Martyrs, Murderers and a Mother’s Love, Part I

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Once a target has been identified, a recruiter moves in, establishes rapport, and then with Machiavellian cruelty plays upon her depression to convince her that her situation is hopeless and shameful; so she might as well do something that will bring her and her family honor and glory by striking a blow against the Jews.

What he offers her, then, is redemption,[iii]  a powerful palliative for the clinically depressed.  Suicide, normally shameful and reprehensible, becomes in jihad a glorious way to end her seemingly interminable angst, with but a moment of pain, and then an eternity of bliss.

The depth of the depravity of such a callous manipulation of an emotionally damaged person is exemplified in some anecdotes of young women lured to their suicide by terrorist recruiters. Some were sexually seduced and then threatened with exposure and the shameful fate of an honor killing.  Others were seduced into an adulterous situation after which the seducer-recruiter threatened to reveal her actions to her husband who would, undoubtedly, kill her.  In one case the husband was complicit in the whole process, and actually drove his wife to the place where she blew herself up.

In Muslim Palestinian society, known for its fiercely strict patriarchal morality and brutally harsh misogyny, a woman’s options are limited; so much preferable is a death with honor than a death that brings shame.

The case of Wafa el-Bas illustrates how Hamas recruiters vitiated gratitude with hatred. El-Bas is a Gaza woman who tried to blow herself up and take with her the doctor and his staff who had saved her life only months before her attempt. Her body had been badly burned and her face disfigured in a home cooking accident. As a result, her fiancé rejected her.  Despite her successful life-saving treatment at the Soroko Medical center in Beer Sheba, she became despondent and depressed about her future without marriage.  Then the Hamas recruiters moved in. During interviews in jail after her failed attempt, one of her comments was: “I believe in death.”

What kind of psychosis erases the most basic of human instincts, the instinct for life itself, the instinct of a mother’s love for her children, or the instinct for gratitude to those who have saved your life?  How are these basic human instincts for good transmogrified into evil?

The answer to those questions is horrifyingly simple:  the ideology of Hamas.

The ideology of Hamas is unique in world history. Its sole defining paradigm is terrorism, and its uncompromising ultimate goal is the genocide of all Jews and the global supremacy of Islam.  Like a venomous reptile, Hamas infects its Palestinian victims with its warped morality of “martyrdom” in which death is good, murder is better, and mass murder is best.  Hamas justifies its cruel exploitation of its followers, and legitimizes its lethal pathological Jew-hatred, by means of a carefully contrived curriculum of hate-teach, hate-speech, and hate-preach that permeates the Gaza Strip like elevator musicPace Hannah Arendt, there is no banality in this evil.


[i] For description and analyses of honor killings, see ;;;; and .

[ii] For accounts of this debate see ; ; ; and especially professor John Esposito’s summary, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 142 ff,  available on line at

[iii] Despite the fact that female suicide bombers have grown in number over the last ten years, there is still no official Muslim religious ruling as to what reward in the afterlife awaits the Muslim female jihadist martyrs.  What they would do for all eternity with seventy-two dark-eyed virgin women is left unexamined.

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  • Paul B.

    Terrific article. But shouldn't, "The answer to those questions is horrifyingly simple: the ideology of Hamas", instead simply read: Islam?

  • Schlomotion

    It is a popular Zionist canard that Palestinian suicide bombers think they will be rewarded with seventy-two dark-eyed virgin women when they enter paradise. This is a promise that the Persian Hassan i Sabbah made to members of the Assassin sect in 1100. The Assassin sect was a defensive sect in Iran. My question is this: if the canard about the 72 Virgins is true, then how does this explain female suicide bombers? The answer is IT DOESN'T. This is a big glaring and silly hole in Jewish propaganda. The real motivation for suicide bombing from Gaza is that Israel has made all its neighbors miserable, so it has become a desperate bid for glory for these miserable people to sacrifice themselves to preserve their nation as did the Kamikazes in WWII. There is no difference between female suicide bombers and Kamikazes. Mr. Meir-Levy relies upon a misuse of history that just makes no sense.

    • stern

      TBI – to be ignored.
      Once again, the troll proves his ignorance (obviously, he has never been to Gaza or the West Bank or to Israel) and the fact that he has nothing to say, by using a whole bunch of words to say nothing.

    • moshe

      WOW! You have never actually cracked a Koran, have you? Have you even stepped foot outside of Boston, ever in your life, you provincial ignoramus?

      Try the Koran e.g. 56:35-36: " We have created (their Companions) of special creation And made them virgin – pure (and undefiled)" Also, try the Hadith, e.g Al-Tirmidhi, Vol. 4, Ch. 21, No. 2687: "It was mentioned by Daraj Ibn Abi Hatim, that Abu al-Haytham 'Adullah Ibn Wahb narrated from Abu Sa'id al-Khudhri, who heard the Prophet Muhammad PBUH saying, 'The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and seventy-two houri, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine and ruby, as wide as the distance from al-Jabiyyah to San'a."

      Go crawl back under a rock until you receive at least a grade school education.

      • Schlomotion

        I have read the Koran, and really that part reads the same as the descending of New Jerusalem in Revelations. Just as crazy.

  • Mo_

    "The answer to those questions is horrifyingly simple: the ideology of Hamas."

    No, it is the ideology of ISLAM. Even on Front Page, people don't have the guts to say it?

  • Ghostwriter

    To the village idiot Schlockmotion,what sort of mother would rejoice in the death of her child? Not only have you no soul,you have no heart as well. You've just re-enforced the belief that you are an anti-Jewish bigot of the lowest variety whose humanity is still very much in question.

    • Schlomotion

      I cannot accept that from you, because when Israelis kill mothers and children with white phosophorus they have a variety of excuses ranging from:

      "They shouldn't have been there."
      "Palestine started it."
      "These people should live in Jordan anyway."

      The other reason I can't accept that from you is because you are an unperson.