Malki Roth, aged 15, was murdered, along with her friend MIchal Raziel and 13 other innocent civilians, in the suicide bombing at the Sbarro Restaurant in Jerusalem in August, 2001. They had decided, as teenagers will, to have some pizza. Another young married woman, also enjoying a summer break at the restaurant, has been unconscious since the bombing.
Their photogenic murderess, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, presented the news on Palestinian Authority TV that same evening.
Upon being told that eight children were among the victims, not three as she had originally thought, she broke into a wide smile.
Tamimi received 16 life sentences in an Israeli court for the monstrous crime, but she was freed in the Shalit deal and is a popular media personality now in the Arab world. She married Nizar Al-Tamimi while in prison. A marriage made in hell.
He had murdered and burned the body of Chaim Mizrachi, had been sentenced to life imprisonment and was freed in the Shalit deal as well, but on condition that he remain only in the area controlled by the Palestinian Authority.
His request to join his wife was an attempt to erase the last iota of punishment for the crimes of the two, who have never shown the slightest remorse for their actions.
In an attempt to prevent this couple from living the life they denied their victims, the Roth family turned to the Prime Minister - and the courts. Al-Tamimi, however, was allowed to leave Israel on June 7.
Arnold Roth, Malki's father, has sent Arutz Sheva the letter the bereaved parents wrote to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Arutz Sheva brings the heartbreaking plea for a modicum of justice below:
We reminded you of the atrocities committed by Tamimi - the fifteen men, women and children she massacred and the pleasure she expressed on camera about her crimes. She had been sentenced to 16 life terms and the court had recommended that no consideration be given in the future to her being included in any prisoner swap deals. We urged you, before it was too late, to make the decision never to allow her to be released.
It got considerable attention, but neither you nor any of your aides ever responded to us then or later.
Currently, she is the star performer in a weekly television program broadcast globally throughout the Arabic-speaking world, and whose essence is the encouragement of acts of terror.
He too was released in last October’s Shalit deal. His release was conditioned on the requirement that he remain at all times within the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.
Ahlam Tamimi, self-confessed, convicted, unrepentant and proud murderer, will now be free to enjoy a life of marital and family happiness.
You argued in a televised speech to the nation last October that Gilad Shalit had to be returned even if the price of his freedom is terribly high. You maintained that ultimately, even if it does not seem this way, the Shalit deal was in our best interests.
- Whose interests are served by this decision-reversal that permits Nizar al-Tamimi to leave the PA zone and cross over to Jordan?
- Which missing soldier are you returning by making this decision to allow Nizar Al-Tamimi to unite with the wife he has never met?
- Where is the sensitivity to the impact that the Tamimi terrorist couple’s newly achieved happiness is going to have on fundamental principles of law and justice? Where is the sensitivity to the feelings of victims?
There can be no doubt that the consequences of your decision will be negative in their impact on Israel’s deterrent capacity and its messaging to the world.
“A government that seeks the defeat of the terrorists must refuse to release convicted terrorists from prisons… Releasing imprisoned terrorists emboldens them and their colleagues… By nurturing the belief that their demands are likely to be met in the future, you encourage terrorist blackmail of the very kind that you want to stop. Only the most unrelenting refusal to ever give in to such blackmail can prevent this.” [“Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorists” – Binyamin Netanyahu, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York 1995 at Page 144]