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The smarter bomb : women and children as suicide bombers

Author: Anat Berko; Elizabeth Yuval
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2012.
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This book offers a unique glimpse into the motivations of suicide bombers, especially women and children, and those who recruit and dispatch them. As a woman and a mother, Anat Berko was able to win the trust of imprisoned bombers and speak with them intimately. Entering Israel's most heavily secured cells, she met with female and adolescent would-be suicide bombers and their dispatchers, lawyers, and interrogators.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anat Berko; Elizabeth Yuval
ISBN: 9781442219526 1442219521 9781442219540 1442219548
OCLC Number: 794363234
Language Note: In English, translated from the Hebrew.
Notes: Translation of: Ishah petsatsah.
Description: xv, 196 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Daniel Pipes --
Preface --
Introduction: "good enough to die, not good enough to marry" --
"Just as long as the girl doesn't make a mistake" --
Hamas deputy prime minister : "Whoever sends a woman to commit suicide is gahel (ignorant)" --
The engineer : "A virgin in paradise is like a little girl" --
Shariah judge: "Women lack two things : intelligence and religion" --
The adolescent terrorist : "You go to jail, you can study for your matriculation exams, you get special considerations if you are in jail" --
Brother and sister, suicide bombers --
Special bonuses for each and every shaheed --
Terrorist to her dispatcher : "Why did you betray me? : you know i love you" --
Clerics on women in the terrorist industry : "What will she get in paradise, a couple of virgins?" --
Salima, mother of seven : "My husband only thinks about himself, I don't love him." --
Nawal, Palestinian knife-wielder : "Jail in Israel is better than the hell at home." --
Women under interrogation --
How to talk to terrorists --
Arab lawyer : "Every woman involved in terrorism is a romantic." --
Nabil, dispatcher of terrorists : "A pity i sent her to blow herself up, she could have given birth to three men like me." --
Afterword: disrobe for an attack : the shaheeda as heroine? --
Acknowledgements --
Glossary --
Bibliography.
Other Titles: Ishah petsatsah.
Responsibility: Anat Berko ; translated by Elizabeth Yuval.

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This book offers a unique glimpse into the motivations of suicide bombers, especially women and children, and those who recruit and dispatch them. As a woman and a mother, Anat Berko was able to win the trust of imprisoned bombers and speak with them intimately. Entering Israel's most heavily secured cells, she met with female and adolescent would-be suicide bombers and their dispatchers, lawyers, and interrogators. The author explores vital questions: What leads individuals to place explosives on their bodies, kill and injure scores of civilians, and take their own lives? Do men really believe that death will transport them to paradise, where Allah, virgins, and wine await them? Are women victims of unbearable pressure to commit this act of terror? Can a woman be good according to the criteria of Arab/Palestinian society and a terrorist at the same time? Is involvement in terrorism a sign of the liberation of Palestinian women or another way of preserving their social inferiority, thus explaining their low status and the inferior rewards the families of female suicide bombers receive? Who are the dispatchers, and how do they manipulate and convince women and youngsters to go calmly to their death?

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Berko, an authority on terrorism and researcher for the National Security Council, explores primarily why and how Palestinian terrorist groups use women. Based on years of interviews with Palestinian Read more...

 
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