Daily Israel Report

Wife of Hamas MP: Woman's Role Is to Instill Love of Jihad

A video shows the wife of a Hamas MP saying that an Arab woman's role is "to instill love of jihad and martyrdom in her children."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/9/2013, 6:12 AM

Hamas is continuing to incite and encourage Arab children to carry out acts of terrorism.

A video translated and released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) shows the wife of a Hamas member of parliament saying that an Arab woman's role is "to instill love of jihad and martyrdom in her children."

The comments by Umm Osama, the wife of Hamas MP Khalil Al-Hayya, aired on the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV on December 2, 2012.

"Women in Palestine play a great role in raising their children and in encouraging them to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah," she said. "This is absolutely the most glorious thing a woman can do. Women play their role and are not inferior to men. When a man goes to wage Jihad, his wife does not say 'Don't go' or try to stop him. She encourages and supports him. She is the one who prepares his equipment, bids him farewell, and welcomes [his Jihad].

"She instills in her children the love of Jihad and martyrdom for the sake of Allah," said Umm Osama. "If every mother were to prevent her son from waging Jihad for the sake of Allah, who would wage Jihad? Who would support Palestine? Palestine is dear to us, and its price is paid with our body remains and our lifeblood.

"Is not Allah's reward precious? Allah's reward is Paradise. Paradise requires from us our blood, our body remains, and our efforts for its sake.

She added, "I am constantly praying: 'Allah, make the end of our days be in martyrdom.' I pray for this even for my husband and my children. None of us want to die in our beds. We pray that Allah will grant us Paradise."