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24098Re: [evol-psych] Re: Suicide terrorism revisited

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Apr 1, 2003
      Jeremy Bowman wrote:

      I'm interested in the question because I wonder how effective "blocking"
      benefit to kin might be. The families of Palestinian suicide bombers are
      said to get $25,000 from the Iraqi government -- what if that dried up?

      REPLY: As the homes of alleged suicide bombers are routinely demolished by the
      Israeli authorities, payments to the families could be viewed as compensation
      rather than as a benefit. In the Arab world these payments are often seen as
      humanitarian aid, not as an incentive for terrorism. Iraq has also donated
      money to the families of those killed during the IDF's attacks in Gaza.

      This is from the annual report of Human Rights Watch:

      "Israeli forces continued to demolish punitively the homes of families of
      alleged suicide bombers or other members of armed Palestinian groups. According
      to B'Tselem, more than eighty-one homes had been punitively demolished from
      January 1 to November 17, 2002. These acts violated international humanitarian
      law provisions prohibiting collective punishment. Other dwellings were
      destroyed for alleged security purposes. According to the Gaza-based
      Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), 613 dwellings were destroyed by IDF
      forces in Gaza from September 2000 to September 25, 2002, leaving more than
      four thousand individuals homeless. The PCHR reported some seventeen thousand
      dunums of agricultural land were forcibly cleared during the same period.
      Israeli authorities also confiscated Palestinian lands to expand Israeli
      settlements and for the construction of bypass roads. On May 20, the Israeli
      group Peace Now reported that fifteen new settlement sites had been established
      since the election of Prime Minister Sharon in February 2002 in contravention
      of international humanitarian law. In August, Peace Now reported that eight new
      settlements had been established in that month alone. On September 19,
      outspoken settlement supporter Effie Eitam was appointed minister of national
      infrastructure. Two weeks later, Defense Minister and Labor leader Benyamin
      Ben-Eliezer ordered the dismantling of some eighteen unauthorized settlement
      outposts, the majority uninhabited, before resigning from government on October

      More land was confiscated, and de-facto borders re-defined, as Israel began the
      construction of a "security fence" over 116 kilometers of the northern West
      Bank, along--but not contiguous with--the Israeli border. Over ten thousand
      Palestinian inhabitants were expected to be affected as their villages became
      caught within the proposed fence.

      On September 3, the Supreme Court upheld the forcible relocation of two family
      members of an alleged suicide bomber from the West Bank to Gaza for two years.
      The court's decision limited the application of the punishment to individuals
      who themselves constituted a security danger to the state. The determinations
      were made in administrative proceedings, based on secret evidence unavailable
      to the defendants and their counsel. Similarly, the right to trial was denied
      to Nahad Abu Kishaq, whose Israeli citizenship was revoked by the minister of
      the interior on the basis of Kishaq's alleged involvement in Hamas attacks
      against civilians.

      According to B'Tselem, Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories killed at
      least twelve Palestinian civilians from January to October 2002, and injured
      dozens more. Settlers attacked Palestinian homes, fields, cars and other
      property, and blocked major roads with unofficial checkpoints. On July 28,
      settlers from Kiryat Arba in Hebron killed two Palestinian children and injured
      at least fifteen others as they attacked and burned houses in Hebron following
      the funeral of two settlers killed by Palestinian gunmen two days earlier.
      Settler attacks against Palestinian civilians and civilian property were rarely
      prevented or halted by the Israeli authorities, and were particularly acute
      during the October-November olive harvest season."


      Ian Pitchford PhD CBiol MIBiol
      Editor, Evolutionary Psychology http://human-nature.com/ep/
      Editor, Human Nature Review http://human-nature.com/
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