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April 3, 2013 2:11 am

“To See the NY Times Gloss Over this Travesty of Justice is Journalism of the Most Amoral Sort”

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The New York Times building in New York, NY. Photo: Haxorjoe.

The editors of the New York Times Magazine chose two weeks ago to publish a partisan, tendentious and extraordinarily selective piece of advocacy journalism about the village of Nabi Saleh. Located a few kilometers north of our home in Jerusalem, it’s a place that holds significance for us since almost all the residents have the same surname: Tamimi.

One of the Tamimis is the person who engineered the massacre of women and children in which our much-loved child Malki was murdered at the age of fifteen in August 2001 at Jerusalem’s Sbarro restaurant.

We published a response to that article [“17-Mar-13: A little village in the hills, and the monsters it spawns“] on this blog. It evoked a response beyond anything else we have written before: many thousands of views here on our blog, and thousands more on several other magazines and blogs that cross-posted it on their sites.

The editors of the New York Times did not respond to it. Nor did they react to a letter that Frimet submitted to them ten days ago. This week’s New York Times Magazine is now online, and with it the letters (3 of them) that the editors have chosen to publish. We assume they received many more. We’re confident none would have spoken in the voice of a mother whose child was brutally killed by a woman from the village whose promoters revel in the use of the bogus descriptor “non-violent“. It’s the alleged non-violence of the village and its people that underpins the article’s premise.

Here below is the letter Frimet submitted – and that was rejected at the New York Times. Please consider passing it along to your friends, particularly those friends who read the Times and fall victim to its highly selective presentation – over many years – of the realities of the conflict between the Arabs and Israel.

March 20, 2013

The Editors,
NY Times

Ben Ehrenreich’s article [“Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start?“] is a brazen quest for confirmation of his preconceptions about the Palestinian Israeli conflict: politics blended with fantasy and embellished with every tear-jerking cliche in the book. Smiling, frolicking children; poetic “activists”; generous hostesses plying their delicacies at every turn. It is a bucolic scene that is frequently painted in anti-Israel publications. But how does the NY Times publish a piece that plays so fast and loose with fact and history?

Sadly, I am well-equipped to offer some corrections and details omitted by Ehrenreich.

Ahlam Tamimi, the villager whom Ehrenreich described as a woman who “escorted a suicide bomber“, is in fact the self-confessed engineer and planner of a bloody terrorist attack. By her own account and after several scouting forays, Tamimi selected a target: the Sbarro restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem, on a hot August afternoon in 2001.

Tamimi has said she chose it because she knew it would be teeming at the appointed hour with women and children. She transported the bomb, enhanced with nails and bolts to maximize the carnage, from Ramallah across the Qalandia security checkpoint and into Israel’s capital. Israeli soldiers still waived females through without inspection in those days.

Tamimi and her weapon, the bomber, both dressed in Western garb and chatting in English to appear as tourists, strolled through the city center. At the entrance to Sbarro, she briefed him on where and when to detonate, instructing that he wait 15 minutes to allow her a safe getaway.  Fifteen men, women and children were murdered that afternoon. My teenage daughter Malki was among them. Ehrenreich, who writes warmly about Nabi Saleh’s children, displays a cold detachment when relating to the bombing’s victims, the youngest of whom was two years old: “Fifteen people were killed, eight of them minors.”

Tamimi, on the other hand, has focused hard on the children. Filmed in an Israeli prison, she smiled broadly when an interviewer informed her that 8 children were murdered, and not merely the 3 she had known about. Since her release in the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal, Tamimi has repeatedly and publicly boasted of her deed, adding: “I have no regrets. I would do it again.”

Tamimi has always lived in Amman, other than two years in Nabi Saleh while attending university. Israel ‘exiled’ (to adopt Ehrenreich’s term) her to Jordan where her father and brothers reside. Since her release she married another Tamimi, also a convicted murderer freed in the Shalit deal. He too is a home-town hero in Nabi Saleh. The host of her own weekly show on Hamas TV, she travels freely throughout the Arab world to address her many fans, accepting accolades and trophies while urging others to follow in her footsteps.

For a mother to bury her loving, gentle child is torture. To watch the murderer walk triumphantly free and enjoy life rubs salt into that wound every day. But to see the NY Times gloss over this travesty of justice with a cover story that showcases this woman’s many admirers in Nabi Saleh – that is journalism of the most amoral sort. You ought to be ashamed of it.

Frimet Roth – Jerusalem

We would be grateful if you would also consider referring those friends to the op-ed [“17-Mar-13: A little village in the hills, and the monsters it spawns“] we posted here two weeks ago in the immediate wake of the NYT Magazine cover story.

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  • Michael

    Maybe if everyone copies and pastes Frimet Roths letter and bombards the NYTimes with it – they just might get the picture.

  • Reuven

    The New York Times is a vicious, anti-Semitic rag. People of good will should not buy it and should not advertise in it. I only read it in libraries, and it invariably makes my blood boil. The recent article in The Times Magagazine, was nothing less than a call to murder Jews.

  • “Journalism of the most amoral sort.” Indeed. Refusal to print this letter is an atrocity of another sort. Totally in character with the NYT. Their agenda is their god. Blessings to the Roth family… my heart goes out to you as my revulsion goes out to the NYT editors that chose to ignore your words.

  • The foundational antisemetism of the NY TIMES is obvious. During WW2 it buried the Holocaust. Today as this article precisely indicates the NY TIMES glamorizes muslim sociopaths whose only purpose in life is to kill Jews…Muslims who are emulating the sociopath Muhammad who personally decapitated 900 unarmed Jews at Quarayza.

  • Paul

    It would be an interesting quest to dig into the financing and mortgages provided to the New York Times for its new NYC headquarters. Did funds flow in from tax haven entities? From Middle East oil-gogues like those who funded former Secy. State James Baker’s Dallas sky tower? The arabs made Baker a millionaire. And, remember how Christiane Amanpour held the microphone up to Yasser Arafat’s mouth and then practically orgasmed when Yasser screamed that his thugs should march on Jerusalem and make the streets run red with the blood of the Jews/Israelis. Well, consider this: Christiane is still married to James Rubin, the Jew who was ensconced in the US State Dept. during the Clinton Administration and who now scribbles fro the New York Times. And don’t forget about Bill Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. Monica of the blue dress who made sure everyone knew she was a Jew who reportedly declared that she had strapped on her knee pads before heading off to D. C. So, we’ve got a bunch of feckless Jews running loose in Washington D.C. playing vicious games at the expense of innocent Israeli lives while performing like towel-boys for the likes of lazy but personally ambitious, greedy US politicians. And these Jewish thrill junkies do this for flattery and the crumbs thrown down at them as they crouch at their master’s feet.

  • zchug

    Sickening. These middle class white “liberals” will not join the dots and see that jihadi terror came to NYC, London,Madrid et al, in part because of their appeasement and justification of Jew killing islamofascism. 1930s Germany refers.

  • rofedoc

    When Israel destroys her muslim enemies, then, and only then, will there no longer be heard the sound of weeping and crying in Zion…b’ezrat Hasham

  • Jack Rescoe

    Could it be writer Ben Ehrenreich is somehow related to the infamous anti-American socialist/Stalinist Barbara Ehrenreich. At any rate, the “new” New York Times disgusts me. What’s the name, Sulzberger? FOR SHAME!

    • Reuven

      Ben Ehrenreich is the mo0nster son of the equally horrible Barabara Ehrenreich!

    • Eve

      He’s her son. No surprise there.

  • EthanP

    The “Grey Lady” has been a biased political shill for a long time. In evidence, the twisted pro Soviet reportage on the man made Ukranian famine. They have not gotten more objective. They have only changed targets.

  • Michael


    We met 8 years ago at a wedding in Jerusalem. When I asked for your name, as you looked familiar (!), I was literally speechless. Your ability to control your emotions and write with equanimity and controlled fury about your daughter a”h, and her evil murderer, remains an amazement. People everywhere, including me, are still moved to tears and outrage by the awful event.

    Michael Schulder

  • The NYTimes,A once great news institution founded by a former Jew who later renounced through conversion his Heritage…Which inexplicably buried accounts of the European Holocaust in back pages as if burying Mr. Saltzburger’s personally embarrassing former ethnic Jewish roots…What can we say about a man, an institution, that turns against its past like some unsightly stain on its effete white starched shirt? The shame is not on the NYTimes and its disdain for a beleagured Jewish State. No! The shame is on those Jews, my cousins, aunts and uncles, who continue to subscribe to this sword in our Jewish side, who read without comment or protest its subtle and vicious indictment of a Jewish Nation and people trying to survive a too often hostile neighborhood and world filled with old enemies and sadly, former Jews.