Umm Muhammad Shamasne, whose son Muhammad was killed while perpetrating a terror attack on a bus in Jerusalem on October 12, was recently interviewed in her home by the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel. Offering the interviewer candy to celebrate her son's martyrdom, Umm Muhammad Shamasne said that she hoped her other sons would follow in his footsteps, and pulled out a knife, threatening: "My deeds will speak louder than words."
Following are excerpts from the interview, which aired on October 22, 2015.
Interviewer: I am talking to the mother of the martyr Muhammad Shamasne. First of all, Allah's mercy on Muhammad. Did you know that Muhammad was thinking about carrying out an operation, and do you believe the occupation's version, which says he was the one who carried out the operation in Jerusalem?
Umm Muhammad Shamasne: First of all, Allah be praised, Muhammad was martyred for the sake of Al-Aqsa, and for the sake of the young women of Al-Aqsa. Allah willing, all my children will follow in Muhammad's footsteps. We knew [what he had in mind]. I did not cry, and I am angry that he didn't take me with him. Muhammad should have taken me to be martyred with him. We regret nothing. We are proud of him. I'd like to offer you candy to celebrate Muhammad's martyrdom.
Umm Muhammad Shamasne hands the interviewer a bowl full of candy
Interviewer: Muhammad's body is now being held by the Israeli occupation. Have you received any threats on the part of the Israeli occupation regarding Muhammad's body or regarding the demolition of this home? As you know, one of the punitive measures of the Israeli occupation is the demolition of the home of anyone who carries out a resistance operation. Have you encountered any threat?
Umm Muhammad Shamasne: Until now, we have not received any threat, and no threats will have any effect on us. Let them destroy the house. Let Mu'tasim and Yousuf be martyred as well. It is all a sacrifice for the sake of Al-Aqsa and Palestine. As for me…
Umm Muhammad Shamasne pulls out a knife from under her clothes
Interviewer: No, no, no…
Umm Muhammad Shamasne: I am concealing this weapon for Israel. Watch out, Israel! Watch out!
Umm Muhammad Shamasne makes stabbing motions
Interviewer: We don't want to see such spectacles on TV, but let's keep to the subject of Muhammad. I understand the searing pain, the anger, and the tension, but we can't have such things, if you'll forgive me. Regarding the home, this home could be demolished at any moment… Please put that thing away…
Umm Muhammad Shamasne: The home will be a sacrifice for the sake of Al-Aqsa. I will sacrifice my four children for the sake of Al-Aqsa, and I will be the first to sacrifice myself for the sake of Al-Aqsa. Watch out, Israel. You have brought the fire of Hell upon yourself, and you don't know who you're dealing with. You have brought the fire of Hell upon yourself, Israel. There's no need for me to say any more. My deeds will speak louder than words.