(Commonly used in Arabic to mean "martyr," though literally means "witness" in Qur’anic Arabic.) It is a term used in Islam for Muslims who died while fulfilling a religious commandment, including jihad
. In the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the word "shahid" or "martyr" is used to refer to Palestinians or supporters of the Palestinian cause who have been killed in the conflict. It may refer to a Palestinian civilian killed by an Israeli, or a Palestinian fighter/militant, whether killed by a soldier, or in an attack on civilians, including suicide bombings. See "Martyrdom (Shahada)
," David Cook, Oxford Bibliographies.