Worried Lebanese

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Granny suicide bomber

Posted by worriedlebanese on 25/11/2006

woman-suicide-bomber.jpgIn 2002, the world was surprised to hear that the suicide bomber that had just exploded himself in a shopping mall in Israel was actually a woman.
Up to then, all suicide bombers had been men. Accordingly, the Palestinian male population that was over 15 and under 70 became suspect. They were seen by Israelis as being potentially suicide bombers. When a young woman exploded herself, almost every Palestinian could be suspected by the Israelis of being a suicide bomber.

Two days ago, a 57 year old woman, Fatma Najar, became the first grandma kamikaze. She was the mother of 9 children and the grand-mother of over 20 kids. In a tape she had recorded before dying, she claimed to have been sent by Hamas on this suicide mission. “I offer myself as a sacrifice to God and to the homeland,” she said.
One of her sons, Fuad (31 y/o), told the press that he was very proud of what his mother did. “God is greatest” (Allahu Akbar), he added.

This attack is unquestionably criminal, even though it is meant as a form of resistance to Israeli occupation. But it is also very tragic because it shows how desperate the Palestinians are today and how worthless and meaningless life has become to many of them.
One cannot help but remember the Palestinian film ‘Paradise Now’ that portrayed the last days of two palestinian suicide bombers.


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