Be'er Sheva Court Remands Bedouin Gunwoman's Family

A Be'er Sheva court yesterday extended the remand of the parents and uncle of a teenage Bedouin girl who was shot and killed after she tried to carry out an attack against a police base in the south.

The girl's father, Ibrahim al-Nabari, and her uncle, Awad al-Nabari, will remain in custody for four more days, while her mother was ordered held for an additional 24 hours. She is scheduled to be released today to house arrest in her brother's house.

The girl, Basma Awad al-Nabari, was shot and killed by Israel Defense Forces troops on Saturday, after trying to shoot at officers at a Border Police barrack at Shoket Junction.

"It's raining enemy missiles, the screams of Gaza ring in my ears. I have a strong desire to die for Palestine ... to die for Gaza," the girl wrote in her notebook, among other things.


Law-enforcement officials found the notebook, in which Basma expressed sympathy for the plight of Gazans and a willingness to sacrifice herself for their cause.

The police said in court that they found anti-Israeli incitement in Basma's room and elsewhere in her parents' house as well as three revolver shells in her uncle's house. They said they suspected the parents and uncle were "tied to the event."

"The terrorist's parents should have been responsible for her acts," the police representative said.

He cited an entry in Basma's notebook, to the effect that police and "the enemy" must be struck down and said there were documents tying the suspects to Hamas. A 16-year-old girl doesn't take it on herself to become a shahid, he said.

Esther Bar-Zion, the family's attorney, said the terrorist's mother was illiterate and did not know how to use a computer. "The police say the parents should have known their daughter was corresponding with Hamas. How could [the mother] have known?" she asked.

The Be'er Sheva District Court rejected the police's request to extend the family's remand by 15 days. The judge said a 16-year-old girl could make her own decisions and asked police for more "substantial" evidence linking the parents to the incident.

Poetry, not terror

The terrorist's cousin, Ali al-Nabari, said the quotes police cited from the girl's notebook were poetry she had downloaded or taken from friends. He said there were similar drawings and poems in his school as well, "but it's a far cry from intending to carry out a terror attack."

The family said the girl had been shot for no reason.

Other family members also had trouble believing the reports. "This is a false claim by the police," said a family member who asked to remain anonymous. "They are trying to cover up their actions. This could not have been a terror attack."

"Why didn't they show the gun on television?" asked another family member. "They only filmed her bag. They killed her accidentally and we intend to fight this to the end."