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
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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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.

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.

 


"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 and Jenin governor celebrate arch-terrorist Abu Jihad for his "virtues" and call him "one of the giants and heroes who wrote the epics of heroism" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 22, 2016
Headline: “Jenin: Fatah marked the anniversary of Abu Jihad’s death as a Martyr”
     “Fatah’s Jenin branch marked the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Khalil al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ yesterday [April 21, 2016] under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas.Jenin District Deputy Governor Kamal Abu Al-Rub mentioned the virtues of the Prince of Martyrs in his speech and added: ‘We emphasize what the president [Abbas] said, that we continue to be loyal to the path of the great Martyrs and the prisoners until victory and the achievement of absolute independence.’ He continued: ‘We mark the anniversary [of the death of] Abu Jihad, one of the giants and heroes who wrote the epics of heroism, and on the anniversary of his death as a Martyr we commemorate the thousands of fighters and prisoners who sacrificed for their homeland.’ … Fatah’s [Jenin] branch Secretary Jamal Jaradat emphasized that Martyr Abu Jihad played an important prominent and historical role in leading the modern Palestinian revolution. He said: ‘The Martyrs and prisoners are the heart of the people, the symbol of resolve, creators of the value of sacrifice, and loyal soldiers deserving of our loyalty and that we stand beside them until their release.’ … The rally, emceed by Ahed Bazour, included sections of national song, a song eulogizing Martyr Abu Jihad, presented by Ahed Sha'aban, and a song to Palestine, Martyr Abu Jihad, and Yasser Arafat, performed by the girl, Sadil Ammour.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Jenin district and Fatah official honor families of "Martyrs" from 2015-2016 terror wave as well as two terrorists who murdered Israelis in the 80s and 90s 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2016
Headline: “Jenin marked Land Day by honoring the Martyrs of the popular uprising”
     “The National Union of Martyrs’ Families in the Jenin district marked Land Day yesterday [March 29, 2016] by honoring the families of the popular uprising’s (i.e., reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, 2015-2016) Martyrs (Shahids) from the district and from within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel). The ceremony for the event took place in the hall of the [PA] National Security Forces’ camp Horsh Al-Saada, sponsored by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and in the presence of Jenin district Deputy Governor Kamal Abu Al-Rub and Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki…
Zaki stated: ‘Land Day is an important event in the Palestinian memory and a day of Palestinian confrontation of the Israeli settlement policy and the Judaization, uprooting, and land levelling actions.’ He praised the sacrifices made by the Martyrs, prisoners, and injured, who give us hope to continue the struggle until the achievement of the legal rights of our people, first among them the emptying of the prisons, and the release of our people’s leaders. Likewise, he condemned the fact that the world is silent and leans towards Israel, which continues its terror against our people, and called for national unity and the ending of the rift [between Fatah and Hamas]… The ceremony included… the honoring of relatives of 21 Martyrs, and the honoring of the families of Martyrs Omar Al-Naif and Ayman Jaradat.”

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PA daily speaks highly of terrorist killer "Martyr": He "loved everyone and everyone loved him" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2016
Headline: “Martyr Ahmad Zakarneh – lover of Jerusalem”
     “Um Ismail, Martyr (Shahid) Ahmad Najah Zakarneh’s mother, said that a few hours after he left the house, she and the other members of the family began to worry. They tried to call Ahmad’s cell phone, and he did not answer. Long moments passed, and then she found his cell phone in his room... In order not to torture his family with the various possible [reasons] for his absence, the self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i) sent them a message from his friend’s cell phone saying that he was in Jerusalem, and wrote: ‘Forgive me’ (an expression that many terrorists used during the wave of terror in 2015-2016 in letters they left for their families –Ed.)...
Indeed, the news of Ahmad’s death as a Martyr arrived. At the same moment the mother’s heart was relieved and she said: ‘Praise Allah.’ Everyone in the village rushed to the home of the Martyr’s family, and did not know whether to console [the family] over his death as a Martyr or express pride in his death in an operation of this type…
Ahmad was a young person who loved everyone, and everyone loved him.”

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Ahmad Abu Al-Rub, Ahmad Zakarneh and Muhammad Kmeil - Three Palestinian terrorists in their early 20's who shot and stabbed two Israeli police officers at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Feb. 3, 2016. One of the officers, 19-year-old Hadar Cohen, was fatally wounded and died of her wounds. The second officer was seriously wounded. The terrorists, who attacked the policewomen after they were asked for identification, were carrying machine guns, knives, and pipe bombs, leading the police to suspect they were planning a mass attack against civilians. The terrorists were shot and killed at the scen