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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
 


1- Motivating suicide terror and Shahada
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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]
Fatah Facebook glorifies 3 terrorists: "O the pride of all of the young Palestinians, may your blood remain a source of true honor for the homeland" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 8, 2016
Fatah praised three terrorists who killed in one day while carrying out seperate terror attacks (see below):   

  “In the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) homeland and on the day the Martyrs are roses, flying to their Creator, to Allah’s mercy. O the pride of all of the young Palestinians, may your blood remain a source of true honor for the homeland for which you sacrificed all - even your precious lives. We promise you that your blood will continue to be a torch that illuminates our path, until we achieve what you died for as Martyrs. Your blood has taught us a lesson in the school of life: #The_homeland’s_honor_is_above_all”
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Bashar Masalha - 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack, murdering Taylor Force, an American tourist, and injuring 11, in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on March 8, 2016. Masalha was shot and killed by Israeli police.

Fuad Kassab Al-Tamimi - 25-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a shooting attack, injuring 2 Israeli policemen, at the Damascus Gate in the old city of Jerusalem on March 8, 2016. Al-Tamimi was shot and killed by Israel policemen.

Abd Al-Rahman Raddad - 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack, injuring 1, in Petach Tikva on March 8, 2016. The victim pulled the knife out of his neck and killed Raddad with it.
Abbas on PA National Security Forces poster: “We welcome Martyrdom” 
Source: Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, Feb. 17, 2016

Photo posted on the Facebook page of the ‎Palestinian National Security Forces‎ on Feb. 17, 2016

The photo shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Text on photo:
"The threats do not scare us
And we will not recognize a Jewish state
And we welcome Martyrdom (Shahada)"
Music video celebrates suicide bombings and Hamas bomb maker Ayyash: “Strap on an explosive belt... O Martyrdom seeker, respond to Al-Aqsa’s call... send them to Hell... Let fire burn them, turn them into body parts, roast them” 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Feb. 6, 2016

Video shows a band preforming in front of a smoking, blown up bus, and shows a reenactment of events leading up to the bus exploding: Terrorists plan the attack, the suicide bomber who carries out the attack prays, waits for the bus and then boards the bus together with other passengers, some of whom are Orthodox Jews. The bomber is seen clutching his stomach before the sound of an explosion is heard.

Text on poster: "Commander Yahya Ayyash"  (Note: Ayyash was responsible for the death of dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings)

Lyrics: "Happy are you, O Ayyash’s brother Allah’s blessings upon you
Your bomb [fragments] are inside the enemy’s body
You did not allow any bus to drive in the street without its roof flying into the sky
The roof along with body parts...
O bearer of good news, strap on an explosive belt
Nothing will be told about the Intifada except for the roof of the bus that flew off
O Martyrdom seeker, respond to Al-Aqsa’s call
Make the bomb even more powerful
Bring [Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu down
And the losses should be too many for him to count
Scatter them in all directions, terrorize their families
Have no mercy on the settlers
Onward, send them to Hell
They have nothing but graveyards...
O Martyrdom seeker, make them weep
Let fire burn them, turn them into body parts, roast them...
We want the street to overflow with dead and the blood to increase their suffering"
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Fatah tweets image encourages violence and death: "Carry my weapon and do not fear my blood dripping from the weapon" 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Jan. 23, 2016

Text of tweet:
"I am the brown-skinned Fatah man, and my devotion is to Allah
I am the brown-skinned Fatah man, and my sacrifices are for Palestine
I am the brown-skinned Fatah man, and my loyalty is to the Martyrs (Shahids)"

Text on poster:
"Palestine
Fatah
Revolution until victory
If I fall, take my weapon
O, companion in the struggle
Carry my weapon and do not fear my blood dripping from the weapon
I have not died, I am still calling you from behind the wounds"
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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.

PA daily op-ed opposes encouraging children to carry out stabbing attacks and opposes praising death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 24, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist and former editor for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     "It is our duty to prevent our sons and daughters... from carrying out futile acts, which the enemy in his media and diplomacy has begun to link to the acts of the terror organizations in Paris and elsewhere, in order to strip us of our humanity, and play the role of the human. This is while, there is no one else in the world, except for him [the enemy], who boasts about occupying someone else's land and oppressing its owners. Moreover, we should note that after the events of September [11, 2001] in New York, [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon copied the term 'terror' used to refer to those attacks, to our national struggle (i.e., terror campaign - Intifada). I warned about this at the time, and called to keep a low profile until the New York turmoil had passed, but the concept of 'Palestinian terror' later spread, instead of [the general term] 'terror.' Now, after the Paris attacks, we must keep a low profile so that we are not charged with the crimes of ISIS and its ilk, because the world is in a coma, and it may not wake up from it anytime soon. We must learn our lessons and wait."
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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.”

Gazan preacher: “We will be victorious… because there are people among us who strap explosive belts on their bodies, and look forward to their journey to Paradise” 
Source: Facebook page of the Abdallah Azzam Mosque in Gaza, Oct. 5, 2015
Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa’ada, sermon at the Abdallah Azzam Mosque in Gaza. Posted on the mosque’s Facebook page.
Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa’ada: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits its Mujahideen (i.e., Jihad fighters), and its Martyrdom-seekers. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is waiting, and it knows that even if the occupier desecrates the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the heroes of Gaza are making preparations and are digging tunnels that lead to Al-Aqsa, and one day they will emerge in the [Al-Aqsa Mosque] plaza, the streets, and alleys, and proclaim: Allah is great! And will announce general mobilization against the brothers of apes and pigs… The Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits the heroes of the West Bank to launch Jihad, and kill every settler and every traitor they come across. Al-Aqsa awaits heroes.
We will be victorious, Allah willing, because Allah is with us. We will be victorious, Allah willing, because it was promised by God’s Messenger [Muhammad]. We will win, Allah willing, because there are Mujahideen,
Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and Martyrdom-seekers. We will be victorious, Allah willing, because there are people among us who strap explosive belts on their bodies, and look forward to their journey to Paradise, to meet [Islam’s] Prophet Muhammad and his companions. By Allah we will be victorious, Allah willing… We await a decision from our leader, who will tell us: “None of you will pray the afternoon prayer anywhere but in Tel Aviv. We will be victorious. We can see this moment, it is imminent.”


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Terrorist murderer of US tourist glorified as “Martyr” 11 times on official PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 21, 2016

Official PA TV newsreader: "In Qalqilya, hundreds of citizens accompanied the body of Martyr Bashar Masalha [to his burial]..."

Official PA TV reporter: "After delays by Israel in the transfer of his body, Martyr Bashar Masalha’s family, from the village of Hajja, east of Qalqilya, received their son in the evening... The Martyr Bashar returned from Qalqilya to his village Hajja in a procession... His family, friends, and people of the region took it upon themselves to ensure that this [burial] would be a large national wedding (i.e., to the 72 Virgins in Paradise) befitting of Martyrs... The Martyr was accompanied to his last resting place in the cemetery for Martyrs in Hajja..."

Funeral participant: "Despite the delays by the Israeli side transferring the Martyr’s body… the PA did everything it could and applied national and political pressure to the other side so they would transfer the Martyr’s body. Despite what they (i.e., the Israelis) did, the Palestinian will prevailed and we received the Martyr’s body..."

Official PA TV reporter: "Martyr Bashar Masalha, 22, ascended to Heaven in Jaffa on March 8 [2016] (i.e., he was shot after killing US tourist)... He returned and was embraced by the soil of his homeland as a Martyr."
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Bashar Masalha – 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack, murdering Taylor Force, an American tourist, and injuring 11, in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on March 8, 2016. Masalha
Fatah youth movement expresses pride and sends blessings to family of terrorist for achieving “Martyrdom” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 21, 2016
Posted text:
"#Martyrdom (Shahada)_unites_us
#Martyr (Shahid)_Yasser_Arafat's_bloc

In the name of All Merciful Allah,
[Allah] the Supreme said: "And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision" [Sura 3:169, Sahih International]
Great truth of God

With the highest expressions of pride, the Fatah Movement's Shabiba [student movement] in Palestine announces the death of the Palestinian people's Martyr, the heroic self-sacrificing fighter (Fida'i) Martyr Abd Al-Hamid Abu Sorour who carried out the attack on bus no. 12 in occupied Jerusalem a week ago. We send warmest blessings to all the residents of Bethlehem, and to his relatives in particular, on their son's achievement of Martyrdom (Shahada), and the revolution continues until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.
Your brothers in Fatah's Shabiba
Martyr Yasser Arafat bloc"

Jerusalem line 12 bus bombing – On April 18, 2016, a Hamas terrorist, Abd Al-Hamid Abu Sorour, 19, carried out a suicide bombing attack when he placed a bomb on bus no. 12 in the Talpiot neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem. 21 people were injured in the attack. Abu Sorour, died of his injuries a few days later in an Israeli hospital.
Fatah Facebook praises female suicide bomber as a “hero” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 13, 2016

Text and photo posted on Fatah’s official Facebook page

Text in post: “April 13, 2002 – today is the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahida) of the Martyrdom-seeker (Istish'hadiya), the hero Andalib Takatka from the town of Beit Fajjar, daughter of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades - Fatah’s military wing - in Bethlehem, who carried out a Martyrdom-seeking operation in Jerusalem in which 6 Zionists were killed, and dozens injured.
Glory and eternity to our righteous Martyrs
We remain loyal to the path”
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Andalib Takatka - Female suicide bomber from Fatah who blew herself up on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem on April 12, 2002, killing 6 and wounding more than 80.
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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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