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Anti-American and anti-British hate speech was omitted from the translation of Mahmoud Abbas's Cairo speech.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2022. Source: YouTube.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2022. Source: YouTube.
Itamar Marcus
Itamar Marcus

The Palestinian Authority often translates its chief Mahmoud Abbas’s important speeches into English and publishes them on the website of its official news agency WAFA.

Abbas’s speech last week in Cairo was also translated, but one striking theme was left out: The anti-American and anti-British hate speech.

The parts of Abbas’s speech to a meeting of the secretaries-general of various Palestinian factions that were not publicized in English demonized the U.S. and Britain as “colonialist” states that illegally created Israel.

Abbas condemned the Balfour Declaration, which recognized the right of the Jewish people to establish a state in their homeland, as a “conspiracy” to “promise to one [the Jews] who has no right”:

Abbas: “Western colonialism—and the U.S. and Britain in particular—conspired to issue the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917, in which one who has no ownership gave a promise to one who has no right.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 31, 2023]

Abbas further claimed that “the colonialist states”—especially the U.S.—persist in their misconduct by continuing to sponsor Israel, which Abbas compared to apartheid South Africa: “We are also especially focusing on creating changes in public opinion in the colonialist states that have sponsored Israel and are still sponsoring it to this very day, and especially in the U.S. (in this context, we have South Africa as a model) [parentheses in source].”

Abbas further claimed that, because of all these supposed crimes, the P.A. is planning legal action against the United States and Britain: “We also will submit lawsuits against the U.S. and Britain for their responsibility for the Balfour Promise and its implementation through the British Mandate for Palestine.”

Finally, since Palestinians—according to Abbas—have existed on their “historical homeland … on this land for thousands of years” and Israel’s history is “false Zionist and Israeli claims and narratives,” Israel is therefore an illegal occupation that is destined to “pass”: 

“We will certainly triumph, we will defeat the occupation … for every occupation passes in the end, and this will be the fate of the hated Israeli occupation of our homeland.”  

[Official P.A. daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 31, 2023]

Palestinian Media Watch has exposed numerous anti-American statements and attacks on other Western countries by Abbas and other P.A. leaders and officials, and documented that P.A. loyalties lie with other states like Russia and China.

The following are excerpts from the two reports on Abbas’s speech at the meeting of secretaries-general of the Palestinian factions held in Egypt on July 30, 2023.

The first is the translation from the Arabic in the official P.A. daily, for Palestinian consumption, followed by the translation in English issued by the official P.A. news agency WAFA, for foreign consumption:

Headline: “The [P.A.] president: The PLO is the sole legal representative of our people, and we must adhere to it, its fundamentals, and its international commitments”

Ever since Western colonialism – and the US and Britian in particular – conspired to issue the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917, in which one who has no ownership gave a promise to one who has no right, our people that is carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict over land claimed to be Islamic) in Jerusalem and around Jerusalem has been fighting and carrying out Jihad against the colonialism and the occupation. It has been sacrificing thousands of martyrs, wounded and prisoners on the path to freedom, honor and independence.

As part of this political and legal struggle, we will continue to work with the international institutions, organizations and courts in order to put the occupation state on trial for the crimes that it has committed during its occupation. We also will submit lawsuits against the U.S. and Britain for their responsibility for the Balfour Promise and its implementation through the British Mandate for Palestine. …

We are also especially focusing on creating changes in public opinion in the colonialist states that have sponsored Israel and are still sponsoring it to this very day, and especially in the U.S. (in this context, we have South Africa as a model). We will continue to take action in the European arena, in Latin America and in Africa.

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 31, 2023]

Report in English from the official P.A. news agency:

Headline: “President Abbas says Palestinian division must end immediately”

“President Mahmoud Abbas said today that the coup that took place in 2007 and the division it caused must end immediately without any hesitation or delay.

President Abbas made the remarks during the meeting of heads of Palestinian factions that he chaired in Egypt’s city of El-Alamein.

He stressed that the division is a new catastrophe that befell the Palestinian people and cause, adding that national unity and joint collective action must be based on clear principles and foundations to end division, achieve unity and arrange the inner house.

President also stressed that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, stressing the need to adhere to its political program, and to all its international obligations.

“The entire world recognizes the PLO as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and it is the unifying home for all Palestinians … it is the national and political entity of the Palestinian people, and the mother of the independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital, and the protector of the independent national decision and national identity,” the President said.

He affirmed that it is not acceptable for any Palestinian to have reservations about the PLO and its national and political program, adding that it is necessary to unanimously protect it, because it is considered one of the most important gains of the Palestinian people.

“The continued barbaric Israeli aggression obliges us all to rise to the level of true national responsibility, and to work on arranging our national home, so that we can confront this occupation that targets our existence, our rights and our sanctities,” President Abbas said.

He revealed that he invited heads of factions for this meeting to study ways to achieve national unity, strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, resist the continuous aggression against the Palestinians, and protect the homeland, people and sanctities.

“We have practiced different forms of struggle at different stages in our national march, and we see today that peaceful popular resistance, at this stage, is the best way to continue our struggle and achieve our national goals,” he said.

The President noted that choosing this method of national struggle is not a random choice, but rather a well-studied choice based on historical backgrounds and experiences.

“In the face of the occupation, and the continued terrorism of the settlers, we must agree on this resistance to confront the aggression of the occupiers,” he said.

He stressed that the international community must provide international protection for the Palestinian people from those who attack them.

“We must work to end the division and put things back in order, within the framework of one state, one system, one law, one legitimate weapon and one government, and the interests of our people and our national cause dictate that,” President Abbas said.

As for holding elections, President Abbas said elections are “our only means of sharing responsibility and national participation, and we want to hold presidential, legislative and National Council elections today before tomorrow, provided that our people in occupied East Jerusalem can participate in these elections as candidates and voters without any obstacles, as happened in the years 1996, 2005 and 2006.”

He stressed that the one who obstructs holding these elections is the occupying power, demanding the international community, led by the United States and the European Union, to oblige Israel to allow us hold democratic elections in Jerusalem.

President Abbas thanked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Egypt for hosting the meeting, and for the facilities they provided for convening this meeting.

He also showed gratitude to Egypt for its continuous sponsorship of the Palestinian reconciliation efforts, and its sincere desire for the success of this reconciliation in order to protect the national unity and the interests of the Palestinian people.”

[WAFA, official P.A. news agency, English edition, July 30, 2023]

Originally published by Palestinian Media Watch.

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