Children seek death
Palestinian youth wanted to die as a “Martyr” to have a “big wedding” to the 72 Virgins of Paradise at his funeral
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 1, 2018
Headline: “Laith Abu Na’im – my wish is a ‘large wedding’”
       “He was known for his strong envy of the large Martyrs’ (Shahids’) funerals, and used to say: ‘I want a wedding similar to these funerals.’ Two days ago (Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018) in the afternoon what Martyr Laith Haitham Abu Na’im (16) from the village of Al-Mughayyir, northeast of Ramallah, wished for happened when an occupation soldier shot a bullet in his face and he died as a Martyr. Yesterday a big wedding was held, as he yearned for (i.e., Martyr's funeral is considered wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam).
He competed with his friends about who would get there first to throw rocks at the occupation’s jeeps, and did not let anyone precede him.”
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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.

Father of slain Palestinian rioter emphasizes his son had “hoped for Martyrdom-death… I am proud that my son died as a Martyr”
Source: Al-Quds, July 23, 2017
Headline: "Father of Martyr Muhammad Abu Ghannam to Al-Quds: My son joined the processions of Martyrs who have sacrificed themselves for the Al-Aqsa Mosque"
      "Father of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Hassan Abu Ghannam (i.e., killed while participating in violent riots against the Israeli army) yesterday [July 22, 2017] received those coming to pay condolences at his home on the new street in the village of Al-Tur in Jerusalem (sic., a Jerusalem neighborhood) with high morale, because his son died as a Martyr for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Muhammad, 21, died two days ago as a Martyr after violent confrontations in the village of Al-Tur, in which the Israeli forces used live ammunition from short range against young Abu Ghannam. Hassan, the Martyr’s father, emphasized that Muhammad hoped for Martyrdom-death (Shahada) and, praise Allah, Master of the Universe, he did indeed achieve it. He said: 'I am proud that my son died as a Martyr, and I am proud that Muhammad died as a Martyr for the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’"

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Girl’s poem idealizes Martyrdom, but PA TV host says “We need to live for Palestine”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home

"[Jerusalem] will yet return as long as on its land a Martyr dies each day
O mother, do not cry, as your son was not born to live
He was born to die as a Martyr, and thus defeat the occupiers
Oh! Palestine Oh! My beloved
You cry over your children, your women, your Martyrs
But no! We will not fall and will not kneel!
We will live for you, for the words: 'Palestine will be free'
We will die and not kneel
If our death is for you, Palestine, we will not hold back
Our hunger for death is like our hunger for bread
The death for you, Palestine, is admirable
Palestine, I will redeem you with my spirit, my money, my family, and all of my belongings
I will live and I will die while repeating the words: 'Palestine will be free'."
PA TV host: "Bravo! You are very talented, but I say again to all our friends: We need to live for Palestine. We need to love life and cling to it, because Palestine is beautiful and it will be even more beautiful with our presence in it. Our struggle must be in a nice manner by continuing to grow and thinking about our future and living in hope, because the freedom of Palestine will be realized through us, through our thoughts and our creativity."
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Girl chants at Fatah rally: “Death is insignificant… I love Palestine, blood is spilled for it”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 8, 2017
Fatah rally in Asira Al-Shamaliya, north of Nablus

Young girl at rally:
"I belong to Fatah, so I have no fear
I love Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], Gaza, Haifa, and the Negev
I walk in the path of heroes who wrote the book of Fatah
I love the dear homeland - death is insignificant, O Arabs
I love Palestine - the blood is spilled for it
This is what Yasser [Arafat] called for...
He announced: For the sake of Jerusalem my path is burning.
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Young boy on PA TV children’s program recites poem encouraging “slaughter” of Israelis, glorifying death: “As we slaughtered them in your streets, Beirut… Arafat, for you we shall die”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 6, 2017

Official PA TV program
The Best Home, a boy singing a song by singer Adnan Balawnah for Yasser Arafat

Boy: "Today, O our West Bank, our Gaza, raise your voice
O our land, the time has still not passed
As we expelled them from Gaza and Sderot
As we slaughtered them in your streets, Beirut
For you, Yasser Arafat, for you we shall die
After the night comes the light of day, and the fig leave will be removed...
Tomorrow we will take our vengeance, and their leader will be carried in a coffin
We, Fatah, are a storm, and our blood is food for the revolution..."
PA TV host: "Bravo, Muhammad, thank you, thank you, thank you!"
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Mother of terrorist who killed 19 -year-old policewoman: “Praise Allah, he wanted to die as a Martyr and has obtained Martyrdom”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2016
     Headline: “Martyr Ahmad Abu Al-Rub…”
This is the third in a series of articles published on Feb. 13, and Feb. 15, 2016
“After the Friday prayer, Ahmad walked to the cemetery to look for the grave of his Martyr (Shahid) friend Ahmad [Awwad Abu Al-Rub], sat by the grave, recited the [Quranic Sura of] Al-Fatiha, and then left.
This is what happened every Friday since the boy Ahmad Awwad Abu Al-Rub died as a Martyr, after being shot by the occupation at the Al-Jalameh checkpoint, when Ahmad Abu Najah Abu Al-Rub’s heart was bound to his friend, and kept anything that reminded him of him [Ahmad Awwad].
Once, Ahmad returned home and asked one of his sisters if it was possible to grow flowers in special soil in order to lay them on his friend’s grave. The flowers were planted, but when they started to blossom, Ahmad was no longer there to take them to the Martyr’s grave, because he had already joined the Martyrs’ procession…
Since the outbreak of the events of the popular resistance at the beginning of last October [2015] (i.e., euphemism for wave of Palestinian terror attacks, September 2015-April 2016), most of Ahmad’s attention was dedicated to following news channels. Ahmad’s mother told Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that her son ‘became indignant at the events and attacks against the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and the death of the young and the girls as Martyrs.’
Indeed the separation is hard, and death is hard, as mother of Martyr [Ahmad Najah Abu Al-Rub] told us, but she corrected [herself] and said: ‘Praise Allah, he wanted to die as a Martyr and has obtained Martyrdom (Shahada).’”

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Mother of terrorist who stabbed young woman to death: “He very much longed for Martyrdom and has achieved it, praise Allah … Every time he watched something [about a Martyr] on TV… he used to say: ‘I wish I was in his place’”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 30, 2016
Official PA TV News broadcast – a report about the funeral of Ibrahim Allan, one of the terrorists who carried out a terror attack in Bet Horon and killed a 23-year-old Israeli woman.

Official PA TV News reporter: “These are the cries of joy of the women at his [Ibrahim Allan’s] wedding (i.e., Martyr's funeral is considered wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam), a wedding procession crowned with the death of a Martyr (Shahid), and the cries of victory ‘Allah is great’ around him, and last looks of farewell before bidding the eternal farewell. Those tears are shed not over the Martyrdom but over the sorrow of the separation.”

Terrorist Ibrahim Allan’s mother: “He very much longed for Martyrdom (Shahada) and has achieved it, praise Allah. He received what he wanted. Praise Allah, Master of the Universe. Every time he [Allan] watched something [about a Martyr] on TV, on the channel, he used to say: ‘I wish I was in his place, I wish I was like him, I wish it were me.’”

Official PA TV News reporter: “His pure body is lying in his home for the last time”

Ibrahim Allan and Hussein Abu Ghosh – 22 and 17-year-old Palestinian terrorists who stabbed and injured 2 Israeli women outside a grocery store in Beit Horon, between Modiin and Jerusalem, on Jan. 25, 2016. One of the women, 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman, died of her injuries the next morning. Allan and Abu Ghosh were shot and killed by a local civilian security guard.

Palestinian news agency publishes letter terrorist stabber left for his parents: "Allah willing I will be a Martyr"
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 14, 2016
Headline: “The last will of Martyr Muayyad Jabarin to his family”
      “A last will has been found at the home of Martyr Muayyad Jabarin, who died as a Martyr this morning [Jan. 14, 2016], which was intended for his parents and seemed to be written in his own handwriting, in which he asks his father and mother to forgive him, and expresses sorrow for the pain he has caused them, and asks Allah to bestow patience upon them. The Martyr wrote in his will: ‘O Lord, forgive me, mother, He is God, forgive me, father. I will kill two Israelisoldiers and have my revenge through them. Do not be upset O mother; your son is a Martyr who has made Palestine proud.’ He added in his will: ‘I hope you will forgive me, and Allah willing I will be a Martyr. I am deeply sorry for what I have put you through, and Allah willing, He will bestow patience upon you.’ He ended his will: ‘The chains are destined to be broken and the night is destined to end.’"

Muayyad Jabarin – a 20-year-old Palestinian terrorist from Sa’ir, near Hebron, who tried to stab Israeli soldiers at the Beit Anoun Junction on Jan. 14, 2016. He was shot and killed by the soldiers.

Terrorist stabber’s father interviewed on PA TV reports on son’s death wish, praises Allah for his son’s Martyrdom
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 6, 2016
Official PA TV news broadcast report on funeral of “Martyr” Ahmad Kawazbeh
Terrorist stabber Ahmad Kawazbeh’s father: “Ahmad was an excellent high school student. Two days before he died as a Martyr (Shahid), he said something to us that we did not understand. We said to him ‘You need to study so you will bring us a high [grade point] average, and we want a report card (Shahada - the same as the word for martyrdom) which will make us proud.’ He said ‘Father, I will bring you Shahada (Martyrdom) that will make you very proud.’ It never occurred to us that he meant this type of Shahada (i.e., Martyrdom and not report card). Praise Allah, this is a better Shahada than any report card, Shahada for Allah.”
Immediately after the father’s words, the PA TV host says that the “Martyr” wanted to fulfill his dream of excelling in the matriculation exams, however “the muzzle of the occupier’s rifle was greater than his dream.” She ignores the words of the father who moments before specifically noted his son’s death-wish.

Ahmad, Muhannad, and Alaa Kawazbeh – 3 Palestinian terrorists, 18 and 19-years-old, and relatives, who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near the Gush Etzion junction on Jan. 7, 2016. They aroused suspicions of Israeli soldiers at the junction who began a security check of them. The Kawazbeh relatives pulled out knives and were shot and killed by the soldiers.

Sisters of terrorist stabber: "I'm happy that my brother is a Martyr... I will die as a Martyr" "I am happy, he is a groom"
Source: Website of official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 1, 2015

Mother of terrorist stabber Muhammad Shamasneh: "Allah have mercy on you, O Muhammad. You waved the flag of Islam over the Al-Aqsa Mosque... You waved the flag of Islam throughout the world, in the US, in Israel, and you crushed Israel and the US, Allah willing, O my Allah, we will free the Al-Aqsa Mosque from their hands. Their end is near..."
Sister of terrorist stabber Muhammad Shamasneh: "I'm happy that my brother is a Martyr... You think that we, the Palestinian people, will sit silently? By Allah, we will trample your heads, Israel. You think that my brother’s blood will not be avenged? By Allah, I will not sit silently. I will die as a Martyr. All of my sisters will die as Martyrs... My brother died as a Martyr. The Zionists killed him. My brother is a hero. Israel, beware of thinking that my brother is a coward and a terrorist. My brother is a hero..."
[Crowd chanting:] "Take me to Afula (Israeli city) [for] a Martyrdom-seeking operation."
Sister of terrorist stabber Muhammad Shamasneh: "We will all follow in [my brother's] footsteps, all of us, one by one... He is a hero. I am happy. He died for the Al-Aqsa Mosque. I am happy, happy. He is a groom (i.e., the Islamic belief that Martyrs marry 72 Virgins in Paradise)."
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Muhammad Nazmi Shamasneh – 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who choked and stabbed an Israeli soldier in order to take his weapon on Oct. 12, 201

Kids on Hamas TV: "We want to die as Martyrs"
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), May 8, 2014

Hamas TV reporter:
For most of these children, resistance has become a dream... When you speak to them, you’re surprised by the strength and eloquence of their words.
Boy 1: We love the resistance. We want to die as Martyrs. Long live the Martyrs...
Boy 2: The Israeli occupation understands only resistance. We always love the resistance, to liberate our nation Palestine. And among us, the Martyrs are loved. Applause for the Martyrs...
Reporter: The atmosphere in the refugee camp is full of the spirit of resistance and of those who inscribed its stories of heroism. Most of the walls show you the images of the Martyrs...
Boy 3: The resistance, the armed resistance is what brings results in the Jenin refugee camp... The Jenin refugee camp continues to educate its children to resist, and passes on the flag to them, from generation to generation. They yearn for one of the two best outcomes – the return to their occupied lands, or Martyrdom.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) YouTube channel, May 8, 2014]

Palestinian girl in Syria dreams of becoming a Martyr in “Palestine”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2013
PA TV News’ report about Palestinian refugees in Syria and the Nakba (“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel). PA TV News chose to inlcude the following statement in the report:
     Palestinian girl living in Syria: “If only, Allah, if only You had left me [in Palestine] and let me be a potential Palestinian Martyr (Shahid).”

10 year-old on Hamas TV: "We all wish for Shahada"
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Jan. 22, 2010
Phone interview broadcast on Hamas TV kids' program, Tomorrow's Pioneers:
Host to girl on phone: "How was it for you during the [Gaza] war [2009]? Were you afraid that you would die, that you would leave this world?"
Girl: "No. I wasn't afraid. I wished for Shahada (Martyrdom) -- Shahada for Allah."
Host: "How wonderful. Even this little girl - how old are you?"
Girl: "Ten."
Host: "[She] is not more than ten years old, and wants to die as a Shahida (Martyr) for Allah. We all wish for this [Shahada]."
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Boy vows to join father in Martyrs` Paradise
Source: Hamas website, Feb. 1, 2009
Palestinian boy:
     "By Allah, oh my father, I love you more than my own soul, but that is trivial because of my religion, my cause and my Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. Father, my eyes will shed no tears, but my finger will pull the trigger - this trigger that I still remember. I will never forget, beloved father, the times when you taught me the love of Jihad. You taught me the love of arms, so that I would be a knight, Allah willing. I will follow in your steps and fight the enemies on the battlefield. Every drop of blood that dripped from your pure body is worth dozens of bullets directed towards the enemies' chest. Tomorrow I will grow up, tomorrow I will avenge, and the battlefields will know who is the son of the Martyr, the commander, Ashraf Mushtaha. Finally, father, we are not saying goodbye, rather, I'll see you as a Shahid (Martyr) in Paradise. [I am] your son, who longs to meet you, the young knight, Naim, son of Ashraf Mushtaha."
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Child: Martyr is hero, death for Allah is bliss
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 16, 2008
Child host: [the clue to] the riddle: The national hero,
A small child: A knight riding the "Martyrdom" horse; Martyrdom is bliss. Paradise is yours, the hero of Palestine, who carried a stone to confront a tank.

     "On the day of his death Faris Ouda left his home with a slingshot, after having made himself a wreath decorated with photos of himself and having written on it 'The brave Shahid (Martyr) Faris Ouda.'"
[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30. 2000]

"Youth to continue the way of the Shahids (Martyrs)"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 12, 2008
     “The youth committee of the high school in the Yatta region finished the summer camp activities … in his speech, Jihad Abu Zahra, coordinator of the youth committee … emphasized the desire of the youth to continue the way of the Shahids (Martyrs) until the fulfillment of our people's goals of freedom and independence.”

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.”

Girl Shahida smiled as she died for Palestine
Source: - Hamas Website for children, 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: - 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…”