It is believed that Muslim martyrs will be highly rewarded in the afterlife for their sacrifice and that they hold a special position in heavenly paradise. It is therefore not surprising that martyrdom is a central theme in jihadi visual propaganda. Framed portraits specifically are meant to remind the viewer of his or her own family pictures, suggesting that the pictured martyrs are everyday people carrying out a common duty suitable for any member of the community. While framed martyr photos are found in a wide variety of jihadi propaganda, they are most commonly used in Palestinian propaganda. The caption here reads: “qa‘id kata’ib shuhada’ al-aqsa—haytham abu al-naja” (“commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade—Haytham Abu al-Naja”). Abu al-Naja was a commander of a unit in Khan Yunis, located at the southern Gaza Strip, who was killed 7 October 2002.
Group Name Kata'ib Shuhada' al-Aqsa, a wing of Fatah (Harakat Tahrir Filastin aka Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini)
Group Type nationalist
Dominant Colors Red, White
Secondary Colors Light Blue, Light Purple
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
Visual reference to the death of Haytham Abu al-Naja, a commander of a al-Aqsa Martyr Brigade unit in Khan Yunis, killed 7 Oct. 2002.
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Qa`id kata'ib shuhada' al-aqsa - haytham abu al-naja
Image Number 0160
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Israel/Palestine
Body Parts Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Kata'ib Shuhada' al-Aqsa (al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade) logo - Dome of the Rock flanked by two crossed AK47s nestling a grenade and two Palestinian flags; at the bottom appears the group's name and over the top in an arch a quote from the Qur'an (9:14).
People Operational Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Haytham Abu al-Naja, a commander of an al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade unit in Khan Yunis.