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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]
PA TV: Palestine is a mother who gives birth to Martyrs, mother of Martyr rejects ideal 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 8, 2015


PA TV narrator:
“Palestine – a mother that gives birth only to heroes. When she ‎conceives, she says to the baby in her uterus: ‘You were created only to be free or to ‎die as a Martyr’" [...]‎
Mother of “Martyr” Muhammad Al-Qatari: “He always said to me: ‘Mother, I want to die ‎as a Martyr,’ and we would argue... I told him: ‘My Dear, you have grown, I want to ‎marry you [off], Muhammad. We want to rejoice for you, Muhammad.’ He told me: ‘I ‎don’t want to marry. This is it, Mother, I want to die as a Martyr.’ He is the one who ‎wanted Martyrdom (Shahada).”‎
Father of “Martyr” Muhammad Al-Qatari:‎ ‎“I was a little strict with him on this topic... I ‎didn’t want it to happen. Every father, every person, wants to protect his son. As a ‎father, when I bring up my son until the age of 19, of course I don’t want to lose him in ‎one moment...”‎
Friend of “Martyr” Muhammad Al-Qatari:‎ ‎“Muhammad loved Martyrdom very much and ‎loved the homeland for which we sacrifice our lives. He always went to throw stones at ‎the [Israeli] army.”‎
Mother of "Martyr" Muhammad Al-Qatari: "He went to the Qalandiyacheckpoint, where he did not find any problems (i.e., confrontations with the Israeli army). He went to the Ofer [Prison] and saw there weren't any problems [either]. He took his friends and they went to that settlement, the El-Bireh settlement (Psagot settlement near El-Bireh, where there were confrontations, and he was killed -Ed.)"
Father of "Martyr" Muhammad Al-Qatari:
Hamas:‎ We bring our kids up “on love of Jihad and Martyrdom-death” 
Source: Facebook page of Hamas' Ministry of ‎Interior‎, Apr. 10, 2015

Posted text: "These are our lion cubs. We have brought them up on the love of Jihad and Shahada (Martyrdom-death)."
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PA officials honor mothers of Martyrs and ‎prisoners 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 31, 2015
Official PA TV News reported on an event held ‎by the Commission of Prisoners and Released ‎Prisoners' Affairs in honor of prisoners’ ‎mothers in Ramallah, on the occasion of ‎Mothers’ Day. ‎
Um Nasser Abu Hmeid: “Nasser [is serving] ‎seven life sentences and 50 years, Sharif – ‎four, Nasser – five and Muhammad [is serving] ‎two life sentences and 30 years. They have ‎been in prison for 13 years.”‎
Chairman of the PA-funded Prisoners' Club ‎Qadura Fares: “The Palestinian nation honors ‎the woman fighting alongside her son as much ‎as it honors Jihad fighters and those who fight ‎against the occupation. We would like to tell ‎those mothers that we are one family, [we] ‎who fight for freedom, we are all one family.”‎
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh ‎Laila Ghannam: “We honor the patient, ‎fighting mothers who feel pride, in spite of their ‎wounds, because they believe this homeland ‎deserves their loved ones, their sons.”‎
Official PA TV reporter: “Not far away, Majid ‎Faraj, head of the [Palestinian] General ‎Intelligence Service, honored mothers of ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners of the ‎intelligence establishment, for their pioneering ‎role… Here Palestinian mothers stand firm in ‎spite of their wounds and the burden on their ‎shoulders. The ‘Al-Khansas’ of Palestine have ‎sacrificed their sons as prisoners of the ‎homeland, and they [share] one sense of ‎pride.”‎

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Islamic teacher to children at summer camp: Dead Ribat Martyrs get seventy virgins, ordinary Martyrs get only two 
Source: Al-Msjed Al-Aqsa YouTube channel, July 26, 2015


Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi speaks to children at an Al-Aqsa Mosque summer camp about
Ribat fighters, Martyrs and the virgins awaiting them in Paradise:
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: “Let's talk about the Hadith (i.e., Islamic tradition) of Prophet Muhammad about the Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic). It compares the stature of the Martyr to that of the [martyred] Ribat fighter. The Prophet says... Three privileges are bestowed upon the Martyr: "His sins are forgiven with the first gush of blood. He marries two of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins) of Paradise. He advocates on behalf of 70 members of his family." In the same Hadith, the Prophet talks about the [martyred] Ribat fighter... He marries 70 of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins). The Martyr gets two, while the Ribat fighter gets 70 of the Dark-Eyed. The Ribat fighter gets 35 times more than the Martyr... The Prophet says... The Ribat fighter who dies in Ribat can advocate on Judgement Day on behalf of anyone he wants for 50,000 years.”
Bystander: "Do they [the children] even understand what you are saying?"
Children in the summer camp: "Allah is Great! Allah is Great!"
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: "Leave us alone. Leave us alone."
Bystander: "Can they understand things like Ribat, Martyrdom and the Dark-Eyed [Virgins]? You should be ashamed, sir, a man with a white beard like you. Give these lessons to us [adults], not to children. Look at these children, you fill their heads with this?"
Children: “With our lives and blood, we will redeem Al-Aqsa!”
Hamas:‎ We bring our kids up “on love of Jihad and Martyrdom-death” 
Source: Facebook page of Hamas' Ministry of ‎Interior‎, Apr. 10, 2015

Posted text: "These are our lion cubs. We have brought them up on the love of Jihad and Shahada (Martyrdom-death)."
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Story in youth magazine presents Palestinians as “potential Martyrs, who are ready to die and turn their bodies into bombs which will explode if they so wish” 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Feb. 1, 2015
Excerpt in Zayzafuna, a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA, of the story Scheherazade and the Rich Land by Palestinian Saudi Arabian author Fatima Nazzal.

In the story, Scheherazade is a Palestinian girl who was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia.

Headline: "Scheherazade and the Rich Land”
“My friends ask me: Why does your family stay there [in Palestine]? Why don’t they come here? Why do you want to die? The Jews are criminals?? I am silent. These questions demonstrate ignorance and superficial thinking and education. They don’t know that the injured homeland is Arabic Canaanite, and that it belongs to us and we are planted in it like the olive tree (planted in the homeland) like a thorn in the throat of the occupying monster. They [the Jews] want a land without a people and are doing everything to achieve this. And we want a whole land, they should leave here and be torn out and return to where they came from, or [the land] will be their final graveyard. They [the Jews] want to deny this [Palestinian] people. They are scared of the people’s children more than of the youth and elders. They are scared of a future which holds potential Martyrs (Shahids), who are ready to die and turn their bodies into bombs which will explode if they so wish. Don’t relax, O occupier, and know that Palestine is constantly born anew, and their stalks of wheat are not empty.”
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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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Islamic teacher to children at summer camp: Dead Ribat Martyrs get seventy virgins, ordinary Martyrs get only two 
Source: Al-Msjed Al-Aqsa YouTube channel, July 26, 2015


Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi speaks to children at an Al-Aqsa Mosque summer camp about
Ribat fighters, Martyrs and the virgins awaiting them in Paradise:
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: “Let's talk about the Hadith (i.e., Islamic tradition) of Prophet Muhammad about the Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic). It compares the stature of the Martyr to that of the [martyred] Ribat fighter. The Prophet says... Three privileges are bestowed upon the Martyr: "His sins are forgiven with the first gush of blood. He marries two of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins) of Paradise. He advocates on behalf of 70 members of his family." In the same Hadith, the Prophet talks about the [martyred] Ribat fighter... He marries 70 of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins). The Martyr gets two, while the Ribat fighter gets 70 of the Dark-Eyed. The Ribat fighter gets 35 times more than the Martyr... The Prophet says... The Ribat fighter who dies in Ribat can advocate on Judgement Day on behalf of anyone he wants for 50,000 years.”
Bystander: "Do they [the children] even understand what you are saying?"
Children in the summer camp: "Allah is Great! Allah is Great!"
Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi: "Leave us alone. Leave us alone."
Bystander: "Can they understand things like Ribat, Martyrdom and the Dark-Eyed [Virgins]? You should be ashamed, sir, a man with a white beard like you. Give these lessons to us [adults], not to children. Look at these children, you fill their heads with this?"
Children: “With our lives and blood, we will redeem Al-Aqsa!”
Fatah condemns Israel’s killing of terrorist who rammed his car into a group of policemen and calls him a “Martyr” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 20, 2015
Headline: “Fatah condemned the murder and ethnic cleansing being perpetrated by Israel against the residents of Jerusalem”
      “The Fatah movement condemned the murder of the youth Amran Abu Dhaim from occupied Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation forces, and also the methodic acts of ethnic cleansing against the residents of the city, which have been increasing since the last [Israeli] elections. Fatah spokesperson, Osama Al-Qawasmi, said in statements to the press that Israel is perpetrating the most evil crimes against humanity in the occupied Palestinian territories, and especially in Jerusalem, where racist policies are implemented - the ethnic cleansing and the most vile racial discrimination - of which the most recent act was the murder of the young Martyr (Shahid) Amran Abu Dhaim… Al-Qawasmi emphasized that all of these racist measures which are being implemented by the Israeli extremist right-wing occupation state are occurring right before the eyes and ears of the international community. This is a mark of shame on the forehead of all international institutions, which stand helpless in the face of the Israeli violations of international and humanitarian law and the insistence of this racial government on continuing its actions which are completely dedicated to the extermination of the Palestinian nation. Al-Qawasmi added that we in the Fatah movement will continue our fight against the Israeli occupation, at whatever cost, and that this murder, destruction, and racism will not prevent us from continuing on our path to achieving our legitimate goals.”

Note:  Amran Abu Dhaim – deliberately ran his car into a group of Israeli police officers on May 20, 2015, at the At-Tur junction in Jerusalem. In the attack three border policemen were injured. Abu Dhaim was shot to death during the attack.
Suicide bomber who killed two celebrated as a “heroine” on Fatah’s Facebook page 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 29, 2015


Posted text
: “The anniversary of the Martyrdom-death (Istishhad) of Ayyat Al-Akhras, member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing)”

Text on image: “The 13th anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of heroine Ayyat Al-Akhras, daughter of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. On the anniversary of your Martyrdom-death, we renew our oath to your pure blood, on the path to victory or Martyrdom (Shahada).”

Note: The Facebook page where this item was posted, called "Fatah - The Main Page," is an official Fatah Facebook page. The page defines itself as belonging to the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, and the commission's official website links to this Facebook page.

Ayyat Al-Akhras - the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber (age 17). She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002. Israel transferred the terrorist's body to the PA on Feb. 2, 2014.
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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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