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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)"
Fatah Facebook posts images of 5 terrorists, glorifies Martyrdom 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 17, 2016

Text and image posted on official Fatah Facebook page on Feb. 17, 2016

Posted text:  "Onward, O procession of Martyrs (Shahids)
The fuel of our revolution and struggle, that will not be stopped except in Jerusalem, at the minaret of its mosque and its walls
#The_rage_of_Jerusalem"

Text on poster:
"Our Martyrs [arrive in] processions
And our determination is [like] mountains, it does not surrender before the despicable and is not afraid of imprisonment"
Signature below: "Fatah’s Mobilization and Organization Commission"

The poster shows pictures of the terrorists Muhannad Halabi who murdered 2, Fadi Alloun who stabbed one, Hudhaifa Suleiman who was killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers, Amjad Al-Jundi who stabbed one, and Thaer Abu Ghazaleh who stabbed five.

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2- Motivating children to seek death
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Child festival in Gaza promotes child Martyrdom, killing and violence 
Source: YouTube, May 5, 2016
Eighth Childhood Festival of the Islamic Association in Khan Younes, in the Gaza Strip, posted on YouTube on May 5, 2016

Palestinian girl: “Forward, my child, to the duel. You will die as a Martyr (Shahid) and blow up the enemies. Palestine [is] an Arab holding victory in one hand, and rocks of fire in the other. [Palestine is] an Arab full of the challenging spirit, pride, and determination.”

Visuals:
Young boys dressed as Hamas fighters exit a “tunnel.”


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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  place
O my comrade in the struggle
Carry my weapon and do not fear my blood dripping from the weapon
I have not died – I still call to you through the wound."
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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.

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3- "Enemies seek life, you seek death"
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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 daily refers to terrorist who killed 13-year-old in her bed as “Martyr who carried out the stabbing operation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2016
     Headline: “The situation in the occupation’s prisons is on the verge of explosion”
“The Israeli Supreme Court decided yesterday [Aug. 3, 2016] to demolish part of the home of the family of the youth Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Taraireh, who carried out the stabbing operation in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, in which an Israeli girl [Hallel Yaffa Ariel] was killed (i.e., murdered by Taraireh as she slept in her bed).”

Muhammad Taraireh
– 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist, who stabbed and murdered 13-year-old American Israeli Hallel Yaffa Ariel, as she slept in her bed, in her home in Kiryat Arba near Hebron, on June 30, 2016. Taraireh also injured one of the Israeli security personnel before he was shot and killed.
Fatah consoles “dear” family of suicide bomber on death of bomber’s father 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 13, 2016

Pictures and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture on the right shows suicide bomber Ayyat Al-Akhras.
The picture on the left shows suicide bomber Ayyat Al-Akhras’ father, Muhammad Lutfi Al-Akhras.

Posted text: “The Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission sends its warmest condolences to the dear Al-Akhras family on the death of Muhammad Lutfi Al-Akhras ‘Abu Samir,’ the father of Martyrdom-seeker (Istish’hada) Ayyat Al-Akhras
We ask you to pray for Allah to have mercy on the dead Muslims and the Martyrs (Shahids)
We belong to Allah, and to Him we return”
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Ayyat Al-Akhras - The youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber (aged 17). A member of Fatah, Al-Akhras blew herself up near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002, killing 2 and wounding 28. Israel transferred the terrorist's body to the PA on Feb. 2, 2014.
PA daily about 16 teenage terrorists who never completed their school exams: "Death [of a teenager] as a Martyr is the path to excellence and greatness" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2016
Headline: "'High school matriculation exam Martyrs (Shahids)' - present in blessings to their schoolmates"
Sub-headline: "Sixteen male and female students succeeded [in achieving] the Martyrdom (Shahada) (i.e., play on words - Shahada can also mean certificate) of the homeland and withstanding its difficult tests"
       "The day of the publication of high school matriculation exam results is known as a day of long expectation, and as a first step in the realization of the aspirations of tens of thousands of students who sat on the school benches for 12 years. Some of them are disappointed because they did not receive the grade they hoped for or did not succeed. Some of them view this day as the day of their birth and the start of their path in life, work, and building. However, the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) and their relatives find themselves proud of the Martyrdom (Shahada, also means "certificate") that their children achieved with the Creator and in the homeland... Sixteen [students] succeeded [in achieving] the Martyrdom (Shahada) of the homeland and withstanding its difficult tests, for death as a Martyr is the path to excellence and greatness, and the path of those who know how to reach the great victory."
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Published in WAFA (official PA news agency), on July 11, 2016 and in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on July 12, 2016
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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




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