April 13, 2021

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19-Mar-17: A thought about Jordan and its treaty obligations

Ahlam Tamimi the day after she arrived back in Jordan
October 19, 2011 [See below for more background]
Stephen M. Flatow whose daughter Aliza was murdered in a Palestinian Arab Islamic Jihad human bomb attack on an Israeli bus in 1995, has an op ed on the web site of the Jewish Press today [“Jordan Protects A Killer Of Americans – Where’s The Outrage In Washington?“, March 19, 2017].

A brief extract:

The Trump administration has revealed that four years ago the U.S. secretly indicted a Palestinian-Jordanian terrorist who was involved in the murders of American citizens.
So why is Jordan still refusing to hand over the killer? The case involves Ahlam al-Tamimi, a Palestinian terrorist with Jordanian citizenship. In August 2001, she played a major role in the bombing of a Sbarro Pizzeria in Jerusalem. Fifteen people were killed – including American citizens Malki Roth and Shoshana Greenbaum – and four Americans were among the 122 people who were injured. Tamimi was captured by Israel, tried, and convicted, but served just eight years in prison before being released in an Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange. She then became the host of a television show in Jordan, and has boasted on air about her role in the Sbarro massacre…
Sure, it’s good that Ahlam al-Tamimi is now on America’s Most Wanted list. But when will the Palestinian killers of some 142 other Americans be added to the list?
More important, when is the U.S. government finally going to put meaningful pressure on those who shelter killers of Americans? The U.S. gave Jordan $393 million in aid last year. Is that just a blank check? Or is it time, perhaps, to make some of that aid conditional on Jordan surrendering killers of Americans?

The whole article is worth a few more moments of reading, here.

We posted this brief comment, below, on the article’s page:

This shabby chapter in US/Jordan relations provides a good opportunity to recall that Jordan, with a population whose majority defines itself as Palestinian Arab, is and functions as another Palestinian entity – one arm of a three-sided structure that includes the Fatah/PA regime and the Hamas entity in Gaza.  

Mr Flatow’s question ought to be echoed in many of Washington’s corridors of power: With hundreds of US aid dollars flowing into its coffers annually, can Jordan be granted a blank check to do what’s convenient for a Saudi ruling clan (the Hashemites) that aspires to keep holding onto a desert kingdom filled with self-styled Palestinians and their blood lust?  

Or will it honor its treaty obligations and hand the savage smiling murderer of Americans – including the murder of our fifteen year old daughter Malki – to extradition and the US justice system? 

It ought to be carefully explained to Jordan that answering that question the wrong way brings on uncomfortable penalties.

The photo at the top of this page is little-known. It comes from an online photo collection, Demotix, that is no longer on line. We archived it, fortunately, when it was still up. It shows a scene from a high-profile Jordanian reception for the happy murderer a day after she was released from her Israeli prison cell (October 18, 2011) and arrived back to her home-land via a brief stop-over in Cairo. This photo was captured on October 19, 2011.

The reception to honor this barbaric person took place – irony of ironies – inside Jordan’s Family Court in downtown Amman.

Clearly the Jordanian authorities, despite their thin protestations to the contrary, have had no problem giving Ahlam Tamimi appropriate public platforms from which to give expression to her celebrity status.

Here is the full page image from which the photo above was extracted.

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