PA TV glorifies child Martyrdom: "Martyrdom is bliss"
Child host: "The [clue] to the riddle: The national hero, a small child; A knight riding the "Martyrdom" horse; Martyrdom is bliss. Paradise is yours, the hero of Palestine, who carried a stone to confront a tank. The prize is very high: $200." Answer to the riddle: Faris Ouda.
Faris Ouda - 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was presented by Yasser Arafat as a role model for Palestinian children because he sought and achieved death as a Martyr in confrontations with Israel. According to the official PA daily, on Nov. 8, 2000, the day he was killed, before heading towards the areas where Palestinian and Israelis were involved in fighting, Ouda left a wreath around his picture in his room with the words: "The brave Martyr Faris Ouda." The PA daily wrote that Ouda had said to his mother, "Don't worry, mother, Martyrdom (Shahada) is sweet." [PA TV, Aug. 4, 2003]
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