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PA official condemns attacks on any person, “Christian, Muslim or Jew”
PA TV News reported on an attack by Palestinians on the Bir Ya’qub church in Nablus. Official spokesman of the PA Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri: “We believe that attacking any person – Christian, Muslim or Jew – in Palestine, as well as [anyone] from the Samaritan brothers, is an attack on all of...”
Dec 2, 2013
PA daily acknowledges Jewish symbols on artifacts from the Byzantine period
In a rare instance, the PA daily acknowledges Jewish history in the land of Israel: “In the [Russian] museum [in Jericho] there is an exhibition of Byzantine copper coins from the fifth and sixth century CE, as well as ceramic lamps from the [period of the] second half of the fifth century to the...”
Nov 26, 2013
PA news agency chose to report on kind gesture by Israeli PM
Headline: “President [Mahmoud Abbas] receives a holiday greeting from the Israeli Prime Minister” “Today, Tuesday, [Oct. 15, 2013] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who relayed greetings in honor of Eid...”
Oct 15, 2013
PA daily reports on Palestinian participation in seminar rejecting violence
“[Participants] in a seminar held yesterday [Oct. 13, 2013] by the Italian Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII organization, in cooperation with the [Palestinian] Popular Committee for Non-Violent Resistance in Yatta, recommended following the way of non-violent popular resistance to obtain rights [from...”
Oct 13, 2013
Sheikh on PA TV supports man’s decision to help settler with car trouble
PA TV program Religion Facilitates: Yusuf from Jenin: “Six or seven days ago I was working late, I was coming back from Hebron and at two o’clock, I found an overturned Israeli car in front of me… upside down on the side of the road… I, to speak plainly, helped them. Now people are telling me: ‘How...”
Aug 13, 2013
PA daily article quotes Palestinian who emphasizes Jews and Arabs are equals
“Alongside the Arab sailors in the ancient port of Jaffa, there are also Jewish fishermen, but they are the minority, as [sailor] Zainab says and adds: ‘We are all sailors here. Anyone who comes to the sea becomes its devotee, there’s no difference between an Arab sailor and a Jewish sailor.’”
Aug 4, 2013
Abbas claims PA is committed to peace and has fulfilled all signed treaties
Excerpt from Abbas’ speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan: “Palestine has spiritual and religious prominence and also 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… In a few days, 46...”
May 26, 2013
PA daily: Muhammad preached treating your neighbor well, even Jews and other heretics
Op-ed by Umar ibn Abd Al-Majid Al-Bayanouni, religion supplement of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: “Among the duties that have been neglected and that are being disrespected is the duty towards the neighbor and the appropriate way of treating him… A neighbor is anyone who lives near you, whether he is a...”
Mar 15, 2013
PA daily reports on visit of Israeli physicians to Nablus hospital
Headline: “An Israeli delegation that visited the Rafidia Hospital was made up of physicians only” “Nablus District Governor Jabrin Al-Bakri said that the Israeli delegation that visited the Rafidia Hospital [in Nablus in the PA] was made up of physicians only, and denied [PA] media reports about...”
Feb 15, 2013
Positive report in official PA daily: Settlers "interested in making peace"
Headline: "Some settlers are 'interested in making peace' with the Palestinians" "A Palestinian, Muhammad Saad, recently received permission from the occupation army (i.e., Israeli Defense Forces) to construct apartment [buildings] in the Khirbat Zakaria village in the occupied West Bank. [This..."
Oct 5, 2012
PA daily article promotes peace and criticizes glorification of violence in Palestinian society
Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily: "It may be that the violence of the occupation soldiers and the settlers is one of the reasons for the spread of violence among our children, but that is not the only reason, or the most influential one, since we see the environment that..."
Aug 26, 2012
PA daily reports on Israeli-Palestinian football tournament in a positive light
The official PA daily reports on a friendly football (soccer) tournament promoting peace that was held in Los Angeles for Palestinian and Israeli children: "While the experienced Portuguese coach, José Mourinho, was leading the practices of his team, the Spanish Real Madrid, on the fields of UCLA..."
Aug 4, 2012
PA daily reports on a Jewish Holocaust survivor who became Muslim and married an Arab
Headline: "Jewess who married an Arab reveals, 52 years later, that she is a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust" "Helen Brashatsky, a Jewess, lived in the [Israeli] Arab town of Umm Al-Fahm after marrying Ahmed Jabarin and converting to Islam. For years she concealed the secret that she was a survivor..."
Apr 19, 2012
Abbas says he rejects armed struggle and wants peace in interview with German paper
Headline: "Welcomed Irish representative, the Central Elections Committee, and a delegation of released prisoners – President [Abbas] to German newspaper: If the present situation continues, they'll be building a settlement in my office in Ramallah. Israel must hurry and bring about peace, because..."
Feb 1, 2012
Abbas: Abbas accuses Israel of heritage theft, but is “prepared to fight the war for peace to the end”
Article on Abbas’ statements at the opening of the celebrations of the 47th anniversary of the Fatah movement: "President Abbas emphasized: 'Without East Jerusalem there will be no state; there will be no Palestinian state. We know that they (i.e., Israelis) are trying to change its landmarks, to..."
Jan 1, 2012
Abbas speech: “We want to live with them [Israel] in security and peace. We want to build our state alongside their state”
PA TV broadcasts speech by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas held in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Dec. 24, 2011, on the occasion of Christmas Eve and the visit by Jordanian Minister for Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh, who later, in January 2012, hosted meetings between Israelis and Palestinians...
Dec 24, 2011
PA TV guest: “There is no enmity in Islamic and Christian thought [just] because you are a Jew”
PA TV program Together for Palestine interviews from Amman Ahmad Nijm, former president of the Return Club in Zarqa (Jordan). Nijm: "We aren't against the Jews in principle. Judaism is a religion like Christianity and like Islam. On the contrary – our forefathers were partners with the Jews in..."
Nov 28, 2011
Abbas to Palestinian audience: “I recognize the State of Israel"
Abbas: "People are always asking me, wherever I go, no matter whether there are Jews there or not: What do you think about the Jewish state? I have said what I think, and now I say it again: I shall not agree to the Jewishness of Israel, nor to a Jewish state. I recognize the State of Israel, and..."
Oct 24, 2011
Abbas: “We do not support violence or the armed struggle”
Abbas during a meeting with a Jordanian parliamentary delegation Headline: “President [Abbas]: Our application to the UN follows their blocking of the possibility of negotiations” “… President Abbas said: ‘Negotiations are the basis for reaching a solution, and we have no [other] option. I will not...”
Jul 7, 2011
Palestinian children host Israeli children for football game
Headline: "Game for coexistence between Palestinian and Israeli children" "On Friday, Palestinian children hosted a group of Israeli peers for a friendly game of football between two mixed teams, in the first visit of its kind, in order to demonstrate the possibility of peaceful coexistence between..."
Dec 11, 2010
PA daily: PA sends Israel help to extinguish fire
Text: "Members of the Palestinian Civil Defense helping to put out the fire." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2010] “An officer in the Palestinian Civil Defense said that yesterday he supervised a team of twenty, to extinguish the fires which broke out in the Carmel region in northern Israel four days...”
Dec 6, 2010
PA daily gives front page coverage to visit of Israeli rabbis after mosque arson
"Yesterday, a delegation of Jewish religious leaders visited the town of Beit Fajar and examined the destruction caused by the fire two days ago. They emphasized that the Jewish religion dissociates itself from the perpetrators... The delegation of rabbis emphasized that the aim of their visit to..."
Oct 6, 2010
PA daily highlights coexistence with Israeli neighbors after mosque arson
"Six settler rabbis conducted a solidarity visit to the village of Beit Fajar, near Bethlehem, bringing with them copies of the Quran. Dozens of settler-supporters of peace and hundreds of Palestinians, expressing solidarity, gathered to receive them at the entrance of the village. After handing..."
Oct 6, 2010
Piece written by Palestinian girl in PLO youth mag acknowledges that Jerusalem is holy to Judaism
“Jerusalem is a city that is holy to the three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is the largest of the cities in historical Palestine, which is currently under Israeli rule. In this district there are two refugee camps: Shuafat and Qalandiya.” Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO...
Jul 1, 2010