The official Palestinian Authority daily paper published an op-ed piece which called Israel a “monstrosity,” whose creation was “a crime unprecedented in history.”

The opinion piece, published in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on May 7, said that “the occupation of Palestine was the greatest crime known to humanity” and noted that since 1948, the Palestinian people have been using “all the means and methods at its disposal” to regain their “stolen” land.

According to the op-ed, “Zionist gangs” invaded Palestine and expelled the residents with the assistance of the world powers, and, “since that time, the Palestinian people has been confronting these gangs using all the means and methods at its disposal, to regain the stolen right, waiting for the long-awaited day.”

An excerpt from the op-ed, as translated by Palestinian Media Watch and posted online this week, read as follows:

“Sixty-six years ago, a monstrosity was born, which grew over the ruins of an entire people, which had been expelled from its land and homeland, and its name became Israel. This monstrosity… has a language whose letters were put together without patterns and without meaning, and which is abnormal, lacking rules or order. It has a flag with two stripes, and in the middle a stolen star… The Zionist gangs invaded the land of Palestine and expelled its residents before the eyes and ears of the world – which didn’t lift a finger – and specifically the powers at the time, which gave the Zionist gangs cover and eased their despicable mission, and afforded them all means of assistance. This was a crime unprecedented in history… The occupation of Palestine was the greatest crime known to humanity. Since that time, the Palestinian people has been confronting these gangs using all the means and methods at its disposal, to regain the stolen right, waiting for the long-awaited day…”

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have recently engaged in a nine-month round of US-brokered peace talks aimed at reaching a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which fell apart in April without an agreement.