Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin - Sept. 19, 2006
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Virgins of Paradise -
music video returns to PA TV
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook - Palestinian Media Watch
A music video depicting a Shahid (Martyr for Allah) being rewarded by
marrying the Dark Eyed Maidens (Virgins) of Paradise has returned to
Palestinian Authority (PA) television.
The clip portrays a woman being shot in the back by Israeli soldiers. She is
transported to Paradise, where she joins other Maidens wearing identical
long white gowns, all joyously dancing in water, waiting to marry their
Shahid. The next scenes depict sthe grieving man visiting the woman's grave.
He is likewise shot in the back by soldiers, and immediately transported to
heaven to his reward of "Maidens."
To view video of Martyr with Maidens of Paradise click here.
This is one of the longest-running music videos on PA TV and had been
broadcast incessantly for years, often several times a day during the PA
terror war (2000-2005). This recurring image of the Martyr being rewarded by
receiving the Maidens was part of the multifaceted PA campaign glorifying
and encouraging terror, and promoting suicide terror as idyllic Shahada
(Martyrdom for Allah).
After an absence of more than a year, PA TV has begun broadcasting this
video clip regularly for the past month.
The belief that man is rewarded with beautiful women in Paradise is based on
Islamic traditions in the Quran [Suras 42, 44, 52, 56, and others] and the
Hadith (traditions attributed to Muhammad), and is expressed regularly in
many parts of PA society. .
Click on the following 5 links to see:
1 - Mothers who celebrate terrorist sons' deaths as weddings
Mother: "We do not encourage our sons to die. We encourage them to Shahada
for the homeland, for Allah. 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 a joyous occasion." [PA TV, November
2 - Woman says her planned suicide terror would have made her one of the
Maidens who would marry a Martyr
Q. Had you succeeded in [your suicide] mission, what would have been your
A. The reward was from Allah, in Paradise. The female Martyrdom-seeker
becomes one of the Dark-Eyed Maidens, and she marries one of the Martyrs.
[IBA news, Oct. 2004]
3 - Suicide terrorists who anticipate the Maidens as reward in farewell
Terrorist: "Angels of mercy, escort our souls to Heaven after we fulfill
this duty of crushing the descendents of monkeys and pigs. Dear father and
mother, blessings of honor and respect to you, while you escort me to the
Maidens of Paradise as a Martyr."
4 - Mother explaining that her son's motivation to terror was his inability
to find a bride so he chose to be a Martyr to marry the Maidens of Paradise
Mother: "He would always dream of Shahada, it was his first and last goal in
life. I told him, 'Dear, we all want to be shahids.' He said, 'In this
entire world, I can't think of anyone to marry. I want to marry the Dark
Eyed [Virgins or Maidens of Paradise].' I said [that] if these are his
thoughts, I wish him Shahada."
[PA TV, January 21, 2003]
5 - PA religious leaders teach that the 72 Dark Eyed Virgins is reward of
"When the Shahid meets his Maker, all his sins are forgiven from the first
gush of blood. He is exempted from the torments of the grave (Judgment); he
sees his place in paradise, he is shielded from the great shock, and marries
72 Dark Eyed (Virgins)." [Dr. Ismail al-Radouan, PA TV, August 17, 2001]
The PA grants Shahid (Martyr) status to all those killed in conflict
including suicide bombers and other terrorists.
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