BURNING FLOWERS, BURNING DREAMS
CONSEQUENCES OF SUICIDE BOMBINGS
ON CIVILIANS IN ISRAEL 2000-2005
WHAT THIS REPORT CONTAINS
Chapter One, "Path Towards Suicidal Terror", traces origins of suicide bombing, and intensive use of suicide bombing as a strategic choice against civilians. It draws on international examples of using lethal weapons primarily directed at civilians during conflict.
Chapter Two, "Deadly Profile", outlines the pattern of suicide bombings in Israel from September 2000 to February 2005.
Chapter Three, "When The World Explodes – Who Helps?" explores the provision of primary assistance at the bombing scene, from passersby, ambulance crews, and volunteers who collect body parts for burial. 'Testimony boxes' contain interviews with key informants such as members of ambulance teams.
looks at examples of what needs to be in place in hospitals in order to accommodate the often huge influx of
casualties in a very short time. Testimony boxes reflect voices and experiences of front-line hospital staff.
Some medical and surgical innovations are outlined, such as new ways to treat wounds caused by bombs
packed with nails and screws. Examples describe how innovations are being shared with other countries
during international training courses and study tours.
"Wounds of the Mind", looks at psycho-emotional consequences resulting from
suicide bombings, such as post traumatic stress disorder. It contains testimonies of survivors and families of
Eight, "Bombs With Eyes", focuses on the human bombs, myths about suicide bombers, their motivation, their dispatchers, and social support networks. It considers the role
of female bombers, indoctrination of children, funding of suicide bombing, religious incitement, and
international attitudes towards suicide bombing.
and Burning Dreams", questions why the world appears to tolerate suicide bombing against civilians in
Israel and discusses escalation of suicide bombing against civilians elsewhere. It considers Israeli actions to
protect its citizens and some differing interpretations of Israeli-Palestinian history. It looks briefly at suicide
bombing in relation to international humanitarian law, the role of the UN, humanitarian agencies and
spiritual leaders. It cites examples from the evolving field of terrorism law. Finally, it
asks what can be done to prevent those who support terror from 'burning the flowers of peace and burning the dreams of peace' of
those who value – and still dream of – a world free from terror.
HOW THE PROJECT WAS CARRIED OUT
When realistic objectives had been identified, the project was put into action by an
informal network of around 100 volunteers in various locations around Israel. The volunteers represented a
wide variety of social, political and religious standpoints, but coalesced regarding the objectives of the
project. They participated in designing the research tools, interviewing survivors and families of victims,
raising funds, appraising the cover design, and editing the report.
Early in 2003, new information was collected through interviewing key informants such as
'front-line' emergency health personnel, specialists in trauma, experts in rehabilitation, psychologists,
psychiatrists, trauma therapists, bereavement counselors, social workers, media representatives and terror
experts. The project was assisted by terror victims' organizations in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and
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