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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]
Abbas’ Fatah: “Martyrdom-death is a destiny ‎we assume willingly and serenely”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Jan. 7, 2015
     "Fatah said that 'loyalty to the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine is the most exalted expression of its commitment to the path and to the oath to liberate the land and to persist on the path of truth, which the Martyrs paved with their pure blood.‘ In its statement, published by the [Fatah] Culture and Information Commission today, Wednesday [Jan. 7, 2015], on the occasion of Palestinian Martyrs' Day, the movement added: 'We believe that Martyrdom-death (Istish'had) for Palestine is a destiny we assume willingly and serenely, in order [to attain] a free and dignified life for our people in the paradise of the eternal homeland. In addition, we believe that life is a great opportunity to invest everything in our power for the liberation of the homeland.' [...] The statement said: 'Our goals are the freedom and independence of the Palestinian people. Sacrifice is merely one part of the doctrine of national struggle, the aim of which is to redeem our people and its future generations. Martyrdom-death is our way to ensure the eternity of our people on its land, while it protects its Arab identity and holy places.'
On this occasion, the movement expressed its highest praise, appreciation and recognition to the souls of the Palestinian, Arab and foreign Martyrs who died as Martyrs for Palestine, and to their relatives and children. Furthermore, it swore to remain faithful to their sacrifice until all Palestinians, Arabs and free men around the world witness the establishment of a Palestinian state, and until one of their small boys or girls raises the Palestinian flag over the walls of Jerusalem, the capital of our free and independent state."
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Fatah promotes Martyrdom-death for Allah to “liberate” the land  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 7, 2015
Headline: “Our belief in Martyrdom-death (Istish'had) for Palestine is equal to our belief in the eternal life of our people in its land”
“Fatah said that ‘loyalty to the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine is the most exalted expression of its commitment to the path and to the oath to liberate the land and to persist on the path of truth, which the Martyrs paved with their pure blood.’ In its statement, published by the [Fatah] Culture and Information Commission today, Wednesday [Jan. 7, 2015], on the occasion of Palestinian Martyrs Day, the movement added: ‘We believed that Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) for Palestine was a destiny we assumed willingly and serenely, in order [to attain] a free and dignified life for our people in the paradise of the eternal homeland. In addition, we believed that life was a great opportunity to invest everything in our power for the liberation of the homeland.’”

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Speaker at Fatah rally glorifies Fatah ‎members who carried out Jihad and ‎Martyrdom-death ‎ 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 6, 2015
Official PA TV Live broadcast the central ‎Fatah rally marking the 45th anniversary ‎of the movement's founding
Speaker 1: "Our first message is to Israel. ‎We say to it and its extreme right-wing ‎government: The Palestinian people and ‎Fatah are losing patience. If matters ‎reach a dead end, Fatah has the right to ‎choose whatever [means] it deems ‎appropriate for establishing the ‎Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its ‎capital."‎
Speaker 2: "Greetings to the Fatah ‎members who awakened the desire for ‎Jihad and Martyrdom death (Istishhad). ‎Greetings to the courageous knights ‎who emphasized their wish for the honor ‎of Martyrdom (Shahada) and for the great ‎moment of Martyrdom death."‎
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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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Fatah and PLO organize tournament named after terrorists responsible for the ‎killing of 46‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2015
     ‎"The [PLO's] Popular Committee for Refugee Affairs at the Khan Yunis Refugee Camp ‎organized, in cooperation with Fatah's West Khan Yunis branch... a sports festival in ‎support of President Mahmoud Abbas and as a show of loyalty to the blood of the ‎Martyrs (Shahids), as the highlight of the Martyr Raed Al-Karmi and Martyr Dalal ‎Mughrabi Tournament... ‎[The director of the Refugee Camps (in the PLO's Department for Refugee Affairs)] ‎Mazen Abu Zaid said that... the blood of Martyr Raed Al-Karmi, a resident of the Gaza Strip, and ‎the blood of Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, a resident of the Sabra refugee camp in ‎Lebanon, had been absorbed into the soil of the homeland, and embraced the ‎blood of the Gazan Martyrs, in order to draw the map of the homeland for us and to ‎serve as a message: Palestine is one, indivisible unit."‎
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Notes: Raed Al-Karmi - a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative responsible for ‎the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on January 23, ‎‎2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na'aman on ‎July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on August 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on October 5, ‎‎2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on August 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on ‎September 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on January 14, 2002. 
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, known as the Coastal ‎Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's ‎Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70. ‎Palestinians often refer to the attack as the "Kamal Adwan operation."‎
Abbas' Fatah party greets Hezbollah leader Mughniyeh as a "hero" and a "Martyr" ‎ 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 18, 2015


On Jan. 18, 2015, Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh was killed in an Israeli ‎airstrike. Fatah’s official Facebook page posted the following in response to Mughniyeh’s ‎death:
     ‎"Rest in peace, a hero's rest, and give greetings to your father from the free men. Martyr ‎‎(Shahid) Jihad Mughniyeh."‎
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Notes: Jihad Mughniyeh - Commander of Hezbollah in the Syrian Golan Heights and ‎son of Imad Mughniyeh. Information about Mughniyeh is scarce, but according to ‎Western intelligence sources quoted in the international media, he was planning and ‎preparing terror attacks against Israel in the Golan Heights, including rocket fire and ‎explosive devices meant to target Israeli soldiers and civilians. He was killed in an ‎Israeli airstrike on Jan. 18, 2015.‎

Imad Mughniyeh - senior member of Hezbollah who was linked to major international ‎terror attacks, including but not limited to: the 1983 bombing of the US embassy in Beirut ‎‎(63 killed), the 1983 bombing of the US army barracks in Beirut (241 killed), the 1985 ‎hijacking of TWA flight 847 (1 killed), the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in ‎Buenos Aires (29 killed), and the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudia Arabia (19 ‎Americans killed). He was also linked to the Karine-A affair, a failed attempt to smuggle ‎‎50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority in 2002, and to numerous attacks ‎along the Israel-Lebanon border. He was killed in a car bombing in 2008.

Abbas' Fatah party glorifies Hezbollah leader as a “Martyr”‎ 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 18, 2015


On Jan. 18, 2015, Hezbollah commander Jihad Mughniyeh was killed in an Israeli ‎airstrike. Fatah’s official Facebook page posted the following in response to Mughniyeh’s ‎death:

Posted text: "Martyr (Shahid) Jihad Mughniyeh"‎
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Note: Jihad Mughniyeh - Commander of Hezbollah in the Syrian Golan Heights and son ‎of Imad Mughniyeh. Information about Mughniyeh is scarce, but according to Western ‎intelligence sources quoted in the international media, he was planning and preparing ‎terror attacks against Israel in the Golan Heights, including rocket fire and explosive ‎devices meant to target Israeli soldiers and civilians. He was killed in an Israeli airstrike ‎on Jan. 18, 2015.‎
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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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