'Mother of Martyrs' Suffers Heart Attack

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Miriam Farhat, affectionately known as the "Mother of Martyrs," was transferred from the Gaza Strip to an Egyptian hospital Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack.

Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh pressured the Egyptian government to open the Rafah crossing at the border with Sinai to allow Farhat to be transferred to hospital in Egypt.

Initially Egypt refused, but later agreed to open the border crossing.

Farhat was catapulted to fame in 2002 in a video in which she prodded her son, Muhammad, to attack a Jewish community in the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc in the Gaza Strip.

"When I see all the Jews in Palestine killed, that will be enough for me," Farhat said on camera.

"I wish he will kill as many [Jews] as he can so they will be scared," she said.

That March, her 19-year-old son fulfilled his mother's wish by killing five Israeli teenagers and wounding 23 others in Atzmona, one of the 21 Jewish communities evacuated by the Sharon government in August 2005.

In 2003, Farhat's eldest son, Nidal, died while preparing for a terror attack, and his brother, Rawad, was killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted his car.

With the death of a third son, Farhat became a symbol of the "resistance," and she was honored with the title, "Mother of Martyrs."

In January 2006, she was elected to the Palestinian legislature as a Hamas representative.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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