The following originally appeared in a June issue
of Ha'aretz Daily. However we have been unable to find it there. Luckily
we did find it at this
To put it bluntly this is simply one of the year's
best pieces of journalism that we at The Razor have seen. It deserves
to be read and re-read again because it shows the evil of the "psychotic
culture of death" that the Palestinians are subscribing to, and provides
a clear understanding of what our friends in Israel are up against. Again
this article is used without permission but with full credit to VirtualJerusalem.com
and the author, Vered Levy-Barzilai .
Interview with a suicide bomber
While her co-bomber exploded himself in Rishon Letzion, Arin Ahmed was
to wait nearby for the panicky people who would flee toward her, then
detonate her bomb. Like Rasan who was to blow himself up in Tel Aviv,
she never went through with her mission. Last week, the two were paid
a visit in jail by none other than Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer.
By Vered Levy-Barzilai
A young female Palestinian terrorist sits in a detention room opposite
the Israeli defense minister and cries. "What will happen to me now?"
she asks him. "What will become of me? What will my future be? Am
I going to rot in prison for 20 years for something I didn't do?"
Benjamin Ben-Eliezer's expression reveals nothing.
She wanted to be a shaheed [martyr], to blow herself up on an Israeli
street and kill as many Jews as possible. The bomb was already strapped
to her body. But on the way to the attack, she had a change of heart and
returned home. Now the defense minister has come to ask her why: Why did
she say yes at first - and why did she say no later? She looks into his
eyes, searching for a hint of compassion.
"You've heard the story of my life," she says, her lips trembling.
"It wasn't easy. But that wasn't the direction I was heading in.
It was a momentary stumble. Yes, I faltered. But when the decisive moment
came, I backed out. Please tell me, Mr. Minister, what will become of
Ben-Eliezer sat there silently and kept looking at her. If something
was going on inside him, it didn't show on his face. He cast a fleeting
glance at the Shin Bet security services personnel in the room, and then
his gaze returned to the young woman. "Kul wahad wanasibuhu,"
he said to her in Arabic. To each his fate.
Arin Ahmed was studying communications and computer programming at Bethlehem
University. She speaks fluent English and a little Hebrew. Born 20 years
ago in Beit Sahur, outside of Bethlehem, she is an articulate and intelligent
young woman. Her father died when she was still a baby. For reasons that
are not totally clear, her mother abandoned her and moved to Amman, Jordan,
where she still lives. Arin was left in the care of relatives. Her aunts
and uncles raised her and saw to her education. On March 8 of this year,
she experienced another loss: Tanzim militant Jad Salem, her boyfriend
of a year and a half, was killed. According to the Palestinians, he was
killed by Israeli Defense Forces gunfire. The Shin Bet says: "He
was apparently killed while attempting to prepare a car bomb."
Arin decided to avenge the death of her beloved by carrying out a suicide
bombing. She conveyed a message to this effect to a senior Tanzim militant.
On May 22, Tanzim activists Ali Yusef Mughrabi and Mahmoud Salem picked
her up and took her to prepare for a suicide bombing in Rishon Letzion.
They introduced her to a 16-year-old boy, Issam Badir, from Beit Jala.
They were supposed to carry out the attack together. Mahmoud Salem instructed
Badir to blow himself up amid the backgammon tables on the open plaza.
Arin was supposed to wait on the other side of the street for the people
who weren't killed or injured in the first explosion to run in a panic
toward where she was standing. The expectation was that she would soon
be surrounded by a large crowd. Then she was to choose the right moment
and blow herself up.
The explosives were packed into black knapsacks, each weighing 35 kilograms.
The bomb was light and easy to detonate, Mahmoud Salem told her. A switch
coming out the back of the knapsack was connected to wires that activate
the bomb. Arin said that she had already written a farewell letter to
her family. She purified herself and prayed. Ali Mughrabi captured her
final words on video. They explained to her that she had to pass for a
young Israeli woman, and so she was asked to wear Western-style dress
- tight pants and a midriff top. She did as she was told.
Then they met with Ibrahim Sarahne, Mahmoud's cousin, who explained how
to get to the site chosen for the attack and described the place for them
in great detail. Sarahne transported them nearby. When they arrived, Sarahne
gave Arin and Issam precise instructions via cell phone: where exactly
to stand so as to have the most lethal effect. They got out of the car
with their knapsacks and headed for opposite sides of the street, as instructed.
Arin stood in her position for about 10 minutes. Then she suddenly left
the spot, returned to the parked car and told Sarahne that she had changed
her mind and didn't want to go through with the bombing.
Her dispatchers were furious. They tried to convince her to carry out
the mission to which she had committed herself. They reminded her of the
lofty status she would achieve and of the great honor awaiting her in
Paradise. Arin watched as the teenager ran and blew himself up right before
her eyes. She again told her handlers that she wouldn't go through with
it, and they brought her back to Bethlehem. The Tanzim men were enraged
that she had backed out. Arin would later tell her interrogators that
the Tanzim subsequently tried to enlist her for another suicide bombing
on the Jerusalem pedestrian mall, but she refused.
On May 29, acting on information obtained in the interrogation of Ibrahim
Sarahne, Israel Defense Forces soldiers arrived at Arin Ahmed's home in
Beit Sahur and arrested her.
Benjamin Ben-Eliezer decided several weeks ago that he wished to meet
face to face with suicide bombers who had failed to carry out their plans.
He asked the Shin Bet to arrange such a meeting for him. The Shin Bet
chose to have him meet Arin Ahmed and another failed suicide bomber, Rasan
Stiti from Jenin. Stiti was enlisted by the Islamic Jihad about six months
ago. As part of his training for a suicide mission, he was sent to Ramallah
where he was enlisted by intelligence chief Tawfiq Tirawi. He also attended
high school in Ramallah, where he proved to be a bright student and got
During his time in the city, Stiti met Chris Awis, a captain in the Palestinian
intelligence service there. Awis was a high-ranking Fatah suspect (who
turned himself in to IDF forces during Operation Defensive Shield) and
he was the one who persuaded Stiti to go on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv.
Stiti first spent a month studying religion at a local mosque. Immediately
afterward, he set off to carry out the bombing.
En route, he noticed combat helicopters hovering over his route and suspected
that they were following him, so he decided to postpone the mission. A
few days later, he made a second attempt, but this time the road was blocked
and he had to turn back. The third time, he was stopped by members of
Palestinian intelligence. And then, finally, he was arrested by the IDF
during Operation Defensive Shield.
The meeting took place last week on Sunday at 2 P.M., in the detention
room in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem. Defense Minister Ben-Eliezer
was accompanied by his military secretary, Brigadier General Mike Herzog.
He came straight from a cabinet meeting, dressed in a dark suit, light
shirt and tie. The two men entered the room where the Shin Bet personnel
were waiting. Rasan Stiti was led in first, in handcuffs. He was wearing
jeans and a T-shirt. He is very thin, with black hair and a short beard.
His eyes had a glassy look. The little room was too narrow to comfortably
accommodate all those present. They took their places around the table:
Ben-Eliezer and Herzog on one side, and the terrorist, flanked by Shin
Bet men, on the other.
After being given some brief biographical information about the young
man, Ben-Eliezer addressed the terrorist in Arabic: "Who sent you?"
Stiti: "The Islamic Jihad."
Ben-Eliezer: "What did you want to happen?"
Stiti: "For Jews to be killed and to die as a shaheed."
Ben-Eliezer: "Now explain to me why you decided to commit suicide."
Stiti: "No, that's not it. That's not right. I didn't go to commit
suicide. I went to die a martyr's death. I wanted to get the reward. I
spent a month in the mosque. I learned there how important it is to be
a shaheed. It is the loftiest objective. It's very important for the Palestinian
people, nationally and religiously. It's the biggest and most holy thing
you can do. And then you receive all the rewards in Paradise."
Ben-Eliezer: "You knew that you would kill innocent people - women
and children. Do you hate the Jews that much?"
Stiti: "No, not at all. I don't hate Jews. That's not it. I just
wanted to take part in my people's war of national liberation. It's a
holy war for the liberation of occupied Palestine. That's what I was thinking
all the time."
Ben-Eliezer: "But in the place you were supposed to blow yourself
up, you would see with your own eyes the people whom you were about to
kill. Did you ever ask yourself: Why them? What have they done? Why do
they deserve to die?"
Stiti: "I wouldn't have seen that. We don't see them at all. What's
before my eyes is [becoming] a shaheed. Everything is for the sake of
the commandment. That's what I was told. The shaheed is on a very high
level and everyone respects him. I wanted to participate in the liberation
of my people, to fulfill the sacred commandment, to be a source of pride
to my people and my friends."
Ben-Eliezer: "You have parents, brothers, sisters, family, friends.
Did you think about them?"
Ben-Eliezer: "Did they know?"
Stiti: "Yes. My parents begged me not to do it. My father told me
that I'd be very sorry if I dared to go ahead, but it didn't convince
me. What they told me at the mosque was more powerful. They told me to
just think about the commandment and the reward, up above, in Paradise,
with the virgins that would be waiting for me and all the honor I would
Ben-Eliezer: "And you were prepared to break your father's heart?
Your mother's heart?"
Stiti is silent and looks down.
Ben-Eliezer: "Look at me."
Stiti looks up, but remains silent.
Ben-Eliezer: "And what about you? Didn't you have any regrets about
taking your own life? You're young, you're just starting out. You're a
good student. You could have gone on to university, become something.
Did you care about dying?"
Stiti: "No. Because they explained to me that life here is just
a pathway to life in the next world. The loss of life here is not such
a big thing. Here it's just preparation. The next world is the true life,
for the holy ones who are worthy of reaching there."
Ben-Eliezer: "You mean the shaheeds, the ones who committed suicide
Stiti: "Yes, right."
Ben-Eliezer: "If Yasser Arafat called for a halt to suicide bombings,
would it have any effect on you?"
Stiti: "No. It's a religious imperative from Allah. It has nothing
to do with whether Arafat says yes or no. Allah supersedes everyone."
He thinks for a moment and continues: "But maybe if he did call for
it to stop, we might think twice about it."
Ben-Eliezer: "If I let you go right now, would you go out to commit
Stiti (looking down): "I don't think so. I made a mistake. Now I
just want to go back to normal life. I want to study."
Ben-Eliezer: "Do you know whom you're talking to right now?"
Stiti: "Of course, I know. You're the defense minister. I see you
on television every day."
Rasan Stiti is led out of the room. Arin Ahmed is brought in. Brigadier
General Herzog comments later that there was a very big contrast between
the strength that she projected and the fear projected by Stiti. He sat
slouched in his seat and averted his gaze for most of the session, not
daring to look Ben-Eliezer in the eye. Ahmed, in contrast, sat upright
and looked straight ahead. He was stiff. She was very expressive. He spoke
only Arabic. She sometimes switched to fluent English and occasionally
used a few words of Hebrew.
He never revealed his emotions, and expressed neither sorrow nor remorse.
He was expressionless and spoke in a cold, monotonous tone, as if he were
reciting slogans. The gut feeling of the others in the room was that Stiti
was not being truthful, especially when he said that he would not be interested
in attempting another bombing. Ahmed, on the other hand, seemed much more
sincere and they tended to believe her. She sounded genuine, did not try
to hide anything and was even bold enough to make a direct appeal to the
minister sitting opposite her.
"Natural intelligence" and "a winning smile" were
two of the phrases used by Ben-Eliezer and Herzog in describing her. Ahmed
impressed them as a young woman with a charismatic personality.
Arin Ahmed was not handcuffed when she was led in to meet Ben-Eliezer.
She sat at the table dressed in long pants and a gray sweater - a tall,
full-figured young woman with long black hair and dark eyes.
Ben-Eliezer: "Explain to me why you wanted to commit a suicide bombing
in Israel. Was it for religious reasons?"
Ahmed: "No, it was something personal. I was in distress. I was
Ben-Eliezer: "Why did you want to commit suicide?"
Ahmed: "You [Israelis] killed my friend."
Ben-Eliezer: "Was he a close friend of yours?"
Ahmed: "Yes. We were friends for a year and a half."
Ben-Eliezer: "Did you live together?"
Ahmed: "No, of course not. There's no such thing in our society.
But we were friends. And he was killed."
Ben-Eliezer: "So what did you want to happen? Did you want to kill
innocent Jews in order to avenge his death?"
Ahmed: "I don't know what I wanted. I was very hurt and angry. I
have friends from the university who are active in the Tanzim. We get
together a lot and go out together. We were sitting together one evening
and they were talking about how they wanted to organize a reprisal action
against all the military actions and everything that Israel had done to
them in the last months. I sat and listened. I thought about Jad. And
all of a sudden, I said to them, you know what? I'm going to do a suicide
bombing. That was it. A moment earlier, I hadn't thought of anything like
that. This was on a Friday. Afterward, I went home. I spoke with someone
in the Tanzim and told him that I wanted to do it."
Ben-Eliezer: "And what happened then?"
Ahmed: "I thought they would take me to start preparing for it,
that they would train me and teach me about weapons, something like that.
I was sure it was a process that took several months. Then, suddenly,
four days later, some Tanzim militants came and told me: We've chosen
you. Congratulations. You're going to do a suicide bombing. Then some
more senior people came. I was in shock. I never imagined it could happen
"But they didn't let me think about it too much. They pressured
me and persuaded me. They told me: You'll gain a very special status among
the women suicide bombers. You'll be a real heroine. It's for Jad's memory.
You'll be reunited with him in heaven. You'll be with him in Paradise.
They pushed me. They encouraged me. I did whatever they told me. They
explained everything to Issam and me. This all happened very fast and
then we set out."
Ben-Eliezer: "Did your family know?"
Ahmed: "No. I left on the day I wrote my farewell letter."
Ben-Eliezer: "And you didn't feel bad about what it would do to
Ahmed: "I was only thinking about my boyfriend."
Ben-Eliezer: "And what happened then? Why did you change your mind?"
Ahmed: "I got out of the car. The place wasn't exactly like I'd
seen on the map. I saw a lot of people, mothers with children, teenage
boys and girls. I remembered an Israeli girl my age whom I used to be
in touch with. I suddenly understood what I was about to do and I said
to myself: How can I do such a thing? I changed my mind. Issam also had
second thoughts, but they managed to convince him to go ahead. I saw him
go and blow himself up.
"I decided that I wasn't going to do it. They were very angry at
me. They yelled at me the whole way back. And they also tried to send
me to carry out another attack in Jerusalem. But I'd already changed my
mind and given up the whole idea. I stayed at home, until your forces
came and arrested me."
Ben-Eliezer: "And now what?"
Ahmed: "And now I'm here. It was a mistake. It's wrong to kill people
and children. Doing something like that is forbidden. There's no way I
would do it. And the fact is, I didn't do it."
Ben-Eliezer: "If you're released, what will you do?"
Ahmed: "I'd leave this place immediately. I'd go to live in Jordan
with my mother. I would draw a line across the past and never come back
here. Yes, I faltered. But it was a momentary stumble. That's not me.
I was swept up into this thing, but I came to my senses. In Jordan, with
my mother and sisters, I would continue studying. I'd get a degree at
the university. I'd never go near anything like this again. I'd continue
my life normally."
At this point, Ben-Eliezer says good-bye and signals that the conversation
has ended. Ahmed bursts out crying: "Please, Mr. Minister. Wait a
minute. There's something else I want to tell you."
Ben-Eliezer turns around to listen.
Ahmed: "I'm finished with this. I swear it. Please, let me out of
here. I want to ask you to transfer me to my family in Jordan."
He listens, but doesn't say anything. She sighs. "What will become
of me? I have no future. I don't want my whole life to be ruined because
of this. I'm at the beginning of life. I didn't do anything. Don't forget
that. I didn't do it. I changed my mind. Please, let me out."
"To each his fate," Ben-Eliezer says, and then he leaves the
Last Thursday afternoon, in his office at the Defense Ministry, Ben-Eliezer
says that from now on, he intends to keep interviewing other potential
suicide bombers. He says his decision derives from the fact that the phenomenon
is the main problem that the defense establishment has to contend with.
"This is an efficient, quick, cheap and highly lethal kind of weapon
that is very hard to overcome," the defense minister says. "That's
why I wanted to meet them face to face."
There are professionals in the Shin Bet whose job it is to do this. Why
was it important to you to meet them yourself?
"If I'm fighting against something, I need to get to know it personally.
I want to know as much as I can about it. I know tanks and airplanes and
artillery. But I don't know the person who turns himself into a bomb.
I have never met a living, breathing death machine. Those who were caught
on the way or changed their mind can provide this opportunity."
Do you think you'll learn something that you didn't know before?
"First of all, I wanted to have the contact. There's a difference
between reading a written report about someone, and sitting across from
him and talking to him. I wanted to go more in depth, to plumb their souls.
To look them in the eye. To see if they look me in the eye. I wanted to
see their expression when I asked them `Why?' and it was important to
me to speak to them face to face: to see how I would feel, to try to understand
directly what causes a young man or woman in their teens to throw everything
away, to go out and murder innocent people, to commit suicide. After all,
it's total craziness. It's a satanic, monstrous act. I had to sit down
across from this thing."
And what did you learn?
"I felt different things in the meeting with him and the meeting
with her. And I learned different things from both cases. The young man
projected coldness and alienation. He sat there very stiffly. I didn't
hear any genuine remorse from him. He said he wouldn't do it again, but
I didn't believe him. He lied. When I left the room, I said to the people
there, `If he goes free, he'll immediately run to do it again.'
"His eyes were constantly darting to the side. He recited the brainwashing
they did to him, nothing more. He was not impressive. I couldn't discern
the burning hatred or the distress he spoke of. It sounded more like someone
with a weak character whom the surrounding system had homed in on, caught
and trained for the assignment. He seemed like a spineless young man,
Maybe he was paralyzed by fear when he was sitting there facing you.
"No, not at all. The conversation was relaxed. I asked them to take
off his handcuffs, but they wouldn't. He had nothing to fear. On the contrary,
he was apathetic, inexpressive. He annoyed me. He recited and recited,
like a mantra, one slogan after another."
What new and relevant information did this meeting provide?
"That the environmental factor is the key - not the socioeconomic
situation, or whether they're working or unemployed, or the years of oppression
and built-up frustration, or whether they're educated or not. These parameters
have weight, but it is marginal. Above all, it has to do with the person's
character and how susceptible he or she is to pressure and persuasion.
There's an entire system with its sights set on this satanic aim. It operates
entirely in order to produce human bombs. As soon as they identified him
as suitable, they trapped him like a fish in a net. These suicide bombers
aren't created out of nowhere. They aren't born like that. The Islamic
Jihad and the Tanzim and Hamas find them. It's the most cynical and cruel
exploitation of human lives, of young people's lives especially. The weak,
like him, are caught."
You don't think it has anything to do with the misery of their life and
their ongoing frustration?
"Listen well: No. Look, there are plenty of people in the same situation
who haven't done what these two planned to do. Why?"
But there are still hundreds and possibly thousands of potential suicide
bombers. Aren't these people who feel they've lost all reason for living?
"In my opinion, there is no common denominator. Sometimes, it's
a random, momentary thing. Sometimes there's more of a religious background
to it. Some of them say, `I die, therefore I exist.' They think a heroic
death will give meaning to their existence. Today he's a nobody, but when
he becomes a shaheed, the whole world will hear about him. Some are mainly
brainwashed with a religious message. And some come to it in an unpredictable
way, like the young woman."
How did the meeting with her go?
"It wasn't easy. She wasn't cold and aloof like the young man. She
showed emotion. She didn't sit across from me like a block of ice. She
spoke, she was quiet, she smiled, she cried. She's an intelligent young
woman and she took part in a flowing conversation."
How did you feel when you were sitting there facing her?
"To be honest, I felt sorry for her. I admit it. I thought she was
pitiable. I found it hard to fathom how a girl like her, an educated young
woman with her whole future ahead of her could have ended up in such a
situation, ready to commit such an inhuman act. On the other hand, the
fact that she did not go through with it and the way she expressed remorse
touched me. I admit that I felt compassion for her."
Isn't there something unseemly about a defense minister choosing to sit
down with someone who almost killed innocent civilians and giving her
a platform, and even feeling such empathy toward her?
"Listen well. This meeting was held in the context of `Know thine
enemy.' None of the rest interests me. I don't worry about whether or
not there will be criticism when I make my judgment. To me, this is an
important meeting that is supplying valuable information."
What do you think ought to be done with her?
"I don't know. And I'm not the one who has to decide. I tend to
believe that if she is released, she will get as far away from here as
possible and try to start a new life."
There's no guarantee that her anguish over her boyfriend's death won't
well up again and inspire her to return to carry out another terror attack.
"True. We have no guarantee of that."
She was just a hairbreadth away from blowing herself up and killing innocent
"True, and you don't have to remind me of that. I haven't forgotten
that for a moment. But you start the encounter sitting across from a satanic
killing machine and then she tells you her life story and smiles and cries,
and you remember that this is a 20-year-old girl. And you also feel sorry
for her. My gut feeling was that she was telling the truth. She almost
did a monstrous thing but, in the end, she didn't. Of course, I haven't
changed my opinion about the severity of the phenomenon or about the severity
of the fact that she was a willing participant in it until the very last
moment. And she also didn't prevent the terror attack. But she did manage
to move me. And all her testimony about how they enlisted her reinforced
what we assumed before."
Something that we didn't know before?
"Of course, we had earlier evidence. But this was important documentation
and her case is not unique. Here you have a girl who suddenly blurted
something out. I'm almost certain that she herself didn't really mean
it. But as soon as the words were said, they pounced on her. Here you
can see how this machine works. That's why I say that the environment
is the No. 1 factor, the environmental pressure. This is not a religious
young woman. This is not an ignorant young woman. This is not a young
woman with nothing to look forward to in life. On the contrary. She is
talented and educated and has her future ahead of her."
This is a girl whose heart has been broken. Her beloved was killed. More
than a few young women throughout the world have committed suicide or
tried to after losing their beloved.
"That's not the case here, I'm telling you. They home in on a person
like a spider and spin a web around him. As soon as she said she wanted
to commit suicide, the whole thing took on tremendous momentum and went
totally out of her control. They came at her from every direction. Out
of inertia, she kept going further and further with it until the zero
hour arrived. That's why I maintain that the environment exploits fragile
personalities and gets them swept up in a current."
In an article published recently in Ha'aretz about the origins of the
shaheed, professors and experts on Islam were interviewed. Most felt that
the common denominator among suicide bombers was the lack of a horizon,
a lack of hope, that they were people who had lost faith in life.
"Certainly, there is misery. Certainly, there is frustration. Certainly,
they feel hopelessness. But then, at the moment of crisis, someone from
one of these death organizations comes and seduces them. Notice, when
I asked her, `and now what?' - she burst into tears. Why? Because now
she understands the craziness that she was sucked into. Because now it's
clear to her that she wants life and not death. Now her life is very precious
to her. She is pleading for her life."
And how does all this insight and analysis help us? The terror attacks
are continuing all the time.
"Eighty-six percent of terror attacks are foiled and prevented.
Also, understanding the enemy is always helpful, knowing the behind-the-scenes
mechanisms. The enemy is not just Rasan Stiti and Arin Ahmed. It's mainly
who sends them. Here we have a female terrorist who came to her senses
at the critical moment. She realized that they had sold her a virtual
world that doesn't exist at all and that she was about to die. Then she
went home. Now she's talking and others are listening. This is significant.
"Secondly, it shows that once they're on this satanic conveyor belt,
they don't have a moment to think about the price they're going to pay.
In most cases, it's a lost cause by this point. Before they manage to
think about for whom and what they're dying, they're already dead, along
with all their innocent victims."
And how does all this help us?
"We're interested in the moment that comes before. I have a lot
of information on the table. My objective is to prevent suicide bombings.
That's what Operation Defensive Shield was for. That's what all the other
operations are for. But, unfortunately, while the IDF is carrying out
these necessary actions, the operations themselves become a hothouse that
produces more and more new suicide bombers. The military actions kindle
the frustration, hatred and despair and are the incubator for the terror
to come. The religious and political environment immediately exploits
this effect and dispatches the new suicide bombers and the pattern is
You are the defense minister of the State of Israel and you're basically
saying that we're trapped in an endless vicious circle - that there's
no solution, that we have no horizon to look toward and no hope that this
terrible situation will end.
"It is a terribly vicious and evil circle, but I do see hope. There
are sparks of light coming from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The world
is starting to realize that this struggle is no longer local. There is
talk that the world will eventually cause Yasser Arafat to move aside.
Then others will sit opposite us. And then, in a political process, new
hope for both peoples will open up. With Arafat, it won't happen. It will
happen with someone else.
"When there is new hope, these organizations that are so indifferent
to human life, that try to sell a virtual world to potential suicide bombers,
will have a harder time doing their work. As soon as the Palestinians
have a new dream of a truly better life, of a normal life, the whole bit
about the virgins in Paradise and all the other nonsense they've sold
them will lose its magic. I believe that then, young people like Arin
Ahmed and even Rasan Stiti will say no to anyone who tries to convince
them to choose death over life."