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.
Palestinian history fabricated
Having erased Jewish history, the PA fills the historical void by fabricating the ancient histories of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. PA academics claim that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims all populated the Land of Israel in Biblical times and even earlier. These fictions are all historically impossible, as the name “Palestine" as a replacement for the Land of Judea/Israel was coined by Rome only in 136 C.E., Islam was established only in 610 C.E., and Arabs first arrived in Israel with the Muslim invasion in 637 C.E.

Inventing thousands of years of history when none existed is accomplished through numerous distortions and lies, including changing the Biblical Canaanites into Arabs, changing Biblical Israelis, Judeans and Hebrews into Arabs and Muslims, changing the religion preached by Moses from Judaism into Islam, and changing Jesus into a Palestinian who preached Islam and not Christianity.

This so-called documentary depicting Biblical Canaanites as Arabs, broadcast many times on PA TV, is one example of this PA historical revision.
"The Arab Canaanites established ports on the coast of Canaan, known today as Palestine. Palestine was attacked by invaders, but its Arab Canaanite features withstood attempts to change them. Jaffa was one of the cities whose Canaanite origins the invaders failed to erase." [PA TV, repeatedly, 2005-2007.]
The documentary further invents history by indicating visually that the victims of the Roman invasion were Arabs, not the Jewish kingdom of Judea.
PA TV: Jews are “evil... satans," Palestinians descend from Canaanites  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 6, 2017
Official PA TV narrator of Palestine This Morning "Palestine - the nearest point between heaven and earth, and the craving of the [Israeli] invaders. The world has been filled with their evil, and these satans have caused devastating corruption through the land of love and peace... The seed of Canaan ambushed them... The [Palestinian] revolution instilled hope, it played [the tune of] the struggle with words and rifles, and it sang the song of Palestine." [Song:] "My weapon has emerged. My weapon has emerged."Visual: Arch-terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad”
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Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which murdered a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

PLO invents Palestinian history, denies Jewish history: “Our people has lived for thousands of years, Israel has no connection” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 4, 2017
Headline: "The National Council: The international community must demand an accounting from Israel"

"The Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) said in a notice that it published today (June 4, 2017) for the passing of 50 years since the Naksa (i.e., "the setback," Palestinian term for Israel's victory in the Six Day War) of Palestine… that occupied Jerusalem, with all of its sites that are holy to Christianity and Islam, its Al-Aqsa Mosque, its Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and all of its cultural and human heritage, is the eternal capital of the Palestinian people, the land of the forefathers, in which our people has lived for thousands of years. It is purely Palestinian land to which Israel has no connection…
The Palestinian National Council emphasized again the continuation of the Palestinian struggle in all its means and forms (i.e., including violence) against the Israeli occupation until the achievement of all of our legal rights – the right of return and the right to establish an independent and sovereign state whose capital is Jerusalem on the borders of June 4, 1967."

Official PA radio broadcast song presenting Israelis cities Jaffa and Haifa as Palestinian – “my land” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Apr. 30, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, broadcast of song “Step On It”

Palestinian singer Ammar Hassan: “Step on it, look at my eyes, how they are sad,
I am uprooted, I am exiled, I am Palestinian,
Take me to Haifa and to Jaffa, and turn towards my grandfather's home,
Let me see my land, cover me in the land of splendor”

Guest on PA TV: Hebrew word "Gilboa" is "Arabic-Canaanite-Palestinian" name stolen by Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 16, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the launching of the National Flower of Palestine – Gilboa Iris campaign, hosting Green Life Association Chairman Faisal Zakarneh

Green Life Association Chairman Faisal Zakarneh: “This is a flower that grows in the Gilboa Mountains (i.e., in northern Israel). At this opportunity, let me explain that Gilboa is an ancient Palestinian-Canaanite-Arabic word, and not Hebrew-Israeli. This needs to be clear. In our minds [the name Gilboa] is connected to the Gilboa Prison... but the occupier has always made us used to him using our language and stealing it and its Arabic-Canaanite-Palestinian names.”

Mount Gilboa has been the Hebrew name of the location since Biblical times, and notably appears in Samuel 1 Chapter 31 as the location where Saul, the first king of Israel, died in battle.

PA TV reporter warns parents to teach children "to fight the falsification of all of history" and "refute all of the false claims that the enemy plants" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 28, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the launching of the My Family Reads campaign to encourage families to read to their children
Official PA TV reporter: “The My Family Reads [campaign means] that you will encourage your children to read, that you will direct them to fight the falsification of all of history, and that you will refute all of the false claims that the enemy plants [in the Palestinians’ minds], as a people that reads does not starve and is not enslaved.”

PMW notes the irony in this item, as the PA regularly fabricates history, as we have documented.

Official PA daily invents Palestinian history, claims “Palestinians” existed “10,000 years ago” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2017
Headline: “This is how the Palestinian looked approximately 10,000 years ago”

“Finally, the Palestinians will be able to know how their ancient ancestors, who honored their ancestors [in burial], looked, and thanks to this honor it is now possible to know how the Palestinians who lived 9,500 years ago in the Neolithic Stone Age in the city of Jericho looked.
The story began in 1953 when archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon found seven skulls from the Neolithic Period at the Tell es-Sultan site, where she was conducting excavations that led to the discoveries that brought her international fame, and the magazine National Geographic published an article about her in December of that year.”

The article includes an image showing a recent model reconstructed from one of the skulls.
Text on image: “The appearance of a resident of Jericho according to the British Museum”

Fatah official claims Palestinians have been “collapsing under occupation for 70 years”, contradicts statement by calling for “1967 border”  
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "Amna Jibril: A serious stance is necessary for the strengthening and defense of the presence and participation of the Palestinian woman in all of the frameworks and arenas"

"The Al-Quds magazine met with Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Director of the General Union of Palestinian Women in the Lebanon branch Amna Jibril in order to examine with her the importance of holding the [Seventh Fatah] Conference under the present conditions, and how it influenced the Lebanese arena…"

Q.: "In what way was the Seventh Conference different from the Sixth Conference? And what is your assessment of the mechanism used to hold the Seventh Conference?"

Fatah Revolutionary Council member Amna Jibril: "…The Seventh Conference was unusual in the amount of young people that were present and in the fact that 28 delegations were present from 28 [foreign] states that emphasized the Palestinian right, the need to realize [the establishment of] an independent Palestinian state, and the legality of the Palestinian struggle. They also emphasized the right [of the Palestinian people] to carry out legal resistance to end the occupation, and the need to end the terrible [Fatah-Hamas] rift and complete the national reconciliation. Their participation and speeches indicated the clear international support for the Palestinian cause, the highlighting of the need for a two-state solution according to the 1967 borders so that Jerusalem will be the capital of the Palestinian state, and also the highlighting of the international desire to achieve peace, particularly in light of the fact that the Palestinian people has been collapsing under occupation for the last 70 years."

The article appears in the January 2017 edition of the magazine of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Al-Quds, and was posted on the commission’s website Fa

Lebanese on PA TV fabricates “massacre” against Palestinians in 1882 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 10, 2017
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Greek Catholic Bishop of Zahle, Lebanon, Issam John Darwish, Chairman of the Lebanese Committee to Remove the Blockade on Gaza Hani Suleiman, and lecturer on international relations at the Lebanese Notre Dame University – Louaize Na'im Ramzi Salem

Chairman of the Lebanese Committee to Remove the Blockade on Gaza Hani Suleiman: “After the war of June 2006 (sic., July, Second Lebanon War 2006) [Former Israeli Prime Minister] Ehud Olmert appeared in the Israeli Parliament and said: ‘I know we lost the war, that is clear, but as your reward we will respond by creating internal tension among you (i.e., the Palestinians) through religious conflicts (sic ., there are no records of any such statement).’ This in short is how he said it. It is not we who made it up for him… This not only serves Israel; it was created by Israel. This is the Western Zionist plan to create tension among us…
I want to tell you a small story. When we were injured on the freedom flotilla (i.e, the Marmara, 2010) a helicopter transferred us to the suburbs of Tel Aviv, a flight of half an hour from the sea to the suburbs of Tel Aviv. This suburb, perhaps brother [lecturer on international relations at the Lebanese Notre Dame University – Louaize Na'im] Ramzi [Salem] has heard of it, its name is Petah Tikva. In Hebrew it means the key of hope (sic., opening of hope). However its name is Meiser, a Muslim Arab village. A massacre took place in this village against the Muslims and the Arabs in 1882 (sic., the Arab village was Mulabbis. There is no record of a massacre there)."

Official PA TV host: "We say: The Palestinians. We do not say Muslims and Arabs."

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Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs invents Palestinian history: Palestinians have existed in this land “from before Abraham came to it, more than 5,000 years ago” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 30, 2016

Official PA TV, broadcast of Friday sermon by PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, with Abbas in attendance

Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
”They (i.e., the Israelis) have denied our existence and our lives. They have denied that we are a people that has existed on this land from before Abraham came to it, more than 5,000 years ago. We have been on this land in a continuous existence.”
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Al-Habbash claims that there was an ancient Palestinian people that predated Abraham. The Bible says Abraham dwelt “many days in the land of the Philistines.” (Genesis 21: 34). The Bible’s “Philistines” have no connection to the modern Arab Palestinian people. The Philistines were a people of Greek origin who settled in the land of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age (1150 - 586 BCE) and lived beside the Israelite tribes. The Philistines were exiled by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 604 BCE and ceased to exist as a nation soon afterward.
The land of “Judea” was renamed “Palestine” by Rome in 136 CE, as a punishment to the Jews for participating in the Second Jewish Revolt against Rome, known as “The Bar Kochba Rebellion.” Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion of 637 CE. Arabs of “Palestine” first identified themselves as “Palestinians” in the 20th century.

PA TV portrays Israel as foreign colonial occupier, claims ancient Jewish history is Palestinian 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 3, 2016

The PA TV video shows a woman who represents "ancient Palestinians" (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land - replacing the Jewish people's actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. Suddenly the scene is disturbed, the birds scatter and the woman runs away from various foreign invaders: first an ancient Roman soldier, then a Crusader, then a British soldier, and finally a Jew (wearing a skullcap), who throws a lit cigarette at her.
In the final scene, the woman stops fleeing when a man on a horse - the "new" Muslim conqueror Saladin who defeated the Crusaders - extends his hand and helps her up the mountain. He represents the coming savior who will "liberate Palestine" from Jewish-Israeli rule. In the end, the woman stands on the top of the mountain, fleeing no one anymore, symbolizing that Israel is gone like the other foreign rulers.
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Note: The video originally aired March 2, 2012. It was rebroadcast on both PA TV and PA TV Live at least 18 times in 2012, 54 times in 2013, 44 times in 2014, 42 times in 2015, and 21 times in 2016, most recently on Dec. 3, 2016. It was broadcast twice on Fatah-run Awdah TV on Jan. 8, 2016.

PA TV: Israel is “Judaizing” Palestine, committing acts of “forgery and robbery” against holy sites, and “steals our Canaanite heritage” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on heritage and folklore

Official PA TV host: “The Palestinian heritage refuses to undergo Judaization, despite the terror of the occupation that attempts to harm our heritage and Judaize it. Palestine, with its people, its land, its history, its trees, and everything within it – it is the faithful protector of our heritage, and it is waging a daily struggle against the occupation, at a time when Israel does not cease its acts of forgery and robbery against the Muslim and Christian holy sites and the antiquities sites - which are the required basis for heritage and national culture - and steals our Canaanite heritage.”

A photoshopped picture shows Zionist leader Theodor Herzl wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress).

Poet on PA TV: Palestinians descended from ancient Jebusites, "invented the alphabet and gave it to mankind," but Jewish kings only ruled in Israel for "37 years" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 5, 2016
Official PA TV program Culture Talks, hosting poet and former Palestinian diplomat Omar Shalayel, who recites the poem “I am the Palestinian”
Poet and former Palestinian diplomat Omar Shalayel: “I am the Palestinian, the first on the ground [of Palestine]. I am the Jebusite who was the master of the noble horse. I built Jerusalem from the rocks of our land. Its rocks chiseled my hands. Before the ‘friend’ (i.e., Arab euphemism for the patriarch Abraham) arrived, and I am the proof, and there is no other man. All of the footsteps on my land, all of them were mine. I am he who invented the letters of the alphabet, and I gave them to mankind…
This is a long song. I am the Palestinian, this land is my land. The Zionist forgery and the British and American forgery, how they have changed Arab Palestine. And [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu comes out and says: ‘This is the land of the patriarchs.’ Who are your patriarchs? This is a land [peoples] have passed through: The Romans sat in it for 700 years, in Jerusalem, the Egyptian Pharaohs sat in it for 400 years, the Persians 300 years, the Muslims 1,300 years after that. David and Solomon (i.e, Jewish kings) sat in Jerusalem for 37 years (sic., David reigned for 33 years, Solomon reigned for 40 years, and the Davidic dynasty spanned hundreds of years). What are they, compared to the large empires?

Therefore we are in Palestine throughout history, before the Common Era and after it, the Persians, Turkish, Egyptian Pharaohs, Mongolians, Tatars, and Crusaders have passed by us. Nations have passed by us and all of them leave. The shortest period [of foreign sovereignty over the land of Palestine] is that of the Zionists. Solomon and David [ruled] for 37 years, do they stand before the huge and mighty empires that came to Palestine?”

Palestinian activist: Palestinians descend from ancient Canaanites, if Jews were in Samaria 3000 years ago it was "for a short period" as "guests" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2016
Headline: “Journalists took a tour of the historic village of Sebastia”
     “Activists of the village of Sebastia (i.e., where an ancient Jewish capital stood, see note below) in the Nablus district, during a meeting of journalists held yesterday morning [Sept. 4, 2016], declared that the village is the third [place] after Jerusalem and Hebron that is [most] under the threat of Israeli Judaization …
The hashtag campaign #Sebastia_sun_of_the_cultures, which was officially launched yesterday by young activists, declared that the village of Sebastia is under threat of Judaization…
Head of the Sebastia Municipality Mu’tasim Aliwi said: ‘The Zionist occupation illegally insists that it has ownership of the place… Despite the occupation’s claim that it has roots in this village for the last 3,000 years, the Canaanites were here before that and established their culture here 4,000 years ago…’
Spokesman of the #Sebastia_sun_of_the_cultures campaign Zaid Al-Zuhri emphasized that, ‘Every bit of Sebastia tells of an ancient culture that has passed from here. They say it is Samaria, the capital of the northern kingdom. Indeed, this is the Israeli version on which they base their historic right to Palestine, and we say to them: ‘Perhaps we received you here as guests 3,000 years ago for a short period during the Roman period, but we have been here for more than 4,000 years. Sebastia is the direct continuation of Canaanite Shakim, in other words the city of Nablus.”

The city Shomron (Samaria in Greek), near Nablus, was the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel in the 9th and 8th centuries BCE. It was destroyed by the Assyrians in 722 BCE and rebuilt by the Judean King Herod in 27 BCE, who renamed it “Sebastia.” For more information, click "full article."

Father of terrorist: "We have 6,000 years in this land, while those people... came as part of an international plot that solved the problems of the Jews and the problems of Europe" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 9, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, report on the resolve of the father of Palestinian terrorist Anan Abu Habseh from the Qalandiya refugee camp, whose home has been demolished twice
Visual: The camera focuses on a poster.
Text on poster: “The heroic Martyr (Shahid) Anan Abu Habseh, who carried out the stabbing operation at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. The date of his death as a Martyr: Dec. 23, 2015”
Father of Palestinian terrorist Anan Abu Habseh: “The first time [my home was demolished] was in ’75, when I was arrested, and this time it was because of the Martyrdom (Shahada) of my son, may Allah have mercy on him. Praise Allah, Lord of the Worlds, these things – as I told you, since ’48 our homes, villages and cities are being destroyed, and our sons, fathers, uncles, and relatives are dying as Martyrs – and the journey continues. There are no flaws and no retreat from our journey. This policy of destruction is in the occupation’s blood, from ’48 until now. We are the Canaanites, we are the Jebusites, we have 6,000 years in this land, while those people, who came as part of an international plot that solved the problems of the Jews and the problems of Europe at the expense of the Palestinian people, they are like the empires that invaded this land and left defeated. Therefore they will [also] leave it defeated, Allah willing…”
Official PA TV reporter: “We thank you for being with us, have a good morning. We salute your resolve. [May Allah have] mercy on Anan’s soul, and [may Allah have] mercy on all the righteous Martyrs, who are more honorable than all of us. Freedom for our brave prisoners, and of course we wish a speedy recovery for our injured.”

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Abbas advisor: Palestinians have been in the 5,000 years; Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque are “waqf”; conflict is not religious 
Source: Official PA TV Live, July 2, 2016
     Official PA TV program for Ramadan Palestine in the Quran, on who “Palestine” belongs to, different narratives, according to Jews and according to the Quran
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice, and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “Let us suppose that they [the Jews] say that this land has been promised to them for the last 3,000 years. All right, I agree to 3,000 years, and what about 5,000 years [ago]? We [the Palestinians] were [here] 5,000 years ago. And this is while you [Jews] were here 3,000 years ago, and then you left. You were here for 70 years and then left. However, we have been here for 5,000 years and have not left. Who is more deserving of this land, then? Our right to this land is strong according to explicit statements of the honorable Quran, according to our viewpoint and beliefs, and according to the texts of Prophet [Muhammad’s] honor-inspiring Sunna (i.e., Islamic tradition). The struggle between us is not a religious or historical struggle. We refuse to enter struggles or religious problems with them [the Jews]…"

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Abbas' advisor: Jews “are thieves who stole the land… we have been here for 5,000 years” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 3, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "They [the Jews] claim that there was a Temple here. Those are unfounded claims, myths, and rumors. However, the problem between us and them is not a problem of religious or historical narrative. The problem is that they are thieves. The problem is that they are thieves who stole the land, and who want to steal the history, but history cannot change and cannot be falsified. The facts bear witness to it. We have been here for the last 5,000 years, and have not left this land. We have not left this land. Our forefathers are the monotheist Canaanites and Jebusites. They are the ones who built Jerusalem, before Abraham was even here."
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There never was an ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Arabs first arrived in the land of Israel/Judea with the Muslim invasion in 637 CE. Arabs first identified themselves as "Palestinians" in the 20th century, after the creation of the State of Israel. Claiming a 5,000 year old Palestinian nation is a historical lie.

Fatah student movement: "The illegal occupation will not succeed in hiding the truth and changing its [Jerusalem's] Canaanite Arab Islamic and Christian character" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, May 23, 2016
Headline: “Fatah’s Shabiba: The fact that Israel displayed a misleading sign regarding the reality of Jerusalem constitutes the issue of a challenge to the international community”
     “Fatah’s Shabiba [student] movement issued a statement in which it emphasized that Jerusalem was and will remain the eternal capital of our Arab Palestinian people, and that all the activity of the illegal occupation will not succeed in hiding the truth and changing its Canaanite Arab Islamic and Christian character. Likewise, it emphasized that the fact that the right-wing extremist [Israeli] government tried to falsify the facts a number of days ago through the advertisement of a picture describing East Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (apparently referring to Israeli exhibition at the UN headquarters in New York –Ed.) is part of the Zionist movement’s plot to expel its residents and Judaize it on the way to completing the plot of the Zionist colonialist expansion at the expense of the Palestinian people and land.”

PA TV: Pre-1967 border between Israel and Jordan was a sign of “apartheid” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 20, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, interview with Issa Salman, a resident of Beit Safafa, a neighborhood in west Jerusalem, about the period between 1948-1967 in which Beit Safafa was a village divided between Israel and Jordan

Issa Salman: “It was the only village in southern west Jerusalem that was divided as a result of the 1949 Rhodes Agreement (sic., apparently referring to the Lausanne Conference of 1949, see below), under an apartheid regime, in other words the Jews preceded others [in this regard], and South Africa learned from them, and the Nazis learned from them.”

Visual: Salman shows a picture of the fence that was in Beit Safafa until 1967 .

Official PA TV host: “In 1962, see the clear signs of apartheid [i.e., the pre-1967 border between Israel and Jordan].”

The Lausanne Conference of 1949 was convened by the UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP) in Lausanne, Switzerland April 27 – Sept. 12, 1949. It was attended by representatives of Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria and the Arab Higher Committee and refugee delegations, representing Arab refugees from Israel. Its purpose was to resolve disputes arising from the 1948 war between Israel and its neighboring Arab countries.

Abbas: "Palestine and its people have been here since the Canaanites" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 19, 2016
Headline: “We will build the government institutions, and you will be able to declare independence soon”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas inaugurated the Palestinian Museum which is on the grounds of Birzeit University in an opening ceremony in the presence of top officials, leaders, academics, and cultural figures…
[Abbas] said: ‘We are inaugurating one of the most magnificent Palestinian buildings, which will guard and tell the memories of our people, while it lets future generations know that Palestine and its people have been here since the Canaanites, and are planted in this ground throughout time and long decades, and they have not left this land, not even for one moment.’…
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam said…‘The inauguration of this building that stirs pride shows that Palestine is a state that is only missing being rid of the occupation, which is trying to create history for itself at the expense of our history, but it is our history. We were here and will remain in our land, and the occupation will not last long.’”

Abbas fabricates history: "The Bible says the Palestinians existed before Abraham..." "We have been planted in [this land since]... the invention of the Canaanite-Palestinian alphabet... more than 6,000 years ago" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2016

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Our narrative says that we have been have been in this land since before Abraham. I am not saying it. The Bible says it. The Bible says, in these words, that the Palestinians existed before Abraham. So why don't you recognize my right?
[Official PA TV, March 21, 2016]

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This land was never without a people, as we have been planted in its rocks and dust and hills since the beginning of civilization and writing and the invention of the Canaanite-Palestinian alphabet more than 6,000 years ago."
[Official PA TV, May 14, 2016]
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