Here is a description of one of the attacks:
On 29 March 2002, during the afternoon, a Palestinian 18-year-old female suicide bomber approached the Kiryat Yovel supermarket in Jerusalem. The supermarket at the time was full of customers shopping for the weekend.Hamas claimed responsibility although Akhras trained with Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
Haim Smadar, the 55-year-old security guard who guarded the entrance to the supermarket and spoke Arabic, became suspicious after two Arabic women who usually sold vegetables outside the shop entrance had been warned by Akhras to leave. Akhras detonated the explosives at the entrance to the store while struggling with Smadar, killing him and Rachel Levy, a 17 year-old Israeli girl. In addition, about 30 people were injured in the attack. Smadar managed to forcefully keep her away from the crowd, thus preventing a larger loss of life had the attack taken place inside the store.
After the attack, it was discovered that the suicide bomber was also carrying an unexploded mortar bomb. When news of the bombing reached Dheisheh, some of the residents celebrated, handing out candies and firing guns in the air.
At the time of the bombing, Newsweek disgustingly compared the terrorist and the victim.
Several years afterwards, an idealistic Israeli filmmaker did the same. She tried to get the mothers of Rachel Levy and Ayat Akhras together to see if they could unite in their respective grief. In the end, they could only speak by satellite. Here, we see the difference between the two sides: while Mrs. Levy tried to find something in common with the other mother, Mrs. Akhras could only speak about how justified the terror act was.
Now Ayat Akhras' body has been returned, and her mother is just as enamored of terror as she ever was.
She is happy that her daughter's remains are returning and she can bury her in a plot that has been waiting for twelve years. The Palestine Today article is sympathetic with her, of course. The mother proudly mentions how passionate her daughter was in her hate of Israel.
The last paragraph of the story:
Today Aayat returns to her mother as a bride, like she [hr mother] always wanted to see her... She returns in times of failure and defeat in order to emphasize through her death, life and martyrdom that "Between us and our enemy there are only funerals", the funerals of our martyrs and their dead.Thousands attended the double funeral of Akhwas and another suicide bomber whose body was returned. (The other bomber injured four Israelis in Neve Dekalim but didn't kill anyone.)
Huge banners of Ayad Akhwas were set up along the funeral route.
There is truly no comparison between the monsters who raise children to kill others and those who raise their children to live their lives productively.
None of the hundreds of NGOs in the territories, and certainly not the PA government, are doing a thing to change the mentality of Palestinian Arabs away from worshiping at the altar of this death cult. No peace agreement can ever change the attitude of those who openly celebrate terror, and none of the so-called liberals and progressives in the area are doing a thing to change these attitudes. On the contrary, they often identify with them. The official PA news agency refers to Akhwan as a "martyr".
Incitement is a major issue, but the lack of any initiative to change the basic value system of Palestinian Arabs from making terrorists into heroes is even worse. UNRWA claims to have a "human rights" curriculum in the schools but I do not believe at any point do they attempt to humanize Zionists, meaning that it is not making a dent in the hate.
Their self-appointed leaders will pretend to the West that they are liberal and democratic and support human rights, but in the end the majority still are closer in worldview to Ayat Akhras' sickening mother than to Rachel Levy's.
As long as this is true, any peace agreement is doomed before it starts. Those who recklessly push such an agreement before Palestinian Arabs are truly ready to believe that Israelis are human beings are perpetuating and worsening the conflict, not solving it.