A Palestinian woman whose suicide bombing attempt was thwarted in 2002 said in a September Israeli television interview that she had felt “like a bride on her wedding day.”
Palestinian Media Watch reported on Oct. 5 that Shifa Al-Qudsi was describing the thwarted suicide bombing attempt, in which she was going to put 33 pounds of explosives underneath her dress while pretending to be a pregnant woman and then detonate the explosives at a Netanya supermarket. Israeli intelligence agents were able to arrest her before she was able to carry out the bombing.
Al-Qudsi told the Israeli television station that she wasn’t even “a bit” afraid about the bombing and nothing was going through her head.
“You just think … like a bride on her wedding day, who is preparing to go to her groom,” she said. “That’s the only thing that went through my head. I’m preparing to go to my groom. Can you imagine?”
Al-Qudsi served six years in an Israeli prison for the attempted suicide bombing. She claimed she was seeking revenge for her brother, who was imprisoned earlier in 2002 for wearing a suicide bomber belt. Since she was released in 2008, Al-Qudsi has been a member of Combatants for Peace Now, a nongovernmental organization that claims to be working for peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.
In 2016, Al-Qudsi was barred from entering Israel to attend a screening of the “Disturbing the Peace” documentary that she was featured in.
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