PA and Fatah personalities
Mahmoud Abbas
Abbas Zaki
Yasser Arafat
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Ibrahim Mudayris
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Ahmed Qurei
Salam Fayyad
Issa Karake
Jibril Rajoub
Abbas Zaki
Abbas Zaki is a senior official in Fatah. He is currently a member of the Fatah Central Committee and (since 2009) the Commissioner of Relations with Arab Countries and Relations with China. He was the PLO Ambassador in Lebanon until 2009 [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 10, 2009].
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He remains a close associate of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and has also been chosen on several occasions to deliver speeches in Chairman Abbas’ name.
Abbas and Zaki’s close working relationship is an indicator of Zaki’s seniority in PA government, thereby making his statements and positions on various issues all the more significant. Palestinian Media Watch has documented numerous statements by Abbas Zaki glorifying terror and denying Israel’s right to exist. For instance, Zaki stated in 2011 on Al-Jazeera TV that that the goal is for Israel to be “removed from existence.” He went on to say that “this is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.”

The following section documents relevant statements made by Abbas Zaki:
Fatah official: Soon there will be a confrontation between Israel and the PA: “We will pass from a life of clerks to a life of fighters" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 6, 2016
      “Fatah leadership member [and Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki stated… that there are stages and changes [taking place] in the PA in preparation for the next stage that will transpire in the Palestinian arena, and noted that Israel and the [Palestinian] leadership will be [in confrontation] in the field , and every period has its own philosophy, and we will pass from a life of clerks to a life of fighters. He emphasized that the top interest of the Palestinian cause requires the implementation of significant changes and going from deceptive peace to conflict, in light of the continuation of the Israeli occupation’s crimes and daily summary executions against the Palestinian people.”

PA denies Abbas Zaki represents the PA, wants Iran to transfer money to terrorists’ families only through the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2016
Headline: “The presidency: Iran’s special ways constitute blatant interference in internal Palestinian and Arab matters”
    “A press release from the president’s [Abbas’] office yesterday evening [Feb. 27, 2016] stated that [Fatah Central Committee member] Abbas Zaki represents only himself, and does not represent the PLO or the PA in anything related to his statements regarding Iran’s support of Martyrs’(Shahids) families.
In response to what Deputy Chairman of the Iranian Parliament Hussein Sheikh Al-Islam said… when he revealed that Tehran will transfer the funds in its special ways, official spokesman for the president’s office [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nabil Abu Rudeina stated that it would be more effective if Iran transferred the funds in an official manner to the institute of Martyrs and prisoners (this possibly refers to a PLO institution that deals with Martyrs and wounded –Ed.) which fulfills its duties to Palestine’s heroes and their families, instead of turning to underhanded ways and illegal means. The official spokesman said that the statements of the Iranian official are unacceptable, and they constitute not only disregard of the legitimate Palestinian government, but also a violation of all laws, including international laws, which regulate relations between states. Likewise, he noted that it is considered unacceptable interference in Palestinian and Arab internal affairs. He also said that these statements (i.e., of the Iranian official) do not serve the Palestinian struggle against the occupation and the struggle to protect Jerusalem and the holy sites.”

Fatah official: Iran plans to give money to families of terrorists, with Fatah’s approval 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 27, 2016
Headline: “The Palestinian President’s Office: Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki represents only himself” [in his statements about Fatah support for Iran’s aid to Martyrs’ families]
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized today, Saturday [Feb. 27, 2016], that his movement welcomes the financial aid that the Islamic Republic of Iran will provide to the families of Martyrs (Shahids) that have fallen in the Jerusalem Intifada (i.e., reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, which started in September/October 2015)
Zaki stated to the media: ‘They (Iran) [parentheses in source] notified us during our last visit to Tehran that they have undertaken to guarantee the families of the Martyrs of the Jerusalem Intifada and to rehabilitate the homes that Israel demolished.’ He noted that during the visit it was agreed that the mechanism for distributing the funds would be determined in the future.
He also said that afterwards, the Iranian leadership met with all of the Palestinian factions in Lebanon (the Democratic Front, the Popular Front, the Popular Front – General Command, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad) [parentheses in source], and noted that Fatah was not present at that meeting. He added: ‘We were surprised that the mechanism was determined together with the factions without our knowledge… We were not informed about the mechanism and we did not participate in the meeting in Beirut, in which the mechanism for distributing the funds to the [families of] the Martyrs was determined.”

Fatah official: “There is a new field strategy in Palestine” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2016
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that President Mahmoud Abbas insists on notifying Israel that hehas no obligation towards it, as long as it [Israel] does not honor the signed agreements. Zaki stated yesterday [Feb. 12, 2016] in an interview with Al-Mayadeen [Lebanese TV] that there are two cases in the hands of the Palestinian leadership – the application to the [UN] Security Council regarding settlement and a claim against the occupation in the International Criminal Court. Likewise, he added that there is a new field strategy in Palestine, and we in the Fatah movement hope for a national awakening and national coalescence, and thatevery plan for escalation will be carried out in coordination with all Palestinian factions."

Senior Fatah official visits Iran to stengthen Palestinian-Iranian ties 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2016
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: The Palestinian is the fire fighter of the region’s wars”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki stated yesterday in an interview with Al-Mayadeen (Lebanese TV station): ‘...We are in Tehran today [Feb. 12, 2016] in order to congratulate them [the Iranians] on the [1979 Islamic] revolution. This anniversary has significance for us Palestinians, as it influenced life in Iran and the entire region, and created changes which still exist in the consciousness and in politics. Iran is treating the Palestinian cause as an internal [Iranian] cause, and this cause lives in the souls of the Iranians and is important to them. Therefore, we need to update them about it, especially since Iran is a key player in the Middle East.’ Zaki expressed hope that it will not be Arabs who create obstacles between the Iranians and the Palestinian cause, and said: ‘We are the firefighters in the case of conflicts here or there. We are the cradle of the prophets, and it is wrong to distinguish between Sunni, Shiite, Christian, or Muslim, and only those who hold grudges turn to these damaged goods (i.e., discrimination).
We as Palestinians must prevent bloodshed, and Iran should be available for its primary mission, which is Palestine’... Likewise, he said that it is in Palestinian interest that Iran be a strong state, and we demand of our partners to maintain good neighborly relations with it.”
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Senior Fatah official participates in Iranian revolution celebrations at Iranian embassy 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Feb. 10, 2016
     “[Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki participates in celebrations for the 37th anniversary of the Iranian revolution at the Iranian embassy in Amman.”
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Fatah official: Israel has “the highest level of global terror” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 26, 2016
Headline: “Zaki: The Israeli occupation is the highest and most criminal level of global terror”
      “Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki said that the anti-terror coalitions arising in our region need to understand that the Israeli occupation is the highest level of global terror.’”

Fatah official to Moroccan official: Middle East turmoil meant to destroy Arab countries so the “Zionist entity” will remain the supreme power in the region 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 21, 2016
Headline: "The US is no longer the only player in international politics"
     "Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki met today [Jan. 20, 2016], Wednesday, with Mustapha Bakkoury, chairman of the Moroccan Authenticity and Modernity Party… Zaki noted that the wars, clashes, and sectarian conflicts rocking a number of Arab countries, under different names, are intended to tear apart the Arab homeland and create a new Sykes-Picot that will divide what is already divided, dismantle and crumble the Arab peoples, collapse their countries, and destroy their economic, human, scientific, and military power. This is so that the Zionist entity will remain the supreme and hegemonic military and scientific power in the region."

Sykes-Picot Agreement – A secret agreement between Britain and France negotiated by French diplomat François Georges-Picot and Briton Sir Mark Sykes and concluded in May 1916. The agreement had Russia’s approval and specified Britain’s and France’s proposed spheres of influence and control in the Middle East if the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I.
The plan was revealed in 1917 in the Russian press, and subsequently in the British press, angering the Arabs as it contradicted promises of independence made to them - on the condition they helped fight against and bring down the Ottoman Empire. The plan caused lasting distrust on the part of the Arabs in relation to Western countries.

Al-Quds University graduating law class named after murderer of 2, in presence of Fatah official and Palestinian Attorney-General 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Jan. 17, 2016


Photos and text posted on Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki on Jan. 17, 2016

Posted text: "In the presence of Martyr Hassan Albo, the Al-Quds University graduated a new class of graduates of the faculty of law – the class of Martyrs (Shahids) Muhannad Halabi and Hassan Albo, Martyrs of the Al-Aqsa Intifada. In addition, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Attorney General Abd Al-Ghani Al-Aweewi, and university representative Rafiq Abu Ayyash were present."

Hassan Albo – 23-year-old Palestinian killed in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in Halhoul, near Hebron, on Nov. 13, 2015. Palestinian sources say he was killed by Israeli gunfire. The Israeli army is investigating the incident.

Muhannad Halabi - 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who killed 2 Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injured Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post to his private Facebook page, the terrorist referred to recent terror attacks as part of a "third Intifada,” and said that it was a response to Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Palestinian people would not “succumb to humiliation.” This is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA's portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as "an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."


Fatah official about "American infernal plot": The US created ISIS to make an Islamic state as pretext to create a Jewish state  
Source: Al-Mashriq (independent Iraqi newspaper), Jan. 10, 2016
Headline: "Palestinian leader Zaki to Al-Mashriq: The essence of the American plan in the region - an ISIS state against the Jewish state! Israel takes [Hezbollah leader] Hassan Nasrallah very seriously, and the Palestinians have not used Iran's support"
     "PLO leadership member [Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China] Abbas Zaki linked the establishment of an Islamic state under the auspices of ISIS with the establishment of the Jewish state on the land of Palestine. He described the plan to establish these two states as the revival and realization of the American concept for the region.  The Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China [Abbas Zaki] stated in an interview with Al-Mashriq: 'The American plot began by targeting the heart of the Arab nation, by destroying Iraq and Syria, and weakening Egypt.' He clarified: 'The strong Arab states did not receive support that would enable them to deal with Israel and stop its spread on Arab land.' Abbas Zaki stated: 'ISIS is an American product, necessary for the establishment of an Islamic state in order to justify the existence of a Jewish state, in which there is no place for Palestinians.' He explained: 'The dismantling of Arab societies by taking advantage of the sectarian factor is part of the infernal plot to dismantle the Arab nation (ummah), split it, and kill its spirit of solidarity.'
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Fatah dedicates "Martyr's Monument" shaped like map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Shasha, independent Palestinian news website, Jan. 8, 2016

Headline: “Surif dedicated the Martyr’s Monument”
     “Fatah’s Surif organizational branch and the Surif Municipality held a national ceremony for the dedication of the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) Monument in the center of the village, with the participation of institutions, figures, and residents of the village, and with the presence of Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki and the secretaries of the district’s branches.”

The article includes a picture of the Martyr’s Monument, which is in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and features the colors of the Palestinian flag.

Fatah leader praises young Palestinians for heeding PA call: “They succeeded in making Israel worry, with rocks and knives” 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Jan. 4, 2016


Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki:
“From where did the reaction come when [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas and the political leadership announced that we cannot take it any longer, in other words, that we will not agree to a PA without authority and an occupation without cost [to Israel]? Who took action? The young from the Oslo generation who are in the prime of their youth did, [those] whom Allah chose and loved. They chose the path of Martyrdom (Shahada). Yes, they marched of their own will on the illuminated path to Paradise. They succeeded in making Israel worry, with rocks and knives, and in imposing a curfew on several parts of our occupied land, the so-called State of Israel.”
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Fatah official at terrorist’s funeral: For Palestine’s sake we “accompany to their wedding the righteous Martyrs, who pave the way of freedom and independence with their pure blood”  
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Jan. 1, 2016
Photos and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki
Posted text: “Because Palestine is the earthly gate to Heaven and the cradle of monotheistic religions, for its sake we accompany to their wedding (i.e., Martyr's funeral is considered wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam) the righteous Martyrs (Shahids), who pave the way of freedom and independence with their pure blood
May Allah have mercy on the Martyrs of Palestine”


Picture shows Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki giving a speech at the funeral ceremony in honor of terrorist Muhammad Al-Shubaki who stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier.

Text on poster:
“The popular services committee at the Al-Fawwar refugee camp
Funeral ceremony of the heroic Martyr
The homeland’s wild animal
Muhammad Ismail Al-Shubamki
We will return, whether the invaders like it or not”

Muhammad Al-Shubaki – Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier at the entrance to the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, next to Kiryat Arba, on Nov. 25, 2015. Al-Shubaki was wounded and treated in an Israeli hospital, where he later died of his wounds.

Fatah official: The “Intifada will soon become a civil rebellion”  
Source: Al-Quds, Dec. 31, 2015
Headline: “2016 will be the closing of the page of relying on talks and negotiations and the beginning of self-fulfillment in the field”
     “Fatah Central Committee Member [and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China] Abbas Zaki told… the Al-Quds [newspaper]: ‘On the occasion of this event (i.e., the celebrations of the anniversary of the launch of Fatah), we ask Allah, first, to have mercy on the Martyrs’ (Shahids) souls, and we recall the heroic acts, the first prisoner, the first Martyr, and the large number of Israeli fatalities in the Hijazi operation (Mahmoud Hijazi attempted to blow up Israel’s National Water Carrier in 1965. In contrast to Zaki’s statement, Israel did not suffer any casualties –Ed.)… The Fatah Central Committee member added: ‘Despite the deceptive peace process, the [Israeli] prisons are filled with Fatah members, and the graves are also overflowing with them.’ In addition, he emphasized that history will bear witness that most young people who walked the path of light to Heaven are Fatah members, [who have done it] without being instructed to do so by the leadership. He stated: ‘We now concur that the Intifada will soon become a civil rebellion, and that we should regulate our internal situation and restore the appreciation and veneration of the PLO which almost disappeared in the absence of its departments and plans.”

Intilaqa – "The Launch" – the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison but  was released in 1971 and returned to Lebanon in an exchange deal with Fatah for Shmuel Rozenvasser, an Israeli citizen who was abducted by Fatah terrorists in 1970.

Exhibit sponsored by Bethlehem municipality honored 52 murderers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 31, 2015

Headline: “We will open an exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the prisoners sentenced to life”
     “Yesterday [Dec. 30, 2015] was the unveiling of the exhibit in Bethlehem in honor of the district’s 52 prisoners sentenced to life, sponsored and supervised by the Bethlehem municipality and the union of released prisoners. Present at the event were Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, Governor of Bethlehem district Jabrin Al-Bakri, Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun, and [Greek-Orthodox] Archbishop [of Sebastia] Atallah Hanna… The speakers emphasized in their speeches that this exhibit is a salute of loyalty and commitment to the prisoners serving time in the occupation’s prisons.”
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Fatah official: Fatah, not Hamas, is leading the “mass uprising,” i.e., terror wave  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2015
Headline: “Zaki: Hamas actions are proof that it is not a part of the Palestinian identity”
     “Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki said that the actions taken by Hamas in the Gaza Strip shortly before the rally to mark the 51st anniversary of the Palestinian revolution are additional proof that it is not a part of the Palestinian identity. Zaki said yesterday in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The harassment and arrests being carried out by Hamas in an attempt to cause the rally marking the launch [of Fatah] (Intilaqa) to fail is a great loss for it [Hamas]. It proves that it is not a part of the Palestinian identity.’ He emphasized that the Fatah movement draws its strength from its people, and noted that its fingerprints are clearly evident in the popular Palestinian uprising, whose goal is to protect the inalienable national rights and obtain freedom and independence. Zaki added that ‘Hamas needs to understand that Fatah is carrying the flag of victory, through the national measures [it takes], and that the fact that it is currently leading the mass uprising is the best proof of this.’”

Intilaqa - “The launch” of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier –Ed.

Fatah leader: Allah loves young Palestinians who stab Israelis. It is “peaceful resistance” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 29, 2015


Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki:
“This is a year of challenge. We must challenge [the occupation] without fear... or by the sacrifices being made now by our young people, with rocks and knives, through which Palestinians have once again imposed a new parameter in the equation of the struggle… We are now witnessing a phenomenon called peaceful popular resistance. How? These young people, youth, believed in Allah and Allah loved them and took them to Him, but their funerals are greater than those of the leaders and the sympathy for them is great.”
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Collection of items honoring Samir Kuntar, "heroic" murderer of 4  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2015
Samir Kuntar was a Lebanese terrorist who in 1969 infiltrated Israel and murdered four Israelis. Kuntar murdered his youngest victim, four-year-old Einat Haran, by repeatedly smashing her head with his rifle butt. After being released from Israeli prison in 2006, Kuntar joined Hezbollah and was planning terror attacks against Israel when he was killed in an explosion in Syria on Dec. 19, 2015. He was glorified by various PA and Fatah and media outlets as "heroic", a "Martyr" (Shahid), and a "great fighter." 
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Fatah official: “The current Jerusalem Intifada… is an undirected intifada, arising as a result of the inability to coexist with the Zionist occupation” 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Dec. 16, 2015
      "Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki said that Jordan is considered the present refuge for all oppressed, and emphasized that Jordan's stability is a real strength for Palestine.
During the mass rally in the [Jordanian town] Zarka at the compound for professional unions, organized two nights ago [Dec. 14, 2015] by the popular committee for the support of the popular uprising [in Palestine], to mark the anniversary of the Palestinian Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993), he added that the current Jerusalem Intifada is the fruit of the renewed willpower in Palestine, and is an undirected intifada, arising as a result of the inability to coexist with the Zionist occupation… He noted that the Zionist entity carries out organized terror against the Palestinian people, as they are assembling Zionist organizations, like the Zionist Irgun and Haganah (i.e., Jewish defense forces in the pre-state period) gangs, which carry out terror and intimidate. He stated that the right of return of the Palestinian people who was exiled from its land will be guaranteed if Jerusalem is returned, and added that the liberation of Jerusalem can blow up the current Zionist strategy, which is based on the effort to build the alleged Temple in place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Fatah official praises Russia for going against US activities, which were to destabilize countries in region for Israel’s purposes  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 1, 2015
Headline: “Zaki met with the Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine”
     “Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki met with the Russian Ambassador to the State of Palestine today, Tuesday [Dec. 1, 2015] morning … Zaki noted that the conduct of the extremist Israeli government, run by rabbis who permit killing Arabs and reoccupying the West Bank, has severe implications, which could ignite conflict and instability in the region. Zaki praised Russia’s activity in the region, [as Russia] already has understood the scope and consequences of the American ‘creative anarchy’, which was a destructive earthquake for the capabilities of the countries and peoples of the region, and harmed the sovereignty of these countries in order to guarantee Israel’s security and superiority, which could lead to the intensification of the existing occupation, the expansion of the settlements, and the materialization of the dream of the greater State of Israel.”

“Creative Anarchy” or “constructive anarchy” are terms coined by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2006 to describe the initial stage in the political reconstruction of former dictatorships as part of the Anglo-American roadmap for a “New Middle East.”