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Mahmoud Abbas
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Jibril Rajoub
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.
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
 


1- Glorifying terror and violence
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Hebron District Governor visits family of terrorist in Abbas’ name 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2016
      “Hebron District Governor Kamel Hamid paid a condolence visit to the relatives of Martyr (Shahid) Muayyad Awni Jabarin in the village of Said, together with heads of the [PA] security establishment and the district staff, on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas. Until now, this village has sacrificed 12 Martyrs, who were murdered in cold blood by the occupation’s bullets. The district governor said: ‘The death of the Martyrs came as part of the crimes and the policy of daily killings carried out by the occupation army against our unarmed people, in order to terrorize it.’ He likewise emphasized his belief that our people will continue to stand firm on its land, adhere to its rights, struggle to obtain freedom and establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. Hamid offered his sincere condolences and asked Allah, to let Martyr Jabarin dwell in Paradise, and bestow solace and patience upon his family.”

Muayyad Jabarin – a 20-year-old Palestinian terrorist from Sa’ir, near Hebron, who tried to stab Israeli soldiers at the Beit Anoun Junction on Jan. 14, 2016. He was shot and killed by the soldiers. In a last "will" that Jabarin left for his parents and which was published by the Palestinian Donia Al-Watan news agency, the terrorist wrote: “I will kill two Israeli soldiers and have my revenge through them... Allah willing, I will be a Martyr.”
Fatah anniversary video shows Abbas glorifying mass murderers, in 2013  
Source: Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Dec. 30, 2015

Video and text posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on Dec. 30, 2015. This video uses old footage of a speech Abbas gave honoring terrorists on Fatah's anniversary in 2012/2013. Fatah spliced images of the terrorists into Abbas' speech. 
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Today, we remember our Martyrs. We remember the Sheikh of our Martyrs, Yasser Arafat. We remember Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Said, Abu Ali Iyad, Abu Sabri. We recall all these Martyrs.”
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Abbas: Murdering Israelis is “popular peaceful uprising” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 16, 2015


Official PA TV News broadcast
Excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the Palestine Prize ceremony
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “No one called for this uprising (i.e., Oct. - Nov. 2015 terror campaign) and no one asked for it. It stemmed from the hearts of the young who have seen everything with their own eyes. They have seen the oppression, the settlements and they have seen the attacks by the herds of settlers, and therefore they have done what they have done (i.e., 14 killed by stabbings and shootings). We said to everyone that we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is. However, the aggression of firing bullets has come from the Israelis.”
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What Abbas called “peaceful popular uprising” had at that time already included:
- 65 stabbings
- 8 shootings
- 8 car rammings
Total killed: 14
Total wounded: 167
[Between Oct. 1 - Nov. 13, 2015,
Source: "Wave of terror October-November 2015," http://mfa.gov.il]
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Only days after 4 Israelis murdered, Abbas calls “uprising” “peaceful”, inflames Palestinians, says Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: “Mahmoud Abbas: The occupation is responsible for what is happening, and the continuation of the settlers’ provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “The president met yesterday [Oct. 11, 2015] evening with Secretaries of [Fatah’s] sub-branches and representatives of Fatah’s Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement) in the homeland’s northern districts (i.e., the West Bank), at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. He briefed them on the latest political developments and expressed his appreciation of their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the region which must stand at the top of the international community’s priorities.  The president stated that the one responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which continues to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers in their attacks against our people, and avoids fulfilling its obligations as stipulated in the agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent arrangement is reached. He added that the Israeli government gives free rein to the settlers, who are attacking our holy sites and our people, blocking roads, and burning crops.  The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the backbone of the Palestinian revolution, and continue to lead the struggle for liberation through popular peaceful resistance, and to adhere to national principles, especially the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Abbas made these statements only a few days after 4 Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians.

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Abbas advisor says PA supports “peaceful acts of resistance” but justifies Palestinian violence as “defense” and a “result of the actions of the occupation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2015
Headline: “Hammad: ‘The latest operations are a response to the settlers’ actions”
     “Dr. Nimer Hammad, political advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas, stated that the Israeli escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank are meant to drag the Palestinians into a cycle of violence.  Hammad said in a statement published by the Donia Al-Watan news agency that the Palestinian defense ‘is not interested in igniting the third intifada,’ and noted that Israel is interested in violence at this stage, because it thinks that it serves its interests to show the Palestinian leadership as encouraging violence…
Hammad emphasized that ‘the leadership will support all peaceful acts of resistance,’ and emphasized that this was always the position of the leadership, especially during the latest meetings. The president’s advisor said that peaceful resistance is the best way to confront the occupation, and brought as an example an event that occurred yesterday [Oct. 4, 2015], Sunday, in Jenin, when thousands of [Palestinian] citizens stood against the occupation forces which tried to arrest one of the citizens.
In regard to the events carried out by individuals that occurred recently in Jerusalem and the West Bank (i.e., stabbing and shooting attacks against Israelis), Hammad said: ‘These responses occurred as a result of the actions of the occupation and settlers, who are brought in buses under protection of the occupation forces.’”
Abbas to Israelis: "We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 30, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Israeli Channel 2
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “I told people frankly: We want to protect our holy places. To protect them peacefully, and therefore, people are going there to protect Jerusalem peacefully. Where is the tension that emerged from my mouth (This is an allusion to Israel’s claim that the present deterioration is the result of incitement by the Palestinian leadership, -Ed.)? I say: We must protect them… We don’t want an Intifada and have not called for one... It is the Israeli media and many Israeli leaders that are demanding and encouraging a third Intifada. We are not for a third Intifada. We are for peaceful popular resistance to protect our rights, neither more nor less... We extend our hands to you in peace. We say to the [various] layers of the Israeli people: Let us engage in dialogue, so that we may live in peace and stability… I entreat the Israeli people, which has demanded of its government not to miss the opportunity for peace – for evil is all around us, and you know the terrorism and violence that surround us… When the situation here changes; when peace comes, all manifestations of terrorism in the Middle East will cease and peace between us will return.”

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Abbas' spokesman: "East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line and we will not sit idly by"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2015
Headline: "The occupation and its extremists treat Al-Aqsa as they please.
The president [Abbas]: 'We will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks'"
     "The official spokesman of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] Nabil Abu Rudeina stated: 'We strongly condemn the occupation's army and police invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the attack of [Muslim] worshippers. East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line, and we will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks.' He added that President [Mahmoud] Abbas has held intensive discussions with all Arab regional and international bodies, and especially with Jordan, Morocco, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in order to deal with the fierce attack taking place against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
Abbas: US Senate holds PA responsible for incitement and has recommended freezing aid 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Arab League’s Council of Foreign Ministers.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Unfortunately, the US Senate has recommended freezing its aid to the Palestinian Authority. They have held me personally responsible for the recent violence against the Israelis (reference to Palestinian riots in Jerusalem and several terror attacks in which Israelis were killed, -Ed.). Likewise, the US ambassador to the UN [Samantha Power] has distributed a written statement calling on [UN] member states to reject Switzerland’s call to convene a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. Regarding this accusation, levelled at us by [US] Congress members, [the person] responsible for Israel’s homeland security [General Security Services Chief Yoram Cohen] has openly and clearly announced in the Israeli Parliament that the allegations are completely false, [confirming] that we have not incited against anyone, neither secretly nor in public. Despite the Senate’s directive on freezing [US] aid, we hope they won’t do it.”
Abbas promotes violence quoting Quran: "‎Permission [to fight] has been given to those who ‎are being fought‎" 
Source: Wattan TV (Palestinian private channel), July 22, 2014

Abbas' quoting the Quran at the end of this speech - ‎“Permission [to fight] has been given to ‎those who are being fought, because ‎they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory” - was interpreted by his constituents as a sign to take to the streets. This speech sparked Palestinian rioting in Jerusalem and the West Bank. ‎

PA Chairman ‎Mahmoud Abbas concluded the speech ‎with a quote from the Quran:
“Permission ‎‎[to fight] has been given to those who ‎are being fought, because they were ‎wronged. And indeed, Allah is ‎competent to give them victory.” [Sura ‎‎22:39, trans. Sahih International]

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4- Contact with enemies of the West
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Abbas sends good wishes to Kim Jong-un and “expressed pride in the historic and strong friendship” between North Korea and the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2015
Headline: “The President [Abbas] greets the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan in honor of Independence Day…”
      “President Mahmoud Abbas greeted First Secretary of the Workers' Party of [North] Korea, First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, Marshal Kim Jong-un in honor of Liberation Day [of North Korea]. In his telegram, the President wished leader Kim Jong-un an abundance of health and happiness, and progress and prosperity for his nation. In addition, he expressed pride in the historic and strong friendship and mutual respect between our countries.
The President emphasized our constant striving to develop and strengthen these ties, and our great appreciation of the stances of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which consistently demonstrates solidarity and supports the rights of the Palestinian people and its struggle for freedom, independence and the establishment of its independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
PA daily: Abbas refused to not form government with Hamas when asked by the Americans 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2015
Headline: “Azzam Al-Ahmad, in charge of the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation: Hamas does not want to end the rift”
From an interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad, who is in charge of the reconciliation with Hamas, to the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida 
     “Three days after we received the Egyptian document (i.e., the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, under Egyptian patronage), US Senator George Mitchell phoned. This was at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2009. He started speaking in a most honorable, polite manner. I remember he began by saying: ‘Mr. President, [US] President Obama and the US government respect you, and we request that you not send a representative on your behalf to Cairo to sign the document.’ Later, Mitchel shifted to a threatening language and said: ‘We, the government, cannot control Congress, which threatens to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority if you sign the document with Hamas.’
President Mahmoud Abbas responded immediately: ‘Mr. Mitchel, the unity of our people means more than the satisfaction of Congress, and all the money in the world.’”
Abbas representative visits Sudan and gives greetings from Abbas to Sudanese president 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 27, 2014
     “The Fatah delegation that left for Sudan last Thursday to participate in the fourth conference of the Sudanese National Congress [party], concluded its visit today. The delegation was led by Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Dhiab Ayyush. Samir Abd Al-Jabbar, ambassador of the State of Palestine in Sudan, was also present at the conference. Last Thursday [Oct. 23, 2014], the Sudanese National Congress party held its fourth conference, attended by thousands of party members and officials and headed by the party chairman, President Omar Al-Bashir… The conference opened with a speech by [the representative of] Palestine, which was given the honor of being the first to speak. In his speech, Abbas Zaki addressed those present and the participating guests. He greeted the Sudanese leadership and people, and delivered the greetings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to President Omar Bashir.”
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5- Hate promotion
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Abbas unable to defend terror glorification when presented PMW's report of Fatah leader praising murder 
Source: Jerusalem Post, Nov. 4, 2015
Headline: "On Europe trip, Abbas gets red carpet - and some hard questions"
      "The Hague, Netherlands
On his way to several meetings with Dutch parliamentarians last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage passed 300 demonstrators flying Israeli flags.
Like the Israeli government, the protesters, who convened outside at the urging of Dutch Jewish and Christian pro-Israel groups, accuse Abbas and his government of supporting deadly attacks against Jews... At the CIDI meeting [the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, the Dutch Jewish community's main pro-Israel lobby and watchdog on anti-Semitism], the delegation patiently listened to Abbas's complaints about Netanyahu. When he was finished, Joep de Geus, the 22-year-old chairman of CIDI's youth department, read to him a quote [exposed by PMW] from Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen who, on October 7, said the murder of a settler couple the previous week in front of their children was a case of 'one fulfilling his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can.'
Looking at Abbas, de Geus asked: 'Your excellency, do we really need a trilateral committee to tell us whether this is incitement?'
'We the Palestinians are not perfect,' Abbas replied, 'but these things need to be discussed as a whole.'"
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Abbas honors cartoonist at Palestinian daily who glorifies Palestinian rock attacks on Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015

Photo caption: “The president [Abbas] during the reception for Al-Bukhari and his wife.”

The artist receiving the Palestine Order of Merit for Culture, Sciences and Arts from PA Chairman Abbas, is a cartoonist with the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam.

Headline
: “The president [Abbas] awarded the artist Al-Bukhari with the [Palestine] Order of Merit for Culture, Sciences and Arts”
      “President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, awarded the artist and creator Baha Al-Bukhari the [Palestine] Order of Merit for Culture, Sciences and Arts ... during a reception held by His Honor [Mahmoud Abbas] in the presidential compound in Ramallah, in the presence of his [Al-Bukhari’s] wife and PLO Executive Committee members Mahmoud Ismail and Ahmed Majdalani, Minister of CultureZiyad Abu Amr, and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Writers’ Union Murad Al-Sudani. The president [Abbas] awarded the Order of Merit for Culture, Sciences and Arts to the creator and artist Al-Bukhari in recognition of his creative path in plastic arts and cartoons, and out of recognition of his life full of giving, actions, struggle, and beauty, in a way that fits Palestine and its resolute and full culture.”
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Abbas: There is no Palestinian ‎incitement, Israel “desecrate[s] the holy ‎sites” and “ISIS is found among his (i.e., ‎Jewish) people”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] president: ‘We need ‎to preserve the historic situation in the Al-‎Aqsa [Mosque], and the occupation opens ‎the door to religious conflict’”‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized ‎that the historic status quo in the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque must be preserved, and warned ‎that if the occupation will continue to ‎desecrate the holy sites, it will open the ‎door to unwanted bitter religious conflict.‎
‎[Abbas said:] ‘Our people and our young ‎are not interested in violence and ‎escalation in the field, and I confirm this, ‎and nobody is calling for incitement and ‎hate…’ The president emphasized: ‘We ‎wish to live in peace, security, and ‎stability in our homeland with all our ‎neighbors, and also with the Israelis.’ ‎[...]
Regarding the fact that Netanyahu ‎described [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas ‎as ‘ISIS’ (Islamic State), the president said: ‎‎‘We are against ISIS and all the terror in ‎the world, and against the settler terrorists. ‎ISIS and Al-Nusra are found among his ‎people, and yet he calls us ISIS!’ And he ‎continued: ‘We seek peace.’”‎

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Abbas denies again existence of Temple; says Jewish extremists plan to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Israel’s policy will ignite a religious war from which no one will be saved”
Abbas: ‘What we and the brothers in Jordan agreed on with Secretary John Kerry, is to keep the status quo in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque as a place of Muslim worship, under the custody of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and under the administration of the Islamic Waqf (i.e., Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Foundation). This has been the situation since the occupation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967. However, this started to change later on, after the ominous visit of [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon [to the Temple Mount] in 2000, under Israeli security forces’ protection, which led to the second Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005). Since 2000, Israeli governments have been trying to change the situation, and the Israeli police and army forces began entering the plaza of the Sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) wearing uniforms and carrying weapons.  This is also the case with the extremist Jews, who wish, and declare so, to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their alleged Temple in its place. This is while restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshippers, such as the prohibition [of entry] of people under the age of 50, and allocation of specific hours, during which only Jewish presence is allowed. This was a serious warning bell that the Israeli government wants to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque according to areas and times...'"

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Abbas: Israel is trying to change the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque and trying to divide it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 5, 2015
Headline: “The president: ‘Israel must implement the status quo that existed in the Al-Aqsa before 2000”
    “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israel must implement the status quo regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s status and the [Jerusalem] Islamic Waqf [Foundation] as it was before 2000, and not what it is trying to force now. The president added at the beginning of the PLO Executive Committee meeting held yesterday [Nov. 4, 2015], Wednesday afternoon, in the presidential compound in Ramallah: ’We have emphasized more than once to the relevant bodies that what Israel is trying to implement at the moment at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is not accurate, and not right, and is a falsification of the facts.’ … [The committee] called for respect of the holiness of the site, including its entire plaza which sits on 144 dunam (approximately 35.6 acres -Ed.), as a site holy to Muslims, as the first direction of prayer and the third holiest [Islamic] sanctuary, which will not be divided in any way by areas and times, under any pretext… The committee discussed the situation of the district and city of Hebron and the crimes being carried out by the occupation forces and herds of settlers against the [Palestinian] citizens (this refers to the many Palestinian stabbings taking place in Hebron and Israel’s response to them –Ed.). The committee expressed approval of the widespread public participation in the activities of the blessed popular uprising, and emphasized that the great sacrifices the district made and is making will remain as a beacon which will light the path of liberation from the occupation and getting rid of the cancer of settlement and settlers, for the generations.”
Abbas: There is no Palestinian ‎incitement, Israel “desecrate[s] the holy ‎sites” and “ISIS is found among his (i.e., ‎Jewish) people”‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] president: ‘We need ‎to preserve the historic situation in the Al-‎Aqsa [Mosque], and the occupation opens ‎the door to religious conflict’”‎
     ‎“President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized ‎that the historic status quo in the Al-Aqsa ‎Mosque must be preserved, and warned ‎that if the occupation will continue to ‎desecrate the holy sites, it will open the ‎door to unwanted bitter religious conflict.‎
‎[Abbas said:] ‘Our people and our young ‎are not interested in violence and ‎escalation in the field, and I confirm this, ‎and nobody is calling for incitement and ‎hate…’ The president emphasized: ‘We ‎wish to live in peace, security, and ‎stability in our homeland with all our ‎neighbors, and also with the Israelis.’ ‎[...]
Regarding the fact that Netanyahu ‎described [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas ‎as ‘ISIS’ (Islamic State), the president said: ‎‎‘We are against ISIS and all the terror in ‎the world, and against the settler terrorists. ‎ISIS and Al-Nusra are found among his ‎people, and yet he calls us ISIS!’ And he ‎continued: ‘We seek peace.’”‎

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Abbas rejects Israel’s legitimacy in any borders: All of Israel is an ‎‎“occupation” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 28, 2015

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: "Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, haven't you wondered: For how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? After 67 years (i.e., Israel's creation), how long? Do you think it can last, and that it benefits the Palestinian people?"
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Fatah Tweet shows Abbas next to a map portraying Israel as “Palestine” 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Aug. 14, 2015

Image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas next to a map that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel, with the word “Palestine” adjacent to the map”.
Text in image:  “A right that has claimants is not lost”
Abbas: “We will not agree to… a Jewish state” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 17, 2015
Headline: “President [Abbas] at the Revolutionary Council: ‘If the French proposal ripens to include what we want, we will accept it; In any other case – we will reject it.’”
      “President Mahmoud Abbas stated: ‘If the French proposal to the [UN] Security Council ripens to include what we want – we will welcome it and accept it. If it does not include what we want – we will not want it. If it includes something we do not want, we will not accept it. The matter is clear.’
In his speech at a meeting of Fatah Revolutionary Council’s 15th regular session held at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah, his honor added: ‘We want the French proposal to include an Independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital, a timeframe for negotiations, and a timeframe for implementation. What we will not agree to is a Jewish state. In principle, if [the proposal] specifies this [a Jewish state], we will not accept it.’”
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Abbas to Europeans about Jews: “We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future… We are absolutely not against the Jewish religion… [it] is an honorable religion and we all honor it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2015


Abbas addressing Greek Parliament:
"A racist separation fence was built and continues to be built between us and the Israelis. We do not want a fence to separate us. We want a bridge that will connect us. We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future. What can prevent this? By the way, we are absolutely not against the Jewish religion, and we cannot be against the Jewish religion. The Jewish religion is an honorable religion and we all honor it, appreciate it and recognize its sanctity. Our problem is with the Zionist occupation."
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Abbas during terror wave: "Our hands still reach out for just, fair peace, that corresponds with international law" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2015
Abbas made the following statement during a wave of Palestinian terror attacks that began in October 2015. 11 Israelis had been killed in the terror wave at the time Abbas made this statement.
Headline: "The president called South America to act like the EU with regards to products from settlements"
     "President [Mahmoud Abbas] stated yesterday [Nov. 11, 2015] during his speech at the Summit of South American-Arab Countries, held in Riyadh: … 'We will continue to become members of international treaties and organizations, in order to defend our rights, and we will continue defending our people which is under occupation, through all legal and peaceful means... Our hands still reach out for just, fair peace, that corresponds with international law, resolutions of international bodies, signed agreements and the Arab Peace Initiative. The time has come for some of the international forces to stop comparing the victim to the executer, because this may protract the conflict, and spread despair and frustration. If our people won’t enjoy its freedom, dignity, sovereignty and independence, no one will enjoy these things, and peace is a Palestinian, Arab and global interest, and it is within reach, If there are true will and intentions to make it.’"
Abbas presents Holocaust as something Jews "say": "They say they made sacrifices in World War II - we respect what they say" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 23, 2015
 
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at Polish media conference broadcast on official PA TV: "If they [Jews] say that they made sacrifices in World War II, and we respect what they say, they should not treat us the way they were treated. We must not be a victim of the victim. I did not do anything bad to him. I just want him to follow the law. I want a state on the 1967 borders."
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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




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