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PA encourages suicide bombings: "Life is insignificant... God, grant us Martyrdom"

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • Death as a suicide bomber with a Martyr’s wedding to virgins of Paradise presented as an ideal to yearn for - rebroadcast on official PA TV

The Palestinian Authority encourages suicide bombings and promotes female suicide bombers as role models for Palestinians.

Official PA TV rebroadcast a music video that promotes death for Allah as Martyrs for Al-Aqsa and encourages suicide bombings. The song teaches Palestinians that “life is insignificant” when the Al-Aqsa Mosque calls them, and that dying for Allah is preferable to living: “God, grant us Martyrdom… A million grooms and brides… have written the marriage contract in blood.” The music video shows the photos of two female suicide bombers: Wafa Idris and Ayyat Al-Akhras who between them murdered 3 and wounded over 128:

Lyrics: "Al-Aqsa has called, and its call is precious
For its sake, life is insignificant, even if it’s precious...
God, grant us Martyrdom there
God, promise us, we beg of you…
A million grooms and brides at the celebration
Have written the marriage contract in blood on the veil"

Visual: Suicide bomber Wafa Idris – She blew herself up in Jerusalem, murdering  1 and wounding over 100

"A million grooms and brides at the celebration
Have written the marriage contract in blood on the veil"

Visual: Suicide bomber Ayyat Al-Akhras – She blew herself up in Jerusalem, murdering  2 and wounding 28 

"Filled with desire, they are going to the Paradise of immortals
To a wedding procession with angels that fill Palestine with light."

[Official PA TV, Feb. 16, 2020]

Palestinian Media Watch has exposed this music video several times. It aired on official PA TV and on PA TV Live on Dec. 11, 17 and 19, 2017, on Jan. 8, 10 and 20, and Nov. 2, 2018, and Jan. 14 and July 2 and 6, 2019. A similar version previously aired on Fatah-run Awdah TV, Jan. 23-24, 2017, and 4 times on July 22, 2017. The music video also aired on PA TV Live on June 2, 22, and 28, 2019.

According to Islamic belief, a Martyr marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise. Therefore a Martyr’s funeral is considered a “wedding.” Becoming a Martyr represents the highest religious achievement that can be attained by a Muslim.

Wafa Idris - The first Palestinian female suicide bomber. Belonging to Fatah, she blew herself up on Jaffa Road in central Jerusalem on Jan. 27, 2002, killing 1 and wounding over 100. As a volunteer for the Palestinian Red Crescent she was able to bypass Israeli security and enter Jerusalem in a Palestinian ambulance.

Ayyat Al-Akhras - The youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber (aged 17). A member of Fatah, Al-Akhras carried out a suicide bombing attack near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002, murdering 2 and wounding 28.