Recent Palestinian "Martyrs" Urge Others to Follow in their Footsteps

(Israel Hayom) Nadav Shragai - With the last eight stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem, and dozens of other attacks and attempted attacks nationwide in the past 10 weeks, "martyrdom" is seeing a renaissance in Palestinian society. The wills of the terrorists, both those who were killed during the attacks and those who lived through them, teach us about their thinking. Mohammed Shawkat Salima, who stabbed Avraham Elmaliach, defined himself on Facebook as "a martyr on the waiting list." Hamas member Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, who murdered Eliyahu Kay, claimed that "after years of work, study, and teaching, there is no choice but to let the ship sail on our blood and serve as a practical example in the field of jihad." The most common motive documented in the wills is the desire to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from "Jewish invasion," a reference to Jewish visits to the Temple Mount. In Palestinian society, the Al-Aqsa "martyrs" are considered elite celebrities, guaranteed a place of honor in the Palestinian pantheon.

2021-12-16 00:00:00

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