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.
Shahada (Death for Allah) promotion
Since 2000, the promotion of Shahada has been carried out by the Palestinian Authority through all the structures under its control, including media, school system, religion, culture, music and sports. Religious leaders have taught adults that Islam demands they seek death, while music videos have taught children that Shahada death “is sweet.” Shahada promotion still continues today.
Topics on this page
1- Motivating suicide terror and Shahada
2- Motivating children to seek death
3- "Enemies seek life, you seek death"
4- Honoring Shahids as role-models


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]
PA TV song: "Take my blood and give me freedom: my country from the [Jordan] water to the [Mediterranean] water" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 11, 2014


Song on PA TV, sung by winner of Arab Idol song contest, Muhammad Assaf:
     "We possess the right [to Palestine], and we are her men
And when the right is realized, we will redeem her soil
Take my blood and give me freedom: my country from the [Jordan] water to the [Mediterranean] water
O Gaza, sacrifice your men liberally; each of them is worth two
Lift your head high; that is your weapon...
No matter how severe the oppression is, we will protect our land
It's either victory or Martyrdom, her men said
Soil of the forgotten land, watered with precious blood
My land, sing your song, gather your strength for freedom."
[Official PA TV, July 29 - Aug. 11, 2014, numerous times]
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Hamas TV: Dress up like Jews to execute suicide bombings 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014
During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas repeatedly broadcast a video promoting suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. The Hamas video shows a terrorist putting on a suicide belt and dressing up as a stereotypical, bearded Orthodox Jewish civilian, who is then sent to commit a suicide bombing.








 
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), 3 times: July 9, 27, and 30, 2014] 
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PA TV positive portrayal of suicide bombing 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 17, 2014
PA TV broadcast a video during the 2014 Gaza war which appears to encourage suicide bombing. The video was based on a poem written by Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet. While some literature analysts say the deeper meaning of the poem is a critique on suicide bombings, the words PA TV chose to include in its video clip seem to present suicide bombing positively:
     "She [Gaza] wraps her waist with mines and explodes,
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza's way to declare its right to life
She scratched the enemy's face
And repelled them from satisfaction with time,
because time in Gaza is something else
In Gaza the enemy could be victorious
The high sea could be victorious on an island.
They may cut down all her trees; they may break her bones
They could plant tanks in her children's chests and women's bellies and throw her into the sea, sand or blood
But she will never repeat the lies or say "yes" to the invaders;
she will continue to explode
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza's way to declare its right to life."
[Excerpt from "Silence for Gaza" by Mahmoud Darwish,
Trans. Adib S. Kawar, Tlaxcala, Official PA TV, July 17, 2014]


 


Motivating children to seek death
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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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]
 


"Enemies seek life, you seek death"
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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Hamas: We love death like Israelis love life 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014

 

Hamas leader Muhammad Deif:
"Today you [Israelis] are fighting divine soldiers, who love death for Allah like you love life, and who compete among themselves for Martyrdom like you flee from death."
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: "We love death like our enemies love life! We love Martyrdom, the way in which [Hamas] leaders died."
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Muhammad Deif – commander of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, responsible of the death of hundreds of Israeli civilians in suicide bombings and other terror attacks. Deif is severely disabled as a result of assassination attempts.

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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Honoring Shahids as role-models
PLO official calls on Palestinians to perform Ribat, follow the path of terrorists murderers 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2013
Op-ed by Khaled Mismar, member of the ‎PLO's Palestinian National Council
‏"‏Forty-nine years have passed since Fatah ‎fired its first bullet announcing the ‎Palestinians’ revolt against their bitter ‎reality, on the first of January 1965…‎
Our great Palestinian people is always in ‎the vanguard to protect its Arab and Islamic ‎nation, and the free people of the world, ‎against the attack of Zionist and ‎international colonialism. Our people will be ‎liberated, Allah willing, and our land and ‎our holy places will be liberated from the ‎occupiers’ filth, so long as our women give ‎birth to men the likes of our symbols Yasser ‎Arafat, Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Ahmed Yassin, ‎George Habash, [Omar] Al-Qassam, the ‎heroic stars of the Fatah Central ‎Committee… as well as men the likes of the ‎prisoners in the Zionist jails. ‎
Stand firm, our people in the 1948 ‎‎[territories] (i.e., Israel);‎
Stand firm, our people in Jerusalem;‎
Stand firm, our people in the southern ‎districts in Gaza;‎
Stand firm, our people in the northern ‎districts in the [West] Bank;‎
Stand firm, our heroic prisoners in the ‎Zionist jails.‎
Persevere, be patient and perform Ribat ‎‎(religious conflict/war over land claimed to ‎be Islamic) – those who carry out Ribat in ‎Jerusalem and its surroundings;‎
For the occupation is doomed to perdition. ‎And you, on your pure and holy land – you ‎are the ones who will remain.‎
And this is revolution until victory.”‎

For the complete translation and descriptions of the terrorists, click "full article."

Terrorist's mother tells PA daily she is "proud of what her son, the Martyr, did‎" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2014
     ‎“Thousands of Nablus residents ‎accompanied the body of Martyr (Shahid) ‎Ahmad Hafez Sa‏'‏adat, who died a Martyr ‎at the age of 19 during a self-sacrifice ‎operation (i.e., terror attack) he carried out ‎near the Elon Moreh settlement…‎
The occupation authorities released his ‎remains from the numbered cemeteries ‎‎(i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and ‎enemy soldiers) after 12 years…‎
The Martyr was transferred on a military ‎vehicle (i.e., received an official military ‎funeral), and after arriving at the old Askar ‎refugee camp, the residents, waving ‎Palestinian flags and flags of the [political] ‎factions and shouting slogans ‎condemning the occupation and ‎supporting the continuation of the ‎resistance, carried the Martyr on their ‎shoulders…‎
The Martyr’s mother told Al-Hayat Al-‎Jadida that she was proud of what her ‎son, the Martyr, did before his Martyrdom. ‎She explained that now she was calm, ‎having received the body of her son. She ‎thanked all those who aided in returning ‎her son to her, even if in a coffin…‎
It should be noted that Ahmad [Hafez ‎Sa‏'‏adat] Abd Al-Jawad died a Martyr ‎during an operation (i.e., terror attack) he ‎carried out in the Elon Moreh settlement ‎near the old Askar refugee camp on ‎March 28, 2002, after a confrontation with ‎the settlement’s security guards.”‎

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Abbas sends wreath for bomber's grave 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2014
     ‎“A large number of people from the Jenin ‎District participated in an impressive ‎official procession yesterday [Jan. 20, ‎‎2014], which set out from the Khalil ‎Suliman Government Hospital to transfer ‎the remains of Martyr (Shahid) Majdi ‎ ‎Abd Al-Jawad Abd Al-Jabbar Khanfar to ‎the village of his birth, Silat Ad-Dhahar, ‎in the southern area of the Jenin ‎‎[District], where he was buried. ‎
District Governor of Jenin Talal Dweikat, ‎the leadership of [Fatah’s] Jenin branch, ‎the heads of the security establishment, ‎Palestinian Parliament (Legislative ‎Council) and Revolutionary Council ‎members, Mufti Muhammad Abu Sa’id ‎and representatives from both official and ‎civilian forces and institutions ‎participated in the state military funeral ‎procession.‎
Martyr Khanfar, who died as a Martyr at ‎age 21 and whose body was held for 12 ‎years in what are known as ‘the Martyrs’ ‎numbered cemeteries’ (i.e., Israeli ‎cemeteries for terrorists and enemy ‎soldiers), was shrouded in a Palestinian ‎flag and laid on government vehicles that ‎passed in an official procession through ‎the city streets, in order to transfer his ‎remains and lay him to rest at his ‎birthplace…‎
District Governor Dweikat laid a wreath ‎on behalf of the President [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] on Martyr Khanfar’s grave.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

For a description of the terrorist and a note on Israel's Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties, click "full article."