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Mahmoud Abbas
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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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Abbas speech at UN Human Rights Council, October 2015‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Oct. 28, 2015
Excerpt from Abbas' speech to the UN Human Rights Council, October 2015:
     “Haven't you wondered; for how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land ‎last? For how long will our people remain dispossessed of the full and undiminished ‎enjoyment of their rights as protected by international legitimacy, most notably their ‎fundamental right to life and self-determination, and their right to build their ‎independent and sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital as and to live as ‎human beings in accordance with the provisions of international conventions and ‎treaties. Is that too much to ask?”‎

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Abbas to Indian president: “Our hands are outstretched for peace” and current unrest is result of “Israeli settlers and forces’ acts of aggression” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2015
In this article about Abbas’ meeting with the President of India, Abbas claims that the Palestinian terror surge that began in October 2015 was caused by Israel’s “acts of aggression against the Palestinian people.” This is not the first time Abbas has denied responsibility for the terror wave. Despite almost daily attacks against Israelis, including stabbings, shootings, and run-over attacks, Abbas stated in October that "the Palestinian side... did not do anything against the Israelis." [Official PA TV, Oct. 6, 2015 and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015]

Headline: “President [Abbas]: ‘India can do a lot for the peace’”
      “President Mahmoud Abbas said... at a dinner held yesterday [Oct. 13, 2015] in honor of Palestine’s guest, President of India Pranab Mukherjee, that India is an important power in the international arena and can do a lot for peace in this land [Palestine] and in our region, as it plays an exceptional regional and international role.
The president stated: ‘I briefed his honor on the recent developments and events in our country, and the violence and unrest it is experiencing, which we never wished for, and that are a result of the Israeli settlers and forces’ acts of aggression against our people, young men and women, children, property and holy sites, especially in East Jerusalem, the capital of our Palestinian state.’  He added: “We emphasized to his honor that our hands are outstretched for peace with our neighbors, peace that will be achieved by ending the occupation of our country, in accordance with UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative, and implementation of the agreements signed by the two sides, and this is what we strive to achieve in peaceful and legal ways.’”
Abbas at UN: Israel has "plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque"  
Source: UN's website, Sept. 30, 2015
Opening of Abbas' speech at the UN on Sept. 30, 2015:
PA Chairman Abbas: "I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif temporally, allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshipers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights.
This is the scheme that the Israeli government is pursuing, in direct violation of the status quo since before 1967 and thereafter. By doing so, the occupying power is committing a grave mistake, because we will not accept this, and the Palestinian people will not allow the implementation of this illegal scheme, which is aggravating the sensitivities of Palestinians and Muslims everywhere. I call on the Israeli government, before it is too late, to cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, for such actions will convert the conflict from a political to religious one, creating an explosive in Jerusalem and in the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory."
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Abbas in speech in Moscow condemns "systematic aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque", claims the Mosque "belongs to Muslims only" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Sept. 23, 2015
Headline: "The president [Abbas] called to provide protection to the holy places of Islam and Christianity in Jerusalem at the inauguration of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque"
     "President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community to provide protection to the holy places of Christianity and Islam in Jerusalem and ensure the freedom of religion, as it existed before the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
His honor stated during his speech today, Wednesday, [Sept. 23, 2015], at the inauguration of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque in the presence of President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoan, together with Arab and Islamic delegations and international personalities: 'The systematic aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first direction of prayer and the third holiest [Islamic] sanctuary, in occupied East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, cannot serve peace, coexistence and tolerance between the religions and nations. It provides an additional excuse for extremists around the world who use religions in their terror and their aggression against humanity.'
His honor emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to Muslims only, and it is the right of every Muslim in the world to visit it and hold religious ceremonies in its plaza. In addition, he expressed his strong opposition to any measure taken by the occupation, aimed at limiting Muslims' access to it and preventing them from holding their ceremonies freely inside it."
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Abbas receives medal of honor from mayor of Paris and gives speech that PA is working for peace 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 22, 2015
Headline: "The president [Abbas]: 'Peace can be achieved if they [Israel] will renounce the mentality of expansion and the arrogance of power'"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas stated yesterday in Paris: 'Our hands are extended in peace, and peace is what we seek. We are working for it, not only for ourselves, but also for our Israeli neighbors and all the peoples and countries in the region.' He added: 'Peace is obtainable if there is a will and genuine intentions, and if they [Israel] will renounce the mentality of expansion, the arrogance of power, and religious jealousy.' These statements were made during the speech he gave when he received the highest decoration from the city of Paris in a reception held in his honor by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo… The mayor said that this medal is a tribute to the activities of President Abbas for peace and the strengthening of friendly relations between Paris and Palestine… The president [Abbas] continued: 'We always call for our capital East Jerusalem to be open for worship to all believers of the three monotheist religions, on condition that each will honor the other.'"

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Caption: “The president while receiving the medal of Paris
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Abbas: Israel is executing "methodical plan" to "change Jerusalem’s identity" and change status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 12, 2015
Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech during a visit to Turkey on Jan. 12, 2015
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The most serious thing from what I mentioned before is the methodical plan that the Israeli government is carrying out to change Jerusalem’s identity and to make things difficult for its residents. Here I warn of all the plans to change the status quo of the last 67 years in Jerusalem, and especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This constitutes a threat, as you know, to turn the political and national conflict between us and the Israelis into a religious conflict. This is something we do not want and we warn against it.”
Abbas: "All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly... We only want peace" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2014
Headline: “The president: Jerusalem the capital of Palestine will be open to all of the religions”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas participated in the midnight mass last night [Dec. 25, 2014] officiated over by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Jordan, and all the Holy Lands Fouad Twal…
The president said: ‘East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, must be open to all of the religions with absolute freedom, so that every person can observe their religion, traditions, and ceremonies with full freedom.
During his participation in the Christmas feast in the Franciscan monastery in Bethlehem last night he added: ‘We want peace with our neighbors; we want security with our neighbors; we want justice from our neighbors. All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly on Nov. 29, 2012. All of the territories that were occupied in 1967 are the territories of the Palestinian state, whose capital is Jerusalem, and we will not agree to anything else.’
He added: ‘If they (i.e., Israel) agree, our hands are outstretched in peace and will remain outstretched in peace. We will not change our position. We will continue to call for peace, and our hands will remain outstretched in peace, as we have no other options. We do not want to turn to other options. All of the other options are not on our agenda, we only want peace.”
Abbas to Europeans: We want to “build bridges” with Israel; “we condemn all acts of violence” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 24, 2013
     “During a press conference held by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President Abbas called on European companies and other foreign companies who operate in the settlements to stop working in them because they are violating International Law with this [work]… He noted that this call is not directed against the State of Israel and said: ‘We want to live beside it and build bridges for peace with it; this call is directed against settlements that were built on the State of Palestine’s lands, which has been occupied since 1967 and whose capital is East Jerusalem.’ [...]  We stress that we want it (Jerusalem) to be open to believers of the three monotheistic religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.’ […]
The President said: ‘Your honor [Van Rompuy] knows that we have fulfilled all our promises and commitments to our friends in the European Union, including, returning to negotiations the moment the State of Palestine’s status is upgraded in the UN, in order to attain real, just and lasting peace that will lead to the end of the occupation and allow our people to [effectuate] the right to live in freedom and dignity in its homeland and with sovereignty over its land.’ He added: ‘On the same matter, we are working with President Obama and with [US] Secretary of State John Kerry to bring about the negotiations’ success and attain the long-awaited peace…’ […]
During a joint press conference with the Belgian Prime Minister, President Abbas… asserted the [Palestinians’] sincere intentions to continue to keep on the negotiations’ schedule that was formulated by the American Secretary of State... The President added: ‘We condemn all acts of violence, especially those directed against civilians of either side.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Abbas condemns attack on Jewish girl in meeting with Israeli MPs 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2013
Unlike his statements when addressing a Palestinian/Arab audience, Abbas chose to condemn a terror attack on a young Israeli girl when he met with Israeli MPs:
     “During his meeting at the Presidential Residence in Ramallah yesterday [Oct. 7, 2013] with a delegation of [Israeli] MP’s from the Labor and [Tzipi Livni’s] Hatnua parties… The President [Mahmoud Abbas] noted, regarding the issue of incitement, that ‘this is an important existing issue, and in the past – more than ten years ago – we agreed to establish a American-Israeli-Palestinian tri-partite committee, and we now insist on its being convened, in order to investigate incitement by all sides.’
In response to a question about an attack on an Israeli girl (on Oct. 5, 2013, a Palestinian terrorist attacked a 9 year-old Jewish girl in the Israeli West Bank town of Psagot), the President said: ‘We wish that all such occurrences would disappear, for their aim is to delay peace, and we are opposed in principle to the spilling of any person’s blood, and this is even written in the Quran.’ He added that ‘settlement [activity] is illegal, from beginning to end, and therefore its continued existence and current escalation will have a negative effect on the progress of negotiations.’”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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