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Rami Hamdallah
Atallah Hanna
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Yusuf Ida'is
Hanna Issa
Issa Karake
Muhammad Al-Madani
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Jamal Muhaisen

Nasser Al-Qidwa

Ahmed Qurei

Jibril Rajoub
Samir Al-Rifai
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Nabil Shaath
Hussein Al-Sheikh
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Tawfiq Tirawi
Abbas Zaki
Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas worked very closely with Arafat during the years Arafat ruled the PA. Abbas was appointed by Arafat as Prime Minister in 2003, and was elected as Chairman of the PA in January 2005. This section documents statements made by Abbas.

In 2006, official PA radio and television stations were placed under the control of Abbas’s office [Ma’an News, Feb. 17, 2006]. Therefore, in addition to Abbas's own statements, it is important to examine the broadcasts and publications of official PA media which are documented on PMW's website. They are a reflection of the ideologies and messages that Abbas and other PA leaders and officials choose to disseminate to their people.

On Aug. 2, 2018, Abbas was named as "head of the PLO Executive Committee and the one responsible for the [Palestinian] National Fund." The fund has been declared as a terorr organization by Israel.
Topics on this page
1- Glorifying terror and violence
2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
3- Personal responsibility for terror
4- Contact with enemies of the West
5- Hate promotion
6- Abbas on Jerusalem
7- Non-recognition of Israel
8- On the peace process
9- Speeches to the international community
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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Abbas: We “will continue to support the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 17, 2018
Headline: “The [Palestinian] Central Council extended its meetings until today”
    “The [Palestinian] Central Council continued the meetings of its 29th session… at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah until today, Friday [Aug. 17, 2018], in order to discuss additional national issues.
The Central Council’s meetings began on Wednesday evening, in the presence of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas… The president emphasized that they will continue to support the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the prisoners, and will not allow passage of the settlement plan to build 20,000 new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem (refers to municipal construction plan announced Aug. 15, 2018, much of which is to be constructed in western Jerusalem –Ed.).”
PA Prime Minister emphasizes "the firm position of the leadership - led by Abbas and the government - and its commitment to pay the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 13, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: We are continuing to provide all types of support to the prisoners"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met today (Monday) [Aug. 13, 2018] with a delegation from the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs led by Director of the Commission Qadri Abu Bakr in his office in Ramallah … The prime minister again emphasized the firm position of the leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the government – and its commitment to pay the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, despite the Israeli occupation’s decision and its threats to deduct these allowances from the Palestinian tax money (referring to Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money). Hamdallah emphasized that despite the challenges, the provision of all types of support to the Commission of Prisoners' Affairs in its lofty and patriotic activities for our brave prisoners in the occupation's prisons is continuing. He also emphasized that the prisoners are the spearhead of the Palestinian struggle, and that they are the ones who have sacrificed the years of their lives for our just cause."
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Abbas vows continued payments to terrorist prisoners who are “stars in the sky” and have “priority in everything” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2018

Official PA TV News, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statements at a ceremony honoring released prisoners and families of dead terrorists


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "By Allah, even if we have only a penny left it will only be spent on the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners, and only afterwards will it be spent on the rest of the people. This is a group that we appreciate and respect, and we consider it the one paving the way to Palestine’s independence for the future generations."
Official PA TV reporter: "With these words [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a group of released prisoners and honored the leadership of the movement of prisoners, who sacrificed their souls and lives for the defense of their people and homeland. The president gave a number of Martyrs and prisoners the Jerusalem Medal in recognition of their role and their honorable national struggle..."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We view the Martyrs and prisoners as stars in the sky of the Palestinian people and the sky of the Palestinian people’s struggle, and they have priority in everything..."
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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."


Abbas encourages Jerusalem riots: “We are with you in all that you have done and are still doing, you are causing us pride” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2017
       “At the beginning of a meeting of the [PA] leadership yesterday evening [July 25, 2017], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that as long as the situation in Jerusalem does not return to being as it was before July 14, [2017], there will be no changes whatsoever (refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there that were later removed; see note below –Ed.). The president added: ‘All of the new Israeli steps on the ground from that date until today need to stop, and then the situation in Jerusalem will return to normal. Afterwards we will continue our work on everything regarding the relations between us and them.’ The president said: ‘Since Israel tried to change the situation, the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem have risen as one (i.e., they launched violent riots –Ed.) You have objected to all of the [Israeli] steps, and we have supported you in what you have done and what you are doing. We are with you in everything that you have done and are still doing, as you are causing us pride, and you are taking care of your Al-Aqsa Mosque, your land, your dignity, your people, your religion, and your holy sites. This is the response to everyone who wants to harm our holy sites. Jerusalem is ours. It is our capital and it is [under] our sovereignty, and therefore what you [Palestinians] are doing is right.’"’
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3- Personal responsibility for terror
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Abbas recommended to Arafat to stop PA terror campaign (Second Intifada) because “we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 2, 2018
Official PA TV program The Philosophy of Patience, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ recollections from the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), aired March 23, 2018, rebroadcast April 2, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After the second Intifada broke out due to Sharon’s visit, I was with [then PA Chairman] brother Yasser Arafat and [PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat in a plane... From the third day I said to him: ‘Yasser Arafat, this intifada must stop, because it’s a snowball that you don’t know where it will roll.’ Yasser Arafat heard me and heard the others, and he didn’t have to pay attention to my words. He waited, he thought, and they made him understand that it’s possible that things will develop and we will achieve something. My opinion was that we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster that ended with the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of Yasser Arafat. It ended with the occupation of the entire West Bank and the destruction of all the agreements that were signed between us and Israel, and we are still suffering from this to this day.”

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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."


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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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Abbas aligns with Saudi Arabia against Canadian call to free human rights activists  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 6, 2018
Headline: "The [PA] president opposes the Canadian interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia"
     "[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand alongside the brothers in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and heir to the throne Prince Muhammad bin Salman.
His Honor [Abbas] expressed his opposition to and condemnation of the interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom by any party. He said that it is a blow to the sovereignty of the kingdom over its land and its people... and described it as blatant interference.
His Honor called on the Arab states to stand alongside the kingdom, and to oppose the Canadian interference in its internal affairs and to condemn it (referring to Canadian call to release detained rights activists; see note below -Ed.)."
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On July 31, 2018, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) said that at least 15 human rights and women's rights activists had been arrested or detained in Saudi Arabia since May 15, 2018. On August 3, 2018, the Canadian Foreign Ministry called for their immediate release.
Abbas meets with Sudanese president wanted for crimes against humanity 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2018
Headline: "He met with his Sudanese counterpart and with the FIFA secretary-general at the place where he was staying in Moscow – the [PA] president attended the World Cup final match, alongside many state leaders"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas attended the World Cup final match between the national teams of France and Croatia yesterday evening [July 15, 2018]… On the sidelines of his visit to Russia, he met with his Russian counterpart [President Vladimir Putin] and with his Sudanese counterpart [President Omar Al-Bashir]… President Abbas briefed his Sudanese counterpart on the latest Palestinian developments, and especially on the dangers surrounding occupied Jerusalem.”

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Abbas sends telegram to leader of North Korea wishing him "all health and happiness" for Korea's Liberation day 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 15, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president congratulates the leader of North Korea for Liberation Day"
      "President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas today, Tuesday congratulated First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea National Leadership Committee, and Supreme Leader of the Army Kim Jong-un for [Korea's] Liberation Day.
The president said in a greeting telegram for the occasion that the Korean people sacrificed the most precious sacrifices for its freedom and honor, and expressed appreciation for the solidary and stable positions of Korea supporting the rights of our people and its just struggle to end the occupation and establish our independent state and its capital of East Jerusalem - the surest guarantee of realizing a just peace that all peoples of the region seek.
His Honor the president wished Leader Jong-un all health and happiness; the Korean people continued stability and prosperity; and that the historical friendly relations between Palestine and North Korea and their two peoples will continue to develop and grow."
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5- Hate promotion
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Abbas photographed holding PA daily with cartoon on back cover that depicts an Israeli soldier poisoning a Palestinian baby 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2018

Cartoon published on the back cover of the official PA daily

Text on cartoon: “Laila Gandour (see note below- Ed.)”

The cartoon shows an Israeli soldier removing a bottle from a baby’s mouth and replacing it with a bottle marked with the skull and crossbones symbol for poison.
The cartoon refers to Laila Gandour, an 8-month-old Palestinian baby girl who died on May 21, 2018, at the March of Return riots on the Gazan border with Israel, to which her family had brought her. The Palestinians have claimed that she died of tear gas inhalation; however, she suffered from existing health conditions and the cause of death has not been determined. Pictures of Gandour and her funeral have become a symbol of the border riots.

The day after the cartoon was published, a picture was taken of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reading the official PA daily while hospitalized in Ramallah, and this cartoon was clearly visible on the back cover. This picture of Abbas has been widely disseminated in the media, possibly to show him being well after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

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Abbas in Antisemitic speech claims Jews' "social role that was connected to usury, and banks" caused Antisemitism, Holocaust; claims some Jews are descended from Khazars; denies Jewish connection to Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 30, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:  "The sons of Jacob were 12. Where did you bring 13 from? They invented it. Where? In the Khazar Kingdom. When? In the 9th century. It was an irreligious kingdom. Afterwards it became a Jewish kingdom. The emperor converted to Judaism and therefore [the kingdom] converted to Judaism.  Afterwards it broke apart, and all its residents migrated to Europe, and these are the Ashkenazi Jews (this claim is rejected by experts and genetic testing confirms uniform origin of the different Jewish communities-Ed.). The Ashkenazi Jews are not Semites, and they have no connection to Semitism or Abraham, Jacob, or others. It was a Tatar-Turkic state... Second, these Jews who migrated to eastern and western Europe were subjected to massacres by some state every 10 to 15 years from the 11th century until the Holocaust that took place in Germany. OK, but why did this happen? They say: 'Because we are Jews.'...  The hatred of the Jews is not due to their religion, but rather due to their social role. If so, it's a different issue. And therefore, the Jewish problem that was common in all of the states of Europe against the Jews was not due to their religion, but rather due to their social role that was connected to usury, and banks, and so forth... Now we are talking about the Jewish homeland. They are talking about longing for Zion and that's why they are going [there] and so forth. I say - not me, rather history says that these words are baseless."
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Abbas’ advisor demonizes Judaism, claims Jews "prophesize" the Messiah will “kill everyone who is not a Jew” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 20, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail, and Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim


Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"The [US] recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a crime against humanity, a crime against Jesus... This is a crime against the Christians and against the Muslims - a crime against Jesus... and a crime against Muhammad... One of their [the Jews'] slogans today is about ''the King Messiah' - whose coming they prophesize. They prophesize and believe that when he comes he will kill – just imagine – he will kill everyone who is not a Jew (sic.). What kind of belief is this, which is based only on killing the other, negating the other, and the death of the other?"
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The Jewish tradition does not teach that the Messiah will kill all non-Jews.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negoti
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6- Abbas on Jerusalem
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Abbas: "More than 5,000 years ago, our Canaanite Jebusite ancestors built Jerusalem so that it would be their capital" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the Ninth International Islamic Jerusalem Conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Ladies and gentlemen, when we say that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine, we are saying nothing new. On the contrary, this is the right and the history over which there is no disagreement. More than 5,000 years ago, our Canaanite Jebusite ancestors built Jerusalem so that it would be their capital. They gave it the name ‘Jebus’ as a sign of appreciation and taking pride in it. Afterwards they called it ‘Urshalim,’ in other words, ‘the city of peace’ in the ancient Canaanite language. From this [period of] history until the present day, the Arab and Palestinian presence in Jerusalem has been uninterrupted, in light of the fact that we are the grandchildren of the Canaanites…
At this opportunity, brothers and sisters, I confirm before you that these matters appeared in the Bible. The Bible emphasized that the Canaanites were in this country before Abraham, and their presence has been uninterrupted for the past 5,000 years and until today. Afterwards several [Israelis] say: ‘This is ours and this is our country.’ No, this is not their country!"

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Abbas: US Ambassador to Israel is "son of a bitch" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 19, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at the PA headquarters in Ramallah


PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “They [the US] decided to transfer their embassy to it [Jerusalem], cut their allocations to UNRWA, and consider settlement legal. This was said by more than one American official, the first of them is their ambassador here in Tel Aviv, David Friedman, who said: "They are building in their land." Son of a bitch! (Lit: “son of a dog”) They are building in their land? He is a settler, his family are settlers, and he is the US ambassador in Tel Aviv, so what do we expect of him?”
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Fatah official, speaking on Abbas' behalf: US embassy move and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will be "thwarted;" Zionism "is striving to take over the world's resources by force"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2018
    "In his speech on behalf of the president [Abbas], [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer his country's embassy to it will be thwarted thanks to the Palestinian resolve, thanks to the resolve of the entire world – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – against this foolish decision, and by imposing international isolation on the US and the occupation… He said: 'Our conflict is not with the Jews, but rather with Zionism, which has no values and principles, and which does not attach importance to rights and laws. It includes people that are not Jews and is striving to take over the world's resources by force… [Zaki] said: 'Our position is strong - we reject that any mosque should constitute an alternative to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One hundred and thirty-eight states in the world recognize the State of Palestine, and we demand that they revoke their recognition of Israel…' He added that the Palestinian leadership has objected to the decision to denounce [Chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau] Ismail Haniyeh as a terrorist (he was added to the US terror list; see note below –Ed.)."
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Abbas distorts history: Israel is Europe's "colonialist project that is not connected to Judaism, but made use of the Jews so they would serve as pawns" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2018
Excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council on Jan. 14, 2018

      "Egyptian intellectual Abd Al-Wahab Al-Masri, may his memory be a blessing, was one of the most important people that spoke about the Zionist and Jewish movement… He described this entity with these words: 'The significance of Israel’s functional character is that colonialism created it in order to fill a specific role; it is a colonialist project that is not connected to Judaism, but made use of the Jews so they would serve as pawns, and they were, under the motto 'the Promised Land' and 'the Beloved Land,' and they brought them here'…
There is an important matter – how will the Jews immigrate [to Palestine]? The Jews do not want to immigrate because of killing and slaughter. Even during the Holocaust that took place they did not immigrate [to Palestine] (sic., there were many attempts to immigrate to the Land of Israel, many of which were blocked by the British). By the way, the number of Jews in Palestine in 1948 did not exceed 640,000, and most of them came from Europe. [Theodor] Herzl [a founder of modern Zionism] used to say: 'Antisemitism is the engine of Zionism' – in other words, the more antisemitic a person is, the more beneficial he is to us [the Jews]. This is because he advances the Zionist goal – to expel the Jews from their countries to Palestine."
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Abbas: Israel "is a colonialist project that has no connection to Judaism... The Jews were used as pawns" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a speech to PLO Central Council:
"Egyptian intellectual Abd Al-Wahab Al-Masiri, one of the most important writers on the Zionist movement and Judaism... He described this entity as following: 'The functional nature of Israel is that colonialism created it in order to fill a specific role. It is a colonialist project that has no connection to Judaism.' It has no connection to Judaism, but the Jews were used as pawns and they were [made pawns] by way of slogans such as 'the Promised Land,' and 'the Beloved Homeland.' These slogans were invented for them, and they were brought here."
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Abbas: Europeans “wanted to get rid of the Jews to benefit from them in our land” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a speech to PLO Central Council:
"There is an important matter – the Jews' immigration [to Palestine]. The Jews did not want to immigrate, not even because of killing, slaughter. They did not want to immigrate. Even during the Holocaust that took place, they did not immigrate [to Palestine]. They did not immigrate... [Theodor] Herzl (i.e., founder of modern Zionism) used to say: 'Antisemitism is the engine of Zionism. The more antisemitic a person is the more beneficial he is to us because he advances the Zionist goal by expelling the Jews.' They [the Europeans] wanted to get rid of the Jews there for their reasons and to benefit from them in our land - killing two birds with one stone."
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8- On the peace process
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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

Abbas denounces violent resistance: “Peaceful popular resistance is our path” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The next point is peaceful popular resistance (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which at times also refers to the use of violence and terror). I’m not ashamed to repeat it 100 times or 1,000 times: I’m only with the peaceful popular resistance, through which we have dealt with the occupation in the previous month or previous days, when [US President Donald] Trump’s initiative (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) came out. Peaceful popular resistance - and believe me, it is stronger and more effective than the other [resistance], because the other – don’t rely on it.... My brothers, we have finished with this [terror], are you still continuing to fight us? We do not want anyone to fight us. We have learned the lessons, and therefore the culture of peace is widespread. We do not interfere in the internal affairs of anyone, and no one has the right to interfere in our internal affairs. We will continue to fight terror, regardless of its form or source, because we have an interest in this, and it is part of our responsibility as a state against terror."

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Abbas emphasizes he seeks peace with Israel through continued conversation with Israelis, but PLO can make its own decisons 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We have an additional matter and it is important, and I think it needs to continue. I don't impose my decisions on the [PLO Central] Council. The council is free to make the decisions it wants. We have the conversation with the supporters of peace in Israel, the conversation with the supporters of peace in Israel. A group of young men and women are responsible for it, women and men who are speaking with the supporters of peace in Israel, or [with] those who are expected to be supporters of peace… We must try, we will continue with these meetings because they are beneficial meetings. After all, with whom do we seek peace? With the State of Israel – or not? If there will be [two states,] Israel and Palestine, we will need to coexist and speak with each other. So let us speak with each other from this moment, and we are continuing the conversation, and it is not connected to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu rejecting peace. We must maintain these actions."
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President Abbas says he did not intend to offend Jews, following Antisemitic speech 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 4, 2018
"President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Friday that 'if people were offended by my statement in front of the PNC, especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them. I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full respect for the Jewish faith, as well as other monotheistic faiths.'
He continued, 'I would also like to reiterate our long held condemnation of the Holocaust, as the most heinous crime in history, and express our sympathy with its victims.'
'Likewise, we condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, and confirm our commitment to the two-state solution, and to live side by side in peace and security.'”
Abbas speech to UN Security Council demonizes Israel, slams US, but proposes international peace plan 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 20, 2018
This transcript of PA Chairman Abbas' speech before the UN Security Council on Feb. 20, 2018 was published by Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, on Feb. 20, 2018.

"Seventy years have passed since Palestine’s Nakba, from which 6 million Palestine refugees continue to suffer from the cruelty of exile and loss of human security. They continue to wander the world after the loss of their peaceful and stable lives in their homeland. They are part of the 13 million Palestinians, whose country has not yet been recognized as full Member State of the United Nations, despite the numerous resolutions reaffirming their right to self-determination and statehood on their national land.
We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago and continuously remained there to this day. Our great people remain rooted in their land. The Palestinian people built their own cities and homeland and made contributions to humanity and civilization witnessed by the world. They established institutions, schools, hospitals, cultural organizations, theaters, libraries, newspapers, publishing houses, economic organizations, businesses and banks, with wide regional and international influence.
All of this existed before and after the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, a declaration by which those who did not own, giving to those who had no right. The British Government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the Palestinian people as a result..."

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Abbas includes Judaism among Jerusalem’s three religions and envisions that everyone would practice “religious rituals and prayers” there, in contrast to his previous anti-Jewish statements  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The continuation of the peace efforts requires the establishment of a bilateral international body under the umbrella of the UN, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives in this body or in the international summit, which we are calling to organize according to the decisions of the international institutions, the principle of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders, and the end of the Israeli occupation on the land of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the capital of our state, which we want to be open to all believers of the monotheistic religions - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism - who will carry out their religious rituals and prayers there, in security and peace, which will provide an opportunity to everyone who is in Palestine and Israel to live in security, stability, and good neighborliness.”
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