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October 12, 2015 3:37 pm

Prevalence of Female Attackers in Terror Wave Is ‘Tactic, Not Coincidence,’ Says Israeli Terror Expert (INTERVIEW)

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Palestinian girls gather rocks to throw at Israelis. Photo: From the Facebook page, "Palestine Belongs to Palestinians!"

Palestinian girls gather rocks to throw at Israelis. Photo: From the Facebook page, “Palestine Belongs to Palestinians!”

A member of Israel’s Knesset and author of two books on suicide bombers told The Algemeiner on Monday that “girls are useful as terrorists, because they appear less suspicious than their male counterparts, and because it is easier for them to hide weapons under their garments.”

MK Anat Berko, a member Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, was responding to a question about the increasing rate of young females carrying out the terrorist attacks against Israelis that have become a near-daily occurrence over the last several weeks.

Indeed, on Monday alone, two of the four stabbings in Jerusalem — the fourth took place in the evening, on a bus entering the capital — were committed by teenage girls.

Berko, the author of The Path to Paradise: The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers and The Smarter Bomb: Women and Children as Suicide Bombers, agrees with assessments on the part of the Israeli security establishment that the current wave of violence in Jerusalem – which has included rock-throwing, Molotov cocktails, stabbings and car-rammings – is not an organized uprising in the conventional sense.

However, stressed Berko — who had just emerged from the opening of the Knesset’s winter session, the focus of which was the dire security situation — “This does not mean it is not coordinated. We are seeing how the use of social media provides young [Arabs] a platform to inspire and be inspired by one another, or by a particularly charismatic figure among them, who serves as a kind of leader. And girls are just as susceptible to this, and as much a product of the Facebook generation, as boys.”

Likening the phenomenon to the sense of community that other kids get from belonging to otherwise benign youth groups, Berko said, “It is important to know that most of the parents of these teenagers do not want their kids to commit acts of terrorism, because doing so endangers their future.

“Even those parents whose ideology, and perhaps behavior, as well, is radical, want to keep their own children out of the fray. It’s similar to hardened criminals who want a different life for their offspring,” she argued. To back these claims, Berko adduced interviews she conducted with numerous terrorists and dispatchers, among them the notorious Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Yassin, a founder of Hamas, who served as its spiritual guide, was killed in an Israeli helicopter strike in 2004. Figures such as Yassin expect their children to attend the best universities and have full family lives, not strap explosive belts to their bodies or put themselves in the line of IDF fire while hurling firebombs.

But she also pointed out the “benefit” of using children, particularly girls, to carry out acts that get them killed. “There is nothing better for portraying victimhood in the international media than wounded or dead youngsters,” she said. “It is a tactic, not a coincidence.”

Meanwhile, women from the Shuafat refugee camp in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of the same name – a camp built by Jordan in 1965 – told Israel’s Channel 2 News on Monday evening that they are proud to participate in the “resistance” against Israel.

One woman said that girls are playing various important roles in the uprising, from cooking food for male fighters, to throwing rocks at soldiers, to cheering the boys when they go out to riot, to obtaining their own knives with which to stab Jews.

“This is nothing new,” Berko insisted, pointing to a case from several years ago of a young Palestinian woman seducing a young Israeli boy through chats on ICQ, and arranging to meet him at a location from where she and an accomplice were waiting to kidnap him.

“It’s just much more prevalent today, with the universal use of electronic devices and websites,” she said.

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  • Atilla

    Not a problem .

    Shoot to kill should ALWAYS be the #1 priority.

    • Paula Goldman

      Or if shooting is not possible(no gun), skin “em alive!

  • Berko says, “There is nothing better for portraying victimhood in the international media than wounded or dead youngsters. It is a tactic, not a coincidence.”

    This point can be illustrated by this lovely headline from three days ago, courtesy of The Independent: “Israeli security forces kill boy, 16, after stabbing in Jerusalem as violence continues.”

  • It’s also more difficult, if females are wearing their doubleblackbodybags, to make out whether ‘she’ is a disguised ‘he’, or is wearing a suicide vest …

  • Mark Anderson

    If these women are going to engage in terrorist acts then the IDF and the Israeli police need to target them as they would any other terrorist.

    So far, at least from what I have seen on videos, the IDF and Israeli police have been prepared to shoot female terrorists. That has to continue.

    Israel also needs to prepare to counter the propaganda war that will inevitably result from this, with these women being portrayed as victims unfairly targeted by Israel.

    I wish Israel and Israelis all the best in this ongoing, seemingly never ending, battle.

  • The current Intifada is an organized uprising in the unconventional sense. The disgusting incitement that inspires young Arabs to hate and attack Jews, can be found in: homes, the PLO-controlled media, mosques, schools, and online. There must be a meaningful policy change where the PLO terrorist entity is replaced with Israeli administration over Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

  • maIsh goretsky

    A close friend ,combat vet Korea ,tours in nam ,special forces ,said women should not be allowed in combat because” they are fiercer than men.”
    Regretfully,they met the same fate at his hand as did the men in the combat situation.
    Sex should not be an issue when responding to those who hate and wish to kill

    • maIsh goretsky

      He was not unaffected by this.
      He did what he had to do ,but he said that the lives of the kids he served with ,was paramount and was always his main priority .
      Highly decorated ,his greatest accomplishment for him was getting the kids home safely .

  • Richard L. Wahl

    If teenage girls want to be terroists then all IDF and Security personal need to treat them as.they would any male terroist.

  • Leonard S. Feinman

    The parents of suicide bombers probably know what their kids are up to. A recent picture of a 13 years old, about to stab a victim, looks like he might have been mentally challenged. At any rate, it was a person without a future. None of them have a future. The leadership can afford to send their kids to good schools. Rank and file people don’t have a valid direction to point out to their children. Their ideology puts severe limitations on their future. Such is the cult of death.

  • They will be strapping Bombs to Children and claiming they too will find glory in the after life. Not sure if they will receive the rewards due to their age and innocence?

  • Any person or group who incites violence against the Jewish people must be declared an enemy of Israel and treated as such.

    Israel should send troops to arrest Abbas for inciting violence. He is not above the law.

    If the Arabs cannot live in peace with the Jews in Greater Israel, the only solution is to evict them to Jordan or Gaza. Enough is enough. It’s time for Israel to take off the gloves and take the necessary steps to protect the Jewish people in Israel. One of the fundamental obligation of the government is to protect its citizens at all costs.

    Israel must adopt a policy of zero tolerance. By pacifying the Arabs and the world nations, Israel’s government is failing to take care of the Jewish people. It should not be necessary to remind the government that the Jewish people have suffered for over 2000 years at the hands of other people or nations who terrorized the Jewish people in Diaspora.

    Now the Jews in their own country must be protected at all costs. Israel has the power, means and resources to stop the ghetto mentality. Israel’s government must overcome the leftist attitude and their delusional mentality, Israel must hit hard all terrorists and perpetrators of violence with a no reprieve, “damn the torpedoes” policy.
    If the current government cannot protect its people, its time to change the government. Less talk and more action and results.
    YJ Draiman

    “In Israel; We have to undue and reverse the decades of nonsense that the peace industry has fermented, which led us to the position where the world thinks we the Jews are occupiers in our own ancestral land.
    If something is false and it is repeated enough times it becomes sort of common wisdom.
    We have to undo that.”

    Arab-Palestinians; you have to be a country first, which you are not, before you can be a country under occupation. Furthermore, the Arab-Palestinians have a State it is called Jordan which was created illegally from Jewish territory.
    The UN cannot make a country for the Arab-Palestinians. They have no such authority under the UN Charter, Moreover, The UN cannot abrogate International law and treaties. The UN is only an advisory capacity and all UN resolutions must be accepted by all the parties in writing to be valid, The Arabs did not agree, therefore the resolutions have no meaning whatsoever.

    • Paula Goldman

      I think it would be excellent if the Arab-Palestinians moved in to Jordan(who doesn’t like them very much) and left more room for Jewish settlers.