Palestinian lawmaker, mother of militants, dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm •  Published: March 17, 2013
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Farhat had two other sons were killed by Israeli forces while they were preparing attacks. Another son is in an Israeli prison.

The firebrand loyalist of the Islamic militant Hamas survived three Israeli airstrikes that targeted her house between 2006 and 2010.

She also survived an Israeli military assault on her house, when one of Hamas' top bomb makers, Emad Akel, was killed in a hail of fire in her front yard after hiding in her basement for a year.

Years later, in 2006, after she became one of the few women elected to the Palestinian parliament as a Hamas legislator.

She told The Associated Press that she cried for her slain sons but that "jihad (holy war) comes ahead of everything, including my feelings as a mother."

Israelis view such attacks as terrorism and are generally appalled by the way some Palestinians celebrate such militant attacks.

About 4,000 Palestinians attended her funeral, including Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.