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]
Fatah: "From the sea of the blood of the Martyrs we will create the State of Palestine" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 3, 2017

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "#Palestine"

The picture shows a Palestinian flag with the word "Palestine" and the following text superimposed on it:

Text on image (top): "From the sea of the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we will create the State of Palestine”
Text on image (bottom): “Fatah Movement – The official page"
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Fatah, after terror attack that killed 3, glorifies dying as a Martyr 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Sept. 26, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch, roughly two hours after the first reports of the shooting attack committed by terrorist Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal in which he murdered 3 Israelis

Posted text:
“What is the homeland?
It is the longing to die in order to return the right and the land that were stolen.
A morning scented with the fragrance of the Martyrs (Shahids).”
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Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and two security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.

Mother of rioter killed while stoning Israeli soldiers: "We all are prepared to sacrifice ourselves for the... homeland" 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs in the Southern West Bank, Aug. 6, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs in the Southern West Bank

Posted text: “
The mother of Martyr (Shahid) Qusai Al-Amour (i.e., rioter killed while throwing rocks at an Israeli border police officer) visited Martyr Qusai Al-Amour [Summer] Camp, and said that it is an honor for her that the camp is named after her Martyr son. She also said: ‘We all are prepared to sacrifice ourselves for the land of the homeland,’ and emphasized ‘the importance of belonging [to the homeland], whatever the price may be, even if it costs us our lives.’”

Qusai Al-Amour – 17-year-old Palestinian rioter who threw rocks at an Israeli border police officer during violent clashes with the Israeli army near the village of Tuqu’ next to Bethlehem on Jan. 16, 2017. The officer responded by shooting and wounding Al-Amour with small metal Ruger bullets, which are considered to be non-lethal and meant for crowd dispersal; Al-Amour later died of his wounds.

 
 


Motivating children to seek death
Girl on PA TV kids’ program: "Martyrdom-death is a high and supreme level before Allah” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 24, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home, Palestinian student Ranin Rami of the Karameh School for Girls defines what a “Martyr” is.

Girl on PA TV: "A Martyr (Shahid) is a person who has sacrificed his life in order to elevate the Word of Allah. A person becomes a Martyr when he defends his homeland or honor, or fights those who don't believe in Allah Almighty. Martyrdom-death (Shahada) is a high and supreme level, according to Allah."
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Girl glorifies Martyrdom-death in poem, PA TV host speaks against Martyrdom: “We must defy the occupation by clinging to life” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 15, 2017

 

Girl:
"Muhammad, I was told that you died as a Martyr
I was told that I have become the mother of a Martyr
I was told that I should make cries of joy
I want to make cries of joy and say: My son has succeeded
My son has made me proud
My son wanted to be a doctor, yes, he wanted to be a doctor
I need to make cries of joy and to be proud of you, O son."
PA TV host: "Bravo! Bravo and thank you. Blessings to the souls of our heroic Martyrs. Also, my friend, we must defy the occupation by clinging to life. Our lives are part of our resistance. Therefore, my friends, it is very important that we try to protect our lives in the face of the occupier’s actions so that we will grow up and fulfill our hopes, since every mother dreams to see her son or daughter become something important."
Official PA TV program The Best Home on April 14-15, 2017
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PA Minister of Education meets with families of "Martyrs," promises that return of terrorists' bodies will be discussed on school radio stations 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 15, 2016
Headline: "Saidam met with a delegation of families of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held [by Israel]"
     "[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam met today [Dec. 15, 2016] in his office with a delegation of families of the Martyrs (Shahids) whose bodies are being held [by Israel], and particularly [families] of school and university students, and discussed with them the steps that the ministry can take in order to raise the issue at the different levels. At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Saidam welcomed the Martyrs' families and opened [the meeting] by reading the opening [Sura] for the souls of the Martyrs. Likewise, he emphasized that the ministry will not be negligent in fulfilling its role regarding the issue of the occupation keeping the bodies, as he believes keeping [the bodies] is not consistent with the international conventions and norms and the principles of religious tolerance.
He noted that the ministry will send notices to all the [PA] education directorates in order to discuss the subject on the school radio stations, and emphasized that the ministry will again emphasize its demands of the international organizations and the human rights organizations to bear their responsibilities in this matter, parallel to the pressure to release the student prisoners."

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"Enemies seek life, you seek death"
PA official in Abbas' name: "We are a people who love death more than life" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2016
Headline: “Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim: “The occupiers are doomed to disappear, and the future is ours”
      “Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim said: ‘The occupiers are always doomed to disappear, and the aggressors are doomed to the dustbins of history. The attempt to scare us and threaten us these days, through one person or another from among those who have threatened to attack the Gaza Strip or the Aswan Dam [in Egypt] (apparently referring to Avigdor Lieberman whose party is joining the Israeli government coalition –Ed.), will remain empty threats, as we are a people who love death more than life when it is Palestine that we are fighting for.’"

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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.


Gazan preacher: “We will be victorious… because there are people among us who strap explosive belts on their bodies, and look forward to their journey to Paradise” 
Source: Facebook page of the Abdallah Azzam Mosque in Gaza, Oct. 5, 2015
Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa’ada, sermon at the Abdallah Azzam Mosque in Gaza. Posted on the mosque’s Facebook page.
Sheikh Muhammad Abu Sa’ada: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits its Mujahideen (i.e., Jihad fighters), and its Martyrdom-seekers. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is waiting, and it knows that even if the occupier desecrates the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the heroes of Gaza are making preparations and are digging tunnels that lead to Al-Aqsa, and one day they will emerge in the [Al-Aqsa Mosque] plaza, the streets, and alleys, and proclaim: Allah is great! And will announce general mobilization against the brothers of apes and pigs… The Al-Aqsa Mosque awaits the heroes of the West Bank to launch Jihad, and kill every settler and every traitor they come across. Al-Aqsa awaits heroes.
We will be victorious, Allah willing, because Allah is with us. We will be victorious, Allah willing, because it was promised by God’s Messenger [Muhammad]. We will win, Allah willing, because there are Mujahideen,
Murabitin (i.e., those who carry out Ribat, religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) and Martyrdom-seekers. We will be victorious, Allah willing, because there are people among us who strap explosive belts on their bodies, and look forward to their journey to Paradise, to meet [Islam’s] Prophet Muhammad and his companions. By Allah we will be victorious, Allah willing… We await a decision from our leader, who will tell us: “None of you will pray the afternoon prayer anywhere but in Tel Aviv. We will be victorious. We can see this moment, it is imminent.”


 


Honoring Shahids as role-models
Fatah Facebook glorifies killed terrorists as “Martyrs” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 30, 2017


Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision” (Quran, Sura 3:169, Sahih International translation)

“The smile of the Martyrs (Shahids)”

The image shows Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who were killed when Israel destroyed an attack tunnel from Gaza in Israeli territory – see note below. PMW has blurred their faces. In the Fatah post their faces were clearly shown to show they were “smiling.”
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On Oct. 30, 2017, Israel destroyed an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel from Gaza that crossed into Israeli territory. At least twelve members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations, including senior terrorist commanders, were killed in the explosion of the tunnel. The Israeli army reported that the dead were killed when they entered the tunnel after it was blown up.

Official PA news agency calls terrorists who killed Israelis “Martyrs” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 17, 2017
Headline: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ [Affairs]: The Israeli public prosecutor’s office will respond on Sunday regarding the transfer of the Martyrs’ bodies to the numbered cemeteries (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers)”
        “The [PLO] Commission [of Prisoners’ Affairs] yesterday, Wednesday [Aug. 16, 2017], submitted an urgent request to what is called the Israeli Supreme Court, in which it demanded not to take any action regarding the bodies of the Martyrs (Shahids) that are being held by the Israeli occupation until Sept. 13, [2017,] which is the date that the Supreme Court set to examine a previous appeal that the commission submitted regarding the holding of the bodies of Martyrs Musbah Abu Sbeih (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), [Wael] Yusuf Abu Saleh (i.e., terrorist, wounded 2), and Abd Al-Hamid Abu Sorour (i.e., suicide bomber, wounded 21).”

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Fatah prisoners’ official praises “heroic” suicide bombers and terrorists  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, July 30, 2017
Headline: “Al-Wahidi: The fact that the occupation is holding the Martyrs’ bodies is a war crime”
      “Spokesman for the Fatah Movement Commission for Prisoners and Released Prisoners in the Gaza Strip, Fatah representative in the [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces’ Prisoner Conference, and member of the national campaign to return the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) bodies and uncover the fates of the missing Palestinians and Arabs Nashat Al-Wahidi condemned the fact that the Israeli occupation is holding the Martyrs’ and Arabs’ bodies in the numbered cemeteries (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers)…
He explained that the process of taking and testing DNA from the body of heroic Martyr Anwar Muhammad Attiyah Sukkar (i.e., suicide bomber, took part in double bombing in which 22 were murdered) - who was born in the Shuja'iya neighborhood on Dec. 10, 1972, originally came from the village of Beit Jirja, and carried out a heroic self-sacrificing operation in Beit Lid with his brother and friend Martyr Salah Abd Al-Hamid Shaker on a Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 1995, which led to the death of more than 20 Israeli soldiers..."

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