PA and Fatah personalities
Mahmoud Abbas
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Yasser Arafat
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Ibrahim Mudayris
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Ahmed Qurei
Salam Fayyad
Issa Karake
Jibril Rajoub
Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas worked very closely with Arafat during the years Arafat ruled the PA. Abbas was appointed by Arafat as Prime Minister in 2003, and was elected as Chairman of the PA in January 2005. This section documents statements made by Abbas.

In 2006, official PA radio and television stations were placed under the control of Abbas’s office [Ma’an News, Feb. 17, 2006]. Therefore, in addition to Abbas's own statements, it is important to examine the broadcasts and publications of official PA media which are documented on PMW's website. They are a reflection of the ideologies and messages that Abbas and other PA leaders and officials choose to disseminate to their people.
Topics on this page
1- Glorifying terror and violence
2- Diplomacy and/or return to violence
3- Personal responsibility for terror
4- Contact with enemies of the West
5- Hate promotion
6- Abbas on Jerusalem
7- Non-recognition of Israel
8- On the peace process
9- Speeches to the international community


Glorifying terror and violence

Fatah: "Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas" after his photo with young boy and poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“The Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
After he received as a ‘gift’ from a Palestinian boy a picture of Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 35 Israelis (sic., 37) in 1978, from the 52nd [Fatah] Launch (Intilaqa) rally in Bethlehem”

The images show posts in Hebrew, English, and Arabic by the Israeli news Facebook page “In the Middle East,” which reported on the photo posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on Jan. 13, 2017. The photo shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Text on the posts in the image:
“Friends, we ask to share this picture throughout the network.
[PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas gave a Palestinian boy a picture of him and of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who carried out a large terror attack in 1978 on the Coastal Road in which 35 Israelis (sic., 37) were murdered.”

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier

Abbas poses with young boy holding photo of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The Martyrs’ (Shahids') promise”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Abbas inaugurates street named after archbishop who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jan. 6, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas


Posted text: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] inaugurated Archbishop [Hilarion] Capucci Street and Mahmoud Abbas Street in Beit Sahour.
President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas this afternoon, Friday [Jan. 6, 2017], inaugurated Archbishop Hilarion Capucci Street and Mahmoud Abbas Street in the city of Beit Sahour…
The president praised the contributions of [former Greek Catholic] Archbishop [of Jerusalem] Hilarion Capucci, who was recognized thanks to his great support of the Palestinian cause. His Honor [Abbas] said: ‘We have lost a great national fighter and a tenacious Palestinian resistance fighter, and that is Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, a son of Palestine, who sacrificed much for his second homeland of Palestine, for originally he was from the city of Aleppo in Syria. He left clear and influential fingerprints on the path of the Palestinian revolution, and we thank the city of Beit Sahour for naming one of the city’s streets after him.’”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas unveiling the street sign: “Archbishop Hilarion Capucci Street – Jan. 6, 2017”

[Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jan. 6, 2017;
Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2017]

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
 


Diplomacy and/or return to violence
Analyst on PA TV: Abbas visit to Peres' funeral will bring us positive international attention, just like our humanitarian treatment of Gilad Shalit 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 1, 2016
Official PA TV program Inside, about the treatment of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ participation in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, hosting political analyst Hani Abu Zaid
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid is asked about the criticism against PA Chairman Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid: “However, those criticizing [PA President Mahmoud Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres] do not know that [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] made a humane visit that has no political standing, but rather as I noted [was made] to block the path of the ]Israeli] extremist government…
Let me give you an example. We, with our cultural and religious heritage, when [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit was taken captive, did we torture him? Did we starve him? Did we treat him harshly? No one has criticized this treatment [of Shalit]. Therefore, this treatment is part of the treatment of prisoners, even though he is a soldier, and possibly also a murderer... Despite this, the humanitarian side to his captivity [is that] he was treated as a prisoner of war. Therefore, in light of the expected results we guarded his life. For this reason we tried as much as possible to gain benefit and [positive] results from this treatment. Therefore, the visit of President Abbas and his participation in the funeral has very great positive ramifications.”

Gilad Shalit was an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. During that time, he was denied visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross and was not allowed communication with his family, in violation of his rights under the Geneva Convention. Click "full article" for more information.

Fatah official: Shimon Peres was a "murderer and a criminal," Abbas attended his funeral because of international pressure 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 11, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, on the criticism against PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sept. 30, 2016
Fatah Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “Indeed in the last few days there has been a dispute and commotion, and that has a connection to the opposition that is being talked about, opposition to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas in general], or opposition to his going to the funeral of… [former Israeli President] Shimon Peres, the murderer and the criminal. That is what I say about him: the murderer and the criminal. If I say that he is a murderer and a criminal, that is a different matter [than Abbas’ attendance at the funeral]. I can completely understand the step taken by the president when he went to the funeral. He is the president of the Palestinian people and the responsibility placed on him is different from the responsibility placed on me. I did not go [to the funeral], and I say that he (i.e., Peres) was a criminal. The president [Abbas] is a different matter; the president has different obligations regarding this. The entire world called him. French President [Francois Hollande], who intends to hold the international conference on which we are pinning many hopes, called him. The president has obligations that other people, who are heads of [Palestinian] factions, are free of. However, they have the right to criticize and oppose.”

For details on the French peace initiative referred to, click "full article."

Day after murder of Israeli mother of 6, Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood… our resistance will remain peaceful” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2016
The day after 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist Morad Adais stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in her home in the town of Otniel, south of Hebron, in front of her children, Abbas maintained that the Palestinian "resistance" is “peaceful,” thus denying the many shooting and stabbing attacks in which dozens of Israelis have been murdered and wounded.
Official PA TV live broadcast from the Armenian Theophany (anniversary of Jesus Christ's baptism) celebrations in Bethlehem, where PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood, the blood of any human being. Their sex, race, or religion make no difference to us. A human being is a human being… We are all human beings, and therefore we make every effort to prevent the spilling of a drop of anyone's blood. Therefore we say to our brothers and people: We are in a state of despair, and we know that the doors are shut before us, and that the Israeli leadership is trying to shut all doors, but our resistance will remain peaceful, and we will never ask to do anything different. On the contrary, every day we have 3 or 4 Martyrs (Shahids), without any reason or justification.”

Morad Adais – 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in front of her children in her home in Otniel, south of Hebron, on Jan. 17. 2016. Adais was apprehended and arrested after two days by Israeli security forces.
 


Personal responsibility for terror
PLO official reaffirms Palestinian commitment to "struggle in all its forms;" currently, Abbas has declared "peaceful popular resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program To Palestine, hosting Secretary-General of the Palestinian Arab Front and PLO Executive Committee member Jamil Shehadeh
Jamil Shehadeh: “The message needs to be clear to the occupation: The Palestinian people is determined to continue the struggle in all its forms until the establishment of a state. This is the decision of the Palestinian people. At the moment, our young people have chosen popular uprising, peaceful popular resistance, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has declared, and everyone is listening to him. (“peaceful popular resistance” refers to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, see below –Ed.) This does not mean that other options have been removed from the Palestinian people’s range of possibilities.”

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Several months of Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing rocks and molotov cocktails, and car rammings. The wave was at its height from October 2015 through March 2016, but one man was killed in September 2015 and sporadic attacks continued after March 2016, including a bus bombing in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016.


Red Cross cuts funding for second monthly visit for families of prisoners; PA will cover cost instead 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 9, 2016
Headline: "Fares: The president signed on covering the expenses of the second monthly visit of prisoners' relatives"
     "Chairman of the [PA-funded] Palestinian Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares revealed that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a resolution to cover the costs of the second monthly visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the Israeli prisons.
Fares said today, Tuesday [Aug. 9, 2016] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: 'After the Red Cross reduced the visits and limited them to once a month, the president signed a resolution to cover the expenses of the second visit of the prisoners’ families with their sons in the occupation state's prisons.' Likewise, he spoke about a conditional agreement which the Palestinian government and the Red Cross will sign, according to which the government will cover all of the expenses of the second visit, on condition that the Red Cross will continue to obtain permits from the Israeli side."

Abbas' spokesman: "East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line and we will not sit idly by"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 14, 2015
Headline: "The occupation and its extremists treat Al-Aqsa as they please.
The president [Abbas]: 'We will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks'"
     "The official spokesman of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] Nabil Abu Rudeina stated: 'We strongly condemn the occupation's army and police invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the attack on [Muslim] worshippers. East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line, and we will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks.' He added that President [Mahmoud] Abbas has held intensive discussions with all Arab regional and international bodies, and especially with Jordan, Morocco, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in order to deal with the fierce attack taking place against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
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Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."
 


Contact with enemies of the West
Abbas lays cornerstone of the Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology in the Ramallah district 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Health Ministry: Development in the hospitals, and 2017 will be witness to quality changes”
     “The Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology: [PA] Minister of Health [Dr. Jawad Awwad] said that four floors have been built at the Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology, and emphasized that in the coming months the construction process will be completed…
[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas last March [2016] laid the cornerstone of the Hugo Chavez Hospital for Ophthalmology in the village of Turmus Ayya, in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district.”

Abbas sends condolences on Fidel Castro's death: He fought for "the causes of right and justice in the world" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 26, 2016
Taken from WAFA's English website:
Headline:
“Abbas sends condolences for Cuba’s Fidel Castro”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday [Nov. 26, 2016] sent Cuban President Raoul Castro his condolences for the death of Fidel Castro describing the late Cuban leader as a person ‘who spent his life fighting for the causes of his country and people and the causes of right and justice in the world.’
Abbas described the Cuban people as ‘friends’ of the Palestinian people.
Cuba was the only Latin American country that voted against the United Nations partition of Palestine resolution in 1947. It was a strong supporter of the Palestinian struggle for independence from Israel and for its revolution.
Fidel Castro announced severance of ties with Israel on September 9, 1973 during the fourth Non-Aligned Movement summit held in Algiers and recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization.”

Abbas orders flags to be flown at half-mast as sign of mourning over Fidel Castro's death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 28, 2016
Headline: “The lowering of the flags to half-mast was ordered as a sign of mourning over the death of Castro”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 27, 2016] ordered the lowering of the flags to half-mast as a sign of mourning over the death of the historic leader, former President of Cuba Fidel Castro.”
 


Hate promotion
PA daily: Abbas decries Israel's "daily attacks against the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 22, 2016
Headline: “The president delivers the pain and hope of our people to the world at the UN”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas two days ago [Sept. 20, 2016] met with Foreign Relations Commissioner of the European Union Federica Mogherini in New York, and updated her about the latest developments in the situation in the Palestinian territories in the shadow of the continuation of the Israeli escalation in the field of settlement and the daily attacks against the sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity.”

The Palestinians consider any presence of Jews/Israelis at sites they consider holy to be an attack on the site.

Abbas retracts water poisoning libel, "emphasizes that he did not intend to harm Judaism or its believers in general... [but] condemns the illegal actions and steps of [Israeli] and its settlers against the Palestinian people" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2016
Headline: "[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Palestine is the cradle of the three monotheistic religions, and we are not among those who harm any one of them"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the Israeli accusations and declarations directed against him and against the Palestinian people, according to which he harmed Judaism, and condemned accusations against him of Antisemitism.
After it became clear that the reports that were published in many media outlets about the declarations of a rabbi regarding the poisoning of Palestinian wells were baseless, President Abbas - out of the deep respect he has for all religions, including Judaism - emphasizes that he did not intend to harm Judaism or its believers in general. However, at the same time he condemns the illegal actions and steps of the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) and its settlers against the Palestinian people, including the incitement against him and against his rights."
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Abbas publicized this “retraction” after he repeated a libel in a speech at European Parliament that Israeli rabbis had demanded that the Israeli government “poison the water to kill the Palestinians.” [Official PA TV, June 23, 2016]

Abbas repeats libel: Israeli rabbis demanded government poison water to kill the Palestinians  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 23, 2016
 

Official PA TV, special broadcast, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the EU Parliament

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “There is an issue that the Israelis are bringing up, and that is the issue of incitement. Despite the fact that the Israeli incitement does not stop, and the actions of the occupation (i.e., Israel) and the settlers do not stop… Just a week ago, some rabbis rose up in Israel and explicitly announced and demanded of their government that it poison the water in order to kill the Palestinians. Is this not clear incitement? Is this not clear incitement, whose goal is to carry out a mass murder of Palestinians? We are against incitement!”
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The libel that rabbis called to poison the Palestinians’ water, which had been voiced by the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PLO in the days prior to Abbas’ speech, did not appear in the written version of Abbas’ speech, which was publicized in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2016. Apparently Abbas decided to add it in at the last moment.
 


Abbas on Jerusalem
PA Mufti warns "Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent" on issue of embassy move; Abbas turns to Putin for help 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] mufti emphasized that the Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent if Trump takes this step – the [PA] president calls on Putin to aid in preventing the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem”
     "PLO Executive Committee Secretary[-General] Saeb Erekat said yesterday [Jan. 13, 2017] that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help prevent the US from transferring its embassy to Israel (sic., to Jerusalem). Erekat said that he passed the message from President Abbas to Putin during a visit to Moscow during which he met with [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Erekat said: ‘I passed a letter from President Abbas to Putin. Frankly, in it was a request for aid from Putin, after information reached us according to which US President-elect (Donald) Trump will transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, which as far as we are concerned is considered a red line and a serious matter…’
[PA] Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Muhammad Hussein yesterday condemned Trump’s plan to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He viewed it as an attack on Muslims worldwide.
In a Friday sermon that he gave at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Hussein said: ‘The promise of the president-elect [Trump] to transfer the embassy is not only an attack on the Palestinians, but rather on [all of] the Arabs and Muslims. The Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent when they see the aggression realized at the moment of the transfer of the embassy to occupied Jerusalem.’”
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Abbas: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem "it will destroy the peace process" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: We adhere to peace, and transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will destroy the peace process"
     "During a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart, [Polish President Andrzej Duda, PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] warned against transferring the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said that this would destroy the peace process, and added: 'We have heard things from American President-elect (Donald) Trump, but as of now we have not officially heard about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.'
He added: 'We want to hear what he says when he enters the White House - but if this step is taken, it will destroy the peace process.’ He added: 'We are not getting ahead of ourselves… it is better that we wait until he enters the White House and we hear from him directly as president of the US. Then there will be a response to every action, and if he decides to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem we will have a political and diplomatic response. We hope that it will not happen.'
The president emphasized his adherence to peace as an option from which there is no return. He noted that this year is likely to be the last opportunity to speak and act for the implementation of the two-state solution."

Abbas: "Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem... will sabotage the peace process" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 17, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is provocative and will harm the peace process"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will sabotage all future progress and the peace process. He noted that it is not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.
The president, who led a [PA] government meeting today (Tuesday) [Jan. 17, 2017] conveyed a message to [US] President-elect Donald Trump by saying: ‘We hope that he will not transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as Jerusalem is a united city in the eyes of Israel, and it is not right and not legal. Therefore, transferring the embassy will sabotage all future progress, and therefore will [also] sabotage the peace process. We hope that he will stop the transfer of the embassy and begin negotiations on the basis of the international decisions and [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334, and on the basis of the results of the Paris Peace Conference [held Jan. 15, 2017]. When it all ends, each side will know what its borders are. We know that our borders are based on the 1967 [borders], including East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine. So they will do what they want, [but] before that, transferring the embassy will be not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.’"
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Non-recognition of Israel

Abbas threatens to cancel recognition of Israel if US embassy is transferred to Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president [Abbas] calls on participants in the Paris Conference to take tangible steps to implement the international decisions – transferring the American embassy will hinder the peace process, and canceling our recognition of Israel will be one of our options”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Jan. 14, 2017] inaugurated the Palestinian embassy at the Vatican. He met with Pope Francis, and again warned against the plan of US President-elect Donald Trump to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem. During the inauguration of the embassy…
President Abbas emphasized that he ‘extends his hand to President-elect Trump for cooperation in order to reach peace on the basis of international law.’ He added that ‘any attempt to give legal validity to the illegal annexation of Jerusalem by Israel will eliminate the prospects of the political process, dispel the hopes of a solution based on two states, and encourage the extremism in our region and in the world.’ … President Abbas said that he wrote to Trump and warned him of the consequences of the transfer of the embassy, and noted that this ‘will not only negate any legitimacy of the US to fill a role in settling the conflict, but will also annihilate the two-state solution.’
He added that the Palestinians will discuss several options for a response, after consultations are held with Arab states, and said: ‘Cancelling our recognition of Israel will be one of them, but we hope that we will not reach that, and that instead we will be able to work with the next American administration.’”
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Abbas photographed in museum with map of “Palestine” that erases Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2016
Headline: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] inaugurates the Yasser Arafat Museum on the eve of the anniversary of his [Arafat’s] death”


The article includes a photo showing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the museum with the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. The word “Palestine” in English appears on the map.

Photo of Abbas inaugurating Arafat Museum shows map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2016


Headline:
“[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] inaugurates the Yasser Arafat Museum on the eve of the anniversary of his [Arafat’s] death”

The article includes a photo showing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the museum with the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. The word “Palestine” in English appears on the map.
 


On the peace process

Abbas' office emphasizes its opposition to attacks on civilians 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 9, 2016
Official PA TV News, about PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' office's announcement regarding rejecting violence against civilians
Official PA TV newsreader: "The [PA] president's office stated that it has emphasized time and again its opposition to all the operations (i.e., terror attacks) that harm civilians from all sides, regardless of the justification for such. The presidential office added in its statement that the achievement of a just peace and the creation of a positive atmosphere are what will contribute to the end and reduction of the reasons for tension and violence in the region. The presidential office concluded by saying that the achievement of peace obligates everyone to stop carrying out any act that increases the tension, anxiety, and use of violence.”

Muhammad Ahmad Musa Makhamreh and Khaled Muhammad Musa Makhamreh - 21-year-old Palestinian terrorists, cousins, who carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2016, murdering 4 Israelis and injuring 16. The terrorists ordered dessert in the Max Brenner restaurant in the Sarona Market before they began shooting at people. Muhammad Makhamreh and Khaled Makhamreh were both apprehended by the Israeli police. One of them was shot and wounded before being caught and brought for treatment in an Israeli hospital.

Abbas: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem "it will destroy the peace process" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: We adhere to peace, and transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will destroy the peace process"
     "During a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart, [Polish President Andrzej Duda, PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] warned against transferring the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said that this would destroy the peace process, and added: 'We have heard things from American President-elect (Donald) Trump, but as of now we have not officially heard about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.'
He added: 'We want to hear what he says when he enters the White House - but if this step is taken, it will destroy the peace process.’ He added: 'We are not getting ahead of ourselves… it is better that we wait until he enters the White House and we hear from him directly as president of the US. Then there will be a response to every action, and if he decides to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem we will have a political and diplomatic response. We hope that it will not happen.'
The president emphasized his adherence to peace as an option from which there is no return. He noted that this year is likely to be the last opportunity to speak and act for the implementation of the two-state solution."

Abbas: "Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem... will sabotage the peace process" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 17, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president: Transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is provocative and will harm the peace process"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem will sabotage all future progress and the peace process. He noted that it is not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.
The president, who led a [PA] government meeting today (Tuesday) [Jan. 17, 2017] conveyed a message to [US] President-elect Donald Trump by saying: ‘We hope that he will not transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as Jerusalem is a united city in the eyes of Israel, and it is not right and not legal. Therefore, transferring the embassy will sabotage all future progress, and therefore will [also] sabotage the peace process. We hope that he will stop the transfer of the embassy and begin negotiations on the basis of the international decisions and [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334, and on the basis of the results of the Paris Peace Conference [held Jan. 15, 2017]. When it all ends, each side will know what its borders are. We know that our borders are based on the 1967 [borders], including East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine. So they will do what they want, [but] before that, transferring the embassy will be not just provocative but beyond provocative, and will harm the entire peace process.’"
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Speeches to the international community

Abbas strongly condemns truck ramming terror attack in Nice  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president expresses condolences to Hollande over the victims of the terror incident, and declares that Palestine stands by the side of the French people and identifies with it”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas sent French President Francois Hollande a telegram of condolences over the victims of the terror event (i.e., truck ramming, 84 murdered) that took place two nights ago [July 14, 2016] in the city of Nice. The president informed [him] that the Palestinian people, the Palestinian leadership, and the Palestinian government stand by the side of the French people and the families of the victims, and identify with them. The president condemned this cowardly act in the strongest terms.”
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Bastille Day attack 2016 – a truck ramming attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility, in which 84 people were murdered and about 300 wounded in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, committed the attack, plowing a 19-ton truck into Bastille Day crowds and opening fire before being shot and killed. Some guns as well as fake weapons and grenades were found in the truck.

Abbas condemns Berlin truck ramming terror attack, expresses “complete opposition to violence and all types of terror”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 21, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president expresses condolences to the president and chancellor of Germany over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident”
     “[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram to German President Joachim Gauck and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he expressed condolences over the victims of the terrorist car ramming incident that took place in a market in Berlin and claimed dozens of civilian victims and wounded (a terrorist of Tunisian origin who had pledged allegiance to ISIS ran a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016, murdering 12 people and injuring 48. He was killed in a shootout with police in Italy on Dec. 23, 2016 –Ed.). The president emphasized… his condemnation of this despicable crime and his complete opposition to violence and all types of terror. He emphasized that it is necessary to consolidate all of the efforts to fight it (i.e., terror), and to take the necessary steps to prevent a continuation of the violence, aggression, and terror… His Honor emphasized his complete solidarity with Germany against this dark terror.”
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Abbas declares national Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 3, 2016
Headline: “Palestine initiates: The president lays the cornerstone for the advancement of freedom of the press in the Arab world – Mahmoud Abbas decides that August 1 will be Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas signed a declaration yesterday [Aug. 2, 2016] to strengthen the freedom of the press in the Arab world, and decided that August 1 will be Freedom of Opinion and Speech Day in Palestine.
This was during the president’s meeting with a delegation from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. The delegation included Deputy Secretary-General of the Federation Jeremy Dear…
The president’s signature on the declaration constituted a historical event on the Palestinian level and on the Arab level, and it laid the foundation on which the Arabs will continue to build… Echoes of this signature, initiated by President Abbas – the first Arab president to do so – will spread to Arab states and the [entire] world, and its fruits will be reaped by Arab journalists, who have been calling for the guarantee of freedom of opinion and speech for a long time.
The deputy secretary-general of the IFJ emphasized that President Abbas’ signature on the declaration to strengthen the freedom of the press, when [Palestine] is the first state to do this, is a historical day for freedom of the press in Palestine and the Arab world.”