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Promoting child Martyrdom
Children as combatants
Promoting child Martyrdom

Hamas website for children: Shahada is a new life
Source: Al-Fateh.net - Hamas Website for children, 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: Official PA daily, 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.”
PA Ministry of Education names football tournament after suicide bomber who murdered 30
Source: Official PA daily, 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 dinner attack at the Park Hotel in Netanya on March 27, 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."
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"Ask for death and life will be given to you" - The PA encourages children to die as "Martyrs"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 5, 2002
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
Palestinian children: Death as a Martyr is sweet
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 9, 2002
Host: "You described Shahada (Martydrdom) as something beautiful. Do you think it is beautiful?"
Walla, age 11: "Shahada (Martyrdom) is a very, very beautiful thing. Everyone yearns for Shahada. What could be sweeter than going to paradise?"
Host:
"What is better, peace and full rights for the Palestinian people, or Shahada?"
Walla:
"Shahada. I will achieve my rights after becoming a Shahida (Martyr)."
Host:
"Ok, Yussra, would you agree with that?"
Yussra, age 11: "Of course, Shahada is sweet. We don't want this world, we want the Afterlife. We benefit not from this life, but from the Afterlife."
Click here to view
Hezbollah animation teaches Palestinian kids to throw stones at Israelis and to seek death as Martyrs
Source: Al-Manar TV (Hezbollah), June 1, 2002
     “The enemies harm everyone, therefore the young ones are now crying “Allah Akbar!” [Background shows the Dome of the Rock, a holy Islamic shrine in Jerusalem] You are [our people’s] purpose and concern, let your stone pour out blood. Your land is your honor and your mother, and worldly things only come after it. My book has turned into a stone. With it, I repel the treacherous. It is small like [the boy] but its effect is great. Purify yourself, pray and set out. With your blood the soil will be perfumed. Engrave your name on [Heaven’s] doors. I am at your service, on Al-Aqsa [Mosque]! I am at your service, oh Jerusalem! I may have missed a lesson, but my love for you is a lesson itself. Come out of every tunnel, window and door, join your stone to mine. The shooting of the evil [Israelis] doesn’t scare us. The dear [child] has fulfilled his desire, achieving the merit of Marytrdom. [The boy] who went to redeem his country is not considered dead.”
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Arafat: Dead child-martyrs "greatest message" to world
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 15, 2002
Interviewer: "Mr. President, what message would you like to send to the Palestinian people, in general, and in particular to the Palestinian children?"
Arafat: "This child, who is grasping the stone, facing the tank – is it not the greatest message to the world when that hero becomes a Shahid? We are proud of them."
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