Normally when a woman has children, she tries to look after them, right? Not in the case of 22-year-old Palestinian Reem Riyashi. In 2004, with a son of 3 and a daughter of 18 months, Riyashi felt she needed to abandon her family to (you guessed it) wage jihad against Israel.
Riyashi recorded a video before departing on her mission. In the video, she claimed she wanted to “turn [her] body into deadly shrapnel against the Zionists.” She claimed this had been her dream since age 13. You’d think her parents would have noticed something was wrong with her during her teenage years… oh wait, they’re Muslims too. I’m sure they supported Riyashi in her endeavor since hatred of Jews is in the Qur’an.
Leaving her children, Riyashi said “I always wanted to be the first woman to carry out a martyrdom operation, where parts of my body can fly all over … God has given me two children. I love them [with] a kind of love that only God knows, but my love to meet God is stronger still.”
Riyashi approached Israeli-controlled territory, explosives strapped to her body beneath the black drapery she was wearing. Once she had found a location where she felt she could cause the most damage, she made like the theme song of Islam, killing herself and four Israelis.
What Riyashi didn’t realize was that 72 male virgins are fairly easy to find without blowing oneself up – all she had to do was go to a Magic: the Gathering tournament. Hamas claimed credit for Riyashi’s operation, and receive criticism for sending a young mother as a mujahideen. Many Palestinians still supported the attack, and the jihadi drew significant praise from Egyptian media. A local sheikh said Riyashi’s martyrdom should inspire other young women to do as she did.
In 2011, Riyashi’s children were interviewed by a Hamas-run TV station. The screencap below says enough.