The mother of a suicide terrorist, Um Al-Ajrami, was interviewed on the official Palestinian Authority television network. She says that Palestinian mothers dont encourage their sons to die, but encourage them to Martyrdom. Rather than comfort the mothers of Martyrs,
they say that they come to bless the mothers on their sons wedding, giving out drinks and sweets with the joy of a wedding. This refers to the Islamic belief that every Martyr is a groom and will marry 72 virgins in Paradise upon their death. PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 17,
2004. PA TV host: They [Israelis] accuse the Palestinian mother of hating her sons and encouraging them to die. Um Al-Ajrami, mother of terrorist: We dont encourage our sons to die. We encourage them to Shahada (Martyrdom) for the homeland, for Allah. We dont
say to mothers of the Shahids (Martyrs): We come to comfort you. Rather: We come to bless you on your sons wedding. We give out drinks, we give out sweets. Our mourning visit has the joy of a wedding. PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 17, 2004.