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Palestinian institutions condemn participation in joint Palestinian-Israeli arts festival in Jerusalem 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Sept. 7, 2017
Headline: "Palestinian calls to boycott the Mekudeshet normalization festival in Jerusalem"
     "While preparations are being made for the opening of the Mekudeshet [Art] Festival in occupied Jerusalem this evening, Thursday [Sept. 7, 2017], the voices demanding to boycott the festival because it is considered normalization are growing stronger.
The [Palestinian] Artists' Union: Whoever is proven to have participated will be expelled
The General Union of Palestinian Expressionist Artists has demanded that all artists not participate in the festival as it is a normalization festival that serves the Israeli agendas.
Secretary of the Artists' Union Musa Al-Hafez said to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Wattan that ‘The union rejects the participation of any Palestinian artist in the rally, and it will distance any artist who is proven to have participated in any ceremony or festival whose goal is to create normalization with the occupation.'"

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Palestinians express anger over Sudanese official’s statements supporting bilateral ties with Israel as “harmful”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 24, 2017
Headline: “Palestinian anger over the statements of the Sudanese minister of ‘normalization’”
    “The Palestinian factions condemned the harmful statements of Sudanese Minister of Investment Mubarak Al-Mahdi against the Palestinian people today, Thursday [Aug. 24, 2017].
Al-Mahdi supported establishing ties between his country and Israel, and normalizing the bilateral ties between them, during an interview with a Sudanese satellite [TV] station. He explained that he does not see any obstacle to having normalization with Israel, and claimed that ‘ The Palestinians have sold their lands and scorn the Sudanese in the Gulf states.’
He also claimed that ‘The Palestinian cause has held the Arab world back greatly,’ and that ‘Some of the Arab regimes have used it as an excuse and trafficked in it.’”

In an interview with Sudania 24 TV on Aug. 20, 2017, Sudanese Minister of Investment Mubarak Al-Mahdi said: “There is no problem normalizing relations with Israel; the Palestinians normalized relations with Israel, even Hamas is talking to Israel. The Palestinians receive tax money from Israel and electricity from Israel. The Palestinians sit with Israel and talk to Israel. They have disputes but they sit with them.” He also stated that: “The Arab countries trafficked in the Palestinian issue for domestic purposes The Palestinian issue has held back the Arab world and Arab regimes are taking advantage of it to oppress their own peoples in the name of the struggle for Palestine.” [Haaretz, Aug. 22, 2017]
Palestinian boxer forced to forfeit rather than compete with Israeli, by order of Palestinian Olympic Committee 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 17, 2017

Official PA TV host 1 of Palestine This Morning:
"Let's talk about Sultan Abu Al-Haj, a Palestinian boxer who refused to compete with an Israeli boxer and lost a bronze medal."
Host 2: "Sultan, why did you make this decision? You lost a medal!"
Palestinian boxer Sultan Abu Al-Haj: "I didn't make the decision. My trainers and the [Palestinian] Olympic Committee made the decision, and as a competitor I cannot oppose them... The decision was reached that it is forbidden to compete with [Israelis], because it's beneath our dignity to compete with them and recognize them as (sic) the State of Israel."
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Palestinian boxer Sultan Abu Al-Haj was ordered by the Palestinian Olympic Committee to forfeit his match against Israeli Druze boxer Amit Madah on Aug. 8, 2017 in the under 54 kg division at the Youth Muay Thai World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. This was the first time that the Palestinian Authority sent an athlete to compete in this tournament.
Abbas’ deputy says “resistance in all forms” is a “legal right,” – “all forms” includes the use of violence 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 1, 2017
Headline: "Al-Aloul: There is a gap between Fatah and the people, the relations with the occupation must be cut off, and my being chosen as [Fatah] Deputy Chairman is not ‘temporary’"

"[Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who was recently chosen as deputy to Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas denied that this is an honorary position or a temporary position (i.e., the position was said to be for one year only).
Al-Aloul verified in an interview with the London newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that there are 'gaps between the movement and the Palestinian street.'

The transcript of the interview:

[Q:] You said that the world is waiting to understand [US President Donald] Trump, but can the Palestinians wait any more after 20 years of negotiations? Isn't it necessary to go in a different direction?
[Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul:] Negotiations are necessary in every conflict, here or anywhere else in the world. There is a conflict with this occupation, and this is a bitter conflict that has lasted for years. When we felt the negotiations were absurd, we stopped them. We will manage this conflict in all of its forms.
[Q:] However, you stopped the negotiations without any alternatives. There are those who are calling the resistance the alternative.
[Al-Aloul:] The resistance is legal, and the main points of Fatah's political statement say that the resistance, in all of its forms (i.e., term used by Palestinians to refer to means that included violence), is a legal right. However, each stage has an appropriate form. At this stage, the appropriate form is popular resistance (i.e., Palestinian leaders have used this term to refer to violence -Ed). We see this and are using it.
[Q:] Do you see that popular resistance exists?
[Al-Aloul:] There is present, impre
Fatah official: “To this moment, Fatah does not recognize Israel”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 26, 2017

Official PA TV program
Topic of the Day, hosting Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy Muhammad Shtayyeh

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy Muhammad Shtayyeh: "The Fatah Movement never demanded that Hamas recognize Israel. To this moment, Fatah does not recognize Israel. The topic of recognition of Israel has not been raised in any of Fatah’s conferences."
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PLO official recommends “resistance and intifada as means to achieve the national goals” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 12, 2017
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: The arrangement with the Israeli occupation has reached a dead end”

“Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf emphasized that the arrangement with the Israeli occupation has reached a dead end after the failure of the negotiations and everything concerning the peace option, and it has become clear to all that there is a crisis that requires a reexamination of this strategy that has been proven to be a failure…
He noted that what we need is to end the [Fatah-Hamas] rift, strengthen the national unity, defend the national project, revive the PLO, strive to assemble a wider front on the pan-Arab level to deal with the projects that strive against our people’s rights, and adhere to the option of resistance and intifada as means to achieve the national goals of our people for freedom, independence, and return.”
PA Parliamentarian: US embassy move "threatens every possibility of peace in the region," Palestinians "will not sit idly by" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Mar. 5, 2017
Headline: “Barghouti condemned the visit by a delegation from the American Congress in order to examine transferring the American embassy”
     “[PA Parliament member and] Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative Movement Dr. Mustafa Barghouti condemned the fact that a delegation from the American Congress visited Israel in order to examine the possibility of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem.
Barghouti emphasized that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is unacceptable from a Palestinian, Arab, and international perspective, and constitutes a violation of international law and the UN resolutions regarding the Palestinian issue.
Barghouti said that transferring the embassy threatens every possibility of peace in the region, and that the Palestinian people will not sit by idly faced with the dangerous threat that is befalling Jerusalem and its religious, Arab, and Palestinian status.”
PA Parliamentarian proud that Israel canceled her VIP permit: “If my enemy loves me, I must change my strategy" 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Mar. 2, 2017
Headline: “Na’ima Al-Sheikh: I am full of pride after the occupation cancelled the permit allowing me to go to the West Bank”
     “PA Parliament (Legislative Council) member Na’ima Al-Sheikh (who resides in the Gaza Strip –Ed.) expressed her pride after the Israeli occupation authorities canceled the permits allowing her to go to the West Bank.
The Parliament member said in a statement on her personal Facebook page: ‘I am full of pride after the occupation authorities canceled the permit allowing me to go to the Palestinian West Bank.’ …
She noted that this strengthened her stand on her principles, and proves that she is on the right path.
She completed her post by saying: ‘Wise people have said: “If my enemy loves me, I must change my strategy.” And if someone in the Muqata’a (i.e., the PA’s presidential headquarters) gets angry, and this causes the Israeli security forces to be angry, then praise Allah who allowed me to make him (i.e., someone in the Muqata’a) angry.’
Knowledgeable sources reported today, Thursday [March 2, 2017], that the occupation authorities have forbidden the issuing of VIP permits to members of the Fatah parliamentary faction by the Israeli occupation, including Najeh Abu Bakr, Nasser Jum’a, Abd Al-Hamid Al-Aileh, Majed Abu Shamaleh, Na’ima Al-Sheikh Ali, Yahya Shamia, Raja’i Barakeh and others.”
PA Ministry of Education opposes "any sort of activities of normalization" with Israel in schools  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education warns against dragging the schools into activities of normalization”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education has called on all of the schools to exercise utmost caution towards all of the activities of normalization with the occupation…
It emphasized that any activity of this sort negatively influences the schools.
In a statement yesterday [Feb. 25, 2017] the ministry emphasized its position that opposes all forms of normalization, and its absolute decision that its schools and educational institutions will not be involved in any sort of activities of normalization with the occupation.
The ministry emphasized to all of the members of the Palestinian people the occupation’s violations, its arrogance, and its wild attack on education, which is expressed by murder, the arrest of students and teachers, and the destruction of educational institutions and their closure.”
Abbas’ deputy says PA plans to “confront the occupation” in addition to use of diplomatic means, “Under no circumstances can we adhere to agreements with Israel” 
Source: Raya, independent Palestinian news network, Feb. 22, 2017
"A few days after his appointment as deputy chairman of the Fatah Movement, it appears that Mahmoud Al-Aloul is more diplomatic when discussing the complicated topics that [the independent Palestinian news network] Raya brought up in an interview with him, beginning with his appointment as deputy chairman of Fatah, including the political changes that are shaking the region, and concluding with plans for a regional solution, the discussions of which the PA will not be included in…
[Al-Aloul said] that the position of the new American administration will be difficult for the Palestinian leadership, and noted that recently there is no choice but ‘to resist the Israeli violations.'
He said: 'We have entreated our [Arab] brothers who have largely washed their hands of us due to reasons related to them or the illusion the Americans created for them that they constitute a target for Iran and that the US and Israel can protect them.' He added: 'Some of them fell for these illusions, and gave priority to other causes.'
He revealed the fact of the existence of a 'plan' that the leadership will explain in the coming days, which relates to 'widespread political activity, which will be expressed by turning to the UN organizations and the [UN] Security Council and setting in motion the suits at the International Criminal Court against the settlements and the expected steps by the American administration,' in addition to activity on the ground whose goal is to confront the occupation.
Regarding [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas'] allusion to stopping the security coordination [with Israel] in light of the Israeli decisions, and the possibility of taking active steps and not just making threats like many times in the past, Al-Aloul said that they are moving in the direction of 'changing the entire equation in the relations with the occupation.'

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PA official: Conflict with Israel is a “confrontation with colonialism” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: “Al-Qidwa: A cancellation of the two-state solution is a cancellation of the political solution, and in this case confrontation will be the replacement”

“[PA] Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideological Mobilization Nasser Al-Qidwa said yesterday [Feb. 16, 2017] that ‘A cancellation of the two-state solution is a cancellation of the political solution, and if the diplomatic solution is eliminated then confrontation will be the replacement.’
These statements were made during a press conference held by Al-Qidwa in Ramallah with the media outlets, after he was elected to the position of Fatah Movement Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideological Mobilization…
He also emphasized that it is necessary to stand against the Israeli steps regarding settlement. He said that this is the central mission for which the people must be mobilized and for which it is necessary to press for a ban on working in the settlements or buying the settlement products, as part of all of the legal efforts that guarantee a serious confrontation with colonialism.”
"We must establish a culture of hate. A culture that says: ‘They are enemies, they are settlers,” says University professor from Gaza on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 11, 2017
Official PA TV program Inside, on the Regularization Law, hosting political science lecturer Ibrahim Abrash of Al-Azhar University in Gaza

Al-Azhar University political science lecturer Ibrahim Abrash: "We must establish a culture of hate. A culture that says: ‘They are enemies, they are settlers.’ It is forbidden to engage in a discourse of peace. We want peace, but if the one who opposite you does not want peace and does not want an agreement, you cannot throw flowers at him while he throws rocks at you and takes your land. We must strengthen [this culture] and make them feel that they are not wanted on this land."

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Fatah official: If the US embassy is moved, the PA will revoke its recognition of Israel, escalate “the peaceful popular resistance”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2017
"Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said… regarding the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Al-Ahmad said: 'The Palestinian leadership has 19 clauses for dealing with any political step that the US and Israel are liable to take.'
He revealed that the first of these steps is revoking the recognition of the State of Israel and demanding that it recognize the State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem, so that a state will recognize a state rather than an organization recognizing a state, alongside the strengthening of the internal Palestinian situation, and the escalation of the peaceful popular resistance (i.e., including violence)‎."

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising" are ‎often used by PA leaders to refer to events that include violence and deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See ‎Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which included numerous stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded: http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=16437
PLO official: We will never recognize a Jewish State 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 25, 2017
Headline: "Rafat: We will not agree to any Israeli soldier remaining on our land"
     "PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat emphasized that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, the pillars of his government, and all those who stand by its side or support it know well that there will never be a Palestinian that agrees or can agree to renounce even one of the Palestinian rights that have been anchored in the agreements and decisions of international bodies…
He continued: 'Our recognition of Israel as part of the ‘Oslo’ declaration of principles agreement (i.e., 1993 Oslo Accords) does not mean in any way that we have recognized what is called the "Jewish state," and that recognition will never take place, just as no Palestinian will agree to even one Israeli soldier remaining in the territories of the Palestinian state.'"
Fatah official: "The PA has many and unlimited options for coming out against [moving the US embassy]," including "cancelling the recognition of Israel" 
Source: Palestine Today, independent Palestinian news agency (Gaza), Jan. 24, 2017
Headline: “Zaki: The options that the PA will turn to if the American embassy is transferred”
     “Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki emphasized today, Tuesday [Jan. 24, 2017], that if the American embassy is transferred to Jerusalem, the PA has many and unlimited options for coming out against this step.
Zaki said in radio statements and in exclusive statements that the options the PA can turn to if the embassy is transferred are an escalation on the ground, stopping the relations in their entirety, cancelling the recognition of Israel, and taking international steps to isolate it vis-à-vis the world, in addition to a request to international organizations that the US has no control over such as [it has over] the UN, where it has always used the right to veto to cancel resolutions condemning ‘Israel.’”
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PLO official: If US transfers embassy, PLO will revoke all agreements and ties with Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 23, 2017
Official PA TV News, telephone interview with Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat
Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: "Transferring the embassy means only one thing: recognition of Israel's decision to annex occupied East Jerusalem. By doing this, the US is saying that the topic of Jerusalem has been resolved, and that Jerusalem - western and eastern – is the capital of the State of Israel. Therefore, the PLO's recognition of Israel cannot continue. The PLO cannot recognize Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel. It is impossible. Therefore, the first step will be revoking the recognition [of Israel]. The second step will of course be revoking the signed agreements, and the decision of the [PLO] Central Council to break off the security and political ties and the negotiations with Israel will be implemented. We will request that Israel be suspended from its membership in the UN General Assembly. We will increase our efforts to receive a judicial ruling from the International Criminal Court to investigate senior Israeli officials regarding the settlements and the aggression against Gaza and the prisoners, in addition to other steps entailed by the transition from the stage of an authority to the stage of a state. In other words, we will have a government that is the PLO Executive Committee, and a Palestinian parliament that is the parliament of the State of Palestine, and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] will also be the president of the State of Palestine, in addition to other steps, such as a call for an Arab and Islamic summit, a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement , and taking the appropriate steps in the Arab and Islamic world against this aggressive position."
Abbas spokesman: Annexing Ma’ale Adumim will "lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2017
Article appearing on the front page of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The proposal to annex Ma’ale Adumim will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable”
     “Official Spokesman for the [PA] Presidency Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘Any Israeli decision regarding annexing the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim will be considered a grave and unacceptable escalation in our eyes.’
Abu Rudeina added: ‘This step will end all connections to any peace process, especially in light of the talk about transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem, and this step will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable.’
He continued: ‘Once again we warn against any steps that contradict the decisions of the international bodies, and particularly the latest [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] that considered the settlement in all of the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, as illegal.’ He noted that if Israel crosses this red line, all of the red lines will go down the drain.”

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Abbas: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem "it will destroy the peace process" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: We adhere to peace, and transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will destroy the peace process"
     "During a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart, [Polish President Andrzej Duda, PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] warned against transferring the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said that this would destroy the peace process, and added: 'We have heard things from American President-elect (Donald) Trump, but as of now we have not officially heard about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.'
He added: 'We want to hear what he says when he enters the White House - but if this step is taken, it will destroy the peace process.’ He added: 'We are not getting ahead of ourselves… it is better that we wait until he enters the White House and we hear from him directly as president of the US. Then there will be a response to every action, and if he decides to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem we will have a political and diplomatic response. We hope that it will not happen.'
The president emphasized his adherence to peace as an option from which there is no return. He noted that this year is likely to be the last opportunity to speak and act for the implementation of the two-state solution."
Fatah spokesman warns "the rage of the world will burn" if US carries out promised embassy move  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "Nazzal: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will arouse the rage of the world"
     "Fatah Spokesman in Europe Jamal Nazzal said that transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem is an illegal and illogical step. He warned that the rage of the world will burn, and that the gates of the conflict will open to the unknown if it is transferred…
He expressed hope that [US President-elect Donald] Trump will act with the necessary level of responsibility, and said: 'If he does not do so, it will fan the flames of the Arab and Muslim world, and will create rifts between him and other international parties.’"
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Fatah official: "Transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 18, 2017
Headline: “Shtayyeh: We, Jordan, and all of the Arabs constitute a united front against the Judaization of Jerusalem”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayyeh said… as he received Jordanian Ambassador to Palestine Khaled Al-Shawabkeh in his office on Wednesday [Jan. 18, 2017]… ‘The possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem means the end of the two-state solution and the end of any future negotiations, and it contradicts the position of successive American administrations.’ He also noted that American presidents before [US President-elect Donald] Trump have declared their intention to transfer the embassy, but they acted wisely and did not carry out their promises. Shtayyeh continued: ‘We want everyone to use all of their political and diplomatic opportunities to prevent the execution of the decision; Jerusalem is one of the issues of the permanent solution, and the [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] considered it a Palestinian city.’”

UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace." Click "full article" for more information.
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