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

Why This Man Calmly Killed 15

 

1:36pm UK, Friday August 10, 2001

This is the face of the suicide bomber who, with a calm collected determination, strode up to the counter of a Jerusalem pizza restaurant and blew himself up with a nail-packed bomb.His father is "filled with pride" at the act.

The 23-year-old Palestinian left his father's own restaurant early in the day to make the journey to theIsraeli eatery packed with families sitting down to lunch.

'Filled with pride'

Izz el-Din al-Masri killed himself and 15 others - including several children - in the worst attack in Jerusalem for almost a year. Dozens of others were wounded.

His father Shuheil said he was "filled with pride" though also sadness over his son's methodical act but he hoped many others would follow suit.

"When I heard about the operation in Jerusalem," he said, "I did not doubt that my son did this.

"I will weep for him all my life."

Martyr

His brother Eyad echoed his father's words: "This is a unique operation for its quality and success. He always spoke of martyrdom. Palestinians everywhere can now hold up their heads."

Al-Masri was a member of the militant Islamic group Hamas. Its leaders ordered the bombing to avenge Israel's killing of two senior Hamas leaders and six others in Nablus on July 31.

Revolt

The young man from a small village near the West Bank city of Jenin, was said to have been "deeply disturbed" by that attack as well as by Israel's crackdown on Palestinians since the start of the revolt in which more than 500 Palestinians and nearly 150 Israelis have died.

His father added: "The Palestinians have no alternative to these (bombing) operations. We have no alternative way to reply to the Israeli aggression against our people.

"I hope many others follow him."

 





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