Skip to comments.I will urge my last three sons to be martyrs, vows newly elected delegate
Posted on 01/28/2006 5:21:24 PM PST by SJackson
She has encouraged three of her sons to die attacking Israel, and would be proud if the other three followed suit. She appeared in a video with her youngest boy, Mohammed, 17, telling him not to return alive from a suicide mission. Now she is a democratically elected Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
On the electoral rolls, she is listed as Maryam Farahat. To Palestinians she is known as "the mother of the struggle".
To Israelis, however, she is the mother only of a deadly, terrorist brood - and a political travesty.
Her home in Gaza has become a shrine to her dead sons. In front of traditional "martyrdom" posters in which her dead children - one little more than a boy - tote high-powered rifles, she explains the "holy duty" of suicide missions.
"Encouraging my sons to be martyrs is serving Islam," she said through her fourth son, Wesam, 33, who says that, like his fellow "Mujahideen", he considers "martyrdom the way to liberation".
Now she has a different "duty", and one about which she admits she knows little: politics. After a shock win this week, she was hurriedly reading up on Hamas literature to ensure she does not break the party line.
"It is two parts of the same duty," she said. "Politics and martyrdom. My sons gave their lives for their people. Politics is my way to give."
The first of her "sacrifices" came in 2002, when she appeared in a video message with her son, Mohammed, before he launched a gun and grenade attack on an Israeli settlement in the Gaza strip. "I always longed to be the mother of a martyr," she said afterwards. At his side on the film, she instructed the boy not to come back alive. He didn't.
Neither did 18-year-old Ariel Zana, an Israeli who was attending a lecture in the settlement of Atzmona when Mohammed Farahat burst into the hall. In all, Mohammed killed five Israeli youths before he himself was brought down.
"I feel weak, I have lost most of my strength. I am bleeding," Avi Zana, Ariel's father, told the Sunday Telegraph. "The mother of the one who killed my son and that encouraged him to do so will be in parliament now. It doesn't make sense. It's so dangerous. This is a red line that has been crossed."
In Gaza, when the news filtered back to Maryam Farahat that Mohammed had followed her instructions, she received guests with coffee and sweets, bathing in what she described as a new-found "strength and honour".
For Hamas, that glowing reputation among Palestinians was too good not to exploit for last week's legislative poll. On the campaign trail she was a hot ticket at rallies, drawing thousands of attentive listeners as she described the "duty to liberate the [Palestinian] homeland".
Wesam is one of three surviving sons of Mrs Farahat. After Mohammed was killed in Atzmona, his brother, Nidal, was killed in an Israeli assassination. Known as a master engineer, he had refined the home-made Qassam mortars with which Hamas militants have peppered Israeli settlements and towns. In 2003, he was working on a new bomb-carrying drone when booby-trapped parts exploded, killing him and five others.
Mrs Farahat said she was "dignified and honoured" by his death, and took comfort from the Israeli fatalities he had helped inflict. After Nidal's death, Hamas continued to use his Qassam rockets.
Farwad Farahat was heading to a launch site in 2005 when his car was hit by an Israeli missile.
In the dust and sand of her Gaza home, all three of Mrs Farahat's dead sons are celebrated in print. But now her own election campaign posters cover the walls too.
Hamas' rise to power, and hers with it, has done little to dispel speculation that this week's poll will only worsen the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking calmly, in a soft voice, she has repeatedly said she would be delighted for "all my sons [to] be martyrs".
Like many Israelis, Avi Zana is not in a mood to tolerate more attacks. "Today, I am more hateful than I was," said Mr Zana. "We should have been tougher, we forget too fast here that thousands of Israelis have been killed. I used to forgive, but not today. Today I feel more in the mood for vengeance."
Gads. Such evil.
This SCUM does not want peace! I say wall the suckers off/no border crossing!
These people are too evil to take up space on this earth -
The free world better get a handle on this crew real fast or we won't be free for long.
Awfully big of her, isn't it?
Any of you folks still believe the "road map to Peace" can have a route other than over the chared remains of these lunatics?
If so - you're delusional...
The Cindy Sheehan of Palestine.
How do you deal with people(I use the term lightly) like this? You don't. They're a different species.
Nothing like an Islamic mother's love for her children.
I note mom has no desire to be a martyr herself.
Money back guarantee if not completely satisfied... or if he lives.
What a scumbag. A REAL mother would strap explosives to her own ass rather than demand her sons blow themselves up. This scumbag is definitely going to burn in hell someday.
Better ask W that. He and his Religion of Peace.
We will make you a deal, you want to die for Allah, we want to kill you. What do you say? It's a win win.
Looks like they're gonna need killin...
Let her go be one>
So now they have an "elected" gov't. does that mean that when they commit terrorist attacks against Israel it will be construed as acts of war? If that is the case can the Israelis carpet bomb them???
May the fleas of a thousand camels infest her rotten crotch.
Thanks a lot! I just finished a late supper and saw that picture. I'll be cleaning my chicken dinner off of the monitor and keyboard the rest of the evening.
These are vicious things, not people.
Israel should turn the entire Palestinian population into a pile of dust.They would be doing a great service to the world and the Palestinians,by making them all martyrs.The only good Palestinian is a dead Palestinian.
No, they're not a state. They've had an elected government since 1996, they just skipped an election or two.
Street name and number would do but coordinates would be even better.
A little accident should put this slug and ITS entire family out of action.
My, kids blow up so fast these days, don't they?
"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country.
He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
SHHHHHH, don't tell her!
She may just dislike males, because it would be very easy for her to be a bomber.
These are the kind of people Steven Spielberg says should be "Humanized."
at least they are starting to be consistant now.
It worked for Saddam
Sounds like those Israelis know a thing or two about pre-emptive action!
Also sounds like now would be a good time to take out ol' "Wesam" and his two scumbag brothers, before they can kill anyone.
Rather like sending children in as fiery sacrifices to Babylonian gods of old.
There must be someplace worse than hell for this piece of garbage.
Oh great...a Palestinian Cindy Sheehan.
Mother Who Sent Sons on Suicide Missions Becomes Candidate
Arab mother Um Nidal sent three children on anti-Israel death missions. Now she is the first female candidate on the Hamas list in the upcoming Palestinian Authority parliamentary elections.
In the film that made Nidal famous, she advised her son on combat techniques before he murdered five Jewish students in 2002. The five students were taking part in a Torah lecture when Nidal's son entered the lecture hall, spraying gunfire and throwing grenades at the unarmed students. In addition to the five killed, 24 others were wounded.
In an interview filmed after the terrorist attack, Nidal said her only regret was that so few Jews were killed. "I prayed that dozens would die," said Nidal. "But even the elimination of a single Jew is an event to be celebrated."
Nidal's other sons weren't as successful in their bids for martyrdom. Nidhal was killed by the Israeli Army while preparing for an attack. Rawad was in a vehicle laden with Kassam rockets when an Israel Air Force helicopter blew it up with a missile. Um Nidal has three more sons she hopes will carry on the family tradition of murdering Jews. "They are too lazy to get jobs," said Nidal. "So far as I can see, suicide attacks are their best career option."
Nidal said she takes comfort in knowing that Muslims outnumber Jews by 100:1 worldwide. "If it takes fewer than 100 Muslim deaths to kill one Jew, we are coming out ahead," Nidal said.
In terms of the upcoming Palestinian elections, Nidal is considered a "moderate."
"When you put your hand into a bunch of goo, that a few minutes before. . was your best friend's face. . .you'll know what to do."
Goebbels sacrificed his children for the Third Reich, also. These people are sick beyond all human decency. They are the people Israel is supposed to negotiate with.
And we thought the Indians were Barbarians.
This is simply a dangerous position we find ourselves in 2006.
10,000 years ago the king of China recalled all his ships and burned them at the docks and built the great wall to keep the world out because he knew then what a screwed up world it was.
It is time to come home, close our borders, let the world figure out who they want to win and we will then talk with the winner.
Why doesn't the bitch do it herself and spare her children?
Come to think of it, where's dad?