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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.
Abbas doesn't condemn killing Israelis; instead, expresses "opposition to any operation that harms civilians" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 9, 2016
Headline: "The [PA] presidential office condemned the violence against civilians, regardless of its source"
     "The presidential office said that 'it has emphasized again and again its opposition to any operation that harms civilians by anybody, regardless of the justifications.'
The presidential office added in a statement: 'The achievement of a just peace and the creation of a positive atmosphere are what will contribute to the cancellation and reduction of reasons for tension and violence in the region.' It concluded by saying: 'Achieving peace requires everyone stop carrying out operations that are likely to increase the tension and resorting to violence.'"
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Muhammad Ahmad Musa Makhamreh and Khaled Muhammad Musa Makhamreh - 21-year-old Palestinian terrorists and also cousins, who carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2016, murdering 4 Israelis and injuring 16. The terrorists ordered desert in the Max Brenner restaurant in the Sarona Market, before they began shooting at people. Muhammad Makhamreh and Khaled Makhamreh were both apprehended by the Israeli police, one of them shot and wounded before being caught and brought for treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Abbas condemns terror attack in Jordan as "terror" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2016
Headline: "The president consoled the king of Jordan over the victims, and Palestine condemned the terror attack in the Al-Baq'a refugee camp"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas called King of Jordan Abdullah II last night [June 6, 2016] and consoled him over the victims of the terror attack that took place yesterday morning in the Palestinian Al-Baq'a refugee camp and took the lives of five members of the Jordanian General Intelligence [Service] (attack on security force headquarters at Al-Baq'a refugee camp in Jordan, 3 intelligence officers and 2 civil employees murdered -Ed.). The president condemned this terror event, which desecrated the sanctity of the blessed month of Ramadan and the sanctity of the Jordanian security. He emphasized our great solidarity with the Jordanian people, its government, and its king against all acts of terror, and that our people and leadership stand alongside Jordan, and his wish that the kingdom continue along the path of security, stability, and prosperity."
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Abbas’ speech in Turkey: The Palestinian Nakba began “in 1917 (i.e., with the Balfour Declaration) and continues until this day”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 24, 2016
This speech was actually given by PA Foreign Minister Ryad Al-Malki in the name of Abbas. However this is not mentioned in the WAFA article or in the next day’s Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. A last minute change might have caused a change in speakers.

Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Despite the occupation and a lack of resources, we are doing what is required of us in everything connected to international humanitarian aid”

Excerpt of speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the First International Summit on Humanitarian Activity on May 24, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey

“Ensuring the existence of international collective political will to implement the decisions of international institutions – which call to find a comprehensive and just political solution to the Palestinian issue –is the first and basic stage on the way to ending all aspects of the Palestinian people’s tragedy.

As a result of it, the Palestinian people’s Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) was caused, which started to be carried out in 1917 (i.e., with the Balfour Declaration) and continues until this day.

Ladies and gentlemen, approximately 6 million of our people are still refugees and uprooted, living in their places of refuge in neighboring states and within Palestine.'

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Abbas lies to Israeli Druze leaders: “Discourse of peace is discourse of Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "The Gandhi of the Arabs"

Excerpt of editorial in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

In meetings and interviews with foreign audiences, Abbas frequently expresses that peace is the only option for the Palestinians. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians

"Yesterday [April 2, 2016] President Mahmoud Abbas received at the presidential headquarters a delegation of the honorable Druze who came from the Galilee and Carmel in order to express exceptional patriotic support of the president, his wise policy, and his realistic discourse – the peace discourse, which we will not forego or forsake…

So much so, that the head of the delegation, Sheikh Zidan Al-Atsheh described President Abbas as Gandhi of the Arabs'…

I n his words/statement to the delegation of our people the Druze, President Abbas emphasized that the discourse of peace will remain the discourse of Palestine… and that he will not fear condemnations due to this discourse, and will continue it without hesitation, just as he does not fear the arguments of those with populist slogans – those who fear and evade the truth and lie about what they call 'knife operations,' (i.e., stabbing attacks) which we do not want our children to be dragged into. After all, there is no sensible person who encourages such acts, as they have no connection to the true resistance, that which
Abbas to Romanian delegation: We "are not against the Jewish religion," "our hands are extended toward peace," and "we are against all forms of terror" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2016
Headline: "The president: Israel's agreement to the two-state solution will be the beginning of the political solution"
       "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a Romanian media delegation yesterday [April 5, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… The president again emphasized his demand to reestablish the three-way committee to monitor incitement that would include the Palestinian and Israeli sides, in addition to the American side, and which was established 15 years ago. He said: 'We have no opposition to the establishment of a committee to monitor the incitement of the two sides, and the moment the Israeli side agrees to this committee, we are ready to participate in it.' … Likewise, he stressed that the Palestinians are against the Israeli occupation, and not against the Jewish religion, which is one of the monotheistic religions that Islam obligates us as Muslims to recognize, and to believe in its messengers. The president again emphasized that our hands are extended toward peace and we are striving to achieve it, and we are against all forms of terror and extremism, whatever their source. In addition, he noted that a fair solution to the Palestinian issue will contribute to the ending of terror and extremism, and steal away the extremists' excuse."
Abbas to Morrocan Jewish delegation: “Despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2016
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Time is passing quickly, and we must establish peace and put an end to the occupation”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas warned that time is passing quickly, and therefore there is no other choice but to establish peace. He said: ‘We strive for peace through the establishment of the Palestinian state, which will live in peace and stability alongside Israel.’
During the reception held yesterday evening [March 28, 2016] at the presidential headquarters for the delegation of the Coalition of Sephardi Jews , led by chairman of the World Federation of Moroccan Jews Sam Ben-Shitrit, the president added: ‘We are experiencing difficult days, and despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us. Therefore, we are trying to hold dialogue with all groups of the Israeli society.’ Likewise, he noted that he makes sure to meet with the Jewish communities in every city in the world in order to discuss the common base for the establishment of peace, as there is no other option, and that none of us can cancel the other’s existence, come what may…"
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Abbas expresses “condolences” over murder of American tourist in Tel Aviv terror attack, occupation responsible for terror attacks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 10, 2016
Headline: "The President [Abbas] to Biden: The occupation and settlements are the reason for the violence and spilling of blood"
     "The president expressed his condolences to the American vice president over the death of the American citizen (i.e., Taylor Force, killed by a Palestinian terrorist) who was killed two days ago [March 8, 2016], and at the same time emphasized that the occupation authorities have killed 200 Palestinians in the last five months. Likewise, he emphasized the necessity to fight against all forms of terror and that victory over ISIS and terror necessitates the establishment of the independent State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital. The American vice president said that the American administration is committed to the principle of two states, and that it must be maintained. He emphasized the administration's permanent standpoint regarding the settlements."

Bashar Masalha – 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack, murdering Taylor Force, an American tourist, and injuring 11, in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on March 8, 2016. Masalha was shot and killed by Israeli police.

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Abbas: Terror wave happening in part because of “attacks” against “holy sites,” especially Al-Aqsa Mosque; Palestinians “paying a heavy price… from the blood of its sons” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2016
     “The following is the text of the president’s [Abbas’] speech before the Djibouti National Assembly:
“Brother president, brothers and sisters, I have come to you from Palestine and Jerusalem’s environs, where our people is engaged in a bitter conflict with the Israeli occupation, and is paying a heavy price [in order to obtain] freedom and independence, from the blood of its sons who are defending their honor, the honor of their Arab and Islamic nation, the holy places of Islam and Christianity, and the pure land.
These days, the Palestinian territories are witness to a state of agitation and tension (this refers to a wave of Palestinian terror attacks since September 2015 –Ed.) due to hopelessness and despair among the young, and the closure of the political horizon that does not herald a better future and a way out of the current situation, which is a result of the continued occupation and attacks against the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, particularly against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
Day after murder of Israeli mother of 6, Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood… our resistance will remain peaceful” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2016
The day after 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist Morad Adais stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in her home in the town of Otniel, south of Hebron, in front of her children, Abbas maintained that the Palestinian "resistance" is “peaceful,” thus denying the many shooting and stabbing attacks in which dozens of Israelis have been murdered and wounded.
Official PA TV live broadcast from the Armenian Theophany (anniversary of Jesus Christ's baptism) celebrations in Bethlehem, where PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood, the blood of any human being. Their sex, race, or religion make no difference to us. A human being is a human being… We are all human beings, and therefore we make every effort to prevent the spilling of a drop of anyone's blood. Therefore we say to our brothers and people: We are in a state of despair, and we know that the doors are shut before us, and that the Israeli leadership is trying to shut all doors, but our resistance will remain peaceful, and we will never ask to do anything different. On the contrary, every day we have 3 or 4 Martyrs (Shahids), without any reason or justification.”

Morad Adais – 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in front of her children in her home in Otniel, south of Hebron, on Jan. 17. 2016. Adais was apprehended and arrested after two days by Israeli security forces.
Abbas to Greek President: Israel is responsible for terror, which caused European refugee crisis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 22, 2015
Headline: “The president during his meeting with his Greek colleague: The end of the occupation will put an end to all the terror problems”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Israeli occupation must be put to an end. He stated: ‘The end of the occupation will put an end to all the problems connected to it, such as terror. The end of terror will lead to the finding of solutions for the problems caused by it, such as the problem of emigration, which is no longer confined to the Middle East, but has spread to Europe and [become] an international aspect.’ President Abbas met with his Greek colleague [President] Prokipis Pavlopoulos, and with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.”
Abbas to Europeans about Jews: “We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future… We are absolutely not against the Jewish religion… [it] is an honorable religion and we all honor it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2015


Abbas addressing Greek Parliament:
"A racist separation fence was built and continues to be built between us and the Israelis. We do not want a fence to separate us. We want a bridge that will connect us. We are neighbors and we will be friends in the future. What can prevent this? By the way, we are absolutely not against the Jewish religion, and we cannot be against the Jewish religion. The Jewish religion is an honorable religion and we all honor it, appreciate it and recognize its sanctity. Our problem is with the Zionist occupation."
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Abbas: Israel is targeting Palestinian children and youth, and attacking “Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 10, 2015
Headline: “The president, on International Human Rights Day: The occupation primarily targets our children and young people”
    “President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas stated that our people are under a new attack by the occupation and its settlers, as part of their ongoing aggression against its rights, lands and Islamic and Christian holy sites, which targets mainly children and young people, bearers of the dream and the future generation.
The president added in a speech he gave on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, which is today [Dec. 10, 2015]: “…During the aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, 2,200 Palestinians died as Martyrs (Shahids), including 500 children. From the beginning of Oct. 2015 until now, 117 Palestinians have died as Martyrs, including 25 children. This is in addition to the arrest and torture campaigns against our people, including our children, as from the beginning of 2000 until now, more than 10,000 Palestinian children have been arrested.”
Abbas tells International Federation of Journalists that he supports freedom of media, opinion and expression 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 26, 2015
Headline: “The president: ‘Free media is a basic need of our people’”
      “Yesterday [Nov. 24, 2015] evening, in the presidential compound, President Mahmoud Abbas received a committee from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), led by the federation’s president, Jim Boumelha, to investigate Israeli crimes against Palestinian media. The president [Abbas] emphasized his absolute support of freedom of the media, and freedom of opinion and expression, such that Palestine will be a role model in this area. He noted that free media is a basic need of our people, in order to convey the suffering it experiences due to the occupation. Likewise, he, the president [Abbas], stressed the importance of the investigation committee’s work in exposing the occupation’s acts against the media, who work to convey the truth to the world.”
Abbas says Palestinian terror wave that has killed Israelis is “peaceful resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: ‘We identify with all victims of terror as we are its victims”
“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘We identify with all victims of terror as we are victims of this terror, and we are against all types of violence and terror.’
He added: ‘We are not interested in seeing the spilling of anyone’s blood, whatever his ethnic origin, religion, or gender…”
He continued: ‘These days the entire world is experiencing violence and terror, which is invading many of the world’s countries, the most recent the attack that took place in Paris, the capital of France.’... Likewise, he clarified that the [popular Palestinian] uprising has been caused by the occupation, oppression, injustice, and aggression against our people by the army and its settlers and that no one called for this uprising, but rather, it came from the hearts of these youth who saw with their [own] eyes the injustice and attacks of the herds of settlers.
He continued: ‘We told everyone that we are interested in peaceful uprising and that is what it is. However, the Israeli army shot people, and we suffer greatly and say to the world: ‘We support peace. We first of all want them to leave the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the herds [of settlers] will stay away from us.”

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Abbas strongly condemns Paris and Beirut terror, but silent about wave of terror in Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2015
As shown in this PA daily article, PA President Abbas issued strong condemnations of the terror attacks in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere that killed hundreds. However, Abbas has been completely silent about the wave of Palestinian terror attacks that have killed 21 Israelis (as of Nov. 24, 2015) since the beginning of October 2015.

Headline: "The President [Abbas] condemns terror operations in Paris and expresses condolences to [President of France] Hollande”
     “The Presidential Office made a statement that ‘President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemns the terror operations that took place in Paris,’ and that he ‘expressed solidarity and sympathy with the French government and people against terror.’… The president sent a condolence telegram to his French colleague [President] François Hollande for the victims of the terror attacks. In the telegram… he expressed ‘our absolute condemnation and disapproval of these heinous acts that are in contradiction to every human value, convention and law.' He emphasized ‘our sincere sympathy and solidarity, our support for President Hollande and the families of the victims in the face of the dark terror.’…  ‘We cannot approve of these incidents, and we strongly condemn them. We hope that the region will dispose of terror and terrorists, and that all the peoples of the world and all countries will work together to combat terror everywhere, because it has no religion, homeland or affiliation. Therefore, we condemn all forms of terror, and always stand against it.'”
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