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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]
Fatah Facebook celebrates youngest female suicide bomber and vows to "continue on the path of... Shahada" 
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).”

Note: 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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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.”
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.
PA-associated youth magazine glorifies death: "If you love death... then you're a Palestinian" 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Sept. 1, 2013
PA-associated educational youth magazine Zayzafuna published for the third time a poem glorifying Martyrdom death for Allah - Shahada:
"If you know that you were born with a death sentence, and if you go to your death without caring - then you're a Palestinian!
If your song is the song of Martyrdom (Shahada), and death, for you, is birth - then you're a Palestinian!
If you love death, and you say the Shahada [declaration] (i.e., the Islamic creed: "There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is Allah's messenger.") aloud - then you're a Palestinian!
If you've ever felt that you're an exploding body and that your soul will long one day to be a knight for the homeland - then you're a Palestinian!
If the stone is your weapon against oppression, and if those who hate [you] criticize your struggle - then you're a Palestinian!
If you have watered the tree of the homeland with your free blood, with love, and have offered the remnants of your bodily parts as a bridge for those who are yet to come - then you're a Palestinian!
If you have shattered the chains, and carried the key to the house from which [your] grandparents were expelled - then you're a Palestinian!
If your wedding (i.e., a Martyr's death and funeral in Islamic tradition are a wedding to the 72 Maidens of Paradise) was amidst a hail of bullets between the shoulders of friends [who carried your body], against the sound of tears mingled with joy and the searing pain of separation - then you're a Palestinian, and you're full of pride at being a Palestinian."
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Note: This poem was published in January 2012, June and September 2013. Twice it was attributed to an 8th grade student and once to a 5th grader. Click "full article" below for more information about Zayzafuna.
Fatah Facebook: "Blood of Martyrs draws the borders of the homeland" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Aug. 26, 2013
Facebook status text, and on photo: “My homeland taught me that it is the blood of Martyrs (Shahids) that draws the borders of the homeland.”
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Fatah: Palestinians are born to die “while blowing up the enemy” 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Aug. 25, 2013
“Palestine
A mother who gives birth only to heroes
And when a woman bears a child from her womb
She says: ‘Onward, my child, to the struggle!
For you were not created to live
But to be miserable
And die a Martyr (Shahid) while blowing up the enemy occupiers.’”
Palestinian in Lebanon: “I hope that my son, my husband, and I will die as Martyrs” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 12, 2013
PA TV documentary about the battle in Beirut’s Tel Al-Zaatar refugee camp in 1975. One of the camp’s residents talks about the beginning of the Palestinian revolution in the camp in 1967.
     Resident of the Tel Al-Zaatar refugee camp: “If my revolution will allow me to belong to my city’s (i.e., the refugee camp’s) cell and [be] with its fighters, in order to liberate [Palestine] or carry out an operation (i.e., terror attack), [then] I ask Allah not to [let me] die except in an operation that will become famous and about which everyone will hear…
I hope that my son, my husband, and I will die as Martyrs (Shahids).”

Note: When referring to terror attacks, Palestinians use the term "operation" (Arabic: amaliya).
Song on PA TV during visit to prisoner: “Love of Martyrdom is in our blood” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 9, 2013
PA TV program For You visited the home of Jad Maala.
Song: “Ramallah planted in its soil:”
“Ramallah planted in its soil strength and bravery,
Splendor is between its arms,
And the exploiter is under its foot,
Victory is the make-up on its eyes,
And a wave singing songs,
Love of Martyrdom (Shahada) is in our blood,
Oh noble Ramallah.”

Note: Jad Maala – member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. Arrested in 2001 and serving a life sentence and another 17 years for carrying out terror attacks.
Fatah military wing: We will follow “the path that thousands of Martyrs… followed and died on” 
Source: Fatah National Relations Commission, fatehwatan.ps, July 23, 2013
      “Yesterday evening [July 22, 2013] the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Gaza District) marked the anniversary of the Martyrdom death of Tareq Salim Abdallah Yassin who carried out the heroic joint operation (i.e., terror attack) at Kissufim (the Death Bridge). (Parenthesis in original, -Ed.).
The social committee of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Gaza District) paid a visit to the home of the Martyrdom-seeking hero Tareq Salim Abdallah Yassin, in the Al-Zeitoun neighborhood in the city of Gaza. Many of the Brigades’ most prominent commanders in the Gaza Strip participated [in the visit].
In the home of Martyrdom-seeking Yassin, the Brigades renewed their vow to his pure soul. They stressed that they will continue on the path that thousands of Martyrs (Shahids) of the heroic Palestinian people followed and died on.”

The photo shows the terrorist’s family holding a poster with pictures of the terrorist, Mahmoud Abbas and Yasser Arafat. The picture is signed “The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades” and bears this dedication: “To the Martyrdom-seeker, the hero, Tareq Salim Yassin”
Fatah’s caption on the picture: “The Martyr’s family receives a symbolic gift.”
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Note: Tareq Salim Abdallah Yassin carried out a shooting attack at the Kissufim Road leading into the Gaza Strip, killing Dov and Rachel Kol on July 24, 2005. The terrorist was killed during the attack.

Martyrdom-death for Allah glorified in PA daily article 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2013
From an article by Rafiq Saleh Al-Sharif in the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida religious supplement:
Headline: “Martyrdom (Shahada) is light along the way to freedom and honorable life”
     “He brought the Martyrs (Shahids) to His bosom, enveloped them with His mercies and His satisfaction, conveyed them from a transitory life to immortality and [everlasting] pleasures, as He fulfills all they wish from their Sovereign. I testify that there is no god but Allah, who turned to the believers and commanded them saying: ‘And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, ‘They are dead.’ Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not’ [Surat Al-Baqarah (The Cow) 154]. [Muhammad] blessing and peace upon him, said: ‘The souls of the Martyrs (Shahids) are found in the heights where the green birds soar, and return to the rivers of the Garden of Eden, eat of its fruit, glide wherever they please and find shelter under golden lamps. Ibn-Masud has told [us] that it is said that the Shahids are found in a green meadow near a river at the gate of the Garden of Eden.
Oh, dear believers, what a Martyr means [for us] is no secret. He is under the shelter of Allah the Merciful, and his soul is a witness, that is to say that it is present [to demonstrate] the honor Allah has bestowed upon it. The Martyr inspires the Ummah (Grand Islamic Nation) to the spirit of Jihad, motivates it to the spirit of fida’ (sacrificing one’s life). He moves it far from the fear, laxity, and weakness that lead to surrender, defeat, and loss. He is one who fought as a Jihad warrior for the sake of doing what is just, and for the sake of spreading [what is just], and for the honor of the Ummah.”
Father offers his son's blood to Palestine in PA TV song (version 3) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2013
Singer Mustafa Khatib: "Like the olive tree that remains upon this land - I remain... Take my blood, [Palestine], and if you need more, take the rest of the blood from my son - [add it] to the bill."
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