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The New Terrorist: The Middle-Class Loner

Teenage terrorist murderer of 13-year-old Israeli girl (Photo: facebook)

The typical narrative of the Palestinian terrorist is one mired in poverty, devoid of hope, and easily coerced. However, Yediot Achronot's Smadar Perry writes that a growing number of those carrying out terror attacks come from middle-class, "established" families:

The information collected about Mohammed Taraireh is right on the money when it comes to profiling the new kind of terrorist. The house that will get demolished is not a tin shack or a tiny crowded apartment of those living in poverty. His family is part of the Palestinian middle cast. And, indeed, one of the conclusions of the study is that attackers are no longer the younger generations of lower-class families, who were easily recruited because of despair or promises of monetary reward, but a growing number of children from "established" families...

The researchers examined social media. When looking at attackers' pages, they identified sudden changes in their posts, like Taraireh's Facebook page that has gone through a 180 degrees change. He dropped out of school and went to work at a bakery, came home only every other day, withdrew to his room and spent a lot of time on the computer, browsing ISIS recruiting websites.

His behavior was exactly what the researchers alerted to: From a happy and active teenager, Taraireh became—following the death of his cousin who carried out a vehicular attack against Israelis—to a threat and a loner. "Everyone has the right to die," he wrote, "and I demand that right to myself." No one saw this, and no one addressed it...

So far, we haven't heard a condemnation from Abbas about the horror that took place, and it is frustrating to see how the Palestinian media covered the incident. The headlines focused on the teenager who was shot to death while carrying out a "mission," he was dubbed a hero, and writers complained of "Israeli incitement." According to reports on the Palestinian side, Taraireh encountered "difficulties" in his mission. He planned on continuing his murdering spree and killing more Israelis.

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