'i'll kill whoever dispatched my son'

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    I actually feel for this woman. She is bahaving as a mother who loved her son. Hamas killed him and she knows it. I hope she is successful in her quest........................Snooker
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    Aug. 12, 2003
    Suicide bomber's mother: 'I'll kill whoever dispatched my son'
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NABLUS, West Bank

    Two Palestinian teenage suicide bombers who killed two Israelis in separate attacks Tuesday lived remarkably parallel lives, though their families say they didn't know each other.

    Both were 17 years old, peddled wares on the sidewalk and lived a few blocks apart on the same street.

    In a final near-synchronized act less than an hour apart, both youths left behind equally grotesque bombing scenes, killing themselves and one person each in an Israeli town and a West Bank Jewish settlement 18 kilometers (11 miles) apart.

    While neighbors blessed one of the youths as a "martyr," the mother of the second screamed for revenge against the Islamic militants who sent him to his death.

    The bombings were the first since July 7, reflecting a cease-fire declared by the main Palestinian groups, dramatically reducing violence. Israel blamed Palestinian officials for failing to crack down and disarm militant groups, as required by the US-backed "road map" peace plan.

    Since fighting erupted in September 2000, more than 350 Israelis have been killed in almost 100 Palestinian suicide bomb attacks.

    One of the teenage bombers, Khamis Gerwan, grew up in a house in a tiny alley in the Askar refugee camp on the edge of the West Bank city of Nablus. He sold shoes on the street. He became a follower of a violent wing of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.

    The youth had been missing for a day. Then came the news: he rigged himself with a bomb and blew up in a small grocery store in a Tel Aviv suburb.

    The teen's mother wailed with piercing screams. Neighbors began to gather, to mourn but also to celebrate the youth, who was honored like other Palestinians who die in this conflict as a "martyr."

    In contrast, a few houses away, the other family mourned with anger.

    Islam Qteishat, a young recruit of the Islamic Hamas group, exploded at the entrance to the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, not far from his own home.

    With curses, his mother, Yusra, 40, cried out for revenge, but not against Israel, who days earlier killed two Hamas men and another Palestinian in a gunbattle here, prompting calls of revenge from Hamas.

    Instead, the mother wanted retribution against God and the militants who took in her son and sent him on his grisly mission.

    "I'll kill whoever dispatched my son," she screamed, beating her fists against a wall. It was the second spasm of grief to hit the family. An older son was shot in the head while throwing stones at Israeli soldiers a decade ago, leaving him with brain damage.

    The young bomber left behind a letter and a photo showing the youth with a thin beard, holding an assault rifle.

    Like the other bomber, he was also a street vendor, selling schoolbooks, pens and notepads, a small business that helped support the family.

    The parents of both boys said the two didn't know each other, though the families live on the same street, Askar Road, linking the refugee camp to the city.

    In the letter Qteishat left behind, he apologized to his parents and his brothers: "Don't be sad and forgive me."

    The boy's father, a grocer, felt empty. Only days before he'd been talking with his son about the future, in particular about how he could retake high school exams he failed.

    "I've lost an important part of my being," he said, but added, "The Israelis have left our boys no other choice but to turn into fighters
 
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