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Shahada (Death for Allah) promotion
Suicide terror & Shahada
People who see life as the supreme value have difficulty understanding the mind of the suicide terrorist. Why were so many Palestinians willing and eager to kill themselves in terror attacks against Israel?

In order to create willingness among the population to confront Israel violently, the PA took advantage of the ancient tradition in Islam, Shahada or Death for Allah, which mandates Muslims to aspire to die in combat for Islam. The PA told their people that this ancient tradition also applies to them in confrontation with Israel today.

This indoctrination began shortly after the start of the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005) and continues today. The PA promotes Shahada as a mandatory religious Islamic duty, both for adults and children, promising great rewards.
Shahada (Death for Allah) promotion
Since 2000, the promotion of Shahada has been carried out by the Palestinian Authority through all the structures under its control, including media, school system, religion, culture, music and sports. Religious leaders have taught adults that Islam demands they seek death, while music videos have taught children that Shahada death “is sweet.” Shahada promotion still continues today.
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1- Motivating suicide terror and Shahada
2- Motivating children to seek death
3- "Enemies seek life, you seek death"
4- Honoring Shahids as role-models
 


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In order to create willingness among the population to confront Israel violently, the PA presents Shahada - Death for Allah - as a religious Islamic obligation. This indoctrination began shortly after the start of the PA terror campaign (the "Intifada," 2000-2005).
Palestinians are told that Allah desires all of them – men, women and children – to seek death as martyrs, and that it is a privilege to be worthy of dying for Allah. One cleric even warned that if they didn’t seek Death for Allah their Muslim faith was deficient:
Ahmed Abdel Razek, PA Cleric:
“The believer was created to know his Lord - to follow Islam… to be a Shahid (Martyr) or intend to be one. If the believer doesn't hope for Shahada (Death for Allah), he will die a Jahiliya death (without faith). We must aim for Shahada and request it from Allah. If we truthfully ask for it, [Allah] will grant us its rewards, even if we die in bed.”
[PA TV, March 22, 2002]
Fatah Facebook glorifies terrorist and Martyrdom: “Martyrs are the magnificent ones; they are the crown's jewel; they are the ideal example of humanity” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 6, 2019

Text under Fatah logo:
"The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Mobilization and Organization Commission
Information Office"

Text at bottom of image: "The first anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of heroic Ahmed Jarrar (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 1)"
Posted text: "The Martyr, the star of the night that guides those wandering on the path, and he is giving as the candle gives that burns itself in order to light the path to freedom. The Martyrs are the magnificent ones; they are the crown jewel; they are the ideal example of humanity, of the love of life and the land.
The first anniversary of the death as a Martyr of heroic Ahmed Jarrar"

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At rally honoring terrorists’ families, Fatah and PA officials praise prisoners and Martyrs: “The Martyrs have sacrificed their lives for the people’s freedom, and the prisoners have sacrificed their freedom for our people’s freedom” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2019
       “The Fatah Movement, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club… honored the family members of the prisoners that were sentenced to life, the family members of the prisoners that were sentenced to more than 10 years, and the family members of the Martyrs (Shahids) that are being held by the occupation. Fatah Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said: ‘The goal of this rally is to honor and give support to the family members of the prisoners and the family members of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held [by the occupation].’ [...]  Al-Aloul added: ‘The Martyrs have sacrificed their lives for the people’s freedom, and the prisoners have sacrificed their freedom for our people’s freedom. These are two great things.’ … Bethlehem District Governor Kamel Hamid said: ‘This tribute is a great message that is meant first of all to lift the morale of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, and to keep the prisoners’ cause alive in the consciousness of all the members of the Palestinian people.’ … He added: ‘When [we] honor the prisoners and Martyrs, we honor ourselves and our people, and emphasize the exalted mission for which the Martyrs died.’”

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Islam has guaranteed Paradise for us as Martyrs - song on PA radio 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 19, 2018


Lyrics:
“I swear by our children and our forefathers…
I swear by the religion that has guaranteed Paradise for us on the day of my death as a Martyr…
I swear by the soul that gives, [even] if the entire world is against me:
Not even a bit of my land will remain in the hands of the enemy oppressor.
I swear by the Martyrs of freedom:
We will bring our right, our land will return… and Jerusalem will remain Arab.”
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PA education official glorifies Martyrdom at high school event: “The Palestinian keffiyeh has been colored with the purest blood… of the Martyrs of Palestine”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2017
Headline: “The homeland’s schools are celebrating Keffiyeh Day”
       “Director of the [Qalqilya district] Directorate of Education (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) Naela Fahmawi Oudeh participated in the school radio broadcasts at the Ali Iyad High School for Girls, which were dedicated to Palestinian Keffiyeh (Arab headdress) Day and to Independence Day (declared by Arafat in Tunis in 1988 –Ed.) Fahmawi reviewed the symbolism of the Palestinian keffiyeh… and added that the Palestinian keffiyeh has been colored with the purest blood, the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine during their resistance to the occupation, and the keffiyeh has become the shroud of the Palestinian fighter who has sacrificed his soul for the homeland.”
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Palestinian boy recites quote by Arafat: “In spirit and in blood we will redeem you, Palestine“ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 17, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home, on the 13th anniversary of the death of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

TV host: "What do you want to tell us?"
Boy: "About Yasser Arafat..."
Palestinian boy Zaid: "Do not cheer for me, rather cheer for Palestine and Jerusalem
In spirit and in blood we will redeem you, Palestine
Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem."
Official PA TV host: "Bravo, clever."
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PA District Governor of Ramallah praises mothers of teenage “Martyrs” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "The Ramallah and El-Bireh Education Directorate honored those who excelled in the matriculation exams"
      "The Ramallah and El-Bireh Education Directorate honored those who excelled in the matriculation exams in 2017 on the district level, in a ceremony that was held yesterday [July 31, 2017] in Ramallah in the presence of [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam… In her speech, Ghannam saluted the struggles of the Palestinian woman, and particularly the Jerusalem residents and the mothers of the Martyrs (Shahids), who receive the news of the success of their children in the matriculation exams at the same time as the news of their death as Martyrs – but they stand firm in the face of this painful situation..."

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PA official in Abbas' name: "We are a people who love death more than life" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2016
Headline: “Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim: “The occupiers are doomed to disappear, and the future is ours”
      “Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim said: ‘The occupiers are always doomed to disappear, and the aggressors are doomed to the dustbins of history. The attempt to scare us and threaten us these days, through one person or another from among those who have threatened to attack the Gaza Strip or the Aswan Dam [in Egypt] (apparently referring to Avigdor Lieberman whose party is joining the Israeli government coalition –Ed.), will remain empty threats, as we are a people who love death more than life when it is Palestine that we are fighting for.’"

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Song on official PA TV implicitly promotes child Martyrdom, focuses on boy holding rifle while playing lyrics: “[We] do not fear death” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 29, 2015

Official PA TV, video of song (not part of any program) in honor of the Fatah movement: “Fatah the Revolution”
The video shows a boy carrying a rifle and the camera focuses on him. At the same time, the following lyrics can be heard:
“Eilabun calls to us loudly, we the people of Fatah have come, and [we] do not fear death”

Bombing of Israel's National Water Carrier - Eilabun tunnel attack - On Jan. 1, 1965, Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. This was the first attack against Israel carried out by Fatah. Fatah refers to the attack as the “Intilaqa”, meaning “the Launch” of Fatah.

Girl on Gaza university educational TV: Israelis are afraid but Palestinians aren’t because “they [Israelis] love life” 
Source: Al-Kitab TV (educational channel affiliated with the Islamic University of Gaza), Oct. 16, 2015
Al-Kitab TV host: “Dear viewers, we must talk about the high number of Martyrs (Shahids) in Palestine compared to the number of dead Israelis. This is an indication of the violence and tyranny of the Israeli occupation. It’s true that the occupation kills many of us and they become Martyrs, but the number of dead on their side is low. This demonstrates the violence and tyranny of the occupation. Many of them [Palestinians] were executed in cold blood, and the occupation claimed that they had stabbed a soldier or a settler. It has become a sort of a game. Every time the settlers see a Palestinian walking by, they throw a knife next to him and claim he was trying to carry out a stabbing attack…
Eternal glory for the devoted Martyrs. We salute their families and wish them [the ability] to carry their burden with patience. We praise the young heroes who sacrificed their souls for Jerusalem and carried out these wonderful heroic acts. We kiss their hands because they are true heroes. We say to all the Mujahideen (i.e., Jihad fighters) of Palestine: ‘Mujahideen, keep your shoes, because the day will come when all the museums of the world will ask them of you.’”
Girl: “The Israelis fight with missiles and tanks, while we fight with rocks. [But] we are not afraid. They are more afraid than us, because they love life.”

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Fatah council: “The prisoners, Martyrs, and wounded have sacrificed that which is most precious to them for the homeland, and Fatah will remain loyal to their sacrifice” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2019
Excerpt of a statement summarizing a session of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.

       “The prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and wounded have sacrificed that which is most precious to them for the homeland, and Fatah will remain loyal to their sacrifice. It will continue to fulfill its duty and obligations to them and to their families, despite the blackmail, pressures, and theft (refers to Israeli law to deduct terrorist salaries from the tax money Israel collects for the PA; see note below –Ed.), as severe as they may be. As [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has emphasized more than once, this is a red line. The council condemns the occupation’s targeting of the prisoners, its break-ins [to the prisoners’ wings], and its recurring attacks against the brave prisoners. It condemns the occupying power’s policy of medical neglect in the strongest language, and prays for the 214 Martyr prisoners since 1967, the last of whom was Martyr Fares Baroud (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1). The council salutes all of the prisoners...”

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Fatah Facebook glorifies terrorist and Martyrdom: “Martyrs are the magnificent ones; they are the crown's jewel; they are the ideal example of humanity” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 6, 2019

Text under Fatah logo:
"The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Mobilization and Organization Commission
Information Office"

Text at bottom of image: "The first anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of heroic Ahmed Jarrar (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 1)"
Posted text: "The Martyr, the star of the night that guides those wandering on the path, and he is giving as the candle gives that burns itself in order to light the path to freedom. The Martyrs are the magnificent ones; they are the crown jewel; they are the ideal example of humanity, of the love of life and the land.
The first anniversary of the death as a Martyr of heroic Ahmed Jarrar"

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At rally honoring terrorists’ families, Fatah and PA officials praise prisoners and Martyrs: “The Martyrs have sacrificed their lives for the people’s freedom, and the prisoners have sacrificed their freedom for our people’s freedom” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2019
       “The Fatah Movement, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club… honored the family members of the prisoners that were sentenced to life, the family members of the prisoners that were sentenced to more than 10 years, and the family members of the Martyrs (Shahids) that are being held by the occupation. Fatah Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said: ‘The goal of this rally is to honor and give support to the family members of the prisoners and the family members of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held [by the occupation].’ [...]  Al-Aloul added: ‘The Martyrs have sacrificed their lives for the people’s freedom, and the prisoners have sacrificed their freedom for our people’s freedom. These are two great things.’ … Bethlehem District Governor Kamel Hamid said: ‘This tribute is a great message that is meant first of all to lift the morale of the families of the prisoners and Martyrs, and to keep the prisoners’ cause alive in the consciousness of all the members of the Palestinian people.’ … He added: ‘When [we] honor the prisoners and Martyrs, we honor ourselves and our people, and emphasize the exalted mission for which the Martyrs died.’”

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Topics on this page
1- Motivating suicide terror and Shahada
2- Motivating children to seek death
3- "Enemies seek life, you seek death"
4- Honoring Shahids as role-models




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