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Thursday, January 15, 2004

Yassin himself intervened to allow Hamas terrorist to blow herself up to kill Jews

And personally gave his blessings
JPost: Hamas spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, personally authorized the use of the female suicide bomber who attacked the Erez terminal crossing Wednesday, killing four Israelis.

According to Channel 2, Reem Salah al-Rayashi, 21, the mother of two small children, approached Hamas several times with the request to be a suicide bomber.

"She practically begged," an Arab affairs reporter told Channel 2.

The Hamas leadership repeatedly spurned her requests, until Yassin himself intervened. Hamas has previously resisted the use of female suicide bombings on ideological grounds. However, when Hamas operatives brought a plan to bomb the Erez crossing into the joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial zone, the Hamas leadership put ideology aside and adopted the plan most likely to succeed.

Sheikh Yassin then personally gave his blessing for al-Rayashi to be used as a bomber, and issued a decree (a few hours after Wednesday's attack) to the effect that "Jihad was the duty of men and women."
According to a sickeningly sympathetic, terror-apologist bio by the BBC, the Israelis had Yassin under arrest in 1989, then released him in 1997 in a trade for two Israeli agents. Oy.