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Martyrs rewarded with 72 Virgins
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.
Martyrs rewarded with 72 Virgins
The most prominent reward that Palestinian Martyrs are repeatedly promised are the 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise. A Palestinian religious leader explained that this is authentic Islam, whose purpose is to “fill Muslims with desire for Paradise”:
"He [Muhammad] said (in a Hadith, Islamic tradition): 
 ‘[There is] a palace of pearls in Paradise and in it seventy courts of ruby... And in each court [there are] seventy houses of green emerald stone. In every house, seventy beds. On every bed, seventy mattresses of every color and on every mattress a woman.’ (Hadith)
The writing of the Prophet [Muhammad in this Hadith]... is intended to fill Muslims with desire for Paradise... to be worthy of it, because only three dwell there: Prophets, Righteous and Shahids (Martyrs for Allah)."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2004]

The message comes from all parts of society, including religious leaders, TV news reports, schoolbooks, and even music videos. Newspapers routinely describe the death and funerals of terrorists as their “wedding.” The indoctrination has impacted so significantly on Palestinian society that mothers celebrate their sons’ death as “weddings” and some even state that their sons’ motivation to fight Israel and be killed was to reach Paradise and marry the Dark-Eyed Virgins.

This music video is an example of the PA's continuous indoctrination of this message. The longest running music video on PA TV, originally aired in 2000 and broadcast regularly in 2010, shows a male Martyr being greeted in Islam’s Paradise by dark eyed women all dressed in white. As the PA religious leader wrote, its purpose is to “fill Muslims with desire for Paradise.”

The following are more examples of how the reward of 72 virgins for Shahids is expressed in Palestinian society:
Fatah poster at terrorist's funeral: Terrorist is going to "the Dark-eyed Maidens" (i.e., virgins) 
Source: Al-Quds TV, Feb. 12, 2014
The program shows footage of the PA military funeral for Habash Hanani, who killed 3 teens.
District Governor of Nablus Jibrin Al-Bakri: "These are heroes and they defend their cause, and they have a special place in the heart of the Palestinian people. Therefore they are honored as heroes should be honored."
Text on poster on Hanani's casket: "Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah... escorts its Martyr Commander Habash Hanani to the Dark-eyed Maidens (i.e., virgins). [Hanani], who saturated the soil of Beit Furik with his blood in his heroic operation (i.e., killing 3 high school students) on the soil of the Itamar settlement."
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Note: Habash Hanani was a terrorist in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing), which has been declared a terrorist group by Israel, the US, Canada, the EU, and Japan. Hanani shot and murdered three students in an attack on a high school in the town of Itamar on May 28, 2002. Israel transferred the terrorist's body to the PA on Feb. 11, 2014.
Fatah poster on casket of terrorist "who saturated the soil... with his blood" says he is going to "the Dark-eyed Maidens" (i.e., virgins) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 11, 2014
Poster on the casket: "The Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah... escorts its Martyr Commander, Habash Al-Saud Hanani to the Dark-eyed Maidens (virgins), [Hanani] who saturated the soil of Beit Furik with his blood in his heroic operation (i.e., killing 3 high school students) on the soil of the Itamar settlement."
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Note: Habash Hanani was a terrorist in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing), which has been declared a terrorist group by Israel, the US, Canada, the EU, and Japan. Hanani shot and murdered three students in an attack on a high school in the town of Itamar on May 28, 2002. Israel transferred the terrorist's body to the PA on Feb. 11, 2014.
PA TV calls funeral for terrorist a "national wedding" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 10, 2014
PA TV airs footage of the PA TV military funeral for Ahmad Al-Faqih, who killed 4 students.
Mother of terrorist Ahmad Al-Faqih: "We are escorting Ahmad today as a bridegroom..."
PA TV reporter: "Here, in front of the Martyrs (Shahids) of Dura Cultural Center, the funeral procession turned into a national wedding, in which many spoke of the need to increase both official and popular efforts to put an end to what are known as 'the numbered cemeteries' (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers)." ...
Man at the funeral: "After 12 years in which the body of hero Martyr Ahmad Al-Faqih was held [by Israel], Dura and the Hebron Municipality are proving to everyone that the Martyrs are more honorable than all of us." ...
PA TV reporter: "After a 12-year separation, the city of Dura now embraces the remains of its Martyr, who wrote the most wonderful and sublime words of sacrifice with his blood."
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Note: Ahmad Al-Faqih belonged to the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. He and another terrorist infiltrated the Otniel Yeshiva (religious studies academy) in the West Bank and murdered 4 students on Dec. 27, 2002. Al-Faqih was killed during a fire exchange with the Israeli army force that was dispatched to respond the terrorist attack. Israel returned Al-Faqih’s body to the PA on Feb. 9, 2014.
To view an explanation of the Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties, click "full article" below.
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.

PA TV extols dead terrorist as Martyr who was “escorted” to his “bride” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 22, 2013
PA TV News report about Muhammad Asi’s funeral:
PA TV newsreader: “Masses from the Ramallah and El-Bireh district escorted the body of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Asi from the Palestinian Medical Compound in Ramallah to his place of birth in Beit Lakia in the western part of the district. Occupation forces assassinated Asi yesterday [Oct. 22, 2013] when it attacked the cave he was in…”
Muhammad Asi’s mother: “He would always tell me: ‘Mother, pray for me [to attain] Martyrdom death (Shahada). Mother, pray for me [to attain] Martyrdom death. I want it. Don’t tell me to get married, I don’t want to get married, I want to get married in paradise. I want Martyrdom death mother.’”
PA TV reporter: “The Martyr’s body was carried on the shoulders of his relatives, friends and fellow villagers before being buried in the ground. And he was escorted as a Martyr to the bride who loved him and whose land he loved, she is Palestine.”
PA TV reporter: “Martyr Muhammad Asi is a summary of our people’s story and catastrophes, and he rebelled and revolted against the oppressor. He was chased and fled to the mountains to oppose the occupation. His choice and promise were: ‘Freedom with dignity or Martyrdom death under the earth.’”

Note: 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.
Poem in PA-associated magazine: Martyrdom-death is a wedding 
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.
Martyrs go to “the Martyrdom (Shahada) wedding” after death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2013
Headline: “During the weekly sit-down strike in Gaza and on the anniversary of the Acre prison heroes’ [death] – Al-Bardini: ‘Israel inherited the arbitrary sentences given to the prisoners from the British’”
     “To commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Fuad Hijazi, Muhammad Jamjoum and Ataa Al-Zir, the three Acre prison heroes, the [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces’ Prisoners’ Committee held a special conference on the subject of the arbitrary sentences given to the prisoners… in the [Palestinian] Red Crescent Society’s auditorium…
Fatah Commissioner to the Prisoners’ Committee, released prisoner Al-Bardini mentioned the heroic positions held by the Acre prisoners who led the Al-Buraq revolution (i.e., the 1929 Hebron Massacre)…
He said the three heroes had demanded to be supplied with henna because they saw themselves as going to the Martyrdom (Shahada) wedding.”

Note: Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.
Jihad fighters who die for Allah are rewarded with Paradise 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 3, 2013
Sheikh Taleb Al-Silwadi writes “Friday Sermon,” a regular column in the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida. His column published on May 5, 2013 included the following:
     "Allah forgives also by virtue of the drop of pure blood from the body of a Jihad fighter who offered what was most precious possession of his body and soul to Allah, and his reward will be Paradise.”
Fatah official expresses pride that Palestinian women celebrate when Martyrs become “grooms” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2012
Interview with Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, on the PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
     Zaki: "Actually we started a process of organization and precise reconnaissance, in order to start the Fatah revolution, in January '65. From then until today, 48 years of rivers of blood, sweat and tears, we have [had] ups and downs, but the enemy feels, each day that it is regressing. Each period we use a different form of struggle: At one time [we struggle] with weapons, at another time – stones, another time – empty stomachs (i.e., hunger strikes), such that we will defeat this executioner in our battle. I believe that the memory, the love of Palestine and the geography of Palestine still lives in the mind of this tremendous nation. The children, of whom it was said that they would not know this land – they now know it better than the scholars and the adults, and they make sacrifices [for it]. The women carry out Martyrdom-seeking operations (i.e., suicide attacks), and utter sounds of joy over the Martyr, and sing to the groom (i.e., the Martyr who marries the 72 virgins in Paradise).This shows what a right that has claimants is, and that the Palestinian people is ready to sacrifice until this black day (Nakba day) is erased through its struggle…"

Note: According to Islamic belief, the Martyr (Shahid) becomes a groom upon his death and marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise.
Martyrs in Paradise “turn[ed] their blood into a bridge… to liberty and independence” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2012
     "Secretary General of the presidential office, Al-Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, said that there is no news with regard to the political process… during a speech he delivered on behalf of President Abbas at the opening of the fourth conference of the Governing Council of the General Union of Palestinian Women… He noted the huge sacrifice of Palestinian women, and said: 'Palestinian women have sacrificed in the realms of sacrifice and defense of the homeland – thousands of Shahidas (Martyrs) and women prisoners, from the first Shahida, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, via the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi, to the Shahida Jawaher Abu Rahma, and an infinite row of male and female Martyrs who went to Paradise turning their blood into a bridge which we cross on the way to liberty and independence… [Palestinian women] still stand proudly and stubbornly, to prove their determination to continue with the struggle against the occupation and its oppression and settlement measures. Greetings of true respect to our mothers, the mothers of the Shahids and the prisoners, who have been a role model in the struggle, in giving, in resolve, and in sacrifice. Greetings of loyalty and admiration to all the prisoner sisters who are sitting behind bars in the occupation's prisons. We say to them, and to all our heroic prisoners: your freedom is inevitable; the day will come when you will enjoy liberation from the yoke of the prison guard.'"

Note: Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was active in the Arab Nationalist Movement and in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and was involved in many attacks against Israel. While preparing a bomb for an attack in Tel Aviv in 1968, it accidentally detonated and killed her.
Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of the
The model Palestinian mother sends her son to die as Martyr, thereby marrying him off 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2012
     "Laila Ghannam, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh paid a visit yesterday to released prisoners Tamer Shawamreh and Omar Khalil Karakreh [both had been serving time in prison and were released in the framework of the second stage of the Shalit exchange]. Ghannam said: 'The Palestinian mother is a model of giving… She parts from her Shahid (Martyr) son with trills of victory and pride, and marries off her prisoner son with full honor, glory and acclaim.'"
PA Ministry of Culture sponsors “Intifada Anthem” celebrating Martyrdom: “We escorted the Martyr… to his wedding” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 30, 2011
Show host welcomes the music group: 
“We welcome you on behalf of the [PA] Ministry of Culture.”

Band sings the song “Intifada Anthem”:
“This is our country's word in the face of death:
Our language is fire, and the revolution is the roof of our house.
We sing it while erasing the step of the thief (i.e., Israel).
This blood is the voice.
We have gathered the blood from our first wound.
We escorted the Martyr of the land to his wedding [to 72 Dark-eyed maidens], and held a pre-wedding party for our female Martyr (who became one of the Dark-eyed).
We said to the little one: 'Grow up', as we declared our Intifada.
Our country is the sea, the threshing floor and the clay houses.
Our country is Al-Ram, Rama and the Ramin plain (note: Rama is in northern Israel), the Acre fortress, the sun of the Carmel and Haifa (note: All in northern Israel), and Gaza, which responds to death with the knife."

Band sings the song “Teach us”:
Teach us how to make torches from the darkness of night.
Teach us how to get jasmine from the wounds of the heart.
Teach us how to turn heartbeats into bombs.
Teach us how to eat our bread which is drenched with blood, that we may live.
Not that we may live but that we may continue to fight.”
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Note: The anthem originally aired Dec. 2, 2011 and was rebroadcast on Dec. 30, 2011.
"Martyrdom is sweet," and "Martyr" is "groom" on way to "wedding" in song at Palestinian cultural festival 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 14, 2011
“He sacrificed his life for the land.
They wrapped him in white cloth with a flower.
He shouted and said: "How sweet is Martyrdom."
Meeting his Lord was his choice.
He adorned his land with the purest blood.
Tears for him are [tears of] joy. [His] mother makes sounds of joy.
[The Martyr] a groom and his wedding - Martyrdom and heroism.
Oh hero, rest in peace, do not worry.”
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Note: According to Islamic belief, the Martyr (Shahid) marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise.
Resistance Committees: Terrorist Abed’s death is a “wedding” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 20, 2011
On August 18, 2011, several Palestinian terrorists armed with rifles and bombs carried out a series of coordinated terror attacks near Eilat killing 6 civilians, a soldier and a security officer. Israel responded to the attacks by targeting the leaders of the organization behind the terror attack, the Popular Resistance Committees, killing 5 members of this terror organization and a child in an air strike on Gaza. 
The following is the Popular Resistance Committees' response to the death of one of the terrorists behind the attack:

     "The Popular Resistance Committees announced that 'it joyfully announces [the wedding] procession of the Shahid commander Samed Abed who died a Martyr's death during the Zionist attack.'"
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Mother about terrorist "Martyr" son: He wanted 70 wives 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 2, 2011
Mother of bomb maker, Yusuf Shaker Al-Asi:
     "People always told me, 'Marry him off, so he will bring you happiness.'
I said to him (my son), 'I want to marry you off.'
He said, 'Are you laughing at me? Just one wife?'
I asked him, 'What do you want? Four, according to tradition?'
He said: 'I won't rest until I have 70 [wives].'
'I want 70', he told me."
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Palestinian kindergarten class performs play called "The Martyr's Wedding" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 2, 2011
     "'The Birds of Paradise' kindergarten held a nice graduation party... The ceremony included beautiful performances... one of the most outstanding was a play from the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and another performance named 'The Martyr's (Shahid's) Wedding', delighted the audience by the role-play of the children, whose acting depicted the reality of roadblocks, children, occupation soldiers, and the children's death as Martyrs. This charm caused the audience to cry, as the children's performance was accompanied by the playing of nationalistic songs."
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Poem in PLO youth magazine depicts a "Martyr's" death as a wedding 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, Feb. 1, 2011
Poem written by a boy in 6th grade, published in PLO youth magazine Zayzafuna: 
“My mother went to the home of the Martyr (Shahid) to express condolences…
My mother said [to the Martyr’s mother]: ‘Why do you weep? He died as a Martyr, do not be sad.
‘His mother said: ‘My tears f low from sadness over his youth… But in my heart I am very happy, because he died as a Martyr. I will contain myself.’
Following the afternoon prayer, the whole village set off on a grand funeral procession. Muhammad’s mother accompanied her [dead] son as though he were not a Martyr, but rather at a wedding ceremony.”

Note:
Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.
"We welcome every Martyr as if he were a groom" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 11, 2010
PA TV news report:
Mother upon news of son’s death in an IDF airstrike
: “We had always hoped for his [my son’s] Martyrdom (Shahada), knowing he wanted to die as a Martyr (Shahid). Every time he went out, we would say to him, ‘May Allah be with you.’ We knew that he wanted to die as a Martyr. Praise to Allah, he sought Martyrdom, and he achieved it. My message to every mother is to sacrifice her child for Palestine.
Another woman: “By Allah, we welcome every Martyr as if he were a groom among us." Click here to view
Beautiful virgins await Muslim Martyrs in Paradise 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 7, 2010
     A music video on official Palestinian television (2000-2010) is designed to promote the desire among Palestinian males to be killed in the conflict with Israel in order to achieve the reward: beautiful virgins in Paradise. The video shows a woman being shot dead and joining other virgins in Paradise. Afterwards a man is killed and he is greeted by all the virgins who have been awaiting him. 
Palestinian TV similarly encourages child-Martyrdom by promising different child-friendly rewards in Paradise. Click here to view
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