20th anniversary Sbarro bombing
Next month Americans will recognize the 21st anniversary of September 11th, 2001, when Islamist terrorists blew up the World Trade Center towers in NY, the Pentagon Building in Washington DC, and were foiled in their attempt to destroy the Capital building by the brave passengers of Flight 93. Despite what some in Congress say about the 1/6/20 capital riot, 9/11 was the worst terror attack on American soil.
A month before that horrible attack n the United States, Islamist terrorists launched a horrible attack in the middle of Jerusalem. We are facing the 21st anniversary of that massacre on Monday, August 9th. (10 days after Tisa B’av). Note: back then, they were still called terrorists, not the more vanilla term militant.
Twenty-one ago, on August 9th, 2001, Palestinian terrorists blew up a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem, killing 15 people, including seven children and a pregnant woman. The bombing wounded another 130 people.
It is important to remember this attack, not merely to memorialize the innocent victims whose only crime was to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, but as a reminder of how much of the world appeases terrorists claiming that a “military wing’ a terrorist organization is separate from terrorist partners; and how many in Congress support the BDS movement, not realizing that an attack on the Jewish State it’s an attack on the entire Jewish nation no matter where those Jewish people are living.
From “A Personal Account of the Bombing” by Rabbi Binny Freedman
Her eyes, I think, will stay with me forever. Imploring, beseeching, full of so much sadness. I think the shock of where and how she was, was sinking in. I can’t begin to describe all that was in those eyes.
Yesterday; Thursday, August 9th the 20th of Av, on my way to work, I found myself walking down Yaffo street. Hungry, I decided to stop and grab a quick bite… at Sbarro’s Pizza.
In the past 5 years I have frequented this establishment exactly twice. Walking into Sbarro’s there is a larger area for sitting in the front, but the back looked a bit cooler and quieter, so I decided to grab a seat in the back. That decision saved my life.
Waiting on-line, when they brought me the baked Ziti I asked for, it was cold. So I asked the woman behind the counter if she’d mind warming it up. “Ein Ba’ayah”, no problem, she said with a smile. I will always wonder if that was her last smile on earth… A couple of moments later, a fellow from behind the counter came to the back with my baked Zitti. Then he started to speak to someone at one of the tables..
At about 2PM, I both felt & heard a tremendous explosion, and day turned into night. And then the screaming began. An awful, heartrending sound; the sound of people coming to terms with a whole new reality, of people not wanting to comprehend that life has changed forever. Those of us sitting in the back were spared, but I was afraid of panic, so I started yelling at everyone to quieten down; not to panic. The ceiling looked like it might cave in, but there is always the danger of a second explosion, detonated on purpose shortly after the first… But then I smelled smoke, and was suddenly afraid the restaurant might be on fire. So we started climbing our way through the wreckage to the front.
..There are no words to describe what the front of Sbarro’s Pizza looked like in the immediate aftermath of that explosion. A woman was lying near the steps to the back. Her eyes were staring straight at me, following me. So full of pain and longing, sadness and despair. I dropped down beside her trying to elicit a response to see if she could speak. And then I watched the life just drain out of her. I tried to get a pulse, to no avail. She died there, on the steps in front of me. She was lying by the table I had decided not to sit at…
Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi inspired, planned, and engineered the Sbarro attack and personally led the homicide bomber, Al Masri, to the target she had carefully selected at Jerusalem’s busiest intersection. She selected a pizza restaurant because it was located in the heart of Jerusalem on a hot summer vacation afternoon; therefore would be teeming with women and children. Tamimi instructed Al Masri to wait fifteen minutes before detonating the explosives to give her sufficient time to flee the scene safely. He followed her orders.
Six years later, in June 2007, a smiling Tamimi was featured in a New York Times review of a Cinemax documentary about Israeli prisons. The article didn’t mention that she helped to kill fifteen innocents. But that’s how the liberal media and politicians treat terrorists who kill Israelis, or as the media like to call them, “militants.”
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As eyewitnesses told the Independent, a British Newspaper 21 years ago:
After the blast, bodies lay sprawled on the ground. Many of the wounded, huge nails embedded in their skin, were covered in blood and their clothes had been blown off by the force of the explosion.
“All the glass blew out ‘boom!’ I saw two dead people, one with brains spilling out of his head, another with blood pouring out of his nose,” said 16-year-old Eliezer Vanzoari, his own arms smeared with blood. “I started to help move the people. I was shaking all over.”
An off-duty soldier, Naor Shara, happened to be walking by at the time. “The worst thing I saw, which I think will haunt me all my life,” he said “is a baby that was sitting in a stroller outside a shop and was dead. After the explosion, the baby’s mother came out of the store and started screaming hysterically. She saw her baby before her eyes dead.”
Sarit Barashy, who was shopping nearby, said: “I heard a loud boom and I came out of the store and saw a woman with a baby covered with blood. The street was full of blood.”
Ahlam Tamimi was captured, jailed for the murders, but released from an Israeli jail in 2011— part of the prisoner exchange for the kidnapped Israeli, Gilad Shalit. To this day, she has shown no remorse for her mass murder. Today she lives in Jordan with a TV show on the Hamas TV network, and the world is silent. Because some of the victims were American, the US has been trying to extradite Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi from Jordan, where she lives. So far, Jordan has refused.
The primary blame for this massacre goes to the terrorists that planned and executed this massacre, Hamas, the terrorist group that the bombers associated with, and Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinians, which still celebrates the murderers as heroes. But there is blame to go much further than that.
Radical Islamist terrorism has been suckling at the teat of the appeasers who run most of the western world. The governments that believe murderous terror organizations can have a separation between their military and political wings. The leaders who deal with terrorist funding countries such as Iran and back terrorist-supporting organizations like the Palestinian Authority. and the United Nations who appeases terrorists and spews hatred toward the Jewish State.
Thanks to decades of appeasement, the radical Islamist world learned that terrorism is a legitimate means of political expression. That same appeasement directly led to 9/11/01, al Qaeda, ISIS, and every other Islamist terror organization today.
The Sbarro bombing was not the first of these horrible murders, nor the deadliest. A little over a month later, another terrorist attack, this time in the United States, captured the world’s attention and drove the United States to become actively involved in the war against terror. After 9/11, for the first time in its history, a US president treated a terror attack in Israel the same as any other act of war against civil society; of course, politics didn’t allow that attitude to last long.
The supposedly moderate Palestinian Authority (PA), run by President Abbas and his Fatah Party, takes some of the aid money from western nations and uses it to pay blood money to terrorists and their families. Palestinian Media Watch has been tracking those payments and reports that through July 2021, the Sbarro terrorists and their families have received almost $1.2 million.
In 2018, The Taylor Force Act was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Trump. The act stops American economic aid to the Palestinian Authority until the PA ceases paying blood money to individuals and their families who commit acts of terrorism. Ignoring the Taylor Force Act, passed by Congress when Trump was President, In his first year as president, Biden gave the Palestinian Authority $75 million in aid. Or, to put it another way, Biden has renewed the terrorist appeasement that helped produce the Sbarro Bombing, the September 11th attacks, and other radical terrorism worldwide.
20th anniversary Sbarro bombing
20th anniversary Sbarro bombing