Voices of Palestine: Ahlam Tamimi

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


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Editor’s note: Below is the latest profile of Frontpage’s new series, “Voices of Palestine,” which will illuminate the core beliefs, in their own words, of leading figures in the Palestinian death cult. Click the following to view the profiles of Ahmad Bahr, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Ibrahim Mudayris, Yasser Ghalban, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Wafa al-Bis and Mahmoud Abbas.

In October 2011, Ahlam Tamimi, a female Jordanian who helped plan and assist in a horrific 2001 suicide bombing in Israel, was released from an Israeli jail as part of the Palestinian prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Tamimi had been serving 16 life sentences for her role in the August 9, 2001 suicide bombing of Sbarro’s pizzeria in Jerusalem, a suicide bombing that killed 15 Israelis and wounded over 130 others. Among the murdered victims were eight children, a pregnant woman and another woman who was left in a permanent coma.

At the time of the killing, Tamimi was a 20-year-old Jordanian national who lived in Ramallah, studied at Birzeit University, and worked as a television journalist. She was also the first woman to have been recruited by Hamas’ Izzadine el-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas that launched 138 suicide attacks against Israeli military and civilian targets during the al-Aqsa Intifada from 2000-2004, killing over 1,064 Israelis and wounding 7,462 others.

While Tamimi’s most visible role in the Sbarro operation was to transport the suicide bomber to the target, in reality she was intimately involved in its entire planning, including intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, and target selection.

Needless to say, Tamimi — whose fellow co-conspirator in the Sbarro bombing, Mohammad Daghlas, was also released as part of the prisoner swap — was ecstatic about her good fortune, declaring upon her release:

It’s a brilliant move of the Hamas negotiators to include my name in the swap deal although the Israeli military Courts recommended not to include my name in any prisoners swap in the future.

If anyone had entertained the idea that Tamimi’s ten years in prison may have engendered in her a feeling of remorse about her viscous actions, those ideas were quickly disabused in a television interview she gave in Jordan on October 19, 2011.

When asked by the interviewer if “she would carry out the attack today,” Tamimi defiantly responded:

Of course, I do not regret what happened. Absolutely not. This is the path. I dedicated myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and Allah granted me success. You know how many casualties there were [in the 2001 attack on the Sbarro pizzeria]? This was made possible by Allah. Do you want me to denounce what I did? That’s out of the question. I would do it again today, and in the same manner.

The manner by which Tamimi carried out the attack on Sbarro’s was both chilling in its details and terrifying in its effects.

As part of her intelligence gathering, Tamimi had picked Sbarro’s precisely because it was unguarded and would be filled with patrons, most of whom were children and young mothers.

Apparently, Tamimi’s choice satisfied Ezziddin Al-Masri, the operation’s suicide bomber. In a later interview after her arrest, Tamimi said the only question he had asked her was: “Will there be religious Jews there?” which she answered in the affirmative.

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  • Jayson Rex

    Talk, talk, talk – that's all we do. But, as we found out the hard way, with Muslims it is only merciless action that is clearly understood.

    As far as the so-called "Palestinians" are concerned, they must be all deported without delay from Cisjordan to those Arab countries willing to accept them (very few are, by the way). This will finally give peace a chance in the Middle East. Otherwise war will engulf the entire region, oil or no oil, and the Armageddon that Islam so desperately craves for will finally occur.

    In the age of nuclear weapons, Jihad takes a different dimension entirely: either Christian civilization is destroyed or Islam is taken out through the force of arms. Appeasement in this context is equal to surrendering.

    Unfortunately, there is no middle-of-the-road solution where the followers of Muhammad, the self-appointed Last Prophet on earth, the enslaver of women and murderer of Christians and Jews, are in any way involved. It is an appalling reality but a true one non-the-less.

  • StephenD

    I hope these wastes of human life were electronically tagged. I hope they are caught up once again in their barbarity and pay the ultimate price for such evil. Israel should never again be in position to negotiate a prisoner exchange. If they take no prisoners, they won't be. If they have a person found guilty of terrorist activity let it be know it warrants the death penalty. Period. Problem solved.

    • myohmy

      ya, but before they're executed make sure they tell everything they know… do to them whatever it takes to make them tell everything. Waterboarding would be the 1st. step. Get serious after that.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    However, if anyone had entertained the idea that Tamimi’s ten years in prison may have engendered in her a feeling of remorse about her viscous actions, those ideas were quickly disabused in a television interview she gave in Jordan on October 19, 2011.

    The idea that a Muslim, who is the product of Islamic civilization, would somehow suffer guilt and have remorse for killing non-Muslim unbelievers is a product of Westerners seeing Muslims through Western tinted lenses and PC multiculturalism, which equates all civilizations and cultures as being equal and desiring the same exact things. However, regardless of PC multiculturalism, the reality is the only guilt a Muslim might suffer is guilt for not killing more non-Muslim unbelievers in the cause of Allah.

    “Of course, I do not regret what happened. Absolutely not. This is the path. I dedicated myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and Allah granted me success. You know how many casualties there were [in the 2001 attack on the Sbarro pizzeria]? This was made possible by Allah. Do you want me to denounce what I did? That’s out of the question. I would do it again today, and in the same manner.”

    Yet, many deny the reality of the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, which makes it an obligatory duty in Islam for EVERY MUSLIM to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. No exceptions.

    While Tamimi openly thanked the joyous welcoming crowd for its support, she was quick to point out that not all was well as some of her terrorist compatriots still remained behind in Israeli jails:

    I'm sorry but Tamimi's compatriots are not terrorists, as terrorism is un-Islamic. They are jihadists fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers, Jews in this case, Hindus in Kashmir, Buddhists in Thailand, Christians in the Philippines, etc., to make Islam supreme. Terrorism, which again is un-Islamic, is a manifestation of Western civilization only and not Islamic civilization. Indeed, any Muslim who perpetrated terrorism, which is un-Islamic, would go directly to Allah's version of hell.

    • myohmy

      wow…. friend, there is no such thing as "islamic civilization". That's an oxymoron. these bastards still think mohammed was their perfect role model.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        wow…. friend, there is no such thing as "islamic civilization". That's an oxymoron. these bastards still think mohammed was their perfect role model.

        Oh…there is no Islamic civilization. Okay, then someone needs to inform the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world currently waging jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslin unbelievers to make Islam supreme primarily against Western civilization that they need to cool it on the jihad business, because according to myohmy they are not the products Islamic civilization. Also, someone please inform Samuel P. Huntington that his analogy of the Clash of Civilizations apparently is invalid because again our friend myohmy says there is no Islamic civilization. Thus, Western Greco-Roman-Judeo-Christian civilization, formerly known as Christendom, which has been under assault for most of its history by Islamic civilization, is an ahistorical myth.

        Thanks for the correction. Indeed, that lifts a huge and tremendous burden off my chest. Anyway, thanks for letting me know that, because otherwise I would have gone through life not knowing that there is no such thing as an Islamic civilization.

  • Ghostwriter

    Sounds to me like Ms. Tamimi would make a great pal of Herman Caintonette. They both hate Jews so much that they can't help but be best friends.

    • Don

      You're an idiot. Get back to Salon and Huff Post.

    • Don

      OOps. Wrong guy. Sorry.

  • Omar Khalid,Cairo

    I am at a loss as to why you are upset that this Herman posted this; On Nov 15, the following comment was posted on these pages by Herman Caintonette:

    “[Palestinians] deserve to have a state on the land that was stolen from them. If killing Jewish kids aids in this endeavor, morally speaking, they are legitimate targets. "By any means necessary," intoned Malcolm X.”

    For me it helps to clarify what pieces of filth moohammed and now the American black muzlims are. It is always better to have too much knowledge of your enemies than too little and get the old throat slit. These freak have sex with babies. Pray for them. Satan surely owns them or their is no satan.

  • Frank

    Its not right for anyone to murder. But much attention is given to Palestinians that murder, while suppression of news and evidence of Jewish attrocities is vast and prevelent all throughout the media.

    Regardless of this, Palestinians and Jews have a common father, Abraham. Due to the fact that jews are more literate than palestinians as a result of access to education and resources, I find it more deplorable when a jew kills, then when a palestinian kills. It should be Israel to finalize the peace, but to simply hold our for a better deal indefinetly while palestinians suffer, has certainly sabotaged Israels ability to emerge from this situation with anything more than 1967 at best.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Is there a pill somewhere someone can take that cures the mental affliction known as gullible useful idiot syndrome? I ask because Frank here needs a good healthy dose of it. Now if only someone could figure out how to cure his severe myopia.

    • curmudgeon

      allow me to help you, frank. when you write "Its not right for anyone to murder. But…." what you mean is, "it is right for some people to murder." does that help?

  • sod

    This proofs that Jordan is the real Palestine.

    But it's still not quite right. It's like the owner of the land was forced out by invaders, various tenants inhabited for a while. Finally the owner returned and the last tenant says, 'no, it's ours now. ' While the court says it belongs to the owner, the tenant are still defying the court's decision.

    If the tenant's action is right, then Israel's action against the tenant would be right, if the tenant's action is not right, then Israel has the right to take back their land.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Actually sod, all of that is a false pretext meant to deflect your attention away from the fact that the Islamic world via their proxy the so-called Palestinians are waging a permanent and perpetual jihad of conquest not only against just the Jewish unbelievers in Israel, but also against all non-Muslim unbelievers around the world including you and me to make Islam supreme per the dictates of Islam.

  • myohmy

    During WWII there was Tokyo Rose who also was in broadcasting and she was vile and hateful and roundly hated in America by civilians and troops alike. But Tokyo Rose never actively helped kill anyone, much less civilians and innocent children. This Tamimi makes Rose look like Mary Poppins. She helped murder a bunch of kids and she has no remorse at all. She's not sorry one bit. Is this what islam does to someone? Is this what islam is all about? Sadly Tamimi isn't that unusual in the world of islam and it's high time people stopped considering islam a real religion. It's not. It's an evil cult and the so called moderate muslims are really just a pool of future jihadis in training. The more devout they get the more radical they become. Because islam is radical. It's really time to stop pretending islam is ok and multiculturalism is a good thing. It's not. What are our leaders doing to us? What is the media doing to us? What are our universities doing to our kids? People, make a stand. Don't just say nothing when someone tells you muslims are great peaceloving people just like we are… THEY'RE NOT.

  • LindaRivera

    Islam's WAR is against G-D and G-D's Laws:

    YOU SHALL NOT MURDER

    • affirmative

      that’s right.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      Right. Islam's war is against G-D and G-D's Laws. And Allah is an evil
      Ben-Zona.

  • myohmy

    It would serve her right if her whole family got the same thing she gave those innocent children.

  • IVreich

    So pity that in this world the good jews always the victim. Jew never ever kill an ant.

  • Nuha Masri

    Westerners simply don't grasp the Islamacist approach to thought. To them, Islam is meant as a system of political and military organization, with an incidental religious aspect, intended to rule the world under " submission"or " Dar Al-Islam". "Islam" means " submission" to their new order.

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Why, oh why, doesn't Israel execute terrorists? And why are terrorists in Israeli jails treated like kings? (Given the best food, color television, exercise, cell phone conversations with family and friends, etc.) And why is Israel now negotiating with Hamas, and other terror groups? Caroline Glick recently remarked, to the effect that
    the more Israel negotiates with terrorists, the stronger they will become, and the weaker Israel will become. I agree with Mr. Chez; that this Herman-What's-his-name should be banned from commenting; but that is up to that great and good man, David Horowitz. My nickel's worth of advice.

    • curmudgeon

      it is questionable what would be the benefit of executing male islamic jihadis, since onlooking potential islamic jihadists would look on the execution as a free ticket to islamoheaven. there would be the benefit of never being pressured to free them. in the case of executing female terrorists, however, that is a win-win situation. execute them, and not only do you never have to release them, but also there is the deterrence factor. our hero allam tamini did not carry the bomb. she arranged for another islamic hero to go to heaven, not herself. she obviously does not welcome martyrdom. she should have been awarded that prize. wonder what she would do with 72 virgins.

  • dougjmiller

    Israel needs to legalize the death penalty for capital crimes. The death penalty for murder would prevent evil monsters like Tamimi from being released. Putting murderers to death would also reduce the incentive for Arab/ Moslem terrorists to kidnap Jews.

  • Jillo Beef

    Time to make Ms. Tamimi into a porn star. She needs a new job.

  • Martin

    Shame on Israel for setting this and other monsters free. Next time Israel……….. utilize a death penalty as it should be. If you take a life in murder, then you loose a life (yours). The fact that her bragging about being set free came true, is frankly, disturbing and makes me believe that Israelis either don’t care about lives, or enjoy being the victims of terror.

  • stern

    Chez, if David does nothing, I think we should also do nothing: I think we should all stop responding respond to the vile bacteria that is Herman Cantoinette. From now on, I plan to post a reply to every single one of his posts I find, calling on other posters to this site not to respond. I believe that by freezing him out, we will deny him what we wants most.

  • StephenD

    Chez my dear friend, please reconsider. I think Stern is the wiser here. I agree that David SHOULD BAN this despicable piece of dirt from having a venue in which to spew his vile hate. I would love nothing better than to see an announcement from FPM that such action has taken place. Until then, perhaps following Stern in this is the best track to take. In the mean time, StephenD1111@aol.com…stay in touch.

  • ziontruth

    Chez, stern,

    I think we're all wasting our time here. We all have good ideas about dealing with the crises faced today, and I even set up a Hebrew-language website to get the message across the audience in my neck of the woods, but at the end of the day, web forums are just web forums. It's better than TV, in front of which you can only scream when the "news"anchors and "analysts" keep repeating the same tried and failed ideas of yore, but it's still too far from the real world to change things.

    Just the other day, Israeli TV news reported, with a worried tone (can't have the land-faithful Israeli Jewish Right getting stronger, you know…), that the number of religious Jewish soldiers serving in Judea and Samaria had reached 61%. That was finally good news for a change, because it meant that even should the Israeli government be so foolish (not to mention insolent) as to try to pull off the same trick as in Gaza (the ethnic cleansing of all Jews in August 2005), the move would be stopped in its track by military disobedience.

    My point is, that's the type of thing that changes the world, and not our venting on web forums. In the best case that Hermanazi Concentrationcampguard is banned, others (perhaps even sockpuppets) would come to fill his place. I love those forum spats, with their rebuttals and rejoinders, just as much as any debater, but they're more than our time's worth when you consider they do little to change the situation in real life. And even I, despite my computer-related job, don't have time to respond to those fiends all day long.

  • johnnywoods

    stern, I agree with you and will not respond to that troll again. Thanks, johnnywoods