The Muslim example of ‘Mother of the Year,’ Maryam Farhat encouraged all her sons to follow in Muhammad’s footsteps and become Islamic martyrs themselves by killing Israelis and getting killed in the process.
Honest Reporting Mariam Farhat, who was known around Gaza as “The Mother of Martyrs” died. Farhat (aka Umm Nidal) became famous for proudly sending three of her sons to “martyrdom.”
In 2002, she recorded a farewell video with her 17-year-old son Mohammed, giving him her blessing the night before a shooting attack in a Jewish settlement. He killed five seminary students before he was shot dead by soldier.
A fourth son’s in an Israeli prison. Farhat’s prominence was extraordinary; ABC News said she was Hamas’ most popular candidate in 2006 parliamentary elections; it was said criticizing Farhat was “Like Attacking Mom and Apple Pie.” But the acclaim debunked the idea that popular support for Hamas didn’t mean Palestinians endorsed terror. Unlike the sons she sent to die, Farhat passed away in a hospital of lung and kidney problems.
To be sure, no one more fully embodied the Hamas ethos — and the ethos of infanticide that permeates contemporary Palestinian culture as a whole — than Mariam Farhat, a mother who wills the death of her own children and the children of others. The New York Times recently identified her as “the mother of three Hamas supporters killed by Israelis.” The Times added that “she bade one son goodbye in a homemade videotape before he stormed an Israeli settlement, killing five people, then being shot dead. She said later, in a much-publicized quotation, that she wished she had 100 sons to sacrifice that way. Known as the ‘mother of martyrs,’ she was seen in a campaign video toting a gun.”