Palestinian Fatah video glorifies ‘martyrdom’ and Jerusalem bus bombing

Screenshots from the Palestinian Fatah video showing the reenactment of a Palestinian attack on Israeli soldiers. Credit: Palestinian Media Watch.

( Two days after a bus bombing attack in Jerusalem in which 21 people were wounded, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah political party uploaded an online video that glorifies "martyrdom" and calls for renewed Palestinian stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israelis.

Titled "Martyrdom-seeking unites us,” the 9-minute video—produced by Fatah's Shabiba student movement at Birzeit University, and posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on Wednesday—shows a staged car-ramming and stabbing attack at the Atara checkpoint near Ramallah. Three Palestinians are seen killing two Israeli soldiers. All three Palestinian attackers then become “martyrs” for being shot by IDF soldiers during the fake attack.

In the background, a song plays with the words, "There is no God but Allah, and the Shahid (Martyr) is Allah's beloved,” Palestinian Media Watch reported.

The video was uploaded days after Fatah had already posted praise for the Jerusalem bus bombing on its Facebook page. According to Palestinian Media Watch, a division of Fatah’s military wing, the Gaza-based Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, wrote that it blesses “the self-sacrificing operation (i.e., bombing of a bus on April 18) in Jerusalem. For our Jerusalem and our Al-Aqsa Mosque, the good news of victory keeps arriving today, in a display we have not seen in a long time—a bus bombing operation in the occupied city of Jerusalem, in which dozens of Zionists were injured.”

Posted on April 20, 2016 .