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Published on Feb 22, 2010
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=... A mother on official Palestinian Authority television expresses pride for her son who died as a Shahid (Martyr) in an IDF airstrike. Her message to Palestinian mothers is that all mothers should sacrifice their children for “Palestine.” A second woman adds that every Martyr is a “groom,” in reference to the Islamic belief that Martyrs marry 72 virgins in Paradise upon their death. This is an example of Palestinian Authority glorification of Martyrdom death.
Transcript of PA TV news report: Mother upon news of son's death in an IDF airstrike: "We had always hoped for his [my son's] Martyrdom (Shahada), knowing he wanted to die as a Martyr (Shahid). Every time he went out, we would say to him, 'May Allah be with you.' We knew that he wanted to die as a Martyr. Praise to Allah, he sought Martyrdom, and he achieved it. My message to every mother is to sacrifice her child for Palestine. Another woman: "By Allah, we welcome every Martyr as if he were a groom among us." [Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 11, 2010]