Female terrorist brings
Inderpreet Singh Jalli
Another attack has been carried out in
Jerusalem; another bomber is dead.
The authorities will not confirm if it
was a suicide bombing, or if the bomb exploded prematurely. However, that
What is relevant is that the bomb went
off, causing destruction, and that the bomber was a woman.
This is a fundamental shift in the battle
against terrorism. Israeli police had recently received information that
bomber might attack, and now it seems
to have happened. The first concern for the Israelis is that a new factor
must now be
considered — one that was previously moot.
Palestinian women, who used to limit their
public activities to marching protests, must now be suspects in Israel's
terrorism. This, however, is minimal compared
to the greater picture of the role of women in Islamic society.
It is evident that terrorists compose a
small percentage of the Islamic population as a whole. With increased security,
actions get tougher to carry out day by
By introducing a new element, the woman
bomber, the terrorists may have sought to gain an advantage. This woman
have simply been the tool of terrorists.
The fact remains, though, that a woman was the end instrument of destruction
time, not a man.
If this trend continues and more women
carry out attacks, what will it mean for the world of Islam? It could mean
nothing. Or it
could mean that the terrorists simply
have a large new resource of lives to callously expend.
It could also mean that even mainstream
Islamic women would realize the significance of women taking active participation
— even if the men don't seem to care.
Does this all amount to anything? At this
moment in time, it is simply a new twist in the turn of events of terrorism.
In time, it
could mean much more. If more women publicly
and actively participate in terrorist activities, Islamic women could begin
demand equal status in Islamic society,
in addition to the ideal equality guaranteed by Islamic law.
If a woman can fight and die for Islam
(albeit misguidedly), why can't she live equally under it? If this act
is the first of a trend,
mainstream Islamic women might some day
begin to use it to push for greater equanimity in their society.
The death of one woman cannot cause so
much to happen, but it could be the start of a cultural phenomenon within
This phenomenon would take many years,
if it were to occur.
Unfortunately, it seems that such a phenomenon
could only begin with women dying for a radical cause, and many innocent
victims dying along with them.