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Abbas condems terror attacks in Sri Lanka 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 21, 2019
Published in WAFA, official PA news agency (English edition)

Headline: “President Abbas condemns Sri Lanka terror attacks”
       “President Mahmoud Abbas today condemned the terrorist bombing attacks that targeted three churches and two luxury hotels in Sri Lanka earlier today, which resulted in the killing or injury of dozens of innocent civilians. Describing the attacks as ‘criminal and gruesome,’ Abbas offered condolences to the people and President of Sri Lanka as well as to the bereaved families. He also wished an immediate recovery of the wounded. ‘Terrorism is spreading as an epidemic across the world. I call on the countries of the world to cooperate to eradicate terrorism and not to tolerate with racist groups that incite violence and hatred,’ he said in an official statement.”
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Abbas pretends the PA is against terror when speaking to American students 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2019

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in meeting with American students from Harvard University:
"We want to achieve our right and our state peacefully... We will not choose a path other than negotiations to achieve our right. We always say that we are extending our hands to the Israelis… We believe in peace and believe in security for everyone... We made agreements with 83 states in the world… prime among them the US, Canada, Britain, European states, Japan, and the like – on one issue: the war on terror in the world, terror in all its forms, variations, and sources."
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Abbas to Harvard students: “I rule out the possibility of violence, and we will not use it. We will not accept violence at all” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2019
Al-Ayyam reported that Abbas in a speech to American Harvard students specifically said that he is against violence and “rules out” the use of it. However, this was not part of his televised speech nor of the official PA paper’s report on the speech. The statement against violence might have been part of the original manuscript for the speech which papers often receive in advance of the speech itself. Abbas then apparently decided to skip this part of the speech.

      "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas] said: ‘After the Israeli elections we will have an opinion, and we will not accept the steps that Israel has implemented against us. I rule out the possibility of violence, and we will not use it. We will not accept violence at all, but there are [other] things we can do to achieve our rights, and to protest the denial of our rights.’ The president spoke yesterday [March 23, 2019] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah before a delegation of approximately 180 students from Harvard University…"
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Abbas pretends to US students the PA is “not against the Jews,” all can practice religion at Jerusalem holy sites 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2019

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in meeting with American students from Harvard University:
"We are honestly not against the Jews. No. The Jews, the Christians, the Muslims – for us they are equal... Regarding East Jerusalem, we will say that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and between them is a kind of cooperation. But the holy sites will remain open to the three [monotheistic] religions at all times. And it will be forbidden to prevent any person – Christian, Jew, Muslim – from going and performing his religious rituals."
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Abbas in letter to Putin: Israeli “pay-for-slay” law is meant to prevent PA from “fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, who struggled for the freedom of their people… and who are worthy of all aid” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2019
      “PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Movement Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad received Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine Aydar Aganin at his office in Ramallah yesterday [Feb. 23, 2019].
Al-Ahmad gave the Russian ambassador a written letter from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas for [Russian] President Vladimir Putin. The letter deals with the recent developments and the cutting of part of the tax money by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government (refers to implementation of law to deduct terrorist salaries from the PA tax money; see note below –Ed.) in a way that contradicts the economic Paris Agreement (see note below –Ed.) that was signed between the two sides – a step that contradicts international laws and that is meant to blackmail the Palestinian leadership and exert pressure on it, in order to prevent it from fulfilling its obligations to the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids), who struggled for the freedom of their people and the end of the occupation, and who are worthy of all aid – regardless of the difficulties and pressures.”
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Abbas speech: "We categorically refuse the Israeli measure [to cut tax transfers to the PA] and we also refused to receive the remaining funds after the deduction" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 22, 2019
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the violent acts and hatred in France”
         “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the acts of violence, extremism, and hatred that took place in friendly France, and considered them part of the anti-Semitic expressions that are unacceptable to us and to the international community. In a press statement yesterday [Feb. 21, 2019], the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized the State of Palestine’s standing by France against these crimes, regardless of their source, and expressed its full solidarity with friendly France, its President [Emmanuel Macron], its government, and its people in the struggle against hatred, racism, and Antisemitism in all of their forms. It should be noted that a series of incidents took place recently in France, including the vandalizing of 96 Jewish gravestones with swastikas at a cemetery in Quatzenheim, in Alsace. Swastikas (a Nazi symbol) [parentheses in source] were also sprayed on pictures of late politician [and Holocaust survivor] Simone [Weil], and anonymous people cut down trees that were planted to commemorate the memory of a Jew [Ilan Halimi] who was tortured to death in 2006.”
PA presidential office condemns terror attack in India 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 16, 2019
Headline: “The [PA] Presidential Office condemned the terrorist bombing of an Indian police bus in Kashmir”
      “The [PA] Presidential Office expressed its strong condemnation of the terrorist bombing of Indian police buses in the southern Kashmir area, which led to the death of dozens of victims from among their ranks (40 were killed in the Feb. 14, 2019 suicide bombing claimed by the Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammed terror organization –Ed.). In two telegrams that he sent to Indian President [Ram Nath Kovind] and Prime Minister [Narendra Modi], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas conveyed his sincere condolences and solidarity with the friendly Indian government and people and the families of the victims, and asked Almighty Allah to bestow consolation and endurance on their relatives and health to the wounded.”
Abbas reiterates PA’s “commitment to international law and legitimacy and to a peaceful solution” at UN 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 15, 2019
    "In this regard, the establishment of peace and security in the Middle East will significantly enhance the opportunities for realization of sustainable and stable development for all countries of the region. Regrettably, however, Israel's continued colonization and occupation of the State of Palestine undermines our development and capacity for cooperation and coordination and obstructs cohesive future development for all peoples of the region. Here, I reaffirm the State of Palestine's commitment to international law and legitimacy and to a peaceful solution that brings an end to the occupation and the realization of the independence of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel on the basis of the 1967 borders, and the just resolution of all final status issues, including for the plights of our refugees and prisoners in accordance with the relevant international resolutions."
Abbas condemns terror: “We will not turn to violence. We fight violence and terror” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2018
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas participated in a Christmas meal at the Franciscan monastery in Bethlehem yesterday evening [Dec. 24, 2018]…
The president said in his speech during the meal that… His Honor [US] President [Donald] Trump took initiatives that completely contradict the decisions of the international institutions when he recognized unified Jerusalem as the State of Israel’s capital… The president added: ‘We will not despair, we will not tire, and we will not turn to violence. We fight violence and terror, as every respectable state in the world fights them. There are 83 security protocols between us and the states of the world, and this means that we are fighting terror together with these states, prime among them the US. Terror has no religion, nation, or ethnicity, and it is hostile to humanity.’”

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Abbas welcomes Jewish-American org delegation: Abbas is “in favor of cooperation with them and with all of the peace-loving forces in American society”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] president: We distinguish between America and its current administration, which has brought the peace process to a dead-end”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a delegation from the [Jewish] American organization J Street, led by Jeremy Ben-Ami, yesterday evening [Oct. 17, 2018] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah. The president greeted the members of the delegation. He expressed his appreciation for their efforts to support the peace process within American society… The president emphasized that he is in favor of cooperation with them and with all of the peace-loving forces in American society. He added: ‘We distinguish between America and the current American administration, which has brought the peace process to a dead-end.’”
Abbas at UN GA: "I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners," defends PA salaries to terrorists` policy 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2018
Headline: "Experts: Mahmoud Abbas' support for the families of the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded highlights that our struggle is national and not connected to terror"
       "From the UN podium [on Sept. 27, 2018], [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas again emphasized the commitment to continue supporting the families of the Martyrs (Shahids), the prisoners, and the wounded, while rejecting all of the pressures and decisions of Israel, and with it the US...
Among the things Abbas said in his speech: 'I pay tribute to our pure Martyrs and our heroic prisoners. I say to all Palestinians: First, Israel considers [the Martyrs and prisoners] criminals. Why? Why does it [do so], when it has many thousands of people who have attacked everybody - and these are heroes? Why is the one who murdered [former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin considered a hero (sic., Israel does not consider Yigal Amir a hero, he is serving a life sentence in prison -Ed.), and we - our people - are criminals whom it is forbidden to pay? I pay tribute to our heroic Martyrs and prisoners! And I say to everybody, we are standing before a time close to the dawn of freedom and independence. The darkness of the occupation will come to its end'...."
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President Abbas says he did not intend to offend Jews, following Antisemitic speech 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 4, 2018
"President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Friday that 'if people were offended by my statement in front of the PNC, especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them. I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full respect for the Jewish faith, as well as other monotheistic faiths.'
He continued, 'I would also like to reiterate our long held condemnation of the Holocaust, as the most heinous crime in history, and express our sympathy with its victims.'
'Likewise, we condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, and confirm our commitment to the two-state solution, and to live side by side in peace and security.'”
Abbas speech to UN Security Council demonizes Israel, slams US, but proposes international peace plan 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 20, 2018
This transcript of PA Chairman Abbas' speech before the UN Security Council on Feb. 20, 2018 was published by Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, on Feb. 20, 2018.

"Seventy years have passed since Palestine’s Nakba, from which 6 million Palestine refugees continue to suffer from the cruelty of exile and loss of human security. They continue to wander the world after the loss of their peaceful and stable lives in their homeland. They are part of the 13 million Palestinians, whose country has not yet been recognized as full Member State of the United Nations, despite the numerous resolutions reaffirming their right to self-determination and statehood on their national land.
We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago and continuously remained there to this day. Our great people remain rooted in their land. The Palestinian people built their own cities and homeland and made contributions to humanity and civilization witnessed by the world. They established institutions, schools, hospitals, cultural organizations, theaters, libraries, newspapers, publishing houses, economic organizations, businesses and banks, with wide regional and international influence.
All of this existed before and after the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, a declaration by which those who did not own, giving to those who had no right. The British Government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the Palestinian people as a result..."

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Abbas includes Judaism among Jerusalem’s three religions and envisions that everyone would practice “religious rituals and prayers” there, in contrast to his previous anti-Jewish statements  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The continuation of the peace efforts requires the establishment of a bilateral international body under the umbrella of the UN, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives in this body or in the international summit, which we are calling to organize according to the decisions of the international institutions, the principle of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders, and the end of the Israeli occupation on the land of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the capital of our state, which we want to be open to all believers of the monotheistic religions - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism - who will carry out their religious rituals and prayers there, in security and peace, which will provide an opportunity to everyone who is in Palestine and Israel to live in security, stability, and good neighborliness.”
Abbas: “Jerusalem is the gate to peace… only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and …it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 17, 2018
Official PA TV, special broadcast for the Al-Azhar Conference in Cairo, on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After [the US] has stood unequivocally alongside the occupation and imposed a reality upon us that leaves us no choice but to turn to all of the other options available to us to defend our rights, we will turn to all of the options – but we will not turn to terror and violence. Indeed violence and terror are rejected [by] all states of the world and us, but we have our other means through which we will turn to receive our rights, with all of these options – [to turn] back to our nation’s public so they will fulfill their role in defending Jerusalem, in addition to internationalizing the conflict with the occupation, and continuing to join the international organizations and alliances as an authentic right of the State of Palestine…
[US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision does not give Israel any legitimacy in Jerusalem and does not give the occupation a right to its land or its skies. This Jerusalem has always been a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city. And it is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and without it there cannot be peace in the region nor in the entire world – as long as Jerusalem is not liberated in all of its borders that we want from the Israeli occupation. Jerusalem is the gate to peace for everyone only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and it is also the gate to war if it is not already- it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not [the capital of Palestine]. It is the gate to war and peace and Mr. Trump must decide.”

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Abbas in France: “The US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process… We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war… Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement at a joint press conference together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 22, 2017, in France

       "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'As a result of [US] President [Donald] Trump's determination that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and decision to transfer the embassy there, I have emphasized before His Honor [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron that the US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process, and that we will not agree to any plan from it as it is biased [in favor of Israel] and violates international law… Whoever presents such a plan, according to which united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and transfers its embassy there in violation of all of the international decisions - I do not think that he is capable of presenting a just and reasonable solution for establishing peace in the Middle East…
Everyone knows that we are among the official parties in the world that are fighting violence and terror throughout the world... We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war, and that is how our people is now characterized. Therefore, you see that all of the demonstrations that have been held in the Palestinian territories have been peaceful demonstrations (sic., the demonstrations have included rioting and rock throwing, and been accompanied by stabbings and stabbing attempts)… We want peace with Israel. Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it and live in peace with it.'"

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Abbas: Jews\Israelis are skilled “in falsifying history and religion”, the Torah says the Canaanites were in Jerusalem since before Abraham until today, but the city should be "open city for all religions"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 13, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Indeed [we], women and men, believe in our right and Allah’s promise to us that this sanctified city [Jerusalem] – since the Canaanite Jebusites established it 5,000 years ago – was not and will not be anything but the capital of our independent state, and [that] sovereignty in it [belongs to] the State of Palestine. By the way, I don’t like to argue about history or religion because none are more skilled than they (i.e., Israelis/Jews) are in falsifying history and religion. But if we read the Torah, it says that the Canaanites were here before our lord Abraham, and their presence has not stopped since that time (sic, there is no connection between the Canaanites and today's Palestinians) – this is in the Torah – until this very day. But if they want to falsify, they will divert the words from their place... We want it [Jerusalem] as an open city to all the members of the Heavenly religions, that they may practice their worship in it. If we will take East Jerusalem – let the Muslim, the Christian, and the Jew come and practice their faith in complete freedom, there is no obstacle.”

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Abbas to British activists: The British people do not agree with the “historical tragedy” of the Balfour Declaration, please support our “peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The British people do not agree to the historical injustice that Balfour caused to our people”
      “At the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 2, 2017] received a delegation of British solidarity activists who walked by foot for more than 147 days from Britain to occupied Jerusalem as a sign of condemnation of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) on the 100th anniversary of it being issued... The president said: …‘We are convinced that you are the ones that truly represent the British people, and it is a people that does not agree to the historical tragedy that the Balfour Promise caused to our people. In this context, we appreciate the noble position of the British House of Representatives that asked the British government to recognize the State of Palestine.’ […]
The president added: ‘We rely on people like you to support our people and strengthen its resolve so that it will be able to continue its peaceful struggle to end the occupation. We are certain that you understand that we are the only people in the world that is still bowing under the fire of this military occupation, which has continued for the last 50 years.’”

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Abbas condemns terror attack in Egypt 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2017
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas firmly condemned the cowardly terror attack that harmed the Egyptian police and military forces, and harmed Egypt’s security and stability (see note below –Ed.). The president expressed his solidarity and stand – together with the Palestinian people – alongside Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah El-Sisi], the government of Egypt, and the Egyptian people as they deal with blind extremist terror.”

On Oct. 20, 2017, 54 Egyptian police officers were killed in an ambush during a raid on a terrorist hideout in Giza province, southwest of Cairo.
Although usually silent regarding terror attacks against Israelis, Abbas condemns terror attack in Somalia 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president consoled his Somali counterpart over the victims of the terror attack”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas consoled Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ [Mohamed] over the victims of the terror attack that took place in the capital Mogadishu (358 murdered, see note below –Ed.). In the telegram of consolation, the president emphasized his condemnation of this criminal attack which is in contradiction of the religions of the revelation and human ethics. He said a prayer for the souls of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.”

The terror attack mentioned refers to a car bombing on Oct. 14, 2017 in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, in which 358 people were murdered and over 200 wounded. The Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization Al-Shahab took credit for the attack.
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