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Denying Israel’s right to exist
PA depicts a world without Israel
The Palestinian Authority makes no attempt to educate its people towards peace and coexistence with Israel. On the contrary, from every possible platform it repeatedly rejects Israel's right to exist, presents the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, depicts the establishment of Israel as an act of imperialism, and perpetuates a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation.

The following description of Israel's founding in a Palestinian schoolbook represents the dominant dogma about Israel:

"Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine … and established the so-called State of Israel."
[Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104]
 
This official PA map of "Palestine” was broadcast on PA TV in September 2011. The map includes both the PA areas and all of Israel (excluding the Golan Heights) wrapped in the Palestinian flag - a symbol of Palestinian sovereignty over the whole area - and has a key through it, symbolizing ownership. Similar maps presenting all of Israel as "Palestine" appear in Palestinian schoolbooks and are shown regularly on PA TV.
Denying Israel's right to exist
The Palestinian Authority adamantly rejects Israel’s right to exist and rewrites history to deny the 3,000-year-old connection of Jews to the Land Israel. [See "Rewriting History" section.] The essential message of the PA to its people is that Jews have no historical connection to the land, and that the State of Israel was created by the colonial powers for two reasons: to rid their countries of Jews, and to establish a colonial bridgehead in order to control the region. One particularly horrific expression of this ideology appeared in the official PA daily as far back as 1998:

“The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews to, 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, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of the Jews.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998]
 
This video of Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, shows how this distortion continues to be expressed:
 
"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 … Then, 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 it is an ongoing [colonial] project, an outpost for Imperialism.” 
[PA TV, May 14, 2008]
PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 28, 2014

The PA TV video shows a woman who represents "ancient Palestinians" (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land - replacing the Jewish people's actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Suddenly the scene is disturbed, the birds scatter and the woman runs away from various foreign invaders: first an ancient Roman soldier, then a Crusader, then a British soldier, and finally a Jew (wearing a skullcap), who throws a lit cigarette at her.
In the final scene, the woman stops fleeing when a man on a horse - the "new" Muslim conqueror Saladin who defeated the Crusaders - extends his hand and helps her up the mountain. He represents the coming savior who will "liberate Palestine" from Jewish-Israeli rule. In the end, the woman stands on the top of the mountain, fleeing no one anymore, symbolizing that Israel is gone like the other foreign rulers.
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Note: The video originally aired March 2, 2012. It was rebroadcast on both PA TV and PA TV Live at least 18 times in 2012, 54 times in 2013 and 38 times in 2014, most recently on Nov. 28, 2014.
Abbas’ Advisor: Israel seeks to “eradicate” Palestinian identity and create “an illegal Jewish entity” 
Source: WAFA news agency, Nov. 23, 2014
      “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that Arabs and Muslims around the globe, especially those with foreign citizenship, must go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and come together to Jerusalem to support the resolve of its residents. During a political forum held at the embassy of the State of Palestine in Algeria, Al-Habbash said: ‘Our people is now in the last stage of a war of existence and self-coercion against the occupation, which is seeking in any way possible to eradicate our identity, force a Caesarian birth of a Jewish entity and clone an illegal entity at our expense.’… In addition, he emphasized that the occupation – which thinks it has succeeded in winning the geographic war with [its] racist fences and roadblocks and that it will have the last word in the fairy tale of Jewish Jerusalem by taking over the Al-Aqsa Mosque – must be opposed.”
PA Foreign Ministry calls the Balfour Declaration ‎a “historic mistake” and a “crime”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2014
     ‎“The [PA] Foreign Ministry said that the ‎present anniversary of the Balfour ‎Promise (i.e., Declaration) was different ‎than that of previous years – although this ‎ominous Promise reflected a colonialist ‎occupation mentality, expressed at the ‎time in official British positions by way of a ‎criminal exploitation of the power balance ‎‎– because this year, the anniversary ‎comes against the backdrop of the vote of ‎the British House of Commons by an ‎overwhelming majority, to rectify this ‎historic mistake, made by the British ‎government about one hundred years ‎ago… Nonetheless, we condemn today, ‎as we have done in previous years, this ‎ominous anniversary, the consequences ‎of which have yet to be alleviated, and for ‎which crime against the Palestinian ‎people Britain has yet to apologize for the ‎past hundred years.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note:‎ 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 view with ‎favour the establishment in Palestine of a ‎national home for the Jewish people” and ‎is seen as the basis for later international ‎commitments to establish the State of ‎Israel.‎
Balfour Declaration was a “double crime ‎against humanity" that “promised the ‎Jews a land that was not theirs”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2014
Op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular ‎columnist for the official PA daily:‎
     ‎“It is unsurprising that the extremist ‎religious groups, movements, and ‎organizations in the region today emerged ‎from the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ‎formed only a decade after the Balfour ‎Promise (i.e., Declaration) and the arrival ‎of the first Jewish pioneer settlers from ‎Europe to Palestine… It may be that ‎British Parliament’s symbolic vote in favor ‎of recognizing the State of Palestine was ‎a moral awakening, even if [it came] about ‎‎100 years after Great Britain’s crime, ‎which promised the Jews of the world a ‎land that was not theirs… ‎
We can say that the British politicians of ‎the period committed a double crime ‎against humanity. The first and biggest ‎‎[crime] was having caused the Palestinian ‎people’s Nakba (i.e., ‘the catastrophe,’ ‎Palestinian term for the establishment of ‎the State of Israel) and the attempt to tear it ‎from its roots which date back to the dawn ‎of history… The other, parallel crime was ‎against political and humanistic thought, ‎when it took part in the reestablishment of ‎religious states.”‎

Note: 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 view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments to ‎establish the State of Israel.‎
Governor of Jericho: Israel is just one of many “invaders” who will [eventually] leave 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
     “District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Majed Al-Fatiani said that all the invaders and travelers through the land of Palestine, no matter how arrogant and conceited they may be, will [eventually] leave, for Palestine’s people has been on its land for thousands of years, and is armed with the willpower to stand resolute and remain on its land. [Al-Fatiani] made these statements during a meeting with a delegation of women from the Orthodox club in the village of Ibelin this afternoon at the district seat in downtown Jericho… District Governor Al-Fatiani also said that the Palestinian people is one nation – whether on its land and the land of its ancestors in Jericho, Haifa, Nazareth, Jenin, Rafah or Jerusalem, or in the countries of the diaspora, to where it was forced to flee and emigrate by the occupation authorities.”
Abbas' advisor: "The entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law)" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2014
     "Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari'ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, said that selling or handing over lands and real estate in Jerusalem and all of Palestine to the Israeli occupation or settlers constitutes treason and a violation of Islamic law. He emphasized that anyone committing this crime - whether as a [real estate] agent or seller - is not part of the nation, and must responsibility for his crime. In addition, he issued a call to fight the groups of traitors - to isolate and boycott them in any way possible.
Al-Habbash emphasized that according to Islamic Shari'ah law, the entire land of Palestine is waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and is blessed land, and that it is prohibited to sell, bestow ownership or facilitate the occupation of even a millimeter of it."
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PA daily columnist: “We are the owners and masters of this land” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 19, 2014
Op-ed by Hassan al-Kashef, columnist for the official PA daily:
     “We are not a nation of slaves. We are the owners and masters of this land. We are the defenders and owners of Al-Aqsa, entrusted with its security and preservation – not these racists, who burned it in 1969, and now desecrate it with the excuse that they have a right to it!”

Note: The fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque – In 1969, Michael Rohan, a deranged Australian Christian, set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. For years, the Palestinian Authority has falsely accused Israel of setting the fire.
PA TV refers to Israel as “the occupied interior” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 16, 2014


Official PA TV program
For You:
Screenshot: “Prisoner Muwaffaq Arouq – the occupied interior (i.e., Israel)”

Note: Muwaffaq Arouq, from the village of Yafiah in the Galilee, was sentenced to 42 years for transporting suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station on Jan. 5, 2003, killing 23.
PA daily columnist calls the Balfour ‎Declaration “the great sin”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:
     ‎“The decision of the British House of ‎Commons to vote in favor of Palestine at ‎the UN Security Council and in favor of ‎recognizing the State of Palestine ‎according to the June 4 [1967] borders, ‎with East Jerusalem as its capital, as a full ‎UN member state, is a very important ‎decision, even though it is not binding ‎upon the British government. This ‎decision has deep meaning. [It signifies] ‎that although one hundred years have ‎passed since the great sin known as the ‎Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), and ‎despite the injustice done to the ‎Palestinian people and the generalizing ‎and flawed Israeli Zionist claim that the ‎Islamic State issue has left no room for ‎Palestine (i.e., on the international ‎agenda and discourse), the Palestinian ‎issue still occupies the first place. It ‎occupies the first place not only from a ‎moral standpoint, but also from a political ‎one: The crime will neither die nor benefit ‎‎[its perpetrators], and its perpetrators will ‎be punished. The crime will not be ‎forgotten, and its perpetrators must atone ‎for it. Israel, the bastard offspring of an ‎international conspiracy, will not escape ‎its responsibility no matter how hard it tries ‎‎– for when it looks back, it will discover it ‎has not come far, and is still within the ‎reach of historical judgment.”‎

Note:‎ 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 view with ‎favour the establishment in Palestine of a ‎national home for the Jewish people” and ‎is seen as the basis for later in
PA foreign minister: The Balfour ‎Declaration was a “historic injustice”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, 2014
     ‎“PA Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki ‎welcomed the decision of the British ‎House of Commons to recognize the State ‎of Palestine, despite its being [merely] a ‎symbolic decision, describing it as a ‎‎‘historic event’ and a ‘correction of the ‎injustice’ inflicted by the Balfour Promise ‎‎(i.e., Declaration). In his statement, Al-‎Maliki called [the decision] ‘a correction of ‎the historic injustice which denied the ‎rights of the Palestinian people by ‎considering Palestine ‘a country without a ‎people for a people without a country’ – ‎alluding to the promise made by British ‎Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour from 1917, ‎in which he committed [himself] to ‘the ‎establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people.’” ‎

Note: 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 view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments to ‎establish the State of Israel.‎
Fatah spokesman calls Balfour ‎Declaration “a historical injustice”‎ 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi ‎welcomed, in the name of the movement, ‎the vote of the British House of ‎Commons, which overwhelmingly ‎supported recognizing the State of ‎Palestine… Al-Qawasmi explained that ‎‎‘We in Fatah expect the British ‎government in particular to take an ‎important step in this direction, which ‎conforms with international legitimacy, ‎and thereby do justice to the Palestinian ‎people, which has endured a historical ‎injustice since 1917… ’”‎

Note: 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 view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments to ‎establish the State of Israel.‎
Abbas’ advisor: The Balfour Declaration ‎was a “historic mistake”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Prominent Palestinian leaders, individuals, ‎factions and institutions welcomed today the ‎decision of the British House of Commons to ‎recognize the State of Palestine… Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, said that [with its ‎decision] today, Britain was correcting, even ‎if only symbolically, the historic mistake it ‎committed against the Palestinian people in ‎‎1917, almost 100 years ago, by means of the ‎Balfour Declaration, which called for the ‎establishment of a national home for the ‎Jews on the land of Palestine.”‎

Note: 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 view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments ‎to establish the State of Israel.‎
Official PA TV host: “What Israel? It's our land”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 4, 2014

Boy, guest on show: “I have never entered Israel or Gaza.”‎
TV host: “What Israel? It's our land.”‎
Boy: “Israel is our land – the 1948 lands.”‎
Host: “It's our land, occupied Palestine.”‎
Boy: “The 1948 lands.”‎
Host: “Our land, occupied Palestine. It's Haifa, Jaffa, Acre (i.e., Israeli cities). These are ‎our occupied lands, the 1948 lands that Israel occupied in 1948. Israel occupied them ‎in 1948. These are Palestinian lands and will remain Palestinian.‎
Allah willing, they will return to us some day and will not be under the rule of the ‎occupation.”‎
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PA TV host calls Israel "the 1948 occupied territories" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 29, 2014


PA TV host (Israeli Arab) Asma'a Azaizeh
: "Viewers. In this episode we will shed light on the menace of confiscation of agricultural lands in the 1948 occupied territories (i.e., Israel), which is definitely no different from the colonial expansion policy, which is the way the Israeli authorities are going."
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PA TV: Israel “uproot[s] the indigenous owners” of the land, “eradicate[s] its history” and “settle[s] foreigners” (i.e., Israelis) in its place 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 28, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the Judaization of Jerusalem
Official PA TV reporter: “This is a total war to uproot the indigenous owners and children of this land by various means of exile. [A war] to eradicate its history, holy places and heritage, to settle foreigners [in their place] and give them a new character (i.e., as indigenous), hand in hand with the crime of the ongoing Judaization of the city [Jerusalem].”
PA TV news: “Boycotting Israeli ‎products is a national and moral duty”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 7, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of ‎Politics on a campaign to boycott Israeli ‎products in Qalqilya.‎
Official PA TV host: “As part of the ‎campaign to boycott Israeli products, the ‎campaign’s female [activists] in the ‎Qalqilya district organized a tour of the ‎commercial area to confirm that it had ‎been emptied of Israeli products.”‎
Official PA TV reporter: “Boycotting Israeli ‎products is a national and moral duty, ‎which requires self-regulation that will ‎lead to a Palestinian market free of ‎occupation products. The goal of the ‎women’s campaign in the Qalqilya district ‎is to get rid of the Israeli products.”
‎‎[Female activists are shown destroying ‎products, e.g. by pouring bottles of Israeli-‎produced orange drink onto the ground.]‎
Official PA daily: Israel is a "colonialist, settler and Orientalist state, ‎which fabricated a historical narrative in ‎order to colonize Palestine‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2014
Op-ed by Izz Al-Din As'ad
     ‎“IS was‎ a pawn of Israeli-American ‎intelligence, meant to fulfill the dream of ‎the Jewish state…‎ The danger in a religious state is evident ‎to all groups of a people’s ethnic and ‎religious minorities, given that the Islamic ‎State – represented ‎ by IS – has ‎imposed a poll tax on the Iraqi Christians, ‎and fought other Muslims – both Sunni ‎and Shiite – under the pretext of [their] ‎having forsaken Islam and [committed] ‎heresy. In other words, a religious state, ‎whatever the religion may be, is based on ‎an ideology of exclusion, inequality, ‎injustice…‎ Every religious state has fought and will ‎always fight other religious and ethnic ‎minorities in order to expel them from the ‎country. This is what happened in Serbia, ‎this is what is being carried out in Iraq by ‎IS, and this is what may happen to the ‎Palestinians in Israel, both Muslims and ‎Christians, if the dream of the Jewish state ‎is fulfilled…‎
Establishing a Jewish state means the ‎Jewish territory controlled by the Jewish ‎state will be land for Jews only. In the ‎Palestinian case, this is a complex issue, ‎because this state is a colonialist, settler ‎and Orientalist state, which fabricated a ‎historical narrative in order to colonize ‎Palestine. It will act forcefully to destroy ‎the Arab society in Palestine, which was ‎colonized in 1948. This may amount to the ‎expulsion of the Palestinians living in ‎Jerusalem, in order to cleanse the Jewish ‎state of the ‘gentiles’ – the Jewish term for ‎non-Jews…‎
The creation of IS, the outlining of its ‎strategy... contribute ‎dangerously to the realization of the idea ‎that Israel is a Jewish state.''
Official PA daily: Israel "was planted in this region to ‎serve as a tool of evil, death and hatred‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and member of the Fatah ‎Leadership Committee in Gaza
     ‎“Israel is reminding the nations and ‎peoples of the world of its original ‎character, a despicable character, ‎overflowing with hate, hostility, contempt ‎of others and scorn of their blood. Why are ‎Israel’s leaders enraged when they see ‎the nations expose once again Israel’s ‎true character, its basic myth and original ‎sin – that it was planted in this region to ‎serve as a tool of evil, death and hatred? ‎Since being planted in this soil, it has not ‎wandered far from the purpose for which it ‎was created, and cannot wander far from ‎its truth: that it is a state of bloody terrorism ‎that cannot construct anything with others ‎other than hostility, hatred, death and ‎horrors.”‎
Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi attacks Obama for acknowledging Jewish history 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 10, 2014


PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi: "Look at the most dangerous thing that Obama said to [New York Times journalist] Thomas Friedman. Once again, he [Obama] has adopted the discourse of Zionist ideology. He adopted it when he came to this region, speaking about the Jews' return to their land, and that this is a Jewish state, the Zionist dream, and so on. Obama's adoption of the discourse of extremist Zionist ideology and his turning it into a basis for political decision-making is dangerous."
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Abbas’ advisor: Boycott Israel - money spent on Israeli products helps Israel murder Palestinians 
Source: WAFA news agency, Aug. 10, 2014
     “Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge [and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on religious and Islamic affairs], called on our people, wherever they may be, to boycott Israeli products of all kinds, and to support the Palestinian food industries in all [possible] ways and with all available means. In addition, in a statement to the press made today, Sunday, he demanded the boycotting of all Palestinian stores that refuse to comply with the call for the boycott. He noted that boycotting [Israeli products] was a religious, national and moral duty, and that it was one of the legitimate means of resistance, guaranteed by all [international] laws and conventions, to achieve our people’s goals and force the Israel occupation to end its brutal aggression against the Gaza Strip and to accede immediately to the demands of our people… He demanded that the preachers in the mosques and on the local media outlets act to explain the importance of the boycott, and to advertise local products. He also noted that the Palestinians must understand that the money they spend on Israeli products becomes the weapon with which their brothers are murdered.”
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