Suicide Bombings, Financial Distress and Predetermined Research Findings
The In Jerusalem magazine which comes with the Friday Jerusalem Post has a "round-up of city affairs" called "This Week in Jerusalem." This past Friday, there was an item which read as follows (link seems to require payment):
The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, which is part of the Hebrew University, has found a link between suicide bombers and financial distress. According to the research findings, unemployment is a major factor that drives suicide bombers to implement their plans. Some people may have assumed that hatred was the cause, but it seems that unemployment and severe economic conditions are also behind the decision and the choice of targets in the attacks. The results of the research (on suicide bombers during 2002-2006) have been presented to the prime minister and the defense minister.
I was not able to find anything on this at the Truman Institute's website and thusfar they have not responded to my inquiry.
The columnist told me she took this from a 2010 book called "Palestinian and Israeli Public Opinion" and I have not read the actual research findings.
Anyway, it seems to me that the "findings" that show financial distress as the cause (or even a cause) of suicide bombings, is risible on the face of it. Consider:
We don't see suicide bombers coming from populations suffering financial distress, except as an Islamic political statement.
The bombers always seem to detonate themselves among their political enemies, not say among the economic oppressors within their own brethren.
Perhaps the research findings can be supported if we consider that a suicide bomber's family receives financial support from the Palestinian Authority itself and its assorted accomplices. But that is likely not cited by the research, because it would undermine their entire claim that there is no hate involved.
But I suppose we could assume that these findings were predetermined the moment the study was commissioned by an outfit with "Advancement of Peace" in its name.