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Palestinian Woman Bomber Bows Out of Suicide Attack       MAY  2002       By Megan Goldin
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -    Thauriya Hamamreh changed her mind about carrying out a suicide bombing when orders to disguise herself in provocative clothes for the attack in Jerusalem made her do some soul-searching.

The petite, head-scarfed 25-year-old Palestinian woman told her story to Israeli journalists from a prison cell where she has been kept since Israeli forces arrested her on May 20.

Hamamreh, a devout Muslim, said her handlers in the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed group linked to President Yasser Arafat  Fatah  faction, wanted her to disguise herself as a modern Israeli woman so she would not raise suspicion.

"Allah honored wives by
instating the punishment of
beatings."See it on [You Tube] !

"They wanted me to have my hair loose, wear sun glasses and makeup and tight clothes. I said no because it's against my religion," the Maariv newspaper quoted her on Thursday as telling reporters.

A day before the planned attack, Hamamreh began pondering the "righteousness" of the task and whether she would be accepted as a martyr in paradise because she volunteered mostly for personal reasons, including feelings of social isolation after being rejected by a man she had hoped to marry.

"I started thinking that I would be killing babies, women and sick people and imagined what it would be like if my family were sitting in a restaurant and someone bombed them," she said.

Hamamreh skipped the transportation that had been arranged to take her from the West Bank city of Nablus to Jerusalem and instead went to her aunt's house in Tulkarm where Israeli troops, acting on intelligence information, arrested her.

If she had gone through with the attack, she would have been part of a growing trend of Palestinian women opting to become suicide bombers in a 20-month-old uprising against occupation.

Four Palestinian women have carried out suicide bombings including Wafa Idrees, a medic whom relatives said wanted to avenge Israel's killing of Palestinians.  Idrees's husband had divorced her for not being able to have children.

"They think what they are doing is something that will contribute positively to the liberation of their country," said Palestinian sociologist Nader Said from Bir Zeit University.

"These women are fed up with occupation, it's an everyday ordeal for them and they can do nothing about it."

Idrees killed an 81-year-old man who was on his way to buy paints for his art hobby at a store in Jerusalem in January.

At the age of 5, Malika Oufkir, eldest daughter of General Oufkir, was adopted by King Muhammad V of Morocco and sent to live in the palace as part of the royal court. There she led a life of unimaginable privilege and luxury alongside the king's own daughter. King Hassan II ascended the throne following Muhammad V's death, and in 1972 General Oufkir was found guilty of treason after staging a coup against the new regime, and was summarily executed. Immediately afterward, Malika, her mother, and her five siblings were arrested and imprisoned, despite having no prior knowledge of the coup attempt.

They were first held in an abandoned fort, where they ate moderately well and were allowed to keep some of their fine clothing and books. Conditions steadily deteriorated, and the family was eventually transferred to a remote desert prison, where they suffered a decade of solitary confinement, torture, starvation, and the complete absence of sunlight. Oufkir's horrifying descriptions of the conditions are mesmerizing, particularly when contrasted with her earlier life in the royal court, and many graphic images will long haunt readers. Finally, teetering on the edge of madness and aware that they had been left to die, Oufkir and her siblings managed to tunnel out using their bare hands and teaspoons, only to be caught days later. Her account of their final flight to freedom makes for breathtaking reading. Stolen Lives is a remarkable book of unfathomable deprivation and the power of the human will to survive.

The existence of her child was all the evidence the judge needed.

"We uphold your conviction
of death by stoning as prescribed
by the Sharia"
(Iislamic law).

 Amina Lawal       WIKIPEDIA

An Islamic appeal court has upheld a sentence of death by stoning for adultery against a Nigerian woman.

Amina Lawal, 30, was found guilty by a court in Katsina state, Nigeria, after bearing a child outside marriage.  
(BBC Aug. 19. 2002) Link

In her defense, lawyers used the notion of  "extended pregnancy", arguing that under Sharia law, a five year interval is possible between human conception and birth.

Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari, before Launch to the International Space Station, at Baikonur Cosmodrome, abord the  Soyuz spacecraft: First female tourist, first female Muslim, and first Iranian in orbit.
(Shamil  Zhumatov / Reuters)  news.yahoo.com/

Said said some of the suicide bombers, men and women, were socially isolated -- such as one bomber who suffered from epilepsy -- and were trying to gain social acceptance.

"Many of them feel powerless in all other aspects of their life but now...they can change reality, they can prove to their mothers and fathers and schoolteachers that they are worth something," he told Reuters.

An 18-year-old female bomber killed an Israeli teenager and a security guard when she blew herself up on March 29 at a Jerusalem supermarket. Another blew herself up prematurely at an Israeli roadblock and the fourth woman bomber killed six people at a Jerusalem market earlier in the month.

Hamamreh, a dressmaker and florist, was sent to Nablus for training before the attack. She was taken to an empty apartment where she and two other suicide bombers were fitted for their bombs and taught how to activate the detonator.

Her bomb was so heavy -- containing 35 pounds of explosives and stuffed with cloth-filled bags of metal pieces -- that the petite woman struggled to carry the weight, Maariv quoted her as saying.

"It reached from my waist to my chest," she told the newspaper. The bomb was supposed to be hidden in a student's backpack and Hamamreh was instructed to find a crowd of people as quickly as possibly and blow herself up, the paper said.

Her operators told her if she thought she was under suspicion she should blow herself up to avoid being captured and interrogated, she told the newspaper.

Hamamreh, who looked much younger than her age in newspaper photographs, also had advice for would-be female bombers.

"Women who want to wage Jihad (holy war) should start a family and have children," she told the newspaper.

Q:  Does economic development lead to gender equality?

A:   Sort of...

Look at the figure above, summarizing attitudes toward gender in three types of societies: agricultural, industrial, and postindustrial.

Women seem to do better in general with increased development but there are notable outliers.

Japanese women, for example, lag far behind those of Peru.

The data summarize work by U.S. political scientists Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris and are featured in an article in the June 2005 issue of Scientific American.

http://www.bookofjoe.com/2005/05/does_economic_d.html                http://sciam.com/print_version.cfm

 Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)   
Amnesty International:
  "In Iran, stoning a person to death is not against the law -- using the wrong stone is."

IRAN: Stoning for Adultery

This scene is from a movie.


What happens in  real stonings?

The victims' hands are tied behind their backs and their bodies are put in a cloth sack. Then, this human "package" is buried in a hole, with only the victims' heads showing above the ground. If it's a woman, she is buried up to her shoulders. This is to give her a supposed chance to escape. After the hapless person has been secured in the hole, people start chanting "Allah hu Akbar"  "God is great", and throw palm sized stones at the head of the victim from a distance (a circle had been drawn).

... using the correct stone...


YouTube: Mr. Deity and the Virgin

This scene is NOT from a movie.



Atefeh Rajabi Sahaaleh was a 16-year-old schoolgirl from the town of Neka, Iran who was executed in August 2004, a week after being sentenced to death by Haji Rezai, head of Neka's clerical court on charges of adultery and "crimes against chastity".

Rezai, who served as the prosecutor and judge in the case carried out the execution of the teenager himself by placing the noose round Atefeh's neck before she was hoisted on a crane telling her “This will teach you to disobey!”


Source:  aSafeWorldForWomen.org/



International Committee against Stoning

International Committee against Execution

Iranian Finger-chopping Machine

"Allah honored wives by instating the punishment of beatings."  See the How to Beat Your Wife

Pat Condell [You Tube];    more...

Suicide bombers...


A U.S. military bomb technician retrieves the hair of a suicide bomber after an attack in Baqouba, 60 km. northeast of Baghdad. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. A female suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden vest, killing 11 people and wounding 19, Iraqi officials said.
( A P p h o t o / M a y a A l l e r u z z o )
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Imam Abdel-Hamid Mask blew himself up aboard a Jerusalem bus in 2003, killing 18 people, including five children.


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Aung San Suu Kyi

In 1975 Yettaw married his first of four wives in southern California. The marriage, initiated because of pregnancy, lasted only two years; a subsequent union lasted six years. In the late 1980s Yettaw converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ( LDS -- Mormonism). He was attracted to the church because of its belief that in the afterlife he could be reunited with his entire family. At a church singles event he met his third wife, Yvonne. They were married for 12 years, had six children together, and divorced in 2002.  During their marriage, they experienced a fire that destroyed their home.

Yettaw was returned to prison from the hospital after suffering several seizures. His lawyer has said the American suffers from epilepsy, diabetes and heart trouble. Yettaw, a Mormon, told the court God had sent him to warn Suu Kyi she would be assassinated by "terrorists."

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