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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]
Palestinian poet on PA TV denies Jewish history as a “Zionist, British, and American fabrication” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA TV program Culture Talks, hosting Palestinian poet Omar Shalayel

Palestinian poet Omar Shalayel: “I am the Palestinian, this land is my land, and this Zionist, British, and American fabrication – how they have changed Arab Palestine. And [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu comes out and says to you ‘this is the land of my forefathers’ – who are these forefathers of yours?”
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is second Balfour Declaration, says PA official 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 7, 2017

Official PA TV, program Palestine This Morning, on US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem, hosting Hanna Issa.

Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Hanna Issa: "Yesterday was the second Balfour Promise or the Trump Promise, [in] which one who is not the owner gave to one who has no right."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “second Balfour Promise… given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: The American administration has given that which does not belong to it to one who has no right to it”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the American administration’s decision against the holy city [of Jerusalem] constitutes a blatant provocation towards the Arabs and Muslims, and described it as the second Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which was given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right. He emphasized that Jerusalem is Arab, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque by virtue of a divine decision, and is not subject to any decision such as this or another.”
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PA daily op-ed: “Trump will be Balfour's successor; he has taken [Britain's] place as a colonialist country in order to complete the Zionist enterprise that began with the Balfour [Declaration] 100 years ago”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

      “The most important thing at this historical moment is that the Palestinian and Arab public, and also the friends of Palestine and free people of the world, know that from our perspective, [that of] the Palestinians, [US President] Donald Trump will be [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour's successor; he has taken down Great Britain and taken its place as a colonialist country in order to complete the Zionist enterprise that began with the British Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) 100 years ago…
We must always remember that the biggest losers will be the US and its pawn, the occupation state Israel, because through the crime of blowing up the bridges to peace… they are declaring war on dialogue and negotiations as a means to resolve disputes and establish peace between warring states.”
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PA daily: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “second version” of the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: "Jerusalem from the Balfour Promise to the Trump Promise"
      "After 100 years, it seems that there is a second version of the [same] ominous promise [the Balfour Declaration]; 100 years after British General Edmund Allenby took control of Jerusalem, a month after the [100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise in which the British gave the Jews a national home in Palestine, US President [Donald Trump] issues an additional version of this promise."
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Guest caller on PA TV: There is no state called Israel, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a real plan that is being implemented 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2017
Official PA TV News, interview with Imam of Al-Zaytuna Mosque in Tunisia Sheikh Hassan Al-Ubeidi on the US President Donald Trump’s anticipated recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, live broadcast

Official PA TV News host:
"What do you say today in light of what Jerusalem and the sites holy to Islam and Christianity are being subjected to, on all of those matters that you must be following?”
Imam of the Al-Zaytuna Mosque in Tunisia Sheikh Hassan Al-Ubeidi: "The subject is, as you said, the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem and the determination of Jerusalem as the capital of so-called Israel. First of all, the viewpoint of Islam regarding this state that claims it is a state: In our Shari’ah [law] a state called Israel does not exist..."
Host: "Honorable Sheikh, today we are talking about the political side, actions by the Israeli occupation government, and also what the American administration is planning regarding Jerusalem, such as recognizing Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel. What is required of all of us today in order to stop and stand against the plans that harm Jerusalem... ?"
Hassan Al-Ubeidi: "This is an ancient plan. It is found in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion… We are sleeping. We are sleeping while they are implementing the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the State of Israel, which spreads from the Gulf [of Aqaba] to the ocean (sic., Mediterranean Sea). We are sleeping. The Islamic nation is sleeping and it is helping Israel, the West, and the enemies of Islam to realize their aspirations and what they planned in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

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Fatah cartoon shows anti-Semitic depiction of a Jew receiving the Balfour Declaration as a check with map of "Palestine" on it 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Dec. 2, 2017

Cartoon posted on Falestinona, the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon

Headline: “‘The Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)’ – The greatest crime known to humanity, and its consequences and effects still exist after 100 years”

Text on check: “1917
To: The Zionist Organization
Amount: The land of Palestine
Signed: Arthur Balfour”

The cartoon shows former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour shaking hands with an ultra-Orthodox Jew with a big nose and a Star of David on his hat, who is wearing army pants and boots. Balfour is handing the Jew a large check with the British flag on it and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, with the Gaza Strip and West Bank outlined.

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.
Islamic Jihad: “Palestine in its full historical borders is a right of the Palestinian people that cannot be revoked or partitioned” 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 29, 2017
Headline: "Islamic Jihad on the anniversary of the partition: Palestine in its historical borders is a right that cannot be revoked or partitioned"
      "The Islamic Jihad Movement emphasized that Palestine in its full historical borders is a right of the Palestinian people that cannot be revoked or partitioned (referring to the partition plan for Mandatory Palestine that was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Nov. 29, 1947 –Ed.), and it is a right that no party can abandon or renounce… The movement emphasized that there will be no arrangement with the occupation state or resolution to the Palestinian issue, except through the disappearance of the attacking colonialists and settlers, and the liberation of all of our land from their hands so that those with the right will return to the homeland and their country."
PLO official: No condition requiring recognizing Israel was made for joining the PLO 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Nov. 24, 2017
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: There are no conditions for the [Islamic] Jihad and Hamas joining the PLO”
     “Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and member of the PLO Executive Committee Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf said in an interview with [the Egyptian newspaper] Al-Masry Al-Youm that there are no conditions for the [Islamic] Jihad movement and Hamas joining the PLO, and called on the forces and factions not to shoot down the agreement too quickly…
[Q:] ‘Did the PLO place conditions on Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad joining?’
[Abu Yusuf:] ‘No, no conditions were placed on this section, and there is no discussion about any faction’s recognition of Israel.’”
Abbas: “The Palestinian people – which began its legitimate struggle 100 years ago, ever since the Balfour [Declaration] – will continue the struggle… and will not concede its rights… prime among them the right of return”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The independent State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem will inevitably come”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that the free and independent State of Palestine in the June 4, 1967 borders, whose capital is East Jerusalem, will inevitably come.
On the 28th anniversary of the [Palestinian] declaration of independence, the president... noted that what is required now is for Israel to recognize this state as part of the two-state principle, which the international community espouses: two states that will live in security and peace alongside each other.
The president emphasized that the Palestinian people – which began its legitimate struggle 100 years ago, ever since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) – will continue the struggle, will not submit, and will not concede its national and legitimate principles and rights, which rest on the decisions of the international institutions, and prime among them the right of return [of the refugees], self-determination, and the establishment of the Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem.”

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PA daily op-ed: Israel is an “colonialist investment project,” “Jews control the communications and media as well as the financial arteries of the large companies” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

        “There are those who rush to hold the Palestinian leadership responsible for the occupation state’s policy…
But don’t those same people who rush know… that the occupation state (Israel) [parentheses in source throughout article] is rebelling against international law, and that as a colonialist investment project it still answers the needs of the powers, which are interested in controlling the Middle East region in general and the Arab states in particular, subjugating its peoples, and preventing them from restoring their cultural status…The [Palestinian] leadership’s mission – to unravel the occupation state’s (Israel’s) connection with the powerful countries and states of the world – is not a simple matter, but it is also not impossible…
The mission is not simple because Jews control the communications and media as well as the financial arteries of the large companies, and most importantly: the European states are careful to leave the Jewish problem in the Middle East and prevent its return to its countries of origin (Europe).”

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PLO official: Jewish historical ties to the land is “a Zionist invention,” Jews are in “Palestine” because “Europe wanted to get rid of them” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 15, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, on the anniversary of the PLO Palestinian declaration of independence, hosting PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat

PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat: "There are deep Palestinian roots in Palestine throughout all of history. It is a Zionist invention that this is the land of the Jewish patriarchs. This is completely incorrect. There were Jews in Palestine... We have Muslims, Christians, and Jews. But all of them were and still are [part of] the Palestinian people... The Khazar Jews were brought and expelled from Europe to Palestine, in order to get rid of them. Germany wanted to get rid of them, [as did] Britain, France, and Italy. All of Europe wanted to get rid of the Jews and expel them so that the West would have a permanent base in the Middle East. Indeed, they established the State of Israel on the land of historical Palestine."
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Gazan official on PA TV: The Balfour Declaration was “part of a colonialist plot to rip apart our Arab nation and uproot Palestine from [its] heart” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
National Action Committee Secretary and senior official of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front in Gaza Mahmoud Al-Zaq: “Palestine was an issue in relation to all the free forces in the world, and it is an issue of struggle. Those who participated in the self-sacrificing activity were not just Arabs, rather there are also people from all around the world who participated [together] with us in the modern Palestinian revolution..."
Official PA TV host: “Mr. Mahmoud, what pushed these people to join the ranks of the Palestinian revolution despite not being Palestinian?" [...]
Mahmoud Al-Zaq: “The free peoples of the world saw the Zionist movement as one who was the facilitator and pawn in the service of the colonialist force in the world. Palestine and the Palestinian people were the victim of this international colonialist plot in the entire region, and Palestine is at the heart of this region, and therefore the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) came as part of a colonialist plot to rip apart our Arab nation and uproot Palestine from the heart of our Arab nation based on a colonialist policy to destroy our Arab nation and assist the theft of the resources of the peoples of our Arab nation.”

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PA PM on behalf of Abbas: “For the last seven decades (i.e., since Israel’s establishment) our people has adhered to its identity and heritage in the face of the occupation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2017
Headline: “Hamdallah in a speech on behalf of the [PA] president: The [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation is an irreversible strategic option”
      “Al-Quds Open University held its sixth scientific conference on popular heritage yesterday [Nov. 8, 2017], titled The Popular Heritage Conference in the Jenin District and the Galilee: Identity and Belonging, and this was under the patronage of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.
As part of his speech on behalf of the president at the conference, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: …‘For the last seven decades (i.e., since the establishment of the modern State of Israel) our people has adhered to its identity and heritage in the face of the occupation, which is strengthening its control of our country, tearing it to shreds, besieging Gaza, attempting to perpetuate its isolation, and striving to isolate Jerusalem from its surroundings.’”
Fatah official: “The idea of a national home for the Jews is a colonialist idea… [Palestinians must] sue Britain as we are talking about a holocaust that has exceeded the Holocaust of the Jewish people in Germany” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 4, 2017
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Abdallah Kmeil: "When we talk about the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), we must also talk- or get into a historical matter. There is the [former British Prime Minister Sir Henry] Campbell-Bannerman document for instance, which is an important document prepared by the former British prime minister, who held a series of meetings with the colonialist states at the time, between 1905 and 1907... They looked at the Arab region and at [the fact] that it should be made ignorant by all means, and should be divided by all means... They must be divided by planting a foreign body in the heart of the Arab homeland... And they talked about Israel or the Jews being the ones who need to be in this region. If so, the idea of a national home for the Jews is a colonialist idea...
[Regarding Britain's celebration of the Balfour Declaration,] I have said that there is no choice but for the Palestinian steps to continue. In other words some of these processions, at least, certainly suing Britain. There is no choice but to sue Britain as we are talking about a holocaust that has exceeded the Holocaust of the Jewish people in Germany. This is a holocaust of the Palestinian people and a holocaust of the Palestinian national rights by making the [Balfour] Promise, and this is a text that ridicules the Palestinian people…"

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Fatah Facebook posts cartoon depicting Balfour giving a “promise” to stereotypical Jew 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 3, 2017

Text and cartoon posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Balfour100”
Text on cartoon: "The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)"

The cartoon shows British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour giving a document with "Balfour Promise” written on it to a Jew with a malicious smile and a Star of David on his hat.
Below this, a Palestinian is seen giving a key – symbolizing the return of the Palestinian refugees to “Palestine” – to a small child who is holding a Palestinian flag.

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 official: The “ominous” Balfour Declaration led to Israel’s establishment 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
Headline: “The occupation suppressed a procession in occupied Jerusalem condemning the Balfour Promise”
    “The occupation forces yesterday [Nov. 2, 2017] arrested Jerusalem activist Muhammad Abu Najma and Secretary of the Fatah Movement Beit Hanina branch Amer Awad in front of the British consul in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in central occupied Jerusalem during a protest vigil to mark the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration).
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Adnan Ghaith said: ‘This vigil was organized by the Jerusalem activists and institutions and the national forces due to the continuing boasting of the government of Britain in its insistence on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise, this ominous promise that gave the green light to the occupier to establish a state on the land of Palestine.’”

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Abbas to British activists: The British people do not agree with the “historical tragedy” of the Balfour Declaration, please support our “peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The British people do not agree to the historical injustice that Balfour caused to our people”
      “At the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 2, 2017] received a delegation of British solidarity activists who walked by foot for more than 147 days from Britain to occupied Jerusalem as a sign of condemnation of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) on the 100th anniversary of it being issued... The president said: …‘We are convinced that you are the ones that truly represent the British people, and it is a people that does not agree to the historical tragedy that the Balfour Promise caused to our people. In this context, we appreciate the noble position of the British House of Representatives that asked the British government to recognize the State of Palestine.’ […]
The president added: ‘We rely on people like you to support our people and strengthen its resolve so that it will be able to continue its peaceful struggle to end the occupation. We are certain that you understand that we are the only people in the world that is still bowing under the fire of this military occupation, which has continued for the last 50 years.’”

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PLO officials on the Balfour Declaration: “A colonialist promise… [Britain’s] sin;” an "ominous promise”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
      “In response to the latest British statements regarding pride in the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and the fact that the British government is celebrating it and not apologizing for it (see note below –Ed.), Erekat emphasized: ‘There is no greater shame than to celebrate a colonialist promise in the 21st century. Britain should have used the opportunity to correct its sin, apologize to the Palestinian people for the historical injustice it caused to it, do justice with the victims through compensation among other things, recognize the State of Palestine, and to support the removal of Israel’s immunity, demand an accounting of it, and make it pay the price of its occupation’…
PLO Executive Committee member and Director of the Department for Refugee Affairs Zakariya Al-Agha said: ‘On exactly this day in 1917, Britain issued the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) that gave the Jews the right to establish a national homeland on the land of Palestine... This ominous promise is what led to the expulsion of our people from its homes and property after massacres and crimes were committed against it as part of an international plot.’"

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PA official media outlets express mourning over the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2017
To mark the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, all official PA print media, WAFA and the official PA daily, including its front page, came out only in black. PA TV news readers and reporters all wore black. The front page of the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, had a giant headline: "The null and void promise"

The front page also had a cartoon of British Prime Minister Theresa May driving a tractor with "the Balfour Declaration" to crush "Palestinian rights."
 
WAFA ,the official PA news agency, reported on the same day:  "Marking the 100 year anniversary for the sad occasion of the Balfour Declaration, the state-run media in Palestine came out on Thursday in black... Staff at Palestine TV wore black as the term 'Down with Balfour Declaration" was posted in Arabic, English and Hebrew on the TV screen." 
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