He said, “Do I have to take my clothes off here?” (Instead of in Paradise?)
So: religious appeals are just a cover for economic and political grievances, eh? Husam Abdu, the 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was apprehended yesterday wearing a bomb vest, tells a different story. From the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to “Allah“:
“My soldiers spotted Abdu as he pushed through the line of Palestinians waiting to undergo inspection and began racing toward them,” said Guy. “He was four or five meters from them.
“Noticing that his shirt was padded, they called out to him to halt. They took cover, aimed their weapons at him, and told him to raise his hands. Then they asked him to lift his shirt and saw the belt of explosives. Seeing the soldiers’ weapons, he became frightened and told the soldiers he was scared.”
Soldiers also moved the Palestinians at the roadblock away. Abdu stood in isolation with his hands raised until sappers dispatched a robot carrying scissors to him and instructed him to cut the shoulder straps holding up the belt and to slip it off.
He was then told to strip to insure that no additional explosives were strapped to him.
He cut off part of it and struggled with the rest. “I don’t how to get this off,” he said.
“It is sad and tragic,” said Guy. “He was fully aware of his actions and wanted to blow up, as he was promised 72 virgins in heaven and NIS 100,” Guy said.
Abdu, who lives in Nablus, told interrogators he was jeered at by his friends who made fun of him, and decided to take advantage of the offer.
“Blowing myself up is the only chance I’ve got to have sex with 72 virgins in the Garden of Eden,” Abdu said his handlers had told him.