Why Suicide Bombing... ...Is Now All The Rage

AMONG PALESTINIANS, DYING TO KILL HAS BECOME A NOBLE CALLING. HERE'S HOW THE PRACTICE WENT FROM EXTREME TO MAINSTREAM.

On Tuesday, April 16, it will be nine years--ages, it seems--since the first suicide bomb in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ripped through the parking lot of a roadside West Bank cafe. That day Sahar Tamam Nabulsi, 22, filled a white Mitsubishi van with cooking-gas canisters, placed a copy of the Koran on the passenger seat and, acting on behalf of the militant group Hamas, barreled into two buses, killing himself and another Palestinian and wounding eight Israelis. Days later, the Jerusalem Post was still, almost quaintly, calling the attack an "apparent suicide," noting that the investigation was ongoing.

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