Attacking Israelis seen as way out for troubled Palestinians

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Attacking Israelis seen as way out for troubled Palestinians
Attacking Israelis seen as way out for troubled Palestinians

HAR ADAR, West Bank (AP) – Israeli and Palestinian experts say there have been dozens of cases throughout a two-year spate of violence in which suicidal Palestinians plagued by emotional and psychological issues carried out deadly attacks.

They say those attacks retroactively were cloaked in nationalism to hide the shame of their personal problems.

Out of some 400 Palestinian attacks tracked by Israel since September 2015, about 18 percent of assailants were driven by personal issues, according to Israel’s Shin Bet security agency. Roughly two-thirds of the cases were ideologically motivated, and 15 percent were driven by unknown factors, the agency said.

Experts say a Palestinian’s shocking shooting attack against the Israeli community where he worked this week highlights the recent trend.

FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 file photo, a relative shows a photo of Nimr Jamal who opened fire at the entrance of a settlement Tuesday killing three people, at his family’s home in the West Bank village of Beit Surik. An Israeli Shin Bet security service investigation revealed that the 37-year-old Jamal was a troubled man with a history of domestic violence, whose wife had recently fled to Jordan to escape his abuse, leaving him behind with their four children. According to this account, Jamal snapped, but instead of killing himself or his relatives in anonymity he decided to go out in a blaze of glory amid the maelstrom that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)