Fighting Israel and Martyrdom-death
promoted by Abbas' Fatah:
"Good morning, Martyrs of Palestine,
who are watering our roots with their blood,
so that they will grow into a fruitful tree"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah both promote the use of violence against Israel and the ideal of dying as "Martyrs" for "Palestine," as has been documented numerous times by Palestinian Media Watch.
In a recent post on Facebook, Abbas' Fatah movement reiterated its admiration and support for those who become "Martyrs," presenting this as a good deed for the future of Palestinians. In a greeting, Fatah wrote: "Good morning, Martyrs of Palestine, who are watering our roots with their blood, so that they will grow into a fruitful tree." The greeting further addressed the Palestinian "resolute mothers," who sacrifice their children for their people when they "give away what they hold most dear":
"Good morning to the people of Palestine, the people of defiance;
Good morning, land of the free men;
Good morning, Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine, who are watering our roots with their blood, so that they will grow into a fruitful tree, strong of trunk;
Good morning, wounds of the innocent;
Good morning, children of Palestine, who carry their innocence in one hand and the stone in the other;
Good morning, resolute mothers of Palestine, who give away what they hold most dear (i.e., their children)."
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page", Feb. 22, 2015]
A few weeks earlier, Fatah and its youth movement issued statements honoring "Martyrs," praising them for "watering the land of Palestine with their pure blood." Fatah declared that "Martyrdom-death for Palestine is a destiny."
Statements such as these promote the continued use of violence and terror against Israel and encourage Palestinians to become "Martyrs" and commit terror attacks such as the ones witnessed during the period of intensified violence in Jerusalem during October-November 2014, in which 11 Israelis were murdered.