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Thursday, December 14, 2006

PA promotion of women terrorists - "Even our women are stronger than the Zionists"

Palestinian Media Watch Report - Dec. 14, 2006

"Even our women are stronger  than the Zionists." (PA TV)

Special Report:
Palestinian women terrorists glorified
as heroines and role models

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch
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The recent suicide terror attacks by two Palestinian women, including
57-year-old grandmother Fatima Najar, has brought the subject of women
terrorists to the forefront of Palestinian consciousness. This is part of a longstanding pattern in which PA society routinely turns terrorists into heroes and role models, naming schools, sporting events, streets and even poetry collections for terrorists.

TV programming and newspapers, controlled by both Hamas and Fatah,
enthusiastically cheer these terrorists and their murders, while endorsing
and encouraging women to follow in their terrorist footsteps:

"In Beit Hanun we gave the [world] the Palestinian women's revolution... the
Palestinian woman was not satisfied with what she gave, she gave her son and
her husband and her brothers - she was not satisfied with that. but she
wanted to be on the front lines, next to the man." [PA TV, November 14, 2006]

PA broadcast this interview with a man on the street:
"Our children, our women, our men - they are all potential Martyrs... I say
to the entire world - the Jews are weaker than you imagine. Even our women
are stronger than the Zionists." [PA TV, November 10, 2006]

The Hamas daily used the following headline to introduce one story:
"The Female Shahida (Martyr) 'Um Tha'ir' said to her sisters: 'Go forward,
go forward, as today is my wedding and the Shahada my desire!'" [Al-Risalah,
November 13, 2006]

The reference to her wedding is based on the Islamic teaching that the male
Muslim Martyr, the Shahid - is rewarded with 72 dark-eyed maidens, and a
repeated PA teaching that the female Martyrs will greet and marry a male

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The current actions by women have sparked articles recalling the names and
actions of past female terrorists. These earlier terrorists are featured as
the precursors to the new heroines, who in turn are being portrayed as role
models for the future.

Past female terrorists recently recalled as heroines and role models

Dalal al-Maghribi - Her bus hijacking killed 36 vacationing Israelis (1978)
Wafa Idris - First female suicide terrorist killed 1, wounded 90 (2002)
Ayaat al-Akhras - Youngest female suicide terrorist, age 17, killed 2 (2002)
Hanadi Jaradat - Suicide terrorist, killed 21, wounded 48 (2003)
Andalib Taqatiqah - Suicide terrorist, killed 6, wounded 60 (2002)
Re'em Al-Riyashi - Suicide terrorist, killed 4, wounded 10 (2004)
HibaDaraghimahSuicide terrorist, killed 3, wounded 50 (2003)

The repeating theme is that the actions of the new terrorists are a
continuation of the earlier feats of women terrorists, as well as an
inspiration and a precedent for the coming generations:

"In the streets of Beit Hanun, a side of the beautiful look of the
Palestinian woman was displayed. It is the look of resistance [terror].
Since beauty has power, as proven in the past by Dalal [Al-Mughrabi] and her
sisters, when they set the precedent for the Beit Hanun women of the
present." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 14, 2006]

Dalal al-Mughrabi

The more brazen and successful the attack, the more it is promoted as heroic
and exemplary. Dalal al-Mughrabi, mentioned above, holds a special place of
honor in Palestinian society. She participated in a 1975 terror attack that
killed 36, which remains one of the most murderous in Israel's history.

There are a number of girls' schools named for Mughrabi, and numerous TV
programs and quizzes for children have glorified her since the establishment
of the Palestinian Authority. This recent article glorified her
participation in the bus hijacking and admiringly credits her with the

". a hostage operation on the Palestinian shore. She [Dalal al-Mughrabi]
managed to get to the main road, leading to Tel-Aviv, she took over an
Israeli bus and its passengers, who were soldiers and held them hostage. a
real war took place, during which Dalal blew up the bus with all the
passengers inside. They were all killed." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 7,

Facts are often distorted to increase the heroism. In this case, the 36
killed on the hijacked bus were not soldiers, but families on a vacation
outing. Note also that the official PA daily still defines Israel's Northern
coast as "Palestine."

Wafa Idris

Wafa Idris, the first woman suicide terrorist, has a unique place among the
women's honor roll. Suicide terror was seen as something that young women
dreamed of but never attempted, until Wafa Idris broke the taboo in 2002 and
became the first woman suicide terrorist. She paved the way for others in
this "magnificent convoy":

"The Shahada dreams of young women kept coming into the mind of many of
them, until Wafa Idris trained this magnificent convoy during the Al Aqsa
Intifada in 2002. After that, Darin Abu Ishah followed in her footsteps in
2002. This is how the young women competed amongst themselves and in the
skies of Palestine their luster shined: Ayyat Al-Akhras, Andalib Taqatiqah,
Hibah Daraghimah, Hinadi Jaradat, Reem Al-Riyashi." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
November 7, 2006]

Palestinian women's terror today is said to be the model for all Arabs. The
actions of these female Palestinian terrorists are presented as a role model
for all Arabs, and the vanguard of new approaches to jihad:

"The Palestinian woman continues setting the example and model for preparing
Shahids and Jihad warriors. They [women of Beit Hanun] rushed, without even
thinking about their lives. or about the death or injury awaiting them. The
women left. to set an example and show another way in the art of Jihad and
resistance (terror)." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 7, 2006]
They are compared to Al Khansa, another heroine of Arab history, who
celebrated the deaths of her four sons for Allah:
"Oh, Arabs!... Did the Khansas of Beit Hanun not wake you from your deep
slumber? When will the Arab weapon appear. to announce the dawn of a new
era? The rust ate away at these Arab weapons, which are not displayed except
during marches. [Here] these are Zionist soldiers, well armed and well
trained, running away from the battle thwarted by the Khansas of Palestine,
who accomplished, with their courage and power an Arab victory to serve as
an example and model in this time of Arab self-abasement." [Al-Hayat
Al-Jadida, November 7, 2006]

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