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A longer explanation about Palestinian media is available 
HERE, from PMW's book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process


Palestinian Authority TV and radio (Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, PBC) are under the direct control of the Palestinian Authority under Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and are the official media of the PA government. WAFA Palestine News and Information Agency, the official Palestinian news service, is under the PLO Executive Committee, which is also headed by Mahmoud Abbas. The newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida is the PA’s official daily newspaper.

In January 2016, Abbas appointed Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf to the position of General Supervisor of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC, which includes PA TV and Voice of Palestine radio) and the official news agency WAFA. Ahmad Assaf is also the general supervisor of the Fatah-run Awdah TV station, indicating that these news outlets are closely connected and run by the same people in Fatah. [Fateh Media website, Jan. 31 and Feb. 13, 2015; Website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, Jan. 31, 2015]

The PA leadership actively uses its media to send out ideological and political messages to its people, and also exerts its influence over the independent media. Bassem Eid, Director General of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, explained in a 2009 interview that there was no freedom of expression under Abbas’s PA or under Hamas:

“’I do not think,’ Eid says, ‘that there is any kind of open media anywhere in the Palestinian territories, neither in Gaza nor the West Bank.’ Journalists continue to be confined in West Bank prisons, and critical media, he says, have been closed down. ‘Mr. [Mahmoud] Abbas,’ says Eid, ‘may talk about free media where he is ruling but in my opinion, as a human rights organization, we are receiving a lot of reports how the right of free expression is being completely violated by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and by the Hamas in the Gaza strip."
[JewishJournal.com, Nov. 25, 2009]
 
In 2010, Mahmoud Abbas, who serves as Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, the PLO and Fatah, announced a plan to make PA TV and radio more independent, while still being under his control, as head of the PLO:

“Yasser Abd Rabbo, Inspector General of the [PA’s] official media, has revealed that President Mahmoud Abbas, in his role as Chairman of the PLO, recently issued a presidential directive resolving to convert the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and Palestinian television from a governmental institution into an independent public institution…
In response to a question concerning the dependence of the new TV Council on the President, Abd Rabbo said: ‘We find ourselves in circumstances involving political turbulence… Therefore, the only [and] most stable body is the PLO and the Presidency. Therefore, the [TV] Council is subordinate to the PLO Chairman.’”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2010]

However, that plan has not yet been implemented. Accordingly, while the PA media’s influence as educator of Palestinians varies depending on the number of viewers and readership at different times, the official media are excellent indicators of the ideology that the Palestinian Authority’s leaders wish to transmit to the their people.

Political, religious and ideological messages expressed today by PA and Fatah leaders, are repeated throughout Palestinian society. They are conveyed through a wide range of activities including, cultural expression, sporting events, religious teachings, music videos, and in political events. These messages reflect the beliefs, opinions and goals of the Palestinian Authority, and their repeated transmission through the different media and other structures the PA controls, indicates an intentional pattern rather than coincidence.

Abd Rabbo explained that once PA TV ceases to be “official TV”, it will no longer be a “mouthpiece” of the PA leaders’ ideology, since the goal is “to achieve a TV and radio broadcasting that will express the will of our Palestinian society in all its shades and contradictions, and [such] that the TV will not be the mouthpiece of the government, with an attempt to dictate to society and to direct it as the government sees fit.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2010]

The Al-Hayat Al-Jadida paper reiterated in April 2014 that the Palestinian news agency WAFA, the Radio and Television Authority and the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper are “governmental media institutions.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 21, 2014]

A longer explanation about Palestinian media is available HERE, from PMW's book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process
Official PA news agency determines which language should be used in media when reporting on prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2017
       "The participants in the workshop that the [official PA] Palestinian news and information agency WAFA and the [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club organized yesterday (Wednesday) [Dec. 27, 2017] emphasized that when dealing with the prisoners' cause there must be uniform terms that will serve the national cause and contribute to presenting the prisoners in a way that befits them…
In a working paper submitted by WAFA Agency Editor in Chief Khuloud Assaf, she emphasized that the agency has begun practical steps to develop the media terms… Assaf detailed several of the mistaken terms that are used by the Palestinian media outlets, such as calling the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) ‘Israeli Arabs,’ and also 'collective punishments' instead of 'violations'… In addition, the term 'the Palestinian demands' is used, while the correct term is 'rights'…
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council member Kifah Harb talked about the significance of using the political and national terms and expressions so that there will be a common language that expresses the ideology of the Palestinian national movement and reflecting the suffering of our people, far from the terms that the occupation is attempting to insert into our media and drag us to using, without us understanding the danger they constitute to our national enterprise."

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Editor-in-Chief of official PA daily after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: “Interference with its history or attempt to change its status… will lead to violence and an explosion of the region... this will open the gates of Hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “There is a very important slogan and we adhere to it: ‘If the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) passed, the Trump promise [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] will not pass.’ We will act on this basis in the official and private Palestinian media and Arab media… The future of Jerusalem is the future of the peace and stability in the region. Any interference with its history or attempt to change its status in any way other than the negotiation table will lead to violence and an explosion of the region in a way whose end will be bad. Simply, the message is: Jerusalem is the gate to peace in the region and the world; and at the same time, Jerusalem is the gate to war, and to violence and terror, if it does not achieve its freedom and its historical status regarding Palestine as the capital of the State of Palestine, and as a great city of tolerance and peace for the whole world…
It cannot be that we will be dragged into the matter of religious struggle, as this will open the gates of Hell in the region. When faiths clash with each other, there is much bloodshed… It is foolishness to think of changing the history and identity of Jerusalem… Jerusalem is a great city of all of the religions, not only of Islam and Christianity; it is a great city of all of the religions.”

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PA media officials on media role: “There is cooperation and constant coordination… between the Broadcast Council, the [official PA] television, the Ministry of Information, and the [Palestinian] Journalist's Syndicate” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the role of radio stations in supporting the Palestinian cause, hosting Director of Broadcast Media in the PA Ministry of Information Daoud Daoud and Director General of the official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine Bassam Daghlas

Director General of the official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine Bassam Daghlas: "To the Palestinian Broadcast Council staff, colleagues, and journalists in the offices and in all of the districts – we are working day and night to convey the facts to the world, defend Jerusalem, and defend our Palestinian cause and Palestine. We are cooperating with the brothers in the [PA] Ministry of Information… in uniting the Palestinian voice over the radio waves, the voice of the Palestinian people."

Director of Broadcast Media in the PA Ministry of Information Daoud Daoud: "We can say that the Palestinian media has begun to be on a level that is competitive with the general Arab media… There is cooperation and constant coordination – and this is the secret to the success of the official media work – constant coordination between the Broadcast Council, the [official PA] television, the Ministry of Information, and the [Palestinian] Journalist's Syndicate – this cooperation and the united media body gives us a 'step up' in the Arab media.” …

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WAFA, Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida are official PA media bodies 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president receives a delegation from the official media”
       “Yesterday [Sept. 4, 2017] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas hosted a delegation from the official Palestinian [PA] media, which included media members from the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation [PBC], the [official PA] Palestinian news and information agency WAFA, and the [official PA] daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, led by [General] Supervisor of the [PA] Official Media Ahmad Assaf. The delegation blessed the president for the blessed Eid Al-Adha (i.e., Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” holiday). It expressed its appreciation for the unending support from His Honor [Abbas] for the official media.”
Fatah Information Commission's official website 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: “Fatah has launched its official information website”
      “Fatah’s Information, Culture, and Ideology Commission has launched [its] official website in its new design… In order to view the Information, Culture, and Indoctrination Commission website, click on the following link: fatehmedia.ps.”
Supervisor of official PA media: Israel targets Palestinian media outlets  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2017
Headline: “Assaf: WAFA is undergoing significant development, Israel is fighting the Palestinian media outlets”
       “The Palestinian [official PA] news agency WAFA yesterday [July 5, 2017] took part in meetings of The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies that are being held in Agadir, Morocco. WAFA is being represented by its Chairman of the Board Ahmad Assaf. Ahmad Assaf, [who is] the general supervisor of the [PA] official media, said that the WAFA agency is currently undergoing significant development on several levels… He added that the main goal is to make the voice of the Palestinian people heard everywhere in the world, despite the obstacles being placed by the Israeli occupation. The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies yesterday rejected the request to join by the Israeli news agency TPS. Assaf thanked the alliance member states for this honorable position… Assaf said that ‘Israel is fighting the Palestinian media outlets.’ He noted that [Israel] bombed the [Palestinian] Broadcasting Corporation’s offices in the West Bank and Gaza, and before that the offices of the WAFA agency and dozens of Palestinian media outlets. [Israel] has also killed dozens of Palestinian journalists, and is holding dozens of them in detention.”
July 2017 poll: 62% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign, support for intifada drops  
Source: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), July 5, 2017
"These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 29 June and 1 July 2017. This poll has been conducted in cooperation with the Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung in Ramallah...
Total size of the sample is 1200 adults interviewed face to face in 120 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%... [PMW note: The following are excerpts from the poll. Click the above link to read the entire poll]

(3) PA payments to Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails:
91% are opposed to the suspension of PA payments to Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails; only 7% support such measure.  46% believe that the PA will not stop making those payments to Palestinian security prisoners while 44% believe it will stop making them.

(6) Presidential and parliamentary elections:
62% of the public want president Abbas to resign while 31% want him to remain in office. Three months ago, 64% said they want Abbas to resign. Demand for Abbas’ resignation stands at 55% in the West Bank and 75% in the Gaza Strip. Three months ago demand for Abbas resignation stood at 61% in the West Bank and 70% in the Gaza Strip.

(8) The peace process:
In the absence of peace negotiations, 74% support joining more international organizations, 54% support non- violent popular resistance, 39% support a return to an armed intifada, and 44% support the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority. Three months ago, support for a return to an armed intifada stood at 51%."

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Fatah official denies Fatah-run channel Awdah to be closed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 28, 2017
Headline: "Al-Qidwa denied that a decision has been published to close the Awdah satellite channel"
       "[Fatah] Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideology [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nasser Al-Qidwa denied the news item published on news websites regarding a decision to close the [Fatah-run] Awdah satellite [TV] channel and the firing of its employees. Al-Qidwa emphasized in a press release published yesterday [April 27, 2017] by the commission that they are working to develop the [Fatah] Movement's media outlets and to add to and build on what already exists."
Ahmad Assaf is head of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida’s board 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2017
       “The [official PA] daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida yesterday morning [March 13, 2017] honored its female employees for March 8, International Women’s Day. Head of the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Board of Directors [and General Supervisor of the PA Official Media] Ahmad Assaf and the daily’s Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija were present at the tribute.”

Ahmad Assaf also holds the following roles: Chairman of the Board of the Palestinian News and Information Agency WAFA, and General Supervisor of Fatah-run Awdah TV.
Fatah: US embassy helped reinstate our Facebook page 
Source: MADA, Palestinian Center for Development and Media Relations, Mar. 5, 2017
     “On Feb. 26, [2017], the Facebook company closed the page of the Fatah Movement, claiming that it transgressed Facebook’s regulations. The following day it reinstated the page, claiming that it was just a mistake. It should be noted that it had already removed the page - which has over 70,000 followers - more than once during the last six months. Head of Information at the Fatah Commission of Mobilization and Organization Munir Radi Al-Jaghoub, 41, who is responsible for the page... said: ‘I contacted the international media, and then I received a call from the American embassy, which got involved and resolved the problem with the Facebook administration, and the page returned to action on Monday evening, Feb. 27, and they apologized and explained that what happened was a mistake.’”
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Note: The US State Department has "firmly" denied intevening with Facebook on Fatah's behalf.

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Facebook shuts down Fatah’s Facebook page 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: "The Facebook administration closed down the official page of the Fatah Movement!"
     "The Facebook administration closed down the official [Facebook] page of the Fatah Movement which has more than 70,000 followers, after it received reactions from the local and international media. In a Fatah notice yesterday [Feb. 27, 2017] it was noted that this is the second time that the Facebook administration has closed down the page of the movement, after closing down the previous page (in June 2015 –Ed.) that had more than 100,000 followers. The notice was attributed to Fatah leadership member responsible for administering the page Munir Al-Jaghoub. He said that what made the Facebook administration close down the page is a historical picture that was recently posted, in which Fatah Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul and Martyr (Shahid) symbol Yasser Arafat appear as he presents him with a weapon belonging to [Israeli] soldiers that Fatah in southern Lebanon captured. Al-Jaghoub said: 'We will continue to take pride in our historic leadership and the national heritage and the heritage of our struggle."
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PA Ministry of Information protests closure of Fatah's Facebook page as evidence of "bias" in favor of Israel that "creates terror and spreads hate" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Information: Facebook's supervision of our forums is bias in favor of the occupation"
    "The [PA] Ministry of Information said that the fact that the Facebook administration closed the Fatah Movement's official page and the page of a private radio station constitutes blind bias in favor of the occupation, and siding with the hangman who creates terror and spreads hate through all the means and pictures day and night.
The ministry emphasized in a statement today, Tuesday [Feb. 28, 2017], that the targeting of the media platforms and Palestinian national platforms on social media constitutes blind bias in favor of the occupation and a violation of the international conventions and decisions. It also constitutes additional proof of an agreement - whose existence Facebook has been denying for a long time - between its administration and the freedom oppressing occupier (i.e., Israel) who disdains the international conventions..."
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PMW note: On Mar. 1, 2017, Facebook reinstated Fatah's account.

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Fatah protests closure of its Facebook page, says they will establish alternative pages 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: "A picture of late President Arafat causes the closure of the Fatah Movement's Facebook page"
       "The 'Facebook' social media administration closed the Fatah Movement's page on the site. According to the movement, the Facebook administration notified it that the reason for the closure was the posting of a picture of late President Yasser Arafat, in which he is seen holding a Kalashnikov rifle that had been in the possession of an Israeli soldier - after [the soldier] was captured in Beirut in the '80s - and next to him [current Fatah Deputy Chairman and] leadership member Mahmoud Al-Aloul.
Head of information at the Fatah Movement Bureau (sic., Commission) of Mobilization and Organization Munir Al-Jaghoub told the [independent Palestinian] news agency Wattan: 'The Facebook administration closed the page, which has approximately 70,000 followers, and said that the reason for the closure was that the picture contradicts Facebook's standards.' He added that 'The admin pages that manage this page were blocked for a period of 30 days.' [...] Al-Jaghoub continued: 'This page belongs to the [Palestinian] National Liberation Movement (i.e., Fatah), not a gang. It has had historical glory since the day of its founding.' He also emphasized that they will establish an alternative page and new accounts."
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PMW note: On March 1, 2017, Facebook reinstated Fatah's account. 

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Al-Hayat Al-Jadida is an official PA newspaper 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2017
       “Director of the [Palestinian] Journalists' Syndicate Nasser Abu Bakr said two days ago [Feb. 8, 2017] that the democratic and exemplary elections held by the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida [official PA] daily in order to elect a new union body constitute an advanced democratic model, and that these elections will open wide the way to renewing the union bodies in the media institutions and the [Journalists'] Syndicate as one…
During the meeting, which the Journalists' Syndicate called for with representatives of the sub-committees of the official media institutions, Abu Bakr announced the syndicate’s intention to begin preparations for holding elections in the official media institutions and to contact the administrations of these institutions in a manner that will guarantee the holding of true democratic elections that will express the [will of] the journalists and employees of these institutions."

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Palestine Broadcasting Corp, WAFA news agency, and PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida are all headed by same Fatah spokesman 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2017
Headline: “Al-Quds Open University honored the general supervisor of the [Palestine] Broadcasting Corporation”

“Al-Quds Open University yesterday [Jan. 11, 2017] honored General Supervisor of the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), the Palestinian [PA official] news agency WAFA, and the [official PA] daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Ahmad Assaf for his contribution to the success of the Tenth Media and Communications Technology Day, which was held by the university’s media and communications technology center.”
Fatah proves that the Commission of Information and Culture’s website is official 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Nov. 8, 2016
     Headline: “Fatah warned of a false page bearing the same name as the official page of the [Fatah] Commission of Information and Culture”
“The Fatah Movement Commission of Information and Culture warned not to enter the false internet page (i.e., website) bearing its name. [Fatah] Movement Revolutionary Council member and Secretary-General of the Commission of Information and Culture Muwaffaq Matar said: ‘The official page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture is the one found at the link www.fatehmedia.ps and bears at its top the historical logos, including the map of Palestine (i.e., that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas), and the logo of Al-Asifa (i.e., Fatah military unit) on the right side, and a picture of the president, the leader, and the symbol, Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat and [PA] President and Commander in Chief Mahmoud Abbas on the left side.”
Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, WAFA, and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida are all official PA media 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2016
Headline: “Jerusalem is the capital of Arab media”
Excerpt from op-ed by Deputy Head of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate Dr. Tahsin Al-Astal
      “The top members of the media and editors-in-chief of the Palestinian newspapers and media outlets convened in a meeting regarding the decision of the Arab information ministers to declare occupied Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, as the capital of Arab media, at the invitation of the [PA] Ministry of Information which was responsible for organizing the activities of the event… The [PA] Ministry of Information, the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, the Palestinian news agency WAFA, and the newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, as institutions of the official media of the State of Palestine, did all that was required of them in order to cooperate so that these activities would succeed and take place, as did the local radio stations and journalistic institutions.”
Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate condemns interview with Israeli Defense Minister as "unacceptable normalization with the occupation" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2016
Headline: “Journalists’ Syndicate condemns the interview conducted by the Al-Quds newspaper with Liberman”
     “The [Palestinian] Journalists’ Syndicate strongly condemned the fact that the Al-Quds newspaper that is published in Jerusalem held an interview with the occupation’s Army Minister (i.e., Israeli Defense Minister) Avigdor Liberman, and published it in yesterday’s edition [Oct. 24, 2016]. The syndicate said in a statement that it published yesterday, and which [the official PA news agency] WAFA received a copy of, that conducting the interview is in and of itself an unacceptable normalization with the occupation, and what is more – an alignment with it.
It again emphasized its firm opposition to all types of normalization with the occupation, including media normalization.”

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman gave an interview to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds on Oct. 24, 2016, in which he promised to build a port and airport in Gaza if Hamas stops rearming and attacking Israel, and said he supports the two-state solution.
PA TV host announces boycott of Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds due to its interview of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2016
Official PA TV program This Morning, about boycotting the Al-Quds newspaper due to its interview of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman
The PA TV hosts usually read the headlines from the local Palestinian newspapers at the beginning of the program.
Official PA TV host: "There is no choice but to mention on this morning [Oct. 24, 2016] that the Al-Quds newspaper is publishing a special interview with the occupation’s Minister of Army (i.e., Israeli Defense Minister) Avigdor Liberman. The newspaper and Hebrew sources announced last night that this interview took place five days ago, and the one called the coordinator of the occupation in the occupied areas is who organized this meeting. Actually, the social media websites and many Palestinian media people criticized this step by the Al-Quds newspaper that bears the name of the occupied Palestinian capital city and it is the one that conducted this interview with Liberman. Of course, Liberman is known for his positions and orientation and also his actions against the Palestinian citizens. The interview took place and the newspaper allocated a full page for it in addition to the front page with the headline. I will not read any of it. Perhaps Duha (i.e., other PA TV host) if he wants…
We are determined to boycott the news items of the [Al-Quds] newspaper today as a mark of protest over this interview. We will not read from the Al-Quds newspaper, but rather will make do with just the two newspapers Al-Ayyam and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida this morning."

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman gave an interview to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds on Oct. 24, 2016, in which he promised to build a port and airport in Gaza if Hamas stops rearming and attacking Israel, and said he supports the two-state solution.
Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemn beating and detainment of journalists by the PA Security Forces as "grave violation of freedom of the press" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 17, 2016
Headline: “The [Palestinian Journalists’] syndicate condemned the attack of [PA] Security [Forces] against the journalists in Jenin; Al-Damiri: We will investigate every complaint that a citizen submits”
     “The [Palestinian] Journalists’ Syndicate condemned the fact that a number of journalists in the city of Jenin, including member of the syndicate’s secretariat Jaafar Shtayyeh and the journalists Alaa Badarneh, Mujahid Al-Sa'adi, and Shadi Jarar'ah, were beaten and detained for a while. A spokesman of the [PA] security establishment clarified that what occurred in Jenin was part of the insistence of a number of people not to notify the relevant bodies in accordance with the law about public activities they are holding. The syndicate demanded ’that every security member who attacked journalists be held accountable,’ and emphasized that ‘it will not take lightly this issue which constitutes a clear and grave violation of freedom of the press.’…
Governor of the Jenin District Ibrahim Ramadan said in response to the efforts of the syndicate to deal with the issue: ‘We will assemble an investigative committee and will hold accountable every person or officer who attacked a journalist, and we hope that the syndicate will cooperate with us during the investigation.’…
[PA] Security Forces Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri clarified that what occurred in Jenin ‘was part of the insistence of a number of people not to notify the relevant bodies in accordance with the law about public activities they are holding, and particularly those that stop traffic and the public life of citizens, and also as part of the attempt of a number of people to create unjustified friction with the Palestinian Security Forces in public places without any respect for the law."

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