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Sbarro victim parents counter photo with photo

Jewish Telegraphic Agency | Published: 07/20/2007

The parents of a victim of the Jerusalem Sbarro bombing are distributing photos of the girl to counter what they say is the glamorous depiction of one of her killers in a documentary.

The HBO documentary, Hot House, examines life inside Israeli jails holding Palestinian prisoners and includes an interview with a female Hamas member serving 16 life sentences for her role in the 2001 bombing of the Jerusalem pizzeria, which killed 15 people.

A publicity shot of the bomber appearing on HBO's website and in the New York Times shows a young woman in a head scarf and lipstick, smiling.

"It's presumably HBO's publicity department that was responsible for creating and distributing a glamour-style photograph of a smiling, contented-looking young woman in her twenties to promote the movie," Frimet and Arnold Roth say in the email they have asked friends and supporters to forward to others. "That female is our child's murderer."

The email provides a link to a foundation they set up in memory of their daughter, Malki, who was killed in the blast. "We think Malki was a beautiful young woman, living a beautiful life," the Roths say. "We ask your help so that other people - far fewer than the number who will see the New York Times, of course - can know about her."

The HBO publicity describes the Palestinian woman, whom it does not name, as "shockingly unrepentant" and adds: "The cold-blooded testimony of a female Hamas leader, proudly serving 16 life sentences for blowing up a pizzeria in Jerusalem, is perhaps the most chilling."

Photos of Malki Roth are available at

The original email from Frimet and Arnold Roth is below.

28th June 2007

Dear friends,

Today's New York Times carries a review of a film called "Hot House" that goes inside Israeli prisons and examines the lives of Palestinian prisoners. We're not recommending the film or the review. But we do want to share our feelings with you about the beaming female face that adorns the article. You can see it here.

The film is produced by HBO. So it's presumably HBO's publicity department that was responsible for creating and distributing a glamor-style photograph of a smiling, contented-looking young woman in her twenties to promote the movie.

That female is our child's murderer. She was sentenced to sixteen life sentences or 320 years which she is serving in an Israeli jail. Fifteen people were killed and more than a hundred maimed and injured by the actions of this attractive person and her associates. The background is here.

Neither the New York Times nor HBO are likely to give even a moment's attention to the victims of the barbarians who destroyed the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem and the lives of so many victims. So we would be grateful if you would pass along this link to some pictures of our daughter whose name was Malki. She was unable to reach her twenties - Hamas saw to that.

Though she was only fifteen years old when her life was stolen from her and from us, we think Malki was a beautiful young woman, living a beautiful life. We ask your help so that other people - far fewer than the number who will see the New York Times, of course - can know about her. Please ask your friends to look at the pictures - some of the very few we have - of our murdered daughter. They are at

And remind them of what the woman in the Israeli prison - the woman smiling so happily in the New York Times - said last year. "I'm not sorry for what I did. We'll become free from the occupation and then I will be free from prison."

With so many voices demanding that Israel release its terrorist prisoners, small wonder she's smiling.

With greetings from Jerusalem,
Frimet and Arnold Roth
On behalf of Keren Malki
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Subsequently (after nearly two weeks of delay), the New York Times published a letter from Frimet Roth. This was reproduced on the This Ongoing War blog site produced by Frimet and Arnold Roth.

7-Jul-07: A Palestinian Terrorist

Under the heading "A Palestinian Terrorist", the New York Times carries a letter in today's edition written by Frimet Roth.

Frimet's comments relate to a film review described in an earlier blog entry on this site, entitled "About sweet-faced women".
To the Editor:

Re “An Odd Understanding Reached in Israeli Prisons,” by Neil Genzlinger (Television review, June 27):

I wonder when the photo of Ahlam Tamimi was taken. Perhaps when she learned that the bombing of Jerusalem’s Sbarro restaurant had killed 15 and not 8, as she had presumed. She helped execute that massacre and actually smiled upon hearing that.

Ms. Tamimi decimated one family — a mother, a father and three of their eight children; robbed another American couple of their only child, pregnant with their first grandchild; and ended the life of my beautiful, kind 15-year-old daughter, Malki.

The photo reinforced Mr. Genzlinger’s message: There is no black or white here. Just intransigents playing at “cat and mouse.” But he did not mention this: Hundreds of Israeli children have been targeted and murdered in playgrounds, on school buses and in pizza shops.

Their murderers were not freedom fighters or militants or attractive young women. They were simply evil people who, like Ms. Tamimi, enjoy murdering children and babies.

Frimet Roth
July 6, 2007
To illustrate this note, we decided to publish a somewhat less glamorous picture of Ahlam Tamimi's work than the one chosen by HBO and the NY Times. (See above.)

For more about what she and her co-conspirators did, please refer to "A Life of Beauty" (describing our daughter) and "An Act of Barbarism".


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