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’s student group in Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron is called “The Martyrs of Al-Aqsa” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2018
Headline: “The Martyrs of Al-Aqsa won 26 seats in the student council elections at Polytechnic [University]”
        “The Martyrs (Shahids) of Al-Aqsa, the Fatah Movement’s student group, won in the student council elections of [Palestine] Polytechnic University in Hebron yesterday, Wednesday [April 4, 2018], after it obtained 26 seats out of 31.”

Fatah branch glorifies suicide bomber: "The Palestinian self-sacrificing fighter and heroic martyr… She sacrificed her soul… for the liberation of Palestine" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 29, 2018

Text and picture posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The picture shows suicide bomber Ayyat Al-Akhras, who murdered 2, wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding a handgun.

Posted text: "So that we will not forget the blood and souls of our Martyrs (Shahids): 16 years ago today, March 29, 2002, Ayyat Al-Akhras, the Palestinian self-sacrificing fighter (Fida'iya) and heroic martyr, a resident of the Deheisheh refugee camp… ascended [to Heaven] while resisting the oppression, brutality, and terror of the Zionist occupation forces. She sacrificed her soul, which she placed in her palm, for the liberation of Palestine – all of Palestine.
Long live free and Arab Palestine,
Eternity and glory to our righteous Martyrs."

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Fatah: “How wonderful and mighty you are, O flag of Palestine, when you are soaked in the blood of the Martyrs” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 31, 2018

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The image shows a bloodied Palestinian flag lying on the ground.

Posted text: “How wonderful and mighty you are, O flag of Palestine, when you are soaked in the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids)”
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Motivating children to seek death
PA District Governor of Ramallah praises mothers of teenage “Martyrs” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: "The Ramallah and El-Bireh Education Directorate honored those who excelled in the matriculation exams"
      "The Ramallah and El-Bireh Education Directorate honored those who excelled in the matriculation exams in 2017 on the district level, in a ceremony that was held yesterday [July 31, 2017] in Ramallah in the presence of [PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam… In her speech, Ghannam saluted the struggles of the Palestinian woman, and particularly the Jerusalem residents and the mothers of the Martyrs (Shahids), who receive the news of the success of their children in the matriculation exams at the same time as the news of their death as Martyrs – but they stand firm in the face of this painful situation..."

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Palestinian boy recites quote by Arafat: “In spirit and in blood we will redeem you, Palestine“ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 17, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home, on the 13th anniversary of the death of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

TV host: "What do you want to tell us?"
Boy: "About Yasser Arafat..."
Palestinian boy Zaid: "Do not cheer for me, rather cheer for Palestine and Jerusalem
In spirit and in blood we will redeem you, Palestine
Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem."
Official PA TV host: "Bravo, clever."
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PA education official glorifies Martyrdom at high school event: “The Palestinian keffiyeh has been colored with the purest blood… of the Martyrs of Palestine”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2017
Headline: “The homeland’s schools are celebrating Keffiyeh Day”
       “Director of the [Qalqilya district] Directorate of Education (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) Naela Fahmawi Oudeh participated in the school radio broadcasts at the Ali Iyad High School for Girls, which were dedicated to Palestinian Keffiyeh (Arab headdress) Day and to Independence Day (declared by Arafat in Tunis in 1988 –Ed.) Fahmawi reviewed the symbolism of the Palestinian keffiyeh… and added that the Palestinian keffiyeh has been colored with the purest blood, the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine during their resistance to the occupation, and the keffiyeh has become the shroud of the Palestinian fighter who has sacrificed his soul for the homeland.”
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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
PLO Prisoners’ Commission, PA, Fatah open park in honor of female terrorist prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 3, 2018
Headline: "The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs opens the Roses for the Female Prisoners of Freedom Park in Al-Eizariya for International Women's Day"

"The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs - together with the [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Al-Eizariya Municipality, the Al-Eizariya Youth Club, and the Jerusalem branch of the Fatah Movement – inaugurated the Roses for the Female Prisoners of Freedom Park on the grounds of the Al-Eizariya school for orphans yesterday (Thursday) [March 2, 2018]. This was as a sign of appreciation for the female Palestinian prisoners and on the occasion of International Women's Day that takes place annually on March 8.
The inauguration ceremony began with the singing of the national anthem in the presence of District Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Al-Husseini, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake… Mayor of Al-Eizariya Issam Fir'aun gave an opening speech in which he welcomed those present and emphasized: 'Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Palestine and loyal to the sacrifices of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the male and female prisoners. It is an honor for the Al-Eizariya Municipality to inaugurate this park out of loyalty to our praiseworthy female prisoners.'"

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Fatah branch glorifies suicide bomber: "The Palestinian self-sacrificing fighter and heroic martyr… She sacrificed her soul… for the liberation of Palestine" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 29, 2018

Text and picture posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The picture shows suicide bomber Ayyat Al-Akhras, who murdered 2, wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding a handgun.

Posted text: "So that we will not forget the blood and souls of our Martyrs (Shahids): 16 years ago today, March 29, 2002, Ayyat Al-Akhras, the Palestinian self-sacrificing fighter (Fida'iya) and heroic martyr, a resident of the Deheisheh refugee camp… ascended [to Heaven] while resisting the oppression, brutality, and terror of the Zionist occupation forces. She sacrificed her soul, which she placed in her palm, for the liberation of Palestine – all of Palestine.
Long live free and Arab Palestine,
Eternity and glory to our righteous Martyrs."

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Terrorists glorified as “heroes” in speech, posters shown on PA TV  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 16, 2018
Official PA TV program I Call You, on an event honoring the families of terrorist prisoners in the northern Gaza Strip, hosting Fatah Commissioner of the Prisoners, Wounded, and Martyrs in the Gaza Strip Tayseer Al-Bardini


Two posters are shown; the poster on the left shows arch-terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad,” responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis; in the upper right corner is the logo of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades with crossed assault rifles and a grenade over the Dome of the Rock.
Text on poster: “Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Al-Asifa Army, Prince of Martyrs (Khalil Al-Wazir)”
 
The poster on the right shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas; in the upper left is the logo of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and in the upper right is former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.
Text on poster: “Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Al-Asifa Army, General Commander of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement [Fatah] and President of the State of Palestine [Mahmoud Abbas] ”
 
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