The Sbarro Massacre: The Hamas Narrative
Hamas, among a vast number of other
terror organizations, uses public relations in general and the web
in particular, in intensive ways.
Hamas version of the massacre in Jerusalem's Sbarro restaurant
on 9th August 2001 which took Malki Roth's life, says this:
Sobaroo restaurant operation” the leader’s revenge “:
On August 9th of 2001, and as a response
on the assassination of the leaders Jamal Saleem and
Jamal Mansour, Ezzdeen Al Masri executed martyrdom operation in
the pizza restaurants in
Jerusalem, 18 soldier
were killed and more than 90 injured.
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There were, of course, no "18 soldiers"
among the victims of this Hamas massacre. It's only in the English
language that Hamas propagandists even trouble themselves to make
such a patently absurd and false statement. The Arabic-speaking
readers of Hamas propaganda are comfortable with the less-nuanced
version: that all Israelis, all Jews, are fair targets for the
'rage' and 'desperation' of the Hamas killers - whether they are
women, children, civilians, pensioners or anything else.
Nor was the Sbarro massacre a response
to the "assassination" of Saleem or Mansour or anyone else.
Saleem and Mansour were terrorist
leaders with years of involvement in acts of cold-blooded Hamas-instigated
murder costing the lives of 37 Israelis, and 376 wounded. They had
Dolphinarium bombing/massacre (22 dead, mainly girls) on 1st
June 2001 in Tel-Aviv. Immediately after the killings at the
Dolphinarium, the names of Saleem and Mansour were handed to the
Palestinian Authority by the government of Israel with an official
request for them to be arrested. The PA ignored the request. They
were killed in an IDF helicopter attack on Hamas offices in Nablus
on 31st July 2001.
The Telegraph (UK) reported:
"Mansour was one of the seven
founders of Hamas and the leader of its political wing in the
West Bank. Aware that he was a prime target for the Israeli
security forces, although refusing to wear a bulletproof vest,
he once said: "So what if they assassinate me? It's not a bad
thing to be a martyr." Israeli security officials said the
Nablus branch of Hamas was responsible for about half of the
recent suicide attacks in Israel and the Hamas members killed
were planning attacks in the Jerusalem area. Mr Sharon's office
said the attack was aimed at those "who carried out acts of
terror in the past and planned additional terror activities. The
army acted in order to prevent acts of murder against Israeli
the woman who engineered the Sbarro
massacre, planted a bomb in Jerusalem a day before the deaths of
the two Hamas mass-murderers Saleem and Mansour. So much for that as
the 'root-cause' of the Sbarro killings.