PA official claims that Israeli settlements started in 1881 as a "colonialist project"
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Mar. 8, 2016

 
Headline: “The launching of Your Initiative is Their Resolve – the Martyr Ziad Abu Ein Prize at the An-Najah University”
     “The national An-Najah University launched the Your Initiative is Their Resolve – the Martyr (Shahid) Ziad Abu Ein Prize, under the patronage of [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… Chairman of [PA] Committee Against the Wall and Settlements Walid Assaf said: ‘The settlement issue has existed from the moment the colonialist project in Palestine began in 1881 (i.e., First Aliyah - Zionist immigration to what is now Israel).’”