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Martyrs Memorial

Bilal Ashirbasi

  • Martydom Way: Zionist tank
  • Gaza city
  • 2008-06-06
Bilal Ashirbasi



Paramedics are not allowed to save Palestinians injured during clashes in Al-Bireh city - Israeli soldiers are apparently taught the "bleed to death" policy against Palestinians in all occurrences.


Sheihk Salah Shehada

Sheihk Salah Shehada
  • Al Qassam High leader
  • 2002-06-22

Sheihk Salah Shehada was born in Bet Hanon village (south of Gaza strip) . His original town is Jafaa and his family came to live in Beach Camp, and then lived in Bet Hanon village.
He had his primary school from Bet Hanon and continued to have his preparatory from the same village. Then he had his third secondary certificate from Palestine school in Gaza. He couldn’t go abroad to study medicine because of the bad economic conditions. So he studied Social Services in Alexandria.
In 1979, after graduating from university, he worked as a supervisor in the social affairs in Gaza. In 1984, the general leader worked for the Islamic University of Gaza in the pupils’ affairs.
Political life:
Sheikh Salah Shehada was a human and did not like killing people. He is a religious a Sheikh who wanted people to go to their top life which is the way to Allah Almighty. He held a big idea to be delivered to the world that Palestine is an Islamic land and should be liberated from any enemy invading it. The Jews do not like anyone holding this idea; Salah Shehada should be arrested before doing any action. They arrested him with an empty file in 1984. That means the charges against him were nonsense or even there were no charges. After a while, the sheikh had to shoulder the responsibility of Hamas military wing at that time. He did his best to restore the dignity of Palestinians that the Jews have been denying for a long time. He had to defend his land and his people with a few brave men who sacrificed whatever they had for the sake of Allah and their homeland. This is why the Israelis thought arresting Sheikh Salah and his followers would bring the first Intifada to its end. On the contrary it was like adding fuel to fire. The Intifada became stronger and stronger. Sheikh Salah was in jail from 1988 till 14/5/2000 when he was set free after about 12 years of administrative imprisonment.
Militant life:
Salah was calm boy, a hansom young, a lovely man but he did not like to see his brethren, sisters, and nation, dehumanized and killed with cold blood. Sheikh Salah was like any human who wanted to get his right so he should have a program of fighting against the enemy. He had a strong faith, an everlasting patience, and a very good obedience. So he was a big soldier to form a big military. He had a great wit when he was a child and that wit helped him to form these defenders groups. The groups grew bigger and bigger. Those groups counted on top privacy where on one interferes in others’ business. The general leader himself did not know everyone who worked for him. He worked with some leaders. He chose engineers to make bombs, healthy and wit men to hold weapons, skilled programmers to have the media work. The beginning was very difficult but the leader was patient to continue till the last breath of his life. After the killing of the boy (Muhammad Al-Durra) and killing one hundred Palestinians in a few days by the Israeli heavy armed solders, people of Gaza called Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades for revenge and the Sheikh was looking sadly because he had nothing to fight with. But in a few days he could evoke the calm volcano again to erupt in the face of the Zionists. Al-Qassam Brigades began to re-build the soldiers, to work day and night. The general leader began to form, train, and prepare.
In 1986, the leader Salah Shehada formed AL- Mujahidoon AL-Filstinion (the Palestinian fighters). He and the fighters began to fight against the occupiers and their spies. They did a lot to liberate their land and people.
The fighting against jews continued till the coming of the PA. Qassam waited a while in Gaza but still continued in the west bank and the sheikh was in Jail. In September 28, 2000, the second Intifada began and called Al-Aqsa Inifada. In May, 14 , 2000 , Shehada was out of the prison. He didn’t wait to say any thing and his actions appeared clearly when he offered new ways of fighting. He gathered the Qassamy soldiers, formed new people, and ordered to work silently first without any declarations. So Qassam do some of the best explosions against the occupiers and didn’t declare any responsibility. In December, 2000, 10, Qassam had a communiqué of four formal militant responsibilities. One of them was Hamdi Nisio’s explosion in the sea towards a torpedo. Shehada had a big role in Qassam Brigades and after a while he was the general leader of Qassam Brigades. Among the intefada , he moves a lot of people to fight against the Zionists occupiers wether from Hamas or non-Hamas guys. He prepared, followed, and stand with a lot of martyrs like M. Farahat in Gaza and many in the west bank. The Zionists accused him of being “the most notorious terrorist in the middle east”. And also they said about him “ Salah Shehada was the most important commander of Izz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of the Hamas Organization. He was at the top of the wanted list amongst the members of Izz al-Din al-Qassam - the most lethal and extreme of the Palestinian terrorist organizations. This was a strike against a high-ranking terrorist with much blood on his hands.” When this Isreali embassy reported these words, they did not remember the killings and masses against the innocents in Gaza and the west bank. They did not mention Jenin and Dir Yasin , they did report the urges from the PA. And even Hamas sometimes that if you stop killing our children, we will stop killing your women and children.
• Some facts in an interview with the general leader :
On May 29, 2002, the website Islam Online posted an interview with Salah Sh'hadeh, commander of the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, who was assassinated by Israel on July 23, 2002. The following are excerpts from the interview:
How to Choose a Martyr
Q: "How do you choose who will carry out a martyrdom operation?"
Sh'hadeh: "The choice is made according to four criteria: First, devout religious observance. Second, we verify that the young man complies with his parents' wishes and is loved by his family, and that his martyrdom will not [adversely] affect family life - that is, he is not the head of the family and he has siblings, as we will not take an only child. Third, his ability to carry out the task assigned [to] him, and to understand its gravity; and fourth, his martyrdom should encourage others to carry out martyrdom operations and encourage Jihad in the hearts of people. We always prefer unmarried [men]. It is the regional leadership of the military apparatus of the Hamas movement that proposes his candidacy, and then decides whether to accept him."
Seeking Martyrdom Shows Mental Health
Q: "How do you account for the stream of youths [coming] to join the ranks of perpetrators of martyrdom operations? And does this attest to [mental] health or to escape from the frustration and disappointment among the Palestinians?"
Sh'hadeh: "The stream of youths [who seek to] attain martyrdom shows [mental] health and the awareness of Palestinian society, and is not a mistake or an escape from a situation of despair or frustration. Many people come to Jihad, and they are willing to lay down their souls - which is the most precious thing a man has. There is a vast difference between someone who sacrifices money or an offering and someone who sacrifices his soul for the sake of Allah to bring happiness to the nation, and to remove its torment and distress. Nevertheless, we cannot provide everyone with a martyrdom operation because the targets are limited and the enemy positions we want to reach are highly fortified. If some of the youths do not follow the military apparatus's instructions, and [set out on operations on their own] without being linked officially to this apparatus, this proves that the [entire] nation has become a nation of Jihad on the threshold of liberation, and that it rejects humiliation and submission."
How to Choose a Target
Q: "How does the military apparatus choose a target?"
Sh'hadeh: "We have surveillance groups whose role is to monitor Israeli and settler patrols and the movement of the enemy on the border. We utilize every breach we find in the enemy's security fence. Afterwards we define the target and the nature of the assault on it, whether it is a settlement, a military post, a military vehicle, or anything else. The target is filmed, and then [the video] is shown to a committee appointed by the General Staff of the Military Operations. After the target is approved, the martyrdom operation's perpetrator is trained... Then the operation is ready to go, after a group of experts approves the plan and determines the factors for its success or failure."
If We Kill an Israeli Child It Is Not Intentional
Q: "What about killing Israeli citizens?"
Sh'hadeh: "We do not target children, the elderly, and places of worship, although these places of worship incite to murdering Muslims. Similarly, we have not targeted schools, because we do not give orders to kill children. The same goes for hospitals, although this is easy for us, and attainable. We act according to the principles of Jihad to which we adhere. Our motto is: 'We are not fighting the Jews because they are Jews, but because they occupy our land. We are not fighting them because of their religion but because they have usurped our land. If we kill a child it is not intentional...'"
Costs and Prices of Martyrdom Acts
Q: "How much does a martyrdom operation cost?"
Sh'hadeh: "The cost of an operation varies... Attack operations with automatic weapons cost the price of the weapon, which hold at least 250 rounds, and of the ammunition, and the price of about 10 hand grenades. But some of the operations cost much more and include transporting [the perpetrator]... buying a car, and bribing Jewish collaborators. There are operations that cost a great deal - between $3,500-$50,000, in accordance with the target."
Hamas Rockets
Q: "How did you develop the weapons that the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades have come to excel at manufacturing, such as the Al-Qassam 1 and Al-Qassam 2 and the and the Al-Bana [rockets]."
Sh'hadeh: "...We have scientists who specialize in weapons development, who are today studying and conducting experiments on the Al-Bana rocket, which is a combination of an RPG and a LAW [light anti-tank weapon], and differs from the Al-Qassam 2 because it is designed for moderately thick armor. Hand grenades are manufactured to meet the needs of the apparatus and its members, and they have proved their efficiency, and [even] the Zionist Defense Ministry attests that they are powerful grenades. All the grenades and rockets are locally manufactured, easily and simply. The explosives in the Al-Qassam 1 and 2 and the Al Bana are made from simple raw materials. [Even] the women can make them at home..."
The Political Wing Prevails Over the Military Wing
Q: "What about the organizational structure of the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades?"
Sh'hadeh: "In general, the brigades are a small army subject to political decisions, like any [other] army in the world. It has all the kinds of divisions and structures that an army has. We are soldiers. The political apparatus does not tell us, 'Do such and such' and 'Carry out this or that operation'; the political apparatus is sovereign over the military apparatus, and a decision of the political [echelon] takes precedence over the decision of the military [echelon], without intervening in military operations. The success of an operation is not defined by the number of enemy dead, but by the extent to which our Jihad fighters managed to reach the target, and by the operation's execution. Good planning is vital for the operation's success. The number of dead depends on the will of Allah."
Obstacles Facing Hamas-Scarcity of Weapons and PLO's Political Confusion
Q: "What are the obstacles that the Al-Qassam Brigades face?"
Sh'hadeh: "The most significant obstacles are the scarcity of good-quality weapons, such as anti-aircraft and long-range missiles. Another significant obstacle is the haze obscuring the political position of the National [Palestinian] Authority. This causes confusion in the military wing [because] it does not set a [clear] position regarding the military operations - that is, whether it is for them or against them. Is it an authority for national liberation, or an authority for autonomy? This matter confuses many Jihad fighters."
"In addition, weapons prices have been raised by the bloodsucker arms dealers, so the price of an M-16 has reached $5,000, and each of its bullets now costs $1.50, and a Kalashnikov costs $2,000, and each of its bullets costs $4.00. The military apparatus has managed to meet the challenge of weapons scarcities by collecting donations from people who love supporting the path of Jihad for the sake of Allah. Similarly, the movement has succeeded in manufacturing some of the intermediate weaponry, thus reducing costs. The cost of a rocket [made by the movement] is less than 1% of its cost if we had to buy it."
Martyrdom: the General Leader left at the time of power
He told his wife two days before his martyrdom that “if I leave Qassam at these days, they will be great as if I were with them”. The leader had a sense that he would leave this world to be in the everlasting world. So he worked day and night to get the highest degree in Paradise. On Monday, 22 July 2002, the departure became a fact and to be done. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Gaza reported that “At approximately 23:55 on Monday, 22 July 2002, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet launched a missile at a 150-square-meter, two-story apartment building located in the densely populated al-Daraj neighborhood in Gaza city. Sheikh Salah Shehada, who is wanted by the Israeli occupying forces, and his family were living on the upper floor of the building. The missile directly hit the apartment building, totally destroying it and one other house. Four other homes sustained serious damage. Fifteen Palestinian civilians, including 9 children, the youngest of whom was only 2-months-old, were killed. Two of the wounded are in a critical condition.”
After this wicked murder, the Zionists thought that they got rid of Qassam Rockets, Martyrdom operations, and Zionist Jews. However, Qassam Brigades get their high power when a leader travels to his everlasting life. For example, when Ayaash was martyred the Zionists thought that Qassam Brigades will stop these martyrdom operations but the operations developed

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