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Shahada (Death for Allah) promotion
Motivating suicide terror and Shahada
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]
Abbas’ Fatah: “Martyrdom-death is a destiny ‎we assume willingly and serenely”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Jan. 7, 2015
     "Fatah said that 'loyalty to the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine is the most exalted expression of its commitment to the path and to the oath to liberate the land and to persist on the path of truth, which the Martyrs paved with their pure blood.‘ In its statement, published by the [Fatah] Culture and Information Commission today, Wednesday [Jan. 7, 2015], on the occasion of Palestinian Martyrs' Day, the movement added: 'We believe that Martyrdom-death (Istish'had) for Palestine is a destiny we assume willingly and serenely, in order [to attain] a free and dignified life for our people in the paradise of the eternal homeland. In addition, we believe that life is a great opportunity to invest everything in our power for the liberation of the homeland.' [...] The statement said: 'Our goals are the freedom and independence of the Palestinian people. Sacrifice is merely one part of the doctrine of national struggle, the aim of which is to redeem our people and its future generations. Martyrdom-death is our way to ensure the eternity of our people on its land, while it protects its Arab identity and holy places.'
On this occasion, the movement expressed its highest praise, appreciation and recognition to the souls of the Palestinian, Arab and foreign Martyrs who died as Martyrs for Palestine, and to their relatives and children. Furthermore, it swore to remain faithful to their sacrifice until all Palestinians, Arabs and free men around the world witness the establishment of a Palestinian state, and until one of their small boys or girls raises the Palestinian flag over the walls of Jerusalem, the capital of our free and independent state."
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Fatah promotes Martyrdom-death for Allah to “liberate” the land  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Jan. 7, 2015
Headline: “Our belief in Martyrdom-death (Istish'had) for Palestine is equal to our belief in the eternal life of our people in its land”
“Fatah said that ‘loyalty to the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine is the most exalted expression of its commitment to the path and to the oath to liberate the land and to persist on the path of truth, which the Martyrs paved with their pure blood.’ In its statement, published by the [Fatah] Culture and Information Commission today, Wednesday [Jan. 7, 2015], on the occasion of Palestinian Martyrs Day, the movement added: ‘We believed that Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) for Palestine was a destiny we assumed willingly and serenely, in order [to attain] a free and dignified life for our people in the paradise of the eternal homeland. In addition, we believed that life was a great opportunity to invest everything in our power for the liberation of the homeland.’”

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Speaker at Fatah rally glorifies Fatah ‎members who carried out Jihad and ‎Martyrdom-death ‎ 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 6, 2015
Official PA TV Live broadcast the central ‎Fatah rally marking the 45th anniversary ‎of the movement's founding
Speaker 1: "Our first message is to Israel. ‎We say to it and its extreme right-wing ‎government: The Palestinian people and ‎Fatah are losing patience. If matters ‎reach a dead end, Fatah has the right to ‎choose whatever [means] it deems ‎appropriate for establishing the ‎Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its ‎capital."‎
Speaker 2: "Greetings to the Fatah ‎members who awakened the desire for ‎Jihad and Martyrdom death (Istishhad). ‎Greetings to the courageous knights ‎who emphasized their wish for the honor ‎of Martyrdom (Shahada) and for the great ‎moment of Martyrdom death."‎
Fatah "taught us to love the homeland, and to love to die for it" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 30, 2014

The image shows Yasser Arafat and a ‎map of “Palestine” that includes the PA ‎areas as well as all of Israel.‎
Text on image: “We owe much to Fatah. ‎It is looking at us with Yasser Arafat’s ‎eyes, and is revealed to us through his ‎black keffiyeh (headdress), so that we ‎may take shelter in its shadow and keep ‎its revolutionary symbolism.‎ O young [Palestinians], Fatah is calling ‎you. It is the mother that bestowed on us ‎all the tenderness, hope, honor, dignity ‎and pride. It has taught us to love the ‎homeland, and to love to die for it. It has ‎taught us that the right can neither be ‎taken [away] nor given.”‎
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Note: The Facebook page where this ‎item was posted, called "Fatah - The ‎Main Page," is an official Fatah ‎Facebook page. The page defines itself ‎as belonging to the Fatah Mobilization ‎and Organization Commission, and the ‎commission's official website links to this ‎Facebook page.‎
Fatah promotes violence and Martyrdom-death 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 12, 2014


Text in post and on image:
“If the ground of Mecca is for worship, the ground of Jerusalem is for Shahada (i.e., Martyrdom-death).”
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Note: The Facebook page where this item was posted, called "Fatah - The Main Page," is an official Fatah Facebook page. The page defines itself as belonging to the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, and the commission's official website links to this Facebook page.
PA leader: "Our nation redeems Al-Aqsa…with its blood"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV program Personal Encounter hosted senior PA leader Nabil Shaath:
Senior PA leader Nabil Shaath: “First of all, the Palestinian nation is taking responsibility. First, it is taking responsibility for Palestinian land in general and Jerusalem in particular, and it is still – today was a bloody day in Jerusalem, but our nation redeems Al-Aqsa and the Islamic and Christian holy places in Jerusalem with its blood… In the end, it is the destiny of the Palestinian nation to carry out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) in defense of Palestine – [the Palestinian nation] that stands firm so that Palestine will not be lost; and we will fight so that the Palestinian cause does not become obsolete. Our role is to stand firm, wage Ribat, resist, support and build.”
PA TV song: "Massive armies are advancing on Jerusalem.. May our convoy die as Martyrs" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 9, 2014


Yasser Arafat:
"Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem! Oh Lord, let me become a Martyr among the Martyrs of Jerusalem."
Singer: "Massive armies are advancing on Jerusalem.
They do not fear the attackers
May our convoy die as Martyrs to redeem the forlorn Al-Aqsa...
Jerusalem is shouting ‘O Homeland.’
It needs a mausoleum [for Arafat]
Until your heart comes to rest in Jerusalem,
the land of Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic)."
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Protestors shout chants calling for blood and Martyrdom to “redeem” Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 8, 2014
     “The national and Islamic factions, forces and activists in the Hebron district took part in [several] well-attended marches yesterday, Friday [Nov. 8, 2014] in support of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. One of the marches, organized by Fatah, left the Al-Hussein mosque after the Friday prayers… under the heading ‘For you, Al-Aqsa.’ Other marches were held in various areas of the district, during which protesters chanted angry slogans against the occupation and calls for support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including: ‘Al-Aqsa’s gate is made of iron, only the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) blood will open it,’ and ‘With spirit, with blood, we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa.’ They [the marches] ended with confrontations with the occupation forces… In a speech held during the march organized by [Fatah] in the city, Fatah Secretary in Hebron Imad Kharwat emphasized the importance of uniting in one rank to defend Al-Aqsa from the occupation’s attacks and the settlers’ constantly recurring invasions of its courtyards. Kharwat said: ‘All the Palestinian factions and forces throughout the homeland and the diaspora must awaken to defend Al-Aqsa, which is more exalted than any of these, until the words of our late leader Yasser Arafat are realized: A boy from among our boys and a girl from among our girls will raise the Palestinian flag over the minarets and church towers of Jerusalem.’ Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said: ‘More mass popular activity is required in support of Al-Aqsa, for this mosque is the symbol of unity. It unites and does not divide, and it represents the nation’s honor. Let us fight for it to defend it and liberate it from the occupation’s filth.’”
PA TV song: "Take my blood and give me freedom: my country from the [Jordan] water to the [Mediterranean] water" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 9, 2014


Song on PA TV, sung by winner of Arab Idol song contest, Muhammad Assaf:
     "We possess the right [to Palestine], and we are her men
And when the right is realized, we will redeem her soil
Take my blood and give me freedom: my country from the [Jordan] water to the [Mediterranean] water
O Gaza, sacrifice your men liberally; each of them is worth two
Lift your head high; that is your weapon...
No matter how severe the oppression is, we will protect our land
It's either victory or Martyrdom, her men said
Soil of the forgotten land, watered with precious blood
My land, sing your song, gather your strength for freedom."
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Note: This video originally aired on July 29, 2014 and was rebroadcast 27 times since then, most recently on Oct. 9, 2014.
Fatah cartoon glorifies murderers of 3 Israeli teens and all Martyrs 
Source: Official Facebook page of the ‎Palestinian National Security Forces‎, Sept. 23, 2014


The above cartoon was posted on ‎the official Facebook page of the ‎Palestinian National Security Forces:

Text: “The daily cartoon: ‘The tax of the ‎homeland.’ Palestine awakens today ‎to assassinations, arrests and injuries.”‎
Explanation of the cartoon:
Third place: A wounded Palestinian ‎fighter
Second place: A prisoner
First place: A Martyr (Shahid)‎
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Note: The cartoon was posted in ‎response to the deaths of the murderers ‎of the three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, ‎‎19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel, 16, who were kidnapped on ‎June 12, 2014 by Hamas terrorists ‎while they were hitchhiking. The boys' ‎bodies were found by Israeli security ‎forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. ‎They appeared to have been shot to ‎death soon after the abduction. The ‎terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 ‎by the Israeli army during an attempt to ‎arrest them. ‎
Hamas TV song: Women “adorn themselves with the blood of the smiling Martyrs” 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 29, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a young girl singing a song:
Young girl:
“Remove your shoes when you are in Gaza. It contains thousands of Martyrs’ (Shahids’) graves, and basil plants grow in its soil...
Remove your shoes, for here the women perfume themselves with the scent of the Martyrs and adorn themselves with the blood of the smiling Martyrs.
Remove your shoes, when you enter [Gaza], for power and greatness are in it, more than in the palaces of the leaders who do nothing to help" [...]
Al-Aqsa TV host: “And what do you say to the Jews?”
Young girl: “May Allah take them and blind their eyes, Allah willing.”

Notes: Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi - Co-founder of the terrorist organization Hamas.
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Hamas TV: Dress up like Jews to execute suicide bombings 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014
During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas repeatedly broadcast a video promoting suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. The Hamas video shows a terrorist putting on a suicide belt and dressing up as a stereotypical, bearded Orthodox Jewish civilian, who is then sent to commit a suicide bombing.








 
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), 3 times: July 9, 27, and 30, 2014] 
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Fatah student movement: "All members are potential Martyrs for our beloved Palestine" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 23, 2014

     "Summary of the statement of Fatah's Shabiba [student] movement in the West Bank:
1. To Fatah Shabiba members in all areas: More resistance and escalation [is required] against the occupation everywhere. Let's turn the land into hell for the enemy and announce it so clearly that it splits the sky: Resist, boycott, move forward, rise up - for the land is forbidden for the enemy, and all Shabiba members are potential Martyrs (Shahids) for our beloved Palestine.
2. To the masses of our proud Palestinian people: More national unity [is required], because unity is the condition for victory. Let each one of us fight in his own field, for each of us has a function, and every [form of] resistance has a role in liberation. Boycott, confront, declare revolution! This is our land. We will either live on it in dignity, or be gathered into the bosom of its beloved earth as Martyrs...
Start by yourself, come to the aid of your people [by]
- Destroying settlers' property
- Blocking settlement roads: stones, nails, tinder, tires
- Destroying settlement power, water and telephone lines
- Breaking the occupation's security cameras and attacking military observation posts
- Destroying the [separation] wall and cutting the barbed wire fences
- Israeli products are bullets with which it [Israel] kills your people
- Chase the settlers on your land at places of contact"
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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PA TV positive portrayal of suicide bombing 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 17, 2014
PA TV broadcast a video during the 2014 Gaza war which appears to encourage suicide bombing. The video was based on a poem written by Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet. While some literature analysts say the deeper meaning of the poem is a critique on suicide bombings, the words PA TV chose to include in its video clip seem to present suicide bombing positively:
     "She [Gaza] wraps her waist with mines and explodes,
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza's way to declare its right to life
She scratched the enemy's face
And repelled them from satisfaction with time,
because time in Gaza is something else
In Gaza the enemy could be victorious
The high sea could be victorious on an island.
They may cut down all her trees; they may break her bones
They could plant tanks in her children's chests and women's bellies and throw her into the sea, sand or blood
But she will never repeat the lies or say "yes" to the invaders;
she will continue to explode
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza's way to declare its right to life."
[Excerpt from "Silence for Gaza" by Mahmoud Darwish,
Trans. Adib S. Kawar, Tlaxcala, Official PA TV, July 17, 2014]


Hamas defends using civilians as human shields 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 13, 2014

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri: ‎‎
“Today, the resistance truly glorifies our ‎people and our nation. True, we are ‎paying a price, but we remember our ‎brothers in Algeria, where there were at ‎least a million and half Martyrs (Shahids). ‎Why didn’t the Algerians speak up then, ‎or why don’t they speak up now to change ‎history and say that the blood of the ‎Algerians was forsaken? In 1945, 45,000 ‎Algerians died in a single day, and it was ‎not described in history as forsaking the ‎blood of the Algerians, as some defeatists ‎are doing today, noting the number of ‎Martyrs and describing it as ‘trading with ‎Palestinian blood and forsaking ‎Palestinian blood’… Today, we are not ‎leading our people to the slaughter as we ‎stand by and look on; we are leading them ‎to death [corrects himself] I mean, to ‎confrontation.” ‎
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Hamas "will continue to dig tunnels, build rockets and cross seas until it defeats the enemy" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 22, 2014
     “In a speech held during the funeral of several Hamas fighters, who were killed in an explosion in a tunnel in Gaza last Thursday, Hamas Political Bureau member Khalil Al-Hayya said that ‘Hamas and its Brigades (the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing), will continue to dig tunnels, build rockets and cross seas until it defeats the enemy.’”
Al-Hayya added: ‘We will continue on the path of Jihad and Martyrdom (Shahada). O children of the resistance, O Al-Qassam [Brigades], this is the only way; march forward, [until] either victory or Martyrdom.’”
PA TV reporter: Martyrdom death is "the wish of all the Palestinians" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 6, 2014
Official PA TV News reported on demonstrations marking the anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.
Demonstrator in Gaza: “My wish – and I always ask it of Allah – is to die a Martyr (Shahid) on the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Official PA TV reporter: “This is the wish of all the Palestinians, who are separated by only a few hundred meters from Jerusalem, but [whom] the Israeli occupation authorities prevent from enjoying the sight of their holy city.”
Hamas official: "Our path is Jihad and resistance, our path is the rifle" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Apr. 30, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a speech by Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal
Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal speaking over the phone:
“These Martyrs… after their bodies returned, we are told: Jihad and resistance are the path, and there is no other path. Yes, I say to my brothers in Fatah and to my brothers in all the factions… our choice is resistance, our path is Jihad and resistance, our path is the rifle. Yes, we are in favor of politics, in favor of diplomacy, in favor of persecuting Israel in the international arena, and bringing it to trial on the platforms of the UN and its organizations, but our brothers in the [Palestinian] Authority, our brothers in the Palestinian presidency, in the Fatah movement and all the factions – the history that created us, that created our factions and symbols, was nothing other than Jihad and resistance… We have nothing to commemorate us, we have no honor, no history and will have no future other than with Jihad and resistance. During [Jihad and resistance], and in the shadow of the strategy of resistance, the other operations will grow in strength. Politics will be strengthened, diplomacy will be strengthened, activities and populism will be strengthened. This is the path, brothers!”
Hamas official: Through Shahada (Martyrdom) we will achieve "Palestine, from its [Jordan] River to its [Mediterranean] Sea" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Apr. 30, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a speech by Hamas leader and Palestinian Parliament member Sheikh Hassan Yousef
Hamas leader and Palestinian Parliament member Sheikh Hassan Yousef: “Yes, we say: The path of Martyrdom (Shahada) and the enterprise of Martyrdom-seeking (Istish'had) are
the shortest way to [achieving] rights, and to achieving victory over the occupier. Taking [our] rights is the shortest path to Jerusalem and to all Palestine, from its [Jordan] River to its [Mediterranean] Sea. Yes, this path is the shortest path to defeating the settlement enterprise and the Judaization of Jerusalem and the holy sites. We say to the occupation: the blood of these two Martyrs (Shahids) [Imad and Adel Awadallah] and the two other Martyrs [Izz Al-Din Al-Masri and Tawfiq Mahamid] – all of you know the hero Izz Al-Din Al-Masri (i.e., suicide terrorist who killed 15 in Sbarro pizza shop) [cheers from the audience]… and the Martyr Mahamid, and those who preceded them and those Martyrs who will come after them – we will not forget them, and their blood will remain a debt for us [to pay], for the Hamas youth and the youths of all the Palestinian forces.” …

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