|The Jordan Media Institute campus, Amman [Image: Sahar.Ahmed - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons]|
"The lights of free speech are being steadily extinguished across the Arab world, heralding a new era of ignorance, intolerance and repression..."
A high-performing professional, she is the prime mover behind the establishment of an Arabic-language graduate school of journalism, Jordan Media Institute, which opened its doors in Amman in 2010. Its mission was to “raise professional standards and become a regional beacon” on the model of the princess' alma mater, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Sitting on the JMI board of directors are prominent individuals from journalism, law, publishing, the royal family of Jordan and the long-time head of the Agence France-Press bureau in Amman.
All of this, while acknowledging "the distinctiveness of Arab culture and philosophy".
|The button links to the jmijournalists.com site|
But intentionally or not, it is these pages – along with the invaluable help of Google Translate’s Arabic-to-English service - that shine a revealing light for non-Arabic speakers like us on what all that NGO and government money, inspiration and support is enabling for this “unparalleled centre of excellence in the Middle East”.
- Tamimi brought a human bomb to the center of Jerusalem on August 9, 2001 to destroy the busy Sbarro pizzeria. She was instrumental in planning this major terrorist attack.
Fifteen people were blown to pieces that day and 130 injured, many of them children and infants.
- The sixteenth victim – a young mother with her two year-old daughter – has never regained consciousness.
- The people traveling on the bus with Tamimi from Jerusalem to Ramallah in the hour after the explosion beamed with delight as the scale of the carnage was reported on the radio.
- Tamimi was barely able to contain her own happiness , the joy that came from secretly being the one responsible for the massacre and .
|We first published this image four years ago|
But not to hold our breaths.
The Lower House  on Wednesday endorsed draft amendments to the State Security Court (SSC) Law following extensive discussions over its provisions. The deputies excluded “resistance actions” against Israel from the court’s jurisdiction, following a proposal to do so by Deputy Tareq Khoury (Zarqa, 1st District). ; hence, they approved a provision that excludes actions against Israel from terrorism crimes. [, December 11, 2013 Note that this page is no longer reachable via a regular Google search. But it remains stored on the Wayback Machine, the archive.org repository of pages that never disappear. Click to see it here.]
When Tamimi joined Hamas in 2001 as its first female jihadist, an explosion was what Tamimi had in mind. And on August 9, 2001, she made it happen.
"The smile on my face will not be erased. I will not ask forgiveness... I will be smiling always because I won."
“It is our responsibility to distance the defendant from society forever… Let the normal pleasures of life therefore be denied the accused until the time of her death behind bars. We sentence the guilty party, unanimously, to fifteen life sentences and add to them one further life sentence for her other crimes… [and] recommend that the guilty party not be eligible for pardon by the military commander, nor to early parole by any other means.”
(The Al Durah affair centers on that went phenomenally viral 14 years ago. The Arab boy is terrified; his father is powerless; the Israeli bullets keep coming, until finally they strike home; the boy is dead. The part screened at the time, right after the point where he is declared dead by the voice-over, shows the boy peeking out at the camera from under a raised elbow, plainly dead. The consequences continue to exact innocent lives and are still being litigated in France’s courts.)
Jerusalem, August 9. 2001: The aftermath of the attack on a Jerusalem pizzeria,
proudly engineered by JMI's "success model"
The beautiful, tragically short life of my daughter shows that. , loved making people smile, loved doing good. Her devotion to children with severe disabilities, starting with her own youngest sister, was inspirational. The work of the foundation we created in her memory – – with families from every part of Israeli society (Christians, Druze, Moslems, the unaffiliated, Jews) who care for a child with severe disabilities is way of creating a .
UPDATE December 1, 2015: Much has happened since we published this post a year ago. What we have learned about the Jordan Media Institute affair - and the involvement of Jordan's establishment including the royal family that owns and operates Jordan - is an ongoing scandal. It's compounded by an inexplicable cover-up by several major foreign governments, by some of the world's most important NGOs, and by an embarrassingly large collection of members of the media. It touches on multiple issues (funding, development, journalism, government among others) but on none more sensitive or dangerous than terrorism.
We want readers who have gotten to this page to at least be aware of what we added to our understanding during these past 12 months:
- 11-Dec-14: Is it newsworthy when journalists make a terror-addicted murdering colleague their role-model?
- 11-Jan-15: Does the king need to fly to Paris to stand with terror victims? He can do it better back in Jordan
- 16-Jan-15: Incubating terror-minded journalists in Jordan but they have an answer to the criticisms
- 19-Jan-15: The dilemmas of funding and enabling terror
- 05-Jun-15: Beyond the politics, the business and the misunderstandings at Orange, a question of terror
- 30-Nov-15: Incitement to savagery costs lives on all sides so why doesn't everyone want to shut it down?