Palestinian Children Taught to Idolize Martyrdom

The glorification of dying a “martyr’s” death is actively pushed on children in Palestinian society. From schools to Facebook to public events, nothing is taught to be more noble for a Palestinian child than to “water” the soil with their blood.

A Palestinian billboard glorifying a young 'martyr'
A Palestinian billboard glorifying a young ‘martyr’

A recent program on the Palestinian Authority’s TV station interviewed teenage girls attending The Shadia Abu Ghazaleh High School for Girls, named after a female member of the terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

After participating in many terrorist attacks against Israelis, Abu Ghazaleh was killed when a bomb she was preparing to use against a target in Tel Aviv blew up and killed her in 1968. On the program, the girls were asked what they know about their high school’s namesake. 

“She was a model of the wonderful female Palestinian fighter. We follow her path in this school,” said one girl.  “She did something great in the homeland,” said another. More positive responses followed.

The interviewer also spoke to a representative from the PFLP, Mariam Abu Daqqa, who commented about Abu Ghazaleh, “With her blood she delineated a path for all of Palestine’s women, [according to which] later tales of bravery were written,” including female terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who spearheaded a terrorist attack on an Israeli bus that killed 37, including 12 children.

Palestinian Media Watch reports that Palestinians regularly name their schools after terrorists, including at least two high schools and one kindergarten named after Mughrabi.

There are at least three Palestinian Authority (PA) schools named after terrorist Salah Khalaf, who was responsible for planning the 1972 attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (which killed 11). Khalaf was also responsible for the murder of two American diplomats. Four schools are named after terrorist Abu Jihad, who planned attacks that killed 125 Israelis; and there is even a school named after Saddam Hussein (a hero to Palestinians for his missile attacks against Israel during the first Gulf War).

In addition, at least eight PA schools are named after Al-Khansa, a revered personage in the PA. Al-Khansa, who is called the “Mother of Martyrs,”  sent four of her sons to fight against Israel and rejoiced when they all died as “martyrs.”

A recent post on the PA’s main Facebook page featured a poem:

Teach them that there is a seed in the soil;
if you water it with blood,
it will sprout a revolution.

Yet another post says, “My homeland taught me that it is the blood of Martyrs that draws the borders of the homeland.”

Ayyat Al-Akras
Ayyat Al-Akras

Last week, the Palestinian Authority held an event to “celebrate” the return of the remains of 17-year old terrorist Ayyat Al-Akras, the youngest Palestinian female suicide bomber, who blew herself up at a busy supermarket in Jerusalem, killing two Israelis.

The governor of Ramallah Laila Ghannan called Akras a “brave hero.”

The following are the Governor of Ramallah’s words glorifying terrorist Ayyat Al-Akhras:

“Yesterday, we received more [bodies] of our brave heroes’ – Ayyat Al-Akhras and the bodies of Martyrs (Shahids) who sacrificed their pure blood so we will live in freedom. Allah willing, we will remain committed to their promise and make tombs that will befit their stature.”

[Official PA TV Live, Feb. 3, 2014]

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