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October 21, 2011

Released Prisoner Profile: Wafa Bis


Wafa al-Bis is still hoping to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a shahid (martyr) by killing as many Israelis as she can.

She tried 6 years ago, in June 2005, while on her way to Soroka Hospital in Beersheva from Jabaliya. Bis was undergoing treatments by Israeli doctors on humanitarian grounds for disfiguring burns she had sustained in a cooking accident.

Did she appreciate the kindness and consideration she was shown at the Israeli hospital? On the contrary, she wanted to blow up as many Israelis as possible and what better place than at a hospital, where the bedridden make ideal, sitting targets? Not much likelihood they could escape.

Laden with 10 kg. of explosives sewn into her underwear, she came waddling through a checkpoint only to be stopped by Israeli soldiers suspicious of her unusual gait. She tried to detonate the explosives then and there, but a malfunction occurred and she was arrested instead. She later explained :

My dream was to be a martyr. I believe in death. I wanted to blow myself up in a hospital, maybe even in the one in which I was treated. But since lots of Arabs come to be treated there, I decided I would go to another, maybe the Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv. I wanted to kill 20, 50 Jews …even babies...''

Flash forward 6 years: After serving half of a 12-year term in an Israeli prison, she was one of the 477 Palestinians released as the first part of a prisoner deal to free Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit. Greeted by dozens of cheering Palestinian schoolchildren in Gaza, she incited them to become suicide bombers:

I hope you will walk the same path we took and God willing, we will see some of you as martyrs.

She plans to disregard Israel's warning about returning to terrorism. She says:

We will pursue our struggle and (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) knows that. Arrests will not deter us from our strong battles and confrontation in the face of Zionist arrogance in the land of Palestine.

Posted by rh at October 21, 2011 07:05 AM


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