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Suicide Bombers in Israel: Their Motivations, Characteristics, and Prior Activity in Terrorist Organizations

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Author(s): Revital Sela-Shayovitz

Journal: International Journal of Conflict and Violence
ISSN 1864-1385

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 160;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: suicide bombers | newspaper reporting | Palestinian terrorist organizations

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the characteristics of suicide bombers as reflected in the Israeli press during the Second Intifada in Israel. The analysis aims to determine whether there were significant differences in the characteristics of suicide bombers with religious motives versus those with nationalist motives. The findings reveal that gender, education level, and organizational affiliation correlated significantly with motives for carrying out suicide attacks. Most of the suicide bombers with religious motives were men with elementary education. In addition, the results show that most of the suicide bombers who were affiliated with the Hamas organization acted out of religious motives. No significant differences were found between suicide bombers with religious and those with nationalist motives with regard to age, marital status, and prior activity in terrorist organizations.

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