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"
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
Family celebrates terrorist's birthday with cake showing graphic picture of terrorist stabbing victim in the head 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, June 29, 2016

Headline
: “On the birthday of the Martyr (Shahid) – an oath of existence and not of absence”
   “The family of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Ali yesterday [June 28, 2016] celebrated his 20th birthday, a birthday in which everyone was present aside from the one who was born on it, the new Martyr, the pulsing spirit in constant life, a birthday unlike any other birthday... The family of Martyr Muhammad chose the most beautiful picture that could have been placed on the print of the cake that was prepared for the celebrations of the Martyr’s birthday, a picture of the courage that the Martyr showed when he carried out a quality operation (i.e., terror attack) at the Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem on Oct. 12 (sic., the attack was on Oct. 10) last year [2015], which is to say at the start of the ongoing popular uprising (Palestinian euphemism for several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 -Ed.). Maybe if Martyr Muhammad had the right to choose a picture of his, he would have chosen this indescribable beauty, he would have chosen what others would not have chosen on their birthdays, he would have chosen that his birthday be a moment of new birth, a moment of heroism accompanied by death as Martyrs, a moment of existence and not of absence.”

The picture on the cake is of terrorist Muhammad Ali stabbing a border policeman in the head, along with the text: “Muhammad Ali, commando fighter of the knives.”

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Fatah Facebook glorifies 16 teenage terrorists: “[May Allah have] mercy on the Martyrs in the list of honor” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 11, 2016
Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “We must not forget the 16 high school student Martyrs (Shahids) who died during the current Intifada (‎‎Palestinian term for several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 -Ed.). [May Allah have] mercy on the Martyrs in the list of honor:
Mustafa Al-Khatib
Dania Jihad Arshid
Ahmad Awad Abu Al-Rab
Ahmad Muhammad Kamil
Nour Al-Din Saba’aneh
Ashraqat Taha [Ahmad] Qatanani
Adnan Ayed Al-Mashni
Muhammad Nabil Halabiyeh
Kalzar Al-Awiwi
Mahmoud Muhammad Issa Shalaldeh
Muhammad Hashem Zaghlawan
Labib Khaldoun Azem
Ahmad Younes Kawazbeh
Ahmad Sami Ismail Amer
Yusuf Walid Al-Taraireh
Sawsan Mansour”

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Fatah Facebook: 16 teenage terrorists “achieved Martyrdom before everyone else” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 11, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Sixteen male and female students who were supposed to wait now for the announcement of the [high school matriculation exam] results
But they achieved Martyrdom (Shahada) (i.e., play on words - Shahada can also mean ‘certificate’) before everyone else
This is #Palestine”

Text on image: “Fatah Movement
The high school student Martyrs (Shahids) of 2016
16 Martyrs
Mustafa Al-Khatib, Dania Jihad Arshid, Ahmad Awad Abu Al-Rab, Ahmad Muhammad Kamil, Nour Al-Din Saba’aneh, Ashraqat Taha [Ahmad] Qatanani, Adnan Ayed Al-Mashni, Muhammad Nabil Halabiyeh, Kalzar Al-Awiwi, Mahmoud Muhammad Issa Shalaldeh, Muhammad Hashem Zaghlawan, Labib Khaldoun Azem, Ahmad Younes Kawazbeh, Ahmad Sami Ismail Amer, Yusuf Walid Al-Taraireh, Sawsan Mansour.
Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission”
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