Equal Rights for Grandmothers, Gazan StyleIn a new first, Fatima Omar Mahmud al-Najar, a Palestinian Grandmother, blew herself up in a suicide bombing on Thursday, November 23, killing herself and lightly wounding three Israeli soldiers.
The mother of nine and grandmother of 41 became the oldest Palestinian suicide bomber at the age of 57, approaching troops operating to curb daily rocket attacks, the army said.This was obviously a very proud moment for Hamas for reaching and surpassing this hurdle, as the bombing was claimed within minutes.
"Troops saw a woman approaching them in a suspicious manner and identified her carrying an explosive device," a spokeswoman said of the incident in the northern town of Jabaliya.
"They then threw a stun grenade in her direction but she managed to blow herself up," the spokeswoman said, adding that three soldiers were lightly hurt.
Apparently, it was a proud moment for the entire family as well that their mother and grandmother reacted to the Israeli shelling at Beit Hanoun where faulty equipment led to the death of 19 civilians by blowing herself up to become a martyr.
Relatives said Najar had seven sons and two daughters, plus some 41 grandchildren, and that they were proud of her "martyrdom", which daughter Azhar said was a direct response to the Beit Hanun shelling.Lovely sentiment.
"She did this operation in response to the Beit Hanun massacre. She was very moved by what happened," said Azhar, speaking from home in Jabaliya where relatives came to congratulate Najar's nearest and dearest.
Azhar also said her mother had taken part in a daring rescue operation, staged by Palestinian mothers and wives, who acted as human shields to free more than a dozen gunmen holed up in a Beit Hanun mosque on November 3.
Zuheir, Najar's 20-year-old son, told AFP from the family home: "We are really happy. It's a big operation. She told us last night that she would do a suicide operation. She prepared her clothes for that operation and we are proud.
"'I don't want anything, only to die a martyr.' That's what she said."
Another thing to be thankful is that we were not born into and propagandized by this death cult.