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Michelle Obama speaks to the U.S. about the Boko Haram kidnapping of Nigerian girls, May 10, 2014.

Clearly – though Mrs Obama’s appeal today gives zero hint of it – there are some powerful religious forces at work in the unfolding Nigerian tragedy which no amount of reportorial spin or speech-writing acrobatics can fully hide. That however doesn’t stop them trying.

We’re certain Mrs Obama would agree that the killing of our daughter in August 2001 at the hands of another overtly-Islamist terror group – Hamas – was unconscionable. And yes, it cheated Malki of her education. And certainly it destroyed her hopes and dreams. But it was principally about murder and especially about hatredDid it bring anguish into our lives? Yes, and it’s an anguish that grows as we see well-informed people who fail to comprehend the nature of attacks like the one that targeted Jewish children in a Jerusalem pizza store, and like the one that targeted Nigerian girls in their school.

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Excising the Islamist dimension from their understanding of what is happening dooms some of the most influential people in our societies to continue seriously misapprehending the goals of Hamas, of Boko Haram and of the rising tide of terrorism-addicted savages with Islamist passion in their hearts. Ultimately, we all pay a price for this, and it’s unconscionably heavy.

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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 .

45 COMMENTS

  1. And yet the single biggest threat to a Muslim is still another purported Muslim. Until they recognize that these fools have turned the name of Allah from a blessing to a curse all around the world, and the words of their prophet into nothing but the hate filled ravings of their own insanity and work hard to change those perceptions with real introspective reforms, Muslim blood will unfortunately still stain Muslim hands.

  2. Ass .. your girls why cause their your color ….shameful !…u never fight for anyone unless they look like you and your husband ?…what kind of message r u sending ?…I am Indian and my nieces and my sisters children are all dark …all children every where of ever nationality should be what we fight for …not just your children .

  3. Focusing on one tragedy does not mean one does not empathize with other tragedies, such as the terrorist murder of the Roth’s daughter.

    On another note, for the tone may imply to some that Obama is not a friend to Israel, Obama has been a great friend to Israel. Ehud Barak has said a number of times, Obama has done more for Israel’s security than any other U.S. President, all of whom (except for W) were and are against continual settlement expansion as are a majority of Israelis.

    For U.S. Presidents, like many Israelis and many American Jews, Netanyahu is not liked. But Netanyahu is not Israel and Obama’s disdain for him has not harmed the U.S commitment to Israel, even though Netanyahu tries to frame it this way. As Barak notes, Obama has done more for Israel’s security than any other U.S. President. Let’s not forget how grateful Israel is for the bunker busting bombs W would not give them that Obama has given Israel, which enables Israel to strike Iran alone. Let’s not forget Iron Dome and the overwhelming expressions of love for Obama from Israelis during the missile barrage from Gaza not so long ago, or the vetoes in the UN, etc..

    Being against the expansion of settlements does not make one anti-Israel, nor does it mean that one, such as Michelle Obama, is not horrified by the Roth murder. Nor does this mean she is not worried about the warranted fears Israelis and Jews face from groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. There is a reason Obama has given more security aide to Israel than any U.S. President. The Obama’s understand.

  4. Cheryl Korchak some parents are against their daughters dating Muslims and issue warnings solely against thier daughters dating muslim boyfriends, I bet you and Mrs. Obama think that this is racist

  5. Obama has no love for Israel heck I dont think he even loves the American people by putting them so deeply in debt and then printing more money to cover his debt, Does Obama not believe in a day of reckoning?

  6. ISLAMIC terrorism is what it is. MUSLIM terrorism. How can Islam claim to be a peaceful religion when they allow these terrorists to operate under the flag of their so-called religion?

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