Remember: one of the “hate speech” charges against Oriana Fallaci is that she said: “Islam is a pond….The pond does not love life: It loves death.” So where did this would-be suicide bomber get the idea that it was appropriate to express belief in “death and Allah”? Did she learn Islam from Fallaci? Or…is Fallaci right? “Female bomber says attack was aimed at youth,” from the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
A female suicide bomber who planned to blow up at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba on Monday, the same hospital where she received treatment for burns in the past, was caught at the Erez terminal crossing wearing explosives stitched to her underwear.
Security forces were alerted when the biometric screener located at the terminal crossing, revealed that Wafa Samir Ibrahim Bas,21, of the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, was wearing explosives.
Security forces immediately shut down the crossing and Bas was ordered to strip inside a concrete enclosure. During the process she attempted several times to detonate the explosives but failed. Arguing during the procedure with the soldiers who issued orders over a loudspeaker, she eventually shed the explosives which were later blown up by a robot. Officials estimate that the bomb contained ten kilograms of explosives.
Hours later in a Channel One interview at the Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, Bas, an Al Quds Open University student, at first declared that she intended to kill as many Israelis as possible. “I love Allah, I love the land of Palestine and I am a member of the Al Aksa Brigades,” she said.
She said she wanted to kill up to 40 or 50 people – as many young people as possible. When asked why specifically young people, she said it was in retaliation for the death of Muhammad Dura. Dura was an 11-year-old Palestinian boy killed at the start of the Initifada, four and a half years ago in the Karni/Netzarim road.
Of course, the whole Muhammad al-Dura brouhaha seems as if it was based on fiction.
She also said her motives for carrying out the attack were because the Koran had been torn up in the Megiddo prison.
Later however, she admitted that she had been taken advantage of by the Al Aksa Brigades and was a victim. Asked if she intended to blow up at Soroka, she said “no, we have hospitals, I was to blow up in a crowded area.”
As the reality sank in she said “yesterday I was free, I was a bird flying in the sky.” She claimed that her dispatchers told her their own children were unable to carry out the attack because they were too young. When asked why her dispatchers themselves didn’t carry out the attack, she replied that she didn’t know.
Breaking down and crying, she asked for her mother’s forgiveness. “I am sorry mother, forgive me, I should have listened to you,” she said.She also said she hoped Israeli judges would have pity and not sentence her too harshly.
When asked if she would launch attacks if allowed to return, she said she may consider it and that she believes “in death and Allah.”