Posted by: Christine Johnson | August 1, 2007

"I’m not sorry for what I did. I will get out of prison and I refuse to recognize Israel’s existence."

Dawn Eden has an interesting story about a NYTimes review of an HBO movie about Palestinian women in Israeli prisons.

This isn’t new, but it’s new to me, so I wanted to kind of pass it on. Notice these two young women:

The first is the woman in the Israeli prison. The second young woman is one of the fifteen people she helped to kill in the attack described here. Malka Chana Roth’s family has a website-memorial in her memory with more pictures here. (That second picture is from that site.)

Of course, we are talking about the New York Times and HBO here, so I’m not sure what I would expect to be said or done in relation to this topic.

But at least some of us can pass on the information about Malka, Yehudit, Tehila, Mordechai, Lily, Yocheved, Michal, Ra’aya, Tzirel, Hemda, Avraham, Tamar, Frieda, Giora, and Tzvika. And the more than 100 people injured in the bombing of the Sbarro’s Pizza.

Oh, and we can talk about the lack of remorse, as well. From the Keren Malki site:

The suicide bomber’s guide was Ahlam ‘Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi, also known as Ahlam Tamimi (2001 pic; 2006 pic), a 20-year-old innocent-faced Jordanian national who lived in Ramallah, studied in Bir Zeit, and worked as a journalist. Tamimi was involved in gathering the intelligence for the attack and on the day of the massacre, along with the suicide bomber and the charge hidden inside the guitar, she headed for a taxi-cab station in Ramallah, where they took a taxi to Jerusalem. Tamimi carried a camera and spoke with the suicide bomber in English so that they could inconspicuously pass for tourists. She was arrested on 14th September 2001. For her part, Tamimi was sentenced to sixteen life terms, or 320 years, in an Israeli jail (report and report). She was the first woman to have been recruited by Hamas’ Izzadine el-Qassam gang. She has never expressed remorse of any sort. A 2006 report quotes Tamimi saying from an Israeli jail cell: “I’m not sorry for what I did. We’ll become free from the occupation and then I will be free from prison.” [ed: emphasis from source site]

Yes, let’s all please smile at the pretty Palestinian woman and feel sad for her having to serve 16 life sentences in an Israeli prison.



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