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 honors terrorist Martyrs as role models, “to be a real Palestinian you must be a self-sacrificing fighter” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 27, 2016


Posted text: “Fatah embraces its people and praises the Martyrs (Shahids)”
Text on picture:  “Fatah embraces its people and praises the Martyrs
In order to be a real Palestinian, you must be a self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i), know much and reveal little, search for the security in the heart of the danger, [and] get used to having no time to cry over endings but rather to always [having] new beginnings.
Long life to you and long live the anniversary of the Launch [of Fatah] (Intilaqa), and may it be a good year.
A people whose leaders are Martyrs will undoubtedly triumph with Allah’s help
The page of the outstanding student of 2015 – Hisham Samir Dweikat”

The image features a large picture of terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi who led killing of 37 Israelis, at its left, and next to it from left to right pictures of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, terrorist Omar Al-Qassem, Yasser Arafat, Islamic Jihad founder Fathi Shaqaqi, Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, and Secretary-General of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Abu Ali Mustafa.
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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."

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Motivating children to seek death
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

Abbas poses with young boy holding photo of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The Martyrs’ (Shahids') promise”

The image 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.

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.

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..."

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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 and PA officials glorify Saddam Hussein, Abu Jihad, and "the rest of the giants whose names were perpetuated in the Palestinian history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “Marking Palestinian Martyrs’ Day in Gaza – Al-Agha: A national strategy is needed…”
     “During the [Palestinian] Martyrs’ Day ceremony that was held by the National Committee of Martyrs’ (Shahids) Relatives and the [PLO ] National Gathering of the Martyrs’ Families [of Palestine]… PLO Executive Committee member Zakariya Al-Agha gave a speech…
He mentioned eternal Martyr [former PA] President Yasser Arafat, doctor of the revolution George Habash (i.e., founder of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (i.e., founder of the terror organization Hamas), Fathi Shaqaqi (i.e., founder of the terror organization Islamic Jihad), Prince of Martyrs Abu Jihad (i.e., a Fatah founder responsible for attacks in which 125 Israelis were murdered), Abu Ali Mustafa (i.e., secretary-general of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), Haider Abdel Shafi (i.e., a founder of the PLO), [former Greek Catholic] Archbishop [of Jerusalem] Hilarion Capucci (i.e., smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists), and the rest of the giants whose names were perpetuated in the Palestinian history.
Likewise, he emphasized that Palestinian Martyrs’ Day is also Arab Martyrs’ Day and the day of leader [former Egyptian President] Gamal Abdel Nasser, [former Algerian] President Houari Boumediene, [former Iraqi] President Saddam Hussein, and Pan-Arab fighter [former Lebanese politician] Kamal Jumblatt. He clarified that simultaneously to raising the memory of these great leaders, [we are] renewing the promise and the loyalty to their memory and the memory of all of the Martyrs of Palestine and of the Arab nation."

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Fatah FB glorifies "Martyr" who murdered 9 Israelis 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: "Jan. 14, 2002 - in two days it will be the anniversary of the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) commander quick-responding Raed Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9), a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) in Tulkarem"

Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.

Fatah FB pic shows terrorist who murdered 9 holding M-16 semi-assault rifle 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
"#Falcon_ of_the[_Al-Aqsa_Martyrs']_Brigades (i.e., Fatah's military wing)
#The_settler_hunter
#Martyr (Shahid)_commander #Raed_Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis)"

The image shows terrorist Raed Al-Karmi wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding an M-16 semi-assault rifle, and the Dome of the Rock in the background.

Text on image:
"Falcon of the Brigades
Martyr
Raed Al-Karmi
2002-2017
#The_settler_hunter"

Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.