15 years ago a Palestinian terrorist was driven to the center of Jerusalem, to the Sbarro pizza restaurant, by Ahlam Tamimi, a member of the notorious Tamimi terror clan. The terrorist blew himself up in the middle of the restaurant, killing 15 innocent Israelis, most of them children.
Amongst those killed were 5 members of the Schijveschuurder family – parents and 3 children – leaving another 3 children orphaned, and 15 year old Malki Roth and her friend. Malki’s parents Arnold and Frimet chose to memorialize Malki Hy’d by setting up the Keren Malki foundation to provide assistance to families with handicapped children to care for them at home. They also set up a blog, This Ongoing War, in which they have been documenting terrorism and anti-Israel activity without let-up.
Frimet now has her own blog and this week she published a hard-hitting post “15 years on, there’s no relief from the grief”. It makes for very difficult reading but I recommend you do read it. If nothing else, this post is very suitable for these last days before Tisha B’Av, the Jewish national day of mourning.
Besides the fatalities there were over 130 injured, many of them very seriously. One of them was Chana Nachenberg, an American citizen, who remains in a permanent vegetative state until this day. You can read her story through her daughter’s words at One Family Fund’s site.
For extensive coverage of the bombing, the vitims, and the perpetrators, I would recommend you read Miriam Elman’s post “Never forget: The Sbarro Massacre of 2001” at Legal Insurrection. She also includes the reactions and non-reaction of the US Department of Justice which is charged with prosecuting terrorists who kill American citizens and yet have been derelict in their duty. There are videos and media clips from the event which make very difficult viewing, but it is vital for us to remember, never forget.
Miriam’s post also includes details about the Tamimi family who have bred a clan of terrorists, chief amongst them Ahlam Tamimi who planned the bombing and transported the terrorist to the restaurant. She was released from Israeli prison in the Shalit deal and remains proud of her actions to this day, and only regrets not having killed more Jews:
Living in total freedom in Amman, Tamimi married another convicted terrorist a few years ago—a cousin who was also released in the Shalit prisoner deal. Despite the protests of the Roths and other victims of Palestinian terrorism, he was reportedly allowed by Israeli authorities to leave the West Bank on account of it “being easier” to have hardcore terrorists living in places other than Israel or the West Bank.
The joyous nuptials were covered live on TV.
Tamimi has said on repeated occasions that she carefully selected the Sbarro restaurant in order to maximize civilian casualties—especially children and religious Jews.
In multiple publicly-aired TV interviews, she has never expressed remorse of any kind. In fact, she is proud of the deaths that she helped to cause. During an interview in 2012, she recounted how happy she was to hear of the rising Sbarro attack body count. She had been under the impression that fewer Jews had been killed.
[there are more videos at the link]
Ahlam Tamimi and the Tamimi Clan
Ahlam Tamimi is a member of the extended Tamimi family. Based in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, they’ve become heroes in the West—particularly among journalists who frequently feature them as prominent civil society leaders of “non-violent resistance” against Israeli occupation.
The reality, as we’ve noted in prior posts, is that the Tamimis are a bunch of terrorism-promoting and blood-libeling Palestinian activists who have the nasty habit of spending much of their time exploiting their and other village children for anti-Israel publicity stunts.
All this brings us now to the possibly deliberately timed sickening paean of praise of the Tamimi family, written by American journalist Ben Ehrenreich in his book, or should I call it a hagiography, entitled The Way to the Spring (please excuse me if I do not promote his book by providing a link). An excerpt of his tear-jerker of a fairy tale (via DP-PT) was published in the Guardian (where else?) entitled Life and Death in Palestine. Further songs of praise to this vile book were published in the Economist and the New York Times (again, where else?).
The German-Israeli historian Petra Marquardt-Bigman has produced a brilliant rebuttal of Ehrenreich’s screed at Harry’s Place: Ben Ehrenreich celebrates the Tamimis (who celebrate terror). She also refers to another article she wrote on the same subject in the Tower Magazine back in November 2015 – How a Family became a propaganda machine – which I highly recommend.
From her Harry’s Place article:
Ehrenreich’s book has already won high praise from the New York Times, which recommended it warmly as a “Love Letter to Palestine” that is full of “heartbreaking and eye-opening” stories; similarly, a teary-eyed review in The Economist fawned over Ehrenreich’s “elegant and moving account” and emphasized that “[it] is in the author’s descriptions of the Tamimis that the hope, and the love, are to be found.”
The few hints Ehrenreich provides in his book about his protagonists’ sympathies for terrorism and terrorists apparently didn’t strike any reviewer as worthwhile investigating. Ehrenreich does acknowledge in passing that Ahlam Tamimi’s “relatives in Nabi Saleh still speak of her with great affection,” and he does get around to mentioning that two other Tamimi family members were convicted of the 1993 murder and burning of Chaim Mizrahi. One of them, Nizar Tamimi, happens to be the nephew of Ehrenreich’s dear friend Bassem Tamimi; Nizar is also the presumably proud husband of Ahlam: the two murderers were both released in the 2011 deal that freed Hamas hostage Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1027 convicted Palestinian terrorists – an event that was celebrated in Nabi Saleh – and they married shortly afterwards in Jordan. Bassem Tamimi and his wife Nariman, as well as their famous daughter Ahed, attended the happy occasion; needless to say, the murderous couple reportedly planned to “have resistance children.”
But as I have shown in a fairly detailed documentation that is based on examining publicly available social media posts and other material where the Tamimis freely express themselves, their image as “non-violent” activists who valiantly fight for a noble cause is hardly more than a façade designed to attract the support of gullible “pro-Palestinian” westerners and organizations like Amnesty International. While Ehrenreich worked hard to bolster this image, the Tamimis freely share their enthusiastic support for terrorism and their ardent Jew-hatred among themselves on social media (though mostly in Arabic). Bassem Tamimi tends to be more careful about the “non-violent” Tamimi brand and only occasionally betrays his admiration for terror groups like Hezbollah or the Qassam Brigades, but the Facebook page of his wife Nariman provides a steady stream of posts and interactions with friends and family that leave little doubt about the Tamimis’ shared enthusiasm for terror.
She then notes Ehrenreich’s loving words about these murderous terrorists:
Bassem and Nariman Tamimi are the first people Ehrenreich lists in his Acknowledgements, where he thanks them profusely: “I would not have been able to write this book without the abundant help, generosity, hospitality, kindness, laughter, encouragement, insights, and wise counsel of Bassem Tamimi, Nariman Tamimi, Bilal Tamimi, [and] Manal Tamimi.”
Once you’ve finished throwing up, just read it all and weep.
Petra has also teamed up with the Elder of Ziyon and produced an excellent 10 minute video which rips apart Ehrenreich’s screed and exposes his Jew-hatred for all to see. As the Elder writes:
For a glimpse of the intense Jew-hatred and the ardent support for terror that animates Ben Ehrenreich’s protagonists, watch the video below that will introduce you to the four people Ehrenreich lists first in the Acknowledgements for his book: Bassem and Nariman Tamimi, and Bilal and Manal Tamimi.
All this hatred, and the incomprehensible love by a Westerner for this Jew-hatred, is almost too much to digest. But digest it we must if we are ever to understand our enemy and conquer them and their hatred.