Sunny and loud personality talented young musician Malki Roth was just 15 years old when he was killed in a terrorist attack while having lunch at a crowded pizzeria with his teenage friend.
On August 9, 2001, a bombing of a Sbarro pizzeria restaurant in downtown Jerusalem injured 122 people and killed a total of 15, two of whom were American citizens, including Roth.
For Roth’s family, two decades of grief at the loss of their middle child is compounded by the fact that the terrorist behind the suicide bombing plot, Ahlam Arif Ahmed al-Tamimi, is independent and in Jordan, despite being a US. walks proudly FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List With a reward of $5 million.
Now, the Roth family is hoping President Biden can help bring Malki to justice after all these years.
Most Wanted Female Terrorist Lives Freely in Jordan Despite Extradition Request for Bombings That Killed Americans
Biden will welcome King Abdullah II of Jordan to the White House on Monday for an official visit and the Roths are urging the Biden administration to ask the king one question: stop protecting al-Tamimi in Jordan and bring him to the United States extradite. Criminal trial for the murder of his daughter.
Malki’s father, Arnold Roth, told al-Tamimi’s LBL, “We want him to be seen chained … put on a plane to cross the Atlantic, and then march to federal court in Washington Go.” “We dream of it.
“Will it bring our daughter back? Apparently not. Will it make the pain go away? Absolutely not. But it will be something that has meaning.”
His family says that the Roth family lives in Jerusalem, where Malki also lived and flourished as a flute player in the Jerusalem Municipal Youth Orchestra. Malki was born in Australia but had US citizenship as her mother, Frimmett, is American and grew up in New York.
The Roths have struggled for years to see the consequences of al-Tamimi and are baffled by the inaction of the US government to successfully pressure Jordan to honor a 1995 extradition treaty with the United States. The Roths argue that the standoff is puzzling, given the billions in foreign aid the US has bestowed on its Middle East ally Jordan in the years following Malki’s death.
“We want President Biden to do what President Trump and President Obama didn’t, and that is to explain in very simple English to King Abdullah II, who speaks excellent English, that this woman has to fulfill her obligation to the Treaty of Jordan. important allies all over the world,” Arnold Roth, a retired attorney, told LBL in an interview.
Last month, the Roths wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Biden administration to take up with King “the FBI Most Wanted Terrorist harbored by Jordan.”
The Roths never heard anything back, which he said was also typical of the previous Trump administration’s response.
A State Department spokesman told LBL Friday that the department would not preview any diplomatic discussions with the Jordanian delegation and would not discuss private correspondence with the Roths. But the State Department said it was committed to bringing al-Tamimi to the United States to stand trial.
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“Al-Tamimi is on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists for his role in the 2001 Hamas terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” the State Department told LBL. “The United States continues to seek his extradition and will continue to work to ensure that he receives justice.”
In 2013, al-Tamimi was formally charged in the United States with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against Americans outside the US, resulting in his death. The charge, which carries imprisonment for life or death on conviction, was dropped in 2017 and made public by the Department of Justice.
Prosecutors said al-Tamimi carried out the terrorist attack on behalf of Hamas. The affidavit states that on 9 August 2001, he drove a suicide bomber who carried a guitar case with explosives into a busy area of the city of Jerusalem and instructed to detonate the device in a crowded area. Seven of the 15 people killed in the Sabro attack were children.
Al-Tamimi first escaped justice. He pleaded guilty in an Israeli court in 2003 to multiple counts of murder resulting from the Sabro attack and was sentenced to 16 life sentences. But eight years later, she was released as a free woman in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas – a move that Roth strongly opposed and led then-prime minister Bibi Netanyahu to denounce her. – Failed to try to persuade Tamimi to leave. by exchange.
To make matters worse, al-Tamimi has said of the attack that he “do it again“Because “I devoted myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah.” a 2017 interviewAl-Tamimi praised Jordan’s refusal of the US extradition request and doubled down on its anti-Israel extremism.
“As long as the Zionists remain on our land, the jihad must continue,” he said.
“This woman is the embodiment of terrorism,” Arnold Roth told LBL. “She’s calling for more panic.”
It is cruel for the Roths to see al-Tamimi, now 40, hidden in plain sight. She has since hosted her TV show from the city of Ramallah and solidified a heroic image that has garnered fan pages.
“When you think of this woman we are talking about – the dirtiest terrorist attacker, the happy pride and a hero – not only a hero but protected by the King of Jordan, you can go crazy with the rage it generates inside You do,” Arnold Roth said.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether Biden would take up the issue of extradition with King on Monday. The Jordanian embassy in Washington also did not respond to a request for comment on al-Tamimi’s situation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Monday’s meeting with King “will highlight the enduring and strategic partnership between the United States and Jordan, a key security partner and ally of the United States.”
Psaki said Biden and King will discuss the challenges facing the Middle East and demonstrate Jordan’s leadership role in promoting peace and stability in the region.
The Roths Await Justice, They Keep Their Daughter’s Legacy Alive through a foundation They started in honor of Malki, one of seven children. Her parents said that Malki had a beautiful bond with her youngest daughter, Haya, who is severely disabled, which inspired her to do volunteer work with other children with special needs. Karen Malkik The Foundation aims to help Israeli families care for children with severe disabilities in their own homes, rather than in institutions.
“We don’t want anyone to forget you, Malki,” said Arnold Roth.