The Smarter Bomb

Title:                      The Smarter Bomb

Author:                  Anat Berko

Berko, Anat (2012). The Smarter Bomb: Women And Children As Suicide Bombers. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

LCCN:    2012024452

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  • 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.


Date Posted:      January 4, 2016

A highly insightful discussion of the motivations of primarily Palestinian suicide bombers, especially women and children, and the male operatives who recruit and dispatch them on their martyrdom operations against Israel. The author, an Israeli criminologist and retired Lt. Colonel in the Israeli military, has spent many years interviewing Palestinian security prisoners at their jails, including the operatives whose suicide missions had failed, resulting in their long prison sentences. Fluent in Arabic and Arab culture, she was able to gain their trust and speak with them intimately. Their identities, as a result, are disguised, but readers will benefit from the wealth of personal and operational details that are revealed by such first-hand field work.

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