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 District Governor at rally honoring arch terrorist: Honoring “Martyrs” is “an honoring of a way of leadership”, “Abu Jihad advocated… that Jihad against the occupation was a moral obligation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2010
Headline: “[Fatah’s] Shabiba [student] movement at the Islamic Preaching College in Qalqilya marks the anniversary of [the death of] Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) and [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Day.”
     “Fatah’s Shabiba student movement at the Islamic Preaching College in Qalqilya held a rally in honor of the 22nd anniversary of the Martyrdom (Istishhad) of the Emir of Martyrs (Shahids) Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), and [Palestinian] Prisoner’s Day on the college’s campus, under the title ‘Hope Despite the Pain...’
In his speech, [then District Governor of Qalqilya and current District Governor of Tubas Rabih] Al-Khandaqji said: ‘Our nation has adopted a tradition of honoring Martyrs. This is not an honoring of people in the material sense, but rather an honoring of a way of leadership. Martyr Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir)… was convinced that that there was no other option than to resist the occupation and to refuse to surrender to the state of [being] refugees and to the effacement of Palestinian identity.’  He emphasized that commander Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) advocated solely that Jihad against the occupation was a moral obligation, and that the eradication of [Palestinian] national identity must not be ignored in silence… He noted his virtues as an extraordinary commander who was active in all areas and engraved, through his struggle, our cause in the chronicles [of history]."

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Terrorist’s wife is “proud of him” and “hopes he will succeed” in becoming a Martyr (i.e., dying)  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2015
Official PA TV news, report on arrest of Muhammad Abu Salem
Terrorist Muhammad Abu Salem’s wife: “I see him as a Martyr (Shahid). He wanted to be a Martyr, and Allah willing he will succeed, as he set out with the goal of achieving Martyrdom, but he did not succeed, and if Allah wills it [I hope that] he will succeed in this. I am proud of him.”

Muhammad Abu Salem – 37-year-old Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into Israeli soldiers, injuring 4, near the town of Beit Aryeh, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, on Dec. 10, 2015. He was arrested by Israeli army, police, and intelligence forces on Dec. 11, 2015.

Mothers sending sons off to die as Shahids are great women 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 11, 2005
Sheikh Yusuf Jum’ah Salameh, Minister of the Waqf [Islamic Trust], in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and other senior PA members:

“Al-Khansa, this noble woman… The day she lost her brother Sakhr [before she adopted Islam] she began crying and shouting in anguish. She recited: ‘The sunrise reminds me of Sakhr, and I remember him with every sunset, and had there not been around me all the mourners for their brothers, I would have killed myself’. This was during the Jahiliyah [pre-Islam period].
“When Allah filled her heart with love for Islam, and it became full of faith, things changed. She sent her four sons, her offspring, to battle, to Qadisiyah [near Iraq] as a service to this religion. When she was notified that they had become Shahids (Died for Allah), she said, ‘Praise Allah, who granted me honor with their deaths. I pray that he will take me to them at the place where His mercy dwells...’.
This is a great woman. This is a noble woman. Have you seen how Islam changed her behavior, her virtues, and her poetry?...”
 


Motivating children to seek death
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.


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.”

UNRWA school in Gaza encourages death through Martyrdom: "Our blood and souls are for you, Al-Aqsa Mosque" 
Source: UNWRA Elementary School A for Refugees – Gaza Facebook page, Oct. 20, 2015
Text and images posted on "Elementary School A for Refugees – Gaza" Facebook page on Oct. 20, 2015, accessed March 7, 2016. The first image shows that the UNRWA logo is the profile picture of the page (on March 7, 2016). The page later removed the UNWRA logo and closed or blocked the page.


On Oct. 20, 2015 (a few weeks after the outbreak of the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis that began on Sept. 13, 2015 - with a stoning attack in which Israeli civilian Alexander Levlovich was killed), the UNRWA Elementary School A for Refugees posted pictures of an activity for Jerusalem that took place in the school: The pictures have since then been removed from Facebook.

Text on sign on right: “We will live as soaring hawks and we will die as proud lions. We are all Jerusalem and we are all Palestine.”

Text on sign on left: “How will there be light if our blood will not be the fuel? And how will we restore the Al-Aqsa Mosque, if we will not be soldiers?”
Text on girls’ sign: “At your command, Al-Aqsa Mosque! Our blood and souls are for you, Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
 
 


"Enemies seek life, you seek death"
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.”



Girl on Gaza university educational TV: Israelis are afraid but Palestinians aren’t because “they [Israelis] love life” 
Source: Al-Kitab TV (educational channel affiliated with the Islamic University of Gaza), Oct. 16, 2015
Al-Kitab TV host: “Dear viewers, we must talk about the high number of Martyrs (Shahids) in Palestine compared to the number of dead Israelis. This is an indication of the violence and tyranny of the Israeli occupation. It’s true that the occupation kills many of us and they become Martyrs, but the number of dead on their side is low. This demonstrates the violence and tyranny of the occupation. Many of them [Palestinians] were executed in cold blood, and the occupation claimed that they had stabbed a soldier or a settler. It has become a sort of a game. Every time the settlers see a Palestinian walking by, they throw a knife next to him and claim he was trying to carry out a stabbing attack…
Eternal glory for the devoted Martyrs. We salute their families and wish them [the ability] to carry their burden with patience. We praise the young heroes who sacrificed their souls for Jerusalem and carried out these wonderful heroic acts. We kiss their hands because they are true heroes. We say to all the Mujahideen (i.e., Jihad fighters) of Palestine: ‘Mujahideen, keep your shoes, because the day will come when all the museums of the world will ask them of you.’”
Girl: “The Israelis fight with missiles and tanks, while we fight with rocks. [But] we are not afraid. They are more afraid than us, because they love life.”

 


Honoring Shahids as role-models
Fatah youth movement expresses pride and sends blessings to family of terrorist for achieving “Martyrdom” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 21, 2016
Posted text:
"#Martyrdom (Shahada)_unites_us
#Martyr (Shahid)_Yasser_Arafat's_bloc

In the name of All Merciful Allah,
[Allah] the Supreme said: "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" [Sura 3:169, Sahih International]
Great truth of God

With the highest expressions of pride, the Fatah Movement's Shabiba [student movement] in Palestine announces the death of the Palestinian people's Martyr, the heroic self-sacrificing fighter (Fida'i) Martyr Abd Al-Hamid Abu Sorour who carried out the attack on bus no. 12 in occupied Jerusalem a week ago. We send warmest blessings to all the residents of Bethlehem, and to his relatives in particular, on their son's achievement of Martyrdom (Shahada), and the revolution continues until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.
Your brothers in Fatah's Shabiba
Martyr Yasser Arafat bloc"

Jerusalem line 12 bus bombing – On April 18, 2016, a Hamas terrorist, Abd Al-Hamid Abu Sorour, 19, carried out a suicide bombing attack when he placed a bomb on bus no. 12 in the Talpiot neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem. 21 people were injured in the attack. Abu Sorour, died of his injuries a few days later in an Israeli hospital.

PA District Governor at rally honoring arch terrorist: Honoring “Martyrs” is “an honoring of a way of leadership”, “Abu Jihad advocated… that Jihad against the occupation was a moral obligation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2010
Headline: “[Fatah’s] Shabiba [student] movement at the Islamic Preaching College in Qalqilya marks the anniversary of [the death of] Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) and [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Day.”
     “Fatah’s Shabiba student movement at the Islamic Preaching College in Qalqilya held a rally in honor of the 22nd anniversary of the Martyrdom (Istishhad) of the Emir of Martyrs (Shahids) Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), and [Palestinian] Prisoner’s Day on the college’s campus, under the title ‘Hope Despite the Pain...’
In his speech, [then District Governor of Qalqilya and current District Governor of Tubas Rabih] Al-Khandaqji said: ‘Our nation has adopted a tradition of honoring Martyrs. This is not an honoring of people in the material sense, but rather an honoring of a way of leadership. Martyr Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir)… was convinced that that there was no other option than to resist the occupation and to refuse to surrender to the state of [being] refugees and to the effacement of Palestinian identity.’  He emphasized that commander Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) advocated solely that Jihad against the occupation was a moral obligation, and that the eradication of [Palestinian] national identity must not be ignored in silence… He noted his virtues as an extraordinary commander who was active in all areas and engraved, through his struggle, our cause in the chronicles [of history]."

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PA PM honors “courageous Martyrs’" who died carrying out "peaceful popular resistance" and says world supports Palestinians because of them 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 6, 2016
Headline: “Hamdallah: Loyalty to the Martyrs’ sacrifices requires us to combine all the activities in order to obtain further [support] from worldwide public opinion”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah said: ‘Thanks to our courageous Martyrs’ (Shahids’) sacrifices, the resolve of the freedom prisoners, and the people’s insistence on change and creating hope, the world now recognizes our people’s legal rights and our right to live a life of freedom and dignity on the land of our homeland. Therefore, parliaments and nations have recognized the State of Palestine one after the other, and we have succeeded in conveying to every international forum and stage our people’s message that it is necessary to side with its suffering which has been going on for 68 years, end the longest military occupation known by modern history, and to be released from its fences, settlement, and the settlers’ terror.’ These things were said during his speech in the central ceremony of Palestinian Martyrs’ Day on Wednesday [Jan. 6, 2016] in Ramallah, in the presence of Ramallah and El-Bireh district Governor Laila Ghannam…
The prime minister added: ‘…since the years of the Nakba (“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and expulsion, during the revolution and on the path of popular peaceful resistance, thousands of Martyrs have died who sacrificed their lives to stand against the Israeli occupation and its settlement plots, and to restore our national rights, recognized by international law, and ratified by international bodies, central among them our people’s right to freedom, return, and self-definition.’”