Palestinian father of homicide bomber believes Israel is behind 9/11 and suicide attacks

While checking Instapundit I stumbled upon this article from "The Australian" (www.theaustralian.news.com.au) which described a Palestinian father of a homicide/suicide bomber feelings of anger towards the murderers that organized the massacre of Israeli woman and children:

Although Abudeir refuses to condemn the militant Islamic groups behind the bombings by name, he accuses them of using suicide bombers as not only a means of making themselves politically relevant but also for financial gain. Arab countries such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the families of suicide bombers.

"Great!", I told myself. I have finally found one Palestinian that is pissed off at the Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their deliberate murders of babies. Well, after reading a bit more, I realized that this moron is a racist who probably believes that Jews control the World (has he been watching Egyptian TV?):

Abudeir speculates that the militant Islamic groups are inventions of the Israelis and under their control. He says the Israelis were also behind the attacks on New York's Twin Towers.

Just like the Nazis always blamed the Jews for anti-Semitism, this excuse for a human being blames the Israelis for the homicide bombings. As for blaming Israel and Jews for the heinous Islamic attacks on the US on 9/11, this is apparently something most Arabs/Muslims believe - click here for the details.

I copy the full article below.





Fury, not pride, fills a martyr's father
By Mel Frykberg, October 28, 2002
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ABED Abudeir sat frozen to the seat of the taxi in which he was returning to Jerusalem from a business trip to Amman, Jordan. He felt the blood drain from his face and his hands begin to shake with shock.

Incredulity beset the blind lawyer, 63, as the taxi radio announced that Issa Abudeir, 16, his youngest child, had just blown himself up in Rishon Lezion, a town 10km southwest of Tel Aviv.

It was 9pm, on May 22, when Issa, his hair peroxided blond in an attempt to blend in with the Israeli crowd, detonated the suicide belt around his waist in a crowded pedestrian mall, killing two Israelis and wounding 40. The casualty rate would have been higher but a female Palestinian suicide bomber who was meant to blow herself up in conjunction with Issa to maximise casualties got cold feet at the last minute and backed out.

"I made a promise to myself that if I find out who is responsible for sending my Issa, I will take his eyes out," Abudeir said of his feelings when he heard the news. "My heart went with Issa, he was my baby. I am now partially insane due to my grief."

Abudeir, who has been blind since childhood, studied law in the Syrian capital, Damascus. His parents then paid for him to study in the US where, using a tape recorder for lectures and by sitting exams orally, he gained a Masters degree in law from Wisconsin University. He now runs his own general law practice in Bethlehem.

He remembers Issa as a bright and gregarious youngster. "He loved life and was a friendly lad. He was a champion chess player and an avid footballer and swimmer," he said.


According to Issa's family, the boy displayed no signs of the choice he'd made when he left home in the town of Doha near Bethlehem in the West Bank on his suicide mission. He was relaxed and cordial and even cracked a few jokes, according to his brother Khaled, 25.

"We are totally opposed to bloodshed and violence in this family," Abudeir said. "If I had even the slightest inkling that Issa was politically involved or intended to blow himself up, I would have taken him to Amman with me."

Abudeir is angry with those who sent his son to his death, he's angry with Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority, but he also shares Palestinians' anger at their sense of helplessness in the face of what they see as a brutal and unjust Israeli occupation.

At the same time, an emerging soul-searching among Palestinians about the political effectiveness and morality of suicide bombings has seen leading intellectuals take out advertisements in the Arabic press condemning the attacks and urging the perpetrators to stop them.

It was only after much coaxing that Abudeir agreed to talk about Issa and he was fearful throughout our interview.

Whether fear prompted Abudeir to deny knowing who had sent his son on a suicide mission or whether he genuinely had no idea was uncertain.

Palestinians are afraid of retribution from the groups behind the suicide attacks Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, an offshoot of Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO should they voice criticism.

Internal criticism in the Palestinian media is quashed and Palestinian journalists who have published articles critical of Arafat and the Palestinian Authority have been jailed.

Abudeir was also fearful of further Israeli reprisals after they demolished his house as punishment for Issa's suicide mission. The family was given less than 30 minutes' warning to evacuate the house with their possessions before it was blown up.

Abudeir's anger at Arafat and the Palestinian leadership, who he claims also bear responsibility for the suicide bombings, is palpable.

"Arafat is corrupt," he said. "Before we even talk to the Israelis we have to replace the Palestinian National Authority. It is a leadership imposed on us by the Israelis.

"During the Oslo Accords, this corrupt and weak Palestinian leadership under Arafat accepted less than a fair deal for the Palestinians and Palestinian security services swap intelligence and co-operate with Israeli intelligence. They are nothing more than a quasi militia of the Israeli Defence Force."

Although Abudeir refuses to condemn the militant Islamic groups behind the bombings by name, he accuses them of using suicide bombers as not only a means of making themselves politically relevant but also for financial gain. Arab countries such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to the families of suicide bombers.

Then come the contradictions and the conspiracy theories. Abudeir speculates that the militant Islamic groups are inventions of the Israelis and under their control. He says the Israelis were also behind the attacks on New York's Twin Towers.

After venting his spleen at those responsible for organising the suicide bombings, the final and strongest ambivalence is the mixture of resentment and grudging admiration Abudeir and many Palestinians harbour towards their enemy.

"The Israelis are armed with democracy, knowledge and order," he said. "We need these weapons. Blowing up 100 buses and restaurants will neither destroy Israel nor bring us victory."

Mel Frykberg

Posted by David Melle
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