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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]
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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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: 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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Fatah celebrates youngest female suicide bomber, vowing "allegiance to your blood" and to "continue on the path of... Shahada (Martyrdom seeking)" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 29, 2014
Text: “The anniversary of the Martyrdom death of the hero Ayyat Al-Akhras’”
Text on photo: “The 12th anniversary of the Martyrdom death of the hero Ayyat Al-Akhras from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing)
On the anniversary of your death as a Martyr, we renew the promise and oath of allegiance to your pure blood to continue on the path of victory or Martyrdom (Shahada).”

Ayyat Al-Akhras - the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber (age 17). She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002. Israel transferred the terrorist's body to the PA on Feb. 2, 2014.
Lebanese official on PA TV: "The true mother is the land that gave birth to the Martyrs" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 20, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning interviewed the director of the social institutions in Beirut, Lebanon, Muhammad Dabdoub, who spoke about Mother’s Day.
The director of the social institutions in Beirut, Muhammad Dabdoub: “The month of March is the month of sacrifice and loyalty. [The anniversary of] the death of sister Dalal Mughrabi as a Martyr (Shahida) is in the month of March; [the [anniversary of] the Battle of Karameh is in [March]; Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day are in [March].”
PA TV host: “And [the month] ends with Land Day.”
The director of the social institutions in Beirut, Muhammad Dabdoub: “And it ends with Land Day. For us, the true mother is the land that gave birth to the Martyrs (Shahids) and gave a great deal. No matter how much we give [the land], we will never [entirely] fulfill our duty to it.”

Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
The Karameh battle, or Al-Karameh - In 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the Al-Karameh village in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists were launching attacks on Israel. Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.
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. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider it a national day.

Play depicts Palestinian girl proclaiming, "I will die a Martyr on my land" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 28, 2014
Official PA TV program A Creator and Time hosted director Muhammad Al-Qadi and showed a scene from a play directed by him, entitled “This far and no further” showing a confrontation between a Palestinian girl and Jewish settlers.
Settler: “If you talk [too] much and don’t leave this land, I will shoot you and take you to jail, understand?”
Palestinian girl: “Shoot, I will die a Martyr (Shahida) on my land, and who is left outside and not in jail; who is left outside of jail?”
The Palestinian girl sings a song (“My freedom, my freedom, my freedom”)
Settler: “Here are the Arabs, [but] where have the settlers gone? The Arabs will come and kill me. Rabbi! Rabbi!” [runs off]
PA TV celebrates birth of terrorist's son with song: "We love Martyrdom (Shahada)" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 27, 2014
Official PA TV program For You visited the home of Ziad Bazar to celebrate the birth of his son.
Song playing in the background: 
“You, occupier, must know who we are and who you are.
We will never be humiliated,
whereas you are the epitome of humiliation.
When [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque] calls,
even if we are to die,
we love Martyrdom (Shahada).
Like the tree in the soil of my land,
we will die upright.”

Note: Ziad Bazar was sentenced to 23 years in prison, out of which he has served 10. In 2014, Bazar’s wife gave birth to a son, apparently conceived through artificial insemination with Bazar’s sperm, which, according to Palestinian media sources, his wife had smuggled out of prison.
Fatah official: We value life, but we also value dying for our homeland 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 5, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning broadcast a report on the national mass wedding in Gaza. The PA organizes mass weddings once a year to help young people who don't have the means to hold a wedding celebration on their own.
The program hosted Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad.

The TV host explains that this event proves that “our nation loves life, and we have proven this to the entire world.”
Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad: “You know what the problem is – the problem is that Israel has always tried to sell the idea that we love death, that we are always on our way to die as Martyrs (Shahids), because for us, life has no value. No – life does have value for us; if we die as Martyrs, it is only to protect the homeland, and we consider that a noble national message that we must fulfill: the moment we go to die as Martyrs and joyfully accompany the Martyrs’ procession, we return afterwards and joyfully accompany the wedding procession – therefore, this message, which the occupation has labored to actualize and propagate to the world, is not true at all: we oppose and fight and stand up to the occupation, [while] trying to protect our heritage, land, homeland and identity – and at the same time, we are happy.”
Minister of Religious Affairs: We are prepared to give our life and blood for Palestine 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 2, 2014
     "[Our homeland] has given us a divine testimony; Palestine endowed us with this testimony when the Prophet, peace be upon Him, said: ’A group from among my nation will continue to recognize the truth, will defeat its enemies, and will not be harmed by those who opposed it or by the troubles that may afflict it, until Allah gives His ruling. It has been said, ‘Where are they, Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘They are in Jerusalem and its surroundings.’ This land has given us this honor, and therefore, we are prepared to give it the most precious of our possessions - even [our] life and blood, so that it will remain pure, so that it will remain honorable and noble. The State of Palestine will exist, and the occupation is doomed to perdition."
Sheikh on PA TV: "Islam calls for Jihad and to seek Martyrdom death" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 29, 2014
Official PA TV program Personal Encounter hosted Sheikh Jamal Khattab Deputy Head of the Islamic Jihadist Movement from the Ain Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon.
The movement was founded in the 1970s and participated in the Palestinian struggle.

Sheikh Jamal Khattab: “The Islamic [Jihadist] Movement fulfilled this role [in light of its] Islamic background. The source is that Islam calls for Jihad and to seek Martyrdom death (Istish'had) and to liberate the land. Most of the Palestinian people are Muslim by nature. Even those who weren’t in Islamic organizations come from a religious morality. Even Fatah’s first declaration was ‘Out of our faith in holy Jihad.’ Therefore we took on this role at that time so as to fulfill the Islamic reality of the period, because everyone was asking what the Muslims’ role in liberating Palestine was.”
PA Mufti: “The blessed land needs our sacrifice, even if it be our lives” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 17, 2014
Palestinian Authority Mufti Muhammad Hussein gave a Friday sermon. In the congregation were numerous Palestinian Authority dignitaries, including Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah; Advisor to Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs and Fatah Central Committee Member Sultan Abu Al-Einein; Minister of the Interior Said Abu-Ali; and Member of Parliament and Secretary-General of the National Initiative Movement former Minister of Information Mustafa Barghouti. 
Mufti Muhammad Hussein: “We are a nation whose position on this land is [one of] two things: It's either to live in honor and glory on this land, or to be under it as Shahids (Martyrs), just like the first generations of Muslims and Shahids of our nation. Yes, this path and course was chosen for us, because this blessed land needs our sacrifice, even if it be our lives.”
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Abbas: "We welcome Shahada (Martyrdom) if it happens" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 11, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to a delegation of representatives from various religious organizations and PLO factions from Jerusalem.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We live in spirit, we march towards Jerusalem, millions of heroes and free people; we do not desire death, but we welcome Martyrdom (Shahada) if it happens.”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ words are a paraphrase of Yasser Arafat’s words: “Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) march to Jerusalem.”
PA Minister of Religion promotes “victory or Martyrdom” in Friday sermon 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 20, 2013
PA TV broadcast the Friday sermon delivered by PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash from the Al-Yarmouk Mosque in Ramallah:
     “We know for certain that as long as we [adhere] to the truth, we will face challenges and be made a target – as individuals and as groups – we know this for certain. Nonetheless, we are also confident in the words of Allah: ‘Say, ‘Do you await for us except one of the two best things’ (Quran, Sura 9:52, translation Sahih International). What do you expect, enemies, cowards (indistinct word), what do they expect will happen to us? ‘One of the two best things.’
Brothers, Allah willing, only one of the two best things will happen to us – victory or Martyrdom (Shahada) – and what a good fate this is, what a good level is this – victory or Martyrdom…
I swear in a God, beside whom there is no other God, that the end of the tyranny and the tyrants is near. This occupation and its growths and creations that wish to spread corruption in our land… We tell them all, the occupation and the occupation’s instruments and any who serve the occupation: ‘Await for us except one of the two best things’ – we, Allah willing, [will be] either Martyrs or victors on our land. […]
We ask for victory more than we ask for life. We ask for the strengthening of our people in this good and blessed land.”
Fatah official: “Not a centimeter of Jerusalem will be liberated unless every grain of Palestinian soil is soaked in blood" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 19, 2013
Official PA TV Live broadcast the main event marking World Teachers' Day in Bethlehem. Several PA officials attended the event: PA Minister of Education Ali Zaidan (Abu Zuhri), Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and Member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, District Governor of Bethlehem Abd Al-Fattah Hamayel and Director of the Bethlehem Education Administration Nisreen Yasser Amr.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: "I say, from a position of responsibility, not a centimeter of Jerusalem will be liberated unless every grain of Palestinian soil is soaked in the blood of its brave people. For Jerusalem doesn't need negotiations, because negotiations will not bring Jerusalem back to us. What will bring back Jerusalem are the struggle and the resolve... We have conducted negotiations, while not laying down the rifle. It [the rifle] may be resting but we will not neglect our principles. We will rest the fighter's rest, but each period has its method of struggle. From fighting to Intifada, to popular resistance, to negotiations - but we will not abandon [our principles] - not in negotiations and not in any other way. I say, from a position of responsibility, the negotiations resulted in nothing except for the [release of the] prisoners."
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PA minister: “There is no status Allah has exalted more than Martyrdom” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 8, 2013
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PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “After prophecy and righteousness there is no status Allah has exalted more than Shahada (Martyrdom)... ‘And think not of those who have been killed in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they are alive (and) are provided sustenance from their Lord.’ Allah forbade us to consider them [the Shahids] (as dead or to speak of them as being dead… The Shahid has merit with Allah, a merit that no one else has... No one - not even the righteous - yearns to return to this world after death. Only Shahids. Why? Because they see the great honor Allah has prepared for them. One of them aspired to return to this world in order to be killed again, in order to die as a Shahid yet again...  After all he saw in Paradise, he wanted to return and be killed [again] in order to taste the pain of death a second time...
Allah Himself is conveying to us the message from the Shahids. The prophets convey Allah’s message and Allah conveys the message of the Shahids. What kindness!
‘The Shahid - his sins are forgiven with the first gush of his blood from his wound... The Shahid advocates on behalf of 70 members of his family, and saves them all from hell...'
When they threatened Yasser Arafat, [he said] ‘You threaten me with death? I yearn to die! I come only to it; I seek only it.’
We will never reach the level of the prophets. We won’t. So let us reach the level of the Shahids."
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PA TV glorifies terrorist and describes his death as a wedding 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 23, 2013
PA TV News reported on the funeral of Muhammad Asi who was killed during an attempted arrest by the Israeli army.
PA TV newsreader: “Before being buried in the ground, the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) body was carried when he is borne in a wedding procession to the bride who loved him and whose land he loved, she is Palestine.”

Note: According to Islamic belief, the Martyr (Shahid) marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise.
Muhammad Asi – one of the planners of a terror attack on a Tel Aviv bus in which approximately 30 people were wounded. The attack occurred during Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation, which was aimed at destroying Hamas’ terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip (Nov. 14-21, 2012). Asi was killed during an exchange of fire with the Israeli army forces that came to detain him on October 22, 2013.

Martyr’s death glorified as a wedding, in rap song on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 18, 2013
PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem hosted three young rappers. One of them rapped about being prepared to die a Martyr (Shahid) for Jerusalem and about death as sacrifice being the most beautiful death.
Youth on PA TV: “I thank God for creating me a Palestinian Jerusalemite.
The Friday prayer in [the] Al-Aqsa [Mosque] strengthens me.
They won’t keep me away from you [Al-Aqsa], even if they beat me or kill me.
I will die a Martyr (Shahid) and the whole world will escort me [to my wedding] (i.e., wedding to the virgins in Heaven).
Far away from the dreams, far away from the distortion
The most beautiful death is [to die] as a sacrifice.
Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock [Mosque] is our dome and Al-Aqsa is our Al-Aqsa.”

Note: According to Islamic belief, the Martyr (Shahid) marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise.
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