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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, Jan. 16, 2015

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, 44 times in 2014, and 4 times in 2015, most recently on Jan. 16, 2015.
PA TV News: Israel is “striving to manufacture a new history that legitimates its occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2014
Official PA TV News broadcast:
Official PA TV reporter: “The occupation is well aware of its goals, and history is [its] first and last objective. This is the identity they attempted to manufacture on this land… the settlers invaded an ancient tomb… an ancient rock-cut cave built by the Greeks. The ‘Palestinian’ rebels used it as a hideout during their war against the Romans... The recurring invasions and the holding of Talmudic ceremonies (i.e., a name used by the PA to refer to Jewish prayers) in ancient tombs; the occupation is behind them, striving to manufacture a new history that legitimates its occupation.”
PA daily refers to Israel as “1948 territories” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2014
     “Over 55,000 citizens, including 200 adult worshippers from the Gaza Strip, held the Friday prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque… A  WAFA correspondent reported that the worshippers had begun arriving at the Mosque yesterday morning [Dec. 19. 2014] from Jerusalem, its suburbs, neighboring villages and towns in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Jericho Deputy Governor praises Neturei Karta, anti-Zionist fringe Jewish group 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 8, 2014
     “Deputy District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Jamal Rajoub praised the position of the Neturei Karta movement (i.e., extremist, anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Jews who deny Israel's right to exist until the Messiah comes) which supports the rights of the Palestinian people to freedom, independence and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state over all of Palestine. Rajoub made these statements while receiving the head of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta movement in Palestine, Meir Hirsh.”
Fatah official: We will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state because it would “cancel our [Palestinian] narrative, our history and our religion” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 2, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of Politics hosted Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat.
Saeb Erekat
: “In brief, we cannot accept the Jewish state – Israel as a Jewish state – not today, not tomorrow and not in a hundred years, because whoever accepts Israel as a Jewish state agrees to change his history, his narrative and even his religion. I understand that the State of Israel exists and that we have recognized it. In 1993, there was a mutual recognition. For Israel to come and demand of the Palestinians that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state – what do they want with this? They want us to tell them: ‘Your narrative is true and we, Arabs, are foreigners in this land, and so we will cancel our narrative, our history and our religion.’”
Official PA TV host: “And to confirm that this is a land without a people for a people without a land.”
Saeb Erekat: “Exactly. This will never happen! This is wickedness. This is not the refugee issue or the issue of the 1948 Arabs (i.e., Israeli Arabs). This issue regards our existence, culture, and religion. It is therefore inconceivable that any Palestinian should ever agree that Israel become a Jewish state, for by doing so he would be accepting the Israeli narrative and erasing his own.”
Islamic-Christian council says UN partition plan gave land to Jews “who had no right to it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Hanna Issa: “The decision to partition Palestine, which disowned the greater part of Palestine and gave it to the Jews – to people who had no right to it whatsoever… and yet, this was the UN’s decision. The UN should rethink [its decision] and give Palestine its rights, like the rest of the world.”
Palestinian man on PA TV: “We came to say that this is our land, the land of Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 24, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the Beitar Jerusalem – Bnei Sakhnin football match:
Arab fan: “We didn’t come here just to be present and cheer. We also came to say that this is our land, the land of Palestine and that we don’t like racism.”

After the fan’s comment, official PA TV showed footage of the Arab crowd shouting: “With spirit and blood we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa.”
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.”
Israel referred to as “the occupied interior” 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Nov. 13, 2014
     “Martyr (Shahid) Kheir Al-Din Hamdan, 22, from the town of Kafr Kanna in the occupied Galilee, died as a Martyr when the occupation forces assassinated him in cold blood… The police raised the alert level among its forces to 3, the next to highest level, for fear of violent clashes in the occupied towns and villages in the Galilee, especially after thousands participated in the funeral of Martyr Hamdan. These clashes spread to all the territories in the occupied interior (i.e., Israel), as in, for example, Acre, Haifa and Nazareth.”

Note: Kheir Al-Din Hamdan – 22 year-old Israeli Arab man shot to death by Israeli Police on Nov. 8, 2014 in the Arab-Israeli town of Kafr Kanna. Police claim that Hamdan was shot after attempting to stab an officer, but a surveillance recording shows Hamdan hitting the windows of a police car with a knife, and then being shot by a police officer while running away. Hamdan later died of his wounds. The Israeli attorney general has ordered an investigation of the incident, which provoked large-scale rioting in Kafr Kanna.
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.‎
PA daily op-ed blames Britain and the League of Nations for “the ominous Balfour Promise” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2014
Op-ed by Khaldoun Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     “While the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) laid the cornerstone of the Zionist plan to occupy Palestine, it was the White Paper of Sept. 11, 1922 (sic. – should be June 3) that formulated the practical steps for the implementation of the Zionist plan… The marking of the anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise while laying the blame on Britain alone, without drawing the world’s attention to the role played by the League of Nations in its [the Balfour Declaration’s] realization by means of the Mandate’s charter, amounts to a letter of indulgence to the League of Nations for its crime against us, and for the UN’s crime in its partition decision and afterwards.”

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.”
Jews of today not connected to Jews of the Bible and have no historic right to “Palestine” or Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily:
“Most, if not all Israeli politicians and writers… view the President’s [Mahmoud Abbas’] intellectual and cultural activity towards refuting the false Israeli narrative regarding their historic right to Palestine and Jerusalem as terrorism, falsification and Antisemitism – [areas] in which they themselves have specialized throughout history. [Political advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu] Dore Gold’s reaction to statements made by the President, [senior PA leader] Dr. Nabil Shaath and [Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat, as well as his linking them to President [Yasser] Arafat’s denial of the existence of what they call the ‘Temple’ in Jerusalem, form part of the Israeli fear, which borders on horror, of any Palestinian action not in line with their goals and political, intellectual or historical lies (the falsity of which has been proven by modern archeology and research) [parenthesis in source]… The Israeli political leadership’s exaggerated use of ideology, culture and history is proof of [its] political and legal bankruptcy, designed to conceal its failure on the political and public relations level, as well as on the ground. Those who fail have no choice but to use false history to blind the nation, to prove what has already been scientifically shown – today, and not yesterday – to be lies and nonsense: that Israel, the extinct Yemenite tribe, with all its kings and people, was never present in Palestine, but only in its original environment. Furthermore, the Jews of today, who originate from the area of the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, have no connection with the historical stories of the Bible.”
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.‎
PA Foreign Minister: 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 views 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.
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