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Suicide terror & Shahada
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]
PA TV song: "Massive armies are advancing on Jerusalem.. May our convoy die as Martyrs" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 9, 2014


Yasser Arafat:
"Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem! Oh Lord, let me become a Martyr among the Martyrs of Jerusalem."
Singer: "Massive armies are advancing on Jerusalem.
They do not fear the attackers
May our convoy die as Martyrs to redeem the forlorn Al-Aqsa...
Jerusalem is shouting ‘O Homeland.’
It needs a mausoleum [for Arafat]
Until your heart comes to rest in Jerusalem,
the land of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic)."
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Protestors shout chants calling for blood and Martyrdom to “redeem” Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 8, 2014
     “The national and Islamic factions, forces and activists in the Hebron district took part in [several] well-attended marches yesterday, Friday [Nov. 8, 2014] in support of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. One of the marches, organized by Fatah, left the Al-Hussein mosque after the Friday prayers… under the heading ‘For you, Al-Aqsa.’ Other marches were held in various areas of the district, during which protesters chanted angry slogans against the occupation and calls for support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including: ‘Al-Aqsa’s gate is made of iron, only the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) blood will open it,’ and ‘With spirit, with blood, we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa.’ They [the marches] ended with confrontations with the occupation forces… In a speech held during the march organized by [Fatah] in the city, Fatah Secretary in Hebron Imad Kharwat emphasized the importance of uniting in one rank to defend Al-Aqsa from the occupation’s attacks and the settlers’ constantly recurring invasions of its courtyards. Kharwat said: ‘All the Palestinian factions and forces throughout the homeland and the diaspora must awaken to defend Al-Aqsa, which is more exalted than any of these, until the words of our late leader Yasser Arafat are realized: A boy from among our boys and a girl from among our girls will raise the Palestinian flag over the minarets and church towers of Jerusalem.’ Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said: ‘More mass popular activity is required in support of Al-Aqsa, for this mosque is the symbol of unity. It unites and does not divide, and it represents the nation’s honor. Let us fight for it to defend it and liberate it from the occupation’s filth.’”
PA TV song: "Take my blood and give me freedom: my country from the [Jordan] water to the [Mediterranean] water" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 9, 2014


Song on PA TV, sung by winner of Arab Idol song contest, Muhammad Assaf:
     "We possess the right [to Palestine], and we are her men
And when the right is realized, we will redeem her soil
Take my blood and give me freedom: my country from the [Jordan] water to the [Mediterranean] water
O Gaza, sacrifice your men liberally; each of them is worth two
Lift your head high; that is your weapon...
No matter how severe the oppression is, we will protect our land
It's either victory or Martyrdom, her men said
Soil of the forgotten land, watered with precious blood
My land, sing your song, gather your strength for freedom."
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Note: This video originally aired on July 29, 2014 and was rebroadcast 27 times since then, most recently on Oct. 9, 2014.
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Palestinian mother celebrates her son’s death:‎ ‎“This is the first time I see joy in my heart”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 12, 2014

Mother of Muhammad Sunuqrut at his funeral: "This is the first time I see joy in my heart. This is the first time I see such joy. This is the first time. Thank Allah for giving him Martyrdom."
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Note: Muhammad Sunuqrut was a 16-year-old Palestinian ‎who was killed during a riot in Jerusalem in 2014.
Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother "must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 1, 2014


Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait: "Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: 'Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell.' (Hadith)
We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: 'Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!' (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: 'And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.' (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom... Every mother - especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine - must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth."
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Kids on Hamas TV: "We want to die as Martyrs" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), May 8, 2014

Hamas TV reporter:
For most of these children, resistance has become a dream... When you speak to them, you’re surprised by the strength and eloquence of their words.
Boy 1: We love the resistance. We want to die as Martyrs. Long live the Martyrs...
Boy 2: The Israeli occupation understands only resistance. We always love the resistance, to liberate our nation Palestine. And among us, the Martyrs are loved. Applause for the Martyrs...
Reporter: The atmosphere in the refugee camp is full of the spirit of resistance and of those who inscribed its stories of heroism. Most of the walls show you the images of the Martyrs...
Boy 3: The resistance, the armed resistance is what brings results in the Jenin refugee camp... The Jenin refugee camp continues to educate its children to resist, and passes on the flag to them, from generation to generation. They yearn for one of the two best outcomes – the return to their occupied lands, or Martyrdom.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) YouTube channel, May 8, 2014]
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Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother "must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 1, 2014


Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait: "Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: 'Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell.' (Hadith)
We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: 'Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!' (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: 'And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.' (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom... Every mother - especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine - must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth."
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Hamas: We love death like Israelis love life 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014

 

Hamas leader Muhammad Deif:
"Today you [Israelis] are fighting divine soldiers, who love death for Allah like you love life, and who compete among themselves for Martyrdom like you flee from death."
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: "We love death like our enemies love life! We love Martyrdom, the way in which [Hamas] leaders died."
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Muhammad Deif – commander of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, responsible of the death of hundreds of Israeli civilians in suicide bombings and other terror attacks. Deif is severely disabled as a result of assassination attempts.
Play depicts Palestinian girl proclaiming, "I will die a Martyr on my land" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 28, 2014
Official PA TV program A Creator and Time hosted director Muhammad Al-Qadi and showed a scene from a play directed by him, entitled “This far and no further” showing a confrontation between a Palestinian girl and Jewish settlers.
Settler: “If you talk [too] much and don’t leave this land, I will shoot you and take you to jail, understand?”
Palestinian girl: “Shoot, I will die a Martyr (Shahida) on my land, and who is left outside and not in jail; who is left outside of jail?”
The Palestinian girl sings a song (“My freedom, my freedom, my freedom”)
Settler: “Here are the Arabs, [but] where have the settlers gone? The Arabs will come and kill me. Rabbi! Rabbi!” [runs off]
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PA mufti demands return of bodies of synagogue murderers, calls them Martyrs 
Source: The Capital City, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Dec. 2, 2014
‎     “At a press conference at the mourners’ tent in Jabal Mukkaber on Sunday, Nov. 23, ‎‎2014, [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein called on the occupation ‎authorities to return the bodies of the Martyrs (Shahids) to their relatives and the ‎members of their village quickly, so that they may hold the funeral rites required by ‎Muslim Shari’ah. Hussein continued: ‘It is the Martyrs’ right for us to pray for them, and ‎this is a right according to Shari’ah. Their relatives, friends and loved ones also have ‎the right to see them one last time, and no one gains anything from keeping the ‎Martyrs’ bodies.’"
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Note: On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East ‎Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, ‎knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of ‎them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security ‎Forces that arrived on the scene.‎
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Synagogue murderers are “Martyrs” who carried out “a shooting and stabbing ‎operation against extremist Jews”‎ 
Source: The Capital City, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Dec. 2, 2014
     ‎“November 17, 2014: Yussuf Al-Ramouni, 32, a resident of the At-‎Tur neighborhood east of the Old City of Jerusalem, died a Martyr (Shahid) after being ‎strangled by a group of settlers on the night between Sunday and Monday [Nov. 15-16, ‎‎2014]. He was found hanged from a bar in his bus, and his colleagues think it likely he ‎was martyred by a group of between 6 to 10 extremist settlers...‎
November 18, 2014: Five Israelis were killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting and ‎stabbing operation against extremist Jews, as they were exiting a synagogue in Agassi ‎Street in western occupied Jerusalem. Palestinians Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal ‎from the neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber, who carried out the attack, died a Martyr.”‎
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Notes: Yussuf Al-Ramouni - Arab bus driver from East Jerusalem who was found ‎hanged at a bus terminal in Jerusalem on Nov. 16, 2014. Although an autopsy ‎performed by the Israeli Abu Kabir Forensic Institute and a pathologist chosen by the ‎family of Al-Ramouni revealed no signs of violence, Palestinian leaders and media ‎immediately presented the incident as a murder perpetrated by Jewish settlers. The ‎Palestinian pathologist since changed his mind, claiming that there were signs of ‎violence on the body.‎
Jerusalem synagogue terror attack - On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan ‎and Uday Abu Jamal from East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and ‎attacked worshippers with guns, knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police ‎officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an ‎exchange of fire with Israeli Security Forces that arrived on the scene.‎
PA daily supplement glorifies synagogue terrorists as Martyrs and portrays their ‎attack as defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: The Capital City, bi-weekly distributed with official PA daily, Dec. 2, 2014

Text on logo at top of image: “At your command, Al-Aqsa”‎
Text at bottom of image: “Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal”‎
In the upper right corner of the image, one of the victims is shown lying on the ground; in ‎the background - the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
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‎“Details of the operation (i.e., the Jerusalem synagogue terror attack):‎ Five settlers were killed and seven others injured... in an attack carried out by Palestinians in the ‘synagogue-yeshiva’ ‎religious institution in the settlement of Givat Shaul (i.e., ‎Jerusalem neighborhood within the Green Line)... According to the details, the young ‎men succeeded in entering the institution, and one of them immediately opened fire on ‎the settlers, while the other [began] killing them with an ax, shouting ‘Allah is greater.’ ... The men who carried out the Jewish synagogue operation:‎ Martyr (Shahid) Ghassan Abu Jamal, 27, married and father of 3, and Martyr Uday Abu ‎Jamal, 22. They were cousins from the village of Jabal Mukkaber, in ‎southeast occupied Jerusalem. The two Martyrs belong to the Popular Front for the ‎Liberation of Palestine, and were released prisoners.”‎
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Note: On Nov. 18, 2014, two Arab terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal from East ‎Jerusalem, entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, ‎knives and axes, killing 4 worshippers and a police officer. 7 people were injured, 3 of ‎them seriously. The terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli Security ‎Forces that arrived on the scene.‎
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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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