Official PA TV:
"The blood of the Martyrs flows in my veins...
I harvest the souls in the fields [of battle]...
The Dark-Eyed [Virgins] yearn for me"
- Fatah: "Allah, do not prevent us from Martyrdom-death in [Al-Aqsa's] plazas"
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The ideal of dying as a "Martyr" continues to be promoted regularly by the Palestinian Authority and Abbas' Fatah party. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that "Martyrs" have cult-like status in the PA.
Following a recent terror attack in which the terrorist stabbed and wounded 4 Israeli policemen, a host on official PA TV read a poem in the terrorist's honor. The poem glorifies Martyrdom-death in battle and states that the 72 "Dark-Eyed" Virgins in Paradise who the Martyr marries according to Islamic tradition, are "yearning" for the Palestinian Martyr:
Official PA TV host: "About the Jerusalem Martyr Abd Al-Rahman Abu Jamal (terrorist, wounded 4 -Ed.) we say:
I am the Palestinian lion cub
I was planted in my land, like the olive and fig tree
My roots reach Canaan
The blood of the Martyrs flows in my veins,
I am like a lion in the fields [of battle]
If the drums of war call
I harvest the souls in the fields
I guard the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and the [Dome of the] Rock
My eyes will not close, and my head will not bow
I am the Palestinian lion cub
The armies of treachery fear me
The Dark-Eyed [Virgins] yearn for me
I have not sold my homelands, and have not given up my assault rifle
Today I carry my shrouds, and in my heart my faith strengthens
Because victory and liberation are coming at the hands of the lion cubs
[Official PA TV, Good Morning Jerusalem, Nov. 23, 2018]
It should be noted that the terrorist was 17 years old and that the term "lion cub" repeated in the poem is the name for boys in Fatah's youth club, which is named "Lion Cubs and Flowers." The "lion cubs" - children of similar age or younger than the 17-year-old terrorist who is being honored in the poem and who the Dark-Eyed virgins yearn for - are being urged to kill - to "harvest souls" in the battle field.
The following Fatah Facebook post also shows that the promotion of "Martyrdom-death" as an ideal to strive for is an integral a part of Palestinian society. In the post, Abbas' Fatah asked Allah "not to prevent us from Martyrdom in [Al-Aqsa's] plazas":
"Jerusalem... for its sake our souls are insignificant.
O Allah, do not prevent us from Martyrdom-death in its [Al-Aqsa's] plazas"
Posted text: "Blessed Friday
Jerusalem will remain in the depths of the heart and an eternal love, and for its sake our souls are insignificant. O Allah, do not prevent us from the prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque or from Martyrdom-death (Shahada) in its plazas."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 30, 2018]
The PA teaches that the scent of Martyrs' blood is cherished, Martyrs' funerals are celebrated, and parents think their dead children's "blood make gardens bloom."
PMW has documented that Palestinian kids are brainwashed to believe that dying as a "Martyr" is something they should aspire to achieve. In school, for example, books teach kids that terrorist "Martyrs" are "heroes" and "the best of the best," and that "everyone wants to be like them." When 16 teenage terrorists died as "Martyrs" during their terror attacks, the official PA news agency Wafa praised them for having achieved Shahada - Martyrdom-death for Allah - rather than having obtained their matriculation exam certificate - also "shahada" in Arabic. The PA stated that "death [of a teenager] as a Martyr is the path to excellence and greatness, and the path of those who know how to reach the great victory."
Abd Al-Rahman Abu Jamal was a 17-year-old Israeli Arab terrorist who stabbed and wounded 4 Israeli policemen at the Oz Police Station in Jerusalem's Armon HaNatziv neighborhood on Nov. 14, 2018. Abu Jamal was shot and wounded at the scene by other policemen, and died of his wounds on Nov. 20, 2018 in an Israeli hospital.