Syrian journalist and author Khatib Badala writes that Arabs “have a trait that separates us from all other peoples of the world: the love of death. We dream about death, find inspiration in it, and think about it every day.”

In the article, which appeared in the weekly journal Aneb Baladi, Badala asserts that “the love of death has brought death and destruction to the people of this region. Will a day come when we will embrace the culture of life? Perhaps.”

Writing in the Washington Post in late April about the need for international cooperation in light of the Corona epidemic, Jordan’s King Abdallah emphasizes that “we must have singular focus — the survival and well-being of human lives everywhere.”

On September 16th, PA television aired a speech by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas which dehumanized Jews and encouraged religious war, violence and martyrdom.

In the talk, Abbas blesses "religious warriors" (murabitin) and blesses "every drop of blood which has been spilled for Jerusalem." He also states that Al-Aqsa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre belong to Arabs and that Jews have no right to "defile" them "with their filthy feet."

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The talk is part of a general campaign in the official PA media which encourages rock-throwing and martyrdom, even by children.

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On March 8th, International Women's Day, Palestinian Authority Television aired an interview with PLO Cental Committee member Amal Hamad. Lauding Palestinian women for being role models of sacrifice, Amal specifically mentioned:

Dalal Mughrabi (who particpated in The Coastal Road Massacre of 1978, which killed 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children);

Wafa Idris, the first Palestinian female to commit a suicide bombing (January 2002); and

Reem al-Riyashi, a mother of two who commited a suicide bombing in January 2004.