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"Ordinary People" and "Death Work" - Palestinian Suicide Bombers as Victimizers and Victims

26/02/2006 | by Multiple Authors  
By Dr. Anat Berko and Ms. Edna Erez
 
Applying criminological / victimological concepts and theories, the study addresses the social process involved in Palestinian's suicide terrorism and describes Palestinian's pathways to suicide bombing. The data are derived from in-depth interviews of seven male and female Palestinians serving prison sentences in Israel for attempted suicide bombing. The social background, context, and experiences of the interviewees, including their recruitment, interactions with the organziations atht produce suicide bombing, the tangible and intangible incentives and rewards that motivated them to become suicide bombers, their preparation for the mission, and the strategies employed by the organizations to sustain recruits' resolve to conform to the plan are described and analyzed. The implication of the findings for the theory and public policy are drawn and discussed.
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