Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Palestinians in Gaza discuss what motivates Islamikazes:
Hamas activists argue against the assertion that human despair is what drives the suicide bombers. It is not true at all, says M., who joined the intifada a couple of months ago as part of Izz Al-Din Al-Kassam, the military wing of Hamas. Seconding this opinion is S., a Hamas activist who opposes suicide terrorism inside Israel, but who doesn't dare say so in public. The same belief is expressed by Osama Mzeini, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the Islamic University in Gaza. All three are convinced that the national objective, the general feeling of rage and the patriotic desire for liberation and independence are the strongest motivations of those called - in the local vernacular - "fighters."

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