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Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - כ' בחשון,
my work as a cult-buster I saw first hand how
people can be indoctrinated and brainwashed to do things
against their very nature. Over these last few months I looked
into the culture of a suicide bomber. According to the stories
I read, many people are forced into the heinous act against
their will. Recently, there has been a rash of suicide
bombers, leaving me wondering if it's possible for a whole
generation, a whole country, to be brainwashed to commit
suicide/murder. An incident at the beginning of this month
gave me my answer.
November 5, 2005, Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi
accompanied her husband to Jordan on a forged passport with
the intention of blowing herself up together with him in a
and wife went to opposite sides of a ballroom in
the hotel, where a wedding was taking place, so they could
maximize the damage. Since Muslim weddings are split by
gender, Sajida al-Rishawi had to go to the women's side of the
ballroom. She sat between the women and children with the
intention of killing as many people as possible. Had the bomb
exploded, she would have succeeded in murdering many of the
women and children she was sitting with.
freedom fighters and those willing to die for their cause are
men. By nature a man is territorial and will fiercely protect
his own territory, which has led to many men declaring
themselves freedom fighters, as well as to many wars.
nature a woman is a nurturer and wants to take care
of her family - and others if necessary. Why, then, would a
woman blow herself up? And more so, why would a woman, the
nurturer of the home, try to kill as many woman and children
Muslim culture, teaches their children that the
greatest achievement is being a parent and creating life. I
wondered about this would-be suicide bomber who wanted to kill
children. Did she have children of her own? Even if Sajida
Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi has no children she had to have
yearned to be a mother. How can someone who gave birth to her
own children - or spent many years yearning for them -
callously kill other people's children? How can a woman raised
in a culture that promotes creating life, commit an act with
the intention to destroy life?
‘holy war' has not only changed the face of the
warriors, turning them into terrorists, and the face of
terrorists by brainwashing women and children to commit acts
against their very nature, it has changed the face of the
victim too. Male freedom-fighters have traditionally stayed
away from killing women and children. Other than in this
‘Muslim holy-war', killing defenseless citizens especially
women and children, was always considered a weak and pathetic
act. Civilian casualties were an unfortunate by product of
war, not the target, yet in this war it seems that no one can
feel safe that they won't be targeted and their attacker may
be an innocent looking woman or child, maybe even a mother
holding a baby.
only explanation that comes to my mind is that,
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, like many other men, women
and children of the Muslim faith, was simply brainwashed and
indoctrinated for so long and from such a young age that
killing for the ‘right reason' is sanctified, that she
wouldn't consider the deaths of innocent women and children
murder. Brainwashing those who would otherwise be unwilling to
commit heinous acts of terror which are totally against their
nature, has sunk this war to a despicable level.
terrorism has no justification or rationalization
and must be condemned by all G-d fearing people as an evil
that must be eradicated.
more articles by Rabbi Hecht
"They [Israelis] accuse the Palestinian mother of hating
her sons and in encouraging them to die. This is what we hear
from Israelis. Is this true?
Um Al-Ajrami: "No, we do not encourage our sons to die.
We encourage them to Shahada [martyrdom] for the homeland, for
then talks about a group of women, all mothers of Shahids, who
go to other mothers of Shahids during the period of mourning]:
don't say to the mothers of the Shahids, 'We have come to
comfort you’, but 'We have come to bless you on the
wedding of your son, on the Shahada of your son.
Congratulations to you on the Shahada . . . ' For us, the
mourning is joyous. We give out drinks, we give out
sweets. Praise to God -- the mourning is joyous.
occasion" [PATV, Nov. 17, 2004]
Palestinian Media Watch www.pmw.org.il
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