Willing to Die: Palestinian suicide bombers
It seemed as if everything was going her way. Hanadi Jaradat, 29, had a loving and supportive family and had just received a job at a law firm in Jenin after getting a university law degree. Moreover, her younger brother Fadi, 24, was set to marry.
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Salah was wanted in connection with two bomb attacks that killed 31 Israelis and wounded 56 more. The Islamic Jihad carried out the attack and the family knew that Salah may have been very senior in the organization.
Yet, none of that mattered at the time of Salahs visit. That night they were just happy to see Salah in good health and, most importantly, alive. Finally he was able to spend some time with his little son and wife, whom he rarely had the chance to visit.
As the Jaradat family enjoyed their reunion, Israeli forces were planning a siege. Salahs crimes were not forgotten and they sought retribution for the loss of so many lives. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) undercover unit was sent on that day to arrest Salah. They found him at the Jaradat family home.
When the IDF arrived at the home, they shot Salah and Fadi in front of Hanadi and Ismath. Salah died immediately and Fadi a short while afterward. Shocked and terrified, Hanadi screamed at the men who killed her family members. The next day, the Israeli army came to the Jaradat house and destroyed it.
The event changed Hanadis life forever. Levy-Barzilai wrote that shortly after Salahs and Fadis deaths Hanadi stood over their graves and was heard declaring that the murderer will yet pay the price and we will not be the only ones who are crying. She followed through on her promise.
Hanadi was the sixth Palestinian female suicide terrorist to attack Israelis but she is not likely to be the last. She was also one of a long line of Palestinian homicide bombers that have wreaked havoc on Israeli citizens over the last decade. Many Palestinians commended her for her martyrdom and consider her a heroine. Levy-Barzilai quoted Hanadis father as saying that he was proud of what his daughter had done and that her bombing was a gift to the homeland and the Palestinian people.
As disturbing as this attitude is, many Palestinian extremists share his view and believe that