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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.
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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]
PA Presidential Guard glorifies bloodshed: "The people of Palestine... has watered freedom with the blood of its sons," with map of "Palestine" in background  
Source: Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards, July 31, 2017

Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards

Text posted and below map: "A people like the people of Palestine that has watered the freedom with the blood of its sons can only win
#Yasser_Arafat"

The image shows a picture of Yasser Arafat overlaid with the colors of the Palestinian flag (left), and the PA map of “Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas, overlaid with the Palestinian flag (right).
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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

Girl:
"[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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Fatah Facebook promotes dying for “Palestine,” alongside image of Abu Jihad 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 20, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Our heads will remain in the heavens, while our legs are planted on the ground of our homeland. The path to victory and to the certain return will be paved with our skulls. The compass will never err in the path, and will continue to point towards Palestine.”

The image shows Abu Jihad, former head of the PLO terror organization’s military wing.
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Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks killing 125 Israelis. This included the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
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Poster in PA classroom promotes Martyrdom death 
Source: Facebook page of Zayzafuna magazine for children, Feb. 6, 2017
Text and pictures posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Zayzafuna magazine for children


In the top picture, a picture of Yasser Arafat and the Dome of the Rock hangs on the wall on the right, and next to Arafat is written "Martyr (Shahid), Martyr, Martyr," referring to Arafat's well-known statement: "They want me as a prisoner, a refugee, or dead. I say to them: 'Martyr, Martyr, Martyr.'"

Posted text: "The Zayzafuna Association for Development of Children's Culture today, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, held a literary activity at the Tell High School for Girls in the Nablus Education Directorate (i.e., under the PA Ministry of Education), as part of which a group from Zayzafuna met… with 35 students from grades 7 – 11."

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. Zayzafuna's website states that the magazine's advisory board is comprised of PA officials and educators, including Jihad Zakarneh, PA Deputy Minister of Education, and Abd Al-Hakim Abu Jamous, Head of the Media Department at the PA Ministry of Education. Since September 2015, Zayzafuna included a note on its second page thanking the PA Ministry of Finance for its financial support of the magazine (true as of the time of this writing, May 2016). In May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada explained on PA TV that the PA gives "a monthly payment of 10,000 shekels ($2,700) to cover the magazine's [costs]." [Official PA TV, May 9 and 13, 2011]
Abbas poses with young boy holding photo of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The Martyrs’ (Shahids') promise”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Fatah: "Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas" after his photo with young boy and poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“The Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
After he received as a ‘gift’ from a Palestinian boy a picture of Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 35 Israelis (sic., 37) in 1978, from the 52nd [Fatah] Launch (Intilaqa) rally in Bethlehem”

The images show posts in Hebrew, English, and Arabic by the Israeli news Facebook page “In the Middle East,” which reported on the photo posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on Jan. 13, 2017. The photo shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Text on the posts in the image:
“Friends, we ask to share this picture throughout the network.
[PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas gave a Palestinian boy a picture of him and of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who carried out a large terror attack in 1978 on the Coastal Road in which 35 Israelis (sic., 37) were murdered.”

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier
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PA official in Abbas' name: "We are a people who love death more than life" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2016
Headline: “Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim: “The occupiers are doomed to disappear, and the future is ours”
      “Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim said: ‘The occupiers are always doomed to disappear, and the aggressors are doomed to the dustbins of history. The attempt to scare us and threaten us these days, through one person or another from among those who have threatened to attack the Gaza Strip or the Aswan Dam [in Egypt] (apparently referring to Avigdor Lieberman whose party is joining the Israeli government coalition –Ed.), will remain empty threats, as we are a people who love death more than life when it is Palestine that we are fighting for.’"

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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.”

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PA District Governor glorifies martyrdom: "Our child Martyrs... are birds in Paradise” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2017
       "Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Dr. Laila Ghannam expressed her pride over our generations that are loyal to the path, and wished success to all of the high school graduates... District Governor Ghannam visited the family of Martyr Abu Saleh today and noted that their son achieved the highest Martyrdom (i.e., word play, the Arabic word Shahada also means certificate as in matriculation certificate), and that the hearts of all the members of our people are turned towards their family and all of the families of the Martyrs... District Governor Ghannam gave [the family] a statuette of a bird and emphasized that our child Martyrs, Allah willing, are birds in Paradise. Parallel to this, last night the Martyr's mother dreamed of a bird that appeared on the horizon and told her about the results of her son, who was meant to be among those that excelled in the high school matriculation exams this year."
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DFLP calls destruction of monument to terrorist by Israel a "crime whose purpose is to... harm the supreme value of the 'Martyr'"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2017
     “The Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] condemned the crime committed by the occupation forces early yesterday morning (Friday) [June 30, 2017], when they removed the Martyr (Shahid) Khaled Nazzal monument (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 31) in the center of Jenin, following the wild incitement campaign that [Israeli] occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led personally. The Front said in a statement published by its Jenin district branch that the occupation forces’ actions constitute a… crime whose purpose is to appropriate the Palestinian national memory and harm the supreme value of the ‘Martyr,’ which is rooted in the experience of our people and its national culture… In its statement, the Front promised that our people and its living forces will thwart these attempts, as has been proven by the popular stand throughout the homeland, the diaspora, and the foreign lands, by which all the streams of our people and its leading activists have expressed adherence to the value of the Martyrs and pride in their heritage and status, as all members of our people, throughout its generations, are proud of it. [The Front] emphasized that Khaled Nazzal, a member of its path, and all of the fighters for Palestine’s freedom and independence, will live on forever in the souls of the members of their people.”
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Official PA TV glorifies Ma’alot massacre, terrorists who murdered 22 children and 4 adults are "Martyrs whose souls float in the skies" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 1, 2017

Official PA TV narrator on Buy Time in Jerusalem:
"Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Central Committee member Omar Mahmoud Al-Qassem - one of the symbols of the national prisoners’ movement, and one of its central founders. During his life, he was an outstanding leader, a ferocious fighter, and a proud prisoner, and in his death he is an eternal Martyr... One of his acts of heroism [was] when an armed DFLP squad carried out the Ma’alot operation in the Galilee (i.e., terror attack, 26 murdered) and took [an Israeli] building and hostages. The [Israeli] prison management summoned Al-Qassem... and asked him to talk with the self-sacrificing fighters so they would turn themselves in and release the hostages... When he turned to his comrades, he said: ‘‘O comrades, I am Omar Al-Qassem. Carry out what you came for. Your enemy is treacherous.’’ Immediately after his few words, his comrades responded to the call and blew up the military academy (sic., Netiv Meir Elementary School) so that their souls would float as Martyrs above the skies of Palestine."
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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




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