A plaque at Sbarro
On 23rd September 2003, after prolonged efforts by the Roth family and others, the Jerusalem municipality
finally arranged a formal unveiling
and dedication of a plaque on the outside wall of the Sbarro restaurant
in the heart of Jerusalem. The plaque commemorates the massacre carried
out on the premises of the restaurant by Palestinian Arab terrorists a
little more than two years earlier.
No explanation was ever offered as to why
the process of arranging for a plaque to be created and affixed was so prolonged and so painful.
From various individuals on the staff of the
municipality, the Roth's heard suggestions
that there had been obstruction by the owner of the building and a
general lack of co-operation by all concerned with the obtaining of the
necessary permissions. But in the end, the staff of the municipality's
Commemorations Dept. were helpful and supportive and the plaque was
finally created and mounted.
(Sbarro subsequently moved its local
restaurant operations to a different
address on Jerusalem's Jaffa Road in the summer of 2004, long after this
unveiling and commemoration took place at the Jaffa Road/King George Ave
corner on the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd September 2003.
Roth, Malki's mother, spoke briefly in Hebrew about the importance
of remembering. Her words, rendered into English, are here.
original Hebrew text of Frimet's address is here
(the PDF file requires Adobe
far as we know, the Australian
Jewish News is the only publication to publish a
report of this event.
Their article is here
and the photo accompanying the story is here.
earlier published essay about the failure of the municipality to honor
the memory of the dead at the Sbarro massacre is here.
names and brief background information on all of the innocent civilians
murdered in the Sbarro massacre are
Click on the thumbnails below to see larger pictures
snapped by Arnold Roth.