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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: Arab countries don’t support Palestinian fight against Israel because “everyone is afraid, because all the banks are under US supervision, the Zionist experts” 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Nov. 22, 2015
Al-Mayadeen TV program The Latest Edition
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “This current action – the intifada with knives – this new one. The previous [intifadas] began with stones, slingshots, nails and [toy] marbles, and later came Molotov cocktails, knives and other things, gradual actions. This time, the knife came right away. Why? Because these people have lost hope for the future, there is no [political] arrangement. They act in the same way that the enemy acts. They [the Israelis] have started the intifada, not we...  Israel cares about security and money. We have imposed [a reality] on them through the knife, which has caused instability, and therefore [now] there is no security and no money. We have no money, or anything, frankly... They [Arab countries] give [money] because of the jobs (i.e., for the salaries for civil servants) and so that we will enjoy life, but [to give money] so that you will fight against Israel, that is forbidden. Everyone is afraid, because all the banks are under US supervision, the Zionist experts, and all the Arabs’ money is in Manhattan, and the keys to petroleum are in the US. If so, we intend to [fight] with our blood, which is more valuable than money."

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Fatah official: “ISIS and Israel are the same coin” and only way to save the region is to “remove from the body this cancer that is Israel” 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Nov. 22, 2015
Al-Mayadeen TV program The Latest Edition, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “Therefore this step (i.e., an assembly to show support for the intifada) came, following the revival of the Palestinian problem, after all signs of the Oslo accords and betting on false peace had disappeared, and after matters were put in the hands of a strategic ally of Israel, the US. After all, this large country has no strategic alliance in the world except with Israel, the ‘airplane carrier’ in the region, or the most advanced dagger for slaughtering the Arab nation. In the past [Israel] had a role dealing with communism, and it has ended. Today they wish to create a horror named Islam and it will also fail, because ISIS and Israel are the same coin, two sides of one coin being operated by the US. The purpose of ISIS, the Islamic State, is to provide an excuse for the Jewish state’s existence, except for the difference that this one [the Islamic State is doomed] to disappear, and this one [Israel] to remain… I believe the situation cannot be fixed, and the only way to save the region is to remove from the body this cancer that is Israel, which is the reason for all the types of backwardness and destruction… "
 
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Fatah official calls Israeli policy “barbaric, Nazi, fascist” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2015
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: ‘Israel has no idea who it is up against, and we will let the street speak’”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki said that the occupation will not succeed in advancing its aggressive plots in Jerusalem and Hebron, and praised the heroic acts being carried out by the young Palestinians against the Israeli enemy.
Zaki said to the Iranian news agency ‘Fars’: ‘As long as barbaric, Nazi, fascist Israeli steps are being taken, our people will not surrender or wave a white flag, and in the end [we] will defeat the occupier.’"
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Fatah official: Murderers of 4 are “giants and leaders... Whoever succeeded in killing, this is a big thing” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 31, 2015


Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki:
“They [the Martyrs] are giants and leaders who have written the future of the region. These Martyrs of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] have outshined the political leadership and scared Israel... Raed (i.e., terrorist who stabbed one) is not [just] a Martyr from [the town of] Sa’ir, or the Hebron district. Raed is just like Iyad Al-Awawdeh (i.e., terrorist who stabbed one), Alaa Abu Jamal (i.e., terrorist who murdered two), and Muhannad Halabi (i.e., terrorist who murdered two). These are pioneers. Raed is one of the greatest pioneers... I believe that, Allah willing, something will be built and named after him [Raed]. When Palestine is liberated, Allah willing, he will have at least an institution named after him, and a statue [made] of him... Everyone who loves Palestine and wants Israel to be scared, should salute [all] the deceased - whether they were Martyrdom-seekers, or Martyrs. Whoever succeeded in killing, this is a big thing, and whoever succeeded in at least scaring the Israeli pedestrian is also a Martyr.”
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Fatah official says the leadership supports peaceful resistance, no war 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Oct. 18, 2015
Headline: “Zaki: ‘We give free rein to the peaceful wishes of the people as well as the infliction of economic loss to the occupation state that will affect its security’”
     “Fatah Central Committee Member [and Commissioner of Arab Relations] Abbas Zaki stated that the leadership and the official Palestinian echelon are interested in giving free rein to the peaceful wishes of the people, not in war against the occupation state, and emphasized that inflicting economic loss on the occupation state will affect its security.
Zaki stated today [Oct. 18, 2015], Sunday, in an interview with Mawtini Radio: ‘We are a people under attack, and it is our right to defend ourselves, our land and our property.’ He added:
‘We are a people that creates miracles, and the occupation state only reaps disasters from its crimes against our people.’ Zaki stressed that the official Palestinian echelon is interested in giving free reign to the peaceful wishes of the people, not in war or gunfire. Moreover, he emphasized that an economic loss of 5 billion dollars per month for the Israeli occupation state will affect its security, bearing in mind the fact that economy is the main pillar of security.”

Fatah official supports “non-violent” “uprising” because Israel would benefit from Palestinian violence 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: "Abbas Zaki to 'Donia Al-Watan': 'Severing of ties with Israel within a week'
       “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki clarified that the settlers' wild behavior and the current actions require a large effort in order to turn [the uprising] into a greater public uprising, that will be of a non-violent nature and capable of continuity, and announced: 'We fear that the actions will gradually become military and Israel will be the one to benefit.'
Zaki noted that if the confrontations remain as they are now, it will be suicide [for the PA], and noted that a united leadership with organized plans is necessary, which will daily enlist thousands of people and international solidarity activists… 'in order to take a greater part in the destruction of the Israeli economy and the undermining of its stability, so that the whole world will feel the occupation’s racism, and the world needs to bear responsibility. However, if the situation remains as it is, action after action, the world's perception, which favors Israel, will be that it is an issue of terror that can be eliminated.'"

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Syria’s Mufti expresses solidarity with Palestinians for “saving” Al-Aqsa Mosque “from the claws” of Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: ‘Syria’s Mufti: ‘Al-Aqsa is a trust hanging on the neck of the nation’”
     “Mufti of Arab Republic of Syria Ahmed Badr Al-Din Hassoun emphasized that the president of Syria, the government of Syria, and the Syrian people stand alongside the Palestinian people’s struggle against the aggressive Israeli war machine. In a phone conversation he held with Fatah Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki, Mufti Hassoun said that in its opposition and defense of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the Palestinian people protect the holiest site in the world, while waving the flag of glory and honor of the Arab and Islamic nation and free people around the world.
He added that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is a trust placed around the necks of the trustees, Muslims and Christians alike, and that saving it from the claws of the occupation is a Pan-Arab and human duty… Zaki said that its authors have and do stand at the side of the Palestinian people’s struggle, out of a Pan-Arab awareness, which sees Palestine as the most important cause of the Arabs.”

Fatah official: Israel has “instruments of great destruction” and “at this time, armed intifada does not serve our interests” 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: ‘The “faultless” Oslo Accords are over, and our power now lies in our unity’”
     “In order to better understand the expected scenario of what will soon take place in the heated Palestinian arena, in view of the escalating confrontation between the Palestinians and occupation soldiers in dozens of points of conflict, and in order to understand what is now required of the responsible institutions, [Palestinian News Agency] Al-Hadaf spoke with Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki…
Regarding the ‘armed intifada,’ Zaki stated that the events of the second Intifada (i.e., Al-Aqsa Intifada, PA terror campaign 2000-2005) must not be forgotten, ‘for Israel has instruments of killing and great destruction, and at this time an armed intifada does not serve our interests…’
Regarding the historical mistakes of the Palestinians’ conflict with the Zionist enemy, Abbas Zaki stated that the ‘faultless’ Oslo Accords are over, and the misleading peace has stopped fooling the Palestinians."

Fatah official: Stabbings and rock throwing are Palestinian self "defense" 
Source: Anadolu Agency, Turkish news agency, Oct. 9, 2015
Statement by Abbas Zaki, member of Fatah's Central Committee, published on the website of  Fatah's European Information and Culture Commission and on Anadolu Agency, a Turkish news agency, on Oct. 9, 2015      
      "We are defending ourselves today, and will continue to defend ourselves. We are not in favor of escalation. However, the occupation is the one that kills, destroys, and attacks our cities and villages. Of course the defense differs from Palestinian to Palestinian, and there are some among us who defend with a rock, and those who defend with a knife."
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Fatah senior official supports armed struggle but only when “beneficial” and “causes heavy losses to the enemy” 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Oct. 8, 2015
Official PA TV program Inside, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “There are several means and arenas of resistance. Resoluteness is resistance. The economy is resistance. Science is resistance. Diplomacy is resistance. Regarding armed struggle, in which Israel has power and an advantage, with all its arsenal of weapons, I do not say we have to abandon it, but I do say that sometimes we need to use it, when it is beneficial to us and causes heavy losses to the enemy. We cannot begin with it with weapons it is doubtful will last two weeks, and in the end Israel will rule the world, and will claim it won the battle as it won against the Arabs in the past.”

Broadcast on official PA TV on Oct. 7, 2015 and posted on Abbas Zaki's Facebook page on Oct. 8, 2015.

Fatah official praises leadership of Bashar Assad, claims regional wars are in the interest of the US 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 4, 2015
Headline: “Halal Halal praised the Palestinian people’s heroic resolve in Jerusalem”
     “Secretary-General of the [Arab] Socialist Ba'ath Party (i.e., political party founded in Syria) Halal Halal condemned the ‘Zionist rampaging’ and the attempts of extremists, supported by the exploiting occupation forces, to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque… This was stated during a telephone call with Fatah [Central Committee Member and] Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki… Zaki praised the heroic resolve of the mighty Syrian army and people under the leadership of President Bashar Al-Assad, for 5 years against the unjust global forces, while protecting the fortress of resolve and resistance in the Arab World. Likewise, he emphasized that the Palestinian people is zealous for the unity of the Syrian people and land, and that this is the issue that the official Palestinian position debated – finding political solutions for the protection of Syria - the state, its institutions, and the unity of its people, and moving away from wars that wreak havoc and destruction, thus serving the interests of the US and its allies in the region, who are allies of the Zionist enemy.”

Fatah official: Israel far worse than ISIS, “implementing Nazi methods” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Aug. 31, 2015
The following statement was made just after the Duma arson attack, in which two Palestinian houses in the West Bank were attacked and set on fire, killing an 18-month-old baby and his parents (see note below for more information):
      “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki stressed that relations with Israel need to be reexamined, and demanded of the Arab world and the entire world to annul the recognition of it [Israel], isolate it, and put it on trial. Likewise, he emphasized that attacks to destroy ISIS should not be carried out, as it does not commit even part of the terror of an organized country like Israel, but rather these attacks should be carried out to destroy Israel, since its attacks are worse than those of ISIS.
He added in an interview with Dunia Al-Watan: ‘What happened (i.e., the arson attack and murder) is a war crime and eradication [of the Palestinians], which is included in the framework of terror of the organized country. Therefore, the entire world must know and see the crimes committed by Israel, instead of dealing with what is called ISIS and the fundamentalist and religious extremists. It is true that ISIS’ has harmed the world, but the worst kind of terror, according to the legal and true definition, is occupation.’ Zaki stated that Israel commits the worst kind of terror [by continuing] the occupation, and implementing Nazi methods, as the burning of people in their houses at 2.30 a.m. constitutes a serious war crime…"

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Fatah Central Committee member says PA working to "strengthen ties" with Iran 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2015
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki stated to a local radio station that he will ‘head a delegation to Iran,’ as part of the efforts to strengthen ties with it [Iran], and in order to organize President Abbas’ visit. He said that ‘the development of our ties with Iran is an inevitable step if we want to confront the Israeli occupation.’"
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Israel runs a secret organization in the settlements training Jews to harass and kill Palestinians 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 16, 2015
Headline: “Zaki: ‘Secret Jewish organization for murder and intimidation of Palestinians’”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki emphasized that there is a secret Israeli organization in the settlements whose goal is to kill as many Palestinian citizens as possible. He stated in an interview with Radio Mawtiny (the radio station of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission. –Ed.) today [Aug. 16. 2015], Sunday, that ‘the occupation state’s government is in a state of unprecedented turmoil and extremism. It has a powerful secret organization scattered among the settlements, whose members are between 13 and 19 years old, and they divide them and train them to harass Palestinian citizens and kill them.’”

Fatah official Abbas Zaki: Israel wants to “destroy the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and rebuild the [Jewish] Temple” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 31, 2015
Official PA TV live broadcast following the death of baby Ali Dawabsheh from Duma, interview with member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “Israel is turning towards extremism, and thinks that the present is a good opportunity, not only to burn houses and kill peaceful citizens, but also to destroy the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and rebuild the [Jewish] Temple… I call now to cut off all ties with Israel, and to withdraw our recognition of the state of Israel.”

Note: Duma arson attack - On July 31, 2015, two Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Duma were set afire by Molotov cocktails thrown through their windows. 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was killed in this attack, his father, Saad Dawabsheh, died of injuries 8 days later, and his mother, Reham Dawabsheh, died of injuries 5 weeks later. Israeli leaders and citizens from all sectors of society condemned this attack, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that all Israelis were disgusted by the crime, adding, “We will not countenance terrorism of any kind.” He ordered the security forces "to use all means at their disposal to apprehend the murderers and bring them to justice forthwith."
There is suspicion that this was a nationalist attack carried out by Jewish extremists in revenge for Palestinian terror attacks. However, the crime remains unsolved with no named suspects.

Fatah official: Attack and destroy Israel, instead of ISIS, because Israel’s “terror” is worse, implements Nazi tactics 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 31, 2015
Headline: “Zaki to Donia Al-Watan: ‘Relations with Israel need to be reexamined, its attacks are worse than those of ISIS’”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki stressed that relations with Israel need to be reexamined, and demanded of the Arab world and the entire world to annul the recognition of it [Israel], isolate it, and put it on trial. Likewise, he emphasized that attacks to destroy ISIS should not be carried out, as it does not commit even a [small] part of the terror of an organized country like Israel, but rather these attacks should be carried out to destroy Israel, since its attacks are worse than those of ISIS. He added in an interview with Donia Al-Watan: ‘What happened is a war crime and eradication [of the Palestinians], which is included in the framework of terror of an organized state. Therefore, the entire world must know and see the crimes committed by Israel, instead of dealing with what is called ISIS and the fundamentalist and religious extremists. It is true that ISIS’ existence has harmed the world, but the worst kind of terror, according to the legal and true definition, is occupation (i.e., in general).’ Zaki stated that Israel commits the worst kind of terror [by continuing] the occupation, and implements Nazi tactics because burning people in their homes at 2.30 at night is a terrible war crime… Zaki noted that the purpose of the conflict today is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and continued: ‘This is their historic opportunity. The fact that the Arabs are in a religious, ethnic, and tribal conflict, allows them to realize their dream.’”

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Fatah official: Israel is “feverishly” attempting to “Judaize and take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy places of Islam and Christianity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 25, 2015
Headline: “Zaki briefed the [Tunisian] Afek Tounes party Secretary General on the Palestinian developments”
     “Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Arab Relations Abbas Zaki briefed the Afek Tounes Party Secretary General Fawzy Abd Al-Rahman yesterday, Friday [July 24, 2015], about the developments in the Palestinian arena, especially the feverish [Israeli] attempts to Judaize and take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy places of Islam and Christianity.”

Fatah official: Israel intends to have a “main state from the Nile to the Euphrates” 
Source: Al-Asima, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, May 27, 2015
Headline: “The black Nakba (“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) ”
       From an article by Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki
“Anyone who is interested in the liberation of Palestine and strives for a life worthy of the people of sacrifice, must cease the policy of indifference towards the consistent aggressive strategy of the Israelis, which includes the destruction of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], the division of what is already divided and the cooperation with collaborators and cowards in the Middle East under false pretexts. This is in order to exhaust the Arab will power, to destroy the [Arab] nation’s capabilities from the [Atlantic] Ocean to the [Persian] Gulf with the intention of drawing the map of Zionist rule, with its main state from the Nile to the Euphrates, and to turn the Zionist dream into reality.”

Fatah official: Israel’s new government has plan to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Fars, Iranian news agency), May 16, 2015
Headline: “A member of the Fatah leadership: The Palestinian nation has experienced an ongoing Nakba (“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) since 1948.”
      “Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki told a Fars News Agency journalist: ‘The situation is very grave at the moment due to the formation of the new government of the occupation, and we cannot coexist with it anymore. Its members are extremists, and most of them are settlers.’
He warned: ‘Part of the plan of the Israeli settlers’ new government is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, just as if we are standing before the signs of Judgment day!’
Zaki emphasized that ’It is important to strengthen the Palestinian national unity and to prepare our inner house to confront the dangers that threaten the Palestinian cause,’ and called to intensify the resistance."

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NATO and Israel behind unrest in the Arab world “in order to strengthen Israel’s presence” and its “supremacy” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 14, 2015
Headline: “Abbas Zaki clears ambiguity over position regarding Al-Yarmouk”
   “In response to the media frenzy and the contradictory positions and declarations voiced recently by numerous Palestinian officials regarding the aggression of IS and other Takfir factions (i.e., Islamist factions ‎that accuse other people or groups of ‎heresy) against the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki stressed that remaining silent in the face of this crime is treason, ignoring the truth is a plot and the confusion in confronting the [IS] aggression is [an act of] cowardice and desertion, a sinking into the quagmire of history’s farces. [He added that] Fatah is not the one using a defective sword to deal with the aggression against its people’s refugee camps, and not the one exposing the flesh of its banished sons to the swords of the traitors and schemers - the agents of NATO and the ghost brigades of the Mossad and the US Intelligence… Zaki said that every battle that begins with slogans of democracy and legitimacy surely ends with ‘Islamic Stateness,’ which is what has happened in Iraq, Syria and Libya, and that what is happening now in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Sinai will undoubtedly also end with ‘Islamic Stateness.’ That is because the enemies wanted this to be the destiny of our Arab region, within the framework of drawing a new map [for the region], erasing and removing our Palestinian cause from their nations’ agenda, and replacing it with other agendas and priorities. That is because they have decided definitively to divide what was already divided and to change the nation’s map and priorities in order to strengthen Israel’s presence and ensure its supremacy over us.”