24098Re: [evol-psych] Re: Suicide terrorism revisited
- Apr 1, 2003Jeremy 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
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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