Speeches to the international community

President Abbas says he did not intend to offend Jews, following Antisemitic speech 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 4, 2018
"President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Friday that 'if people were offended by my statement in front of the PNC, especially people of the Jewish faith, I apologize to them. I would like to assure everyone that it was not my intention to do so, and to reiterate my full respect for the Jewish faith, as well as other monotheistic faiths.'
He continued, 'I would also like to reiterate our long held condemnation of the Holocaust, as the most heinous crime in history, and express our sympathy with its victims.'
'Likewise, we condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, and confirm our commitment to the two-state solution, and to live side by side in peace and security.'”

Abbas speech to UN Security Council demonizes Israel, slams US, but proposes international peace plan 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 20, 2018
This transcript of PA Chairman Abbas' speech before the UN Security Council on Feb. 20, 2018 was published by Wafa, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, on Feb. 20, 2018.

"Seventy years have passed since Palestine’s Nakba, from which 6 million Palestine refugees continue to suffer from the cruelty of exile and loss of human security. They continue to wander the world after the loss of their peaceful and stable lives in their homeland. They are part of the 13 million Palestinians, whose country has not yet been recognized as full Member State of the United Nations, despite the numerous resolutions reaffirming their right to self-determination and statehood on their national land.
We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in the land of Palestine 5,000 years ago and continuously remained there to this day. Our great people remain rooted in their land. The Palestinian people built their own cities and homeland and made contributions to humanity and civilization witnessed by the world. They established institutions, schools, hospitals, cultural organizations, theaters, libraries, newspapers, publishing houses, economic organizations, businesses and banks, with wide regional and international influence.
All of this existed before and after the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917, a declaration by which those who did not own, giving to those who had no right. The British Government bears responsibility for the catastrophic consequences inflicted on the Palestinian people as a result..."

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Abbas includes Judaism among Jerusalem’s three religions and envisions that everyone would practice “religious rituals and prayers” there, in contrast to his previous anti-Jewish statements  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2018
Official PA TV, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 28, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “The continuation of the peace efforts requires the establishment of a bilateral international body under the umbrella of the UN, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives in this body or in the international summit, which we are calling to organize according to the decisions of the international institutions, the principle of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders, and the end of the Israeli occupation on the land of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, the capital of our state, which we want to be open to all believers of the monotheistic religions - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism - who will carry out their religious rituals and prayers there, in security and peace, which will provide an opportunity to everyone who is in Palestine and Israel to live in security, stability, and good neighborliness.”

Abbas in France: “The US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process… We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war… Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2017
Excerpt of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ statement at a joint press conference together with French President Emmanuel Macron on Dec. 22, 2017, in France

       "[PA President Mahmoud Abbas:] 'As a result of [US] President [Donald] Trump's determination that Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel and decision to transfer the embassy there, I have emphasized before His Honor [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron that the US is no longer a fair mediator in the peace process, and that we will not agree to any plan from it as it is biased [in favor of Israel] and violates international law… Whoever presents such a plan, according to which united Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and transfers its embassy there in violation of all of the international decisions - I do not think that he is capable of presenting a just and reasonable solution for establishing peace in the Middle East…
Everyone knows that we are among the official parties in the world that are fighting violence and terror throughout the world... We are the ones who are disseminating the culture of peace instead of war, and that is how our people is now characterized. Therefore, you see that all of the demonstrations that have been held in the Palestinian territories have been peaceful demonstrations (sic., the demonstrations have included rioting and rock throwing, and been accompanied by stabbings and stabbing attempts)… We want peace with Israel. Israel is our neighbor and we want to make peace with it and live in peace with it.'"

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Abbas: Jews\Israelis are skilled “in falsifying history and religion”, the Torah says the Canaanites were in Jerusalem since before Abraham until today, but the city should be "open city for all religions"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 13, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec. 13, 2017

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Indeed [we], women and men, believe in our right and Allah’s promise to us that this sanctified city [Jerusalem] – since the Canaanite Jebusites established it 5,000 years ago – was not and will not be anything but the capital of our independent state, and [that] sovereignty in it [belongs to] the State of Palestine. By the way, I don’t like to argue about history or religion because none are more skilled than they (i.e., Israelis/Jews) are in falsifying history and religion. But if we read the Torah, it says that the Canaanites were here before our lord Abraham, and their presence has not stopped since that time (sic, there is no connection between the Canaanites and today's Palestinians) – this is in the Torah – until this very day. But if they want to falsify, they will divert the words from their place... We want it [Jerusalem] as an open city to all the members of the Heavenly religions, that they may practice their worship in it. If we will take East Jerusalem – let the Muslim, the Christian, and the Jew come and practice their faith in complete freedom, there is no obstacle.”

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Abbas to British activists: The British people do not agree with the “historical tragedy” of the Balfour Declaration, please support our “peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The British people do not agree to the historical injustice that Balfour caused to our people”
      “At the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [Nov. 2, 2017] received a delegation of British solidarity activists who walked by foot for more than 147 days from Britain to occupied Jerusalem as a sign of condemnation of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) on the 100th anniversary of it being issued... The president said: …‘We are convinced that you are the ones that truly represent the British people, and it is a people that does not agree to the historical tragedy that the Balfour Promise caused to our people. In this context, we appreciate the noble position of the British House of Representatives that asked the British government to recognize the State of Palestine.’ […]
The president added: ‘We rely on people like you to support our people and strengthen its resolve so that it will be able to continue its peaceful struggle to end the occupation. We are certain that you understand that we are the only people in the world that is still bowing under the fire of this military occupation, which has continued for the last 50 years.’”

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Abbas condemns terror attack in Egypt 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 22, 2017
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas firmly condemned the cowardly terror attack that harmed the Egyptian police and military forces, and harmed Egypt’s security and stability (see note below –Ed.). The president expressed his solidarity and stand – together with the Palestinian people – alongside Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah El-Sisi], the government of Egypt, and the Egyptian people as they deal with blind extremist terror.”

On Oct. 20, 2017, 54 Egyptian police officers were killed in an ambush during a raid on a terrorist hideout in Giza province, southwest of Cairo.

Although usually silent regarding terror attacks against Israelis, Abbas condemns terror attack in Somalia 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 18, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president consoled his Somali counterpart over the victims of the terror attack”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas consoled Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ [Mohamed] over the victims of the terror attack that took place in the capital Mogadishu (358 murdered, see note below –Ed.). In the telegram of consolation, the president emphasized his condemnation of this criminal attack which is in contradiction of the religions of the revelation and human ethics. He said a prayer for the souls of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.”

The terror attack mentioned refers to a car bombing on Oct. 14, 2017 in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, in which 358 people were murdered and over 200 wounded. The Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization Al-Shahab took credit for the attack.

Abbas' spokesman on terror attack: Abbas condemns "any act of violence" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2017
Headline: "Abu Rudeina: … the [PA] president condemns violence, regardless of its source"
     "Regarding the Palestinian position regarding the operation (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered) that took place in Jerusalem (sic., Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem), Official Spokesman [for PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Abu Rudeina] emphasized that the permanent position of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] is to condemn all acts of violence, including this operation, and to condemn any violent operation, regardless of its source."
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Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and 2 security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.

Abbas tells international scholars that "terrorism must be fought everywhere," while condemning Israeli security measures following a deadly terror attack 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 23, 2017
     "President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that the Palestinian leadership will not accept Israel's recently installed metal detectors at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. He said, '[Israel] does not have the right to install these metal detectors, because having sovereignty over Al-Aqsa Mosque is our [Palestinian] right. We have therefore taken a decisive and firm stance, especially with regard to security coordination.'
This came as Abbas received the scholars participating in the Second National Forum of Scholars in Palestine, organized by the Supreme Council for Innovation and Excellence, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. 'Things will be very difficult. We are not risking the destiny of our people. We only take deliberately examined decisions that we hope to make a result,' Abbas added. 'We, the State of Palestine, are convinced that terrorism must be fought everywhere, and we have at least 83 protocols with various countries around the world to combat violence and terrorism,' he told the participants."
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Abbas expresses pride to UN delegation over Palestinian struggle, claims Israel attempts to “impose new facts on the ground”, endanger the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 21, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president expressed his pride in the members of our people, and particularly in Jerusalem, and warned against the continuation of the Israeli steps"
    "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas held conversations with [leaders in] several capitals and yesterday [July 20, 2017] sent a Palestinian delegation to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. This was in order to brief the members of the UN Palestine Committee regarding the rights of the Palestinian people which cannot be renounced, to hold a special and immediate meeting, and to broaden [the scope of] its meetings so that they will include a discussion about the dangerous situation taking place in occupied Jerusalem, and at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and to act to publish a position according to which all of the steps taken by the Israeli government regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque must be stopped, the metal detectors (refers to metal detectors placed at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.) must be removed, the historical and legal situation, freedom of worship, and the right of our people and all Muslims throughout the world to exercise their right to hold religious ceremonies freely must be respected, as is anchored in international law."
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Abbas condemns terror “whatever its form and source may be” in press conference with French president  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: We emphasize the importance of France’s role in supporting the peacemaking efforts, Palestine is part of the international effort to [make] war on terror”
       “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized the importance of France’s role in supporting the peacemaking efforts in the region. In a joint press conference with his French counterpart [French President] Emmanuel Macron, which was held yesterday evening [July 5, 2017], …he emphasized: ‘Our choice is the two-state solution according to the 1967 borders, that the Israeli occupation of our land will end, that our people will receive its freedom and its independence in its state whose capital is East Jerusalem, and that all of the permanent agreement issues will be solved according to the decisions of the international institutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.’
The president condemned terror, whatever its form and source may be. He emphasized that Palestine supports every international and regional effort for its eradication in our region and in the world, and that the State of Palestine is part of the collective international effort to [make] war on all forms of terror and extremism.”

Abbas' advisor: Salaries to "the families of the prisoners and Martyrs constitute social aid that the PA provides" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 22, 2017
Headline: "Shaath: The prisoners and Martyrs' salaries constitute care for innocents who have been caused harm because of Israel"
      "Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas' advisor [on Foreign Affairs and International Relations] Nabil Shaath said that the salaries (rawatib) of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs (Shahids) constitute social aid that the PA provides to the families. Shaath added in a speech at the Herzliya Conference for security [of the IDC Herzliya Institute for Policy and Strategy] near Tel Aviv on Thursday [June 21, 2017] that the salaries are a social obligation towards innocents that have been harmed as a result of the imprisonment or killing of their loved ones as a result of the military occupation.
He noted that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested approximately a million Palestinians since [Israel’s] establishment in 1948, and added: 'One of every three Palestinian men has served a prison sentence in an Israeli prison - can an intelligent person claim that these million people are terrorists?' He added: 'Honestly, to describe all of our political prisoners as terrorists is racist rhetoric.'"

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Nabil Shaath’s entire speech in English on behalf of Abbas can be seen

Abbas condemns terror attack in London 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president conveys condolences over the victims, condemns the attack, and emphasizes: 'We oppose all forms of terror'"
      "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [June 4, 2017] condemned the terror attack that took place in London, the capital of Britain, which left dozens of killed and wounded innocent people (see note below –Ed.). The president said: 'We convey our warm condolences to the queen of Britain, the government of Britain, and the British people, and also to the families of the victims of the terror event. We emphasize our permanent position that opposes all forms of terror.’"

On June 3, 2017, terrorists rammed a van into people on the London Bridge and then continued to Borough Market, where they emerged from the van and stabbed people, murdering 7 and wounding dozens of others. The terrorists were shot and killed by police. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abbas condemns terror attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president condemns the terror attack in Minya, and emphasizes standing by Egypt and its leadership against terror”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place west of the city of Minya in Egypt, in which 28 (sic., 29) Egyptians died as Martyrs (Shahids) and dozens of Coptic pilgrims were wounded (see note below –Ed.)… The president personally, on his [own] behalf and on behalf of the State of Palestine and its people, condemned this atrocious incident. He emphasized that our people stands by Egypt and its leadership, led by [Egyptian] President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in their war on terror and those who are trying to stir up a civil war and harm the social fabric.”

The article refers to a terror attack in Egypt’s Minya province on May 26, 2017, in which Muslim terrorists opened fire on a bus of Coptic Christians on their way to a monastery murdering 29, including children. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abbas to foreign audience: We want the two-state solution with a Palestinian state living in peace beside Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2017

Speech by Abbas at the India Islamic Cultural Center in New Delhi, India

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We are working to implement the two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. In other words, an independent and sovereign Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem, which will live in security and peace beside the State of Israel."
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Abbas to Russian TV: option of peace is the only option for the future 
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 9, 2017
Official PA TV, broadcast of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ interview in Arabic with Russian channel RT Arabic on May 9, 2017

Interviewing for Russian media, Abbas stated that the PA’s only option is peace. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to Palestinians.

RT Arabic interviewer: “Why do you still adhere to a peaceful solution, when the Israelis are not interested in it? What are you trying to achieve?”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “What choice do we have? There is no choice for us – for us and for the world – other than a peaceful solution. There are no other options. I think that the military option does not exist in the near future, and has finished its role. We have no option but [a peaceful solution].”

Abbas condemns France terror attack, while supporting terror against Israeli targets 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2017
Palestinian PM Abbas consistently condemns terror acts abroad, while inciting, glorifying, and rewarding acts of terror against Israelis.

Headline: “He emphasized that the members of our people and its leadership stand by the side of the friend France in the struggle against terror – [PA] President Abbas expresses condolences to Hollande over the victims of the terror attack in Paris”

“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday [April 21, 2017] sent French President Francois Hollande a telegram of condolences over the victims of the terror attack that took place two days ago at the Champs-Élysées. In the telegram that he sent to President Hollande, the president condemned this cowardly terror attack, and emphasized that our people and its leadership stand by the side of their friend the French people and its leadership in the struggle against terror.”

On April 20, 2017, 39-year-old French Muslim terrorist Karim Cheurfi shot and killed a French policeman at the Champs-Élysées in Paris before being shot and killed himself. A note praising ISIS was found by his body, and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Abbas condemns terror attacks in Cairo 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2017
“[PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas condemned the terror attack that took place at St. George Church north of Cairo, the capital of Egypt, which claimed dozens of innocent killed and wounded people (see note below –Ed.). He emphasized that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand completely by the side of the Egyptian people, its leadership, and its magnificent army against ‘indiscriminate terror, which is targeting Egypt and its leading role.’ The president expressed his warm condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, his people, and his government over the victims of the cowardly terror incident. He emphasized that he is very confident of Egypt’s ability to overcome all of the difficulties…
The president also expressed his warm condolences to [Coptic] Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Tawadros.”

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Abbas expresses solidarity with Sweden after terror attack claims 4 lives 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2017
Headline: “4 people were killed and 12 others wounded in an attack in Stockholm – the [PA] president expresses solidarity with Sweden against the terror attack it experienced”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas expressed solidarity with the Kingdom of Sweden and with the Swedish people against the terror attack that it experienced yesterday [April 7, 2017], which claimed several killed and wounded citizens (see note below-Ed.). In a telegram that he sent to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, [Abbas] emphasized the State of Palestine’s position against terror in any place, regardless of who is behind it.”

On April 7, 2017, a car ramming terror attack was committed using a stolen truck in Stockholm, Sweden, leaving 4 murdered and 15 wounded. Swedish police later arrested a 39-year-old suspect of Uzbek origin.