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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: "From the sea of the blood of the Martyrs we will create the State of Palestine" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 3, 2017

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "#Palestine"

The picture shows a Palestinian flag with the word "Palestine" and the following text superimposed on it:

Text on image (top): "From the sea of the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we will create the State of Palestine”
Text on image (bottom): “Fatah Movement – The official page"
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Fatah, after terror attack that killed 3, glorifies dying as a Martyr 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Sept. 26, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch, roughly two hours after the first reports of the shooting attack committed by terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal in which he murdered 3 Israelis

Posted text:
“What is the homeland?
It is the longing to die in order to return the right and the land that were stolen.
A morning scented with the fragrance of the Martyrs (Shahids).”
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Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and two security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.
Mother of rioter killed while stoning Israeli soldiers: "We all are prepared to sacrifice ourselves for the... homeland" 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs in the Southern West Bank, Aug. 6, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs in the Southern West Bank

Posted text: “
The mother of Martyr (Shahid) Qusai Al-Amour (i.e., rioter killed while throwing rocks at an Israeli border police officer) visited Martyr Qusai Al-Amour [Summer] Camp, and said that it is an honor for her that the camp is named after her Martyr son. She also said: ‘We all are prepared to sacrifice ourselves for the land of the homeland,’ and emphasized ‘the importance of belonging [to the homeland], whatever the price may be, even if it costs us our lives.’”

Qusai Al-Amour – 17-year-old Palestinian rioter who threw rocks at an Israeli border police officer during violent clashes with the Israeli army near the village of Tuqu’ next to Bethlehem on Jan. 16, 2017. The officer responded by shooting and wounding Al-Amour with small metal Ruger bullets, which are considered to be non-lethal and meant for crowd dispersal; Al-Amour later died of his wounds.

 
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Girl glorifies Martyrdom-death in poem, PA TV host speaks against Martyrdom: “We must defy the occupation by clinging to life” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 15, 2017

 

Girl:
"Muhammad, I was told that you died as a Martyr
I was told that I have become the mother of a Martyr
I was told that I should make cries of joy
I want to make cries of joy and say: My son has succeeded
My son has made me proud
My son wanted to be a doctor, yes, he wanted to be a doctor
I need to make cries of joy and to be proud of you, O son."
PA TV host: "Bravo! Bravo and thank you. Blessings to the souls of our heroic Martyrs. Also, my friend, we must defy the occupation by clinging to life. Our lives are part of our resistance. Therefore, my friends, it is very important that we try to protect our lives in the face of the occupier’s actions so that we will grow up and fulfill our hopes, since every mother dreams to see her son or daughter become something important."
Official PA TV program The Best Home on April 14-15, 2017
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Girl on PA TV kids’ program: "Martyrdom-death is a high and supreme level before Allah” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home, Palestinian student Ranin Rami of the Karameh School for Girls defines what a “Martyr” is.

Girl on PA TV: "A Martyr (Shahid) is a person who has sacrificed his life in order to elevate the Word of Allah. A person becomes a Martyr when he defends his homeland or honor, or fights those who don't believe in Allah Almighty. Martyrdom-death (Shahada) is a high and supreme level, according to Allah."
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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]
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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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Fatah glorifies murderer of 3 Israelis “with all honor and pride” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 29, 2017
Official PA TV News, on deterrent actions taken by the Israeli army following the terror attack by terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal at Har Adar on Sept. 26, 2017, in which he murdered 3 Israelis.
 

Children are seen holding posters. The top of the posters feature the pictures of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the left, Yasser Arafat on the right, and the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas in the middle. Lower on the poster appears a large picture of terrorist murderer Nimr Al-Jamal.

Text on poster:
“With all honor and pride,
The Fatah Movement, Jerusalem district, Beit Surik branch, mourns the death of its heroic Martyr Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal.”
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Fatah glorifies terrorist who killed 3 Israelis as a "Martyr" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Sept. 26, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The one who carried out the operation (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered) in Jerusalem (sic., Har Adar) is Martyr (Shahid) Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal.”

The picture shows terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal wearing sunglasses and holding towels, with a pool seen in the background.
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Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and two security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.
PA TV News glorifies terrorist who killed 3 and the “heroism of Martyrs” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 26, 2017
Official PA TV News report on the terror attack in Har Adar in which 3 Israelis were murdered

Official PA TV reporter: “Despite the attempt of the occupation forces to stop them and prevent them from going out to the streets, the residents succeeded in reaching the home of the family of Martyr (Shahid) [Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal] (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) in order to console [the family] and stand alongside it in its time of tragedy. And they cried out in a demand for the occupation government to immediately release the Martyr’s body, so they will be able to bury him according to the religious laws, and in a way befitting of the sacrifice of the Martyrs and their heroism in defending the land and the identity.”
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Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and two security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.
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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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