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Promoting child Martyrdom
Children as combatants
Promoting child Martyrdom

Palestinian father pushes son toward Israeli soldiers, daring soldiers to shoot. Instead, soldier and boy shake hands 
Source: Facebook page of Israeli Army Spokesperson and Head of the Foreign Press Branch Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, July 30, 2016

 

Palestinian father to soldiers:
"Shoot this little boy, after all you always do that to small children! Shoot! Shoot! Shoot him! Go, go! (unclear) Shoot him, heroes!"
Palestinian father to son: "Go, go! Don’t be scared! Don’t be scared! (unclear) Raise the flag! Raise, raise!"
Palestinian father: "Let them shoot and kill him! Kill him, shoot him!"

Boy and soldier shake hands

Palestinian father to soldiers: "Shoot him! After all you are always doing things like this. Always shooting small children and killing them. Shoot this one! Should I bring you more?"
Palestinian father: "(Unclear). Let them shoot and kill him!"
Palestinian father to son: "Raise the flag! Don’t be scared!  Throw the rock! Throw! Throw! Throw!"
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Child festival in Gaza promotes child Martyrdom, killing and violence 
Source: YouTube, May 5, 2016
Eighth Childhood Festival of the Islamic Association in Khan Younes, in the Gaza Strip, posted on YouTube on May 5, 2016

Palestinian girl: “Forward, my child, to the duel. You will die as a Martyr (Shahid) and blow up the enemies. Palestine [is] an Arab holding victory in one hand, and rocks of fire in the other. [Palestine is] an Arab full of the challenging spirit, pride, and determination.”

Visuals:
Young boys dressed as Hamas fighters exit a “tunnel.”


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Song on official PA TV implicitly promotes child Martyrdom, focuses on boy holding rifle while playing lyrics: “[We] do not fear death” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 29, 2015

Official PA TV, video of song (not part of any program) in honor of the Fatah movement: “Fatah the Revolution”
The video shows a boy carrying a rifle and the camera focuses on him. At the same time, the following lyrics can be heard:
“Eilabun calls to us loudly, we the people of Fatah have come, and [we] do not fear death”

Bombing of Israel's National Water Carrier - Eilabun tunnel attack - On Jan. 1, 1965, Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. This was the first attack against Israel carried out by Fatah. Fatah refers to the attack as the “Intilaqa”, meaning “the Launch” of Fatah.

PA daily op-ed opposes encouraging children to carry out stabbing attacks and opposes praising death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 24, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist and former editor for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     "It is our duty to prevent our sons and daughters... from carrying out futile acts, which the enemy in his media and diplomacy has begun to link to the acts of the terror organizations in Paris and elsewhere, in order to strip us of our humanity, and play the role of the human. This is while, there is no one else in the world, except for him [the enemy], who boasts about occupying someone else's land and oppressing its owners. Moreover, we should note that after the events of September [11, 2001] in New York, [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon copied the term 'terror' used to refer to those attacks, to our national struggle (i.e., terror campaign - Intifada). I warned about this at the time, and called to keep a low profile until the New York turmoil had passed, but the concept of 'Palestinian terror' later spread, instead of [the general term] 'terror.' Now, after the Paris attacks, we must keep a low profile so that we are not charged with the crimes of ISIS and its ilk, because the world is in a coma, and it may not wake up from it anytime soon. We must learn our lessons and wait."
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Mayor of Hebron at terrorist’s funeral: “A people that sacrifices the blood of its young for freedom will win”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 6, 2015
Headline: “Accompanying Martyr Skafi’s body while calling to revenge the Martyrs’ blood”
   “Hundreds of Hebron’s residents accompanied to burial the body of Martyr Ibrahim Samir Skafi, 22, who ascended [to Heaven] from gunfire of the occupation forces, after they left him to bleed [based] on the pretext that he rammed his car into soldiers next to the Al-Hawawir junction, in northern Halhoul, and injured two of them….
Governor of Hebron District Kamel Hamid said during the funeral that the continued holding of the bodies by the occupation stirs up emotions and leaves the area in an impassioned state. Likewise, he noted that there is no excuse to hold bodies, except to exacerbate the violations against our people and its rights.
Mayor of Hebron Dr. Daoud Al-Zaatari emphasized that the occupation forces will not succeed in breaking the will of our young people through the executions they continue to carry out against our young, and emphasized that a people that sacrifices the blood of its young for freedom will win.
Abd Al-Rahim Skafi said in the name of the Martyr’s family that their son is ‘another groom from Hebron, accompanied to his wedding, to Heaven, for the sake of Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,’ and emphasized the resolve of our people for its land, and a life of dignity and liberty.”

Ibrahim Samir Skafi – 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into 3 border policemen at the Halhoul junction near Hebron on Nov. 4, 2015, wounding them. Skafi was shot and killed by soldiers. Border Policeman Benjamin Yakubovich, 19, was mortally wounded in the attack, and died from his wounds on Nov. 8, 2015.
Abbas’ spokesman: Child terrorist who stabbed 2, critically wounding a 13-year-old, was a Martyr, a victim of Israeli “execution" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: ‘Abu Rudeina: The execution of child Manasrah (i.e., terrorist who stabbed 2) is a crime Israel is responsible for’
     “Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated that the execution of child Hassan Manasrah in front of the media, as child Muhammad Al-Dura was executed in the year 2000, is an abominable crime, and the legal, humanitarian and political responsibility for it is on the Israeli government. He demanded that the Israeli government catches those who committed this crime. Abu Rudeina stated: ‘If the government of Israel continues this escalation [of violence] by carrying out more grave acts of execution, the situation in the region will go out of control, and everyone will pay a heavy price for these Israeli crimes.’
Child Hassan Manasrah, 15, died as a Martyr yesterday and his cousin, Ahmad Saleh Manasrah, 13, was seriously wounded by the occupation’s gunfire, after, according to [the Israelis’] claim, they stabbed two settlers in the settlement of Pisgat Zeev, which is situated on the lands of Hizmeh and Beit Hanina in the north of occupied Jerusalem.”
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Pisgat Ze'ev stabbing attack - On Oct. 12, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Hassan ‎Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat ‎Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, then repeatedly stabbed a 13-‎year-old boy (name undisclosed at time of writing) who was riding his bike. One terrorist was hit by a car while fleeing the scene, and the other terrorist was shot by Israeli police. Both victims of the attack were seriously injured. The terrorists, who were cousins, came from the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina.
Fatah spokesman in Gaza: Youth who are willing to die “for Palestine” (i.e., in terror attacks) are “an asset worth more than the entire world”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 11, 2015
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning hosted Fayez Abu Aita, Fatah's spokesman in Gaza.
Fatah spokesman in Gaza Fayez Abu Aita: “We held a meeting yesterday [Oct. 10, 2015] in which we decided to change [the character of] our confrontations with the occupation in order to protect our youths from the abuse and the attacks, because they are an easy prey for the occupation. These young people are an asset for us. As long as they have the strength to sacrifice themselves for Palestine like this, they are an asset worth more than the entire world…
We must protect them.”
PA daily op-ed: Mother proud her daughter wants to die a Martyr 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 8, 2015
Op-ed by Samaa Hassan, appeared on “The morning tweet” - a daily column with changing authors 
      “I was extremely happy when I saw my young daughter shed tears, as she held her novel mobile phone and watched, using its advanced technologies, a video about one of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs... The stifled tears continued to flow from the little one’s eyes, until suddenly she stood up on the couch as though bitten by a scorpion and shouted: ‘Mom, I want to die as a Martyr. I want to carry out a Martyrdom operation (i.e., terror attack) in order to kill some Israeli soldiers.’
More than they filled me with fear, my daughter’s words filled me with joy, and I felt joyous because I could see myself during the days of the Stone Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993). I was 17 at the time, that is, I was two years older than her, but I had the same youthful, fervent fighting spirit, forged from the love of Palestine, and we would leave school and cheer for Palestine and repeat the one and only slogan: ‘In spirit, in blood, we will redeem you, O Palestine.’"
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Mother on PA TV: “I hope that all of my children will die at Israel’s hand as Martyrs, for the honor of the homeland Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 15, 2015
Official PA TV program One Day We will Return interviews Um Nidal Abu Tarboush, whose husband Musa Ahmad Abu Tarboush was killed by an aerial bomb (possibly Israeli) in southern Lebanon.
Um Nidal Abu Tarboush: “I am very glad that he died as a Martyr (Shahid) for his country, despite the fact that he left me with a family and Allah will take care of me, but I am very proud of him because he’s a fighter and he died honorably as a Martyr for his land by Israel’s hand.”
Official PA TV host: “What is your message to your children?”
Um Nidal Abu Tarboush: “What is my message to my children? I’ll tell them that I am proud of them. I hope that all of my children will die at Israel’s hand as Martyrs, for the honor of the homeland Palestine. They should return us [to Palestine] now; we’ll put up a tent and sit there. Is there any better than the one country?”
Hamas:‎ We bring our kids up “on love of Jihad and Martyrdom-death” 
Source: Facebook page of Hamas' Ministry of ‎Interior‎, Apr. 10, 2015

Posted text: "These are our lion cubs. We have brought them up on the love of Jihad and Shahada (Martyrdom-death)."
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Palestinian mother celebrates her son’s death:‎ ‎“This is the first time I see joy in my heart”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 12, 2014

Mother of Muhammad Sunuqrut at his funeral: "This is the first time I see joy in my heart. This is the first time I see such joy. This is the first time. Thank Allah for giving him Martyrdom."
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Note: Muhammad Sunuqrut was a 16-year-old Palestinian ‎who was killed during a riot in Jerusalem in 2014.
Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother "must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Aug. 1, 2014


Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait: "Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: 'Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell.' (Hadith)
We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: 'Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!' (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: 'And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.' (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom... Every mother - especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine - must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth."
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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"
Kids on Hamas TV: "We want to die as Martyrs" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), May 8, 2014

Hamas TV reporter:
For most of these children, resistance has become a dream... When you speak to them, you’re surprised by the strength and eloquence of their words.
Boy 1: We love the resistance. We want to die as Martyrs. Long live the Martyrs...
Boy 2: The Israeli occupation understands only resistance. We always love the resistance, to liberate our nation Palestine. And among us, the Martyrs are loved. Applause for the Martyrs...
Reporter: The atmosphere in the refugee camp is full of the spirit of resistance and of those who inscribed its stories of heroism. Most of the walls show you the images of the Martyrs...
Boy 3: The resistance, the armed resistance is what brings results in the Jenin refugee camp... The Jenin refugee camp continues to educate its children to resist, and passes on the flag to them, from generation to generation. They yearn for one of the two best outcomes – the return to their occupied lands, or Martyrdom.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) YouTube channel, May 8, 2014]
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-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.
Martyrdom-death for Palestinian youth glorified on PA TV News 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 23, 2012
PA TV News reports on a demonstration in Ramallah protesting Israel’s security fence and the killing of Rushdi Al-Tamimi. Rushdi Al-Tamimi was shot during a violent demonstration of young Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. He later died of his wounds. Al-Tamimi’s brother was at the protest, and said:
     “We are grateful to Allah for Shahada (Martyrdom death for Allah). All Palestine and its young people are potential Martyrs (Shahids).”
PA daily sports columnist glorifies Martyrdom death for children 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2012
In response to Hamas' ongoing rocket fire against Israel, on Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an aerial offensive aimed at crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. PA daily sports columnist Bader Maki demonizes Israel and glorifies Martyrdom for children in the following open letter:
     "My dear general [Michel Platini], you are currently the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and the Hebrew entity [Israel] is part of this union. Are you satisfied, my brother Michel, that this entity kills our children in Gaza? ...
This cursed entity must be kicked out of this sports union that believes in justice and fair play. The blood of [the children] Ahmed Abu Daqqa and his friends will not have been spilled in vain only if national unity is achieved. We must achieve it to honor the souls of our Martyrs (Shahids), especially those of our children who dazzled the world with only stones and RPGs in their hands. The occupier knows them well from the Intifada and Beirut."
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Jerusalem and "every inch" of land will be freed "by the blood of the youth" - girl recites poem on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 8, 2012
Girl on PA TV program for youth recites a poem:
     "They say I’m a terrorist, but I’m no terrorist
What can I do, Mother, they took my book away
They tied me up, blindfolded me and threw me in a tank
They threw me into a dark room under watch
They wouldn’t let me see you, Mother, and wouldn’t let me see my friends
I longed to go to school and I longed to have my games...
I swear by a child’s tears...
By the blood of the youth
Jerusalem will return to us...
We’ll free every inch from the foreigner's clutch."
Host: "Bravo, bravo, applause."
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Mother places suicide belt on child, on Facebook page for Fatah in Lebanon 
Source: Fatah's Facebook page, Sept. 3, 2012
"My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt).
I asked her: 'What is this, mother?'
She said: 'I will put it on you and you will go to your death!'
I said to her: 'Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?'
She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: 'The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the Sons of Zion.'
I said to her: 'Why me and not you?'
She said: 'I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.'
I kissed her hand and said to her: 'Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the damned.'"
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Note: The picture was posted on Facebook on Sept. 3, 2012. The Facebook page states that it is "the official page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon," and is linked to from the official website of the Fatah Information and Culture Commission (www.fatehmedia.ps).
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