TITLE

Cult of the Kamikaze

AUTHOR(S)
Blanche, Ed
PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
Middle East;May2003, Issue 334, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Israel's Foreign Ministry has completed a rough draft of a proposed international convention against suicide attacks and is expected to begin distributing it soon to other governments in an effort to win support to enshrine it in an international treaty. The Israeli draft calls for defining incitement to suicide attacks, or assisting in theirplanning and execution, as crimes under international law. It also demands banning financial support from states or organizations to the families of suicide bombers, and establishing an international organization, in coordination with the United Nations, to combat the deadly phenomenon. World opinion has undeniably witnessed a shift against the cause of the Palestinians post September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But at the same time the culture of suicide attacks has grown among Islamic fighters in Kurdistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Chechnya, China, Turkey and across Southeast Asia. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are still the most active in this type of operation, but the secular groups that have joined in the suicide attacks have radically transformed the profile of the kamikaze bomber the Israelis had built up, of young Muslim men, poorly educated and religiously zealous. Groups like the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, largely recruited from Fatah, Yasser Arafat's mainstream group, have sent Christians, young women and middle aged men on suicide missions.
ACCESSION #
9811040

 

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