American Suicide Bombing Victim Asks Obama Not to Free Terrorist Leader

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Obama and Kerry insisted that Israel release terrorists who had murdered civilians just to get Abbas, the terrorist leader of the Palestinian Authority, to the negotiating table.

Keeping him at the negotiating table might require releasing one of the worst monsters in Israeli custody.

Now an American who was wounded along with his son in a suicide bombing masterminded by that monster is asking Obama to show some decency.

Hon. Barack H. Obama President of the United States of America White House Washington, D.C.

20 March ’14

Mr. President:

I am writing for your immediate consideration.  It has been reported in the press and confirmed to me by a Knesset member that President Abbas requested your assistance in securing the release of Marwan Barghouti as a condition for continued peace talks with Israel.

I sincerely request that you please not assist in any way in the release of this unrepentant mass-murderer.

Tomorrow will mark 12 years since our oldest son, then seven years old, and I were wounded in a suicide bombing in downtown Jerusalem.  Yehonathon had the head of a screw pass fully through his right brain, while I had two screws pass through my left arm.

The picture below was taken within minutes of the attack:

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The role of Marwan Barghouti in this attack was revealed in indictments against the heads of the Fatah terror cell behind the attack.  The dispatcher was an intelligence officer in the Palestinian Authority; he has moved up three ranks during his incarceration in Israeli prison. His indictment reads in part as follows:

“17. On 20 March 2002, Nasser Shawish met in Ramallah with the head of the “Tanzim” of Fatah in the region, Marwan Barghouti. Nasser Shawish passed along to Marwan Barghouti that the accused was ready to send a suicide bomber for the purpose of performing a suicide attack inside the State of Israel. Marwan Barghouti asked to know if the accused and Nasser Shawish needed anything for the purpose of carrying out the planned attack. Though he was answered in the negative, Marwan Barghouti gave Shawish the amount of 600 dollars American.”

The media have attempted to portray Marwan Barghouti as some kind of Nelson Mandela.  The truth though is quite the opposite.  Barghouti has never renounced violence as a legitimate means for advancing political goals, and he has never shown any remorse for his prolific terror activities that led to a forty-count indictment against him.  Instead, he has encouraged additional “resistance” (i.e., terror) from his jail cell.  Barghouti’s release may convince the Palestinians to sit around the table for an extra couple of months, but it will not bring peace.  Barghouti’s presence outside of jail will be a driver for new Fatah terror activity, as Barghouti’s only card is terror, a point reinforced by confessions of his lieutenants from the Second Intifada.

Mr. President, we are not the only American citizens to be harmed by the actions of Marwan Barghouti.  His continued incarceration is a small consolation for American terror victims like ourselves.  We cannot re-wind the clock and make the injuries and suffering disappear; the one thing we can do is to pursue justice and to do everything in our power to prevent terrorists from striking again. As such, I ask you Mr. President to please make clear to President Abbas that the US will not support or encourage the release of such a dangerous terrorist as Marwan Barghouti.

Mr. President, as a child growing up just outside of Chicago, I used to watch the CTA trains go into the Linden Street station.  On the side was painted:  The Spirit of Chicago—I Will.  I have worked in vain for the past eight years to convince officials at DoJ and the FBI to prosecute Barghouti and other terrorists who killed and maimed over ten dozen American citizens during the Second Intifada.  Your assistance in keeping Barghouti in jail would be an enormous boost to these efforts on behalf of my family and my fellow American citizens.

With the most sincere of thanks for your time and consideration,

/Alan J. Bauer/

Alan Joseph Bauer, Ph.D.

Alanjoseph.bauer@gmail.com
49 Ussishkin Street, Jerusalem 94542 Israel

CC Heather Cartwright, DoJ
Lisa Skolnick, FBI
Hon. Daniel Shapiro, Ambassador
Hon. Ted Poe, US Congress
Hon. Mark Kirk, US Senate

  • Judahlevi

    Unfortunately, this will fall on deaf ears.

    Obama has shown over and over again his preference in this. His actions always speak louder than his words.

    Since the left has painted these Arabs as being a minority being persecuted by big bad Israelis, Obama the leftist will always side with the perceived ‘minority.’ Of course, Arabs make up tens of millions of more individuals in the Middle East than Israelis, but this is using the mind to think rather than just emotion.

    • Habbgun

      It may even be worse than that. An American in Israel is to the Left a Zionist collaborator and is a legitimate target. The State Department will regard this letter as a deception and so will Obama admin. USA is a place where the Moslem Brotherhood is a stronger influence on the government than the Middle East. You can’t just negotiate with the Obama admin either.

  • Gee

    I wish I had a say. I would hang every single one of the terrorists

  • Smoking Hamster

    Obama has a screw loose…

    • anglosaxondude

      I agree wholeheartedly. Keep him locked up, throw away the key, and remove Obama from office.

  • truebearing

    This is insanity. It doesn’t matter if Abbas comes to the table. He isn’t going to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. If he won’t at least do that, what is the point of freeing demons that should have long ago been put to death?

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  • Elliott

    Mehmet,
    Your sentiments are appreciated.
    However, to take the example of the animals who BUTCHERED the British soldier Lee Rigby, they explained MORE THAN ONCE, that they did what they did based on guidance from the Koran. It is common knowledge that MANY, MANY attacks by Muslims are accompanied by shouts of “Allahu Akbar”. Until EVERY SINGE IMAM, IN EVERY SINGLE MOSQUE gets up and states categorically what you have stated, these barbarous attacks will continue. [The prime example in Israel is the slaughter of (most of the members of) the Vogel Family.]
    Until all the Imams, throughout the world, make a 180% turn, the same attacks will occur, and the attackers will shout the same words. Speak to YOUR Imam, and let us know the results.

  • Miss Trixie

    “The suicide bombings have nothing to do with Islam”
    .
    Liar – it has EVERYTHING to do wilh the cult of blood and death.
    .
    Taqqiya, taqqiya, taqqiya.

  • Daniel Greenfield

    It would be nice if indeed Muslims thought that way, but your own government supports Hamas.

    So the reality is completely different.

  • glpage

    Mr Bauer’s request will go unheeded by Obama because Mr. Bauer’s son does not look like Trayvon.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Unfortunately, this is what happens when you don’t hang terrorists.

  • Nina Sage

    Barghouti, and the blind sheik belong on the gallows beside one another. The question of releasing either one should be moot.

  • fsy

    “The media have attempted to portray Marwan Barghouti as some kind of Nelson Mandela. The truth though is quite the opposite.”

    Actually, he is just like Mandela, a murderer and terrorist.