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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 daily op-ed: Western countries had “colonialist malicious intent to carry out the crime of the modern era,” i.e. Israel’s establishment, “by giving a state to one who is not entitled [to it]” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2017
Headline: “Happy new year to Fatah and the revolution”

Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist of the official PA daily

“The [Palestinian] leadership has adopted several political directions, [including] suing the British Mandate state for issuing the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) even before stepping foot in Palestine, and before the League of Nations gave it the mandate to it (i.e., Palestine) in 1922. This proves that the colonialist countries of the West in general, and Britain in particular, had colonialist malicious intent to carry out the crime of the modern era, by giving a state to one who is not entitled [to it] on the lands of the original residents of the land, members of the Palestinian Arab people.”

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.
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "1948 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 21, 2016
Headline: “The international Palestine Marathon is a quality sporting demonstration with which the streets of Bethlehem are adorning themselves”
     “Approximately three months separate us from the start of the international Palestine Marathon…
As part of the start of preparations for the marathon, centers for selling participation tickets were designated in the various cities of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, in the Gaza Strip, and soon in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) too.”
Senior PLO official: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem, the "PLO needs to retract the recognition of Israel" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 20, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat
Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat: “I tell you frankly – this is my personal opinion – in the next meeting of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO), if the administration of [US] President-elect [Donald] Trump moves the embassy to Jerusalem, or the ambassador who was appointed works in Jerusalem, the PLO needs to retract the recognition of Israel. Our recognition was not given for free, as [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] said in his speech before the Seventh [Fatah] Committee…
I think that the Arab peoples also will not agree to having American embassies in any of the capitals [of the Arab states] if they [the Americans] carry out this step.”
Official PA host: “You are talking about the Arab peoples, and not the Arab governments?”
Saeb Erekat: “I am also talking about the governments.”

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Official PA daily refers to Israel as "occupied Interior" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 20, 2016
     “Nineteen-year-old Ma’amoun Qashua… played in the past at the Hapoel Petah Tikva club in the occupied Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel).”
PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "Occupied Interior" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2016
Headline: “One civilian was killed and eight were wounded in an awful traffic accident in the occupied Interior”
     “A 30-year-old Palestinian woman from the city of Umm Al-Fahm (i.e., an Israeli Arab city) was killed in an awful traffic accident on Highway 6 in the occupied Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel).”
PA daily op-ed: Israel “was established on a colonialist foundation and a fake mythical narrative… even before its establishment by the criminal Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 13, 2016
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

"The Israeli state - and I am not talking only about the existing political system - is a state that was established on a colonialist foundation and a fake mythical narrative, was aided by the Jewish immigration from a variety of nations, and was faked even before its establishment by the criminal Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) and incomparable capitalist Western support that continues to this day. If not for this, and if not for the political, diplomatic, military, financial/economic, and cultural aid, and the ongoing immigration, it would not have been established and would not continue to exist until now. This prelude is known to all members of the Palestinian people and to a large part of the Arab peoples and even the peoples of the world. Therefore, it does not constitute a new addition to the reader, but this creation and its racist elements can only lead to colonialist racist consequences, no matter how much the West will try to educate or to embellish the image of the distorted state. This is because the distorted birth of a strange creature will in the end lead to distorted data, whatever the clothing or cosmetics that a person, institution, state, or any other body may place on the face of this creature."

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.
Fatah posts text written by planner of Munich massacre calling not to recognize Israel 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 10, 2016

Text and photo posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "A generation will come that will tear up the signed document and say that the recognition of Israel and the reconciliation with it are a sin that the Arab nation cannot accept

There are international balances of power that may impose a certain thing, and we understand this well. However, there is a famous saying that I always repeat, according to which even if the balances of power will come and force the entire Arab nation to sign a document of recognition of Israel and reconciliation with it, and will even force the small children, the young men, and the young women to sign it, a generation will come that will tear up the document and say that the recognition of Israel and the reconciliation with it are a sin that the Arab nation cannot accept. I am sure of this, as our generation was not educated to accept Israel.
And this is despite there being facts and balances of power in the world that we must take into account.
Signed: Martyr (Shahid) Salah Khalaf 'Abu Iyad'
Beirut, March 24, 1974"

Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - One of the founders of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.
PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2016

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, 42 times in 2015, and 21 times in 2016, most recently on Dec. 3, 2016. It was broadcast twice on Fatah-run Awdah TV on Jan. 8, 2016.
Official PA daily uses non-recognition terminology: "48 territories" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: “A worker from Yatta was critically injured within the 1948 territories”
     “A worker from the village of Yatta, south of Hebron, was critically injured yesterday [Dec. 1, 2016] after he fell from a [great] height during his work in the city of Holon within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”
PA National Minister of Finance: Palestinian people have been suffering from "the Israeli occupation of our land since 1948" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: “Odeh took part in marking the International Day of Solidarity with our people in Beirut”
     “[PA] National Minister of Finance Abir Odeh emphasized that the fact that the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People every year constitutes a confirmation by the international community of the continuation of the suffering and oppression that our Palestinian people are suffering from due to the Israeli occupation of our land since 1948.”
Official PA daily op-ed: UN partition plan created Israeli uprooting colonialist state, Britain should be prosecuted over Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: “The 29th of November”

Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

“The 29th of November has a special significance in the life of the Palestinian people as it brought us bitterness, pain, and tragedy in 1947, when the UN adopted international Resolution 181 (i.e., the UN partition plan) which allowed the establishment of the Israeli uprooting colonialist state, which uproots, expels, and displaces, on 56.74% of the territories of historical Palestine… thus it brought it after 30 years, also a sort of apology to the Palestinian people, when the [UN] General Assembly voted in 1977 on international Resolution 32/40 B, which determines that Nov. 29 every year is the international day of solidarity with [the Palestinian people]…

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Op-ed in PA daily: Israel's founding was a "conspiracy" based on a "completely unfounded myth" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2016
Excerpt of an op-ed by Issa Abd Al-Hafiz
     “We have a sacred cause… we were subjected to an international conspiracy, which was greater than us and our capabilities, and even greater than the capabilities of all of the Arab countries together. A conspiracy unprecedented in history, in which an entire people was uprooted from its land and another people was planted [in its place] on the basis of a completely unfounded myth.”
PA and Fatah: UN Partition plan was a "historical injustice caused to the Palestinian people and the land of Palestine by the forces of colonialism" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: “On the International Day of Solidarity: The international community must fulfill its role in order to do justice with our people”
     “Today (Tuesday) [Nov. 29, 2016] is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which was set to Nov. 29 every year by the UN…
The [PA] Ministry of Information said that [UN] resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine (i.e., the UN partition plan) is a dark chapter in the history of the Palestinian cause…
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah emphasized that it honors and appreciates all of the peoples and countries that determined that every year on Nov. 29 would be the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. It said that this day is a type of reminder to the nations, peoples, countries, and governments that the Palestinian people has a historical and natural right in its homeland, Palestine.
A statement from the [Fatah] Information and Culture Commission said: ‘Setting the International Day [of Solidarity with the Palestinian People] on the same date as when the resolution on the partition of Palestine was made proves to all those who seek the truth in the conflict with the Israeli occupation and settlement project on our land that the free peoples of the world and the countries of the world that care about human rights for all cannot ignore the historical injustice caused to the Palestinian people and the land of Palestine by the forces of colonialism.”

For more, click "full article."
PA Minister of Foreign Affairs to youth: The Balfour Declaration “stole and plundered our land 100 years ago” 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Nov. 29, 2016

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports

Posted text: “The [PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs [Riyad Al-Malki] welcomed the delegations participating in the First International Palestinian Youth Camp

Ramallah – Publicity [Department] of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Youth and Sports

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Riyad Al-Malki welcomed the delegations participating in the First International Palestinian Youth Camp today [Nov. 29, 2016] at his office in Ramallah…
Al-Malki said: ‘We still insist on ending the occupation, because that is our obligation and because the problem began with the existence of the occupation and the issuing of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which stole and plundered our land 100 years ago.’”

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.
PFLP member: PLO plan for Palestinian state within the '67 borders is a "temporary goal and does not mean that Palestine belongs to the Jews" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: “If we had accepted the partition agreement 69 years ago, would our situation have been better? Wattan asks the opinions of analysts and the factions”
     “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) political bureau member Khalida Jarrar, in her interview with the [independent Palestinian news] agency Wattan, referred to [UN] partition Resolution 181 and asked how the Palestinians could have accepted the partition resolution at a time when Balfour had given a promise (i.e., the Balfour Declaration) that Palestine is the national homeland of the Jews! From this starting point, the refusal was a matter of principle as Palestine belongs to the Palestinians.
Jarrar denied the possibility of the implementation of the resolution at the time if the Palestinians had agreed to it, as the Zionist project is based on them settling in all of Palestine, and not in part of it.
Regarding the PLO, she said: ‘The national consensus plan of the PLO talked about a fully sovereign Palestinian state within the ‘67 borders as a temporary goal and does not mean that Palestine belongs to the Jews. It means that the matter depends on the right of return, in other words, a fully sovereign independent Palestinian state together with the right of all of the refugees to return to the homes from which they were expelled.’”

For more information about Khalida Jarrar and a description of the Balfour declaration, click "full article."
PLO member group: 1947 UN partition plan “granted false legitimacy to a plundering entity [i.e., Israel] on the land of Palestine at the expense of its [Palestine’s] people” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: “The Palestinian Arab Front: The international community must end the occupation, just as it laid its foundations in the partition resolution”

“The Palestinian Arab Front (PAF) (i.e., a member of the PLO) said that our Palestinian people has experienced and continues to experience a historical injustice, which obligates the international community to pass a clear resolution on the end of the occupation, just as it laid its foundations in the partition resolution (i.e., the UN partition plan)…
The front added in a press release on the anniversary of the Palestine partition resolution and the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: ‘Sixty-nine years ago the UN General Assembly passed resolution 181 which ordered the partition of Palestine and granted false legitimacy to a plundering entity on the land of Palestine at the expense of its [Palestine’s] people.’”
Palestinians burn Israeli flag, celebrate fires raging in "the Palestinian territories that were occupied in ’48" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 25, 2016
Headline: “In pictures: The fires in the occupied territories are spreading to the bleachers in Gaza”
     “The Palestinian public responded to the fires raging (i.e., a wave of Palestinian arson attacks in November 2016) in the Palestinian territories that were occupied in ’48 (i.e., Israel), which have become the topic of the day in the international, Arab, and local media outlets, with the burning of the flag of the [Israeli] entity state during games of the League in the Gaza Strip.
During the meet of Khidmat Rafah with its counterpart Khidmat Khan Younis that was held today, Friday afternoon [Nov. 25, 2016], at the municipal grass field of Rafah in the center of the Rafah district in the Gaza Strip, [the spectators] burned the flag of the Israeli entity and chanted calls against the occupation state, in addition to sounding calls to prayer on the field before the beginning of the game in response to the occupation’s decision to ban [the sounding of] the prayer calls (the “Muezzin Law,” see note below –Ed.) in Jerusalem."


The picture shows a Palestinian spectator burning an Israeli flag in the bleachers at a game in Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion.
For a list of other countries that have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution, click "full article."
PA daily: Balfour, like Hitler, wanted to get rid of the Jews, so he sent them to Palestine instead of killing them 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Nov. 23, 2016
Headline: “Reconsidering the Balfour Declaration”

“[Former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour was himself an Antisemite, and he often attacked the Jews who immigrated to Britain during his term as prime minister from 1903-1905 (sic., 1902- 1905), and he said that they are not assimilating among the residents, and issued laws that limited the Jewish immigration (Aliens Act) [parentheses in source]. He reasoned that the Jews, as an organic group, could not solve their problem within the European cultural structure, in other words, through assimilation in the [European] societies (sic ., Balfour was quoted as saying Jews could either assimilate in Europe or establish a state in Palestine; see note below). The solution would only be possible outside of the cultural structure, in other words, through colonialism…
The difference between [Adolf] Hitler and Balfour in this field was that Balfour had colonies, among them Palestine, and he sent the Jews there in order to get rid of them. Hitler did not have colonies, and therefore he got rid of them through extermination. However, the true victims of both Balfour and Hitler were the Palestinians and the Arabs, and we are still paying the price after 100 years.”

The article appears in the November 2016 edition of the magazine of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Al-Quds, and was posted on the commission’s website Falestinona on Nov. 23, 2016.


A cartoon showing a Palestinian boy and girl sitting next to each other is included in the article.
Girl: “What is the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)?”
Boy: “The Balfour Promise? I think that is the reason that you and I were registered as refugees in the camp.”

Regarding assimilation, fo
PA National Security Forces presents map of Palestine replacing Israel: “It was never your homeland”  
Source: Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, Nov. 21, 2016
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces


The image shows a Palestinian woman standing next to the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. On the map are written the names of cities in the PA areas as well as in Israel.

Names of Israeli locations listed on the map:
"Safed," "Tiberias," "Acre," "Nazareth," "Haifa," "Beit Shean," "Ramle," "Be'er Sheva," "the Negev"

Names of PA locations listed on the map:
"Jenin," "Tulkarem," "Nablus," "Jericho," "Ramallah," Gaza," "Bethlehem," "Hebron"

Names of locations located partly in Israel and partly in PA areas:
"Jerusalem," "the Dead Sea"

Posted text: “#The_[PA_]Palestinian_National_Security_Forces”

Text on image:
"It (i.e., Palestine) belonged to our forefathers before us
And will remain for our descendants after us
You have others aside from it
And we have no other aside from it
So do not consider it [your] homeland
As it was never your homeland."
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Poem in official PA daily: Chase Jews out of Palestine with Islamic call to prayer 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2016
Headline: "Rise and call to prayer"
Excerpt of a poem by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily, referring to the "Muezzin Law" to limit the decibel level of loudspeakers at religious sites
     "O, our sheikh, call 'Allahu Akbar' as much as your soul desires
Without requesting permission
And our [Christian] father,
ring the church bells
At any time
Cause them to tremble [in fear]
From the reciting [of the Quran]
And the call to prayer
Chase them everywhere
On the generous land of the homeland
Until they leave our skies and lands
And Palestine again becomes
As it once was
And will wear a mantle of glory and Arabness
Without colonialism
And will sing in the name of return,
freedom, and independence”

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.
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