Al Qaeda Female Suicide Killer?

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Female suicide killers, like their male counterparts, may be brutally brainwashed or threatened with blackmail by wealthy, educated, serial killers by proxy. The recruits may be clinically depressed, or frustrated by lives in which they have known little tenderness, no love, and absolutely no hope of change.

Wafa Idris, the first Palestinian suicide bomber, was probably in a clinical depression. Her first and only child had been a stillborn and, as a result, she was now sterile. Her husband, who was also her first cousin, had divorced her over this and had already taken a second wife. She was mocked by family and friends and she understood that she had no future in Palestinian society. As a divorced and infertile woman, she was doubly “tainted.” Her bleak prospects–due to Islamic and Palestinian misogyny and not to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict–were used to trap her into redeeming her dishonor by becoming a murdering martyr.

In 2002, Idris blew herself up in the middle of Jerusalem, injuring one hundred people and murdering and eighty-one year old man. The fact that she was a trained paramedic in no way gave her pause (or anything to live for). The Saudi Ambassador to London wrote a poem glorifying her deed as exceptionally praiseworthy. However, she was probably not a political extremist or revolutionary in a Western sense. She grew up in a tribal, Islamic society in which women are expected to sacrifice themselves in terrible and medieval ways.

The case of Reem al-Riyashi suggests a similar and horrifying scenario. Several Israeli sources have discovered that this young mother of two very young children “was forced to carry out the suicide attack as punishment for cheating on her husband.” Allegedly, al-Riyashi’s husband was a Hamas activist and her lover was a Hamas operative who had carried out the love affair with the express purpose of recruiting her. According to the British Sunday Times, al-Riyashi’s husband himself drove her to the border crossing.

In 2004, pretending to be crippled, al-Riyashi killed herself and four Israelis at the Erez crossing.  Her “choice” was either to be honor murdered for having had an affair—or to go out in a repentant blaze of glory.

Such jihadic terrorism is a death force battling life and the life instinct. Female suicide killers have recently (in 2010) blown themselves up in Baghdad in women-only areas, especially where women are on religious pilgrimages and have small children with them. At such a moment in history, the Muslim jihadists are showing us that one may be raised as a (presumably) peaceful woman; one can even become a biological mother; or be trained as a paramedic—and none of this will matter. Hate and death with triumph over normal, rational decency, and against all positive human instinct.

Indeed, I was recently told about a ranking Hamas official  whose son had been treated for cancer by Jewish doctors in an Israeli hospital. They saved the boy’s life. He was asked whether this had in any way changed his political and religious views about Israel and Jews. “Absolutely not,” said the ungrateful, possibly unnatural father.

We deny this at our peril.

I want to acknowledge my resident Arabist, my assistant Nathan Bloom.

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  • waterwillows

    As many female suicide bombers have been raped prior to 'accepting' the mission of blowing themselves up, there is a good possiblility she had been abused by her father? This honor killing is also an excellent means of shutting the victim up permanently.

    As her father had already murdered his sister years before and gotten away with it, I would have to wonder just why he felt it necessary once again. Consider, not only did he murder her, but went further by slitting the throat of a dead woman. Seems likes dead is not sufficient for this fellow but he must mutiliate the body.
    It is wrong for Islam to give right of way to their serial killers. They have no excuse.

  • sodacrackers2

    I am glad to hear suicide bombing referred to as suicide killing. It is about time we start using honest words.

    • aspacia

      How about suicide murder

    • kafir4life

      How about homicide bombers. Give NO quarter to their "self"!!!

      Friggin' barbarian scum sucks. The purest definition of islam.

  • sodacrackers2

    That would work too!

  • skepticsam

    Sick 7th century muslim a-holes

  • HDThoreau

    I'm still trying to find this 'extremist' version of the Quo'ran. Comin up empty ladies. Ahh, but at least the liberals love them. They kill and overthrow governments, doing the communists job for them.

  • beniyyar

    Islam does seem to be a religion that celebrates murder and death.

    • Edip Yuksel

      Your re-Born president, with the support of Evangelical Christian and Zionist zealots, invaded a country based on lies, and killed more than a Million people, including thousands of children. The same Christians are killing thousands of children and innocent people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are not safe even in their wedding celebrations. Israel, last year killed 1500 defenseless civilians in Gaza, including hundreds 400 children, supposedly as a retaliation against 1500 rockets that killed only one old Israeli, perhaps from heart attack.

      And you have the audacity of making such a blanket judgment against Muslims who are killed and massacred by delusional Christian and Jewish fascists.

      Thank God that the world is waking up against this stupid bloody propaganda.

      Unfortunately, the MIC will destroy the USA, financially and politically, and the American people will be the collateral victim. You are either working for them or you are infected with the virus called racism.

      • MixMChess

        I thought we scared you back into the dirt-hole from which you came?

        "Your re-Born president, with the support of Evangelical Christian and Zionist zealots, invaded a country based on lies, and killed more than a Million people, including thousands of children."

        Of course, Zionists control congress, they also control the media, the banks, and have been plotting a heinous reunion tour for Van Halen. You do realize that it was Israel (and Ariel Sharon personally) who advised America and George Bush against invading Iraq? Whoops looks like I caught you in another lie, huh Edip YukYuk?

        • MixMChess

          "And you have the audacity of making such a blanket judgment against Muslims who are killed and massacred by delusional Christian and Jewish fascists."

          And you have the audacity to make such outrageous accusations when Islam is responsible for the death of hundreds of millions of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Pagans… need I real go on?

          Did you know that Islamic terrorists murder more people every day than the Ku Klux Klan has in the last 50 years? Keep fighting the "good" fight Edip YukYuk!

        • Edip Yuksel

          I would take with grain of salt such public display of Ariel Sharon's opposition. But, to the contrary what you claim, Israel was pushing the the USA-Inc for invasion of Iraq. Here is one of the many news article refuting your claims.

          It is incredible that you thin that you can change the fact of recent history, as you tried to depict the Israeli aggression in 1967 as a "defensive war."

          Those who are ignorant about politics might swallow your lies with hook, line and sinker, but the world has become more suspicious of Israeli and USA-Inc's propaganda machine.

          • kafir4life

            hey dip…'s apparent that today is not your turn to use the shared muslim brain. Who's got it today? doggie hopper, one of the terrorist supporters at the terrorist supporting and hamas linked terror front, cair?
            I suggest you emulate your prophet, and go f*ck a goat, like mad mo's daddy did a few months before he was born. A male goat of course. You wanna be like the prophet, yes?

          • MixMChess

            "But, to the contrary what you claim, Israel was pushing the the USA-Inc for invasion of Iraq."

            Nope, you are lying again Edip YukYuk. Did you even bother reading the article or did you just google Israel-Iraq-Invasion and post the first article that seemed like it would stick? Julian Borger is well-known for his anti-semetism and anti-Israel leanings. In the article he can only quote "intelligence sources" which hardly make him credible. The only link he finds between Israel is that two advisers for Netanyahu became influential members of the Pentagon.

            In fact Mr. Borger simply retells an old story from Jason Vest of The Nation. Vest fabricated a story based on selective quotes from Feith and Perle's 1996 paper: "A Clean Break" which was never in any way reflective of the policies of Israel or the Sharon government. In fact, the paper had simply recommended that Israel pursue a policy of independent regional alliances in the Middle East, to break free of Israeli dependence on the United States and integrate Israel into the Middle East. Feith and Perle never acted on behalf of the Israeli (or Sharon) government and most strategists in the Israeli government and the Likud Party (including Sharon himself) did not share the Paper's basic viewpoint.

            Ariel Sharon and other members of the Israeli government had personally warned Bush against invading Iraq:

            Additionally, Bob Woodward's unflattering book about the Iraq War showed that Bush was determined to topple Saddam Hussein (even before he became president), and made the decision completely on his own.

            I guess for a dirt-bag like you its just easier to fall back into classic anti-semitsm and blame all the wars on the Jews huh?

          • MixMChess

            "It is incredible that you thin that you can change the fact of recent history, as you tried to depict the Israeli aggression in 1967 as a 'defensive war.'"

            It is incredible that you like and fabricate history and try to depict the 6-day war as anything but Israel defending itself from annihilation.

            Egyptian President Gamel Abdul Nasser illegally ordered the UN Emergency Force stationed between Israel and Egypt to evacuate the Sinai. Egypt then closed the Straits of Tiran which was a clear act of war under international law, and violated the 1958 Geneva Convention guaranteeing the international status of straits. All international jurists, legal scholars and international case law all agree on the subject that Egypt's act of closing the Straits of Tiran was an ACT OF WAR against Israel which started the 6-day war conflict.

            In fact, Nasser "candidly" proclaimed on May 22 1967, "We knew that the closing of the Gulf of Aqaba meant war with Israel… the only objective will be Israel's destruction."

            On June 4, 1967, one-day before the outbreak of war, Iraq joined a military alliance with Jordan, Egypt, and Syria. The Iraqi President Abdur Rahman Aref announced, "Our goal is clear – to wipe Israel off the map." and predicted that, "there would be practically no Jewish survivors." The Syrian defense minister ordered his troops to, "strike the enemy's civilian settlements, turn them into dust, pave Arab roads with the skulls of Jews." Gee, sounds like genocide of the Jews to me, what do you think Edip? Why else did Egypt, Syria and Jordan SURROUND Israel with approximately 250,000 Arab troops, more than 2,000 tanks and 700 aircraft?

            Statements from Syrian and Egyptian officials have confirmed that they started the war with Israel with the goal of "exterminating the Jews." Syrian President Atassi claimed that they, and not Israel, had started the war: "We have decided that this battle will be one for the final liberation from imperialism and Zionism…We shall meet in Tel Aviv." In fact, Egyptian Military Chief Justice Salah al-Hadidi admitted the following: . "I can state that Egypt's political leadership called Israel to war. It clearly provoked Israel and forced it into a confrontation."

            Are you calling the Syrians and Egyptians mouths liars too?

      • MixMChess

        "Israel, last year killed 1500 defenseless civilians in Gaza, including hundreds 400 children, supposedly as a retaliation against 1500 rockets that killed only one old Israeli, perhaps from heart attack."

        Uh oh Edip YukYuk, your nose is growing again! While no one wants to see any civilians harmed, however, all Palestinians in Gaza bear responsibility for their current predicament. After all, they voted to empower Hamas (which calls for the genocide of worldwide Jewry in its charter) in an election where they knew Hamas's platform called for the destruction of Israel and the use of terrorism to achieve its goals.

        Also, only 1,100 Palestinians were killed during the war in Gaza. Over 700 of the dead were identified as Hamas terror operatives, 162 MEN had not been attributed to any organization, and about 290 were identified as Palestinian civilians. Even Hamas has recently acknowledged these facts. It is unfortunate that some of the civilians killed were children. It is even more unfortunate that Hamas used children as human shields and actively sought civilian and children casualties to buff their media appearances. Its pretty sick that you defend these child murders, but I guess nothing from an inbred like you should really surprise me anymore.

        Oh and by the way, over 1,000 Israeli civilians had been murdered during the genocidal war by the Palestinians before the 2009 Gaza war broke out. Among the civilians were over a hundred innocent Israeli children.

      • M Rob

        And you are just another dumb-a$$ Koranimal. Get your head out of your 7th century a$$. Isreal only shoots rockets into Gaza after the Koranimals have shot at them first – any damage done by Isreali rockets is the fault of the barbarian koranimals who started it – no sympathy here. By the way what race are Muslims again? You Muslims are the racists not us.

    • sodacrackers2

      It is not a religion. It is a political system.

  • Wayne

    Thank you once again Ms Chesler…. for keeping us informed of these barbaric actions.

  • steven L

    Several well known aspects of the religion and their sickening so called traditions (absolute preservation of chauvinistic male power: these males have nothing else to go for) are the problems. Too much androgens combined with vicious brain washing is a deadly cocktail!
    Women are the victims.
    By the way, the feminist movements’ refusal to engage in this fundamental issue may be in part du to their fear of Islamists ire and the failure of Western societies to provide protection!
    This is a poor reflection on the Western males as well.

  • Michael

    What religion bombs its own places of worship , condones murdering its daughters,supports them to be suicide bombers, mutilates their sexual pleasure and calls itself "A Religion of Peace"?
    American Christian Infidel
    Michael Canzano

  • DrBukk

    I believe polygamy is the root cause of this violence, because many males can't have wives, and the fathers cannot possibly devote time to raising dozens of sons. They are cannon fodder, and now they are too backward to invade and harvest wives. To keep society balanced, there must be a high rate of murder and suicide murders.

    Why has no university study been conducted on the polygamous, incestuous family background of all the murdering extremists? Only their financial situation has been studied, with results that did not jibe with liberal expectations: most were well-off.

    Even our American polygamists, the FLDS, beat their women and discarded boys.

  • SeaMystic


    Islam is a Terrorist Organization, check: “Ban Islam” petition,


  • USMCSniper

    All Muslim men are cowards who strap munitions on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes

  • Lady_Dr

    Edip Yuksel quotes the Guardian. For those of you not in the know, the Guardian is a British rag which is little more than a mouthpiece for anti-Semitism. There is no real journalism, just hatred and mis-information. No one who was in anyway fair minded would ever quote the Guardian on anything to do with the Middle East.

  • Fibo Nacci

    This song expresses it all!

    Merry ( Jihad ) Christmas!!!