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 FB: "Millions of Martyrs are marching on Jerusalem" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 2, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Good morning”

The image shows from left to right a Palestinian flag superimposed on the top of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and Yasser Arafat with the Dome of the Rock behind him and a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern above him.

Text on image: “Good morning
Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem”

PA Minister of Education holds PA map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Aug. 26, 2016
Image posted on the PA Ministry of Education Facebook page

The image shows PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam holding a framed PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text on the map: “I love you, O homeland.”

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Sermon on PA TV glorifies Palestinian mothers for making ululations over their children's Martyrdom 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 13, 2003
Official PA TV, broadcast of Friday sermon by PA Ministry of Religious Affairs official Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris
PA Ministry of Religious Affairs official Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris:
“This faith is what made Al-Khansa (an Arab female poet who converted to Islam in the early period of the religion and rejoiced over the “Martyrdom” of her four sons –Ed.) into a mountain, similar to all the men of the Ummah (i.e., Islamic nation); Al-Khansa... in the firm religion (i.e., after she converted to Islam) she presented her four sons (i.e., in battle for Islam)... And they went to the battle, and the news of their deaths as Martyrs (Shahids) reached Al-Khansa and she said…: ‘Praise to Allah who honored me by their killing,’ and ‘Ask of Almighty Allah that He gather me to them at the fixed place of His mercy.’
This is the Islamic faith. Through the faith the Palestinian people succeeded in fighting this oppressive military machine (i.e., Israel) for over 50 years, and we are holding on and standing firm, because Jerusalem is part of our faith, because the love of Palestine is a large part of our faith. We will give to it, and we will sacrifice, and we will give our souls, our sons, our lives, and our homes for this part of our faith… the women of Palestine have succeeded in worrying the enemies when news of the death as a Martyr of the mother’s child arrives, and she makes ululations (i.e., sounds of joy) and says ‘Praise to Allah,’ and holds on. Thanks to this faith we will succeed in holding on and winning, with the help of Almighty Allah.

Take revenge on our enemies

Take the Jews and their helpers.
Take the US and its allies.”

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Motivating children to seek death
Poster in PA classroom promotes Martyrdom death 
Source: Facebook page of Zayzafuna magazine for children, Feb. 6, 2017
Text and pictures posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Zayzafuna magazine for children


In the top picture, a picture of Yasser Arafat and the Dome of the Rock hangs on the wall on the right, and next to Arafat is written "Martyr (Shahid), Martyr, Martyr," referring to Arafat's well-known statement: "They want me as a prisoner, a refugee, or dead. I say to them: 'Martyr, Martyr, Martyr.'"

Posted text: "The Zayzafuna Association for Development of Children's Culture today, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, held a literary activity at the Tell High School for Girls in the Nablus Education Directorate (i.e., under the PA Ministry of Education), as part of which a group from Zayzafuna met… with 35 students from grades 7 – 11."

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children partially funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. Zayzafuna's website states that the magazine's advisory board is comprised of PA officials and educators, including Jihad Zakarneh, PA Deputy Minister of Education, and Abd Al-Hakim Abu Jamous, Head of the Media Department at the PA Ministry of Education. Since September 2015, Zayzafuna included a note on its second page thanking the PA Ministry of Finance for its financial support of the magazine (true as of the time of this writing, May 2016). In May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada explained on PA TV that the PA gives "a monthly payment of 10,000 shekels ($2,700) to cover the magazine's [costs]." [Official PA TV, May 9 and 13, 2011]

Official PA TV host about danger of glorifying “Martyrs”: “We owe it to the Martyr… to praise his heroism… [But] children… begin to imagine themselves as heroes like them, and they begin to act on it” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 1, 2015

Official PA TV program
Media Café, socio-psychological analysis of Palestinian media, hosting sociologist Dr. Nader Sa'id

Sociologist Dr. Nader Sa’id: "The description of some of the Martyrs as if they are something legendary, the description of some of them as if they are something out of this world, and as if they are exceptional cases, gives some youth and children an unrealistic picture of what they are going to carry out."
Official PA TV host: "This subject is a double-edged sword. We owe it to the Martyr and have to praise his heroism and show respect for him and his family. He sacrificed himself - is there anything greater than that? However, what you say is also true. When the children see these pictures and reports, which talk this way about Martyrs, they begin to imagine themselves as heroes like them, and they begin to act on it."
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Fatah: "Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas" after his photo with young boy and poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“The Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
After he received as a ‘gift’ from a Palestinian boy a picture of Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 35 Israelis (sic., 37) in 1978, from the 52nd [Fatah] Launch (Intilaqa) rally in Bethlehem”

The images show posts in Hebrew, English, and Arabic by the Israeli news Facebook page “In the Middle East,” which reported on the photo posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on Jan. 13, 2017. The photo shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Text on the posts in the image:
“Friends, we ask to share this picture throughout the network.
[PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas gave a Palestinian boy a picture of him and of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who carried out a large terror attack in 1978 on the Coastal Road in which 35 Israelis (sic., 37) were murdered.”

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier
 


"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
Widow of terrorist who murdered 125 praises "righteous" terrorist "Martyrs" on PA TV 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2014
Official PA TV program Nights of the Holiday
PLO Families of the Martyrs and Wounded Institution Chairwoman and terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir's widow Intisar Al-Wazir: “I tell them [the families of the Martyrs (Shahids)] happy holiday, and at this time all I can do is support them and tell them to be patient and consider their sons Martyrs with Allah, of course with the Martyrs, prophets, and the righteous and the Martyrs from the leadership; Martyr commander symbol Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad, ‘Abu Iyad’ Salah Khalaf, Abu Al-Hol, Saad Sayel, Abu Sabri [Saidam], Majed Abu Sharar, Abu Said, and the convoy is long. Also Martyr Ahmed Yassin and George Habash and all of the Martyrs of the Palestinian people.”

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.

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PLO official: Rabbi Glick's shooter was "one of the heroes of the Palestinian prisoner movement" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 30, 2014
Headline: “Updated: A released prisoner died as a Martyr and three residents of Jerusalem were injured by the occupation’s gunfire in Jerusalem”
     “Released prisoner from Jerusalem Mutaz Hijazi (i.e., shot Yehuda Glick in an assassination attempt) died as a Martyr (Shahid), and three additional people were injured by gunfire of the occupation’s soldiers this morning, Thursday [Oct. 29, 2014]…
It should be noted that Martyr Hijazi served about 11 and a half years in the occupation’s prisons, ten of them in isolation. He was released in 2012…
Martyr Hijazi is the second released prisoner that the occupation authorities have assassinated within two weeks, after the death as a Martyr of released prisoner Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi (i.e., murdered 2, one of them a baby).
Director of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake eulogized released prisoner Martyr Mutaz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi. He said that he was one of the heroes of the Palestinian prisoner movement and one of the defenders of freedom and honor, and that he withstood the policy of slow killing in the occupation’s prisons…
Karake accused the occupation authorities of persecuting released prisoners, whether by re-arresting or by cold-blooded murder, as part of incessant war crimes.”

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Fatah FB calls PA policeman-turned-terrorist a "heroic Martyr" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 24, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“From the funeral of heroic Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Turkeman today [Dec. 24, 2016] in Jenin”

Muhammad Turkeman – Palestinian Authority police officer who carried out a shooting attack on Oct. 31, 2016, at a checkpoint near Beit El, at the entrance to Ramallah. Using a Kalashnikov assault rifle, Turkeman shot and wounded 3 Israeli soldiers before being shot and killed by other Israeli soldiers.