Palestinian Arabs use women as terrorist role models

Publication Date05 Apr 2021
AuthorAlex Grobman
Before expending time and energy on policies that have failed miserably in the past, the administration might seriously consider examining how the Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza glorify women suicide bombers as role models ensuring the conflict will last for generations to come.

To celebrate International Women's Day, commemorating the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women, the Palestinian Authority's Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, held a ceremony to honor freed female prisoners on March 8, 2021 in Gaza. The program, which was broadcast on Palestine Arab TV, extolled Palestinian Arab women for they "have sacrificed like no other women in the world," declared PA President Mahmoud Abbas. They are "role models, because they are seekers of freedom, they are mothers, they are sisters, they are fighters, they are martyrs, and they are bereaved." [2]

When challenged about the PA's veneration of terrorists and murderers of Israeli men, women, and children, Jibril Rajoub, Fatah Central Committee Secretary, countered that Fatah is an advocate of equal rights for women. The proof is that the PA/Fatah also sends women, just as it sends men, to carry out homicidal attacks against Jews. [3]

The Women Chosen to Tribute "As Paragons of Palestinian Womanhood:" Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, Leila Khaled, Dalal Al-Mughrabi

Shadia Abu Ghazaleh was actively involved in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) where she participated in numerous attacks against Israel. As she was preparing a bomb to use in an attack in Tel-Aviv in 1968, it inadvertently exploded killing her. [4]

Leila Khaled, a member of the PFLP, and the world's most notorious plane hijacker, demonstrated the crucial significance of the media to the Palestinian Arab cause when she participated in an in-flight hijacking of a TWA plane in 1969 and in a hijacking of an El-Al passenger jet the following year. "Until then [the hijackings],' she said, "the world only dealt with us as refugees. We demonstrated and screamed and shouted to make the world listen, but the only answer we got was more tents and humanitarian aid. The hijackings were only a short-lived tactic, but I think they were successful in getting international opinion to ask: who are these people? Now the intifada is giving the answer." [5]

"The media are part of the war," asserted Malek Wabdeh, a Hezbollah cultural representative, "CNN is more important than airplanes." [6]

Dalal Al-Mughrabi is the PA's most celebrated role model, martyr, and national hero for having led the March 11, 1978 Coastal Road massacre, the deadliest terror attack in Israel's history. Thirty- seven people were murdered, including 12 children, and 71 were injured. She and eight other terrorists were killed in the action. [7]

For her singular accomplishment, PA TV, official Fatah Facebook, Fatah Nablus Facebook, and the official PA daily honored her. Several PA schools are named after her, including at least two high schools and one kindergarten. [8]

The PA lionizes woman suicide bombers, as the Palestinian Media Watch has continually documented, by naming schools, cultural events, sporting events, streets, and other venues after them. The educational effect of this practice on Palestinian Arab youth is clear.[9]

The "Bride of Haifa"

Mahmoud Abbas' statement idolizing Arab women for their sacrifice to free Palestine, follows an interview on Palestine Today TV (Gaza/Lebanon) on February 4, 2021 with Gaza Islamic scholar Dr. Taher Lulu, who lauded Hanadi Jaradat, a female suicide bomber from Jenin. "Palestinian mothers," he said, "encourage their children to become martyrs by saying: 'Go, I want to hear that you were martyred. I don't want you to come back to me.'" [10]

When the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (PIJ), generously financed by the Revolutionary Guard in Iran, wanted a media star, they found one in Hanadi Jaradat, a 27-year-old intensely devout Muslim woman from Jenin, a few weeks away from becoming a lawyer. On Saturday October 4, 2003, Hanadi began her circuitous journey to Haifa to blow up the Maxim Restaurant. In the van driven by an Israeli Arab hired by PIJ to take her illegally into Israel, Hanadi changed from her traditional Arab robe and head scarf to jeans and placed her hair in a ponytail. She spoke fluent English and carried a Jordanian passport, enabling her to pose as a Jordanian tourist.

After entering the restaurant, owned by and an Arab and a Jew, and considered to be a "safe haven" for Jews and Arabs to interact, she detonated a body-belt bomb full of screws and nails. Twenty- one men, women and children were murdered. [11]

The PIJ headquarters in Damascus Syria claimed credit for the attack by the "Bride of Haifa." At that point, approximately 430 people had been killed during the Aqsa intifada, about half of whom were the Israeli victims, the Haifa strike had achieved PIJ's PR objective. After an Israeli airstrike in Syria, the UN Security Council held a special session to address the Syrian attack. [12]

When Hanadi's parents were asked if they were sad for the victims and their families, initially no one said a word. Finally, Mrs. Jaradat said, ''Tell them they should think about why our daughter did this." She then added, ''She has done what she has done, thank God, and I am sure that what she has done is not a shameful thing. She has done it for the sake of her people.'' [13]

Her family claimed Hanadi's primary motivation was to avenge the death of her cousin, Salih, and her brother, Fadi, 23, killed in Jenin by Israeli forces. Both were accused of being Islamic Jihad operatives. Her 21-year-old sister Bisan said "Do not expect her not to be influenced by those killings, she saw her brother slaughtered like a sheep."

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