Many people lack a factual understanding of events in our region because the media report them inadequately. We blog here because our daughter Malki, murdered at the age of 15 in a restaurant massacre in Jerusalem, was a victim of jihadist hatred and barbarism. For jihadism and terrorism to end in Israel, New York, Madrid, London and everywhere else, people first need to understand the scale on which it is happening and why. This ongoing war is killing us.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
19-Oct-11: Frimet Roth's letter in The Guardian: The murderer was no mere driver
Contrary to your report (Palestinian families wait to hear prisoners' fate, 14 October), Ahlam Tamimi did not drive the Sbarro restaurant suicide bomber to his target. She personally transported a bomb weighing 10kg from a West Bank town into Jerusalem, concealed inside a guitar case, and arranged for a taxi to bring her and an accomplice by the name of Al Masri to an Israeli security checkpoint. To reduce suspicion, they were dressed to look like Israelis. It worked. The bomb was not detected, and Tamimi led her "weapon" – Al Masri – to the target carefully selected by her.
The pizza restaurant was selected because it was located in the heart of Jerusalem and on a hot summer vacation afternoon it would be teeming with women and children. Tamimi instructed Al Masri to wait 15 minutes before detonating the explosives to give her sufficient time to flee the scene safely.
Our precious daughter, Malki, who was 15, perished in the ensuing inferno.
The contention that Tamimi was pressured into this barbaric act that took the lives of seven men and women and eight children, and left a 16th woman in a coma until today, is false. Since being sentenced to 16 life terms, she has been interviewed twice. She has repeatedly stated that she does not regret her actions. She smiled to the camera when she learned that she had murdered eight children; she had been under the impression it was fewer.
Are these the deeds and words of someone who "was a perfect target" for Hamas and who hadn't "fully thought through what she was doing", as her brother contends? Mention of the egregious injustice and betrayal now being perpetrated upon the families of the terror victims is the least that the Guardian could do in reporting this news.
Frimet Roth Jerusalem
Sorry to be so slow in posting this. These past few days have been intense.