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. This specific image is a representation of a figure with his last will and testament. Such images almost always include a weapon, a Qur’an and other symbolic items. The combination of symbolic elements highlights the religious importance of martyrdom and its violent nature, while also facilitating the group’s efforts to emphasize its commitment to the cause. The figure is standing against a white background designed to evoke notions of death in a state of purity, grief and mourning, as white is the color of shrouds. The background contains pictures of fellow martyrs who chose to die in the path of jihad. Though the inscription is blurred in this image, the green headband on the figure likely identifies him as a member of Hamas or its military wing, ‘Izz al-Din al-Qassam.
Group Name Hamas - `Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade
Group Type nationalist, religious
Dominant Colors White
Secondary Colors Green
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Shahada
Image Number 0168
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Israel/Palestine
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle
Body Parts Pointer Finger, Face / Bust
Geopolitical Symbols Non-country Map, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis Green flag bearing shahada. Modified Hamas logo - contains the Dome of the Rock, green banner with shahada text, banner at the bottom with the group's name, a quote from the Qur'an over the top.
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Unidentified Hamas-Qassam operative.
Religious Textual References Shahada
Religious Symbols Black / White / Green Banners