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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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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 daily article praises Al-Khansa - 12th century mother who celebrated her son’s Martyrdom 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 7, 2015
From the daily religious supplement during Ramadan
Headline
: “Tumadir Bint Amr [Al-Khansa] – the intergenerational poetess”
“When Al-Khansa joined Islam in the eighth year of the Hijra (i.e., the journey of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 C.E.), 630 C.E., when she was in her sixties, her sons and cousins accompanied her to the Messenger [Muhammad] to announce that they had joined the new religion [Islam]. Hadith (i.e., sayings and practices attributed to Islam's Prophet Muhammad) transmitter Muhammad Bin Al-Hassan Al-Makhzoumi states: ‘Al-Khansa was present at the Al-Qadisiyya battle in the 16th year of the Hijra, 638 C.E., together with her four sons. She encouraged them to Jihad, accompanied them with the army during the period of Omar ibn Al-Khattab (i.e., a prominent 7th- century caliph), and advised them: ‘O my sons, you converted to Islam and emigrated by choice. In the name of Allah, besides whom there is no other god, you are the sons of one man, as you are the sons of one woman. I did not cheat on your father, and didn’t embarrass your uncle. I didn’t disgrace their honor, and didn’t alter their pedigree. You might know what the great reward is that Allah has prepared for Muslims in battle against infidels, and know that the eternal home is preferable to the temporary home. Allah says: ‘O believers, stand and resist bravely, stand guard, and fear Allah so you will do well.’ [Quran,] Sura AlAmiran, verse 200. If Allah wishes, you will rise tomorrow, healthy and whole; go fight your enemies with wisdom, and with Allah’s help you will prevail over them…’
When she learned that all of them had died as Martyrs she made her famous statement: ‘Praise Allah, who honored me with their Martyrdom-death. I ask my Lord to unite me with them in Paradise.’”

Note: Al-Khansa - an Arab poet from the early period
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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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!”
PA Minister of Religious Affairs promotes child self-sacrifice to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 26, 2015
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is on PA TV program Today's Topic: "The Israeli occupation’s goal is to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque using rabbis and groups of extremist Jews, and to establish the alleged Temple in its place... Israel challenges and provokes the feelings of Arabs and Muslims. When Israel attacks the places holy to Islam and Christianity - and even trees, stones, or the dead are not safe from these attacks - it essentially wants to incite a religious war in the entire Middle East region. It strives for religious war, and it is the one adding fuel to the flames. As everyone knows, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a matter that involves the faith of a billion Muslims everywhere. I say to the patient and resolute Palestinian people, and to the people of Jerusalem who are protecting the holy places: Feel good about the honor [of carrying] Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic)." The tradition of the Prophet is enough for you: ‘Groups of people from among my faithful will remain faithful and will overcome their enemies...’
The crowds that flocked to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan are a message to the Israeli occupation that we will sacrifice everything we have to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy city. If the Israeli occupation deludes itself and imagines that what happened (i.e., the physical division and division according to time) in the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) will happen at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, it is not possible. The scream of the Palestinian woman, and the screams of children on the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza truly express that this child will sacrifice himself to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to protect a part of his faith and the holy city which Allah sanctified.’”
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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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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!”
Terrorist honored with monument in his name and televised visit to his mother's home 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, July 17, 2015


Camera pans in on monument in Nablus dedicated to terrorist Abu Sharakh.‎

Text on monument: "Martyr leader, Naif Abu Sharakh, commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ ‎Brigades, leader of the Martyrdom-seekers"‎
Fatah-run Awdah TV host: “Mother of Martyr Naif Abu Sharakh gave both her sons for the land ‎and the homeland. Let's meet her. We are very happy to meet you and very proud of you. A ‎Palestinian mother such as yourself, whom we are proud of, you have given two of your sons for ‎the homeland.”‎
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Note: Naif Abu Sharakh was the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military ‎wing) in Nablus. He was involved in many terror attacks against Israel, including a double ‎suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Jan. 5, 2003 in which 23 people were killed and dozens injured. ‎Abu Sharakh was killed by the Israeli army on June 26, 2004.‎
Abbas advisor: "Open all the gates" in conflict against Israel to honor every Martyr "who spilled his pure blood" 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, July 7, 2015
Posted to Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein on July 7, 2015, a few days after the death of Muhammad Al-Kusbeh, who participated in throwing stones at an Israeli army force near the Qalandiya refugee camp on July 3, 2015. Al-Kusbeh was killed by gunfire from Israeli soldiers whose vehicle came under attack. Palestinian reports claimed Al-Kusbeh was shot while trying to climb over the separation fence.
     “The thing that causes a feeling of unease in the soul is the Palestinian response to these crimes and acts: The news of the death of a Palestinian as a Martyr (Shahid) no longer motivates the people and doesn’t receive a response appropriate the standing of the Martyr who spilled his pure blood for his homeland and his land… The Martyrs, the injured, and the prisoners are not a topic for debate, but rather cause unity, unity that will increase our motivation to keep the flame of resistance at its peak, as Israel has destroyed all chance of achieving a complete and just peace that would give our people their minimum rights... In the next conflict, we need to open all the gates so the Martyrs will be at peace in their last resting place, so the bereaved mothers will be satisfied, so the wounds of our injured will heal, and so that the prisoners will hold their heads high to Heaven. This nation will not remain silent for long about this piracy and these crimes, while drawing its high motivation from the saying ‘The darkest hours are those before dawn,’ and the dawn of our people will come. It will come when its country is formed, when the land of its homeland is completely liberated, when its hostages return, when the hated occupation is defeated, and its settlers expelled, and Palestine is purified from them and their filth.”

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3- "Enemies seek life, you seek death"
4- Honoring Shahids as role-models




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