|Celebrations in the little village of Nabi Saleh as the release date for several of its murdering sons and daughters|
approaches, in October 2011. The woman wearing a white scarf in the framed photo is our daughter's murderer, Ahlam Tamimi, a beloved and widely-admired figure, a town hero, because of the deaths she brought about [Image Source: CNN]
One of the constitutional obligations of the Board of Deputies is to take such appropriate action as lies within its power to advance Israel’s security, welfare and standing. As you may know, last year Yachad UK narrowly achieved a two thirds majority at the Board of Deputies to be admitted as a member. At the time, I along with the 60 other Deputies that voted against their admission were concerned that this would lend credibility to an organisation that is outside the mainstream of Jewish life in the UK and has a well-known reputation for demonising and delegitimising the Jewish State of Israel. Indeed I was aware that Yachad funds numerous “educational” trips to Judea and Samaria, known to them as “the West Bank”.
Their guides include a member of the infamous fringe group “Breaking the Silence”. On such radical groups, the reputation of Yachad hangs. Even the left-wing Haaretz newspaper described Breaking the Silence as having “a clear political agenda, and can no longer be classed as a ‘human rights organization.’’’ In fact as I am sure you will agree, checkpoints are an essential security requirement for the citizens of Israel. As far as I am aware, there are no such Yachad-funded “educational” visits to Israeli terror victims. Had there been, Yachad might get a different Israeli perspective of the need for security and check posts.
Their activities in Israel are entirely pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel. However if this was not bad enough it has now been drawn to my attention that Yachad’s tours have, in the past, stopped at the Tamimi house for drinks and a briefing from the family themselves. Having already read the article about the Tamimi family [source], I was absolutely shocked to learn that Yachad had gone beyond giving legitimacy to an Israeli political group with an agenda that undermines Israel’s security but is also giving legitimacy to the family of a well-known Pallywood “star”.
This led me to do further research on the subject and I came across the blog “This Ongoing War" which was cofounded by you and inspired by the tragic murder of your daughter, Malki, at the age of 15 in a massacre in the centre of Jerusalem carried out by Hamas, the infamous Sbarro massacre.
In particular I saw this recent article: 07-Sep-15: Peace, human rights, the sheer joy of killing people. There, you state that Ahlam Tamimi - who rode with the suicide bomber, helped him and his explosive-filled guitar pass without interference through the Qalandia security crossing - can be seen on video exulting over the murder of the victims and is in fact a cousin of Bassem Tamami, the father of Shirley Temper. Clearly this raises the most serious questions about Yachad that I intend to raise at the first possible moment. I would therefore be grateful if you could provide the evidence of the relationship between the Tamimi family of Pallywood fame and Ahlam Tamimi.
I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely | David Berens | JNF UK
|Child abused: The widely-photographed Tamimi child, |
better known as Shirley Temper, with the PA Minister of Education
last week in the Nabi Saleh village schoolyard [Image Source]
This is the Tamimi who, under the title "Palestinian human rights activist", is heading to the US now for a month-long roadshow during September and October about which we commented a few days ago ["07-Sep-15: Peace, human rights, the sheer joy of killing people"]. Amnesty International which took him under its wing some years ago is among the groups paving his way in the US.
|Tamimis celebrating in Nabi Saleh on the day their favourite|
murdering cousin/clan member was freed
|A UPI photo [source] shows Eftikhar Tamimi in her|
Nabi Saleh home, holding a poster of her sister Ahlam, the
murderer, on October 17, 2011. The sister was freed
from prison two days later amid unrestrained joy in the
|Nariman Tamimi, wife of Bassem, recently posted|
this tribute to her mass murdering cousin Ahlam
on her Facebook page [Image Source]
|Nabi Saleh: Photographers seem to be drawn to images|
of young men with slingshots. Photos of bombers and
knife-wielding Tamimi attackers are less photogenic
[Image Source: WFB, "All the intifada that fits to print"]
|Close ties: Bassem Tamimi with arm around his nephew/cousin Nizar Tamimi, murderer/terrorist in the service of Fatah. [Image Credit: Anne Paq/Activestills.org]|
That deleted Wikipedia text is the village of Nabi Saleh paying tribute to its own viciously violent true self: to its warriors, to its killers, to its dead fighters - all named - and above all to its favourite daughter, the one who smiles on-camera when she recalls how many innocent Jewish children she blew to pieces in the Sbarro pizzeria, our daughter Malki among them.
For additional background, may we recommend two fine analyses by the estimable Petra Marquardt-Bigman -
- Bassem Tamimi and the Use of Children as Political Props (September 3, 2015)
- The Tamimi masterclass on media manipulation (September 7, 2015)