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Mahmoud Abbas
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Yasser Arafat
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Ibrahim Mudayris
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
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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

Abbas rep, speaking at teachers' ceremony, glorifies terrorist who murdered 125 and terrorist who planned Munich Massacre  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 10, 2017
Text and pictures posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
"During a ceremony honoring the teachers, which was held today [Jan. 10, 2017] by The National Al-Lud Association in the presence of a number of official figures, [District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh] Dr. Laila Ghannam praised the Palestinian teacher and his role in building the homeland despite all of the obstacles that the occupation has placed before our people throughout history, in a speech she gave as the representative of His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]. She noted that the teacher, in his determination, stability, and belief, has turned the refugee tent into a school out of which generations have come who strive to change the reality, outline the hope, and build the future. Ghannam emphasized that the teachers are the essence of the story, and they are the leaders and giants of the modern Palestinian revolution, from the righteous Martyrs (Shahids) Abu Iyad (i.e., Fatah founder and head of the Black September terrorist organization) and Abu Jihad (i.e., Fatah founder and terrorist responsible for murder of 125), and until the teacher, the leader, His Honor President Mahmoud Abbas, who gives special attention to the fields of education and health out of his belief that human intelligence is the real capital, and the beginning of the path to the establishment of our independent Palestinian state."

Click "full article" for descriptions of the terrorists.

Abbas: Release of prisoners is a priority 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] president: The cause of releasing the prisoners from the prisons constitutes a priority for the leadership"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday evening [Oct. 21, 2016] received a delegation of released prisoners at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, in the presence of Director of the [PLO] Commission for Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake. The president emphasized that the cause of the prisoners and their release from the occupation's prisons constitutes a priority for the leadership so that they will be able to contribute to the independence of their homeland and its construction.
The president noted that the great struggle carried out by the prisoners for their people and its just cause constitutes a central source of support for the resolve of the Palestinian people before the occupation, whose fate is undoubtedly to be defeated, while we will establish our independent state whose capital is East Jerusalem."

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
 


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
PA daily: Abbas' speech constituted "clear and visible support for resistance, and as a call for rage against the occupation" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 28, 2014
Headline: “Two decisive backings of the president: Support for resistance and the declaration of victory”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas has turned to our people a number of times since the beginning of the [Israeli] aggression against the Gaza Strip. Each time he added something new to the chain of events and their fast development in a way that serves the Palestinian cause, and particularly the Gaza Strip, which sacrificed Martyrs (Shahids) daily.
In the president’s speech two days ago [Aug. 26, 2014], he announced the end of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, on the basis of the Egyptian initiative, which he adhered to the whole time. Last month he said other things, from which it seemed that he is coming out against the occupation and supports our people’s resistance. Many considered the fact that he concluded his speech with the Quranic verse: “Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory,” [Quran, Surah 22:39, Sahih International] as clear and visible support for resistance, and as a call for [outbreaks of] rage against the occupation. This was realized in the field in the West Bank, which answered the president’s call and went out to confront the occupier.”

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."
 


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
Abbas spokesman: Annexing Ma’ale Adumim will "lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2017
Article appearing on the front page of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The proposal to annex Ma’ale Adumim will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable”
     “Official Spokesman for the [PA] Presidency Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘Any Israeli decision regarding annexing the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim will be considered a grave and unacceptable escalation in our eyes.’
Abu Rudeina added: ‘This step will end all connections to any peace process, especially in light of the talk about transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem, and this step will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable.’
He continued: ‘Once again we warn against any steps that contradict the decisions of the international bodies, and particularly the latest [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] that considered the settlement in all of the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, as illegal.’ He noted that if Israel crosses this red line, all of the red lines will go down the drain.”

For more information abou UN Security Council Resolution 2334, click "full article."

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 on Jerusalem
Abbas: Israel is executing "methodical plan" to "change Jerusalem’s identity" and change status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 12, 2015
Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech during a visit to Turkey on Jan. 12, 2015
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The most serious thing from what I mentioned before is the methodical plan that the Israeli government is carrying out to change Jerusalem’s identity and to make things difficult for its residents. Here I warn of all the plans to change the status quo of the last 67 years in Jerusalem, and especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This constitutes a threat, as you know, to turn the political and national conflict between us and the Israelis into a religious conflict. This is something we do not want and we warn against it.”

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."
 


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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A similar item appeared on official PA TV News on Jan. 14, 2017.

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 spokesman: Annexing Ma’ale Adumim will "lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2017
Article appearing on the front page of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
Headline: “Abu Rudeina: The proposal to annex Ma’ale Adumim will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable”
     “Official Spokesman for the [PA] Presidency Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘Any Israeli decision regarding annexing the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim will be considered a grave and unacceptable escalation in our eyes.’
Abu Rudeina added: ‘This step will end all connections to any peace process, especially in light of the talk about transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem, and this step will lead to a new stage that will be uncontrollable.’
He continued: ‘Once again we warn against any steps that contradict the decisions of the international bodies, and particularly the latest [UN] Security Council Resolution [2334] that considered the settlement in all of the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, as illegal.’ He noted that if Israel crosses this red line, all of the red lines will go down the drain.”

For more information abou UN Security Council Resolution 2334, click "full article."

Abbas: PA will stop cooperation with Israel if UNSC resolution fails 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 24, 2014
Headline: “The president: If the proposed Palestinian resolution does not pass the [UN] Security Council, we will stop the cooperation with Israel”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized yesterday [Dec. 23, 2014] that the PA will stop the cooperation with Israel if the proposed resolution about ending the Israeli occupation, proposed to the UN Security Council, fails, according to a report of the Algerian news agency.
President Abbas, who completed his three-day visit to Algeria, said: ‘If the Arab-Palestinian proposal to end the occupation that was presented to the Security Council does not pass, we will take a series of political and legal steps which will have consequences.’ He added: ‘If we fail, we will stop all of our cooperation with the Israeli government, and ask it to assume all of its areas of responsibilities as an occupying state.’ The president emphasized in a press conference: ‘We are determined to regain our rights, including the right of return and the release of all the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons. We will not concede to the occupation’s policy of hegemony and tyranny.’
He continued: ‘The Palestinian issue simultaneously constitutes the key to peace and to war in the Middle East.’ …
In Moscow, senior Palestinian negotiator [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said yesterday that the PA will sign 16 international conventions, including the founding convention of the International Criminal Court, in case the proposed Palestinian resolution about ending the occupation fails.”

Abbas rejects Israeli offer to allow Palestinian refugees from Syria into the PA, because they would have to renounce the “right of return” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 22, 2013
Headline: “ [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] rejected Israel’s condition for the entry of Palestinian refugees from Syria”

“[PA] Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina announced yesterday [May 21, 2016] that President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the condition set by Israel for the entry of Palestinian refugees from Syria into the territories of the State of Palestine.

Abu Rudeina said to AFP in a conversation from Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] where he is with the president in order to participate in the Arab Economic Summit: ‘President Abbas requested of the Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon that Israel allow the Palestinians from Syria – victims of the violence taking place there – to enter the territories of the occupied State of Palestine.’ He added that ‘Israel agreed but set an impossible condition – that anyone who enters the territories of the occupied State of Palestine renounce his right of return, which President Mahmoud Abbas absolutely refuses.’

Abu Rudeina said: ‘The issue of the Palestinian refugees and their right of return is one of the issues in a permanent arrangement, and no one can make changes to it, as the international resolutions stipulate their return to their homeland and the homes from which they were expelled, especially [UN] resolution 194, which stipulates the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.’”

UN resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues
 


Speeches to the international community

Abbas: "All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly... We only want peace" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2014
Headline: “The president: Jerusalem the capital of Palestine will be open to all of the religions”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas participated in the midnight mass last night [Dec. 25, 2014] officiated over by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Jordan, and all the Holy Lands Fouad Twal…
The president said: ‘East Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine, must be open to all of the religions with absolute freedom, so that every person can observe their religion, traditions, and ceremonies with full freedom.
During his participation in the Christmas feast in the Franciscan monastery in Bethlehem last night he added: ‘We want peace with our neighbors; we want security with our neighbors; we want justice from our neighbors. All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly on Nov. 29, 2012. All of the territories that were occupied in 1967 are the territories of the Palestinian state, whose capital is Jerusalem, and we will not agree to anything else.’
He added: ‘If they (i.e., Israel) agree, our hands are outstretched in peace and will remain outstretched in peace. We will not change our position. We will continue to call for peace, and our hands will remain outstretched in peace, as we have no other options. We do not want to turn to other options. All of the other options are not on our agenda, we only want peace.”

Abbas: Israel is executing "methodical plan" to "change Jerusalem’s identity" and change status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 12, 2015
Official PA TV News, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech during a visit to Turkey on Jan. 12, 2015
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The most serious thing from what I mentioned before is the methodical plan that the Israeli government is carrying out to change Jerusalem’s identity and to make things difficult for its residents. Here I warn of all the plans to change the status quo of the last 67 years in Jerusalem, and especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This constitutes a threat, as you know, to turn the political and national conflict between us and the Israelis into a religious conflict. This is something we do not want and we warn against it.”

Abbas claims PA is committed to peace and has fulfilled all signed treaties 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2013
Excerpt from Abbas’ speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan:
     “Palestine has a spiritual and religious status and an extraordinary geographic location. This is the land of the three monotheistic religions, the land of peace, to which hundreds of millions of people turn their eyes…
In a few days, 46 years will have passed since the occupation of the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. After 20 years of negotiations, the Israeli government still misleads, procrastinates, and evades the demands of peace. Nevertheless, we still say that we want a comprehensive and just peace, and want to reach the two-state solution, [two states] which will reside peacefully side-by-side, in accordance with the legitimate international resolutions, the Road Map and the Arab Peace Initiative. Everyone knows that we have fulfilled all our obligations in accordance with the signed treaties, that we have clarified our positions and intentions, and done everything required of us….
I am sending a message from here to our Israeli neighbors – ending the occupation of our land, releasing our prisoners, withdrawing the settlers and settlements, and dismantling the racist separation fence are what will establish peace and ensure security for you and for us. There is still a chance to make this peace, so let us turn this peace into reality, so that our present and future generations can enjoy its fruits and live in its shade.”

Despite Abbas' claim here that Israel is "the land of the three monotheistic religions," a month prior to this speech an Abbas representative denied Judaism's connection to Jerusalem as "myths, claims, and false fables." To read more, click here.