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May 28, 2005

Family: Boy Bomber "Brainwashed"

The family of a Palestinian boy sent into Israel last week with a pipe bomb, apparently by the Al Aqsa Martyres Brigade, spoke out against his dispatchers, complaining that they "brainwashed" the young boy. (The boy was stopped at a checkpoint by IDF troops and taken into custody.)

"I hope that he will come back home," [the boy's father] added. "He's a child; he can't differentiate between good and bad. And he and others like him were brainwashed. I don't know what they were promising them or telling them - they didn't know what they were going to do and this is what happened with him."

... His wife, Dalal, was far more critical of the dispatchers. "They are criminals," she complained. "They are not human beings. This is a crime - they have no feeling, no religion. They don't fear God. He's just a child. If he was a child from a rich family they would not have sent him there. But because he is poor and he's from the refugee camp they play with his head. I hope that God will avenge this." ...The one who sent him is an adult and he probably has children - why did he not send his own children? His children are dear to him, but other people's children don't matter."

16-year-old Palestinian boy caught last year with explosives belt

Posted by at May 28, 2005 12:27 PM