The moral imperative to bring Malki Roth’s murderer to justice

May 10, 2020 by  
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On Aug. 9, 2001, 15-year-old Israeli-Australian Malki Roth was among the 15 Israelis and tourists slaughtered in a suicide bombing at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem.

Malki, Frimet and Arnold Roth. The other members of the Roth family have been blanked out to protect their privacy

The mastermind behind the horrific terrorist attack, which left another 130 innocent people wounded—including a U.S. citizen who to this day remains in a vegetative state—was Jordanian national Ahlam Ahmad al-Tamimi. Tamimi admitted that she had selected the popular pizza place as a target because it was a known favourite for families. She also expressed her “delight” that so many children were killed.

Tamimi—whose conviction by an Israeli court led to 16 life sentences plus 250 years—was released from prison in 2011 as part of the deal with Hamas to release captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Since her release, Tamimi, now 39, has been living freely in Jordan, even hosting a TV show for five years. She portrays herself as a heroine who “holds a medal of honour” for her “life imprisonment in Zion’s prisons.”

Malki Roth’s parents have been working for years to have Tamimi extradited to the United States. Her father, Arnold Roth, told me this week that he will not rest until Tamimi, the most wanted female terrorist in the world, with a $5 million bounty on her head, is extradited to America and brought to justice for murdering his beautiful daughter.

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