Palestinian Authority Hamas legislative Speaker Ahmad Bahr has upped the number of virgins waiting for “martyrs” upon their arrival “in the Garden of Eden” from an already generous 72 to an eye watering 2.5 million.
In a recent speech translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Bahr, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said the “palace” where the virgins are waiting can be entered “only by prophets, by the righteous, and by martyrs.”
Some Muslim preachers and politicians have used the expression “72 virgins” to encourage Arab youth to be ready to die in terrorist attacks and suicide bombings. Bahr’s new arithmetic reasons, “In the Garden of Eden, there is a palace… with 500 gates. At every gate, there are 5,000 black-eyed virgins. Brothers, 500 multiplied by 5,000 is 2.5 million.”
Does this mean that previous martyrs only get the 72 virgins in the original offer? I wonder if the 9/11 bombers are regretting that they didn’t wait for the upgrade.