Abbas: Israel "is a colonialist project that is not connected to Judaism"
- Host on official PA radio: Israel is "cancerous entity... Everyone knows [the Jews] have no right to this land"
- Fatah official: Fatah "has never recognized Israel"
- Fatah official calls for "escalating the intifada"
- Young Palestinian kid with real automatic weapon at Fatah anniversary
In his speech Abbas repeated the Palestinian revision of history that Israel's creation was not founded on Jewish history in the area, but was the European solution to its alleged problem with the Jews and its way to create a presence in the Middle East - a repeating PA libel documented by Palestinian Media Watch.
Many PA and Fatah leaders regularly rewrite history to deny the Jewish people's connection to the land. Earlier this month, describing Israel as a "cancerous entity" planted by colonialists, a host on official PA radio also repeated this claim:
The PA radio host made this statement in response to US President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017. PMW has documented the Palestinian condemnations of the American decision as well as calls for violence.
Not only do the PA and Fatah not accept Jerusalem being recognized as the capital of Israel, they reject Israel's entire existence. A member of Fatah's Central Committee explained this recently:
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Denial of Israel's right to exist leads to ongoing calls for terror and violence by PA and Fatah leaders as PMW has exposed repeatedly.
One such call was made by the Head of the Communications Department of the Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub, who called for "escalating the intifada":
The photo above of a young Palestinian boy carrying a real M-16 semi-automatic assault rifle at a Fatah event celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the movement is illustrative of this message advocating violence coming from the PA and Fatah.
At the Fatah event, the District Governor of Qalqilya Rafe' Rawajbeh "emphasized that the popular uprising (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) must be escalated, and that all of the Palestinians need to participate in it in order to collect the price of the occupation of our Palestinian land from the occupation, and to force it to leave [the land] by the force of the popular resistance and the support of the brothers and friends from all of the world's states." [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2018]
The terms "peaceful uprising/resistance," and "popular uprising/resistance" are used by PA leaders at times to refer to peaceful protest and at times to refer to deadly terror attacks and terror waves. For example, Mahmoud Abbas defined as "peaceful popular" the murderous terror during the 2015-2016 terror wave ("The Knife Intifada"), in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded by stabbings, shootings, and car ramming attacks: Abbas said: "we want peaceful popular uprising, and that's what this is."
Expressions of the Palestinian "peaceful resistance" was publicized in the official PA daily under the headline: "Trump's declaration will not pass." Similar photos from riots and rock throwing was published daily by the paper right after Trump's declaration.
The following are longer excerpts of the reports above:
Excerpt of a speech given by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the PLO Central Council on Jan. 14, 2018
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that "His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate responsible for putting into effect the declaration," which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.
The boy in the photo above has the words "Jerusalem is ours" written on his forehead with face paint, and likewise has a Palestinian flag drawn on his right cheek and the number "53" on a yellow background on his left cheek referring to the 53rd anniversary of "the Launch" of Fatah. The boy and man are both wearing keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) around their necks. In the background yellow Fatah flags are waved by participants in the procession, and on the flags is the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas.
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.