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Sunday, December 9, 2012
[Patton thought otherwise] PMW Bulletin: Hamas: Martyrdom death for Allah is ideal

["Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his
country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his
country." General George S. Patton - May 31, 1944 ]

PMW Bulletin

Dec. 09, 2012

Hamas: Martyrdom death for Allah is ideal

"We love death more than you love life"

"You [Israel] scare us with what we love"

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8094

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org

f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

During Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense that aimed to destroy Hamas'
terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, Hamas' TV propaganda included
various ideological messages. Palestinian Media Watch documented one such
message that promoted the killing of Jews as worship of Allah. Another
ideological message promoted the Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood interpretation
of Islamic tradition that places love of Martyrdom death for Allah -
Shahada - above the desire for life. Addressing Israelis, Hamas' spokesman
Sami Abu Zuhri said:

"You [Israelis] think that we will be afraid of your killing policy and of
these threats. We say to you: This policy is futile. Hamas leaders seek
Martyrdom (i.e., death for Allah). You scare us with what we love (i.e.,
death)."

Click to view
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=987&fld_id=987&doc_id=8083

The same spokesman presented Martyrdom death fighting Israel as the supreme
achievement when he spoke of the head of Hamas' military wing, Ahmad
Al-Ja'abari, who Israel killed at the outset of the conflict, stressing that
death was his greatest aspiration:

"The commander, the great Martyr (Shahid) Al-Ja'abari, achieved his greatest
aspirations (i.e., when killed by Israel)."

A video broadcast on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV during the recent conflict addressed
Israelis with the same message:

"From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers:

The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more than you love life."

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

Click to view
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=987&fld_id=987&doc_id=8025

PMW has documented that both Hamas and the PA in the past have glorified and
encouraged Martyrdom death for Allah.

During the recent conflict, Hamas also encouraged and comforted "every
mother who has bid farewell to her beloved Martyrs" - her dead children -
with the ideology that it is an honor to die:

"Adorn yourself with a crown with inlaid blood. This is the blood of honor,
for honor will not be disgraced."

As this is read aloud, pictures of women embracing dead children and
children being buried are shown.

Click to view
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=987&fld_id=987&doc_id=8096

Since Hamas hides and launches its rockets against Israel from among the
civilian population, innocent Palestinians lose their lives as Hamas uses
them as human shields. Hamas has publicly acknowledged and prided itself in
the past on the tactic of using "women, children, the elderly" as "a human
shield." In 2008, member of Hamas' Legislative Council, Fathi Hamad, stated:
"[Palestinians] created a human shield of women, children, the elderly and
the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing machine, as if they were
saying to the Zionist enemy: We desire death, as you desire life."

The Hamas ideology that Martyrdom death is preferable to life is not a
message that is acceptable in international discourse. Accordingly, during a
press conference in both Arabic and English, Hamas' Minister of Health Mufid
Al-Mukhalalati said in English to the international community: "We are
human, we like life. We would like to live like other people living."
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012] However, he did not make this statement
in Arabic.

The following are longer excerpts of Hamas' broadcasts:

Statement by Hamas' spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, after Israel killed head of
Hamas' military wing Ahmed Al-Ja'abari, explaining that achieving death
while fighting Israel is what Palestinians "love":

"We say to the occupier: You [Israelis] think that by killing us we will go
underground. You think that we will be afraid of your killing policy and of
these threats. We say to you: This policy is futile when dealing with
leaders like Hamas leaders. Hamas leaders seek Martyrdom (i.e., death for
Allah). You scare us with what we love (i.e., death). The commander, the
great Martyr (Shahid) Al-Ja'abari, achieved his greatest aspirations (i.e.,
when killed by Israel and thereby achieving death as a "Martyr")."

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

The following is the text written and read aloud in a short clip about
mothers of "Martyrs" on Hamas' TV:

"To every mother who has bid farewell to her beloved Martyrs: Adorn yourself
with a crown of inlaid blood. This is the blood of honor, for honor will not
be disgraced."

[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Nov. 19, 2012]

Member of Hamas' Legislative Council, Fathi Hamad speaking in 2008:

"For the Palestinian people death became an industry at which women excel
and so do all people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters
excel, and the children excel. Accordingly [Palestinians] created a human
shield of women, children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the
Zionist bombing machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: We
desire Death, as you desire Life."

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Feb. 29, 2008]

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