Keren Malki, the Malki Foundation, a non-political, non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization, honors the tragically short life of a girl dedicated to bringing happiness and support into the lives of special-needs children

This site, and the work of Keren Malki (the Malki Foundation), are dedicated to the memory of

Malka Chana Roth Z"L 1985-2001

"What Happened Was Barbarism"

This is the text of Frimet Roth's letter to the editors of TIME. It was published, in a modified form, in their edition of 17th September 2001

The Editors 
Time Magazine 

My 15 year-old daughter Malki was murdered in the Jerusalem pizza shop bombing last Thursday. 

When my family and I got up yesterday from the shiva, the seven-day mourning period, I thought nothing could distract me from my grief. Then someone read me the headline of TIME's August 20th article about the bombing: "A suicide bomber's desperate final act sparks another round of retaliation". 

Your glorification of the act that took my precious 15 year old daughter is unforgivable. What happened was barbarism. To think of it in any other way is to give it meaning. 

Malki was a loving, generous angel of a girl, the one you write "had just zipped a cell-phone text message to a friend". Yesterday her older brothers collected that cell phone and some other personal belongings from the police. Inside the phone's protective pouch I saw two things. One was an ugly inch-long nail which formed part of that "desperate final act" and which completely shredded the pouch. The other was that written on the phone mouthpiece in Malki's tiny writing was a Halachic note to herself: "Never speak badly of anyone". (In Hebrew: Asur ledaber lashon hara.) 

Malki's life was filled with acts of helping others, including her own profoundly handicapped 6 year old sister, and other children with special needs. In addition, she adored the challenge and responsibility of being a youth leader, a role she took up only eight months ago. 

To her many close friends who sobbed uncontrollably at her funeral and to me, her mother to whom she was much more than a daughter, Malki's loss is not measurable, not bearable. She was my friend, the sister that I never had, my confidant, the main source of support for me in caring for our youngest child. 

I wish you would first consider the pain caused by such reporting before granting suicidal Arab fanatics their moment of glory. 

Sincerely, 
Frimet Roth

 






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