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Literally torn from the headlines: "a Martyr on the Loose"... The viewer is taken on a disturbing journey that few can comprehend - deep into the culture and psychopathology of suicide bombers - this century's latest warfare phenomenon! This feature documentary takes the audience on a disturbing journey deep into a culture that few can comprehend - that of suicide bombers. Filmmaker Pierre Rehov examines the phenomenon of suicide bombers through rare and never-before-seen interviews with actual family members of terrorists, the prisoners whose bombing attempts have been thwarted, and exclusive footage of a terror bomber as he prepares for a mission! This film provides a message of urgency for increasing our understanding of the psychopathological dynamics of these terrorist bombers. We finally gain insight to how these human bombs "tick". The DVD features include US Theatrical Trailer, Additional Scenes, Interactive Educational Tools, Exclusive Interviews with Survivors and Jailed Bombers.
Suicide Killers is a trip to the dark side. This is a place where one Palestinian bomber, checking his stock of guns and grenades as he prepares for his next mission, expresses the hope that his three young children will follow in his footsteps, while another says, "I will not regret it if (the target) is a nursery full of kids." Yet these extraordinary statements are only part of the tale told in Pierre Rehov's 80-minute film, which sheds light not only on terrorists but also on the others in their grim orbit. There are Israelis who survived attacks staged by Hamas; parents of bombers, some bewildered by their sons' deeds, others proud of them; and a few voices of reason, such as a Palestinian in Gaza who says, "You can't build a security (sic) life by blood." There are also scenes from a "summer camp" for kids where "martyr training" is conducted, and, most strikingly, multiple interviews with jailed bombers who failed at their appointed rounds, including a couple of women whose serenity, as Rehov puts it, is more disturbing than their desire to fight. Much of this isn't typical fly on the wall documentary stuff, but direct, intimate contact with the terrorists (including one whose cell wall is draped with a giant Minnie Mouse curtain), often featuring extreme close-ups of their eyes. Along the way, there's plenty of speculation about the motives that drive people to blow themselves up in the hope that they'll take dozens of victims, if not more, with them. One pundit suggests it's pure brainwashing, while another dismisses the bombings as a "cynical tactic for political ends." Others posit the theory that the repressive separation of the sexes in strict Muslim society has so frustrated some men that they're willing to die young in order to reach paradise, where they'll be surrounded by 72 virgins. And, of course, there's virulent anti-Semitism, and hatred of Israel and its "brutal occupation" of Palestinian territory. At times, the terrorists' endless rhetoric comes off as posturing. But then you see the bloody results of their handiwork, and when you hear them proclaim their willingness, eagerness even, to get another chance to kill, you know they're deadly serious. The DVD features include additional scenes, further interviews, and more. --Sam Graham
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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.
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.
Many of those interviewed have yet to reach their twentieth birthday. The full grown adults, however, also come across as intellectually shallow, immature, and suffering from low self esteem. It soon becomes clear why it was so easy to entice them to volunteer for a suicide bombing operation. No, they are not mere victims of alleged Western imperialism. Their difficulties far transcend the lazy and incomplete perspective of Marxist ideology. A number of them seem gentle and inoffensive. They don't appear even slightly threatening. I am sure of this: you will not be able to look away from the screen. "Suicide Killers" will demand your full attention. You must see this movie. Order a copy today. You will not be disappointed.