Freed Palestinian Prisoner Vows to ‘Sacrifice’ Her Life

Daily News Article - October 21, 2011

Questions

1.  From what age, and for how long, was Wafa al-Bis in an Israeli prison?

2.  Why was Wafa imprisoned? Be specific.

3.  Wafa al-Bis is part of the 1,000+ Palestinian prisoners released by Israel in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit held by Hamas terrorists for 5 years.  What does she say now about her attempt at Jihad, and of her future plans? Be specific.

4.  What did Wafa's mother have to say about her daughter's attempt at Jihad?

5.  What types of actions are honorable to you and your family?

6.  In a 2005 BBC article, after Wafa al-Bis was arrested for attempting to detonate a bomb she had sewn into her clothes, she said that her "dream was to be a martyr."  [Photo on right:  Wafa al-Bis upon her arrest in 2005.]  She said she was recruited by the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (an off-shoot of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction) and that she had been angry over allegations that Israeli guards had ripped out pages of the Koran at a prison in northern Israel, claims Israel denies.  "What angered me and the Palestinian people is the abuse of the Koran," she said. "Should we sit in silence with our hands tied?"
However, in a separate interview with foreign correspondents, Ms. Bis said the explosives had been planted on her without her knowledge while she was being treated at a Gaza Hospital.  "I did not intend to carry out an attack," she said.
Why do you think Ms. al-Bis lied to foreign correspondents about her attempted suicide bombing?

7.  a) Critics of Israel's decision to release over 1,000 Palestinians (many jailed for terrorist activities and/or murders) argued that many of those released would return to violence once they were freed.  Do you think Wafa al-Bis is just an isolated case?  Explain your answer.
b)  Right after Gilad Schalit was seized by Hamas terrorists in Israel, the Israeli government imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip, and tightened it after Hamas took control of Gaza in June 2007.  Palestinian supporters say that since Gilad has been released, Israel should lift the blockade.  How do you think the Israeli government should respond for calls to end the blockade?  Be specific.
c)  How do you think the Israeli government should respond to Wafa al-Bis' vow to attempt another suicide mission against Israelis in the future?