Muslim activist in North Carolina: Palestinian culture includes martyrdom

Muslim-American activist Dana Al-Hasan, who belongs to an organization called Muslims for Social Justice, delivered a lecture on the Palestinian “liberation struggle” at the Islamic Association in Raleigh, North Carolina on 29 October 2022. Al-Hasan said fighting, death and martyrdom are “an integral part” of Palestinian culture, and people need to talk to non-Muslims about the religious and cultural significance these things have for Palestinians . She also said that Muslims in America can “adopt” a lot from the Palestinian resistance. Al-Hasan’s lecture was accompanied by a slideshow that included a photo of several Palestinian terrorists, including Omar Abu Leila, Wafa Baradei, and Fatah terrorists Aboud Sobh and Muhammad Al-Azizi. The slideshow featured a quote from Al-Azizi’s father who said “martyrdom is a celebration”. The slideshow also said: “Palestinian fighters are called martyrs [and] the celebration of martyrdom allows Palestinians to honor the lives given to the resistance.”

Dana Al-Hasan: “What Islam tells us is that it is important for us to work together to defend ourselves, and to defend our country, and above all, to defend our land. we see Palestinians on the ground that we can adopt today.

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“I think for a lot of us as Muslims we understand the importance of honoring our martyrs. One of the reasons I got this here is because, again, when you talk to people, especially non-Muslims, it’s an important religious and cultural thing to explain to people, so always make sure to bring that into your chat spaces when you talk to people, and how it’s such a great honor to die for your land.

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“You know, martyrs who die for our land and constantly unite and fight together are an integral part of Palestinian culture and resistance. And we have always resisted in so many ways… in so many ways It was even last year when we saw six Palestinian prisoners who escaped with a spoon – that’s the meaning of this picture here. Supposedly the highest prison in Israel. But that doesn’t don’t stop us. We won’t be challenged, we’ll only get stronger.”

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