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]
PA daily praises Arafat’s talent at manipulating and utilizing the media in Palestinian favor, presented suicide bombings as “liberation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2015
Headline: “The media was a tool like a rifle in Yasser Arafat’s life”

“’If the Elder (i.e., Yasser Arafat) had been alive, the Arab and international media would be loud and raging from the pictures of violation and crime carried out against the boy Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., young Palestinian terrorist who stabbed two and was shot by Israeli security), as he [Arafat] was not just a president, but a media person who knew how to harness the media to the cause’ – this is the essence of the matters about which the media people and officials who worked with the late President Yasser Arafat unanimously agreed.

Media person Fathi Al-Barqawi said: ‘He [Arafat] appreciated the media and knew how to use it. He read and followed every detail, and instructed officials around him to draw public attention in favor of the Palestinian cause. Therefore, a humanitarian matter such as the case of Ahmad Manasrah would have been turned into a matter of international opinion, due to his media skills and connections throughout the world.’

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Fatah Facebook promotes dying for “Palestine,” alongside image of Abu Jihad 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 20, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Our heads will remain in the heavens, while our legs are planted on the ground of our homeland. The path to victory and to the certain return will be paved with our skulls. The compass will never err in the path, and will continue to point towards Palestine.”

The image shows Abu Jihad, former head of the PLO terror organization’s military wing.
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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 planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks killing 125 Israelis. This included the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

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”
 


Motivating children to seek death
PA Minister of Education meets with families of "Martyrs," promises that return of terrorists' bodies will be discussed on school radio stations 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 15, 2016
Headline: "Saidam met with a delegation of families of the Martyrs whose bodies are being held [by Israel]"
     "[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam met today [Dec. 15, 2016] in his office with a delegation of families of the Martyrs (Shahids) whose bodies are being held [by Israel], and particularly [families] of school and university students, and discussed with them the steps that the ministry can take in order to raise the issue at the different levels. At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Saidam welcomed the Martyrs' families and opened [the meeting] by reading the opening [Sura] for the souls of the Martyrs. Likewise, he emphasized that the ministry will not be negligent in fulfilling its role regarding the issue of the occupation keeping the bodies, as he believes keeping [the bodies] is not consistent with the international conventions and norms and the principles of religious tolerance.
He noted that the ministry will send notices to all the [PA] education directorates in order to discuss the subject on the school radio stations, and emphasized that the ministry will again emphasize its demands of the international organizations and the human rights organizations to bear their responsibilities in this matter, parallel to the pressure to release the student prisoners."

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Poem by youth in PLO youth magazine promotes Martyrdom for “Judaized” Jerusalem: “Arise, hero, and die a Martyr” 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, May 1, 2013
Zayzafuna, a PA-funded youth magazine, published a poem by Ahmad Zitawi, a student at the Boys’ High School in Jamma’in in the southern Nablus district

“Arise, hero,
Be not like a stone.
Arise and defend Jerusalem, which is bleeding red blood.
Arise, hero, so the flags of victory may fly over the walls of Jerusalem, its minarets, above the churches’ bell towers.

The Gaza of Hashem (name for Gaza, Hashem was Prophet Muhammad’s grandfather –Ed.) calls you, as it stands resolute, embracing freedom.
Be not like a stone
Arise and behold the future of Jerusalem: Judaized, stolen, destroyed.
After you rise up, flags of victory will surely fly in the sky, above the trees.
Arise, hero, and die a Martyr (Shahid) while defending the homeland,
the holy of holies, the grave of the hero and symbol [Arafat].
Arise, and shouts of joy will fill the horizon
Despite the oppressor’s tyranny and violence.
Arise, arise, arise;
We are waiting.”

Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children 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. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.

Poem by youth in PLO youth magazine promotes Martyrdom for “Judaized” Jerusalem: “Arise, hero, and die a Martyr” 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, May 1, 2013
Zayzafuna, a PA-funded youth magazine, published a poem by Ahmad Zitawi, a student at the Boys’ High School in Jamma’in in the southern Nablus district

“Arise, hero,
Be not like a stone.
Arise and defend Jerusalem, which is bleeding red blood.
Arise, hero, so the flags of victory may fly over the walls of Jerusalem, its minarets, above the churches’ bell towers.

The Gaza of Hashem (name for Gaza, Hashem was Prophet Muhammad’s grandfather –Ed.) calls you, as it stands resolute, embracing freedom.
Be not like a stone
Arise and behold the future of Jerusalem: Judaized, stolen, destroyed.
After you rise up, flags of victory will surely fly in the sky, above the trees.
Arise, hero, and die a Martyr (Shahid) while defending the homeland,
the holy of holies, the grave of the hero and symbol [Arafat].
Arise, and shouts of joy will fill the horizon
Despite the oppressor’s tyranny and violence.
Arise, arise, arise;
We are waiting.”

Note:
Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children 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. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.
 


"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
PA District Governor glorifies martyrdom: "Our child Martyrs... are birds in Paradise” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 13, 2017
       "Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Dr. Laila Ghannam expressed her pride over our generations that are loyal to the path, and wished success to all of the high school graduates... District Governor Ghannam visited the family of Martyr Abu Saleh today and noted that their son achieved the highest Martyrdom (i.e., word play, the Arabic word Shahada also means certificate as in matriculation certificate), and that the hearts of all the members of our people are turned towards their family and all of the families of the Martyrs... District Governor Ghannam gave [the family] a statuette of a bird and emphasized that our child Martyrs, Allah willing, are birds in Paradise. Parallel to this, last night the Martyr's mother dreamed of a bird that appeared on the horizon and told her about the results of her son, who was meant to be among those that excelled in the high school matriculation exams this year."
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Official PA TV glorifies Ma’alot massacre, terrorists who murdered 22 children and 4 adults are "Martyrs whose souls float in the skies" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 1, 2017

Official PA TV narrator on Buy Time in Jerusalem:
"Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Central Committee member Omar Mahmoud Al-Qassem - one of the symbols of the national prisoners’ movement, and one of its central founders. During his life, he was an outstanding leader, a ferocious fighter, and a proud prisoner, and in his death he is an eternal Martyr... One of his acts of heroism [was] when an armed DFLP squad carried out the Ma’alot operation in the Galilee (i.e., terror attack, 26 murdered) and took [an Israeli] building and hostages. The [Israeli] prison management summoned Al-Qassem... and asked him to talk with the self-sacrificing fighters so they would turn themselves in and release the hostages... When he turned to his comrades, he said: ‘‘O comrades, I am Omar Al-Qassem. Carry out what you came for. Your enemy is treacherous.’’ Immediately after his few words, his comrades responded to the call and blew up the military academy (sic., Netiv Meir Elementary School) so that their souls would float as Martyrs above the skies of Palestine."
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DFLP calls destruction of monument to terrorist by Israel a "crime whose purpose is to... harm the supreme value of the 'Martyr'"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2017
     “The Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] condemned the crime committed by the occupation forces early yesterday morning (Friday) [June 30, 2017], when they removed the Martyr (Shahid) Khaled Nazzal monument (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 31) in the center of Jenin, following the wild incitement campaign that [Israeli] occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu led personally. The Front said in a statement published by its Jenin district branch that the occupation forces’ actions constitute a… crime whose purpose is to appropriate the Palestinian national memory and harm the supreme value of the ‘Martyr,’ which is rooted in the experience of our people and its national culture… In its statement, the Front promised that our people and its living forces will thwart these attempts, as has been proven by the popular stand throughout the homeland, the diaspora, and the foreign lands, by which all the streams of our people and its leading activists have expressed adherence to the value of the Martyrs and pride in their heritage and status, as all members of our people, throughout its generations, are proud of it. [The Front] emphasized that Khaled Nazzal, a member of its path, and all of the fighters for Palestine’s freedom and independence, will live on forever in the souls of the members of their people.”
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