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Published on Jul 22, 2009
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=... Sana Aida, an official of the PA Ministry of Social Affairs, gives an interview on PA TV in which she explains that Palestinian mothers teach their children that Martyrdom is a wedding. She says that a woman who is told her son was run over and died will grieve and have a nervous breakdown, but if she is told her son became a Shahid, she is joyful and blessed, for they consider him a groom. She states that that is the Palestinian mother, and they educate children that Shahids are grooms. This refers to the Islamic belief that every Martyr is a groom and will marry 72 virgins in Paradise upon their death. PA TV (Fatah), Dec. 15, 2004.
Sana Aida, Official of PA Ministry of Social Affairs: "Any woman who is told: Your son was run over and died, is shocked, grieves, cries, gets sick, and has a nervous breakdown. But if we tell her: Your son became a Shahid (Martyr), she makes sounds of joy, [meaning:] Dont comfort me, bless me, give out drinks. They consider him a groom." Interviewer: "He is a groom." Aida: "This is the Palestinian mother. She passes it on. If you say to little girls: Your brother is a Shahid, they will say: He is a groom. She passes it on to her children, daughters and granddaughters."