Mother on PATV: Son´s Shahada -martyrdom, is a "wedding," time of joy (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook 11/19/04)
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The hope that the situation in the Palestinian Authority (PA) will
improve dramatically with the demise of Yasser Arafat is based on the
mistaken assumption that the problems in the PA stemmed mainly from
Arafat as an individual and not from the society he created.
But an interview with a Palestinian mother on PATV yesterday
indicates the depth of the PA society´s worship of Death for Allah
(Shahada), and support of suicide terror, which has not changed
merely because of a change of leadership. In this program, a
Palestinian mother of a suicide terrorist talks about how she and
other mothers in her position see their sons Shahada death as a
positive event -- like a joyful wedding.
The following is an excerpt from the PATV NOV. 17:
Moderator: "They [Israelis] accuse the Palestinian mother of hating
her sons and in encouraging them to die. This is what we hear from
Israelis. Is this true?
Mother Um Al-Ajrami: "No, we do not encourage our sons to die. We
encourage them to Shahada [martyrdom] for the homeland, for Allah."
[She then talks about a group of women, all mothers of Shahids, who
go to other mothers of Shahids during the period of mourning]:
"We don´t say to the mothers of the Shahids, ´We have come to comfort
you’, but ´We have come to bless you on the wedding of your son, on
the Shahada of your son. Congratulations to you on the
Shahada . . . ´ For us, the mourning is joyous. We give out drinks,
we give out sweets. Praise to God -- the mourning is joyous.
occasion" [PATV, Nov. 17, 2004]
The "Islam Online" website (www.islamonline.org) points out that this
woman, Um Al-Ajrami is quoted as saying, "I brought sweets and
biscuits in order to change the day of joy to a new wedding, not
mourning. I will sweeten anyone who will come to me to bless me on
the occasion of the first holiday of the Shahada of my son."
Palestinian Media Watch has frequently documented that the PA
political and religious leadership has promoted the interpretation of
Islamic tradition, that Shahada -death is not to be feared, but
should be aspired and anticipated with great pleasure. Young men are
taught by religious leaders and through video clips that if they die
as Shahids, they will join 72 beautiful maidens in Paradise. (see
sermon and video clip.) The Palestinian mothers´ positive, even
joyous, responses to their sons´ deaths -- and their celebration of
their sons´ "marriages" to the maidens of Paradise -- is a result of
years of PA indoctrination.
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