PA and Fatah present Israel "as occupied Palestine"
PA and Fatah present Israel as "occupied Palestine"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah continue to deny the existence of Israel, presenting towns, villages and sites all over Israel as "Palestinian" and "occupied."
In the terminology of the PA's National Security Forces, Mount Tabor is situated in "occupied Nazareth" [Facebook, PA National Security Forces, March 10, 2015] and the hippodrome in Caesarea is in "Palestine" [Facebook, Feb. 8, 2015].
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement reiterated the same message - that there is no room for Israel next to "Palestine" - by stating:
"Palestine means the entire national land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," April 8, 2015]
Since May 7, 2015, all broadcasts on official PA TV have been showing a logo with the PA's representation of the map of "Palestine," which includes the PA areas, the Gaza Strip and all of Israel (marked below with a red circle). The map appears with a key, symbolizing the "return" of Palestinians. PA TV possibly shows the logo in anticipation of the annual "Nakba day," May 15, when Palestinians commemorate the "catastrophe" of the establishment of the State of Israel.
[Official PA TV, May 8, 2015]
The Fatah-run TV channel Awdah TV uses similar visuals to communicate the same message. The opening of its daily program Palestine and the Media shows the map of "Palestine" that includes all of Israel covered in newspapers [Awdah TV, March-April, 2015]
Numerous times, Palestinian Media Watch has documented the fact that the PA and Fatah present to the Palestinian public this map that includes all of Israel, referring to it as "Palestine" or "occupied Palestine," leaving no room for a "two-state solution" in any borders.
Many other Facebook posts by the PA National Security Forces have shown maps that erase Israel. One post showed a photo of Yasser Arafat inside a map and the text: "On your path the revolutionaries walk" [April 23, 2015]. A similar post showed Arafat and the Al-Aqsa Mosque beside a map with the text: "Arafat - the second name of Palestine. 'Martyr, Martyr, Martyr.'" [April 26, 2015]
Yet another post displayed the text: "I love it. Die in your rage, Zionists!" [April 24, 2015] This picture shows a collage of images: a young woman kissing the Palestinian flag in front of an Israeli soldier, the Dome of the Rock, flying Palestinian flags, and a map that includes the PA areas and all of Israel:
The PA Presidential Guards also use the same map which denies Israel's existence. One such map posted on the Presidential Guards' official Facebook page appeared in an image with the Dome of the Rock and the Palestinian flag, which indicates political sovereignty and text saying: "Jerusalem, we will not forsake a single grain of your soil." [Official Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards, April 16, 2015]