Making Palestinian "martyrdom operations"/"suicide attacks": Interviews with would-be perpetrators and organizers

Ariel Merari*, Jonathan Fighel, Boaz Ganor, Ephraim Lavie, Yohanan Tzoreff, Arie Livne

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Abstract

Knowledge about the ways in which suicide attacks are recruited and prepared and on the motivation of suicide bombers and the factors that influence the decisions of organizers of suicide attacks has so far been sketchy and sporadic, derived mostly from media sources. In this study, 15 Palestinian would-be suicides and 14 organizers of suicide attacks participated in semi-structured interviews designed to fill this lacuna. The paper focuses on the self-reported feelings and behavior of the suicide bombers from recruitment to dispatching, as well as on the organizers' self-reported views and decisions concerning suicide attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-119
Number of pages18
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Suicide attacks
  • Suicide bombers
  • Suicide organizers
  • Terrorism

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