Sunday, February 11, 2007
ARAB BANK PAYS OUT BLOOD MONEY - Life Insurance for Palestinian Suicide Bombers
DER SPIEGEL ^ February 09, 2007 Christoph Schult, Britta Sandberg and Ansgar Mertin
An important bank in the Arab world offers accounts paying a type of life insurance to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. But now it could soon face a lawsuit from American lawyers representing the victims.
On the morning of the day before he planned to blow himself up, Bassam Takruri wore a freshly ironed shirt, a blazer and polished shoes. At 10 a.m., the student said goodbye to his father, who gave him ten shekels in pocket money. It was a beautiful Saturday in May in the Palestinian town of Hebron.
Everything seemed normal, at least for the rest of the family. The 18-year-old Bassam, a boy with dark, earnest eyes, was ambitious. He wanted to become an engineer. His father called him his best son. But he spent the last night of his life away from this family -- something many suicide bombers do so as not to lose their nerve at the last moment.
(Excerpt) Read more at http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,465438,00.html ...