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PA continues to deny Israel�s right to exist

Palestinian Media Watch (Link) - Itamar Marcus & Nan Jacques Zilberdik (May 31, 2011)

The Palestinian Authority�s ideology is to refuse to recognize Israel�s right to exist. The media it owns and controls regularly publish articles that demonize the modern State of Israel and its establishment as a �colonialist plan.�

Recently, the official PA daily went even further, not just maligning the modern State of Israel but also labeling the Jewish/Israelite presence in the land of Judea/Israel 2000 years ago as a �crude form of colonialism.�

Whereas Hamas openly denies Israel�s right to exist in both English and Arabic, the PA professes in English before the international community to have recognized Israel�s right to exist. As documented by Palestinian Media Watch, when addressing its own people in Arabic, the PA - like Hamas - completely denies Israel�s right to exist.

The following is the PA daily�s defining ancient Judea/Israel as �colonialism:�

�The Zionists must acknowledge publicly, in front of the world, that the Jews have no connection to the Palestinian Arab land, upon whose ruins arose the colonialist settler Zionist plan that settles and expels, represented by the Israeli apartheid state. That which occurred two thousand years ago (i.e., the Jewish/Israeli presence in the land), assuming that it is true, represents in the book of history nothing more than invention and falsification and a coarse and crude form of colonialism.�
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2011]

At times, the PA�s denial of Israel�s right to exist serves as the justification for its claim that Israelis should all leave their homes in Israel.

PA TV narrator addresses the Jews of Israel, asking them to leave, because Israel has no right to exist:

�Where are you [Israelis] from? Where are you from? Where are you from? Of course, you�re from Ukraine; of course, you�re from Germany, from Poland, from Russia, from Ethiopia, the Falasha (pejorative for Ethiopian Jews). Why have you stolen my homeland and taken my place? Please, I ask of you, return to your original homeland, so that I can return to my original homeland. This is my homeland; go back to your homeland!�
[PA TV (Fatah), May 4 and 7, 2010]

The following are other examples of denial of Israel�s right to exist from the official education and PA media:

In a 12th-Grade schoolbook published by the PA Ministry of Education, and in use today:

�Palestine�s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, their lands and their houses, and established the State of Israel.�
[Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, Grade 12, p. 104]

Mahmoud Abbas, (in speech delivered by his representative, Abdallah Al-Ifranji):
�We say to him [Netanyahu], when he claims - that they [Jews] have a historical right dating back to 3000 years BCE - we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a 7000 year history BCE. This is the truth, which must be understood and we have to note it, in order to say: �Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history.��
[PA TV (Fatah), May 14, 2011]

Abd Al-Rahman, columnist for the official PA daily, on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration:
�Today is a painful anniversary for the Palestinian people, the 93rd anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, in which those who had no ownership of the Palestinian soil and homeland - the British colonialists - gave to those who had no connection to the land, neither near nor distant - the Zionists, in order to realize a colonialist aim, in the service of the objectives of the colonialist West in the Arab region.�
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2010]

Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist in the official PA daily:
�The history and heritage of Jericho confirm the Arab-Palestinian-Canaanite narrative concerning the entire Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, negating anything else, especially the false Zionist narrative.�
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 21, 2010]

PA TV documentary program on the UN Partition Plan features Jordanian academic Muhammad Dohal:
�The Jews are hated in every society in which they have lived, because of their behavior relating to their great love of money. ... This was the source of their harm to the societies around them, including Palestinian society, Arab-Palestinian society. We all know that the Jews lived in Palestine and the Palestinian people adopted them, so to say, and they lived in dignity. But they contrived schemes by means of their secret organizations, which gave rise to the idea of the need to purchase tracts of land and to seize control of them, and then to claim that they were the owners of a great area of the land, and that they were the original inhabitants of this land, and that the people which had adopted them was simply accidental in this land... Their behavior led to [Shakespeare�s] famous story, the story of Shylock about money lending, which clings to the Jews. This is how they harmed the societies that embraced them.�
[PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 10 and 17, 2010]

Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist in the official PA daily:
�The false story of the Zionists, according to which Palestine is �the promised land,� is simply a lie without any basis. No person of the Jewish faith who was born in any country of the world has the right to return to Palestine, other than Jews who were born in Palestine.�
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2010]

Adli Sadeq, columnist for the official PA daily:
�The very least [we can do] is to declare explicitly that recognition of Israel�s right to be a state in this region represents an environmental and security hazard; it creates the basis for acute internal and regional tensions, and distorts history, just as it poisons the future.�
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 18, 2010]

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash:
�History proves the Arab, Islamic and Palestinian right to this land and disproves all the Israeli claims that they have religious and historical rights in this land.�
[PA TV interview (Fatah), March 2, 2010]

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