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 song: Blow up [like] a volcano
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 27, 2019

(Visuals: Footage of Fatah members engaged in military training, Lebanon, 1970s)


Song lyrics: 
"O self-sacrificing fighter, aim your bullets
O self-sacrificing fighter, gather the beloved
Your blood is Arab, Palestinian
Your path is my path, Palestinian
O self-sacrificing fighter, O self-sacrificing fighter
O self-sacrificing fighter, blow up [like] a volcano
O self-sacrificing fighter, ignite everywhere."

Additional text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page:
"The first song of the Palestinian revolution, recorded [the year of] the Launch of the Palestinian revolution in 1965, recorded in Studio 46 of The Voice of the Arabs radio station in Cairo, and re-recorded as part of the 'Revolution Songs' in 1968."
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Fatah honors several murderers in Bethlehem: "Loyalty to their rifle"; Murderer of 2 "created a legend and confronted the enemy"
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Apr. 3, 2019

Secretary of Fatah Bethlehem branch Muhammad Al-Masri
: “From this land that has been painted red with blood, from this land which knows that what was taken by force will only be returned by force… What you see today – loyalty to the Martyrs, loyalty to their rifle, loyalty to their path – is nothing but a continuation of Fatah’s path.... And here a lion cub (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), who did not reach the age of 20, burst forth and created a legend and confronted the enemy… heroic Martyr fighter Omar Abu Laila. In this way he conveyed the message… Our blood is sacrificed for one homeland: Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River (i.e., all of Israel)... Today, we are renaming squares after our Martyrs: From Omar Abu Laila Square… to Hussein Abayat Square [commander Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades], to Atef Abayat Square (i.e., involved in murder of 1), to Raed Abu Freiha Square (i.e., murdered 2), our bullets are thundering and repeating the names like memory… This is Fatah as you know it – Fatah of… Atef Abayat, Hussein Abayat, Raed Abayat, [Dalal] Mughrabi (i.e., led murder of 37)… and Ayyat Al-Akhras (i.e., suicide bomber, murdered 2).”
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Fatah Facebook posts letters from families of car-ramming terrorists: “We emphasize that our Martyr sons and all of our people’s Martyrs are [a source of] pride to the nation – stars shining in the skies of Palestine”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 6, 2019
Text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page, excerpt of a letter from the families of terrorists Yusuf Anqawi and Amir Darraj, who committed a car ramming attack and wounded 2

Posted text: “We emphasize that our Martyr (Shahid) sons and all of our people’s Martyrs are [a source of] pride to the nation – stars shining in the skies of Palestine – and that this pure streaming blood is a torch on the path to Jerusalem. And here, we present you today with the true story of how the occupation executed our Martyr sons and is holding their bodies… What the eyewitnesses saw decisively confirms that what happened is execution in cold blood, and that what happened is a car accident – the opposite of every other claim that the occupation believes.”

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Motivating children to seek death
2 Murderers who killed 4 are “the role models for the children,” says Fatah official
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 18, 2019

Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muhammad Al-Laham on PA TV News: “We need to tell our people about Ashraf Na'alwa (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), to tell it about the guy from Salfit yesterday (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2) – how he humiliated the occupation and its intelligence [service]. These are the role models, the role models for the children – who are resisting the occupation.”
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"Ask for death and life will be given to you" - The PA encourages children to die as "Martyrs"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 5, 2002

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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"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 song: Blow up [like] a volcano
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 27, 2019

(Visuals: Footage of Fatah members engaged in military training, Lebanon, 1970s)


Song lyrics: 
"O self-sacrificing fighter, aim your bullets
O self-sacrificing fighter, gather the beloved
Your blood is Arab, Palestinian
Your path is my path, Palestinian
O self-sacrificing fighter, O self-sacrificing fighter
O self-sacrificing fighter, blow up [like] a volcano
O self-sacrificing fighter, ignite everywhere."

Additional text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page:
"The first song of the Palestinian revolution, recorded [the year of] the Launch of the Palestinian revolution in 1965, recorded in Studio 46 of The Voice of the Arabs radio station in Cairo, and re-recorded as part of the 'Revolution Songs' in 1968."
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PA municipality names street after terrorist who murdered 2 “in order to glorify the heroism and courage of Martyr Omar Abu Laila”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 24, 2019

Posted text: “The Bruqin Municipality in the Salfit district decides to name the main street leading to the town ‘Martyr Omar Abu Laila Street,’ in order to glorify the heroism and courage of Martyr Omar Abu Laila, may Allah have mercy on him.”
Text on paper: “In order to glorify the heroism of Martyr Omar Amin Abu Laila, the town council has decided to name the main street leading to Omar Abu Laila Square, from where the heroic Martyr left the Al-Baq’an area: Omar Abu Laila Street.”
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Fatah glorifies murderer of 2 Israelis: "[He] frightened the enemy soldiers… we are following in your footsteps"
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 30, 2019

Men in uniform:
“Whom did they pursue? Whose gunshots are a victory? …Tell me, who are you?
I’m Omar [Abu Laila].
I’m the one who confronted [the Israelis].
I’m the young man…
I’m the one who carried a knife and a gun.
I’m the one who frightened the enemy soldiers.
I’m the Jihad fighter standing firm and loyal to the cause...
Omar, you have not died, because within every one of us an Omar will be born, and we are following in your footsteps.”

Posted text on the official Fatah Facebook page
: “How the brave village of Abwein welcomed the family of heroic Martyr Omar Abu Laila –the video is] from the site where he died as a Martyr”
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