Motherly Love

Why would any mother want to leave behind small children, her husband and her lover? Sounds like she had it all. Paradise here on earth.

Gary Fitleberg

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Why would any mother want to leave behind small children, her husband and her lover? Sounds like she had it all. Paradise here on earth.

She even had the blessing of her spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. It appears that Hamas has placed no limits on the annihilation of the Children of Israel. An Arab "Palestinian" mother blew herself up in another homicide bombing, leaving behind two children, so she can go to paradise for murdering four Jews and maiming many others.

Military sources claim that the terrorist who blew up at the Erez Crossing was forced to carry out the homicide attack as punishment for cheating on her husband, according to the daily newspaper Yediot Ahronot in a Sunday report.

On Wednesday, 21-year-old Reem Salah Al-Rayashi left her 18-month-old daughter, Doha, and her 3-year-old son, Obedia, and blew herself up at the Erez crossing between the disputed territory of Gaza and Israel, killing three soldiers and a private Israeli security guard.

IDF sources said that the investigation has already revealed that Al-Reyashi's husband, an activist in the Hamas organization, not only knew about his wife's plans in advance, but even encouraged her to carry out the homicide attack. And that the person who recruited Reem to carry out the homicide attack and equipped her with the explosive belt was none other than the lover with whom she cheated on her husband. The Sunday Times reported that the husband drove his wife to Erez Crossing.

The attack marked the first time the Islamic militant group Hamas had used a female homicide bomber. Although Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades have used women in the past, none of those bombers was married and none was a mother.

In justifying his group's first use of a female bomber, Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin said holy war "is an obligation of all Muslims, men and women." Some have speculated Hamas was forced to use a woman, because Israeli security focused on young men as potential bombers. Reem was the daughter of an established family in Gaza. Her father was the owner of a large battery factory selling mainly to Israel.

Both her family and her husband's are denying rumors of an illicit love affair.

After the bombing, Al-Reyashi's family refused to speak to reporters, a rarity in these cases, and did not set up a mourning tent for her. Her brother-in-law, Yousef Awad, said Reyashi and her husband had a huge argument with the rest of the family two months ago and had not been seen since. He refused to elaborate.

A senior Arab "Palestinian" security official in Gaza denied Reyashi had cheated on her husband, saying religion was her main motivation in becoming a bomber. "This woman was extremist in her religious belief and her personality was stronger than her husband's. Apparently she convinced him that she should carry out this attack, promising to meet him in heaven," the official said.

Days before, Iyad Al-Masri, 17, died when his bomb belt exploded prematurely - one week after his 15-year-old brother, Amjad, and a cousin were killed in Nablus.

Many Arab "Palestinians" were critical of the terrorists groups' choice of recruits in both cases. Members of the Al-Masri family blamed the terrorists for taking a second son away from a family in one week.

Over the past 39 months of Mideast violence, more than 400 Israelis have been killed in 108 Arab "Palestinian" homicide bombings. The majority of bombings have targeted civilians in Israel - at restaurants, bars and bus stops.

The rare Arab "Palestinian" debate focuses not on morality and wisdom, but on the terrorists choice of recruits. Arab "Palestinians" are focused on the bad press and publicity that might be generated for public opinion in an otherwise effective and successful political propaganda campaign internationally.

Here is what PA/PLO spokeswoman Hanan Asrawi had to say on the subject of so-called "suicide bombers" (actually "homicide bombers", whose objective is to murder and maim as many Jews as inhumanly possible in ethnic genocide). "The anger among ordinary Palestinians at the death of a mother and a second son could help turn public opinion against the bombings," Ashrawi added that "the attacks brought the question closer to home. Some people don't want to see their children do these things."

In a society that promotes solidarity and a consensus rather than freedom of speech a few brave individuals have courageously spoken up against utilizing children and women in genocide attacks. Those few who do are immediately branded as collaborators. Criticism is rare for fear of retribution.

Whatever the reason, love of a lover or love of religion, this mother put aside the love of her children to commit an act of murder and mayhem in an act of ethnic genocide. She apparently was not told by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, her husband, her lover or their terrorist organization that there is also a checkpoint in heaven or "Paradise" for homicide bombers and that she will not have another chance.

Mothers are supposed to set an example for their children and teach them love not hate.