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Suicide Games in the P.A.

The IDF website reports on a new children's outdoor game being played these days in the PA city of Ramallah. The name of the game was not reported, but "Blow Yourself Up" seems to be appropriate.
First Publish: 8/25/2002, 6:43 PM

The IDF website reports on a new children's outdoor game being played these days in the PA city of Ramallah. The name of the game was not reported, but "Blow Yourself Up" seems to be appropriate. Tarek Hamida, a reporter for the PA weekly Al-Aman, is quoted by the IDF as saying that the usual games of "Arabs and Jews" have given way to improved versions:
"We have noticed a new development in the children's games. We saw how one of the children would stand next to his friend and say, 'Strap me.' The 'engineer' would then strap a toy explosives belt onto his friend, under his shirt or robe. The two of them then hug each other, and the 'suicide terrorist' then turns towards a bus or a group of his friends, screams Allahu Akbar!, and presses a button. The children jump and fall on his right and left from the force of the 'explosion.' The game ends only when all the children have had their turn at being the suicide killer, wearing the vest and pressing the button!"

As the children grow up, the games become more serious, as is well known - and not only against Israelis. An Arab mother of seven, 39-year-old Ikhlas Yassin of Tul Karem, was executed over the weekend by members of Fatah's Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades. Accused of "collaborating with Israel," her bullet-riddled body was found lying in the central square of Tul Karem yesterday. She was the first woman among the dozens of suspected Arab collaborators killed in the PA in the past two years - a few of them by official PA bodies.