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 TV broadcasts favorable documentary on Fatah founders, including speech promoting Martyrdom by planner of Munich Olympics massacre 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 15, 2013
Official PA TV broadcast a documentary film named "Commanders in Palestinian Memory" about Fatah founders Abu Iyad and Abu Al-Hol and Abu Muhammad (Fakhri) Al-Omari. The film presents them favorably, with no reference to any of their specific terrorist acts.

A speech of Abu Iyad is shown during the film: "We knew that [raising] the flag of surrender was not in this revolution’s nature, nor in this leadership’s nature. We told them: 'We prefer death over walking out with a white flag.' That's what we did in Lebanon and in Beirut… We all fought honorably. We all defended this nation's honor honorably. We fought with the belief that we are fighting for a cause, and even if we die, our blood would be the fuel to light the torch of freedom and struggle not only in our Arab region, but in the entire world."

Note:  Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - A founder of Fatah and Head of the Black September terror group. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Abu Al-Hol - One of the founders of Fatah


PA daily op-ed glorifies Martyrdom: “The Martyrs are more noble and honorable than all of us together… self-sacrifice is greater than all the assessments and descriptions” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2016
     Headline: "ISIS' crime against the Martyrs"
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
"The Martyrs (Shahids) are more noble and honorable than all of us together. They are candles of the path of liberation and return and bearers of the flag of the cause and the people. They are pioneers of self-sacrifice who do not differentiate between 'I' and 'we.' They have risen to the highest levels of integration with the expectations, desires, and goals of the people. Their giving has no boundaries. No comparison can be made between Martyrdom (Shahada, death for Allah) and units of measurement, as self-sacrifice is greater than all the assessments and descriptions…
The tombstones of those who wrote the most spectacular epics in the national history and wrote with their pure blood the most pure, sublime, and glorious pages on the people's golden list have been destroyed by the ISIS Takfiris (i.e., Muslims who accuse other Muslims of heresy) in the cemetery of Martyrs (Shahids) in the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp southeast of the Syrian capital of Damascus, which is still under their rule."

Click "full article" for a longer excerpt and background information.

Fatah FB quotes arch-terrorist: "With our skulls we are paving the certain path to victory" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 11, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text is a quote by arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, responsible for the death of at least 125 Israelis: “Our heads are in the sky, our feet are planted in the ground of our homeland. With our skulls we are paving the certain path to victory and return. The compass does not err on the path, it continues to point towards Palestine.
#Abu_Jihad_Khalil_Al-Wazir”

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 in the 1960’s - 1980’s. 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.
 


Motivating children to seek death
Monument to "Heroic Martyrs" at Al-Quds University warns Palestinian students: “Beware of a natural death, and die only in a salvo of bullets”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Oct. 19, 2016
     “Al-Quds University Dean of Student Affairs Abd Al-Raouf Abd Al-Sinawi denied to Wattan that the university knew about the removal of the monument with the names of Martyrs (Shahids) from the university, and emphasized that the university will hold an investigation into the matter. The [Progressive] Student Action Front (i.e., student group of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) at Al-Quds University inaugurated a monument to the Martyrs of the university at its campus in Abu Dis two weeks ago for the first anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Muhannad Halabi (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), and the students yesterday [Oct. 18, 2016] were surprised by the disappearance of the monument, which had been placed next to the faculty of engineering. The monument bore the names of the Martyrs of the university who died recently...’”
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The article includes a picture of the monument, on which is written: “Beware of a natural death, and die only in a salvo of bullets
Monument to the Martyrs of Al-Quds University..."

Click "full article" for longer excerpts from the article and the full inscription, as well as information about the terrorists honored on the monument 

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.
 


"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 FB glorifies murderer of 11, who "who waged the battle of honor, the challenge, and the resolve" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 24, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page:


Posted text:
"Prisoner, Commander, General
Mansour Shreim 'Abu Saleh’ (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murdering 11), ally of [Raed] Al-Karmi – sentenced to life imprisonment (i.e., serving 14 life sentences)
One of the outstanding and founding commanders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) in Palestine
He has begun his 15th year in the occupation's prisons while still standing firm before this abominable jailor, challenging and completing the path of struggle begun by him and his comrades towards the path of the Martyrs (Shahids), who waged the battle of honor, the challenge, and the resolve, raised the name of Tulkarem high among the clouds of the heavens, and waved the flag of Fatah and the brigades through their revolutionary and military activity against the occupation
All the oath and loyalty to you, our brother Abu Saleh
And full freedom for our heroic prisoners"

The image shows Mansour Shreim, a Palestinian terrorist who was responsible for the murder of 11, on the left, and Raed Al-Karmi, a Palestinian terrorist responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis, on the right. For descriptions of the terrorists, click "full article."

PA Ministry of Information: Second Intifada is a legitimate milestone in Palestinian struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: "Ministry of Information: The Al-Aqsa Intifada is a milestone in our struggle"
     "The [PA] Ministry of Information stated in a notice yesterday [Sept. 28, 2016] that the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) is one of the milestones in our national and legal struggle to get rid of the occupation…
The ministry emphasized in the announcement for the 16th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada that the fact that the popular uprising broke out in order to defend the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem), the second mosque, and the third 'sanctuary' (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), proves the depth of our people’s adherence to their Islamic and Christian holy sites, and this is the ongoing daily defense as part of which we stand with [bare] hands against the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the extremist gangs under the protection of the army of the occupation and its police…
The ministry in its statement encouraged the national, Arab and foreign media outlets operating in Palestine to mention the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and to note the state terror that Israel has perpetrated and still perpetrates against our people, and to bring back the stories of the Martyrs (Shahids), the injured, and the prisoners, who guard the freedom of Palestine with their blood, chains, and suffering."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

Father of terrorist glorifies another terrorist: "Everyone from Jabel Mukaber dreams to see that Martyr" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 27, 2016
Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, interview with Muhammad Alyan, father of terrorist Baha Alyan, about the decision of the Israeli Minister of Internal Security to stop transferring the bodies of terrorists from Jerusalem to their families.
Muhammad Alyan, father of terrorist murderer Baha Alyan: “The very fact that the father of Martyr (Shahid) Alaa Abu Jamal (terrorist, murdered 1 –Ed.) signed such a guarantee (to hold a small funeral with no incitement –Ed.) is a type of discrimination, and means that the occupation police are afraid that all the young people of Jabel Mukaber (i.e., neighborhood in south-east Jerusalem) will throng to the cemetery, as Alaa Abu Jamal is a heroic Martyr and [everyone says:] ‘It cannot be that I will stay at home while he is being buried, even if I am old.’ Alaa is considered a symbol of the struggle and a symbol of the Martyrs and his operation (i.e., terror attack) was a heroic operation, and everyone from Jabel Mukaber dreams to see that Martyr.”

There is no response from the official PA TV host.

For descriptions of the terrorists and the terror attacks mentioned, click "full article."