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Balfour Declaration gave land to “undeserving others” (i.e., the Jews) 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2012
PA daily columnist Yahya Rabah:
     “November is upon us again, with its painful memories… In the beginning of the month Balfour made his ominous declaration in which someone with power, an oppressor who did not own [this land] or have any rights to it, made a promise to undeserving others (i.e., the Jews) who had been making capital out of its history (i.e., by claiming it was the ‘promised land’) in order to obliterate the Palestinian people’s very existence, its life and its land – all for the benefit of the Zionist movement that was to establish a state called ‘Israel’.
Later in November, the ominous signs continue. The Partition Plan was adopted [in that month], and the eternal Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat passed away after the attempt on his life with slow-acting poison. So whenever the November winds blow, Palestinian memory recalls wounds that still bleed and cause pain…
On the 15th of this month, we shall renew the promise we made, the promise to break free from the claws of this occupation, the most oppressive occupation in history.”

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.
On Nov. 19, 1947 the UN General Assembly adopted the Partition Plan to create a Jewish State and an Arab State in Palestine after the termination of the British Mandate.
PA TV News: No trace of Jewish history in Jerusalem and in "our land" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 25, 2012
     PA TV newsreader: "Deep underground beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque, there's [an Israeli] race against the clock to complete the excavations in search of [Jerusalem's] Temple that exists only in the minds of radical organizations. These images reveal the extent of the excavations. ... Here, you can see an underground city excavated by Jewish radical organizations. They falsify historical facts by linking them to Jewish history, the traces of which don't exist in our land.
In the shadow of [distracting] internal Arab affairs, Jewish organizations are speaking openly about the historic opportunity to realize their ominous dream: to build the alleged Temple on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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Fatah official: King David and Solomon’s Temple never existed in “Arab-Canaanite Palestine” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 4, 2012
Op-ed by member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Bakr Abu-Bakr:
Headline: “When Netanyahu distorts history at the UN”
     “It could be that most people didn’t notice Netanyahu’s claim, from the podium of the UN a few days ago, that Jerusalem’s history belongs to the Israelis...
Netanyahu said – and he wasn’t telling the truth – that ‘3,000 years ago King David ruled our land and its eternal capital Jerusalem’. He added that he would say this to anyone who might claim that the Jewish state has no historical roots in the region, and that it will soon disappear...
Let me give a more detailed report on the real truth about Jewish presence in Canaanite-Arab Palestine. If this [Jewish] presence is really ancient, why is there no scientific confirmation of their kingdoms or rule during the time of Prophets David or Solomon and their fellow [rulers] as they describe them? [The existence of] two prophet-kings is a fact we accept, as it is noted in the Quran, but archaeologists strongly disagree as to the place where, and time when, they lived. Their presence in Jerusalem or Palestine, as described in the Bible, doesn’t correspond time-wise..."
PA daily: "Jews have no right" to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2012
Headline: "The occupation closed the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) today to worshippers"
     "The occupation authorities announced yesterday that the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron (i.e., the Machpela Cave of the Patriarchs) would be closed today [16/08/2012] to Muslim worshippers… Head of the Hebron Religious Trusts, Zayd Al-Ja'afari, condemned these arbitrary measures against houses of religious ritual, regarding them as an attack on the monotheistic religions and on freedom of religion as anchored in international laws. He also stressed that the occupation authorities intend to persist in this deliberate policy… in order to seize control of all sections of the cave … and he added that the Ibrahimi Mosque is a solely Palestinian-Islamic matter, and that Jews have no right to intervene in it.
The Ibrahimi Mosque, with all its passages, courtyards and sections, will be open to Muslim worshippers on Friday [Aug. 16, 2012] and on the first day of Eid El-Fitr. …Former Chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic Law and preacher at the Ibrahimi Mosque, Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi… stressed in a press release yesterday that the Ibrahimi Mosque, including all its parts is an Islamic mosque only, to which Jews have no right, neither from near nor from afar.
He also stressed that the settlers and Jews entering it to pray constitute a dualism that is not acceptable in houses of worship and is rejected by all monotheistic religions and international laws and accords."
Minister of Religious Affairs: The "owners of Jerusalem" are the Muslims and Christians 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 10, 2012
Friday sermon, speaker: Minister of Religious Affairs, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Present in audience: President Mahmoud Abbas; Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, Secretary General of the Presidential Office.

     Al-Habbash: "The Arabs and Muslims, all of them… are invited to come to Jerusalem, to come to Al-Aqsa [Mosque], in order to tell the whole world: This mosque is ours; we will not abandon it, nor will we abandon the Palestinian people in its struggle [against] the schemes to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque. In its struggle against the schemes and the plans, which aim to alter the landmarks of Jerusalem and the landmarks of the Al-Aqsa Mosque… Israel does not want the Muslims and the Arabs in Jerusalem. Are we acceding to what it wants? Are we acceding to its [Israel’s] desire, to separate Jerusalem from its owners? The owners of Jerusalem are all the Muslims and all the Christians in the east and the west of the country. Jerusalem is today in great danger… A few days ago we heard some nonsense that has no legal or religious value. It was said by one of the Israeli MPs who wants to propose a law to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews. Simply and firmly [I say] – this is a recipe for blood, fire, and war… No one can imagine that a single centimeter of the Al-Aqsa Mosque will belong to non-Muslims, not even a single millimeter, not even a breath in the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to someone who is not Muslim… These calls and statements are a great danger. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger. These [MPs] are trying to claim a false right to this mosque for themselves … Anyone who wants to harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque will burn himself and destroy himself… These worthless calls, uttered by some of the worthless Israeli MPs – we will trample them. They have no value, they are not even worth the dust that our feet tread upon anywhere in this world."
PA Ministry: The Cave of the Patriarchs is Palestinian and "the Jews have no right to interfere in its affairs" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 2, 2012
     "The Ministry of Religious Affairs said yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities had prevented sounding the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) 50 times during last July. Director of Islamic Trusts in Hebron, Zaid Al-Jabari… said: 'The Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) is a purely Palestinian Islamic issue, and the Jews have no right to interfere in its affairs, in its corridors and in its plazas."
Positive report on PA TV: Palestinian artist acknowledges Jewish historical period in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2012
Palestinian artist, Ismail Midya:
     “This painting represents Jerusalem in different periods. This is the Islamic period. This is the Christian period. Prior to that is what I called the Jewish period. This is the Canaanite period. It's important to me and to all Palestinians because it's a map or document.”
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Note: PA TV and media in general rarely publish statements acknowledging Jewish history in Jerusalem and the land. This broadcast represents a rare exception to the usual PA policy to deny Jewish history in Jerusalem.
Jewish history in the land of Israel denied by Syrian author in PA TV interview 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 30, 2012
Program: "Personal Encounter"
Guest: Hassan Hamid, author in Syria
     Hamid: "I see Israeli society as rotten from the inside. Carpenters or wood craftsmen would say it's worm-infested wood. For 60 years, they've been looking for pottery, glass, for a brick or a handful of sand that would put back something resembling history to them, but they haven't found it."
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Zionism is "devoid of any foundation in history" and "Jews are not a nation" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 12, 2012
By PA daily columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
: "Palestinianism vs. Zionism"
     "At the beginning of May, the English [online] newspaper Yediot Aharonot published an article by a Zionist full of hatred for Palestinians and Palestinianism, hostile towards peace and the solution of two states for two peoples on the borders on June 4, 1967: He is Moshe Dann, a Zionist writer and historian living in Jerusalem. Dann tried to incite against Palestinianism, to distort its real essence [as an ideology] which supports Palestinian nationalism, and tried to dress it in religious garb – even though everyone knows that Palestinian identity brings together all Palestinians, regardless of religion or ideological belief… Moshe Dann grew up in the midst of Zionist forgery and hypocrisy, and was nourished and fed with the racist Zionist ideas that were based on the Jewish religion in order to mislead Jews of different nationalities and to bring them into [Zionism's] furnace of colonial war, so as to serve its masters in the imperialist West. This was in order to spearhead the colonialist enterprise, with the aim of stealing the Arabs' resources and to act in a systematic and planned way to deepen rift and division among the peoples of the Arab nation, as a continuation of the Sykes-Picot conspiracy of 1916, and prior to that – the Campbell-Bannerman Conference of 1905-1907. [In his article, Dann] wanted to reverse the picture and to dress the Palestinian national identity in Zionism's worn out, torn attire…
Moshe Dann's lies have been exposed by Prof. Shlomo Sand, Ilan Pappe, and other Jewish historians who have removed the mask from the real face of racist Zionism which is based on a narrative devoid of any foundation in history, because the Jews are not a nation, but rather members of different nations from all over the world, who believe in the Jewish religion."
PA daily denies Jewish connection to Herodium, an ancient fortress built by the Jewish king of Judaea  
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2012
Headline: "Considered one of the most prominent Palestinian landmarks – occupation authorities and settlers hurry to Judaize Mount Furadis (i.e., Herodium)"
"The occupation authorities and the settler Gush Etzion [Regional] Council have made great strides in the Judaization of one of the most important Palestinian landmarks - which has become a central focus of tourism for the Israelis – as part of the unholy alliance between the settlers and the occupation government and its branches, such as the Nature and Parks Authority.
The occupation authorities have laid their hand on the Herodion fortress, said to have been built by Herod, the Edomite governor of the Roman province of Palaestina, and have turned it into a 'national park.' Occupation authorities have awarded the settler Etzion Council freedom of action at the site, whose local [Arabic] name is Mount Furadis. A grant from the Israeli government has made it possible for the settler council to 'develop' the site so as to absorb a greater number of tourists, whose number continues to grow. It has become one of the sites that draws the greatest number of visitors, especially since the Israeli archaeologist Yehuda (Ehud – ed.) Netzer announced that he had located Herod's grave at the site. Many people, including Israeli archaeologists, have cast doubt on this announcement. Netzer's dramatic death while he worked at the site in October 2010, has added a mythological dimension to the story of his love for Herod and his illegal excavations at the site."

Note: The Herodian fortress south of Jerusalem was built in the 1st century BCE by King Herod, the (Jewish) king of the province of Judaea.
Poet on PA TV: Israel is “a myth,” it is “American colonialism” in Arab lands 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 31, 2012
PA TV program hosts Palestinian poet Yusuf Al-Khatib.
     Al-Khatib: "Israel is a myth; Israel is a lie. There is American colonialism of the Arab homeland by means of the Israeli fortress that is in Palestine; that is all… Israel is simply a mask for the American Empire."
PA TV program denies Jewish presence and history in the land of Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 18, 2012
The PA TV program Standing Firm visited Mes'ha village. PA TV produced the program and the editors chose to include the following in the broadcast:
A resident from Mes'ha village: "Where were they [the Jews]? Two hundred years ago, where were they? Before they came here, where were they? Each of them – where? Before the First World War, or the Second, where did they go; where were they? Where are they? Where did they come from? Listen, this is a disease by means of which Allah is testing us; it's called 'Jews'."
Editor of PA daily: The “Arab-Canaanite West Bank” has no connection to Judaism 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2012
Headline: "From settlements to Judaization"
By editor in chief Hafez Barghouti
     "Judaism is a religion and not a nationality. And the Arabs have always been spread throughout Palestine, and the authentic Palestinian customs in the mountains – i.e., in the Arab-Canaanite West Bank - are the backbone of the Palestinian spoken dialect and customs…
The occupation, which is stealing our land, our foods, our holy graves and our culture, wants to falsify our entire history, because it feels that we are firmly planted in our land, and it is unable to wage a fascist war of extermination in order to be rid of us."
PA daily reports on seminar at Al-Quds University entitled “Jerusalem and the alleged Temple” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2012
Headline: "Seminar in Salfit on the subject of Jerusalem and the alleged Temple"
     "The Salfit branch of the Al-Quds Open University, in cooperation with the Salfit Region Advisory Council and the Ministry of Culture, held a cultural lecture entitled 'Jerusalem and the Alleged Temple', as part of the university's strategic plan aimed at strengthening ties between the university and local social institutions.
Speakers at the seminar included Dr. Omar Ja'areh and Adnan Ayyash…
Director of the Salfit branch [of the university] noted that the seminar was [taking place] within the framework of the activities of the Cultural Council in the Salfit region, aimed at deepening Palestinian national identification and strengthening it, as well as [strengthening] the citizen's bond with his land and his history. In their addresses, Dr. Ja'areh and Ayyash noted that everything that had been said at the seminar was based on Israeli research. Both speakers drew attention to the fact that since the establishment of the Zionist movement, it has used all means to achieve its aims, including falsification of history, which it uses in order to achieve its political aims."
PA Minister: Israel steals and appropriates Palestinian culture to justify its “legitimacy on the land” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2012
Deputy Minister of Information, Al-Mutawakkil Taha, spoke at a gathering held by the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs and the Prisoners' Club in solidarity with Khader Adnan, a prisoner in administrative detention who, according to the newspaper, had been on a hunger strike for 52 days.
     "Deputy Minister of Information, Al-Mutawakkil Taha… said that Israel has gone beyond all forms of oppression practiced by fascism throughout history, and that it does more than racist discrimination and ethnic cleansing: it has concentrated all forms of oppression from all of history, recreated them, and used them against everything which is Palestinian in an attempt to nullify it completely. This is [done] in order to ensure its (i.e., Israel’s) historical legitimacy upon the land, its religious legitimacy and cultural legitimacy, through theft of Palestinian culture and attributing it to itself."
PA daily denies Jewish history in Israel: “Every stone in this land speaks Arabic” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2012
     "Hebron, the fourth holiest city to Islam, will remain, Allah willing, a firm fortress holding out against Zionist attempts to forge its history and its landmarks. The establishment of the settlement of Kiryat Arba by the Zionist movement and Israel is a poisoned dagger in the side of the holy city…
Every step, every village, and every town in our land has a story of history and culture, and every stone in this land speaks Arabic."
Balfour Declaration gave the land to those who had “no ownership” and “no right” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 8, 2012
PA TV live broadcast from the main rally in Beirut marking the 47th anniversary of the establishment of Fatah:
Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour:

     "For more than a hundred years our people has been subjected to plots. In 1917 there was the promise by Balfour – a promise by someone who had no ownership, to those who had no right. In 1948 there was the greatest plot – the theft of the homeland and the scattering of its people."
Fatah official: “Israel has no right to Jerusalem – not religiously... and not historically” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 29, 2011
     "Palestinian philosopher and member of the Fatah Advisory Council, Ahmed Ghneim, called to adopt what he referred to as a program for the Palestinization of Jerusalem as well as a clear Palestinian world-view for dealing with the program of Israelization which Israel is carrying out in Jerusalem… This was during a conference held by the Ministry of Information in Qalqilya yesterday evening… Ahmed Ghneim spoke about the historical background of Jerusalem… Ghneim reviewed the repeated efforts of the Zionist movement to seek a legend that would draw Jews throughout the world, and turn them from a religion into a nation… He noted that the insistence on declaring Jerusalem the eternal capital [of the Jewish people] means that the war is a religious war, even though Israel has no right to Jerusalem – not religiously, not legally, not politically, and not historically."
PA daily article by omits Judaism as one of the three monotheistic religions in “Palestine” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2011
The article starts with general information about the establishment of Fatah, the start of its armed activity, and the attempt to sabotage the Israeli National Water Carrier.
"47th anniversary of beginning of Fatah activity"
"Islam and the Monotheistic Religions in Fatah Strategy
     Palestine is the holy land to the three monotheistic religions. Islam is the religion of most of the Palestinian people, and it is the official religion of the government and the state. Christianity and the Samaritan religion have the same sanctity and respect. The Fatah movement will not permit any discrimination among Palestinians on the basis of religious background and level of faith, and it respects everyone's freedom of worship.”
Mufti of Ramallah warns of Israeli plan to seize Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the “alleged Temple” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2011
Headline: "Mufti of Ramallah updates delegation from Carter Center on Israeli plotting"
     "[Mufti of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district Sheikh Ibrahim Awadallah] stated, during his meeting with the [Carter Center] delegation yesterday, that the plots testify to the strong Israeli desire to carry out the plan of the extreme right-wing in Israel, relating to the seizure of this [Al-Aqsa] Mosque and the building of the alleged Temple."
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