Day and night residents of the Israeli-occupied West Bank come to this village to pay tribute to the young woman they call the "bride of the land of Palestine."

The phrase was coined by the Palestine Liberation Organization in the Lebanese capital of Beirut hundreds of miles in the north.

But West Bank residents needed no such outside prompting to honor 19-year-old Taghrid Butmma.

Shot by Israeli border police last Thursday -- accidentally, according to the Israeli officials, deliberately, according to her friends -- the Bethlehem University student has entered the pantheon of Palestinian martyrs.

Pages of the Jerusalem Arabic-language newspapers carry identical condolence messages, the only one tolerated by the Israel censors, her friends said.

Bethlehem University is giving a special science scholarship in her name, erecting a statue in her memory and naming one of the university halls after her.

Since Monday when she died and was buried, taxis, buses and private cars continue driving up to her parents' stone house here.

The women sit inside the house. The important village men, many wearing traditional Arab headdresses, are stationed on the terrace before little tables where cigarettes, ice water and coffee are served to the visitors.

In a single hour this afternoon, women from a charitable organization in Ramallah, north Jerusalem, preceded a busload of high school students and trade unionists from Jerusalem who arrived singing Palestinian nationalist songs and carrying a framed poster of a clenched fist and a dove.

Their representatives spoke, as did a former minister of the Jordanian government. Notables from nearby Belt Jala and other West Bank towns kept arriving.

Taghrid's father, Ismail, a mathematics teacher at a U.N.-financed refugee camp, explained to visitors that no funeral ceremony had taken place.

"No one wept, not a tear," he said, "for it was like a wedding party, and even the little children understood and said, 'Mabrouk mabrouk mabrouk'" -- Arabic for "congratulations." In the Islamic custom, they were congratulating him on his daughter's martyrdom.

Various speakers developed nationalist themes. Some barked back to Deir Yassin, the village where hundreds of Palestinians were massacred in 1948 by Israeli terrorists associated with Israel's present prime minister, Menachem Begin.

A strong and outwardly calm man, Ismail kept repeating how much he hated killing of any sort. His only show of anger was reserved for the Israel military authorities who "lied" in saying he had asked friends to stay away from the funeral.

Israeli troops had blocked off the roads leading into this hill town about eight miles south of Jerusalem, but Taghrid's friends from Bethlehem University walked across the hills by the hundreds to be on hand for the burial.

Dressed like a bride, the corpse was borne down the hill to the mosque and then to the cemetery as the cortege sang nationalist songs and cheered the outlawed Palestinian flag.

At Bir Zeit University, north of Jerusalem, Taghrid's death touched off demonstrations that degenerated into shooting when troops intervened.

The visits here began spontaneously, according to villagers.

"It is not just the murder of this girl which brought us here," a Ramallah woman said. "We are all dying under the occupation. We came here to show our joy and our suffering, but there is little joy. That won't last forever."

"Every man, woman and child on the West Bank will fight the Israeli troops with their bare hands," another visitor said, "because that is all we have."

A man expressed his anger at Israel for repeating a claim from Beirut by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that Taghrid was a member of that hard-line Marxist guerrilla outfit.

"First, they say she was killed accidentally, when the girl who was with her knows better, he said. "And now they're trying to blacken her memory by saying she was a terrorist and deserved to get killed. That may fool the Israeli public, but not us."

Taghrid's mother, wearing an embroidered Palestinian dress, sat dryeyed among her visitors.

"All of us will remain," she said. "If all our sons are killed, we women will take back our Palestine from Israel."