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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.
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]
Song on PA TV encourages Palestinians to die as “Martyrs” for Bedouin village: “Every day a Martyr is born, We will die and redeem Khan Al-Ahmar, In spite of you, O snake” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 9, 2018

Song lyrics:
“We are masters, not slaves
Every day a Martyr is born
We will die and redeem Khan Al-Ahmar
In spite of you, O snake”
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Khan Al-Ahmar is a site where Palestinian Bedouins have illegally erected dwellings and a school, mostly simple shacks, on land in Area C (i.e., land under full Israeli administration according to the Oslo Accords). The Israeli authorities have ordered the demolition of these structures and offered alternative sites for them. A number of petitions to the Israeli Supreme Court against the demolition orders have been considered and then rejected by the court. As of July 17, 2018, the illegally constructed buildings have not been demolished. During July 2018, Palestinians have held protests at the site against the demolition, some of which have turned violent.
“Palestine is etched on the heart of the fetus, a proud Martyr in his mother’s womb” - song on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 26, 2018

"The First Direction of Prayer" by Syrian singer Assala Nasri:

“Our Martyrs are convoys and our bones are mountains
We don’t surrender to the lowly
We aren't deterred by imprisonment
Palestine is etched on the heart of the fetus
A proud Martyr in his mother’s womb
And the Arab state will remain ours - Arab, Arab Palestine...
We [hold] the rifles to our chests and our eyes are raised to you
Our homes are trenches and our souls are the sacrifice for you
O Jerusalem, you will not remain stolen.”
[Official PA TV, June 19 and 26, 2018]
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PA religious figure in sermon enumerates “the virtues of the Martyrs of Palestine who have watered the land of Palestine with their blood”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 15, 2018
Headline: “The Jericho district governor placed a wreath of flowers on behalf of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] on the Memorial Monument to the Martyrs of Palestine”
     “Jericho and Jordan Valley [District] Governor and Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council Secretary Majed Al-Fatiani placed a wreath of flowers on the Memorial Monument to the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine in the Jericho and Jordan Valley district, in Independence Park in the Ein Al-Sultan refugee camp, at the northern entrance to Jericho… Imam of the Muqata’a (i.e., the PA headquarters) Mosque [in the Jericho district] Sheikh Ziyad Al-Sheikh enumerated the virtues of the Martyrs of Palestine who have watered the land of Palestine with their blood, and prime among them [former PLO and PA Chairman] Martyr Yasser Arafat, and called for unity and cohesion.”
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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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Ramallah Municipality inaugurates monument to “Ramallah Martyrs” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 26, 2018

Headline: “The inauguration of the Ramallah Martyrs Monument”
     “The Ramallah Municipality inaugurated the Ramallah Martyrs (Shahids) Monument in its old city last night [June 25, 2018]. The monument, which was erected with funding from the late Ibrahim Al-Arouri’s will, was built in honor and commemoration of Ramallah’s Martyrs in their city. Ramallah Mayor [Musa Hadid] said in his speech at the Martyrs Monument inaugural event: ‘Here in Ramallah – at the place where the pure body of the father of Palestinian nationalism, leader Martyr [former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat, is located, in the presence of the dignitaries who are absent-present (i.e., the “Martyrs,” who are considered present in spirit), and in the presence of the souls of the self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) – our spirit rises out of love and honor for these ones… who carried in their hearts the idea of revolution against the injustice and the occupation, and spread the idea of love for the soil and the land. This is our message, on the path of the first founders over the length and width of the land, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River.”

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Abbas’ advisor: “We’ll rejoice in our state established on all of our land…” “rejoice when the blood of the Martyrs… bears fruit… Your blood was not spilled in vain;” says there’s “no disagreement” between Hamas and Fatah 
Source: YouTube channel of the office of the Supreme Shari’ah Judge, June 15, 2018
YouTube channel of the office of the Supreme Shari’ah Judge, excerpt of sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah for Eid Al-Fitr - a Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki

Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “O Palestinian people, you will rejoice with the greatest joy, by the power of Allah, Master of the Universe. We will rejoice in Jerusalem, in our Al-Aqsa Mosque that is liberated, Allah willing; we will rejoice in our state that will be established on all of our land; we will rejoice in the return of the refugees to their homes; we will rejoice when the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we remember today bears fruit - and we will say to them: Your blood was not spilled in vain. We will rejoice in the suffering of the prisoners, in the result of the suffering of the prisoners, who suffered so we would rejoice. These are the great ones, to whom we send blessings today; they are worthy of blessings for their manliness, for their stability, for their victory, them and their people, over the jailor…"

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PA District Governor of Ramallah places wreaths on graves of “Martyrs”: “Their blood will remain entrusted to all the free people in the world” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 15, 2018
Headline: “Ghannam placed wreaths of flowers on the Martyrs’ graves”
    “Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, and alongside her the district security authority, placed wreaths of flowers on the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) graves on the morning of the [Eid Al-Fitr] holiday (i.e., “Sacrifice Feast,” Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan) [June 15, 2018]. Ghannam emphasized that their blood will remain entrusted to all the free people in the world until the liberation, and delivered greetings of pride and appreciation to our heroic prisoners, our glorious female prisoners, and their families that spend the days of the holiday with the pain of their loved ones’ absence… She also noted most of our people and our families welcome the holidays with tears due to the absence of their children, who are denied the most basic human rights in the cellars of the thieving prison guard or scent the land with the fragrance of their blood that is spilled for an epic of struggle whose name is Palestine.”
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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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