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Mahmoud Abbas
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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.'"

Caption: “The president while receiving the medal of Paris
from Mayor Anne Hidalgo:”

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
Abbas claims PA is committed to peace and has fulfilled all signed treaties 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2013
Excerpt from Abbas’ speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan:
     “Palestine has a spiritual and religious status and an extraordinary geographic location. This is the land of the three monotheistic religions, the land of peace, to which hundreds of millions of people turn their eyes…
In a few days, 46 years will have passed since the occupation of the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. After 20 years of negotiations, the Israeli government still misleads, procrastinates, and evades the demands of peace. Nevertheless, we still say that we want a comprehensive and just peace, and want to reach the two-state solution, [two states] which will reside peacefully side-by-side, in accordance with the legitimate international resolutions, the Road Map and the Arab Peace Initiative. Everyone knows that we have fulfilled all our obligations in accordance with the signed treaties, that we have clarified our positions and intentions, and done everything required of us….
I am sending a message from here to our Israeli neighbors – ending the occupation of our land, releasing our prisoners, withdrawing the settlers and settlements, and dismantling the racist separation fence are what will establish peace and ensure security for you and for us. There is still a chance to make this peace, so let us turn this peace into reality, so that our present and future generations can enjoy its fruits and live in its shade.”

Despite Abbas' claim here that Israel is "the land of the three monotheistic religions," a month prior to this speech an Abbas representative denied Judaism's connection to Jerusalem as "myths, claims, and false fables." To read more, click here.
Abbas condemns attack at Jewish school in France that killed 3 children and one teacher 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2012
Headline: "Four killed in attack on Jewish school in France; President [Abbas] condemns the attack and comforts families of the victims"
     "In a letter that President Mahmoud Abbas sent last night to his French counterpart, Nicholas Sarkozy, he condemned the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, in southern France, taking the lives of four children. In his letter, the President emphasized his opposition to violent operations against civilians, and expressed condolences to the families of the victims. Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, said: 'We denounce most stridently all acts of terror, and especially the terror incident which took place today in Toulouse, in France, costing the lives of Jewish children.' He added, 'This is an act of terror by any yardstick, and we are always against terror against innocent civilians.' He emphasized that President Abbas has always condemned these acts of terror, which are against humanity, and added, 'We emphasize to the families of the victims and the French people that we condemn this incident in the strongest terms, and express our condolences to them and to their families.'"
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Abbas addresses UN General Assembly seeking recognition for Palestinian state 
Source: PMW, Sept. 23, 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We profoundly appreciate and value the positions of all States that have supported our struggle and our rights and recognized the State of Palestine following the Declaration of Independence in 1988, as well as the countries that have recently recognized the State of Palestine and those that have upgraded the level of Palestine’s representation in their capitals. I also salute the Secretary-General, who said a few days ago that the Palestinian State should have been established years ago.
Be assured that this support for our people is more valuable to them than you can imagine, for it makes them feel that someone is listening to their narrative and that their tragedy and the horrors of Al-Nakba and the occupation, from which they have so suffered, are not being ignored. And, it reinforces their hope that stems from the belief that justice is possible in this in this world. The loss of hope is the most ferocious enemy of peace and despair is the strongest ally of extremism.
I say: The time has come for my courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other peoples of the earth, free in a sovereign and independent homeland..."
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