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Non-recognition of Israel

Abbas’ advisor: The Balfour Declaration ‎was a “historic mistake”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 14, 2014
     ‎“Prominent Palestinian leaders, individuals, ‎factions and institutions welcomed today the ‎decision of the British House of Commons to ‎recognize the State of Palestine… Mahmoud ‎Al-Habbash, the Supreme Shari’ah Judge ‎and Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious ‎and Islamic Affairs, said that [with its ‎decision] today, Britain was correcting, even ‎if only symbolically, the historic mistake it ‎committed against the Palestinian people in ‎‎1917, almost 100 years ago, by means of the ‎Balfour Declaration, which called for the ‎establishment of a national home for the ‎Jews on the land of Palestine.”‎

Note: The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 ‎was a letter from British Foreign Secretary ‎Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that ‎‎“His Majesty's government view with favour ‎the establishment in Palestine of a national ‎home for the Jewish people” and is seen as ‎the basis for later international commitments ‎to establish the State of Israel.‎
Abbas and PA leaders attend Fatah performance presenting Israel as "Palestine" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 30, 2014
Palestinian singer at Fatah concert in the presence of PA and Fatah leaders Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Fatah Central Committee, Hanan Ashrawi, PLO Executive Committee, Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, President's office Sec. Gen., Yasser Abd Rabbo, PLO Sec. Gen., Ahmad Tibi, Israeli Arab Member of Israeli Parliament‎:
      "We commit and promise to stand behind you, oh Mahmoud Abbas, until Judgment Day. I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free. No matter how long the nights of exile, I am returning to you, oh land. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra (northern Israel) our coast, and Beit Shean (Israeli city). Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra our coast, and Beit Shean. Above your soil, oh my land, is a picture of Garden of Eden. From Rafah to Rosh Hanikra, north and south, are the picture's borders. From Haifa (Israeli city) and Tantura to the [Jordan] valley (i.e., all of Israel). I am returning to you, the purest land, oh land of the free."
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Abbas embraces singer performing song presenting Israeli cities as "Palestine" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 28, 2014
     "By Allah, oh traveling [bird], I burn with envy.
My country Palestine is beautiful."
(The singer leaves the stage to meet with Abbas in the audience)
(Abbas embraces the singer)
"Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberias,
and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa.
Don't forget Nazareth - the Arab fortress,
and tell Beit Shean about its people's return.
My country Palestine is beautiful."
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Note: All the cities presented as “Palestine” (see bold) are actually Israeli cities. ‎
Abbas rep claims Palestinians descended from Canaanites who lived 10,000 years ago 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 20, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast the first convention of the Palestinian Bar Association Union that discussed “Palestine and International Law.” Fatah Central Committee Member and PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat represented PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The symbol of the European Union appeared on the banner behind the stage, and an EU representative addressed the gathering.
Fatah Central Committee member Erekat: “Concerning the Israeli side repeatedly saying that Israel is a ‘Jewish state’ – some say they intend to sabotage the refugees’ right to return, by this term. Some say they want to harm the status of Palestinian residents in the ’48 territories (i.e. Israel). You are in the city of Jericho. Our story began in this city 10,000 years ago when the Natufians founded it. The Canaanites were [here] 5,500 years before Joshua burned it down. Whoever asks me to accept Israel as a Jewish state, is asking me to alter my history, to change my religion, to revise my culture. That is not going to happen. He wants us to say it is a Jewish state, meaning that the land belonged to the Jews and that we are strangers to it.”

Note: The Natufian culture was a sedentary, hunter-gatherer, Mesolithic culture that lived in the Levant region of the Near East between about 13,000-9,800 BCE.
Fatah official on behalf of Abbas: "The 1948 lands (i.e., Israel) are occupied" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Oct. 9, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast an event marking the 32nd anniversary of a senior Fatah and PLO leader from the 1970s, Majed Abu Sharar’s Martyrdom death. Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen spoke on behalf of PA Chairman Abbas.
Moderator: “Brothers and sisters, now listen to the speech of Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, which will be delivered by fighter Jamal Muhaisen, member of Fatah’s Central Committee.”
Muhaisen, on behalf of Abbas: “All our holy places are still under occupation, and so far we have not liberated one inch of Palestinian land. All Palestinian land is occupied – Gaza is occupied, the West Bank is occupied, the 1948 lands (i.e., Israel) are occupied and Jerusalem is occupied.”
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Abbas claims to recognize Israel, but not as a Jewish state 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2013
     “The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, said yesterday [May 3, 2013] that the American administration is now trying to reach a workable framework to renew negotiations… The President said: ‘If we will be asked to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, we’ll refuse, because we already recognized the State of Israel, but if Israel wants to go to the UN and change its name to whatever it wants, that’s its own business.’”
Abbas sends conflicting messages: All of Israel is "occupied" vs. areas under Israel since 1967 are "occupied" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 17, 2012
Two separate Facebook pages in the name of "President Abbas" posted two versions of the same letter written by Abbas. One letter defined all of Israel as "occupied lands," whereas the other letter defined the areas under Israel since 1967 as "occupied":

Mahmoud Abbas' Facebook page #1:

     "The [sought UN] recognition will not liberate the land the following day, but will prove that we are right that our land is occupied and not disputed territory, and this applies to all the territories that Israel occupied before June 1967 (i.e., all of Israel)." (emphasis added)
[Facebook page in the name of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Oct. 11, 2012
and partially reprinted in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 17, 2012]

Mahmoud Abbas' Facebook page #2:

     "The [sought UN] recognition will not liberate the land the following day, but will prove that we are right that our land is occupied and not disputed territory, and this applies to all the territories that Israel occupied in June 1967." (emphasis added)
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' official Facebook page, Oct. 10, 2012]
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Abbas wrote research papers claiming Zionism was a European “imperialist colonialist movement” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2011
     “Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas raised this claim in the research papers he wrote, as testified by a professor of political science at Bir Zeit University, Dr. Samih Hamouda:
“Yesterday, the department of political science at Bir Zeit University, in cooperation with the Madar Center for Research, held a symposium… Professor Samih Hamouda, of the political science department at Bir Zeit University, presented an analysis of the research papers written by President Mahmoud Abbas on the subject of Zionist ideology. Prof. Hamouda said that in his writings and research, the President linked Zionism to imperialism by examining the reasons for the growth of Zionism, through scientific analysis of European society and the problem of the Jews in Europe, and linking this with the aspirations of the West in the Arabic East. He added, ‘In the President’s research, the Zionist movement is not Jewish, nor does it flow from the desires of the Jews themselves. Rather, it is an imperialist colonialist movement which sought to use the Jews and to enlist them to further the western colonialist plans.’”
Abbas: Hamas "is not required to recognize Israel" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 24, 2011
Interview with Mahmoud Abbas on Turkish TV, rebroadcast on PA TV, on occasion of the gathering of all Palestinian ambassadors in Turkey for briefing in anticipation of appeal to UN in September for recognition of independent Palestinian state. Abbas was asked whether, in his opinion, Hamas might recognize Israel.
     Abbas: "I don’t know if it's possible that the day might come when Hamas will recognize Israel, but we, for our part, view Hamas as part of the Palestinian people. There is an opposition and there are supporters [a coalition], and that exists everywhere. It exists in Turkey; it exists in the US. It exists everywhere. Hamas has the right to decide its policy. If it wishes to recognize [Israel], it is free [to do so], and if it wishes not to recognize - it [Hamas] exists, and it has supporters, and there are those who want it [the movement] and there are those who like it on the Palestinian scene. With regard to Hamas – it is not required to recognize or not to recognize Israel. That is its own private business."
Abbas denies Jews have history in Israel and claims a fictitious 9000 year-old Palestinian history 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 14, 2011
Abbas speech in Gaza, delivered in his name by his advisor and representative Abdallah Al-Ifranji, in honor of "nakba" day - "catastrophe" day, the day the PA mourns the creation of the State of Israel:
     PA moderator of PA Gaza event: "The speech of President Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee and President of the Palestinian Authority, will be delivered by the comrade, the great fighter, Abdallah Al-Ifranji, representative and advisor of the President."
Mahmoud Abbas, (delivered by his representative, Abdallah Al-Ifranji): "National reconciliation [between Hamas and Fatah] is required in order to face Israel and Netanyahu. We say to him [Netanyahu], when he claims - that they [Jews] have a historical right dating back to 3000 years BCE - we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a 7000 year history BCE. This is the truth, which must be understood and we have to note it, in order to say: 'Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history.'"
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Abbas: "Hamas need not recognize Israel" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2011
Headline: “President [Abbas]: The Israeli escalation against [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation is at its peak; Hamas need not recognize Israel”
     “President Abbas said: ‘Hamas is not being asked to recognize Israel, and we will create a government of technocrats. We will not ask Hamas to recognize Israel.’ At the same time, he stated: ‘The next government will include technocrat ministers who will be accepted in the international arena, in the local arena, and everywhere. The next government will be [serving] for a short time, and it will be committed to the policy of the PLO.’”
Abbas: “We shall not agree to a Jewish state” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2011
From meeting between Abbas and a delegation from the Women’s Union in Ramallah, following publication of leaked documents concerning Israeli Palestinian negotiations by Al-Jazeera:
     Mahmoud Abbas
: “When some 120 Israeli figures came here, they said, ‘What’s your opinion concerning the Jewish state?’, and I said that we wouldn’t agree to it. We know what they mean by it, and therefore we shall not agree to a Jewish state…” One of their [Israeli] offers [during the negotiations] was that perhaps we would agree to territory and population exchanges, and they mentioned by name some villages in the Triangle [Israel region bordering West Bank with high Arab population]. However, [Israeli Arab] Member of the Israeli Parliament Muhammad Barakeh spoke out yesterday against them…
The Palestinian Authority… has stated that this is a red line, and it is impossible that we would agree to territory and population exchanges…
We emphasize that all residents inside the Green Line [Israeli Arabs] will remain inside. We shall not under any circumstances accept [into the Palestinian state] a single resident from inside the Green Line, and everyone knows why.”
Abbas: If we recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Israel will expel Israeli-Arabs 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 9, 2010
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman and Head of Fatah:
     “Palestinians will have the final word if negotiations with Israel fail, President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday… ‘We met our obligations, but you [Israel] did not, and so we will be discharged from obligations.’...
Abbas reiterated his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. ‘There are one and a half million Arabs in Israel, and if we agree on Israel as Jewish state, that will be enough reason to expel them...’"
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas holds up a "map of Palestine" that includes all of Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 26, 2010
This picture appeared in the official PA daily and the caption read: “President Abbas holds up a stone model of the map of Palestine.”
Abbas: Israel should "suffice" with 1947 UN partition lines 
Source: WAFA news agency, Sept. 26, 2009
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, speech in Cuba:
     "It is a great honor for me to be here today at the Cuban Friendship House… I have always sensed the warmth of the relations in every meeting with Cuban authorities…
I hope to receive President Castro for a visit to our country, Palestine, when Palestine is liberated from Israeli occupation, and when we have a Palestinian state with its capital in the honored Jerusalem… We are struggling through peaceful means in order to achieve our rights; we have therefore announced that we go along with international legitimacy, with the UN resolutions since '47 to this day. We want these resolutions to be implemented, and for [UN decisions of] international legitimacy to assume their rightful place. We do not want double criteria, whereby resolutions are implemented in one place but not implemented somewhere else…
We demand of the world to call upon Israel to implement these resolutions and to halt the settlement activity in our land, and to suffice with the territory apportioned to it in the UN resolution."
Abbas: "I will not accept a Jewish State" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 27, 2009
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman and Head of Fatah:
     "The 'Jewish state.' What is a 'Jewish state?' We call it, the 'State of Israel.' You can call yourselves whatever you want. But I will not accept it. And I say this on a live broadcast... It's not my job to define it, to provide a definition for the state and what it contains. You can call yourselves the Zionist Republic, the Hebrew, the National, the Socialist [Republic] call it whatever you like. I don't care."
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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas displays a map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 27, 2009
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas displays a map of "Palestine" that erases Israel. The names of the neighboring countries of "Palestine" are written in English: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. There is no mention of Israel.
Abbas speaks in his headquarters in front of map erasing Israel 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Nov. 24, 2008
The Palestinian flag over map of "Palestine" that erases all of Israel.
Abbas: No peace unless all Palestinian prisoners are released 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 26, 2008
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "There will not be peace, unless [the Israeli] prisons are emptied."
Abbas: We reject the Jewishness of the state 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Feb. 28, 2008
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman:
     [The Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas emphasized his rejection of what is described as the Jewishness of the state (Israel), and said:] "We rejected this proposal at the Annapolis conference last November in the USA, and the conference was almost aborted because of it."
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