Palestinian Mariam Farhat who was known as the "mother of martyrs" or "Umm Nidal" and who praised and supported three of her sons who died while carrying out deadly terror attacks against Israelis died Sunday, a Gaza official said.
Mariam Farhat, who said she wished she had 100 sons to die while attacking Israelis, died in a Gaza city hospital of health complications including lung ailments and kidney failure, health official Ashraf Al-Kidra said. She was 64.
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The mother of 10 first came to attention in 2002 when she recorded a video with her 19-year-old son, Mohammed, giving him her blessing the night before he undertook a terror attack on the Atzmona settlement.
Mariam Farhat's body before funeral (Photo: Reuters)
The video showed Mohammed holding hands with his mother, who prayed for him to become a "martyr," the term Palestinians use for terrorists killed in attacks on Israelis. Armed with grenades and automatic rifles, he broke into a study hall, killing five yeshiva students before he was shot dead by a soldier.
In a video that mother and son made together just before the attack, Farhat said: "I wish I had 100 boys like Mohammad. I'd sacrifice them for the sake of God."
"When I see all the Jews in Palestine killed, that will be enough for me," his mother said on camera. "I wish he will kill as many as he can, so they will be scared."
Hamas military funeral for 'Mother of martyrs' (Photo: AFP)
After Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, the Farhat family returned to the Jewish settlement where Mohammed undertook the attack. They took what they said was the piece of wire fence Mohammed had cut to get in, and mounted it on an outer wall of their home.
Farhat had two other sons who were killed for terrorist activities and another son is in an Israeli prison.
In 2006, she became one of the few women elected to the Palestinian parliament as a Hamas legislator.
She told The Associated Press that she cried for her slain sons but that "jihad (holy war) comes ahead of everything, including my feelings as a mother."
Farhat received a military funeral which was attended by some 4,000 Palestinians Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh.
Associated Press contributed to the report
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