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Suicide terror & Shahada
Success of Shahada 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.
Success of Shahada promotion
The Palestinian Authority's Shahada indoctrination has been very successful. Many parents celebrate the death of their children, and some even describe how they prayed for their children’s death as Martyrs. Even 11-year-olds talk about death lovingly, as if it’s the most they can achieve in life.
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Kids on Hamas TV: "We want to die as Martyrs" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), May 8, 2014

Hamas TV reporter:
For most of these children, resistance has become a dream... When you speak to them, you’re surprised by the strength and eloquence of their words.
Boy 1: We love the resistance. We want to die as Martyrs. Long live the Martyrs...
Boy 2: The Israeli occupation understands only resistance. We always love the resistance, to liberate our nation Palestine. And among us, the Martyrs are loved. Applause for the Martyrs...
Reporter: The atmosphere in the refugee camp is full of the spirit of resistance and of those who inscribed its stories of heroism. Most of the walls show you the images of the Martyrs...
Boy 3: The resistance, the armed resistance is what brings results in the Jenin refugee camp... The Jenin refugee camp continues to educate its children to resist, and passes on the flag to them, from generation to generation. They yearn for one of the two best outcomes – the return to their occupied lands, or Martyrdom.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) YouTube channel, May 8, 2014]
Palestinian girl in Syria dreams of becoming a Martyr in “Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2013
PA TV News’ report about Palestinian refugees in Syria and the Nakba (“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel). PA TV News chose to inlcude the following statement in the report:
     Palestinian girl living in Syria: “If only, Allah, if only You had left me [in Palestine] and let me be a potential Palestinian Martyr (Shahid).”
10 year-old on Hamas TV: "We all wish for Shahada" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Jan. 22, 2010
Phone interview broadcast on Hamas TV kids' program, Tomorrow's Pioneers:
Host to girl on phone: "How was it for you during the [Gaza] war [2009]? Were you afraid that you would die, that you would leave this world?"
Girl: "No. I wasn't afraid. I wished for Shahada (Martyrdom) -- Shahada for Allah."
Host: "How wonderful. Even this little girl - how old are you?"
Girl: "Ten."
Host: "[She] is not more than ten years old, and wants to die as a Shahida (Martyr) for Allah. We all wish for this [Shahada]."
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Woman on PA TV: “We are prepared to dies as Martyrs for the land” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 30, 2015
PA TV program Diaspora Issues on Land Day events in refugee camps in Lebanon:
Woman in refugee camp: “[For] 38 years [we have conveyed this] message to the world. Each day is Land Day for us and each day we are prepared to die as Martyrs for the land, for the right of return to our land.”

Note: Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented.
Hamas: We love death like Israelis love life 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014

 

Hamas leader Muhammad Deif:
"Today you [Israelis] are fighting divine soldiers, who love death for Allah like you love life, and who compete among themselves for Martyrdom like you flee from death."
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: "We love death like our enemies love life! We love Martyrdom, the way in which [Hamas] leaders died."
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Muhammad Deif – commander of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, responsible of the death of hundreds of Israeli civilians in suicide bombings and other terror attacks. Deif is severely disabled as a result of assassination attempts.
Hamas TV: Dead Gaza civilians are privileged to have died as Martyrs 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 20, 2014

 
Hamas TV host: "Every soul has its time. These people - their time had come, and they were Martyred (i.e., Gaza civilians killed in war). They have gained [Paradise]. They have nothing in this world, especially in the Gaza Strip. There's no life in the Gaza Strip. What life can we have in the Gaza Strip? Being with Allah is better. Being with Allah is better. What we see is very hard but we won't surrender, Allah willing. The first to say it are the Martyrs' family. The first to say it are the Martyrs' mothers and fathers... Don't be disturbed by these images. He who was killed this way doesn't feel. By Allah, he does not feel. These are not my words, but the words of our beloved Prophet [Muhammad]: He who is Martyred doesn't feel. Only we suffer by these images. By Allah, [the Martyr] doesn't feel. His soul has ascended to Allah. His soul is with the Lord. His soul is inside a green bird. He is with Allah now. He is in Paradise. Only we suffer by these images... In other cities, in other countries, thousands die in earthquakes, floods, plane crashes, in ferry or shipwrecks, in natural or unnatural disasters. Thousands die. Thousands die but we don't know what their fate is with Allah. But we [in Gaza] are Martyrs. The enemy has killed us and we are Martyrs."
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Creating a supportive social environment for terrorists has been a critical factor in the Palestinian Authority's successful promotion of suicide terrorism. To this end, PA policy has been to honor terrorists as Shahids (Martyrs for Allah), and to teach Palestinian mothers to celebrate when their children die as terrorist Shahids. Categorizing these dead terrorists as Shahids grants them the highest honor a Muslim can achieve, and is therefore cause for a mother to celebrate, according to this PA teaching.
An example of that happiness and celebration can be seen in Um Nidal, mother of a suicide terrorist:

Um Nidal is filmed with her son, Muhammad, who is armed and ready to carry out a terror attack:
     "By Allah, today is the best day of my life. I feel that our Lord is pleased with me, because I am offering something [my son] for Him. I wish to sacrifice more [sons] for Allah's forgiveness, and for the flag [of Islam], 'There is no god but Allah', to fly over Palestine.... It's true that there's nothing more precious than children, but for the sake of Allah – what is precious becomes cheap." Click to view video on website
Mothers’ feelings when sons are martyred: “Palestine is one, the sons are many”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 16, 2015

PA TV host:‎ "Let’s talk about an issue that has been a point of discussion for many ‎years, from the 1st and 2nd Intifada (i.e., Palestinian waves of violence against ‎Israelis): The world’s attitude towards the Palestinian woman, as a woman devoid of ‎maternal feelings who makes sounds of joy when her son dies as a Martyr, or when ‎she loses her husband, etc…‎"
Women’s rights activist Amal Al-A’araj: "The Palestinian woman who makes sounds ‎of joy for her Martyr son, was raised by a Palestinian woman greater than her in her ‎love for the homeland and [the belief]‎ ‎ that Palestine ‘is more precious than my ‎sons.’ Palestine is one, the sons are many. I can give birth to 10 or 12, and I know ‎people with 15, 16 and more, but Palestine is one. The land of Palestine is one...‎"
PA TV host:‎ "So this does not mean that her sons are not precious to her, and that she ‎is a mother devoid of emotion, right?‎"
Women’s rights activist: "Of course [not].‎"
PA TV host: "There is a great message.‎"
Women’s rights activist: "We can all see that she cries first, and then makes sounds of ‎joy. She has feelings. She makes sounds of joy because she accompanied her Martyr ‎son who upheld the cause and defended his land. She witnessed the result of the ‎values she instilled in her son. Nevertheless she makes sounds of joy while crying.‎"
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Mother of Martyr: We ululate since “our child is going... to marry the Dark-Eyed Virgins” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 21, 2015

A Martyr’s mother: "We say ‘praise Allah’ for everything. It's our duty to give ourselves and our children [for [N2] the cause]. Praise Allah, it's true that this hurts and that we feel agony and pain. Today, every day and every moment, I miss my son. I'll never forget my son. It's true what they say that we ululate (i.e., make sounds of joy) for our [dead] children because our child is going to Heaven to marry the Dark-Eyed Virgins, Allah willing. May Allah make a dwelling for him in the highest Paradise. It’s not that we don't love our children. We do love our children, but also our homeland. We say ‘Allah willing’ and maintain our resolve..."
General Union of Palestine Workers Widad Manawil: "We tell all women to learn from the resolve of Palestinian women, from the one bidding her Martyr son farewell and the one welcoming her prisoner son with ululations."
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Ramallah governor opposes mothers celebrating their sons' Martyrdom because the world "thinks we have no feelings" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 21, 2015
Headline: "Ghannam to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: 'It is no shame for a mother to cry for her Martyred son'"
Q: "Does a woman ululate out of joy for the death of one of her sons as a Martyr (Shahid), or for his imprisonment during all the years of the struggle?“
District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam: "I am against ululations (i.e., cries of joy), against restraining the emotions and against presenting ourselves as a nation of barbarians who don't care about loss and deprivation. In psychology, this is called denial, while we Palestinians have learned that it is pride. It is true that our culture talks of the Martyr's high standing and qualities, but when the world sees us carrying a Martyr and hears our ululations, it thinks we have no feelings - especially when it's a child; for when a child dies as a Martyr, the first image we publish is of him holding a weapon. The mother must express her feelings, and this is what I tell all the mothers I visit, for this is their right... “
Q: "If you had a son and a daughter, would you let them participate equally in the ‎various resistance activities, without fearing more for the girl than for the boy?"‎
Laila Ghannam: "Certainly, because I lived that life and my brothers are in jail. I am involved in organizational activity, and many have complained to my father that I get beaten and arrested for intervening in things that are none of my business, such as saving young people from the [Israeli] soldiers and participating in rallies. My father opposed sex discrimination, and said that this kind of intervention was characteristic of the family and that it was everyone's right."
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