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Advisor to Abbas denounces Palestinian companies for participating in a forum with Israeli companies 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 28, 2013
Headline: “Saidam criticizes the participation of private software companies in a forum in Israel”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas' advisor for communications and information technology, Sabri Saidam criticized the participation of private Palestinian software companies in a forum held in Israel with Israeli companies. In an announcement to the Xinhua news agency, Saidam said that the goal Israel is trying to achieve through these meetings is ‘to beautify the face of the occupation in the Palestinian territories.’ He noted: ‘It’s important that our people and our brothers in these companies pay attention to this aspect and avoid sliding into what could create an impression that things are functioning naturally and that the occupation is letting the Palestinians live in dignity, while everyday it clearly robs the land and kills the chance for the birth of the Palestinian state.’”
Abbas denies PA incitement to hatred 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 26, 2013
PA Chairman Abbas at the World Economic Forum in Jordan:
     "The Palestinian people longs for peace after 65 years of suffering (i.e., since the establishment of the State of Israel). We don't teach and we don't educate our children to hate or even discriminate against any religion, be it Judaism or any other. The opposite is true. We strive to spread the culture of peace among our people."
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Note: To view examples of PA incitement to hatred that contradict Abbas' claim, click here. To view a longer excerpt of Abbas' speech, click "full article" below.
Abbas representative: Arab Spring is an Israeli conspiracy meant to keep Arab states weak  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 1, 2013
Article by Ibrahim Abu Kamesh:
     “In his speech, President Mahmoud Abbas ‘Abu Mazen’ saluted our workers in the Interior (i.e., Israel) and in the diaspora in honor of May 1, International Workers’ Day… The speech was given in his [Abbas’] name by his representative, [PLO] Executive Committee member and head of NGO [affairs] in the PLO, Mahmoud Ismail ‘Abu Ismail,’ at the main rally organized yesterday [May 1, 2013] by the Palestinian General Workers’ Union… under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas ‘Abu Mazen’ in Ramallah and El-Bireh to commemorate May 1…
Abu Ismail said about the political issue: ‘What’s happening today in the region under the slogan of ‘The Arab Spring,’ which was hijacked and has become the Arab destruction… is the continued dismantling of the region so that it will remain helpless and weak-willed so that Israel will remain the only one with importance in it [the region].”
Abbas: “We will walk to the ends of the earth to defend our prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 4, 2013
At a session about deceased prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, Abbas stated that the PA will do everything in its power to “defend our prisoners.” Following the death of Abu Hamdiyeh, many PA officials accused Israel of having a policy of medical neglect against prisoners, including PA Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki, PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
     “President Mahmoud Abbas declared that we will walk to the ends of the earth to defend our prisoners and all Palestinians, and that we have something to say and do in the matter of the prisoners. The President spoke before Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, which began discussions at its Eleventh Parliamentary session yesterday evening [April 3, 2013] at the Presidential residence in Ramallah. (The session [dealt with] organizational development and commander-Martyr (Shahid) Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh) [Parentheses in source].”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh was a Hamas member who served life in prison for recruiting and training terrorists, preparing explosives for suicide bombings, attempted murder, and possession of weapons. He died of cancer while being treated at the Israeli Soroka Hospital in April 2013.
Abbas representative: Sick prisoner died from Israel’s “policy of deliberate medical neglect” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2013
     “In a speech yesterday (Tuesday) evening [parentheses in source] [April 2, 2013], representing President Mahmoud Abbas in the opening ceremony of the ‘Jerusalem, Permanent Cultural Capital’ events [Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb] Abd Al-Rahim added (excerpt from Abd Al-Rahim’s speech):
‘We share the pain and console each other over the Martyrdom death (Shahada) of our brother prisoner, the brave fighter… Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, who died a Martyr (Shahid) as a result of the policy of oppression and deliberate medical neglect in the Israeli prisons. [This policy] is being implemented as part of the accumulating crimes being committed systematically by the occupation authorities against our heroic prisoners.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh - Hamas member who was serving a life term for recruiting and training terrorists, preparing explosives for suicide bombings, attempted murder, and possession of weapons. He died of cancer while being treated at the Israeli Soroka Hospital in April 2013.
Abbas: Israel is a “racist segregationist regime, an apartheid regime” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 28, 2013
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas addressing the 20th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, January 2013:
     “The coalition makeup in Israel is likely to change, but the demands of peace won’t change. Beginning with a settlement freeze and releasing the prisoners, solving all final-status issues including Jerusalem and the refugees, and culminating with the withdrawal of Israeli forces to the June 4, 1967 borders. Also, [Israel] allows settlers to harm religious sites and destroy crops. It provides them (the settlers) with their own roads, renames our cities and villages, impounds our tax revenue – all this in addition to innumerable Israeli violations of international law and the principles of the UN charter, and of UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions…
All these actions of the occupation are nothing other than elements of a racist segregationist regime, an apartheid regime that is forcibly enforced by the Israeli occupation under different names on occupied Palestinian land. As you all opposed apartheid rule on your own continent and defeated it never to return, we in Palestine oppose Israeli apartheid, that we too are determined to defeat.”
Abbas: Israel has a "policy of daily killing against our unarmed people" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 14, 2012
Headline: “President sends condolences on Martyrdom death of Muhammad Al-Salaymeh”
     “In a wire sent to the Al-Salaymeh family, President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his grief on hearing of the Martyrdom death of young Muhammad Al-Salaymeh, who was killed by occupation soldiers in the center of Hebron.
In his wire the President said: ’We were greatly pained to hear of the Martyrdom death of the young man and dear son Muhammad Ziyad Al-Salaymeh, who was murdered in cold blood by the despicable occupation army, and whose pure spirit went up to the heavens of praise.’
The President went on: ‘As we condemn and denounce this abominable crime, one of a series of crimes and part of the occupation army’s policy of daily killing against our unarmed people aimed at terrifying us, we express our faith that our nation standing strong in its homeland will continue to stand strong on its land, and that these crimes will not dissuade it from clinging to its rights, nor from its standing strong on the soil of its homeland, nor from its struggle for the freedom of our people and our holy places, and the establishment of its independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Note: Muhammad Al-Salaymeh was a 17-year old who was shot by an Israeli border policewoman when he pulled a metal toy pistol and pointed it at the head of an Israeli soldier in Hebron on December 12, 2012.
Abbas: The Israeli government’s "hobby" is "murder and destruction" 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 12, 2012
     “The President’s [Abbas’] office today, Wednesday evening, condemned the occupation forces’ criminal killing of young Muhammad Al- Al-Salaymeh? who was shot near the Tareq Bin Ziyad School in Hebron.
[An announcement from the Presidency] went on to say, ’We in the Palestinian Authority denounce this aggressive act, and we hold the right-wing occupation government and its army fully responsible for this bloody escalation and racism, and all their consequences. It reinforces our belief that the extremist right-wing government in Israel is trying to drag the region into a new cycle of violence, so that it can pursue its hobby – murder and destruction.’
In its press release, the President’s office added, ‘The killing, destruction, and the settlements, and the bloody aggression of the right-wing government in Israel, make us more likely to turn to the International Criminal Court and its commissions, as well as to [other] international courts and organizations whose duty it is to protect civilians.’”

Note: Muhammad Al-Salaymeh? was a 17-year old who was shot by an Israeli border policewoman when he pulled a metal toy pistol and pointed it at the head of an Israeli soldier in Hebron on December 12, 2012.
Abbas: Israel's "aggressive and unfair war" in Gaza is meant to intensify Fatah-Hamas rift 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2012
On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip called Operation Pillar of Defense, with the aim of crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protecting Israeli civilians from Hamas rocket fire. Excerpt from Abbas' speech at the PA leadership's meeting on Nov. 18, 2012:
     "Israel continues its aggression for the fifth day in a row and threatens [to enter] a new phase of escalation of its military operation, something that will cause more destruction and bloodshed, and will increase the threat against the security and stability of the whole region... Through its aggressive and unfair war against our people in [the] Gaza [Strip], Israel is trying to strengthen the rift [between Fatah and Hamas] and deepen the separation between the two parts of the Palestinian homeland and soil. The Palestinian response to this aggression [should] first and foremost [be] to hurry and leave behind [us] the dark rift and restore the national unity... Besides the challenge of the aggression against Gaza, today the Palestinian people is facing additional challenges that are no less dangerous: the Judaization of Jerusalem, the expansion of the settlements and the continuous Israeli threats against the PLO in response to our UN petition [for non-member status]. Today we are all the more in need of Palestinian unity to face these challenges."
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Abbas: Israeli air strikes on Gaza meant to undermine PA efforts to gain non-member status at UN 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2012
     "The President [Abbas] went on to say: 'Everything Israel is doing is meant to undermine our efforts to go to the UN, and he said: "We are going to the UN on the 29th of this month [November 2012] with the aim of having a vote (Ed: to upgrade Palestinian status to that of a non-member state) - not to submit an application, and nothing will prevent us from doing so.' ... The President noted that he has held discussions with all regional and international Arab bodies, and (he said): 'We warned that Israel intends to massacre our people.'"
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Note: In response to Hamas' ongoing rocket fire against Israel, on Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense, aimed at crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.
Abbas: Israel "has tried to foster ignorance in our nation, and [thus] destroy it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 31, 2012
     "Yesterday at the Presidential Residence in Ramallah, the President [Abbas] honored those who excelled in the matriculation examinations for 2011-2012… He noted: 'Our people strives for education. Through [education] it has succeeded in coping with the difficult conditions of the occupation, through which [the occupation] has tried to foster ignorance in our nation, and [thus] destroy it.' He noted that the illiteracy rate in Palestine has reached zero, proving our people's desire and ability to excel and to stand out. … In his words to the Turkish Anatolia news agency… concerning the details of the investigation into the Martyr death of the late leader Yasser Arafat, President Abbas noted that an international committee on the matter has not yet been formed. He emphasized that he is fully prepared to aid in the matter, including permitting the grave to be opened."
Abbas advisor claims Israel gives drugs to Palestinian youth 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2012
Headline: "Under auspices of President's [Abbas’] advisor, Sultan Abu Al-Einein"
     "’The 'Friends of Life Anti-Drug Society', with funding and technical assistance from UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), celebrated the conclusion of two training courses yesterday at the Al-Qasr hotel in Nablus… At the start of the ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Life Anti-Drug Society, Iyad Othman, greeted those present. He thanked the advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs and non-governmental activity, Sultan Abu Al-Einein, for the interest he shows and for his participation…
In his address, director of UNODC in the occupied Palestinian territories, Ulrik Ahnfeldt, thanked Sultan Abu Al-Einein for his interest and for his attending as representative of the President [Abbas], reflecting the degree of interest shown by President Abbas in the war on this phenomenon… In his address, Abu Al-Einein noted: 'We, the Palestinians, are at the stage of national liberation, and we must protect our national future…' He stressed that it is important that there be a stiff, deterrent penal law. He also addressed the tragic situation in Jerusalem and the extent of the efforts which the Israelis are investing in spreading drugs among Palestinian youth there."
Abbas: Abbas accuses Israel of heritage theft, but is “prepared to fight the war for peace to the end” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2012
Article on Abbas’ statements at the opening of the celebrations of the 47th anniversary of the Fatah movement:
     "President Abbas emphasized: 'Without East Jerusalem there will be no state; there will be no Palestinian state. We know that they (i.e., Israelis) are trying to change its landmarks, to change our land, and to build over our homes and over the graves of our people, in order to erase the traces of the Palestinian people, but they will not succeed.' He added, 'More than once we have extended our hand in peace, and we still extend our hand and are prepared to fight the war for peace to the end.'"
Abbas condolence telegram: “The cold-blooded assassination by the murder and terror gangs of the despicable occupation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2011
Headline: "President [Abbas] denounces the crime of assassinating the youth Tamimi, and sends telegram of condolences to his family"
     "President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the crime of assassinating the Palestinian youth Mustafa Al-Tamimi, from the village Nabi Salah, [committed] by the forces of the Israeli occupation. This was [expressed] in a telegram of condolences from the President to the family of the Shahid (Martyr) Tamimi… In the telegram, the President said: 'We were greatly saddened by the announcement of the brave boy’s death as a Martyr…, Mustafa Abd Al-Razeq Al-Tamimi, following his cold-blooded assassination by the murder and terror gangs of the despicable occupation army, as he participated in a quiet procession.'"

Note: During a demonstration, Mustafa Al-Tamimi threw stones at the Israeli army and was hit by a tear gas launcher and died.
Abbas compares Palestinian fire aid to helping an enemy 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2010
     "President Abbas yesterday awarded a certificate of appreciation to the commander of the [Palestinian] Civil Defense, Ahmed Rizq, [and] to the non-commissioned officers and members of the general administration of the Civil Defense, in appreciation of their humanitarian efforts in participating in putting out the fires which broke out at Mount Carmel in Haifa and in the neighboring villages. During the reception which he held at the Presidential Residence in Ramallah for commander of the Civil Defense, Ahmed Rizq, for the officers and members of the Civil Guard who participated in putting out the fires in the Carmel, the President said: 'You have done a great deed, and in humanitarian instances such as this we do not linger in carrying out our humanitarian obligation.' The President [Abbas] added: 'Our human history shows that we have not tarried in carrying out our humanitarian obligation, just as the [Muslim] leader Saladin [who conquered Jerusalem] sent his physician to treat his enemy, Richard the Lion-Hearted, who led the invasion of our country and conquered it.' He continued: 'A catastrophe befell our neighbors, and it was our obligation to perform this humanitarian act for our neighbors, to save the environment, and to save human life.' The President emphasized that the Palestinian people does not tarry in carrying out its humanitarian obligation towards the whole world, whether this activity [takes place] within Israel or elsewhere, within the limits of its abilities."
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Note: In December 2010, a major forest fire broke out in northern Israel. The PA sent fire-fighters and equipment to help contain the fire, drawing mixed reactions among Palestinians.
Group that sings about destruction of Israel named national band by Abbas 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 22, 2010
     "The Palestinian Alashekeen band discovered yesterday that President Mahmoud Abbas recently published a presidential decision to turn the band, established in 1978 in Damascus, into a [Palestinian] national institution. Director of the Alashekeen band, Maisa Harb, said that the President had approved the decision as part of the presidential directives which he had announced during a banquet which he held in honor of the members of the band...
The director of the band introduced her speech with gratitude to President Mahmoud Abbas for his interest in and admiration for the band."

Note: Among the performances that have been broadcast by the Alashekeen band on PA TV was a dance and song about conquering Israel through war. Palestinian Media Watch reported when this song was first broadcast on PA TV on Sept. 12, 2010.
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Abbas: Israel killed "innocent people who were unarmed" in Gaza flotilla confrontation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 27, 2010
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "We spoke with [US envoy] Mitchell about an international investigation committee, and we continue to insist on the implementation of what the UN Secretary General said. We demand neither more nor less than the establishment of a neutral international committee which will investigate the assault and the killing of innocent people who, it has been shown, were unarmed, in international waters."
Abbas: Gaza flotilla participants only sought to "convey aid;" Israeli "attack" was a "great crime" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 17, 2010
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     “Israel has carried out a great crime which the entire world found intolerable: It attacked the ships in international waters, and this was a mistake and a crime. Also, it attacked ships which held nothing but people who wanted to convey aid to besieged Gaza.”
Abbas accuses Israel of committing "state terrorism" in Gaza flotilla confrontation 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 3, 2010
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem:
     "This is not the first time that Arab, Islamic and world blood has been mingled with Palestinian blood in the Palestinian people's long journey of struggle, continuing over the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The Freedom Flotilla is not the first serious attempt to support the Palestinian people… Everyone who took part in the Freedom Flotilla will henceforth hold Palestinian citizenship, because this was an honorable act in which the whole world participated… Over the last few days our people have been subjected to state terrorism, with Israel attacking the Freedom Flotilla. Our people, and the entire world, are currently facing this terror and refuse to let it continue."
Mahmoud Abbas demonizes Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 31, 2010
On May 30, a flotilla of ships set out to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Participants were filmed on board chanting Islamic battle cries that invoked the killing of Jews, and expressing desire to seek Martyrdom. The next day, the Israeli army boarded the flotilla and was met with a well-coordinated attack, leading to the death of 9 flotilla participants. The following is PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s comments after the confrontation:

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in a telephone interview from Amman with PA TV (Fatah):
Host:
"Mr. President [Abbas], this decision was made by the occupation's [Israel's] Minister of the Army, already yesterday. What is the significanceof this decision?"
Abbas: "The significance is that this decision was made in advance. They [Israel] wanted to create a confrontation. They did not want to allow [the ships into Gaza], but were determined from the outset to create a confrontation. They had the opportunity yesterday to relate to these people peacefully, because those who came to Gaza are civilians, peace-seeking people, who did not come to attack. They did not come with weapons or with an army. They came with humanitarian aid. Therefore, it was a decision made in advance, premeditated and with determination to kill and to create a confrontation with these people, and to take them all to ports in Israel. Israel always ignores all international norms, all international laws, all humanitarian laws. [Israel] doesn't care about anything."
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