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.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
09-Aug-15: Gaza and Jerusalem: Remembering the assault on Sbarro
(The article below appears today on the website of The Algemeiner, and is reproduced here with their permission.)
New Face of Hamas – Same as the Old FRIMET ROTH
we visit our child’s grave on the day of her murder. And with the passing years
our grief acquires fresh layers.
In 2011, we grappled with the travesty
of justice that befell us via theShalit Deal.
This past week, we gathered at the cemetery with the knowledge that Hamas, the cult
that dispatched her killers, has gone through a makeover.
considered a dire threat to Israel, Hamas is now overshadowed by the maelstrom
of Iran’s nuclear threat and ISIS conquests.
even suggest that in comparison with the Gaza chapters of ISIS and Al Qaeda,
Hamas is a less insidious brand of terrorism. Others don’t even see it as a
danger to Israel, while still others embrace it sympathetically.
weeks, to commemorate the 2014 Gaza war, news networks have intensified their
quest for the video clip that most compellingly depicts the Gaza situation.
Evoking pathos for the Gazans’ plight, their journalists blame Israel for that
war, its casualties, its aftermath, the increasingly dismal Gazan economy and
the suffering of the Gazan children. Hamas rarely get so much as a slap on the
To be fair, Israel has itself been
turning a blind eye to the Hamas threat. Censured for Operation
Protective Edge, launched to eradicate lethal infiltration tunnels
and missile attacks from Gaza, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now trying
to curry favor with the West. One of the results is that the embargo imposed by
Israel on Gaza in 2009 has effectively been scuttled.
As the numbers below testify, Israel’s
blockade of Gaza continues in theory only. De facto, there is bustling two-way
traffic of myriad sorts: 115,000 Gazans crossed at the Erez Terminal
for medical treatment in Israel and abroad in 2014.
Roughly 1,000 Gazans, among them hundreds of merchants, crossed iton any given
day during 2015 along with six to eight hundred trucks carrying
thousands of tons of humanitarian, construction and consumer goods.
From daily statistics compiled byCOGAT, the Coordinator of
Government Activities in the Territories, we learn that on July 28, 2015
– a random date – of the 1,525 people traversing the Erez crossing, 95
were foreigners, 208 were humanitarian travelers, 919 were merchants and 302
were designated “others”. The nearly 600 trucks entering Gaza that day
delivered 17,162 tons of goods.
According to a source in the IDF’s
Southern Command, Hamas has not yet restored its rocket arsenal to pre-August
2014 levels, but it is steadily nearing that goal and will seek to exceed it
Israel). Nevertheless, the traffic at the Erez crossing continues.
Israel is complacent.
There is an
ugly truth absent from the above state of affairs. And this is the perfect time
to draw attention to it.
ago, a terrorist squad in the service of Hamas targeted innocent Jews, mainly
children, having lunch at the Sbarro pizzeria in the center of Jerusalem. It
was the height of the summer school vacation and mothers were out in droves
spending time with their children.
One of the terrorists,Ahlam Tamimi,
who survived the explosion after telling the human bomb to give her a few
minutes to get away,boasted afterwardsof how she had conducted several
earlier forays into the city scouting for a venue that attracted the greatest
number of women and children in the early afternoon hours.
This is a crucial detail. The eight
children killed there that day, out ofa total of
fifteen dead, in the ensuing massacre were not collateral damage.
They were not caught in any cross-fire. They were not stuck in some building
that housed weapons or fighters. They weretargeted.
The Hamas human bomb, Al Masri, bore
10 kg. of nail-enhanced explosives on his back, concealed withina guitar case.
He, along with the explosive components, was transported from east to west
Jerusalem by Tamimi, who disguised herself to look like a young Israeli woman.
He was eager to kill – not merely Jews; not merely children; but as Tamimi
religious ones. She was filmed saying proudly that she assured Al
Masri her target would satisfy his blood thirst.
Lest anyone imagine that Hamas is
rehabilitated, here are some facts to clear that up that delusion.
Hamas today employs Tamimi as a
high-profile inciter to terror. She hasher own
weekly TV programon
Al Quds, a global Hamas television station, broadcasting by satellite toArabic-language
speakers throughout the world. She collects amonthly
Palestinian Authority, for which the funding ispredominantly
from Europe. Hamas flies Tamimi overseas routinely to address fans,
to incite budding terrorists and to receive sundry awards and trophies for her
act of “heroism”. Between 2011 and 2014, she visited Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait,
Lebanon, Qatar, Tunisia and Yemen.
Hamas’ lust for murdering Jewish
children is alive and well. It is being dispersed beyond Gaza’s borders
and endangers every Israeli.
Complacency is a chilling stance for
Israel to take. It was just such an attitude that enabled the Sbarro massacre
to be perpetrated. Several days later, the Minister of Justice revealed that on
the morning of August 9, 2001, all the relevant arms of the government were
aware that Hamas operatives, armed with explosives, were making their way to
the capital intending to bomb and murder as many innocents as possible. They
decided not to warn the public. They opted not to empty the streets. They
relied on police patrols scouring the summer crowds for suspicious-looking
precious souls perished because of that lame, blasé response – among them my
Frimet Roth is a freelance writer in
Jerusalem. Her daughter Malki was murdered at the age of 15 in the Sbarro
pizzeria bombing on August 9, 2001. With her husband Arnold she founded the
Malki Foundation (www.malkifoundation.org) in their daughter’s name. It
provides concrete support for Israeli families of all faiths who care at home
for a special-needs child.