Rewriting history
Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel in order to deny Israel's right to exist is central to Palestinian Authority (PA) policy. Long before it started the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005), the PA was fighting a history war – erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian history. This rewriting has two central goals:
1- Erase the Jewish nation's 3,000 year history in the Land of Israel;
2- Invent ancient Palestinian, Muslim and Arab histories in the land.

The goal of this historical revision as a political strategy was first expressed publicly at a conference of Palestinian historians in 1998, when rewriting history was linked to the political goal of denying Israel's right to exist:
"Dr. Yussuf Alzamili [Chairman History Department, Khan Yunis Educational College] called on all universities and colleges to write the history of Palestine and to guard it, and not to enable the [foreign] implants and enemies to distort it or to legitimize the existence of Jews on this land... [History lecturer Abu Amar] clarified that there is no connection between the ancient generation of Jews and the new generation." [Al-Ayyam, Dec. 4, 1998].
 
Erasing Jewish history in the land of Israel is followed by the PA’s invention of ancient and modern histories that support its political ideology and claim to the land of Israel. The Holocaust and other aspects of Jewish history are alternately denied, downplayed or distorted. Another distortion is to hide from Palestinians that Jesus was a Jew who lived in the Land of Judea/Israel. PA leaders repeatedly define Jesus as a Palestinian who preached Islam, thus denying not only Jewish history, but also the history and legitimacy of Christianity.

Citing numerous examples, this section will document that these and other historical revisions are an integral part of Palestinian policy and are used to create political ideology.
Jewish history rewritten
Denial of 3,000 years of Jewish history in the land of Israel is the foundation of all PA political ideology. To accomplish this, the PA systematically distorts both ancient and modern history, ignoring both archeology and historical documentation, and replaces them with an odious fictitious history. The new history demonizes Jews, accusing them of having been evil and destructive throughout history, and thereby triggering non-Jews to justifiably hate, persecute and expel them. This rewriting forms the basis for the Palestinian Authority denial of Israel’s right to exist.
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1- Jewish history in Land of Israel erased
2- Jerusalem's Temple/Jewish history denied


Jewish history in Land of Israel erased
Denial the Jewish history and connection to the Land of Israel has been policy since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.
This video is a recent example of a PA academic, denying the existence of thousands of Hebrew language coins, Hebrew texts and Hebrew Bullas (seals) carrying biblical names that that have been found in the Land of Israel.

Lecturer, Urban Planning, Bir-Zeit University, Dr. Jamal Amar
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"There is a view that where it [the Dome of the Rock] stands was the Holy of Holies of the fictitious Temple – and by the way, that is merely an illusion. There is no remnant of it. It's a myth. A story of no value, like the Arabian Nights, and other legends… Only in Palestine… [after] 60 years of digging, and they've found nothing at all. Not a water jug, not a coin, not any earthen vessel, no bronze weapons, no piece of metal, absolutely nothing of this myth, because it's a myth and a lie. This digging has not left a single meter [unturned], but it has achieved absolutely nothing.” [PATV, June 23, 2009]
Director of Cave of the Patriarchs calls on Palestinians to carry out Ribat there, “because it is an Islamic mosque” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2017
Headline: “12,000 worshippers prayed at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
    “Director of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) Sheikh Hafzi Abu Sneineh, …called on everyone to visit the Ibrahimi Mosque, to carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) there, not to abandon it, and to pray there, because it is an Islamic mosque that belongs to the Muslims, and no party but the Muslims has a right to intervene in its affairs.”

Hebron Directorate of Religion: Cave of the Patriarchs “will remain an Islamic site despite all of the occupation’s attempts to change it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2017
Headline: “The Directorate of Religion continues the Ribat activities at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
      “The Hebron Directorate of Religion (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Religious Affairs) continued the procession of loyalty to the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs)… with a large official and popular presence that illustrated the meaning of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic), and reemphasized their devotion to the purely Islamic Ibrahimi Mosque… Director-General of the Hebron [Directorate of] Religion Ismail Abu Al-Halawa emphasized that the mosque will remain an Islamic site despite all of the occupation’s attempts to change it. He also called on the institutions and the sons of the district to increase their visits to the Ibrahimi Mosque in order to defend its Islamicness, Arabness, and Palestinianess, and in this way he sent a message to the occupation that we are staying here and that this place is a symbol of our existence and our history.”

Director of Cave of the Patriarchs: “We have more of a right to [the Cave] than the Jews and others… This site will remain completely Islamic, as it has been throughout history” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 2, 2017
Headline: “Despite the occupation’s steps: Thousands performed the Friday [prayer] at the Ibrahimi Mosque”
      “Preacher, Director, and head of the guardians of the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) Sheikh Hafzi Abu Sneineh said to [official PA news agency] WAFA: ‘We have more of a right to this mosque than the Jews and others. The [Palestinian] Waqf of Hebron has organized a concentrated program for the [Muslim fasting] month of Ramadan, and the willpower of the people since the start of this month has been [very] strong, and I hope that the occupation will receive the message that this site will remain completely Islamic, as it has been throughout history.’”
 


Jerusalem's Temple/Jewish history denied
Denial of the Jewish history in Jerusalem and the existence of the Jewish Temple is a central component PA political ideology. This denial started with Yasser Arafat and continues to be reiterated by academics, politicians and religious leaders. The PA systematically distorts the ancient history of Jerusalem, ignoring the vast historical documentation and thousands of archeological finds related to Jewish history that have been found in Jerusalem.

This music video, broadcast regularly on PA TV through 2008 and 2009, denies any historical connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem, repeats the libel that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and calls on Allah to protect the mosque. “Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… [Allah protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.”

Full text: “Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, Oh Muslims, Al-Aqsa is ours, our Al-Aqsa screams and shouts, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Arabs and Muslims, no, no, Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh [Sons of] Zion, no matter how much you dig and no matter how much you destroy, your imaginary Temple will not come into being… My land, my Jerusalem, my blood and my honor will not be scorned. Al-Aqsa is ours, how you suffer! How you have bleed for years! How you scream! How you call out to the millions! What are you hoping for, what are you crying for? Saladin [Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem in 1187] ! Al-Aqsa is ours. Oh Allah, protect Al-Aqsa, Oh Allah, Al-Aqsa is ours, [protect Al-Aqsa] from every thief and every oppressor.” [PA TV (Fatah) Sept. 23, 2008 – Oct. 25, 2009]
Abbas: "More than 5,000 years ago, our Canaanite Jebusite ancestors built Jerusalem so that it would be their capital" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the opening of the Ninth International Islamic Jerusalem Conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Ladies and gentlemen, when we say that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine, we are saying nothing new. On the contrary, this is the right and the history over which there is no disagreement. More than 5,000 years ago, our Canaanite Jebusite ancestors built Jerusalem so that it would be their capital. They gave it the name ‘Jebus’ as a sign of appreciation and taking pride in it. Afterwards they called it ‘Urshalim,’ in other words, ‘the city of peace’ in the ancient Canaanite language. From this [period of] history until the present day, the Arab and Palestinian presence in Jerusalem has been uninterrupted, in light of the fact that we are the grandchildren of the Canaanites…
At this opportunity, brothers and sisters, I confirm before you that these matters appeared in the Bible. The Bible emphasized that the Canaanites were in this country before Abraham, and their presence has been uninterrupted for the past 5,000 years and until today. Afterwards several [Israelis] say: ‘This is ours and this is our country.’ No, this is not their country!"

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Op-ed in official PA daily attacks the US for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, attacks Israel using antisemitic themes  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2018
"The courageous Palestinian leadership is rejecting the American extortion now, and where are you [Hamas]? Where are your views regarding a practical response - and not through exaggerations and talk? Where is your alternative money for the $370 million that are given by the US? Why don't you gather it first and talk only afterwards? Why aren't you raising initiatives in response to the American administration? Have you recalled your ambassadors from [the US]? Have you made threats regarding trade, money, oil, or relations?…
The American administration is now twisting the PA's arm, and the battle of 'who will give way first' has begun. The PA says unanimously: ‘No to the sale of Jerusalem, not for gold and not for billions,’ and it says this while standing on the brink of the abyss.…
Israel is a fascist, colonialist, racist regime – do you understand that? And why aren't you dealing with it face-to-face - before it enters your capital cities and annihilates your people - and also with [the US] the one committing the extortion and who wants Jerusalem in return for the $370 million that he pays to the PA, '[US President Donald] Trump'? Have you not read Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice with the Jewish hero Shylock, and how he wanted to punish a man by removing a pound of flesh from his body because he could not pay him?
They want Jerusalem in return for aid… If [Jerusalem's] people will not defend it, others will defend it, as the other non-Muslim religions and peoples will not allow that it [Jerusalem] fall into the hands of the murderers of the prophets, and the murderers of Jesus in particular…
There is no reason for Mahmoud Abbas' slogan to be 'millions of Martyrs [are marching to Jerusalem],’ and that he will give them as fuel for the new Nazi oven, which Israel inherited from Hitler so that his fire would not go out
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Image on Fatah’s Twitter shows group of Palestinians attacking American delegation during visit to Bethlehem in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Jan. 30, 2018
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

Posted text:
“With tomatoes and eggs, the expulsion of an official American delegation from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.”

The images show a confrontation at the Bethlehem chamber of commerce on Jan. 30, 2018, in which Palestinian activists disrupted a workshop held by an American delegation and attacked the delegation’s vehicles as they left. The protest came in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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.