PA depicts a world without Israel
The Palestinian Authority makes no attempt to educate its people towards peace and coexistence with Israel. On the contrary, from every possible platform it repeatedly rejects Israel's right to exist, presents the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, depicts the establishment of Israel as an act of imperialism, and perpetuates a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. Israel's destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation.

The following description of Israel's founding in a Palestinian schoolbook represents the dominant dogma about Israel:

"Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine … and established the so-called State of Israel."
[Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104]
 
This official PA map of "Palestine” was broadcast on PA TV in September 2011. The map includes both the PA areas and all of Israel (excluding the Golan Heights) wrapped in the Palestinian flag - a symbol of Palestinian sovereignty over the whole area - and has a key through it, symbolizing ownership. Similar maps presenting all of Israel as "Palestine" appear in Palestinian schoolbooks and are shown regularly on PA TV.
Denying Israel's right to exist
The Palestinian Authority adamantly rejects Israel’s right to exist and rewrites history to deny the 3,000-year-old connection of Jews to the Land Israel. [See "Rewriting History" section.] The essential message of the PA to its people is that Jews have no historical connection to the land, and that the State of Israel was created by the colonial powers for two reasons: to rid their countries of Jews, and to establish a colonial bridgehead in order to control the region. One particularly horrific expression of this ideology appeared in the official PA daily as far back as 1998:

“The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews to, so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour ...[turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews...Zionism was crucial to the defense of the West, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of the Jews.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998]
 
This video of Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, shows how this distortion continues to be expressed:
 
"We must understand why Israel was established … [The Europeans] wanted to get rid of the Jews. … At that same time, energy [oil] was discovered in the Arab region … Then, they solved the [Jewish] problem by exporting [the Jews] to Israel [and at same time] they imposed their hegemony on the region’s natural resources. The [purpose of the] State of Israel is not for the Jews but it is an ongoing [colonial] project, an outpost for Imperialism.” 
[PA TV, May 14, 2008]
Fatah official compares Trump to Balfour, Trump is a “predatory beast,” "the Palestinian people is stronger than any weapon... thanks to... the blood of our righteous Martyrs" in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, broadcast from the Qalandiya refugee camp on the responses to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala

(PA TV reporter):
"What do you think about the ominous Trump announcement?"
Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala: "Someone [Trump] pops up who has no ownership and he gives Jerusalem - the place of Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey - as a gift to one who has no right [Israel]... We will follow the steps of this predatory beast."
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

Fatah youth movement threatens Israeli MP, calls Israel an “imaginary entity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 2017
       “The [PA] national unity government demanded that the relevant and authorized organizations and institutions of the international community – and prime among them the Red Cross – condemn Israeli Parliament Member Oren Hazan and settle accounts with him over his racist behavior and the crime that he committed against mothers and family members of our heroic prisoners (he verbally confronted family members of terrorists; see note below –Ed.)…
The Fatah Shabiba [Movement] in the West Bank said in a statement yesterday [Dec. 26, 2017] in response to extremist Likud Parliament Member Oren Hazan’s attack on a bus of family members of prisoners from Gaza… that the feet of the Palestinian resistance brigades, led by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing), will trample this racist, and that the tongue that insults our prisoners and their families will be cut off. It noted that the actions of this hated racist will have severe consequences…
The Fatah Shabiba [Movement] said in its statement that the one who thinks that crimes like these will pass without a price is deluding himself. It called on this fascist [Hazan] to remember how the soldiers of his imaginary [Zionist] entity cried under the bullets of Thaer Hammad (i.e., terrorist, murdered 10), and noted that all of the options and fronts are open in order [to protect] the honor of our prisoners.”

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PA TV host and magazine editor deny Jewish historical ties to the land of Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 22, 2017
Official PA TV, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Editor-in-Chief of the Siyasat Magazine Atef Abu Saif

Official PA TV host: “Israelis historians are coming out and saying: ‘We have proven, and the attempts have proven after 50 years of searching and research, that there is nothing that indicates a Jewish civilization (sic. , such evidence abounds).’”
Editor-in-Chief of the Siyasat Magazine Atef Abu Saif: “The Jews passed through. Their original name is the Hebrews. They actually- if we want to count how many people have passed through our land and we hosted them, fed them, gave them drink, and said, ‘We will build you a home next to us here,’ then it works out that all of the peoples of the world- and that is the value of Palestine. However, the Zionist racism came to change reality. In other words, if we- after all, the P ersians lived with us (sic., there were no Palestinians during the Persian occupation of the Land of Israel in the 6th-4th century BCE). This is the land of the civilizations... Therefore, it is impossible to say anything bad about the Palestinian people. The entire world wants Palestine, but it is not the right of anyone other than the Palestinian civilians, who are the descendants of this huge river of the civilizations, this great river of heritage and cultural values. They are the only ones who own this land.”

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Op-ed in PA daily invents ancient Arab history in Palestine, denies any Jewish ties to the land of Israel: “If they are here, this is for a Western colonialist goal” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Bakr Abu Bakr, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

       “There is no doubt about the Arabness of Palestine for the last 10,000 years, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas noted in his latest speech in Istanbul. Regarding the Children of Israel, the Arab tribe that became extinct, and its presence here, indeed it is Arab movement (i.e., apparently meaning an Arab nomadic tribe), and the present residents of our land who are affiliated with the Jewish religion have no connection to them. In other words, they (the residents of the [Zionist] entity) [parentheses in source] are affiliated with several nations, and there is no hereditary – DNA – or national connection between them and the Children of Israel that became extinct. On the other hand, we – the Jebusites, Canaanites (members of the Kinana tribe) [parentheses in source], and Arab Palestinians (the Philistines) [parentheses in source], members of the Tayy tribe, and other tribes - were in Palestine even before the Common Era and established civilization and Jerusalem… The groups of people that are affiliated with Judaism today… were never a people at any time in history. Religion does not create a people or race. Palestine belongs solely to the Palestinian Arabs... The scattered members of the nations that are affiliated with Judaism have countries of their own, and if they are here, this is for a Western colonialist goal – the dismantling of the [Arab] nation – and this is pure exploitation of the cover of a religious lie.”

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Fatah official calls to implement same “peaceful and non-violent“ policies towards Israel as towards South Africa, compares Trump to “colonialist“ Balfour 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2017
        “Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub demanded to strengthen the solidarity with our people, by the international community taking decisive steps regarding Israel.
Rajoub emphasized that the time has come for the same policy that succeeded in South Africa to be implemented, and the same peaceful and non-violent methods that the solidarity movements and states throughout the world use should be implemented.
He added that the time has also come to impose sanctions on those who violate the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.
He said this during his participation in the 54th election conference of the ruling party [in South Africa], the African National Congress, on behalf of the PLO and Fatah, and as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ representative… He asked: ‘Who is [US President Donald] Trump to determine the status of Jerusalem [by recognizing it as Israel’s capital]? One hundred years ago a British colonialist [Foreign Secretary] called Arthur James Balfour decided to give Palestine, which was not his land, to a movement that is not affiliated with our land (i.e., the Zionist movement.) We say to them - Jerusalem is not yours. Jerusalem is holy to the three monotheistic religions, and it is occupied land according to international law.’”

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Girl’s antisemitic poem on PA TV: “Why did you bring the Jews to us, who defile Jerusalem and its great mosque?” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 15, 2017

Palestinian girl Hiba, on the Giants of Endurance PA TV program:
"This poem is because of [US President Donald] Trump's decision that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel:
[Former British Foreign Secretary] Balfour, you vile person, what did you do to our people?
Is your conscience quiet?
Go in your grave toward the blazing fire
You are the one that expelled us, do not ask for help
You drank our blood from a goblet, and brought this fate down upon us…
You brought to our people those who orphaned small children
You have turned the best of our people into Martyrs and prisoners
Why did you bring the Jews to us, who defile Jerusalem and its great mosque?"
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PA daily op-ed: “Trump will be Balfour's successor; he has taken [Britain's] place as a colonialist country in order to complete the Zionist enterprise that began with the Balfour [Declaration] 100 years ago”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

      “The most important thing at this historical moment is that the Palestinian and Arab public, and also the friends of Palestine and free people of the world, know that from our perspective, [that of] the Palestinians, [US President] Donald Trump will be [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour's successor; he has taken down Great Britain and taken its place as a colonialist country in order to complete the Zionist enterprise that began with the British Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) 100 years ago…
We must always remember that the biggest losers will be the US and its pawn, the occupation state Israel, because through the crime of blowing up the bridges to peace… they are declaring war on dialogue and negotiations as a means to resolve disputes and establish peace between warring states.”
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PA daily: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is “second version” of the Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: "Jerusalem from the Balfour Promise to the Trump Promise"
      "After 100 years, it seems that there is a second version of the [same] ominous promise [the Balfour Declaration]; 100 years after British General Edmund Allenby took control of Jerusalem, a month after the [100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise in which the British gave the Jews a national home in Palestine, US President [Donald Trump] issues an additional version of this promise."
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Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is second Balfour Declaration, says PA official 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 7, 2017

Official PA TV, program Palestine This Morning, on US President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem, hosting Hanna Issa.

Secretary-General of the PA Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Hanna Issa: "Yesterday was the second Balfour Promise or the Trump Promise, [in] which one who is not the owner gave to one who has no right."
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “second Balfour Promise… given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 7, 2017
Headline: “Ida’is: The American administration has given that which does not belong to it to one who has no right to it”
      “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is said that the American administration’s decision against the holy city [of Jerusalem] constitutes a blatant provocation towards the Arabs and Muslims, and described it as the second Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), which was given by one who has no ownership to one who has no right. He emphasized that Jerusalem is Arab, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic mosque by virtue of a divine decision, and is not subject to any decision such as this or another.”
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Fatah cartoon shows anti-Semitic depiction of a Jew receiving the Balfour Declaration as a check with map of "Palestine" on it 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Dec. 2, 2017

Cartoon posted on Falestinona, the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon

Headline: “‘The Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)’ – The greatest crime known to humanity, and its consequences and effects still exist after 100 years”

Text on check: “1917
To: The Zionist Organization
Amount: The land of Palestine
Signed: Arthur Balfour”

The cartoon shows former British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour shaking hands with an ultra-Orthodox Jew with a big nose and a Star of David on his hat, who is wearing army pants and boots. Balfour is handing the Jew a large check with the British flag on it and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, with the Gaza Strip and West Bank outlined.

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Islamic Jihad: “Palestine in its full historical borders is a right of the Palestinian people that cannot be revoked or partitioned” 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 29, 2017
Headline: "Islamic Jihad on the anniversary of the partition: Palestine in its historical borders is a right that cannot be revoked or partitioned"
      "The Islamic Jihad Movement emphasized that Palestine in its full historical borders is a right of the Palestinian people that cannot be revoked or partitioned (referring to the partition plan for Mandatory Palestine that was adopted by the UN General Assembly on Nov. 29, 1947 –Ed.), and it is a right that no party can abandon or renounce… The movement emphasized that there will be no arrangement with the occupation state or resolution to the Palestinian issue, except through the disappearance of the attacking colonialists and settlers, and the liberation of all of our land from their hands so that those with the right will return to the homeland and their country."

PLO official: No condition requiring recognizing Israel was made for joining the PLO 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Nov. 24, 2017
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: There are no conditions for the [Islamic] Jihad and Hamas joining the PLO”
     “Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and member of the PLO Executive Committee Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf said in an interview with [the Egyptian newspaper] Al-Masry Al-Youm that there are no conditions for the [Islamic] Jihad movement and Hamas joining the PLO, and called on the forces and factions not to shoot down the agreement too quickly…
[Q:] ‘Did the PLO place conditions on Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad joining?’
[Abu Yusuf:] ‘No, no conditions were placed on this section, and there is no discussion about any faction’s recognition of Israel.’”

PA daily op-ed: Israel is an “colonialist investment project,” “Jews control the communications and media as well as the financial arteries of the large companies” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

        “There are those who rush to hold the Palestinian leadership responsible for the occupation state’s policy…
But don’t those same people who rush know… that the occupation state (Israel) [parentheses in source throughout article] is rebelling against international law, and that as a colonialist investment project it still answers the needs of the powers, which are interested in controlling the Middle East region in general and the Arab states in particular, subjugating its peoples, and preventing them from restoring their cultural status…The [Palestinian] leadership’s mission – to unravel the occupation state’s (Israel’s) connection with the powerful countries and states of the world – is not a simple matter, but it is also not impossible…
The mission is not simple because Jews control the communications and media as well as the financial arteries of the large companies, and most importantly: the European states are careful to leave the Jewish problem in the Middle East and prevent its return to its countries of origin (Europe).”

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Abbas: “The Palestinian people – which began its legitimate struggle 100 years ago, ever since the Balfour [Declaration] – will continue the struggle… and will not concede its rights… prime among them the right of return”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The independent State of Palestine whose capital is Jerusalem will inevitably come”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that the free and independent State of Palestine in the June 4, 1967 borders, whose capital is East Jerusalem, will inevitably come.
On the 28th anniversary of the [Palestinian] declaration of independence, the president... noted that what is required now is for Israel to recognize this state as part of the two-state principle, which the international community espouses: two states that will live in security and peace alongside each other.
The president emphasized that the Palestinian people – which began its legitimate struggle 100 years ago, ever since the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) – will continue the struggle, will not submit, and will not concede its national and legitimate principles and rights, which rest on the decisions of the international institutions, and prime among them the right of return [of the refugees], self-determination, and the establishment of the Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem.”

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PLO official: Jewish historical ties to the land is “a Zionist invention,” Jews are in “Palestine” because “Europe wanted to get rid of them” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 15, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, on the anniversary of the PLO Palestinian declaration of independence, hosting PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat

PLO Executive Committee member Saleh Rafat: "There are deep Palestinian roots in Palestine throughout all of history. It is a Zionist invention that this is the land of the Jewish patriarchs. This is completely incorrect. There were Jews in Palestine... We have Muslims, Christians, and Jews. But all of them were and still are [part of] the Palestinian people... The Khazar Jews were brought and expelled from Europe to Palestine, in order to get rid of them. Germany wanted to get rid of them, [as did] Britain, France, and Italy. All of Europe wanted to get rid of the Jews and expel them so that the West would have a permanent base in the Middle East. Indeed, they established the State of Israel on the land of historical Palestine."
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Gazan official on PA TV: The Balfour Declaration was “part of a colonialist plot to rip apart our Arab nation and uproot Palestine from [its] heart” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
National Action Committee Secretary and senior official of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front in Gaza Mahmoud Al-Zaq: “Palestine was an issue in relation to all the free forces in the world, and it is an issue of struggle. Those who participated in the self-sacrificing activity were not just Arabs, rather there are also people from all around the world who participated [together] with us in the modern Palestinian revolution..."
Official PA TV host: “Mr. Mahmoud, what pushed these people to join the ranks of the Palestinian revolution despite not being Palestinian?" [...]
Mahmoud Al-Zaq: “The free peoples of the world saw the Zionist movement as one who was the facilitator and pawn in the service of the colonialist force in the world. Palestine and the Palestinian people were the victim of this international colonialist plot in the entire region, and Palestine is at the heart of this region, and therefore the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) came as part of a colonialist plot to rip apart our Arab nation and uproot Palestine from the heart of our Arab nation based on a colonialist policy to destroy our Arab nation and assist the theft of the resources of the peoples of our Arab nation.”

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PA PM on behalf of Abbas: “For the last seven decades (i.e., since Israel’s establishment) our people has adhered to its identity and heritage in the face of the occupation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2017
Headline: “Hamdallah in a speech on behalf of the [PA] president: The [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation is an irreversible strategic option”
      “Al-Quds Open University held its sixth scientific conference on popular heritage yesterday [Nov. 8, 2017], titled The Popular Heritage Conference in the Jenin District and the Galilee: Identity and Belonging, and this was under the patronage of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.
As part of his speech on behalf of the president at the conference, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: …‘For the last seven decades (i.e., since the establishment of the modern State of Israel) our people has adhered to its identity and heritage in the face of the occupation, which is strengthening its control of our country, tearing it to shreds, besieging Gaza, attempting to perpetuate its isolation, and striving to isolate Jerusalem from its surroundings.’”

Fatah official: “The idea of a national home for the Jews is a colonialist idea… [Palestinians must] sue Britain as we are talking about a holocaust that has exceeded the Holocaust of the Jewish people in Germany” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 4, 2017
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Abdallah Kmeil: "When we talk about the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), we must also talk- or get into a historical matter. There is the [former British Prime Minister Sir Henry] Campbell-Bannerman document for instance, which is an important document prepared by the former British prime minister, who held a series of meetings with the colonialist states at the time, between 1905 and 1907... They looked at the Arab region and at [the fact] that it should be made ignorant by all means, and should be divided by all means... They must be divided by planting a foreign body in the heart of the Arab homeland... And they talked about Israel or the Jews being the ones who need to be in this region. If so, the idea of a national home for the Jews is a colonialist idea...
[Regarding Britain's celebration of the Balfour Declaration,] I have said that there is no choice but for the Palestinian steps to continue. In other words some of these processions, at least, certainly suing Britain. There is no choice but to sue Britain as we are talking about a holocaust that has exceeded the Holocaust of the Jewish people in Germany. This is a holocaust of the Palestinian people and a holocaust of the Palestinian national rights by making the [Balfour] Promise, and this is a text that ridicules the Palestinian people…"

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Fatah Facebook posts cartoon depicting Balfour giving a “promise” to stereotypical Jew 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 3, 2017

Text and cartoon posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#Balfour100”
Text on cartoon: "The 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)"

The cartoon shows British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour giving a document with "Balfour Promise” written on it to a Jew with a malicious smile and a Star of David on his hat.
Below this, a Palestinian is seen giving a key – symbolizing the return of the Palestinian refugees to “Palestine” – to a small child who is holding a Palestinian flag.

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.