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Abbas: I willl never stop salaries to prisoners and Martyrs' families 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Aug. 25, 2017
Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “When a resolute position meets political experience
Israeli Channel 1 said that His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] informed the American delegation, which he met with tonight [Aug. 25, 2017] in Ramallah, that he will not stop paying the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners until the last day of his life, and thus he rejected the American-Israeli demand on this matter.
On the other hand, the Arab papers mentioned the meeting in Ramallah and said that the president informed American President [Donald Trump’s] envoys that he is ready to cooperate with President Trump in order to reach a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution on the June 4, 1967 borders.”
Abbas: Removal of security measures at Temple mount following Palestinian riots was a victory, “we adhere to peaceful popular resistance (i.e., includes terror attacks)” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2017
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Fatah Movement is the leader of the national project and the struggle, and will remain so until achieving our people’s hope for freedom, independence, and the establishment of its independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.
These statements were made during a reception he held yesterday [Aug. 15, 2017]... The president noted that the occupation tried to exploit the situation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) that took place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 14, 2017 to place [metal detector] gates and surveillance cameras at the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.). However, the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem – women, men, children, and elderly – stood as one and told the occupation: ‘We will not agree to any change in the status quo at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ The [PA] leadership stood with them, supported their demands, and emphasized that the demands of the residents of Jerusalem are the demands of the entire Palestinian people, and the [metal detector] gates and cameras were removed, and Jerusalem and its mighty people won…
The president also said: ‘We adhere to peaceful popular resistance (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror‎), because we know what the occupation wants, and we adhere to our policies in coordination with our people in Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and all places where the members of our people are found.’”

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Director of Prisoners' Affairs: Abbas decided to renew prisoners` salaries that had been previously cut 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Aug. 14, 2017
Headline: “Karake: The [PA] president has decided to return the salaries of the released prisoners in the West Bank”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released [Prisoners’] Affairs Issa Karake this evening, Monday [Aug. 14, 2017], emphasized that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to return the salaries (rawatib) of the prisoners and released [prisoners] in the West Bank and of the prisoners in the Israeli prisons.
The released [prisoners] whose salaries were stopped and who waged a sit-in strike in the center of Ramallah in the West Bank announced an agreement today that guarantees the return of their salaries by the PA, after they were stopped for three consecutive months. The released [prisoners] said at a press conference held opposite the protest camp in the center of the city that ‘It was agreed to return the salaries of all of the released [prisoners] in the West Bank without exception, and to return the salaries of the prisoners in the prisons as a goodwill initiative.’
They emphasized that the PA gave them positive promises regarding dealing with the salaries of the released [prisoners] in the West Bank and others later on… It should be noted that the [PA] unity government stopped paying the salaries of 277 released prisoners from the West Bank and Gaza three months ago.”
Abbas and PLO condemn US senators over Taylor Force Act vote, calls US demand to cease prisoners salaries "an unacceptable act"  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Aug. 13, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “A statement from the PLO Executive Committee – Ramallah, Aug. 12, 2017
The PLO Executive Committee, led by [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, met at the [PA’s] presidential headquarters and discussed the political developments…
The [PLO] Executive Committee condemned the legislators of the American Congress and their positions towards the Palestinian people… and sees the American Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ approval of stopping American aid to the PA – if it does not stop the aid to the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners – as an unacceptable act that will negatively affect everything that is connected to the Palestinians’ rights... [The Executive Committee] emphasized the rejection of this [American] extortion and the rejection of using the tool of financial aid to extract political concessions... The [PLO] Executive Committee sent a blessing of appreciation and pride to the freedom prisoners of war for their legendary stance, and emphasized that their release is at the top of its agenda.”
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Abbas praises unrest at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calls to continue the "national struggle" until Jerusalem is Palestinian  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 11, 2017
At a ceremony held at the PA’s headquarters in Ramallah for the conclusion of the summer camps of 2017, organized by the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated that the Palestinians will continue their “struggle” until Jerusalem, Israel's capital, is on Palestinian hands:

Abbas: “The children of Palestine are the hope, the future, the independence, and the state, and in them we see Jerusalem, the capital of our independent state… [Palestinians are] continuing in our national struggle until one of our boys and girls will wave the flag of the State of Palestine above the walls of Jerusalem.’”

Abbas also praised Palestinians for their violent “uprising” against Israel’s security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the summer (2017) following a terror attack on the Temple Mount in which two Israeli border policemen were murdered. “We are with you and we support your resolve, and this is the reason that we say that the willpower of the peoples works wonders, and this is what happened at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Fatah glorifies terrorists, posts map of “Palestine” covering Israel 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Aug. 6, 2017
Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch


Posted text:
"Proud Taqua
Praise to the Martyrs (Shahids)"

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at top right, Yasser Arafat at top left, and the Fatah logo between them which includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. In the center of the image is the PA map of "Palestine" with the Dome of the Rock at its center, and at the bottom right are two terrorists from the village of Taqua: Muhammad Tanouh who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers, and Muhammad Jibril who rammed his car into an Israeli soldier and attempted to stab other soldiers. At the bottom left a masked rioter is seen wearing a Fatah headband and holding a rock in his hand.

Text under Fatah logo: “Fatah’s Bethlehem branch”

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Abbas praises and glorifies terror leader Faisal Al-Husseini and Nazi collaborator Grand Mufti of Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 5, 2017
Official PA TV, live broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech given before visiting Palestinian leaders from Jerusalem at the PA’s headquarters

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Blessings to the soul of brother fighter Faisal Al-Husseini ( i.e., senior Fatah and PLO terror leader in the 1970s), blessings to the great Martyr (Shahid), Al-Qastal Martyr (i.e., a village that served as a military base for Arab armies in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and was captured by Israel) Abd Al-Qader Al-Husseini (i.e., Arab commander in the 1948 war). A loyal blessing to the soul of Grand Mufti of Palestine and G uardian of its Arabness [Haj] Muhammad Amin Al-Husseini (i.e., a collaborator of Adolf Hitler). This man whose virtues we cannot forget, and whose struggle and history we cannot forget. He who spent his life defending Palestine and was called ‘the Grand Mufti of Palestine and Guardian of its Arabness’ – we won’t forget these people.”

Haj Amin Al-Husseini - Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the time of the British mandate, and spiritual and a political leader of the local Arab population. He strongly opposed Zionism and was behind riots and attacks on Jews. During World War II he actively collaborated with Nazi Germany, meeting Adolf Hitler personally and recruiting Muslims for the Nazi army.
Abbas, Rajoub promise Hamas ex-prisoners that they will get their salaries that had been frozen 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 2, 2017
Headline: “Sources to Wattan: The [PA] president has issued instructions for resolving the issue of the prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries were stopped”
     “Knowledgeable sources told [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has issued instructions to resolve the issue of the 277 prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries (rawatib) have been stopped for this the third consecutive month. The sources said that a delegation representing the prisoners and released prisoners whose salaries were stopped held long meetings today [Aug. 2, 2017] with the security authorities in Ramallah in order to reach a resolution of their issue…
Earlier this week Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub met with the released prisoners at the [protest] tent and promised them to resolve the issue. Fatah Revolutionary Council Secretary Majed Al-Fatiani also met with the released prisoners and their families at the protest tent and promised them to invest efforts into ending their suffering.”

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Abbas praises Jersualem rioters who "stood alongside the truth and against the lie" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The residents of Jerusalem stood alongside the truth and against the lie”
          “During a meeting of the [PA] leadership held in the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas praised the resolve of the residents of Jerusalem, Muslims and Christians, before the steps of the Israeli occupation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.), and [said] that they stood alongside the truth and against the lie.He added: ‘Everyone stood as one, and nobody caused them to bat an eyelid or harmed their determination, and they all announced that prayer would only take place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque if the situation returned to what it was before July 14 [2017].’ He continued: ‘All of the decisions that the [PA] government made will be carried out as they are, and what interests us is to continue supporting our people and their resolve on their land, in their homes, and in their homeland within Jerusalem.’”

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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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Fatah official explains Abbas condemned terror attack on Temple Mount “to protect Palestinian interests” – not out of sincerity 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Mattar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, written in response to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of a terror attack committed on the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered

       “[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas acted wisely and rationally when he expressed his opposition to acts of violence by any side, and particularly those that take place within houses of worship, because the Palestinian people’s interests are in need of his protection as the main one responsible for [protecting them]…
President Mahmoud Abbas was and is the bravest president and leader in the world. He does not worry that he will be condemned (i.e., by Palestinians) when the matter necessitates a clear and explicit position that will protect the people’s interests, because the leadership is interested in pushing back the threats and not drawing them close by taking impulsive positions."

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Fatah Facebook rebroadcasts Abbas' call to prevent Jews "in any way" from “defiling our holy places,” following terror attack on the Temple Mount  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 15, 2017


Text and video posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “It's not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. 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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Abbas condemns terror attack on the Temple Mount that killed 2 Israeli police officers, "opposes any event of violence from any side, particularly at places of worship" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 15, 2017
      “Yesterday [July 14, 2017] a phone call was held between [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president expressed his strong opposition to and his condemnations of the event that took place at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the murder of 2 Israeli Druze border policemen by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists who were subsequently killed, on July 14, 2017), and also emphasized that he opposes any event of violence from any side, particularly at places of worship.
President Abbas demanded to cancel Israel’s closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to worshippers, and warned of the consequences of these steps and against any party taking advantage of them in order to change the religious and historical status quo of the holy sites. Netanyahu emphasized that the status quo at the holy sites will not change. He also demanded that all sides calm things down.”
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Abbas vows never to stop salaries to terrorists: "Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary of a Martyr or a prisoner" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 2, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“From the words of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas"
The image shows a picture of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas with the text: “‘Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a Martyr (Shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the Martyrs, the injured, the expelled, and the uprooted.’
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.”
Text at bottom of image: “Information Office of the Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission”

The image also includes a picture of Yasser Arafat in the background and the Fatah logo at the bottom which includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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PA PM: In Abbas' name, salutes families of "Martyrs" and emphasizes continued support from the PA  
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 17, 2017
Published in Al-Ayyam, June 17, 2017 and in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 16, 2017   
Headline
: “Hamdallah: The rights of the Martyrs’ families are protected”
   "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: 'On behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and our Palestinian people, I salute all of the Martyrs' (Shahids') families, and congratulate them in the [Muslim fasting] month of Ramadan. I emphasize to them that their rights are protected, and we will continue our diligent work with the relevant PLO institutions to fulfill our basic, humanitarian, and national obligations towards them.' (The official PA daily only printed the text above, the following text only appeared in Al-Ayyam -Ed.)
His statements were made two days ago [June 15, 2017] during the central meal to end the fast for the Martyrs' families in Nablus... in the presence of Nablus Mayor Adli Ya'ish and Secretary of the National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine Muhammad Sbeihat ... Hamdallah added: 'With great pride I again meet with the family members of the Martyrs of Palestine under the auspices of the National Association of the Martyrs' Families of Palestine, the framework that unites the Martyrs' families wherever they are, the main protector of their affairs and rights. Together with you we remember the sacrifices and struggle of the pure Martyrs, guardians of the land and identity who have turned our people's cause into a historical epic of struggle and resolve.'"
Abbas critic claims Abbas considering ploy to present terrorist salaries as “social aid” to comply with US demand 
Source: Fatah Voice, independent Palestinian news website, June 3, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Hassan Asfour, a former Palestinian minister and associate of Muhammad Dahlan, PA Parliament Member and former member of Fatah Central Committee
       “[PA President] Mahmoud Abbas’ staff has evaded the exposure of the political truth and the fact that American President [Donald Trump] demanded in their latest meeting in Bethlehem that he stop the prisoners’ and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) salaries (rawatib), and told him that this is a ‘significant’ issue for the American administration as part of the plan it has begun to draft. Abbas and his staff said that they cannot take this step ‘at the moment,’ as it would lead to an outbreak of uncontrollable ‘popular intifada.’
However, Abbas, despite his initial objection, has begun to examine practical options to comply with the American demand in a way that will not lead to an explosion that might lead to his downfall and the downfall of their joint plan (i.e., Abbas’ and US’). Among these options that are being examined with special secrecy, is the option of transferring the prisoners’ and Martyrs' salaries to a 'social insurance' body so that it will look as if it is 'humanitarian and social aid to needy families' and not 'monthly salaries to fighter families...'"
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Abbas admits US President Trump accused him of lying about incitement 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), June 1, 2017
Headline: "Abbas 'accuses allies of conspiring, admits Trump meeting uncomfortable'"
     "Speaking about his recent meeting in Bethlehem last week with Trump, the Palestinian leader reportedly admitted the encounter was 'uncomfortable'. Trump reportedly shouted at Abbas during their meeting, accusing him of deception over the PA's involvement in anti-Israeli incitement. The source said that Trump showed video clips, which had been taken out of context, of Abbas admitting to 'inciting against Israel'. 'You have the CIA, ask them to examine the videos and to find out how they were taken or fabricated for the purpose of incriminating Palestinians,' Abbas reportedly told Trump. The two held a joint press conference after their tense meeting, during which Abbas reiterated calls for a two-state solution to the conflict. 'We are ready to open dialogue with our Israeli neighbours to build confidence and create a real opportunity for peace,' Abbas said."

Note: Original English text publshed in Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

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PLO Executive Committee defends Palestinian National Fund; denies link to terror funding 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 31, 2017
“The PLO Executive Committee convened last night [May 30, 2017], led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas…
The Executive Committee condemned the maneuvering and tricks of [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu and his government’s top officials, and their desperate attempts to divert attention from their aggressive and expansionist policies that are contrary to peace, and [their attempts] to fabricate crises with the Palestinian side in order to avoid the obligations of a political solution to the conflict. One time this is in the name of the Jewish state, and another time it is through an attempt to turn the [PLO] Palestinian National Fund into a terror organization (see note below –Ed.). The [PLO Executive] Committee emphasized, in a manner that leaves no room for doubt, that the Palestinian National Fund is a red line and a PLO national institution, and that it will continue in its national and humanitarian role.”

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PA Minister of Justice: Appointing an imprisoned terrorist to Fatah Central Committee was Abbas' idea, in response to Israel calling prisoners terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 28, 2017
Headline: “Abu Diyak: The decision to appoint prisoner Younes to the Fatah Central Committee is the clearest response to the occupation”
     “[PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak emphasized that the decision of the Fatah Movement leadership – led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas – to appoint the veteran prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) to the Fatah Central Committee is the clearest and severest response to the campaign being led by Israel to accuse the prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and the Palestinian struggle of terror… He noted that the prisoners and Martyrs are the spearhead of the freedom fighters, symbols of our legitimate national struggle, and conscience of the Palestinian people, and that they are victims of organized terror and state terror being implemented by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people. He also said that the solution to the Palestinian problem, the end of the conflict, and the establishment of a just and honorable peace will not be achieved by defining the legitimate Palestinian struggle against the occupation as a crime, but rather by ending the occupation.”
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Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
Abbas himself appointed murderer as member of Fatah’s Central Committee  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 28, 2017

Official PA TV newsreader:
“President Mahmoud Abbas appointed prisoner in the occupation’s prison Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) as a member of the Fatah Movement Central Committee, with the approval of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.”
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Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
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