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Suicide Killers
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2007
I am a consultant for security and counter terrorism issues. I watched "Suicide Killers" during the September 2006 International Counter Terrorism Conference. This is a very important documentary movie and I intend to use it as relevant training material within my professional security circles.

I recommend also to those who would like to try and comprehend with the suicide bombers phenomenon. It is a MUST!

Omer Laviv
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2007
Kudos to Pierre Rehov on such an outstanding movie! This is the story that the media has refused to tell us about suicide bombing. It is shocking to see what lies radical Islam teaches its folllowers about the west, about women and about Jews. Even more shocking was their prohibition against sex to young potential candidates for suicide bombing. It is amazing to see the way this prohibition is worked into motivate the followers to commit acts of terror. This film is a must see for any citizen of the free world who has a conscience.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2007
For anyone who wonders what motivates the people behind suicide - or homicide - bombings, this film provides a look at the psychopathology of these men and women. In their own words, would-be bombers give riveting explanations into what drives them to sacrifice their lives and lives of countless innocent victims. Their answers will surprise you.

An important and timely look behind the all-too-frequent headlines, "Suicide Killers" is not to be missed.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2007
This film needs to be seen by as many people as possible and soon as possible...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2007
This is a very intimate account of aims and motivations of suicide bombers in their own words. Overall, the producer manages to fade into the background and let the interviewed prisoners express their own belief that lead them to what they do. Still, some freudian nonsense and postmodernist narrative manages to creep in through the opinions of "experts": their guns are the phallic expression of their sexual frustration, the moment of suicide is the orgasmic passage to afterlife, women blow themselves up as a way of feminist revolt. Again and again I kept saying, "Cut the crap and let them talk!".

Also, I noticed some omissions in the English subtitles over Arabic interviews. For examples, one particularly young prisoner talks about his expectation of meeting the past prophets, saints and marrying 70+ virgins after he becomes a martyr. The subtitle omits the prophets and saints. There seems to be many other incorrect translations. One still gets the message, though.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2007
For years now, sympathic voices have been explaining to the media, and the world, why troubled souls resort to killing themselves because they have no other means to further their cause.

Finally, Pierre Rehov goes into the prisons and interviews the suicide bombers who were apprehended before they were able to complete their mission. Finally, the world can hear first hand the motives behind the suicide bombings. But the world will only hear if they care enough to listen.

Once the world listens, it will know how to act... if it is not too late.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2007
This was an amazing film that just left me breathless at the end. It gets into the minds of a lot of people who are in one way or another associated with suicide bombing missions, from the actual men and women who have attempted suicide bombing missions and those in training, to their victims, their families, their trainers, even children training for such missions. It is a must see for anyone interested in world politics, regardless of their politics.

For me, the most powerful parts of the film were the interviews with families who were proud of the "martyrs" in their family. To me, it demonstrated the insanity of the idea of suicide missions (not that I really needed that to be reinforced) while also showing the very real human suffering experienced by many of these people.

I'm sure many people will come away from this film with the feeling that we need to redouble our efforts to kill all Muslims before they can become terrorists and, in a way, I can see how they might feel that way, though I strongly and vehemently disagree. The people in this film are very determined and absolutely convinced that what they are doing is good and justified and convincing them otherwise is a very daunting task. However, we need to remember that the majority of Muslims do not think this way (regardless of what many people would lead us to believe) and, indeed, several Muslims and Palestinians interviewed for the film condemn the practice of suicide bombing. For me, the film just reaffirmed for me that we absolutely need to find a better way to address the rift between Muslim cultures and western civilization other than an endless, continuous cycle of violence. As difficult (indeed, seemingly impossible) as it will undoubtedly will be, we need to find a way, as human beings, to create some kind of understanding between our cultures. Otherwise, we will just see more and more violence and it will never end until we cause our own extinction.

Anyway, great film. Go see it or buy it, watch it, share it and discuss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
Saw the documentary after having visited high security prisons in Israel and I spoke with some of the terrorists who are also depicted in the documentary. The video pulls no punches and it highlights what appears to be an intractable problem with religious indoctrination driving most of the violence, though the politically correct media and high profile politicians dance around the possibility that Islam has a problem and that it is not an isolated one.
One of the Palestinians interviewed in the video gives all kinds of excuses about their youth lacking a father figure and blaming Israel for it, but that is pure bull. Various factions i.e. Al Fatah and Hamas have even tried to kill each other..nice father figure conflict...of course in everything Israel is at fault. The reality shown in the video is pretty clear. Israel is a democracy with the level of freedom that is despised by those in power across the border. It also does a good job showing how women fare in the Palestinian areas when compared to Israel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2007
A 'window' into the thoughts of those who kill indiscriminately in the name of their god, this is a well produced expose. The acts of violence are less portrayed while the convoluted reasoning of those who "do" these acts (or tried to) are on display in their myriad forms. This will give pause to any who believe you can reason with the hardcore members of Islamic terror groups. Their addiction to a twisted logic is so evident that one wonders how they will be stopped and perhaps they will only cease when all are dead or martyred. A must see for anyone who does not believe these extremists make up the worst threat to civilization since Hitler!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2009
On his death bed, Muhammad ordered that there shall be no Jews in the Arabian Peninsula. And, from then on, jihad has been fought to ensure one of Muhammad's final revelations.

And, that is the basis of Jihad today. Well, some of it. The other parts are orders to commit jihad until the entire world is dar al Islam. That means, that Jihad will be fought and that we will be in the house of war until sharia law or Islamic law rules over the entire world. Only then can there be peace. And, at that time, we will be in the House of Islam, or dar al Islam.

This is the only fault I really found in this film. It was an excellent documentary, too, but it neglected the main reason that the Jews are so incredibly despised by the "Palestinians". It really isn't because of the land, except for the fact that they have any at all. It's because the land there is supposed to be cleansed of Jews, or Jew free. And, all Jews permitted to live (and all Christians) should be living in dhimmitude. Remember, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc., AND Muslims live freely in Israel. No Jews at all live in Saudi Arabia and non-Muslims in most Muslim countries absolutely do not live freely.

To be sure, the film showed the indoctrination of the "Palestinian" children from their earliest age. No canoeing or kayaking at summer camp for them-- no, they learn how to become jihadists! And, they learn how to carry and use weapons and get indoctrinated into believing that being a shaheed is the greatest honor. As we hear in the film (and elsewhere), they really don't value life so much. They look forward to death and their virgins. Even the women look forward to being re-virginized, according to a female suicide bomber. Unfortunately, the filmmaker didn't ask for clarification on this point and I really wish he would have.

These failed suicide killers' hatred for the Jews/Israelis is palpable. It's really venomous. Some of the killers look like our neighbors, and some of them look like Charles Manson. But, even the nice ones spewed the same garbage.

Some of the more disturbing parts of the dvd included parents who were proudly raising their children to die for Allah. Without any irony, they hoped all their children became martyrs or shaheeds and looked forward to the day their own children would blow themselves up and take as many dead jews with them as possible.

For balance, the filmmaker showed several surviving family members (of shaheeds) who weren't so happy their family member blew themselves up and seemed to be mourning still. So, it's clear that not everyone there were 100% in agreement.

This was a great film to see the truth of what the suicide killers actually believe, how they feel, and what makes them tick. It's strange to see they aren't all visible monsters, though a few are. Some of them look like your neighbors and kids and seem reasonable. Yet, when the tough questions are asked, they respond in a way that is just the opposite to anything Western belief systems teach. They respond as you'd expect if you know Islamic doctrine.

Again, the only fault I found in this film-- and the reason I gave it four stars rather than five-- is the lack of discussing Koran and Islamic doctrine. These "Palestinians" are jihadists and commit jihadist acts because the Koran tells them to and because Muhammad did it and because Muhammad is their finest example of a human being. Their justification is found in Koran and Muhammad, not modern-day geopolitics. They've been killing Jews and Christians and Buddhists and Hindus for years and years and it's estimated that Jihad has been the cause of 270 million deaths. The Arab-Israeli conflict is unique in that it has been turned into propaganda to support the Jihadist cause. However, Islam's behavior towards non-Muslims is the same as it has always been-- the main purpose is to further Islam by whatever means necessary. All of this is the bulk of Islamic doctrine.
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