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NCJ Number: 222469 Find in a Library
Title: Phenomenon of Palestinian Suicide Terrorism
Journal: Journal of National Defense Studies  Issue:6  Dated:May 2008  Pages:51-82
Author(s): Maria Alvanou
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 32
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Israel
Annotation: This article examines the phenomenon of Palestinian suicide terrorism, describing the post-September 11, 2001 “Al-Aqsa Intifada,” involving a campaign of suicide attacks against Israel.
Abstract: Terrorists believe that the truth of their cause justifies any action that supports it. There can always be a justification for terror given by the terrorists, but the most important clue and what should be condemned is that the terrorist regardless of the cause believes that violence is the only avenue to achieve his/her desired goal in society. Palestinians have launched a campaign of suicide attacks against Israel that created a seismic shock to most observers. The majority of the developed theories regarding suicide terrorism from the disciplines of psychology, international relations, religion, and economics have dealt with terrorism from their own point of view. In this article, a suicide attack as homicide, as a method of intentional killing of others, is legitimately researched in depth overcoming arguments of a “just cause.” The article discusses the use of terrorism as a criminal act for larger social purposes, and the short-term and long-term problems it causes for the local community, the terrorist ideology, and for media interpretation of the terrorist events. Notes, references
Main Term(s): International terrorism; Suicide
Index Term(s): Group behavior; Homicide; Homicide causes; Individual behavior; Motivation; Suicide causes; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist tactics; Terrorist weapons
Note: For additional articles see NCJ-222467-468, 222470-472.
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