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{Originally posted to the This Ongoing War website}

There’s a serious degree of interest and concern in Jordan over the letter that seven US Congressional lawmakers sent to Jordan’s ambassador to Washington three weeks ago.

As far as we know, the embassy hasn’t responded so far.


The text of that letter and some examples of the rising anxiety demonstrated by Jordan’s news industry are both in this long post we put up on Thursday: “14-May-20: In Jordan, they’re standing with confessed bomber Tamimi but worried“.

In tonight’s update, there’s an Arabic report (machine translated to English) from a Jordanian news site, Addustour, that was published this afternoon (Saturday):


Amman: The legal defense committee formed by the Jordanian lawyers for the liberated prisoner and Jordanian citizen, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, followed the news that circulated about Republican Party representatives in the American Congress who sent a message to the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Washington, its content a threat to impose sanctions on the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to hand over Jordanian citizenship.

The freed prisoner, Ahlam Al-Tamimi… is considering a case brought by a group of Zionist Jews against Ahlam’s citizenship. In this regard, the defense establishment asserts the following:

  1. This request comes in the context of the movement of the American Zionist lobby to pressure the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the context of the deal of the century.
  2. This request is not separate from the US administration’s support for the Zionist entity that seeks to annex the settlements of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.
  3. [Tamimi’s] legal defence team confirms that the Jordanian judiciary previously said its clear and unequivocal speech in rejecting the request to extradite [Tamimi] via criminal case number 16685/2016 which was appealed and dismissed by the highest judicial body in Jordan on the basis of lack of fulfillment of extradition conditions, the most important of which is the absence of an approved extradition agreement under law from the National Assembly [Jordan’s parliament] and compliance with its constitutional requirements.
  4. The defence team confirms that the Jordanian judiciary will address this Zionist pressure with its known patriotism to prevent any step towards handing over Jordanian citizen Ahlam Tamimi which affects Jordanian national sovereignty. It affirm its previous decisions not to surrender in line with the directives of the Jordanian state, leadership, government and people.
  5. The defense team confirms that it trusts Jordan’s leadership, government and people to not accept the extradition of its citizens, to not accept abuse of Jordanian national sovereignty, to not become subject to blackmail or coercive policies, that the dignity of its children is not subject to bargaining, that the Jordanian state will not do anything contrary to what was decided by the Jordanian judiciary and represented by Jordan’s highest judicial authority.
  6. The defense team confirms that it stands behind Ahlam Tamimi in defending her and will spare no effort in taking all legal measures to prevent any step in this direction.
Head of defence
Advocate Hikmat Al-Rawashada


The same defence lawyer is quoted in an outrageous (even by their standards) Aljazeera profile of Tamimi. You might want to read our analysis of it: “24-Mar-17: Our daughter’s grinning killer is shocked the US is pursuing her and for no obvious reason

Also today (Saturday):

Dima Tahboub, is quoted in Albosala, another Jordanian news platform. She’s a Jordanian lawmaker who happens to block us on Twitter (we’re not offended) and who serves as spokesperson for the Islamic Action Front, the political wing of Jordan’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and closely aligned with the terrorists of Hamas.

She reacts in that article to what she terms American threats to Jordan By threats she evidently means the April 30 letter to Ambassador Dina Kawar from the GOP Congressmen. Plainly identifying with the unrepentant bomber and killer of children, Tahboub praises Tamimi for having moved from victim to initiator, from defence to attack, and to becoming a person who continues the struggle, advancing the role of Palestinian women martyrs.

Neither the clever lawyers nor the Islamist spokesperson bother to address what Tamimi happily confesses to doing at Sbarro. They have nothing to say about the people murdered there that day, our daughter Malki among them. Or about any of the simple, well-framed questions that Jordan’s ambassador in Washington has not yet mannaged to answer.

In Tahboub’s case, that’s not so surprising given that three years ago [link] she took the opportunity of an interview (in English – she has a doctorate from a British university) on Germany’s international Deutsche Welle platform to express her support for Ahmad Daqamseh, the Jordanian soldier who in 1997 opened fire across the border at a group of Israeli teenage girls from Bet Shemesh (or “human trach” as she referred to them in the media) on a school excursion, killing seven of them. We assume her support comes from the same dark place that brings her to stand up for Tamimi. Daqamseh, like Tamimi is free and living a charmed life in Jordan.

She told Tim Sebastian, formerly a BBC luminary, in that DW interview that many Jordanians “still see him [Daqamseh] as a hero. So if you are incriminating my viewpoint, you are also incriminating the viewpoint of the Jordanian people”. This is true. We see the same adoration at work with the Sbarro massacre fugitive, except that it’s the US that wants her in custody now.

Finally, also today: look at who’s not yet speaking up.

Tamimi, who is adept at, and depends on, social media, is currently operating yet another Instagram account. Her previous accounts there as well as on Twitter and Facebook have been shut down one after the other. This one – which we prefer not identify at this stage – is still going and we have asked for it to be taken down too.

Meanwhile she posted a video clip there this afternoon (that’s a screen shot at the top of this post with the identifying particulars blurred out) from the Turkish government’s official TRT media platform – a totally-supportive video message that starts with the question “will Jordan hand Tamimi over?”

She added the Arabic text on the right:

“We are still awaiting the Jordanian official response to the latest escalation”

Evidently with all the media activity going on in her support, Tamimi is still waiting for the people who count, those in Jordan’s royal palace a short distance from her home, to step up. And as we point out here, she gives the impression of someone who’s running out of patience.

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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 [email protected] .