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Can one man's child murderer ever be another man's hero?
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Can one man's child murderer ever be another man's hero?

The PA has paid millions of shekels to the 8 "heroic" terrorists of the Sbarro bombing
  • The terrorist who chose to target the pizza shop specifically because it was crowded, doesn't understand why the world thinks murdering children makes her a terrorist
     
  • The PA payments to the 8 terrorists have totaled 3,209,740 shekels ($910,823)
     
  • Every month the PA pays an additional 25,800 shekels ($7,321) to the terrorists
By Maurice Hirsch, Adv. and Itamar Marcus
 
18 years ago today Ahlam Tamimi smuggled a bomb in a guitar case into Jerusalem and led a suicide bomber to the Sbarro pizza shop, who then murdered 15 Israelis, 8 of them children. When Tamimi thinks about the children she murdered she has "no regrets," in fact it makes her happy. These are some of her thoughts about murdering children:

Tamimi: "For nine days I examined the place very carefully and chose it after seeing the large number of patrons at the Sbarro restaurant..."
Interviewer: "Didn't you think about the people who were in the restaurant? The children? The families?"
Tamimi: "No."
Tamimi: "I have no regrets, and no Palestinian prisoner regrets what he or she has done..."
Interviewer: "Do you know how many children were killed in the restaurant?"
Tamimi: "Three children were killed in the operation, I think. [Smiles.]"
Interviewer: "Eight."
Tamimi: "Eight?! Eight." [Smiles more broadly.]
 


[PA TV rebroadcast the interview on Oct. 23, 2011, after her release]

Child murderer Tamimi was arrested by Israel and received 15 life-sentences. However, she was released 10 years later with over 1,000 terrorist prisoners, in exchange for the Israeli hostage soldier Gilad Shalit. Tamimi, who now lives in Jordan where she hosts a TV show, is on the United States "Most Wanted Terrorist" list.

In a recent interview on Al-Jazeera she explained that she cannot understand why the US wants to extradite her or why she is even defined as a terrorist.

"Seven years after our release, now the American [authorities] are demanding to re-arrest me. This has shaken our lives to a certain extent... Why are we defined as 'terror'? Why is Ahlam defined as 'a terror[ist]'? After all, I'm part of an independence movement, a national liberation movement, a resistance movement acting for its freedom."
 [Al-Jazeera.net website, March 28, 2019]

It is not only Tamimi who sees herself and her terror partners in the Sbarro bombing as heroic freedom fighters. The PA rewards every one of the child murderers involved in the bombing. Palestinian Media Watch has calculated that since the bombing on August 9, 2001, the PA has paid the 8 terrorists responsible for the attack and the families of the dead terrorists (so called "Martyrs") no less than 3,209,740 shekels ($910,823).

The payments include monthly salaries paid to the terrorists in prison, payments to the families of the dead terrorists and the payments to the terrorists who, like Tamimi, were released in the Shalit exchange.

Through August 2019, the PA has cumulatively paid:
  • the terrorists in prison 2,278,800 shekels ($646,651).
  • the families of the dead terrorists 565,600 shekels ($160,500).
  • the terrorists released in the Shalit deal 365,340 shekels ($103,672).
The payments to the released prisoners include special "release grants" that PA Chairman ordered be given to the released terrorists as a "Presidential gift as token of honor to prisoners."

The current payments rewarding the Sbarro terrorists and their families is 25,800 shekels ($7,321) /month. In spite of the self-inflicted PA financial crisis, since the beginning of 2019 alone, the PA has paid 206,400 shekels ($58,569).

See the following poster listing how much each of the terrorists has received. (Click here to download the poster.)


Because of Tamimi's prominence in the attack, she has become a public voice for Palestinian terrorists.

While still in prison, she was interviewed by Israeli TV and PA TV rebroadcast it the day she was released. The following is a longer segment of what was cited above:


Israeli interviewer: "Who chose Sbarro [restaurant, as the target of the attack]?"
Tamimi: "I did. For nine days I examined the place very carefully and chose it after seeing the large number of patrons at the Sbarro restaurant. I didn't want to blow [myself] up, I didn't want to carry out a Martyrdom-seeking operation (i.e., a suicide attack). My mission was just to choose the place and to bring the Martyrdom-seeker (i.e., the suicide bomber). [I made] the general plan of the operation, but carrying it out was entrusted to the Martyrdom-seeker. ... I told him to enter the restaurant, eat a meal, and then after 15 minutes carry out the Martyrdom-seeking operation. During the quarter of an hour I would return the same way that I had arrived. Then I bade him farewell. He went inside, he crossed the road and went to the restaurant, and I went back the way I had come... You have to know something: a Martyrdom-seeker has a very special character, and I was amazed at his great wish to carry out the operation, his great wish to pass over to a different life. How beautiful it is when you make a person - [starts the sentence again] [Suppose] there's a poor person and you give him a lot of money. He will be happy and you yourself will be happy that you realized for him the happy life that he wanted. My job was to realize, for this Martyrdom-seeker, the happy life that he wanted."
Interviewer: "Didn't you think about the people who were in the restaurant? The children? The families?"
Tamimi: "No."
Tamimi: "I have no regrets, and no Palestinian prisoner regrets what he or she has done. We were defending ourselves. What are we supposed to regret? Should we regret defending ourselves? Should we regret that the Israelis killed one of us so we killed a different one of them? We have no regrets."
Interviewer: "Do you know how many children were killed in the restaurant?"
Tamimi: "Three children were killed in the operation, I think. [Smiles.]"
Interviewer: "Eight."
Tamimi: "Eight?! Eight."
[PA TV rebroadcast the interview on Oct. 23, 2011, after her release]

The following is a longer segment of the Al-Jazeera interview in which Tamimi questioned why she is even considered a terrorist.

 
"We were released in the Loyalty to the Free People Deal (i.e., Shalit prisoner exchange) in October 2011. Our release was a great joy for us, the beginning of a new life, after the Zionist entity had sentenced us to life sentences... Seven years after our release, now the American [authorities] are demanding to re-arrest me. This has shaken our lives to a certain extent... My being in Jordan strengthens me, as there is no extradition agreement between Jordan and the US. This has led to a legal decision not to extradite me, and Jordan's position on this matter is clear. Why are we defined as 'terror'? Why is Ahlam defined as 'a terror[ist]'? After all, I'm part of an independence movement, a national liberation movement, a resistance movement acting for its freedom. The clauses of the UN General Assembly [charter] are on my side."
[Al-Jazeera.net website, March 28, 2019]

The Palestinian Authority glorifies all its terrorists including child murderers and suicide bombers, as heroes. In addition to granting the terrorist prisoners a monthly salary, the 2004 PA Law of Prisoners and Released Prisoners prohibits the PA from signing any peace agreement that does not include the release of all the Palestinian terrorists, including the child-murderers who carried out this attack. 



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