By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin, August
The PA’s Ministry of Culture released its “Book of the Month” today, a poetry
collection honoring suicide terrorist Hanadi Jaradat, who murdered 29 Israelis. It
was distributed as a special supplement in the daily Al-Ayyam.
Entitled “What Did Hanadi Say?” the collection includes a poem glorifying
Jaradat’s act of suicide terror, calling it “the highest goal”:
“O Hanadi! Shake the earth under the feet of the enemies! Blow it up!
Hanadi said: “It is the wedding of Hanadi the day when death as a Martyr for
Allah, becomes the highest goal.”
The poem is dedicated to Jaradat, called “the Rose of Palestine,” who murdered
29 Jews and Arabs in a suicide bombing in a Haifa restaurant in October 2003.
The poem criticizes the Arab nation for ignoring Jihad:
“Where is the [Arab] nation..? The armies hid, nothing left in the field …
not the sound of Jihad, all of them, at the moment of decision, surrender, obey
“O Hanadi..! The flag of the nation is not flying in the fields of Jihad.”
The poem ends as Hanadi takes the initiative:
“O Hanadi! Shake the earth under the feet of the enemies! Blow it up! It
is the wedding of Hanadi the day when death as a Martyr for Allah, becomes
the highest goal, that liberates my land.”
[“What Did Hanadi Say,” PA Ministry of Culture Publication of the Month
Supplement, Al-Ayyam, August 22, 2005]
This glorification of a mass murderer was not a private enterprise, but was
published by the PA Ministry of Culture.