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Mahmoud Abbas
Zakariya Al-Agha
Azzam Al-Ahmad
Mahmoud Al-Aloul
Yasser Arafat
Hanan Ashrawi
Marwan Barghouti
Muhammad Dahlan
Sultan Abu Al-Einein
Saeb Erekat
Salam Fayyad
Laila Ghannam
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Amal Hamad
Rami Hamdallah
Atallah Hanna
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Yusuf Ida'is
Hanna Issa
Issa Karake
Muhammad Al-Madani
Ibrahim Mudayris

Jamal Muhaisen

Nasser Al-Qidwa

Ahmed Qurei

Jibril Rajoub
Samir Al-Rifai
Sabri Saidam
Dalal Salameh
Nabil Shaath
Hussein Al-Sheikh
Muhammad Shtayyeh
Tawfiq Tirawi
Abbas Zaki
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.

On Aug. 2, 2018, Abbas was named as "head of the PLO Executive Committee and the one responsible for the [Palestinian] National Fund." The fund has been declared as a terorr organization by Israel.
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

Abbas pledges to pay terrorist prisoners and families of dead terrorists 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 19, 2019

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
"[Israel] said that... the government of the State of Palestine pays money to terrorists. Who are these terrorists? The Martyrs, the prisoners, and the wounded. From our perspective, we have been paying them, their families, since 1965. For when a person dies, I can’t abandon his family. It is important to me to take care of his family and to pay it... If we will have only 20 or 30 million shekels - and that is what is paid to the Martyrs' families – we will pay it to the Martyrs' families. If the PA won’t have a single penny aside from that, I will pay the Martyrs' families, the prisoners' families, and the families of the wounded. This must be clear."
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Fatah spokesman about imprisoned terrorists and murderers: “Our heroic prisoners… will remain the diamond in the crown” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 21, 2019
Official PA TV program Talk of the Hour, hosting Fatah Revolutionary Council member and official Fatah Spokesperson Osama Al-Qawasmi

Fatah Revolutionary Council member and official Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: “All of the blessings to our heroic prisoners who are behind the occupation’s bars, who have made the sacrifice of their freedom and their separation from their children, their wives, their homes, and the alleyways of the Old City of Nablus, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem, and Gaza for our freedom. Israel wants us to punish our brave prisoners and our Martyrs for their legitimate struggle for freedom and independence. It wants us to deliver a blow to the national identity with our own hands… The prisoners, the Martyrs, and their families – we have not abandoned them since 1965 and they will remain the diamond in the crown, the headline of a legitimate struggle, and the headline of our honor. Therefore, this lion [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] who is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in his tent, in the Muqata’a (i.e., the PA headquarters), is emphasizing once again that the oath is an oath, that the promise is a promise.”

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Martyrs’ families thank Abbas for “determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2019
Headline: “Sbeihat: The Martyrs’ families feel pride in light of the [PA] president’s positions”
      “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine expressed its appreciation yesterday [March 3, 2019] for [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ positions on all that is connected to the affairs of the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families in the various fields.
Secretary-General of The [National] Association [of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine] Muhammad Sbeihat said in a statement from the association: ‘The Martyrs’ families feel pride thanks to President [Abbas’] firm positions regarding them. They… greatly appreciate all of the decisions, the latest being the instructions he gave today to the [PA] government determining that their monthly allowances must be paid immediately, before all of the other sectors and without any reduction. This is despite the government’s financial situation, and particularly after the occupation robbed the tax money (refers to implementation of Israeli Anti “Pay-for-Slay” Law to deduct terrorist salaries; see note below –Ed.).’”

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Diplomacy and/or return to violence
Abbas condemns terror attack in Egypt in which 7 were killed, says “this act of terror that contradicts all values… and the monotheistic religions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2018
Headline: "The [PA] president expressed his condolences to his Egyptian counterpart and to [Coptic] Pope [of Alexandria] Tawadros [II] over the victims of the terror attack: We stand by the big sister Egypt before the dark terror"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his condolences to his Egyptian counterpart [Egyptian President] Abdel Fattah El-Sisi over the victims of the terror attack that was committed yesterday [Nov. 2, 2018] against a bus transporting priests to a monastery in the Al-Minya district of upper Egypt, and which led to the death as Martyrs (Shahids) of seven Egyptians and to the wounding of an additional 14.
The president expressed his strong condemnation of this act of terror that contradicts all values, human norms and morals, and the monotheistic religions.
The president emphasized the solidarity of Palestine and that it stands alongside the big sister Egypt before the dark terror that has no religion or morals, and asked of almighty Allah to protect Egypt and its people - the brother in security, prosperity, and stability – to have mercy on the souls of the victims, and to grant a speedy recovery to the wounded."

Abbas: “Jerusalem is the gate to peace… only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and …it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 17, 2018
Official PA TV, special broadcast for the Al-Azhar Conference in Cairo, on US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After [the US] has stood unequivocally alongside the occupation and imposed a reality upon us that leaves us no choice but to turn to all of the other options available to us to defend our rights, we will turn to all of the options – but we will not turn to terror and violence. Indeed violence and terror are rejected [by] all states of the world and us, but we have our other means through which we will turn to receive our rights, with all of these options – [to turn] back to our nation’s public so they will fulfill their role in defending Jerusalem, in addition to internationalizing the conflict with the occupation, and continuing to join the international organizations and alliances as an authentic right of the State of Palestine…
[US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision does not give Israel any legitimacy in Jerusalem and does not give the occupation a right to its land or its skies. This Jerusalem has always been a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic, and Christian city. And it is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, and without it there cannot be peace in the region nor in the entire world – as long as Jerusalem is not liberated in all of its borders that we want from the Israeli occupation. Jerusalem is the gate to peace for everyone only when it will be the capital of the State of Palestine, and it is also the gate to war if it is not already- it is, God forbid, the gate to war, fear, and the lack of security and stability if it is not [the capital of Palestine]. It is the gate to war and peace and Mr. Trump must decide.”

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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.

 


Personal responsibility for terror
Abbas recommended to Arafat to stop PA terror campaign (Second Intifada) because “we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 2, 2018
Official PA TV program The Philosophy of Patience, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ recollections from the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), aired March 23, 2018, rebroadcast April 2, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After the second Intifada broke out due to Sharon’s visit, I was with [then PA Chairman] brother Yasser Arafat and [PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat in a plane... From the third day I said to him: ‘Yasser Arafat, this intifada must stop, because it’s a snowball that you don’t know where it will roll.’ Yasser Arafat heard me and heard the others, and he didn’t have to pay attention to my words. He waited, he thought, and they made him understand that it’s possible that things will develop and we will achieve something. My opinion was that we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster that ended with the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of Yasser Arafat. It ended with the occupation of the entire West Bank and the destruction of all the agreements that were signed between us and Israel, and we are still suffering from this to this day.”

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PA TV and radio rebroadcast Abbas' 2014 call for violence for the Al-Aqsa Mosque 41 times following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2018

On Dec. 6, 2017, the day US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, official PA radio and TV started rebroadcasting Abbas' 2014 call for violence and rebroadcast it 41 times in the next 4 weeks.

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine - 28 times between Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

Official PA TV - 13 times between Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]... This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."
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Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."


 


Contact with enemies of the West
PA Foreign Affairs Minister participates in inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan president and “conveyed to him the congratulations and wishes of Mahmoud Abbas” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2019
Headline: "Al-Malki participated in the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro"
   "[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki participated in the inauguration ceremony of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who was reelected in May 2018 for a second term for the period between 2019 and 2025 (the 2018 election was determined to be fraudulent and internationally Venezuela is considered to be without a president since Jan. 10, 2019, when Maduro’s legitimate term ended –Ed.). Al-Malki congratulated President Maduro on receiving the presidency, wished him success in his service of the Venezuelan people, and conveyed to him the congratulations and wishes of [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership that always stands by Venezuela and its people, as Palestine does not forget its friends."
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PA Foreign Minister passes letter from Abbas to Kim Jong-Un: “The President’s letter is a message of solidarity with the North Korean people in similar circumstances, in which international pressure is being applied to our two peoples by the US” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 9, 2018
Headline: "Al-Malki met with the vice president of the presidium in the Democratic Republic of Korea"
     "[PA] Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Al-Malki met with Deputy Head of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Dae in the capital of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (i.e., North Korea), Pyongyang.
Al-Malki emphasized the depth of the historical relations between the two states and the shared history of liberation. He emphasized that the Palestinian leadership is careful to be together with the Korean people on this important occasion (i.e., the 70th anniversary of the establishment of North Korea). Al-Malki gave a letter from [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] to his North Korean colleague Marshal Kim Jong-un... Al-Malki said: 'His Honor the President’s letter is a message of solidarity with the North Korean people in similar circumstances, in which international pressure is being applied to our two peoples by the US.'"
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Abbas congratulates North Korean dictator on anniversary of establishment of Korean Workers’ Party and “expressed pride in the historical ties of friendship between the two states and the two peoples” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] president congratulates the president of North Korea on the anniversary of the establishment of the [Korean] Workers’ Party”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated North Korean President, Chairman of the Korean Workers’ Party, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Marshal Kim Jong-un yesterday [Oct. 10, 2018]. In his telegram, President [Abbas] expressed pride in the historical ties of friendship between the two states and the two peoples, [North] Korea’s solidarity [with the Palestinians], and its positions that support our people’s struggle to end the occupation and establish the independent state whose capital is East Jerusalem, the city of tolerance, coexistence, and peace.”
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Hate promotion
Abbas and Fatah official accuse Israel of inciting against the Palestinian leadership and attempting to assassinate Abbas, “as they poisoned” Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 15, 2019
     "In his response to the Israeli threats and to the settlers’ incitement to murder him, the president recently told members of the press in Cairo: ‘They can kill me in my home with bullets or with a missile at any given moment. They can also kill me with poison, as they poisoned the late [PLO Chairman and PA] President Yasser Arafat (sic., scientific teams have debunked this conspiracy; see note below) and killed [Palestine Liberation] Organization leaders in the past – but I will not surrender. Life is in Allah's hands, and even if they kill me, it will not solve their problems.'
President [Abbas’] advisor on Foreign Affairs [and International Relations] Nabil Shaath said: 'The Israeli incitement against President Abbas that is increasing these days is very similar to what happened to Martyr (Shahid) President Yasser Arafat, as the two leaders acted in the same way facing the pressures and refused to renounce our people’s legitimate rights.' He added: 'We are all potential Martyrs; we will continue to stand firm and will not surrender in order to save ourselves.'
Shaath noted that President Abbas is repeatedly saying in his meetings abroad that 'he will not betray his cause and will not renounce Jerusalem and the refugees' right [of return].''"
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Abbas: Arab Spring was to divide Arab states, If no PLO flag in Washington, no PLO office 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2017
Excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council on Jan. 14, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "My brothers, the Arab Spring, which in my opinion is the Arab Autumn and the American Autumn, was imported to us, and reached us after we read the maps that the American newspapers circulated for the division of the Arab states… Now they told us that they want to close the PLO office in Washington. We asked why, and they said that [US] President [Trump] did not sign the renewal of the certificate, the license, and therefore you need to take down the flag, and need [to do] such and such, and thus began the battle between us. We of course said to them first: ‘If the flag comes down we are closing the office, and do not want an office, and do not want to be in Washington.’ Then they said: ‘Take it easy.’ We told them we didn't want to [take it easy]."

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Abbas’ advisor demonizes Judaism, claims Jews "prophesize" the Messiah will “kill everyone who is not a Jew” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 20, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail, and Secretary-General of the PA Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim


Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
"The [US] recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a crime against humanity, a crime against Jesus... This is a crime against the Christians and against the Muslims - a crime against Jesus... and a crime against Muhammad... One of their [the Jews'] slogans today is about ''the King Messiah' - whose coming they prophesize. They prophesize and believe that when he comes he will kill – just imagine – he will kill everyone who is not a Jew (sic.). What kind of belief is this, which is based only on killing the other, negating the other, and the death of the other?"
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The Jewish tradition does not teach that the Messiah will kill all non-Jews.

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negoti
 


Abbas on Jerusalem
Abbas pretends to US students the PA is “not against the Jews,” all can practice religion at Jerusalem holy sites 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2019

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in meeting with American students from Harvard University:
"We are honestly not against the Jews. No. The Jews, the Christians, the Muslims – for us they are equal... Regarding East Jerusalem, we will say that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and between them is a kind of cooperation. But the holy sites will remain open to the three [monotheistic] religions at all times. And it will be forbidden to prevent any person – Christian, Jew, Muslim – from going and performing his religious rituals."
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PA Presidential Office accuses Israel of “defilement of the holy sites” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 10, 2018
Official PA TV News on the Israeli army entering the headquarters of the official PA news agency WAFA

Official PA TV newsreader: “The [PA] Presidential Office has given notice that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas will make urgent contact with a number of bodies – Arab and international – so that they will bear their responsibility in light of the grave Israeli escalation, which is being expressed by its continuing invasions of the Palestinian cities, the continuing crimes of the settlers, and the defilement of the holy sites.”
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Abbas condemns Jewish Nation-State law, says Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and “there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 20, 2018
Headline: "Palestinian, Arab, and international condemnations of the ratification of the racist 'nation-state law' in the Israeli Parliament"

"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine, that there will be no peace, security, or stability for anyone without it, and that no one can abandon it or ignore it.
These statements were made in a statement published by the [PA] presidential office, in which it condemned the fact that the Israeli Parliament ratified what is called 'the Jewish nation-state law' (see note below –Ed.), and 'its consideration of Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel.'

The presidential office also emphasized that the Palestinian people’s right to return to its country is a sacred and firm right that is anchored in international decisions, and primarily [UN] Resolution 194, which established the Palestinian refugees’ right to return to the lands and property from which they were expelled and to receive compensation. The presidential office added that this racist law will not nullify this sacred right."

Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calendar. It establishes Hebrew as the sole official language and grants Arabic a special status, and it recognizes Jewish and Israeli holidays, memorial days, and the Jewish Sabbath as national holidays and days of rest - while guaranteeing the right of all Israeli citizens and residents to celebrate their holidays and days of rest.

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Non-recognition of Israel

PA Chairman Abbas calls Palestinians “We Canaanites, the owners of this land” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Jan. 25, 2019
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, filler featuring a statement made by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during a speech at a PLO Central Council meeting on Oct. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We Canaanites, the owners of this land, were born in it, will live on it, and will be buried under its holy ground.”

Abbas: Britain should apologize for Balfour Declaration, it held “white supremacist” views 
Source: The Cairo Review, Nov. 2, 2017
Essay by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

Headline: “Lord Balfour’s Burden”
“A century ago, the Balfour Declaration paved the way for the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The President of the State of Palestine asks the United Kingdom’s government to apologize for a document that set off a century of suffering and dispossession for the Palestinian people.”
“This year, our nation marks one hundred years of the Balfour Declaration. Lord Arthur Balfour was a British foreign secretary who decided to change the identity and fate of Palestine, a land that he did not own, by promising it to the Zionist movement, and dramatically altering the history of the Palestinian people. On this somber anniversary, it is important to recall some key historic facts, which remain relevant for achieving a just, lasting, and peaceful resolution to a century of injustice..."

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Fatah grants Abbas UNRWA refugee card 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 10, 2018
"Members of the delegation gave the president an UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) card with his name and picture, which was printed in order to emphasize the right of return and His Honor [Abbas]’s adherence to the refugees’ right of return to their homeland.”
The picture accompanying the article shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas standing with the delegation and holding a large poster meant to resemble a UNRWA refugee card, which has his picture and name on it, and the text “Refugee Card” in English and Arabic.

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On the peace process

Abbas denounces violent resistance: “Peaceful popular resistance is our path” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 14, 2018
Official PA TV, excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Jan. 14, 2018, at the PLO Central Council in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The next point is peaceful popular resistance (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which at times also refers to the use of violence and terror). I’m not ashamed to repeat it 100 times or 1,000 times: I’m only with the peaceful popular resistance, through which we have dealt with the occupation in the previous month or previous days, when [US President Donald] Trump’s initiative (i.e., recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital) came out. Peaceful popular resistance - and believe me, it is stronger and more effective than the other [resistance], because the other – don’t rely on it.... My brothers, we have finished with this [terror], are you still continuing to fight us? We do not want anyone to fight us. We have learned the lessons, and therefore the culture of peace is widespread. We do not interfere in the internal affairs of anyone, and no one has the right to interfere in our internal affairs. We will continue to fight terror, regardless of its form or source, because we have an interest in this, and it is part of our responsibility as a state against terror."

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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects all negotiations with the US if Jerusalem and refugee problem are off the table 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 6, 2018
Official PA TV, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the opening event of the Jerusalem the Capital of the Islamic Youth 2018 conference at the PA headquarters in Ramallah

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Not only have [the Americans] taken Jerusalem off the table, but they have also spoken about UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) in order to take the issue of the refugees off the table, while they caused the refugee problem. They are the central problem for the refugee problem. Nevertheless, they said: ‘The refugees are off the table, let’s talk together.’ What will we talk about? If you have taken out the refugees and Jerusalem, what will we talk to you about? We will not talk to you under any circumstances!"

On Jan. 25, 2018, US President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Referring to how he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6, 2017, Trump told Netanyahu: "We took Jerusalem off the table.” When asked by a reporter whether Jerusalem being “off the table" meant that none of it would be part of a future Palestinian state, Trump refused to elaborate, responding: "Next question." Trump also said that the US would stop providing financial aid to the PA if they did not return to negotiations with Israel.

In early January 2018, the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.


How we really became refugees: 13 Palestinians tell their personal stories 
Source: Al-Quds, May 17, 2016

Why I left Bir Ma'in - Orders of Jordanian army, promised we would "return in 2 hours"

PA TV reporter: "How did you leave Bir Ma'in? Did you experience the Nakba?"
Fuad Khader: "We left, I mean, the one who made us leave was the Jordanian army, because there were going to be battles and we would be under their feet. They told us: 'Leave. In 2 hours we liberate it and then you'll return.' We left only with our clothes, we didn't take anything because we were supposed to return in 2 hours. Why carry anything? We're still waiting for those 2 hours to this day." [Official PA TV, May 15, 2013]

Why I left Ein Karem - Orders from Arab regimes: "Get away [for] at most two weeks"
Refugee from Ein Karem: "The radio stations of the Arab regimes kept repeating to us: 'Get away from the frontline. It's a matter of ten days, or at most two weeks, and we'll bring you back to Ein Karem [in Jerusalem].' And we said to ourselves, 'That's a very long time. Two weeks is too much.' That's what we thought [then]. And now 50 years have gone by." [Official PA TV, July 7, 2009]

Why I left Safed - Out of fear
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "The [Arab] Salvation Army withdrew from the city [Safed in 1948], causing the [Arab] people to begin emigrating. In Safed, just like Hebron, people were afraid that the Jews would take revenge for the [Arab] massacre in 1929 (Note: 65 Jews were murdered in Hebron, 18 in Safed) ... [In 1948] the people were overcome with fear, and it caused them to leave the city in a disorderly way." [Official PA TV, Jan. 1, 2013]
 


Speeches to the international community

Abbas condems terror attacks in Sri Lanka 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 21, 2019
Published in WAFA, official PA news agency (English edition)

Headline: “President Abbas condemns Sri Lanka terror attacks”
       “President Mahmoud Abbas today condemned the terrorist bombing attacks that targeted three churches and two luxury hotels in Sri Lanka earlier today, which resulted in the killing or injury of dozens of innocent civilians. Describing the attacks as ‘criminal and gruesome,’ Abbas offered condolences to the people and President of Sri Lanka as well as to the bereaved families. He also wished an immediate recovery of the wounded. ‘Terrorism is spreading as an epidemic across the world. I call on the countries of the world to cooperate to eradicate terrorism and not to tolerate with racist groups that incite violence and hatred,’ he said in an official statement.”
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Abbas pretends to US students the PA is “not against the Jews,” all can practice religion at Jerusalem holy sites 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2019

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in meeting with American students from Harvard University:
"We are honestly not against the Jews. No. The Jews, the Christians, the Muslims – for us they are equal... Regarding East Jerusalem, we will say that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, West Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and between them is a kind of cooperation. But the holy sites will remain open to the three [monotheistic] religions at all times. And it will be forbidden to prevent any person – Christian, Jew, Muslim – from going and performing his religious rituals."
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Abbas to Harvard students: “I rule out the possibility of violence, and we will not use it. We will not accept violence at all” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2019
Al-Ayyam reported that Abbas in a speech to American Harvard students specifically said that he is against violence and “rules out” the use of it. However, this was not part of his televised speech nor of the official PA paper’s report on the speech. The statement against violence might have been part of the original manuscript for the speech which papers often receive in advance of the speech itself. Abbas then apparently decided to skip this part of the speech.

      "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas] said: ‘After the Israeli elections we will have an opinion, and we will not accept the steps that Israel has implemented against us. I rule out the possibility of violence, and we will not use it. We will not accept violence at all, but there are [other] things we can do to achieve our rights, and to protest the denial of our rights.’ The president spoke yesterday [March 23, 2019] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah before a delegation of approximately 180 students from Harvard University…"
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