Rajaa Al-Halabi, the Head of Hamas's Women's Movement, said in a December 13, 2021 interview on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) praised female suicide bomber Rim Al-Riyashi and would-be suicide bomber Fatima Al-Najjar. She said that all the women of Hamas and Gaza would become suicide bombers if asked. In addition, she said that if the Al-Qassam Brigades were opened to women, there would be just as many female members as male members. For more about Rajaa Al-Halabi, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 8150 and 7800.
Rajaa Al-Halabi: "When I talk about women’s role in Jihad, I recall martyrdom-seeker Rim Al-Riyashi, who left her children behind [and blew herself up in 2004]. Sister Fatima Al-Najjar, an elderly woman, [tried to blow herself up in 2006]. She never left the battlefield of Jihad. There have been other women, as well. I say that all the women of Hamas, and I believe you to be one of them... The women of Hamas and in fact, all the women of Gaza, not just those who belong to Hamas... If they were asked to carry out martyrdom operations, they would not refuse.
"The women of Hamas aspire to be martyred for the sake of Allah. If our women were allowed to join the Al-Qassam Brigades, their number would not be less than that of the men."