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]
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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Abbas representative: "Ask for death!" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013


Moderator at Fatah ceremony:‎ ‎ "Mahmoud Abbas' speech, as delivered by his representative ‎Abbas Zaki"‎
Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “If Jan. 1, 1965 became a national holiday ‎‎(i.e., attempted terror attack on Israel’s National Water Carrier), then the battle of Karameh ‎‎(1968) is the true date of birth [of Fatah] who wanted to fight against this enemy (the Israeli ‎army) that retreated. People asked Moshe Dayan (then Israel's Minister of Defense): What ‎happened to you, you with all the power at your disposal? He said: "What can I do if those ‎facing me have decided to die? If they had done the opposite, the matter would have been ‎determined." So ask for death, and life will be given to you.”‎
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Motivating children to seek death
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 minister at suicide bomber’s funeral: “We teach our children what sacrifice for Palestine is” 
Source: Al-Fajer TV (local independent Palestinian station), Feb. 24, 2014
The funeral of terrorist Muayyad Salah Al-Din was broadcast by Al-Fajer TV and posted on YouTube on Feb. 24, 2014.
District Governor of Jerusalem and PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Al-Husseini: “We meet today in Hizma, in the area of Jerusalem, to welcome a Martyr (Shahid) who is dear to us and to our hearts. He has returned to his proper place, after giving Palestine all he had.
He is a true reminder for us of [all] the Martyrs and he reminds us of this long path of sacrifice, of the self-sacrificing fighters.
Each day we teach our children what sacrifice for Palestine is. This is the Palestinian people; this is this people’s culture – we always welcome [Martyrs] and part [from them.] We say to the whole world that a nation that lives on the Martyrs and generously sacrifices Martyrs will not lose its direction. It will always be free and proud. It will protect its holy sites and protect its land, every inch of it. It will not abandon , Allah willing. We will always follow the Martyrs’ path.”

Note: Muayyad Salah Al-Din - a suicide bomber who detonated himself on Nov. 8, 2001 in an Arab village in the West Bank while Israeli security forces were attempting to apprehend him. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in the attack.
 


"Enemies seek life, you seek death"
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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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.”

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]
 


Honoring Shahids as role-models
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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Fatah Facebook video celebrates terrorist "heroes" who "are proving themselves a pure and stubborn rifle in the face of the Zionist" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 14, 2014
An Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades movie named "The Revolutionists of the Land"
Narrator: “The heroes Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, Kamal Nasser, Kamal Adwan, Abu Sabri, Abu Al-Hol, Abu Ali Shahin and others maintained the campaign against the Zionist enemy everywhere: the great operations (i.e., terror attacks) reached the shores of Tel Aviv [with] Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., bus hijacking in 1978, 37 killed) and [Dimona with] the Dimona operation (i.e., bus hijacking in 1988, 3 killed)...
The great operations of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, continued with missile bombardment of Israeli settlements, sniper operations, the blowing up of tanks and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip...
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, with their mighty Nidal Al-Amoudi division, still embody the spirit of Fatah’s armed resistance, through their active and high-quality participation in the wars being initiated [ by Israel], one after the other, against the Gaza Strip. They are proving themselves a pure and stubborn rifle in the face of the Zionist enemy.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades still have a finger on the trigger."
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Mother and wife are "very proud" of terrorist "hero" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 15, 2012
Official PA TV program A Link in the Chain shows poster with symbols of Fatah and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades:
“’Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade
Martyr (Shahid) Imad Mughniyeh squad
Fatah’s Military Wing
Warmly blesses the prisoner’s family: Alaa Salah’”
Mother of prisoner Alaa Ahmad Abd Al-Mun'im Salah: “I consider Alaa a hero from among the heroes of Palestine, regardless of whether he was a prisoner or a Martyr, because we have achieved Martyrdom (Shahada) in the past. That is, his brother achieved Martyrdom in the past [during the Intifada] (i.e., the first Palestinian wave of violence against Israel, 1988-1993), and his uncles also, in the past, in the days of ’67. This is not a new thing for us. And, Praise be to Allah, I am very proud of him, because Alaa is still patient and resolute.”
Wife of prisoner Alaa Ahmad Abd Al-Mun'im Salah: “Alaa, Praise be to Allah, Master of the universe – his arrest is an honor for us. Praise be to Allah, Master of the universe, it is an honor for me that he is a prisoner, and if he were a Martyr, Praise be to Allah, that [would be] a huge honor.”

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