An unrepentant Palestinian terrorist who planned a suicide bombing attack in the heart of Jerusalem that massacred 15 civilians and wounded 130 others has been given her own talk show on the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds TV.
Ahlam Tamimi, 31 – who was released in the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange deal in October 2011 – said she is not sorry for coordinating the 2001 attack on the Sbarro restaurant in the middle of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported. She had been sentenced to 16 life sentences for her part in the bombing.
At the time of the terrorist attack, Tamimi, who was 20 at the time, disguised herself as a Jewish tourist. She was a college student and part-time journalist. Tamimi went to the pizza restaurant with suicide bomber Izz al-Din al-Masri.
After she received her freedom, Tamimi said that she is not sorry for her role in the suicide bombing.
“I dedicated myself to the path of jihad for the sake of Allah, and Allah granted me success,” she told the Jordanian Ammon News website. “Do you want me to denounce what I did? That’s out of the question. I would do it again.”
The Post reported that she is living in Jordan, where she currently hosts her program, “Nasim Al-Ahrar,” or “Breeze of the Free.” The show specifically focuses on the topic of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails for terror-related crimes. Her first program discussed the Schalit deal and Palestinian female prisoners. The episode featured several prisoners freed in the deal. They said they hope her show will raise awareness across the Muslim world for the predicament of the Palestinian inmates.
According to the Post report, Tamimi hosted Saleh Arouri, a Hamas official who took part in the compromise that led to the prisoner exchange.
Arouri argued that kidnapping IDF soldiers and continuing the “resistance” is the single most effective method of securing release of more Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
“The only way to free our prisoners from jail is through resistance, abductions and prisoner swaps,” he said, calling on Palestinian factions to abduct Israeli soldiers and officers.