Jordan snubs nose at US demand to extradite Sbarro terrorist - 16 March 2017
The Jordanian Justice Ministry is so far refusing to respond to the US demand that Jordan extradite terrorist Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, the first woman to join the Hamas terror organization. Tamimi served as the driver for the suicide bomber who carried out the terror attack at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in August of 2001. 16 people were murdered in that attack, including two American citizens. Although she was given 16 life sentences for her role in the attack, she was later freed as part of the Shalit deal. In an interview following her release, she said that she felt no remorse for her role in the attack. On Tuesday, the FBI placed Tamimi on its list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.” “Al-Tamimi is an unrepentant terrorist who admitted to her role in a deadly terrorist bombing that injured and killed numerous innocent victims,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord had said, according to AFP. “The charges unsealed today serve as a reminder that when terrorists target Americans anywhere in the world, we will never forget,” she said in a statement. According to Kol Yisrael, Hamas, for its part, is standing up for its own and calling on Jordan not to extradite Tamimi, claiming that the US has no right to make that demand.
64 days in heaven and hell (56) Enjoy your meal, Monsieur Van Gogh In August 1888, Van Gogh made a number of studies of completely different motifs. Here’s the interior of - presumably - the Restaurant Venissat, where Van Gogh was a regular once he had left the Hotel-Restaurant Carrel in a dispute with the owner. This restaurant Venissat was almost next door to van Gogh’s Yellow House.
Vincent van Gogh, Interior of a Restaurant in Arles, August 1888. Oil on canvas, 54 x 64.5 cm. Private collection (F 0549, JH 1572)
FBI places Jerusalem terrorist on Most Wanted List - 15 March 2017 - United States
The FBI on Tuesday placed a Jordanian terrorist who assisted in the 2001 suicide bombing in the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem on its “Most Wanted Terrorist” list. The Justice Department unveiled charges against Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, the first woman to join Hamas and the person who drove the suicide bomber who carried out the attack at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in August of 2001. 16 people were killed in that attack, including two American citizens. Tamimi was sentenced to 16 life prison terms for her involvement in the attack, but was released as part of the Gilad Shalit deal in 2011. Authorities in the United States had hoped to have Tamimi extradited from Jordan but said they were frustrated by laws that ban extradition of Jordanian nationals. The U.S. indictment unveiled Tuesday charges her with “conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. nationals outside the U.S., resulting in death.” She faces a possible execution or life in prison if she is captured, tried and convicted in the United States. “Al-Tamimi is an unrepentant terrorist who admitted to her role in a deadly terrorist bombing that injured and killed numerous innocent victims,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord, according to AFP. “The charges unsealed today serve as a reminder that when terrorists target Americans anywhere in the world, we will never forget,” she said in a statement. Tamimi has in the past expressed pride in her role in the attack, telling a Jordanian interviewer, “I dedicated myself to the path of jihad for the sake of Allah… I would do it again.” In 2012, Hamas decided to show its pride in Tamimi by giving her a talk show focusing on terrorists imprisoned in Israel.