It has been widely reported that Machmud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, condemned the murders of Israelis which took place last week. No such thing took place.
Here is the Abbas text, in English and Arabic, FROM WAFA, MOUTHPIECE OF THE PA 
Presidency: Climate created by incursions and absence of a horizon of peace led to surge in violence
RAMALLAH, Thursday, December 13, 2018 (WAFA) – Commenting on the latest developments in the West Bank, the Presidency said in a statement that “the climate created by the policy of repeated incursions into the cities, incitement against the President and the absence of a horizon for peace are what led to this rejected surge in violence,which we condemn and reject and which both sides pay its price.”
The Presidency stressed that “our constant policy is to reject violence, incursions and settlers’ terror and that incitement should stop and not to create an atmosphere that contributes to the aggravation of the situation.”
The Presidency emphasized that “the consistent position of the President is to end the occupation and establish the independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the borders of 4 June 1967 and the resolutions of the international legality and international law that provide security, stability and peace for all.”
1:31 2018-12-13
الرئاسة: المناخ الذي خلقته سياسة الاقتحامات وغياب أفق السلام أدى إلى مسلسل العنف
رام الله 13-12-2018 وفا- تعقيبا على الأحداث الجارية في الضفة الغربية، قالت الرئاسة في بيان لها إن المناخ الذي خلقته سياسة الاقتحامات المتكررة للمدن والتحريض على سيادة الرئيس، وغياب أفق السلام هو الذي أدى إلى هذا المسلسل المرفوض من العنف الذي ندينه ونرفضه، والذي يدفع ثمنه الجانبان.
وأكدت الرئاسة أن سياستنا الدائمة هي رفض العنف والاقتحامات وإرهاب المستوطنين، وضرورة وقف التحريض، وعدم خلق أجواء تساهم بتوتير الوضع.
وشددت الرئاسة على أن موقف الرئيس الدائم هو إنهاء الاحتلال وإقامة الدولة الفلسطينية المستقلة بعاصمتها القدس الشرقية على حدود الرابع من حزيران 1967، وقرارات الشرعية الدولية والقانون الدولي الذي يوفر الأمن والاستقرار والسلام للجميع.
Journalist who researched this piece : 
Dr. Ronni Shaked , Coordinator Middle East Unit, Truman  Center for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew U
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