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Abbas to German newspaper: I am against attacks, but we must pay terrorists; "We are not encouraging our youth to commit violence"
Originally published in English by Der Spiegel on April 18, 2016; published in Arabic in Donia Al-Watan on April 20, 2016 "With war waging in Syria and in Yemen as well as the perpetual threat of violence by the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), the myriad trouble spots in the Middle East..."
Apr 18, 2016
Abbas lies to Israeli Druze leaders: “Discourse of peace is discourse of Palestine”
Headline: "The Gandhi of the Arabs" Excerpt of editorial in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida In meetings and interviews with foreign audiences, Abbas frequently expresses that peace is the only option for the Palestinians. However, as PMW has documented, this is rarely the message PA leaders present to...
Apr 13, 2016
Abbas to Romanian delegation: We "are not against the Jewish religion," "our hands are extended toward peace," and "we are against all forms of terror"
Headline: "The president: Israel's agreement to the two-state solution will be the beginning of the political solution" "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received a Romanian media delegation yesterday [April 5, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah… The president again emphasized his..."
Apr 6, 2016
Abbas to Israeli Druze leaders: “We want to make peace” and “renounce violence, terror and extremism”
Headline: "The president: There are those who do not want that and who are fomenting the war in places like those and others" In meetings and interviews with foreign audiences, Abbas frequently expresses that peace is the only option for the Palestinians. However, as PMW has documented, this is...
Apr 3, 2016
42.8% of Palestinian youth support two-state solution; 52.9% want to resume negotiations but 67% believe they will not be successful
Poll carried out by The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, which interviewed "a random sample of 1000 people over the age of 15-29" in the West Bank and Gaza between April 13-19, 2016. "A greater percentage (42.8%) of youths polled said they support the two-state solution while 19.1% said..."
Apr 1, 2016
Abbas to Morrocan Jewish delegation: “Despite all that is happening, we still hold our hand out to you, in order to establish peace and put an end to the loathing and [spilling] of blood between us”
Headline: “The president [Abbas]: Time is passing quickly, and we must establish peace and put an end to the occupation” “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas warned that time is passing quickly, and therefore there is no other choice but to establish peace. He said: ‘We strive for peace through the...”
Mar 29, 2016
Palestinian author condemns Antisemitism and religious divisions
Official PA TV program Culture Talks, hosting author Ounallah Abu Safieh Official PA TV host: "You think a man cannot be judged based on his religion? What is your personal opinion?" Author Ounallah Abu Safieh: “No, I say the homeland is wide enough for everyone. [...] In the days of the great...”
Mar 14, 2016
Abbas during terror wave: "Our hands still reach out for just, fair peace, that corresponds with international law"
Abbas made the following statement during a wave of Palestinian terror attacks that began in October 2015. 11 Israelis had been killed in the terror wave at the time Abbas made this statement. Headline: "The president called South America to act like the EU with regards to products from..."
Nov 12, 2015
PA PM voices commitment to negotiations and peace process in meeting with German politicians
Headline: “Hamdallah updated a German delegation regarding the occupation’s violations” “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah received President of the Bundesrat (i.e., upper house of the German parliament) and President of the German state of Hesse Volker Bouffier, yesterday in his office in...”
Oct 21, 2015
Palestinian feminist leadership rejects violence, calls on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work for peace
Headline: “Women Wage Peace calls on the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to sit together” “The Women Wage Peace organization and Palestinian feminist leadership supporters called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to sit together and work seriously to achieve a just peace for everyone. The...”
Oct 6, 2015
PA daily reports on Jewish and Arab women’s organization seeking peace
Headline: “Israeli women began a 50 day fast demanding a political solution with the Palestinians” “Jewish and Arab Israeli women began a group fast yesterday [July 8, 2015], on the first anniversary of the aggression against Gaza, demanding to reach a political solution to the conflict with the...”
Jul 9, 2015
Sheikh on PA TV sends “message of peace” supporting “two states side by side” and PA TV host agrees
Official PA TV program Panorama of the Hour hosted Sheikh Ismail Bulbul – director of Al-Azhar Institutes in Palestine, regarding the anniversary of Muhammad’s Night Journey. Shiekh Ismail Bulbul: “I call to the enemy and to the friend: We want to live on our land in peace. At this opportunity I...”
May 18, 2015
Palestinian man on PA TV: Any Muslim, Christian or Jew “has a part in the land of Palestine”
PA TV program Diaspora Issues interviewed people in the street on the meaning of Land Day for them: Palestinian refugee in Lebanon: “The meaning of Land Day for me is that even if I remain away from my land for a thousand years, it will continue to be my land. First of all, the land of Palestine...”
Mar 30, 2015
Fatah official: Calling Jews "descendants of apes and pigs" is "not part of our values"
Fatah Revolutionary Council member, Muwaffaq Matar: "They [Hamas] said [about me]: 'It seems that Muwaffaq Matar is a descendant of apes and pigs, physically and mentally.' This is racism... Naturally, they use this expression [to refer] to the Jews. This is unfortunate. We also reject these..."
Feb 23, 2015
Governor of Jericho states that Palestine is the land of the three monotheistic religions
Headline: “Blessings to the Christians in Jericho and the Jordan Valley for Christmas” “[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, Governor of Jericho and Jordan Valley District Majed Al-Fatiani, and PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat conveyed the blessings of [PA] President...”
Dec 26, 2014
Abbas: "All that we want we received in the resolution of the [UN] General Assembly... We only want peace"
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...”
Dec 25, 2014
Girl on PA TV: Muslims, Christians and Jews "are all the same and if we don’t love each other, it’s a big problem"
Official PA TV program "Palestine This Morning" about a play entitled “The School,” about religious tolerance. The play included a song entitled “The Quran, the New Testament and the Torah.” This clip was broadcast from a school in Nablus: Girl who participated in the play: “Through the song, ‘The...”
Dec 15, 2014
Palestinian paper: Arabs increasingly moving to Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem
“A small but growing number of Arabs are moving into Jewish settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem, drawn by cheaper rent and better services... ‘Really it's not a matter of ideology,’ said Rawya Mazal, an Israeli Arab realtor who sells or lets properties to Palestinian families in a...”
Dec 9, 2014
Abbas calls for respecting all religions: Attacks on “Jewish synagogues or Christian churches are forbidden”
“The following is the text of the speech given by the President [Mahmoud Abbas] at a ceremony held yesterday [Dec. 7, 2014] in Ramallah, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day: 'The Israeli government has raised [the issue of] the Jewishness of the state, and the government was...”
Dec 8, 2014
Abbas expresses zero tolerance for attacks on any holy site, including Jewish ones
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We told the world: Israel is attacking the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and it is the Palestinian nation in Jerusalem that is protecting Al-Aqsa. Some call them Murabitin (those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic). Who are the Murabitin? They...”
Nov 30, 2014
Abbas: “Islamic, Christian and Jewish holy places are all equally holy in our eyes”
“The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, said today, Tuesday, that our nation does not know the meaning of [the word] ‘impossible,’ and would continue to defend its legitimate rights. In a phone interview on the world’s longest radio program, which was inaugurated by the...”
Nov 25, 2014
Ahmadi Muslim leader condemns terror against Israelis as distortion of Islam
Op-ed by Sheikh Muhammad Sharif Odeh, leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Holy Land. "When Allah, exalted be He, gave permission for the Muslims to fight, he did so in order that they might defend complete freedom of religion. He emphasized to them that it was their duty to defend,..."
Nov 24, 2014
PA daily op-ed: Palestinians and the PA want to “stop the cycle of violence” and give the two-state solution a chance
Op-ed by Adel Abd Al-Rahman (pen name of Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul), regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: “The Zionist movement, and alongside it the capitalist West, have failed to advance the idea behind the slogan [‘A land without a people for a people without a land’], because the Palestinian...”
Nov 17, 2014
Official PA daily prints positive report on friendly football match between Palestinian and Israeli kids
The positive article below elicited harsh criticism of the event from PA officials, who condemned the children's football match as "a crime against humanity." To view the full PMW bulletin with the PA officials' responses, click here. Headline: "Palestinian and Israeli children participate in..."
Sep 3, 2014
Abbas on cooperation with Israel: "We cannot confront the State of Israel - neither militarily or in any other way"
“As for the Israeli government, it is causing a sharp escalation, and this is a new problem we are facing. The reason is the kidnapping of three boys near one of the settlements. Naturally, despite their [Israel’s] presence in Area C, which is not under our security control, and despite the fact...”
Jun 18, 2014