Changing Characteristics of Palestinian Suicide Bombers

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Changing Characteristics of Palestinian Suicide Bombers I. How hard it is to profile a terrorist A. At the airport easy to say this person is a suicide bomber by age and race; this is embedded into us – hard to pick someone out within a community saying this person is a terrorist B. In the US hard to single someone out because we don’t want to profile II. Palestinian Suicide bombers A. Prior to the Intifada most of the suicide bombers had a similar social profile i. They all belonged to organizations ii. During the Intifada the profile of the suicide bombers changed iii. Most of them suffered a crisis prior to the attack iv. Many of them approached activists and volunteered for suicide missions v. Many of them came from local, loosely organized networks which were based on kinship and social ties B. Civil War broke out and profile of suicide terrorist became blurred i. Not political ii. Not ties to organization iii. Change in gender, age, background iv. Went from very clear type of offender to one that basically makes every Palestinian a suspect III. Changing Characteristics of Palestinian Suicide Terrorists: Age A. Before Intifada i. Older B. After Intifada i. Increase in number of young people ii. Decrease in people who are more likely to be thought of terrorists – late 20s early 30s IV.Changing Characteristics of Palestinian Suicide Terrorists: Organizational Affiliation A. Before Intifada i. 36% PIJ ii. 64% HAMAS iii. No attack by someone who didn’t belong to an organization – only people
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