16-year-old Mohammed Abu Sankara passed away two weeks ago, following an injury he sustained while participating in a violent riot in a Jerusalem suburb.
The riot took place in East Jerusalem, far away from the Gaza Strip and the Hamas terrorist group it was supporting.
According to Israeli police. Sankara, whose name is sometimes spelled “Sunuqrut,” was shot in the leg with a nonlethal sponge round, but then fell and hit his head on the ground as he ran away.
Sankara, who at the age of 16 shouldn’t even have been attending a Hamas affiliated riot of this kind, especially as he and his family are Israeli citizens, was reportedly conscious at the time he was taken to hospital. His family claims he was shot at close range in the head by the sponge round.
In civilized societies, even if a child did attend a rally, protest, or riot, and then died as a result of an injury sustained, there the reaction would naturally be one of sorrow and grief.
But in East Jerusalem, death is not only welcome but to be rejoiced.
Amazingly, the victim’s mother told official Palestinian Authority (PA) TV on September 12, during Sankara’s funeral,
“This is the first time i see joy in my heart. This is the first time i see such joy. Thank Allah for giving him martyrdom.”
While this kind of unprecedented joy at the funeral of one’s own 16-year-old son would be considered strange, and even immoral by most westerner democratic societies, this kind of reaction is widespread in the Muslim Arab world.
The mother of suicide bomber Darin Abu Aisheh, who blew herself up in 2002 at an IDF checkpoint, said on TV “I want to sing, Darin is a bride.”
There is also some kind of honor or prestige system in place within even the more moderate Muslim societies, whereby dying violently, and preferably taking as many innocent men, women, and children with you as possible, is lauded and praised as something to be proud of.
PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said last November, for example,
“After prophecy and righteousness there is no status Allah has exalted more than martyrdom….The martyr – his sins are forgiven with the first gush of his blood from his wound…the martyr advocates on behalf of 70 members of his family, and saves them all from hell.”
With comments like that from the elected Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister, what chance is there of the possibility of reasonable dialogue people who celebrate death while the West tries to avoid it?