies of his victims! [Former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour – who gave something that was not his at all to one who has no right...There is nothing that can justify the celebration of this crime… and the 100 years since Balfour are 100 years of Palestinian suffering and 100 years of wars and struggles in this region. The first organized state-terror is the terror of the British crown through the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which was nothing but colonialist plans to steal a homeland, expel a people, and rip apart a nation…
In insisting on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise, British Prime Minister [Theresa May] is striving to forge and invent values that have no basis in the human and cultural system of ethics.”
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Sec-Gen of the PA Presidential Office: UK’s celebration of the Balfour Declaration is support of the “crime” committed against the Palestinians 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2017
Headline: “Abd Al-Rahim: May’s statements regarding the 100th anniversary celebration of the Balfour Promise by Britain indicates ignorance of the historical facts and political insolence”
     “Secretary-General of the [PA] Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim said that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s statements (see note below –Ed.) regarding how Britain will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) indicates ignorance of the historical facts, political insolence, and an insistence on supporting this crime that was committed against our Palestinian people."
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Fatah cartoon portrays Britain and Israel stabbing map of “Palestine” with Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 27, 2017


Text and cartoon posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


The cartoon shows an elderly Palestinian woman with a Palestinian flag on her shirt speaking to British Prime Minister Theresa May. In the elderly woman’s speech bubble two hands are seen – one with the UK flag and the other the Israeli flag on their sleeves – stabbing a knife into the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. The map is labeled “Palestine.” The handle of the knife consists of a document, on which “Balfour 1917” is written.
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Fatah: UK PM May’s statements celebrating centenary of the Balfour Declaration are “unacceptable” and support of the Israeli “racist apartheid regime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: May’s statements are unacceptable, and they must correct the historical mistake”
      “The Fatah Movement emphasized that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s insistence on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) is completely unacceptable and is a type of renewal of the crime and direct encouragement and support of the occupation and the racist apartheid regime being implemented against our people by the Israeli occupation state.
Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement last night [Oct. 26, 2017] that the first thing the government of Britain must do is to recognize the State of Palestine, instead of celebrating the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people, the first signs of which appeared in the ominous promise [issued] on Nov. 2, 1917.”
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PA Foreign Minister: UK PM’s support of Israel’s founding and the “historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration is concerning 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Al-Malki: We are monitoring with concern Theresa May’s statements regarding her country’s pride in the Balfour Promise”
       “[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki said that the Palestinian side is monitoring with great care and concern the statements of British Prime Minister Theresa May (see note below –Ed.), who declared that her state is proud of the establishment of the Israeli occupation state, and that she is determined to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)...
The foreign minister again emphasized that Palestine is continuing its legal steps against Britain and the submission of lawsuits against it in the British, European, and international courts in order to demand that it correct its historical mistake against our people and give it the necessary compensation.”
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Fatah: Britain should apologize for the “historical injustice” of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: The British prime minister’s statements – bias in favor of the occupation state”
      “The Fatah Movement’s Mobilization and Organization Commission condemned the statements of British Prime Minister Theresa May (see note below –Ed.), in which she declared Britain’s ‘pride’ in the establishment and molding of the Israeli occupation state for the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). Head of the Mobilization and Organization Commission’s information office Munir Al-Jaghoub said that Theresa May’s statements express true bias in favor of the racist occupation state, and contain within them the danger of granting legitimacy to the occupation that harms the Palestinian homeland and the people… [Al-Jaghoub] demanded that the government of Britain bear its historical, legal, political, material, and moral responsibility for the consequences of the Balfour Promise, apologize to the Palestinian people that is suffering from disasters and exploitation, and correct this historical injustice and recognize the independent State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem.”
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Fatah official: Britain must correct “historical mistake” of the Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2017
      “Fatah Central Committee member and the [Fatah] Movement’s Commissioner of National Relations (i.e., between Hamas and Fatah) Azzam Al-Ahmad briefed British Consul-General [to Jerusalem] Philip Hall and Italian Consul General Fabio Sokolowicz on the latest political developments regarding the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation… Al-Ahmad demanded that his British guest correct his country’s historical mistake, which was expressed in the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and recognize the independent State of Palestine.”

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Fatah branch distributes pamphlet against the “ominous” Balfour Declaration to university students  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Oct. 26, 2017
Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “250,000 fliers will be distributed next week in the universities and high schools
#Balfour_crime_of_the_century, #The_promise_of_the_oppressor, #Balfour_ongoing_injustice, #Balfour_100years”

Text on pamphlet cover below the logo:
“A pamphlet from the Shabiba student movement – Palestine
10 x 10 questions and answers
100 years of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)”

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PA Ministry of Information: UK PM’s celebration of UK’s role in Israel’s creation via the Balfour Declaration is “repetition of the greatest political crime in the history of mankind”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information: The British prime minister’s statements are a repeat of the political crime”
       “The [PA] Ministry of Information said that the determination of British Prime Minister Theresa May to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and the fact that she took pride before the parliament in the role of her state in the establishment and strengthening of the occupation state ‘Israel’ (see note below –Ed.), constitute a repetition of the greatest political crime in the history of mankind… The ministry emphasized in a statement today (Thursday) [Oct. 26, 2017] that May’s refusal to apologize for this dark promise and her stubbornness regarding it, not only reflect extremist political trends, but also indicate a large moral crisis whose source is Britain... The ministry reminded May and all of the supporters of the dark promise in the government of Britain that if they continue to defend the political crime, this will not contribute in any way to establishing a just and comprehensive peace – not only in Palestine, but throughout the world.”
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Op-ed by PLO legislator says Britain ought to be “ashamed” of the “despicable” Balfour Declaration  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Khaled Jamil Mismar, member of the Palestinian National Council – the legislative body of the PLO

“[Britain] is not ashamed of the despicable act that the criminal [British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour committed 100 years ago, and is not trying to cover its ugly image. It is silent before the peoples of the world out of shame before these peoples for what it committed against a people that is struggling, which lived in peace on its holy land... Britain is not ashamed… but rather adds to its error and shame and wishes to celebrate – yes to celebrate, O the shame - the 100th anniversary of the ominous [Balfour] Promise (i.e., Declaration) and forgets the pain and trouble that it has brought to our people during all of these 100 years. And behold Balfour’s descendant, the criminal Theresa May – Prime Minister of Britain – calls on the criminal [Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin] Netanyahu to openly celebrate this despicable crime together with her… Britain’s history is full of tragedies against the peoples of Asia and Africa. It exploited peoples in these lands, stole their assets, and sucked the blood of their inhabitants.”
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PA Minister of Foreign Affairs: Abbas has instructed the PA to sue Britain over “the ominous Balfour Promise” – “the beginning of the disaster… the establishment of the Zionist entity” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 22, 2017

Official PA TV newsreader: "[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki said that the [PA] leadership intends to submit a lawsuit, according to the instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas, if Britain insists on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e. Declaration)..."
PA Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki: "There are several steps that we may take, including submitting lawsuits to the British, regional, and international courts against Britain over what it did 100 years ago when it gave a promise that it did not have the right to give... We say that the Balfour Promise 100 years ago was the beginning of the Palestinian disaster. This disaster is expressed primarily by the uprooting [of Palestinians] and the establishment of the Zionist entity that is the State of Israel."

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PLO official: Celebrating 100 years since the Balfour Declaration turns Britain into an “enemy of the principles of justice and humanity”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2017
      “The PLO Department for Refugee Affairs yesterday [Oct. 19, 2017] condemned the British government’s announcement [that it will be] celebrating the 100th anniversary of the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which falls will take place on Nov. 2, 2017...
In a statement yesterday, PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the Department for Refugee Affairs Dr. Zakariya Al-Agha opposed the British government’s declaration [that it will be] marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise, and its call to senior Israeli officials to participate in the celebration ceremony. He noted that the announcement of the ceremony is considered a blow to the Palestinian people, and it turns Britain into an enemy of the principles of justice and humanity... He emphasized that Britain’s refusal to apologize and its insistence on holding a ceremony with senior Israeli officials on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise will be met by official Palestinian action, by putting Britain on trial and dealing with this case before the international courts. This is if Britain will not take back its opposition to apologizing and acknowledging that the Balfour decision was a historical mistake.”
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