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Abbas expresses solidarity with Sweden after terror attack claims 4 lives 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2017
Headline: “4 people were killed and 12 others wounded in an attack in Stockholm – the [PA] president expresses solidarity with Sweden against the terror attack it experienced”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed solidarity with the Kingdom of Sweden and with the Swedish people against the terror attack that it experienced yesterday [April 7, 2017], which claimed several killed and wounded citizens (see note below-Ed.). In a telegram that he sent to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, [Abbas] emphasized the State of Palestine’s position against terror in any place, regardless of who is behind it.”

On April 7, 2017, a car ramming terror attack was committed using a stolen truck in Stockholm, Sweden, leaving 4 murdered and 15 wounded. Swedish police later arrested a 39-year-old suspect of Uzbek origin.
Abbas claims "he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace" and that "Palestine stands against terror and violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president receives the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening  received the Steiger Award, a coveted German prize for tolerance and hope for peace, which is awarded to people who are characterized by integrity, openness, humaneness, and tolerance…
In a speech that he gave at the award reception ceremony in the city of Dortmund in Germany, the president said: ‘Judaism is a monotheistic religion that we completely respect, like Christianity and Islam. Our conflict with Israel is not against Judaism, but rather against the occupation that rules over our land and our people.’... He emphasized that he has acted to establish and strengthen the culture of peace, dialogue, abandonment of violence, and activity through political, diplomatic, and peaceful means in order to put an end to the Israeli occupation…
The president emphasized support for dialogue between religions and cultures, and said: ‘Recently we encouraged the connection between Al-Azhar (i.e., a leading Islamic institution located in Egypt) and the Vatican, and we are sure that understandings will grow from this that will contribute to the establishment of peace, tolerance, and coexistence between all of the religions in our region and in the world.’ He also emphasized that Palestine stands against terror and violence in our region and in the world, whatever their source and form may be.”

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Abbas tells Germany: "We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president in a press conference with Merkel: We adhere to the establishment of a just peace according to the two-state solution”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday [March 24, 2017] with German Chancellor Angela Merkel…
During a press conference that he held with the German chancellor a short time before the start of the talks, the president emphasized that the Palestinian leadership adheres to the establishment of a just and comprehensive peace according to the two-state solution, which is based on the 1967 borders…

(The following is an excerpt of Abbas’ speech at the press conference –Ed.)

I again emphasize our support and our standing at your side in order to fight all of the forms of terror and its sources. We express to you our condolences over the victims of the terror operation that took place during the Christmas celebrations (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). We support every regional and international effort to fight terror and uproot it, due to the danger that it constitutes to peace and stability in the region and in the world. We also emphasize [the need for] political solutions to conflicts in the region. We oppose military solutions and demand that all sides turn to a political solution.”
Abbas: We want a "Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel" 
Source: Al-Watan (Qatar), Mar. 16, 2017
Headline: "[PA President Mahmoud] Abbas: Trump's representative came to listen and did not raise ideas or suggestions"
[Q:] "We will begin with the main event, and that is the phone conversation that American President Donald Trump had with you, and your important meeting with his Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. What was said in your first conversation with the US president, and did his conversation constitute a plan to eliminate the Palestinian cause, and not to resolve it?"…
[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:] "This was the first time I spoke with Trump. He told me at the beginning of the conversation that he has heard much about me and he wants to invite me to visit the White House. I told him that I am ready to come at any time that suits him, and the conversation, which was not long but which was warm, ended. I told him that we hope that he will find a solution to the Palestinian issue after 70 years of occupation that will be based on two states, a Palestinian state that will live in security and peace alongside the State of Israel."…
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Abbas tells President Trump rep he is "completely committed" to creating atmosphere for peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2017
Headline: "He met with the American president's Special Representative for International Negotiations - the [PA] president: It is possible to reach a historical peace with the leadership of Trump; our strategic choice is to implement the two-state solution; Greenblatt emphasizes that it is important that all sides act to reduce the tension and incitement"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday [March 14, 2017] in Ramallah with US President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.
The two sides emphasized that the PA and the US are committed to advancing a true and permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. President Abbas said that he believes that it is possible to reach a historical peace with President Trump's leadership, which would strengthen the security throughout the region. He added that he expects to discuss the possibility of making peace directly with President Trump during his upcoming visit to Washington.
Greenblatt emphasized that Trump is committed to working with the Israelis and Palestinians in order to achieve a permanent peace through direct negotiations. He also emphasized that it is important that all sides act to reduce the tension and incitement.
President Abbas and Greenblatt again emphasized that the US and the PA are committed to battling violence and terror. The president [Abbas] emphasized that he is completely committed to creating an appropriate atmosphere for making peace."
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Istanbul 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president condemns the terror attack in Istanbul”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place early yesterday morning [Jan. 1, 2016] in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, which left dozens of dead and wounded (39 killed, see note below –Ed.).
The president expressed condolences to his Turkish counterpart [President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the government of Turkey, and to the Turkish people over the victims of the attack. He again condemned the terror attacks and expressed his complete opposition to them. The president emphasized Palestine’s solidarity with Turkey and with the Turkish people against terror, and the need to mobilize regional and international efforts in order to fight it and uproot it.”

A shooting attack in which 39 were killed took place at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve, Jan. 1, 2017. The terrorist, who was not identified, managed to flee the scene. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Abbas condemns assasination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey and states his rejection of all forms of terror 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] president emphasized the need to consolidate all of the efforts to uproot terror"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Dec. 22, 2016] received Russian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov at his (i.e., Abbas') residence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The president again emphasized his condemnation of the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov (i.e., he was shot and killed on Dec. 19, 2016, by an off-duty Turkish policeman shouting "Do not forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar"), and decried this barbaric act that all of the religions and religious laws renounce, and which contradicts all the international and humanitarian values and laws.
Likewise, the president again emphasized his absolute rejection of violence and terror in all their forms, and that the efforts against them must be consolidated and the steps necessary to uproot them must be taken."
Abbas condemns Berlin truck ramming terror attack, expresses “complete opposition to violence and all types of terror”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 21, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president expresses condolences to the president and chancellor of Germany over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram to German President Joachim Gauck and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he expressed condolences over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident that took place in a market in Berlin and claimed dozens of civilian victims and wounded (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). The president emphasized… his condemnation of this despicable crime and his complete opposition to violence and all types of terror. He emphasized that it is necessary to consolidate all of the efforts to fight it (i.e., terror), and to take the necessary steps to prevent a continuation of the violence, aggression, and terror… His Honor emphasized his complete solidarity with Germany against this dark terror.”
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Abbas condemns terror attacks in Egypt and Turkey 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] president: Egypt and its leadership are capable of halting the forces of evil and terror"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent his Egyptian counterpart, [Egyptian President] Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a telegram of condolences over the victims of the criminal terrorist bombing of the Coptic cathedral in Cairo (sic., St. Peter's Church was bombed on Dec. 11, 2016, and 25 were killed. The church is not Coptic; it is located next to the Coptic Christian St. Mark's Cathedral) that claimed dozens of victims and injured from among the brothers, members of the Egyptian people…
He emphasized that he is certain that Egypt and its leadership are capable of halting the forces of evil and terror… The president expressed his condemnation and absolute opposition to this abominable crime, which stands in opposition to the values of our monotheistic religion, tradition, conventions, and the ethical values of our peoples, and to all humanitarian laws…
President Abbas called his Turkish counterpart, [Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan, last night [Dec. 11, 2016] and expressed condolences over the victims of the two terrorist bombings that took place Saturday evening [Dec. 10, 2016] in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey, that claimed dozens of dead and injured (38 were killed in the bombings –Ed.).
During the telephone conversation, the president again absolutely condemned the terrorist activities. He emphasized the solidarity of Palestine with Turkey and with the Turkish people against the terror, and the need to enlist regional and international efforts in order to fight it and uproot it."
Abbas spokesman on Trump election: "We will work with any president the American people elect"  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: We will work with any president the American people elect on the basis of achieving peace”
       “Official [PA] Presidential Spokesman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina said that: ‘We will work with any president the American people elect on the basis of achieving peace in the Middle East, which is based on the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem the capital of the State of Palestine.’
Abu Rudeina added in a statement today, Wednesday [Nov. 9, 2016], that the American administration understands that achieving stability and peace in the region will come through a fair solution to the Palestinian issue according to [the resolutions of] the international bodies, which will lead to the elimination of the chaos and extremism in the world.”
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Published in WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 9, 2016; and on official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Nov. 9, 2016 and PNN, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 9, 2016
Abbas "congratulated American President [Elect] Donald Trump on his election" 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas congratulated American President [Elect Donald] Trump and hopes that peace will be achieved during his tenure”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas today, Wednesday [Nov. 9, 2016], congratulated American President [Elect] Donald Trump on his election, and expressed hope that a just peace will be achieved during his tenure.”
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Abbas to foreign press: UNESCO resolution ignoring Jewish history on Temple Mount was “not about politics and religion”, Jerusalem is holy to all faiths  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: "During a press conference with his Italian counterpart in Bethlehem – the [PA] president: Peace is our strategic goal, and the key to it is the end of the occupation"

"During an interview with the Italian newspaper La Republica two days ago [Oct. 31, 2016]… [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized: 'The UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) resolution talks about history and culture, and not about politics or religion. I wish to again repeat our position that Jerusalem is holy to the three religions – Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. When we say that East Jerusalem must be open to all religions, where is the problem? The UNESCO resolution talks only about the archaeological sites.'"

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution in Paris on “Occupied Palestine” on Oct. 13, 2016, with 24 countries voting in favor, 6 against, and 24 abstentions. The resolution was later approved by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Oct. 26, 2016, in a secret ballot in which ten countries voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed, eight abstained, and one country, Jamaica, was absent.
In the resolution UNESCO refers to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, only as “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and presents it only as a “Muslim holy site.” The resolution condemns “escalating Israeli aggressions” and Israeli “violations” at the site, and calls on Israel “to respect the integrity, authenticity and cultural heritage of Al-Aq?a Mosque/Al-?aram Al-Sharif… as a Muslim holy site of worship.” The resolution likewise refers to the Western Wall Plaza as the “Al-Buraq Plaza ‘Western Wall Plaza,’” adding quotation marks to the Jewish name for the site.
The resolution was submitted by Algeria, Egypt,
Abbas: “Peace is our strategic goal,” Jerusalem should "be open to worship for all believers of the three monotheistic religions” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 1, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president: Peace is our strategic goal, and the key to it is the end of the Israeli occupation”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas said that peace is our strategic goal, that it is an interest of all of us, and that the key to peace is to end the Israeli occupation and to put an end to the historical injustice caused to our people, so that the two states – Palestine and Israel – will live in security, stability, peace, and good neighborliness.
During a press conference that he held in Bethlehem with his Italian counterpart President Sergio Mattarella, His Honor (i.e., Abbas) expressed his constant willingness to make peace with Israel and to implement the two-state solution according to the resolutions of the international institutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. He expressed support for the international peace conference that France is working to convene at the end of this year [2016].
Likewise, he clarified that the role of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and its resolutions is to protect the global human heritage, and as part of this to prevent harm to it and to condemn the Israeli violations that are meant to change the nature and identity of East Jerusalem. He noted that the latest Israeli attacks, which attempted to mix religion and heritage, are incorrect and inappropriate.
President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the honor he has for Judaism, and the permanent call that Jerusalem be open to worship for all believers of the three monotheistic religions.
His Honor expressed support for every regional and international effort to struggle with and uproot the roots of terror, extremism, and violence, which are deserving of condemnation regardless of their source and nature.”

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Abbas condemns the Holocaust at UN General Assembly as "one of the most terrible crimes in the history of mankind" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 22, 2016
Official PA TV broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “At this opportunity, we condemn the Holocaust that harmed the Jews in Europe during World War II, and we view it as one of the most terrible crimes in the history of mankind.”
Abbas demands apology from Britain for the “ominous Balfour Promise” which facilitated “most terrible crime” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 22, 2016
Official PA TV broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 22, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “One hundred years have passed since the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), according to which the British, Great Britain, unjustly gave the land of Palestine to another people. Thus they laid the foundation for the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people and the loss of its land and its expulsion from it. They were not satisfied with this, but rather the British Mandate translated the promise into actions and policy that helped carry out the most terrible crime against a people that lived in security on its land, did not attack anyone, and did not participate in any war against anyone. Therefore we call upon Britain, on the 100th anniversary of this ominous promise and ominous deal, to draw the conclusions and learn a lesson, and accept on itself the historic, legal, political, material, and ideological responsibility for the consequences of this promise, including an apology to the Palestinian people for the Nakba, the tragedies, and the oppression that have afflicted it, and the correction of this historical tragedy and dealing with its consequences, at the very least by recognition of the Palestinian state. This is what is required of Britain after what it did to the Palestinian people.”

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 views 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 declares national Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Palestine initiates: The president lays the cornerstone for the advancement of freedom of the press in the Arab world – Mahmoud Abbas decides that August 1 will be Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a declaration yesterday [Aug. 2, 2016] to strengthen the freedom of the press in the Arab world, and decided that August 1 will be Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine.
This was during the president’s meeting with a delegation from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. The delegation included Deputy Secretary-General of the Federation Jeremy Dear…
The president’s signature on the declaration constituted a historical event on the Palestinian level and on the Arab level, and it laid the foundation on which the Arabs will continue to build… Echoes of this signature, initiated by President Abbas – the first Arab president to do so – will spread to Arab states and the [entire] world, and its fruits will be reaped by Arab journalists, who have been calling for the guarantee of freedom of opinion and speech for a long time.
The deputy secretary-general of the IFJ emphasized that President Abbas’ signature on the declaration to strengthen the freedom of the press, when [Palestine] is the first state to do this, is a historical day for freedom of the press in Palestine and the Arab world.”
Abbas strongly condemns truck ramming terror attack in Nice  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president expresses condolences to Hollande over the victims of the terror incident, and declares that Palestine stands by the side of the French people and identifies with it”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent French President Francois Hollande a telegram of condolences over the victims of the terror event (i.e., truck ramming, 84 murdered) that took place two nights ago [July 14, 2016] in the city of Nice. The president informed [him] that the Palestinian people, the Palestinian leadership, and the Palestinian government stand by the side of the French people and the families of the victims, and identify with them. The president condemned this cowardly act in the strongest terms.”
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Bastille Day attack 2016 – a truck ramming attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility, in which 84 people were murdered and about 300 wounded in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, committed the attack, plowing a 19-ton truck into Bastille Day crowds and opening fire before being shot and killed. Some guns as well as fake weapons and grenades were found in the truck.
Abbas condemns terror attacks in Saudi Arabia 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2016
Headline: “Three suicide attacks shook the [Saudi] kingdom, one of them next to the Prophet’s Mosque – [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] condemns the terror operations in Saudi [Arabia] and expresses condolences to King [Salman bin Abdulaziz]”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attacks that took place in the Saudi Arabian Kingdom yesterday evening [July 4, 2016] next to the Prophet’s Mosque [in Medina], which claimed [the lives] of several innocent victims.
The president expressed condolences to King Salman bin Abdulaziz. In a telegram of condolences that he sent to King Salman bin Abdulaziz, he said that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand by the Saudi Arabian Kingdom, guarding its security, stability, and prosperity.”
PA daily op-ed: Abbas water-poisoning libel was a "minor mixup" that "does not negate the barbaric and bloody religious rulings of the 'Jewish ISIS rabbis" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2016
Headline: “[Journalist] Smadar [Perry] spits out her venom”
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, a columnist for the official PA daily, in his regular column
     “In accordance with the racist colonialist mentality that refuses to hear the Palestinian voice that speaks truth and adheres to peace, [Israeli] journalist Smadar Perry published an article last Monday [June 26, 2016] in the [Israeli] daily Yedioth Aharonoth, in which she spat out her racist venom and ugliness, and repeated in different words the stance of [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu. This [occurred] when she tried to fish in the murky waters regarding the minor mix-up that appeared in [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech (i.e., to the European Union, on June 23, 2016) regarding the religious ruling of one of the rabbis regarding the ‘poisoning of Palestinian drinking water,’ a mix-up that does not negate the barbaric and bloody religious rulings of the ‘Jewish ISIS’ rabbis.’ [It seems that] the colonialist Smadar forgot the religious rulings that call publicly, before the entire world, for the killing of non-Jews, the poisoning of the lives of Palestinians, and their expulsion from their homes or the theft of them (i.e., their homes), without the matter causing even one Israeli to bat an eyelash.”
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Abbas repeats libel: Israeli rabbis demanded government poison water to kill the Palestinians  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 23, 2016
 

Official PA TV, special broadcast, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the EU Parliament

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “There is an issue that the Israelis are bringing up, and that is the issue of incitement. Despite the fact that the Israeli incitement does not stop, and the actions of the occupation (i.e., Israel) and the settlers do not stop… Just a week ago, some rabbis rose up in Israel and explicitly announced and demanded of their government that it poison the water in order to kill the Palestinians. Is this not clear incitement? Is this not clear incitement, whose goal is to carry out a mass murder of Palestinians? We are against incitement!”
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The libel that rabbis called to poison the Palestinians’ water, which had been voiced by the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PLO in the days prior to Abbas’ speech, did not appear in the written version of Abbas’ speech, which was publicized in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2016. Apparently Abbas decided to add it in at the last moment.
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