On August 9th 2001, 15 people were killed, including 7 children, and about 130 were injured in a suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizzeria in downtown Jerusalem. Concealing the explosives in a guitar case which he had carried with him into Jerusalem, the terrorist entered the restaurant just before 2 PM and detonated the bomb. The 5 kg.-10 kg. bomb, which was packed with nails, screws, and bolts to ensure maximum damage, completely gutted the restaurant, which was full of lunchtime diners. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. One of the victims was 15 year-old, Malki Roth. Today her Dad told her story to the UN. I guarantee they will do nothing:
Israeli terror victim to UN: I’ll never understand hatred that killed my daughter
By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent
Israelis Arnold Roth and Danny Carmon described their experiences as terror victims to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki was killed in the suicide bombing at Jerusalem’s Sbarro restaurant in August 2001, told the conference he never imagined to himself he would get the opportunity to speak on such a stage.
He spoke about the attack, describing how the terrorist entered the restaurant with a guitar to disguise himself as a musician.
Nobody would have thought this was a man filled with such a religious passion to kill and main, Roth told the conference.
We will never understand the hatred and cruel intolerance that took away her smile, he said.
Roth was one of 18 people from different countries brought to testify at the day-long symposium on victims of terrorism at UN headquarters in New York. The special conference was initiated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and included the participation of terror victims, experts on terrorism and senior authorities in the field of social aid.
In his opening remarks, Ban called for an open dialogue to share experiences and practices, and said the symposium would advance the UN’s global strategy in the fight against terror. He said this would help “strengthen the international community’s solidarity with victims and improve understanding of how the UN and member states could
support them”; however, he offered no specific ideas.
Daniel Carmon, the deputy Israeli ambassador to the UN, revealed his own personal story to the other ambassadors, who were unaware of his tragedy. In 1992, Carmon lost his wife Eliora in the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29; Carmon was also injured. He relayed how he was left alone to raise their five young children, aged 2 to 12.
Freed French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt gave the forum’s keynote address: “Access to information is strategic,” she said. “Too many totalitarian states hide the reality of victims of terrorism in their country in order not to be accountable for them to the world.”
Betancourt was abducted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, during her 2002 presidential campaign. She was rescued two months ago, after six years of captivity in the jungle. Other speakers included survivors of the World Trade Center and London Underground attacks.
Senior officials at the UN have revealed that the Palestinian Authority requested to include victims of Israeli Defense Forces operations, but the request was turned down.