Palestinian Who Attempted Suicide Bombing Said She Felt ‘Like a Bride on Her Wedding Day’

Palestinian Who Attempted Suicide Bombing Said She Felt ‘Like a Bride on Her Wedding Day’

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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