|The planner of the terrorist massacre at Sbarro, |
now freed, living in Jordan and presenting weekly
television programs that celebrate terror. [Source video]
The explosion that resulted, at 2:00 pm when the pizza shop was filled with children and women, killed 15 people, leaving a 16th unconscious (she remains unconscious all these years later) and maiming some 130 others, many of them passers-by on the busy street.
Our daughter Malki was fifteen years old when she was murdered in that Hamas attack. The human bomb died, of course. The chief planner was a woman of 21 at the time. She brought the human bomb, who evidently did not know Jerusalem as well as she did, to the site that hot afternoon. She later boasted that she had selected it because of the large number of Jewish children she knew would be patronizing it at that hour on that school vacation day. She walked away a few minutes before the massive explosion, returned quickly to Ramallah and presented the evening news that night on PA Television.
Behind terrorist massacres like the one at Sbarro, there are often quite complex webs of logistics, connections and funding that tie the various perpetrators and their often-highly-placed enablers to each other.
To illustrate, the parents of the human bomb appeared on NBC News some years ago, and candidly revealed to the interviewer and the cameras that after the "heroic" deed of their dead son, they received payments from Arab Bank in ways that are laid out in an article ["Terror ties at a Middle Eastern bank?"] on the NBC News website. That NBC item includes a video clip of the parents speaking as well as a conversation between NBC's investigative reporter and a spokesperson for Arab Bank.
The human bomb's parents, as recorded in a video interview with one of the Hamas satellite television channels, described the impact on them:
They both expressed their pride and appreciation of Tamimi and how she helped their son become a Martyr: "We are proud of Ahlam Tamimi even before our son, by Allah. She fulfilled her obligation and made me proud. We thank Allah and Ahlam Tamimi, who brought him [my son] to this high level." [Palestinian Media Watch]
See also "Terror Victims to Press Claims Against Arab Bank | Suit Alleges Financial Firm Knowingly Routed Compensation Payments to Hamas Operatives", Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2014. A brief extract:
The evidence Mr. Osen [one of the plaintiff's lawyers in this week's trial] said he plans to use at trial includes records of transactions that flowed through the bank's New York branch, as well as records of bank transactions involving a Saudi charity called the Saudi Committee, which the lawsuit says paid a "comprehensive insurance benefit" of about $5,300 to families of suicide bombers. If the bank were found liable, a separate trial would determine the amount owed to victims and their families.
The bank said it provided routine services to the Palestinian charities and said it legally processed tens of thousands of automated fund transfers for the Saudi Committee, including 1,700 payments to survivors of Palestinians who died in the conflict. "Arab Bank processed the Saudi Committee transfers with the understanding that they were intended to alleviate a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian Territories and not, as the lawsuits allege, to incentivize Palestinians to commit terrorist attacks," the bank said in an online statement.