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A Little Village in the Hills and the Monsters it Spawns

One of the monsters produced by Nabi Selah is the Ahlam Tamimi, the terrorist who killed our daughter Malki and now, due to the Shalit deal, roams free in Jordan promoting violence against Israel.

Hamas terrorist Ahlam Tamimi.

Hamas terrorist Ahlam Tamimi.
Photo Credit: YYanover

Two years ago, in the New York Review of Books, a writer launched into his experience of the same hilltop town (spelled differently, but the same place) with these words:

The first thing I saw in al-Nabi Salih was a huge sign in Arabic and English: “We Believe in Non-Violence. Do You?” It was World Peace Day, and speaker after speaker reaffirmed a commitment to peace and to nonviolent resistance to the occupation.

What kind of non-violence do these people actually espouse?We wonder how often public opinion about the complex lives and unwanted war in which we and our neighbors live is formed by people who don’t speak the local languages, and don’t know much of its history or geography. Lacking the ability and sometimes the will to actually delve, they are left to read romanticized narratives, signs painted onto walls, political analysis crafted by full-time practitioners of public relations, staged photographs and other tendentious imagery.The result is a kind of entrancement: messy, nasty complexity reduced down to simple pill form. Swallow this, and join us.

This process, of the kind that an astute observer has called auto-stupefaction, has an antidote: reality. We wish there were enough courageous and ethical journalists to deliver what has not yet been done: a blunt look directly into the face and deeds of Ahlam Tamimi and those who share her views, who admire her demonic actions.

That the NYT Magazine focused on Nabi Saleh while barely mentioning the convicted child killer celebrated by the residents of the town as an honored daughter (Arabic Wikipedia) indicates how manipulated its readers are and how far we are from beginning to blunt the ongoing threat of the terrorists.

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About the Author: Frimet and Arnold Roth began writing and speaking publicly soon after the murder of their fifteen year-old daughter Malki Z"L in the Jerusalem Sbarro massacre, August 9, 2001 (Chaf Av, 5761). They have both been, and are, frequently interviewed for radio, television and the print media, including CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, and others. Their blog This Ongoing War deals with the under-appreciated price of living in a society afflicted by terrorism which, they contend, means the entire world. Frimet is a native of Queens, NY while her husband was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. They brought their family to settle in Jerusalem in 1988. They co-founded the Malki Foundation in 2001 and are deeply involved in its work as volunteers. They can be reached at thisoingoingwar@gmail.com .

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2 Responses to “A Little Village in the Hills and the Monsters it Spawns”

  1. Hazel Armstrong says:

    Thank you my friends for this history of a death cult and the immoral romanticizing of it by the New York Times. That an ideology founded in historical myth of territorial 'rights', contrived 'nation hood' and victimization; rampant violence, inbreeding, hypocrisy, and supremacist ambition should be publicized by such 'journalists' confirms all we already know of the 'politically correct', intellectually flabby sensationalism which masquerades as rigorous fact in today's media.

    My heart grieves for your sorrow, your terrible loss. Know you are not alone in the struggle to bring reality and ethics to a world swamped in relativism and appeasement.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think some helpful people who visit Jordan can seize Tamimi and hold her in a safe place and show her over and over again the stuff on Wikiislam – what the Prophet Mohammed says about women, the logical errors in division of estate, etc etc. Point out all of the factual errors. Force her to accept the reality that a literal belief in the Quran is foolish and terrible, and that she killed those people for nothing. Then make her watched videotaped messages from the relatives of the killing, and make her break down in tears. If it takes months or years to do this, or if it takes Stockholming, do it.

    Her daughter needs to be removed from the Middle East and sent to a Chinese boarding school so she can become a Chinese person and lose her Palestinian identity… if she's not too old.

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