To celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, Palestinian TV has launched a new program called "The Best Mothers." But who constitutes the "best mothers" according to Palestinians? Apparently ones whose children were suicide bombers who killed innocent Israelis and themselves, and hence, became "martyrs."
The 10-minute segment, that reportedly airs every day, features a different Palestinian mother in her home, talking about the children of whom she is most proud.
Palestinian Media Watch reported that last week, PA TV chose to interview the mother of Darin Abu Aisheh, a suicide bomber who blew herself up at a roadblock in 2002, wounding three Israelis.
Israel National News Reports:
The mother spoke with pride of how she received the news of her daughter's death, seeing it as her wedding: "I didn't scream, even my scarf stayed on my head. Everyone came. Everyone heard what happened... I was sitting and started to sing to her. I said, 'It's the night before your wedding, Darin, and we won't see you anymore, my daughter.' People around me said, 'Allah be with you.' I said, 'I haven't gone mad, I'm not crazy. I want to sing, Darin is a bride.'"
PMW's Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik explained that while Islamic tradition says that male martyrs marry the 72 dark-eyed virgins of Paradise, there is also a belief that a female martyr becomes one of the virgins and marries a martyr.
Equally as disturbing, PMW also reported that PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, also lauded suicide bomber Darin Abu Aisheh when he praised the achievements of female terrorists during International Women's Day and Mother's Day.
PMW translates a segment of the Palestinian TV show glorifying suicide bombers and their mothers: