(October 16, 2018 / Palestinian Media Watch)
“Touching a martyr” is worth street credit if you’re a kid in the Palestinian Authority. Kids want to touch the dead body so they can “brag to their friends” about it, according to the official P.A. daily.
Referring to the “images that remain” when “parting from the martyrs,” the paper described:
Not only does the “martyr’s” “glory” rub off on you if you touch him, but the martyr is also believed to be “a groom” on his way to his wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise:
According to Islamic belief, a “martyr” marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise. Therefore a “martyr’s” funeral is considered a “wedding.” Palestinian religious leaders have repeatedly explained that becoming a “martyr” represents the highest achievement that can be attained by a Muslim.
This cult-like martyr worship by the P.A. has been going on for years. Palestinian children were taught to glorify martyrs (shahids) during the P.A.’s five-year terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-05). The P.A. reported at the time that the children would play “the shahid game” and argue over who gets to play the best part and die as a “martyr”: