Sbarro Pizzeria bombing

Trying to explain his stance that the words of leaders matter, on hid State of the Union Show this past Sunday, Jake Tapper on Sunday said,

 “You hear conservatives all the time, rightly so, in my opinion, talk about the tone set by people in the Arab world. “Palestinians leaders and the way they talk about Israelis, justifying, in the same way, you’re doing — no direct link necessarily between what the leader says and the violence to some poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria, but the idea that you’re validating this hatred,” he continued.

Tapper doesn’t identify the “poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria,” and it may very well be a hypothetical case he came up with at the spur of the moment,  But most people with a knowledge of history remember that in 2001 there was a case similar to the example he provided. A terrorist attack that killed a “poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria.” The girl’s name was Malka Roth, and the pizzeria was a Sbarro restaurant in the middle of Jerusalem.

Rashida Tlaib believes that Tapper’s analogy is wrong because it compares Palestinian leaders to white nationalists. Jake Tapper wasn’t trying to do that, besides a more appropriate comparison would be to call the Palestinian leadership including Arafat and Abbas, mass murderers. I do however disagree with the actual comparison Tapper was trying to make.

Eighteen years ago, August 9th, 2001, Palestinian terrorists blew up a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem, killing 15 people including 7 children and a pregnant woman. Another 130 wounded. A month later, other Islamist terrorists blew up the World Trade Centers 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. It is important to remember these acts, 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 that even eighteen years later, terrorism is still suckling at the teat of political correctness and Western World appeasement.

While I disagree with Jake Tapper’s stance regarding the words of leadership inciting violence, even granting him that point, the Sbarro bombing was not inspired by the way Palestinian leaders spoke about Israelis , it was part of what was called the Second Intifada a period of terrorist violence directly ordered by Palestinian leader/terrorist Yassir Arafat, as opposed to Arafat just saying mean things about Jews.

After the intifada began and a half-year before the bombing Stew Ain of the Jewish Week reported:

The Palestinian minister of communications, Imad Al Falouji, confirmed as much at a symposium of journalists in Gaza on Dec. 5. According to the daily Al Iyyam, he said the Palestinian Authority began preparing for the outbreak of violence the moment Yasir Arafat returned from Camp David at the explicit direction of Arafat himself. He said the Palestinian leader saw the eruption of violence as a consolidation of the firm Palestinian stand. According to the daily Al Iyyam, Falouji said the Palestinian Authority began preparing for the outbreak of violence the moment Yasir Arafat returned from Camp David at the explicit direction of Arafat himself.

The Sbarro bombing was a horrific part of the Intifada which began in Sept. 2000 and started to ease after Arafat died in Nov. 2004. The attacks killed 1,137 Israelis and injured another 8,341. Almost 80% of the dead were civilians as were 68% of the wounded. The majority of casualties were caused by suicide bombings.

But statistics do not tell the story of “some poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria,” the suicide attack on a horrible day in early August 2001,

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… That baked Ziti saved his life.

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…

There were bodies everywhere, and those images are in my mind; they won’t let go. A child’s body under the wreckage; a baby-carriage; limbs and a torso; A woman holding a motor-cycle helmet and screaming next to a person on the floor who had obviously been someone she was with… And then the mad rush to help the ambulance and emergency crews get the wounded out. They were obviously afraid of a second bomb, so there was no medical effort inside beyond getting the wounded on to stretchers and out. A religious Jew missing at least two limbs in tears and shock; what do you say? “yehiyeh Be’Seder” it’ll be all right? Will it

I happened to sit a bit to the left as you walk towards the back, and so the wall behind me shielded me from the blast. Another fellow whom we went back in to get wasn’t so lucky. Sitting only 5 or 6 feet to my left, he caught the full force of the blast and was thrown in the air. When we got him on the stretcher he was bleeding profusely and was missing a leg… There are no words to describe what that man’s hand, clenched around my arm, felt like. He just kept looking from me to his leg and back again. I started saying Tehillim [Psalms] …… But there are so many families today who are waking up to the reality that life will never be the same. 17 funerals with friends and families saying goodbye to those they loved so, whose only crime was a desire for a slice of Pizza on a beautiful Jerusalem afternoo

Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi helped to plan the Sbarro attacked and drove the murder to the pizza shop in Jerusalem in August 2001.

Sbarro BombingOn the day of the massacre (9th August 2001), she personally transported the bomb (10 kg) from a West Bank town into Jerusalem. It was concealed inside a guitar case. Taxi cabs brought her and an accomplice by the name of Al Masri, a young, newly religious fanatic, to an Israeli security checkpoint and from there into Jerusalem.

To reduce suspicion, they dressed as Israelis, and the bomb was not detected. Tamimi, who inspired, planned and engineered the Sbarro attack, personally led her “weapon” – Al Masri – to the target she had carefully selected. The Sbarro pizza restaurant, because it was located in the heart of Jerusalem and on a hot summer vacation afternoon it would be teeming with women and children. Tamimi instructed Al Masri to wait 15 minutes before detonating the explosives to give her sufficient time to flee the scene safely. He followed her orders. As to this being (as some journalists have implied) an act of momentary madness or lack of sound thinking, take into account that a short time prior to Sbarro attack Tamimi carried out a ‘dry run’, placing an explosive inside a downtown Jerusalem supermarket (Hamashbir Lazarchan) which exploded causing damage but resulting in no injuries.

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.”

People ran into Nava Perry’s nearby store “dripping with blood”, she said. “We heard a strong blast. It was clear it was a bomb. We saw bodies thrown all over the floor. I saw bodies inside the restaurant and the body of a little girl on the street covered in blood. Bodies were all over inside and outside.

Lital Deri told how she heard a massive “boom” and then saw bodies strewn around. “I saw a soldier flying through the air. People ran around with blood all over their faces.”

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 as part the prisoner exchange for the kidnapped Israeli, Gilad Shalit. To this day she has shown no remorse for her mass-murder. She lives in Jordan with a TV show on the Hamas TV network.

 Fifteen innocent people were murdered by Tamimi and her associate, may the names and memories of the dead always be for a blessing:
  • Giora Balash, 60, of Brazil
  • Zvika Golombek, 26, of Carmiel
  • Shoshana Yehudit Greenbaum, 31, of the U.S.
  • Tehila Maoz, 18, of Jerusalem
  • Frieda Mendelsohn, 62, of Jerusalem
  • Michal Raziel, 16, of Jerusalem
  • Malka Roth, 15, of Jerusalem
  • Mordechai Schijveschuurder, 43, of Neria
  • Tzira Schijveschuurder, 41, of Neria
  • Ra’aya Schijveschuurder, 14, of Neria
  • Avraham Yitzhak Schijveschuurder, 4, of Neria
  • Hemda Schijveschuurder, 2, of Neria
  • Lily Shimashvili, 33, of Jerusalem
  • Tamara Shimashvili, 8, of Jerusalem
  • Yocheved Shoshan, 10, of Jerusalem

The horrible Sbarro bombing was part of the second intifada which was waged to prevent peace: Israel and the Palestinians had been close to a peace deal where Arafat would get almost everything he asked for, but neither the terrorist or his people were ready for peace, so Arafat walked away from the talks and authorized a wave of horrible homicide bombings. Everyone including former President Bubba Clinton said that Yassir Arafat walked away from a “sweetheart” deal. Note: Prime Minister Comb-over Ehud Olmert offered a similar deal to the PA’s President Abbas who never replied to the offer.

That is why all peace talks fail, the  Palestinian Authority and President Abbas do not have the courage or the desire to make peace. They claim to the world they are looking to make peace with their Israeli neighbors in English and say the opposite in Arabic. The truth that no one will admit is that moderates do not run the PA, it is the radicals who still run Fatah, its ruling party. Three years ago Abbas ghoulishly celebrated the fact that his Fatah party killed its 11,000th innocent Israeli.

Even 18-years later the PA has done nothing to prepare its people for a compromise peace and two-state solution alongside Israel. In fact, Jews and Israel are demonized, and terrorists are honored. In schools, children are taught that the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion is true. The schools regularly teach bothSbarro Bombing children and adults to hate the Jewish people,, part of the kids’ education of hatred occurs in summer camps sponsored by UNICEF, and the Palestinian Authority spends 50% of its foreign aid on paying salaries to people who have committed an act of terrorism, and their families.

Regular readers know I believe that Jake Tapper is one of the better reporters in the MSM, but IMHO he blew this one. IMHO Jake Tapper is not a politically biased reporter like others on his network, but I cannot agree with anyone all the time, even good reporters.

If the rhetoric of leadership caused people to go out and kill, there would have been more attacks on American Jews during the tenure of Barack Obama. Spewing Jew-hatred was a regular habit of the 44th President. Or perhaps something would have happened last week as the POTUS got into a spat with Al Sharpton, many Democrats praised the hater as a civil rights leader, and when they reported the story the MSM ignored his career of Racism, Homophobia, Misogyny, and Anti-Semitic

But my real issue with Jake’s comment is the analogy he used especially if he was talking about the Sbarro Bombing. Even if one agrees that the words of a leader can validate violence, the story of the ” poor Israeli girl in a pizzeria, had nothing to with the “tone” set by the Palestinian leadership. The Sbarro bombing that took place eighteen years ago, like most of the Palestinian Terrorism the result of a direct order by Palestinian leaders to go out and kill innocent Israelis.

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Sbarro Pizzeria bombing