Willing to Die: Palestinian suicide bombers
The Emergence of Female Suicide Militants
Even though most suicide terrorists have been men, Palestinian women are increasingly participating in suicide attacks. Between 2001 and 2003, six Palestinian women successfully carried out deadly suicide attacks. Women have also been participating on a strategic level, planning and facilitating a large number of attacks. It is predicted that the numbers of women engaging in such terrorist activities will increase significantly.
Female suicide terrorists have been found not to fit societal norms. According to an article by Yoni Fighel, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Female Homicide Bombers, these women have either been academically successful and from privileged families or on the lowest end of the socio-economic scale with little or no education or job. They also tended to be unmarried, overtly confident, determined, rebellious and outspoken, characteristics that are often deemed as unusual or unacceptable in their society.
Like their male counterparts, female suicide bombers are motivated by anger, hate and revenge directed at Israelis. Lina Jun stated The Madness of Martyrdom that girls are indoctrinated from a young age to dislike Israelis and to become martyrs. She stated that instead of dolls for gifts, all they want are guns and tanks. In fact, many families actually encourage aggressive attitudes towards the Israelis. Thus, it is no wonder that some of the girls may grow up wanting to be suicide terrorists.
Those that actually have become martyrs, have been idealized and are held up as role models for young girls. In Kevin Toolisarticle, Why Women Turn to Suicide Bombing, a Palestinian teacher was quoted as saying that on the