Yotam Feldner is the Director of MEMRI TV. He explains “The Sbarro bombing took place on August 9, 2001. Seven children were among the 15 victims. The bomb, which was concealed in a guitar case, was prepared by Abdallah Barghuthi, the Hamas explosives mastermind. The suicide bomber, Izz Al-Din Al-Masri was escorted to the restaurant by Ahlam Tamimi, who was sentenced to 16 life sentences, and was released a year ago in the Gilad Shalit deal. While she was still in jail, as well as in interviews following her release, Tamimi said time and again that she is not sorry for the deaths.”

Feldner notes “The most striking thing about this interview is the jarring contrast between her constant chuckling and the morbidity of her actions. Tamimi epitomizes the monstrous results of the multilayered processes of brainwashing that occur among radical circles in the Arab and Islamic world. Unfortunately, we encounter manifestations of this brainwashing all too often.”

Al-Aqsa TV interviewed Ahlam on July 12, 2012, where describes how she felt about the death toll:

I admit that I was a bit disappointed, because I had hoped for a larger toll. Yet when they said ‘three dead,’ I said: ‘Allah be praised’…Two minutes later, they said on the radio that the number had increased to five. I wanted to hide my smile, but I just couldn’t. Allah be praised, it was great. As the number of dead kept increasing, the passengers were applauding.

“On the way back [to Ramallah], we passed a Palestinian police checkpoint, and the policemen were laughing. One of them stuck his head in and said: ‘Congratulations to us all.’ Everybody was happy.”

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Source: The Washington, DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memri.org)