Due to al-Daif’s [high ranking] position, Wadad had to remain constantly out of sight. She was forced to quit her job as a researcher at a local charity due to concerns that collaborators working for Israel were monitoring her movement in order to assassinate her husband. About a year ago, she rented a house and lived there until it was struck by the occupation forces a few days ago.
Hajja Omm Mustafa Asfour, Wadad’s mother, received the news of her daughter’s martyrdom with ululations. She considered her death a sacrifice for the sake of her country and her people.
Speaking to Al-Akhbar, Omm Mustafa said she was very proud of her daughter’s martyrdom and that she is ready to give Commander al-Daif all her other daughters in marriage, one by one, “so that I would share with him the rewards of the Resistance [in heaven].”
“I knew that we would share with him this reward ever since he proposed to my daughter, and I will never regret approving it. I was the first to encourage this marriage,” she said, adding that her daughter Wadad did not hesitate to marry al-Daif because she felt it was a great honor for her and for her family.
The whole icky thing.
“The religious and cultural symbolism that the sword carries with it in the eyes of the Muslims, particularly in the Middle East, is an important factor in determining the terrorists’ choice to behead hostages,” Pete Lentini and Muhammad Bakashmar of Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Center explained in a 2007 academic paper. Lentini and Bakashmar also cited examples of beheadings in modern Islamic states – last year Amnesty International criticized a ‘disturbing’ rise in executions in Saudi Arabia, including beheadings.
Others have found even deeper roots. Writing in the conservative Middle East Quarterly in 2005, Timothy R. Furnish noted that the “Pearl murder and video catalyzed the resurgence of this historical Islamic practice.” Furnish argued that justifications for beheadings can be found by looking to the Koran or Islamic history.
Via email, we’ve learned that Mark Vandermaas suffered a heart attack last night and is now in a London, Ontario hospital.
Oh STFU already and do something that actually benefits the citizens of Toronto. Idiots.
Why people hate unions, part #7663521787262.
No rallies, protests, fundraisers, boycotts, flotillas……whatevs.
The victims, their heads covered and hands tied, were shot dead by masked gunmen dressed in black in front of a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque after prayers, witnesses and al-Majd, a pro-Hamas website, said.
Near the scene of the execution, Hamas’ men attached a note serving as a general indictment for the ‘collaborators': “They provided the enemy with information about the whereabouts of fighters, tunnels of resistance, bombs, houses of fighters and places of rockets, and the occupation bombarded these areas killing a number of fighters… Therefore, the ruling of revolutionary justice was handed upon him“.
The Hamas-run website Al Rai said earlier that 11 others were killed by firing squad and warned that “the same punishment will be imposed soon on others.” They were killed by gunmen at an abandoned police station in Gaza earlier on Friday, Hamas security officials said.