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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.
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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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 music video promotes death as a Martyr for Al-Aqsa, encourages suicide bombings: “God, grant us Martyrdom… A million grooms and brides… have written the marriage contract in blood” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 10, 2018

PA TV, video clip of the song “Al-Aqsa Has Called” by Egyptian singer Muhammad Fouad that was released in 2000 during the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005). 
 
Lyrics: "Al-Aqsa has called, and its call is precious
For its sake, life is insignificant, even if it’s precious...
God, grant us Martyrdom there
God, promise us, we beg of you…
A million grooms and brides at the celebration
Have written the marriage contract in blood on the veil" 
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Palestinian student on US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “We will not relinquish Jerusalem except through Martyrdom” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 23, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program Our University, on the opinions of Abu Dis University students regarding US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with a student from Jerusalem named Iyad Amr

Jerusalem student Iyad Amr: “We will not relinquish Jerusalem except through Martyrdom (Shahada) – even Martyrdom will not cause us to relinquish Jerusalem. We will be buried in the land of Jerusalem. Even when we die we will defend Jerusalem… and we will determine the struggle with the occupation, Allah willing. Palestine and Jerusalem will remain Arab and Islamic for as long as Allah wants.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.
Fatah secretary threatens violence: Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem “is declaration of war… we are prepared for the return to the prisons and arenas of Martyrdom-death” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2017
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital

Secretary of Fatah in Jerusalem Shadi Mattour: “We in the Fatah Movement and in all the echelons of the Movement and the leadership have said that this [American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] is a declaration of war. It’s the collapse of the peace process. This will blow up the street. The Fatah Movement has begun a chain of meetings with all of the leaders on the ground in the regional branches, the [Fatah] Shabiba [Movement], and all of its offices. The issue of Jerusalem is a central issue for all of the Muslims, all of the Arabs, and all of the free people in the world. Whoever wants to play with fire in Jerusalem will bear the consequences of this [American] decision and will deal with the transfer of the American embassy to the holy city [of Jerusalem]. We believed in politics and believed in peace, but we see now that peace is killing our dream of establishing our state, and that the world recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state. [Therefore,] we will deny politics and peace and we will return. We are prepared for the return. The leadership has said that we are prepared for the return to the prisons and arenas of Martyrdom-death (Shahada). This is an honor for us.”

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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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Girl glorifies Martyrdom-death in poem, PA TV host speaks against Martyrdom: “We must defy the occupation by clinging to life” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 15, 2017

 

Girl:
"Muhammad, I was told that you died as a Martyr
I was told that I have become the mother of a Martyr
I was told that I should make cries of joy
I want to make cries of joy and say: My son has succeeded
My son has made me proud
My son wanted to be a doctor, yes, he wanted to be a doctor
I need to make cries of joy and to be proud of you, O son."
PA TV host: "Bravo! Bravo and thank you. Blessings to the souls of our heroic Martyrs. Also, my friend, we must defy the occupation by clinging to life. Our lives are part of our resistance. Therefore, my friends, it is very important that we try to protect our lives in the face of the occupier’s actions so that we will grow up and fulfill our hopes, since every mother dreams to see her son or daughter become something important."
Official PA TV program The Best Home on April 14-15, 2017
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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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PA TV music video promotes death as a Martyr for Al-Aqsa, encourages suicide bombings: “God, grant us Martyrdom… A million grooms and brides… have written the marriage contract in blood” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 10, 2018

PA TV, video clip of the song “Al-Aqsa Has Called” by Egyptian singer Muhammad Fouad that was released in 2000 during the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005). 
 
Lyrics: "Al-Aqsa has called, and its call is precious
For its sake, life is insignificant, even if it’s precious...
God, grant us Martyrdom there
God, promise us, we beg of you…
A million grooms and brides at the celebration
Have written the marriage contract in blood on the veil" 
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Fatah official glorifies terrorists, including Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2018
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muhammad Al-Laham: “Despite the difficulty in this situation, we Palestinians want nothing but resolve. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has said more than once in recent years that we are remaining here and not leaving. We have no scenario of a new exile, new displacement, or a new uprooting. This is our land in which we are remaining. This period is the time of Ahed Tamimi (i.e., Palestinian teenager who attacked Israeli soldiers). From Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) and all of the female and male Martyrs (Shahids) who are more honorable than all of us – this is a production line that reaches my colleague [Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Kifah Harb who is speaking with you from the Balata [refugee] camp on the second screen, and she is a sister of heroes and the wife of Martyr Abdallah Daoud (i.e., terrorist responsible for many terrorist attacks), the Fatah hero, a son of the security establishment, an officer in the [PA] intelligence service, who the occupation forces accused of regularly recruiting male and female Martyrdom seekers, and especially Ayyat Al-Akhras (i.e., suicide bomber, murdered 2), a Martyr of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (i.e., Fatah's military wing) that is affiliated with the Fatah Movement. Therefore, [the occupation forces] expelled him until he died as a Martyr in Algeria. This is the Palestinian people that holds all of the tools and all of the tricks to respond to the occupation’s policy."
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Fatah post for 53rd anniversary glorifies suicide bomber who murdered 2 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 30, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#The_Launch(Intilaqa)_of_Fatah53”

The image shows a picture of terrorist Ayyat Al-Akhras, a suicide bomber who murdered 2 and wounded 28.

Image on text: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Mobilization and Organization Commission – Communications Office

The 53rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution”
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2- Motivating children to seek death
3- "Enemies seek life, you seek death"
4- Honoring Shahids as role-models




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