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 official in Lebanon: “Palestine is a bride and its dowry is the blood” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 15, 2016
Headline: “Fatah Movement, Head of Information Muhammad Al-Biqa’i: We welcome the Palestinian reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas], and the unity is a source of strength”
     “Head of Information of the Tyre [Lebanon] Fatah branch [in Lebanon], and head of the People’s Committee in Al-Baysarieh and Adlun in southern [Lebanon], Muhammad Al-Biqa’i Abu Adel [said]: 'From the refugee camps in Lebanon, we bless and praise our people carrying out intifada in Jerusalem, bow to the power of the Martyrs’ blood, and say: Palestine is a bride and its dowry is the blood. We sow our bodies in the ground, and the harvest is approaching, and it is the victory and liberation.'”

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Fatah Facebook posts images of 5 terrorists, glorifies Martyrdom 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 17, 2016

Text and image posted on official Fatah Facebook page on Feb. 17, 2016

Posted text:  "Onward, O procession of Martyrs (Shahids)
The fuel of our revolution and struggle, that will not be stopped except in Jerusalem, at the minaret of its mosque and its walls
#The_rage_of_Jerusalem"

Text on poster:
"Our Martyrs [arrive in] processions
And our determination is [like] mountains, it does not surrender before the despicable and is not afraid of imprisonment"
Signature below: "Fatah’s Mobilization and Organization Commission"

The poster shows pictures of the terrorists Muhannad Halabi who murdered 2, Fadi Alloun who stabbed one, Hudhaifa Suleiman who was killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers, Amjad Al-Jundi who stabbed one, and Thaer Abu Ghazaleh who stabbed five.

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Fatah Secretary: “The heroes of Palestine, its young, and its daughters compete against each other for Shahada (Martyrdom) for justice and for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 10, 2016
Headline : “The Fatah movement holds a memorial ceremony for Martyr Zahran in the village of Al-Dik”
     “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah’s Salfit branch, Al-Dik regional sub-branch, held a memorial ceremony yesterday (Monday) [Feb. 9, 2016]… in the village of Al-Dik to mark 40 days to the death of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Zahran, who died as a Martyr on Dec. 24, 2015, from the Israeli occupation’s gunfire. At the beginning of the ceremony, Secretary of Fatah’s regional sub-branch of Al-Dik, Amjad Al-Dik, blessed the attendees. He emphasized that the Fatah movement will always be the most faithful [one] to the sacrifices of our Martyrs, who are more honorable than all of us, the homeland’s pillars and candles that will light the path to victory for us. He stated: ‘If the occupation demolishes homes, we will [re]build them. We remain here, standing firm like the olive tree. We will not leave. If you uproot our tree, we will [re]plant it and water it with our blood, for this is the way of struggle and free men.’ Secretary of Fatah's Salfit branch Abd Al-Sattar Awwad said that the heroes of Palestine, its young, and its daughters compete against each other for Shahada (Martyrdom) for justice and for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Muhammad Zahran – 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and wounded 2 Israeli security guards in the Ariel industrial area. Zahran was shot and killed by one of them.
 


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
Daughter of terrorist: “Father is a Martyr and my uncle is a Martyr. We are proud of them” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, July 19, 2016
     Official PA TV News, on the “Martyrdom-death” of terrorist Mustafa Baradiya at the entrance to the Al-Aroub refugee camp after he stabbed two Israeli soldiers
Mustafa Baradiya’s daughter: “Praise to Allah, father is a Martyr (Shahid) and my uncle (i.e., Ibrahim Baradiya) is a Martyr. We are proud of them and raise our heads. Allah willing, may Allah give him the highest level in Paradise. May [Allah] compensate us with good for this tragedy. Praise to Allah, [he is] a Martyr. May generous Allah give us patience, may Allah allow us to act with patience and give us compensation, Allah willing.”

Mustafa Baradiya – Palestinian Hamas terrorist who stabbed and wounded two Israeli soldiers with a screwdriver at the entrance to the Al-Aroub refugee camp in Gush Etzion on July 18, 2016. The soldiers shot and wounded Baradiya, and according to Palestinian reports he died of his wounds the next day. PMW has been unable to confirm this. A knife was also found in his belongings. Three months earlier, on April 14, 2016, Baradiya’s brother, Ibrahim Baradiya, also a Hamas terrorist, tried to attack Israeli soldiers with an ax at the same site and was shot and killed by them.


PA TV host calls praises terrorist Baha Alyan as educated and calls him a “model for our young people” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 2, 2016
Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem, interview with Muhammad Alyan, the father of terrorist Baha Alyan, after his son’s body was transferred to the family and buried on Sept. 1, 2016

Official PA TV host: “We are waiting for the ideas of Baha [Alyan] (i.e., terrorist, 3 murdered) to become common knowledge - Baha, the educated young man - and for him to become a figure and model for our young people, so that the culture, study, and creative ideas will be what motivates them to rise up and advance in life.”

Baha Alyan and Bilal Ghanem – 22 and 23-year-old Palestinian terrorists who on Oct. 13, 2015, boarded a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78) and Alon Govberg (51), and Richard Lakin (76), and wounding 3 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Ghanem is serving 3 life sentences and an additional 60 years for these murders.

Palestinian scout instructor at closing ceremony of terrorist honoring scouts course praised murderer of 3: Follow his path 
Source: Jerusalem District Scout Commission Facebook page, Aug. 29, 2016

Closing ceremony of PSA scout course Martyr Baha Alyan Course, Jerusalem District Scout Commission Facebook page, Aug. 29, 2016

Baha Alyan Course instructor, Muhammad Al-Dahdar: “Baha remains among us, he remains in our hearts, and emphasizes to you that 250,000 scouts and guides in the Palestinian Scout Association are Baha. And if Allah wills it, they are following Baha’s path. In the name of the Palestinian Scouts and Guides Association and the Jerusalem District Scouts and Guides Commission, I am happy [inaudible]...”
Baha Alyan Course instructor, Muhammad Al-Dahdar: “You (i.e., Baha’s parents) [are the ones] who gave birth to this good and living role model for the young people of Palestine, to whom [we] tip [our] hats... thanks to what they [the youth] gave for Palestine, and because they sacrificed the most precious thing to them of all – which is life. They hated [and gave up] life for Palestine. They hated [and gave up] life because they wanted freedom and independence. I am happy to be with you at this moment in order to together commemorate our heroic Martyr, brother Baha Alyan.”
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For more explanations about the people involved in the course, see PMW's initial exposure here, and a more detailed exposure here

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