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Promoting child Martyrdom
Children as combatants
Promoting child Martyrdom

Hamas children's TV: Puppet's Martyr-death celebrated as wedding 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Feb. 1, 2008
The Martyrdom of Nahoul, Hamas's bee:
[Doctor examines Nahoul.]
Man: "Doctor, he needs medicine which our hospitals lack. We wanted to transfer him to Israel, but Israel prevented his entry."
[Attempted resuscitation]
[Nahoul dies]
TV Host: "Today we say: congratulations, oh Nahoul, this is your wedding, Nahoul. We don't see it as your death, Nahoul, but as your wedding, Nahoul." Click here to view
PA TV glorifies 17 year-old suicide terrorist as hero 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 23, 2007
PA TV interview with father of suicide terrorist Ayyat al-Akhras. At the age of 17, Ayyat Al-Akhras became the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber. She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002.
Host: “Father of [suicide terrorist] Martyr Ayyat al-Akhras - you and your cause deserve the greatest respect… Ayyat was very young [17] when she was martyred… In our view, Ayyat is a hero, and we want to hear more and remember this Martyr, since we hold her memory dear in our hearts.”
Father: "[Ayyat's] goal was to study journalism, to promote her Palestinian cause around the world…”
Host: “Through Ayyat's heroic act [suicide bombing] she succeeded in reaching the entire world.”
Hamas children's show teaches: Jews are murderers 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 20, 2007
Hamas TV repeating libel: Jews are murderers:
Nahoul: "We will liberate Al-Aqsa from the filth of the criminal Jews, who killed my grandfather, and killed Farfur, and history will bear witness to that."
TV Host: "Sabah, what do you want to be when you grow up?"
Sabah: "Journalist."
TV Host: "Wow, Journalist! Nahoul, we need journalists."
Nahoul: "Why? So that... so that they will photograph the Jews when they are killing Farfur and the little children?"
TV Host: "Yes, Nahoul."
Child: "We will go on Jihad when we grow up."
Nahoul: "Yes, we are the Jihad warriors, me and you!"
Child: "Allah willing." Click here to view
Hamas kids' TV: Mickey Mouse puppet killed by Israel becomes a Martyr 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), June 29, 2007
A video of Farfur, Hamas Mickey Mouse being beaten and killed by Israeli:
[Farfur in interrogation]
Israeli interrogator: "Sit down Farfur. Farfur, we want to buy the land, we will give you a lot of money.
Farfur: "No!! We don't sell our lands to terrorists!"
Israeli: "Farfur!!! I want you to give me the documents, give me the documents!!!"
Farfur: "I won't give the document! Won't give! Won't give!"
Israeli: "Farfur!!! Farfur! Hand me the documents Farfur! Hand me the documents Farfur! You call us terrorists, Farfur?! Take this, take this! Take this! Take this!"
Farfur: "Stop! Stop!"
TV Host: "Yes, our children friends, we lost our dearest friend, Farfur. Farfur became a Shahid (Martyr) while protecting his land." Click here to view
Journalist condemns PA culture of death taught to kids 
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 18, 2007
A Palestinian journalist has expressed despair about the society of death worship in Gaza. In so doing, he has corroborated PMW findings documenting the death culture promoted in Palestinian Authority education.
Ghassan Zaqtan, PA journalist:
     “We knew that they would do it, especially in Gaza, where a mother brushes her young son's hair at 7:00, so that he will be killed at 7:30, and where the children learn that death is preferable to life! We knew that they would do this, it was clear to us: with language overflowing with the rhetoric of death and the norms of killing, in the religious rulings [Fatwas] and in Friday and holiday sermons.”
Palestinian children taught paradise is reward for martyrdom 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 28, 2006

PA TV video features Muhammad Al-Dura, a Palestinian boy who was killed in a televised crossfire in Gaza in 2000. Al-Dura calls children to follow him to Paradise:
Text on screen
: "I am waving to you, not in parting, but to say follow me..."
Narrator: "How sweet is the fragrance of the martyrs. How sweet is the fragrance of the earth, its thirst quenched by the gush of blood flowing from the youthful body. How sweet is the fragrance of the earth. The boy [Muhammad Al-Dura] cried: 'Oh father, till we meet, till we meet, father, till we meet, I will go with no fear and without crying. How sweet is the fragrance of the martyrs. I will go, father, to my place in heaven. How sweet is the fragrance of the martyrs. Oh father, till we meet, till we meet, Oh father, till we meet.'"
Click here to view

Note: This video was broadcast hundreds of times on PA TV from 2001 - 2008.

PA TV music video for kids promotes rock throwing and glorifies Martyrdom death 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 13, 2006
PA TV music video to children, broadcast hundreds of times from 2002 to 2006: 
     "The beloved Al-Aqsa [mosque] cried out to us. Shake the earth, raise the stones. You will not be saved, Oh Zionist, from the volcano of my country's stones.You will not be saved, Oh Zionist, from the volcano of my country's stones. You are the target of my eyes. I welcome my falling as a Shahid [Martyr]. You are the target of my eyes. I welcome my falling as a Shahid [Martyr]. Allah Akbar, Oh the young ones."
Click to view video
Mahmoud Abbas applauds girl chanting about Martyrdom 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 10, 2006

Palestinian Children's Day event, in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "Even if all the Jews arrived [in Israel], seeking refuge with the monkeys (Israelis) and scaring the lions (Arabs), we will never accept compensation for our land. There is no substitute for Jerusalem! In Palestine there are brave people who fight the worst oppression. [...] Our death is like life. My homeland is the invaders' grave. [...] I will walk a thousand miles, even if I die there as a Shahid (Martyr). All together, to Jerusalem! To Jerusalem!" [Mahmoud Abbas applauds]
Click to view video

Girl Shahida smiled as she died for Palestine 
Source: Al-Fateh.net - Hamas Website, Mar. 15, 2006
     "Su'ad sat next to the driver, to direct him, and she led him to the land-mines. Then the [car] blew-up and all of the soldiers were killed. As for Su'ad, well she became a Shahida (Martyr for Allah) on the grass, while smiling, because she died as a Shahida for Palestine."...
Hamas website for children: Shahada is a new life 
Source: Al-Fateh.net - Hamas Website, Mar. 7, 2006
     “We shall never surrender. We will rise up in determination, like our ancestors We will sacrifice, sacrifice our lives … the oppressors will be defeated... The blood of the shahid has taught us That Shahada is a new life…”
Schools named after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 26, 2006
1 - “The Dalal Mughrabi girls high school – Gaza
2 - “The Dalal Mughrabi girls high school –  A-Shuyoukh [Hebron]
 
[Dalal Mughrabi led a bus hijacking (1978) that was the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history. 37 vacationers, including 12 children, were murdered]
Mother of child Martyr wished a different son had died 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 6, 2004
Mother of 15 year-old who died in suicide mission:
     "It was sad and joyous what happened to him, meaning, he always liked the Shahada (Martyrdom). All children at his age do. He always cared for me. I would have preferred that one of his other brothers would have attained Shahada instead of him, because he was the joy of my life." Click here to view
PA TV children's song: Martyrdom is "sweet" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2004
PA TV music video: Boy sends farewell letter as he leaves to die for Allah. As he falls "dead" his letter defines death as "sweet." (Broadcast more than 1000 times on PA TV, 2001 - 2004.)

"Don't be sad, my dear [father], and don't cry over my parting,
My dear father, for my country I sacrificed myself.
With determination and desire I will keep my promise.
How sweet is Shahada [Martyrdom] when I'm embraced by you, my land!
My beloved, my mother, most dear to me, be joyous over my blood, don't cry for me." Click here to view
Girl vows to be buried as Martyr 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 29, 2003
Girl on phone to TV show:
“Girl:
My name is Alaa, I am from Rafah, ten years old.
Host: Yes, please, Alaa.
Girl: Let the pigs and the monkeys know, and their leaders Sharon and Bush, that we shall stay on this land, our birth place and origin. And we shall be buried there, Shahids (Martyrs) for Palestine.”
Arafat to kids: Child-Martyr is role model 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2003
     "Faris Ouda left home with a slingshot, having made a wreath with his picture, and writing: 'The Brave Shahid Faris Ouda'."
He said to his mother, "Don't worry, mother, Shahada (Martyrdom) is sweet.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2000; Feb. 3, 2001]

Yasser Arafat, in a speech to children
:
     "We are saluting the spirit of our hero Shahid, Faris Ouda! Faris Ouda! Faris Ouda! We are proud of you [youth] who represent the steadfastness and the sacrifice of your companion, the hero Shahid, Faris Ouda! Oh, children of Palestine! The peers, friends, brothers and sisters of Faris Ouda."
[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 4, 2003, July 22, 2003, Aug. 18, 2002]
Click here to view
Note: Faris Ouda is a 14 year-old who prepared his own memorial before going off to become a Shahid.
Teaching kids to aspire Martyrdom is educational goal 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 4, 2003
The Director of the Palestinian Children’s Aid Association, Firial Hillis, explained that it was an integral part of the official educational policy to educate young children to aspire to Shahada – Martyr's death:
    
“The concept of Shahada for him [the child] means belonging to the homeland, from a religious point of view. Sacrifice for his homeland. Achieving Shahada in order to reach Paradise and to meet his God. This is the best. We also teach our children to protect the homeland, belonging and to reach Shahada.”
Football tournament honors suicide terrorists 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2003
    “In the football field of Tulkarem’s Abd Al-Majid Tayeh School, under the auspices of Jamal Tarif, Director of the Education Department [of the PA Ministry of Education]; Supervisor of Physical Education [of the Tulkarem District’s Education Administration of the PA Ministry of Education] Jamal Odeh; and in the presence of school principal Jamal Ayat; the head of the sports committee, and committee members; the Tulkarem Martyrs’ (Shahids’) Football Tournament, the Championship of the Martyr Abd Al-Basset Odeh, began with the participation of seven top teams, named after Martyrs who gave their lives to redeem the Homeland. The teams are: ..., Martyr Raed Karmi… Martyr Tareq Abu Safaka, Martyr Tareq Al-Qato, Martyr Mahmoud Marmash... Issam, the brother of the Martyr (suicide bomber Abd Al-Basset Odeh), will distribute the trophies."

Note: Abd Al-Basset Odeh - suicide bomber who carried out Passover Seder attack at the Park Hotel in Netanya in 2002. 30 Israelis were killed and 140 injured.
Raed Karmi - commander of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Tulkarem.
Tareq Abu Safaka - suicide bomber who carried out attack on the West bank community of Hermesh in 2002, killing three Israelis.
Tareq Al-Qato
- member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades; sniper in the PA’s intelligence apparatus, who shot many Israeli soldiers.
Mahmoud Marmash
– planner of the suicide bombing at the Sharon Mall in Netanya in 2001. 5 Israelis were killed and 74 wounded.
Child Aspiring to Death for Allah 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Nov. 13, 2002
Children’s page in PA daily:
"Poem by Omar Ali Amda (6th grade):
I have responded to my country’s call, my honor shall not fall.
My Shahada (dying for Allah) is in my hands.
I shall redeem my country with my soul...
I am not troubled by the breaking of my bones..."
PA TV: Mother sends sons to fight and die as Martyrs 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 13, 2002
The video shows a group of adolescents holding rifles. One of the boys runs to dodge gunfire and is shot. The other boys bring the dead body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, to his mother's house. The mother kisses her son and emits a cry of joy. The video then cuts to the mother handing rifles to her other sons.
The following lyrics are heard in the background:
     "Our Shahids (Martyrs) have sworn, we shall live no longer. Either we shall pray [in Jerusalem] or we shall die at your gate, standing upon your threshold. 'Khaibar' [massacre of Jews] will be repeated, over and over, Oh Muslims. Mother, Oh mother, I swear by your pure eyes and hands, the tears in your eyes obligate them. Oh free [land], two children will come, in place of one. They will wipe away the shameful history. Oh free [land], two children will come, in place of one. They will wipe away the shameful history."
Click to view video
PA children play the Shahid (Martyr) game and argue who gets to die as Martyr 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 1, 2002
Palestinian children: "In spirit and blood, we'll redeem you, oh Martyr! Allah Akbar!"
PA TV narrator: "That's the Shahid (Martyr) Game."
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 26, 2001: "A seven year old girl says to her friends: 'Let's play the Shahid (Martyr) Game!' The children...argue who will play the Shahid. Fa'iz, 6 years old, says: 'You were the Shahid yesterday, today it's my turn! I'm younger than you. I'll be the one to die!'" Click here to view
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