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Our Aliyah Diary author Nathan forwarded this letter from Jerusalem about the NYT review of "Hot House" this week, and the pictured murderer of 15 at Sbarro.
Today's New York Times carries a review of a film called "Hot House " that goes inside Israeli prisons and examines the lives of Palestinian prisoners. We're not recommending the film or the review. But we do want to share our feelings with you about the beaming female face that adorns the article. The film is produced by HBO. So it's presumably HBO's publicity department that was responsible for creating and distributing a glamor style photograph of a smiling, contented-looking young woman in her twenties to promote the movie.
That female is our child's murderer. She was sentenced to sixteen life sentences or 320 years which she is serving in an Israeli jail. Fifteen people were killed and more than a hundred maimed and injured by the actions of this attractive person and her associates.
Neither the New York Times nor HBO are likely to give even a moment's attention to the victims of the barbarians who destroyed the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem and the lives of so many victims. So we would be grateful if you would pass along this link to some pictures of our daughter whose name was Malki. She was unable to reach her twenties - Hamas saw to that.
Though she was only fifteen years old when her life was stolen from her and from us, we think Malki was a beautiful young woman, living a beautiful life. We ask your help so that other people - far fewer than the number who will see the New York Times, of course - can know about her. Please ask your friends to look at the pictures - some of the very few we have - of our murdered daughter.
And remind them of what the woman in the Israeli prison - the woman smiling so happily in the New York Times - said last year. "I'm not sorry for what I did. We'll become free from the occupation and then I will be free from prison."
With so many voices demanding that Israel release its terrorist prisoners, small wonder she's smiling.
With greetings from Jerusalem, Frimet and Arnold Roth On behalf of Keren Malki
I'll join you on that Buddy. This is the type of thing that needs outing. Thank goodness we have an unfettered Internet to get the word out.
O/T but not really is this from the Economist. I hated to read it and I've hated following the story over the years because I lost friends in the Rhodesian "bush wars" back in the 1970's. Rhodesian was a great place. Now Zimbabwe is this...
Seeing such a pretty face on a vicious murderer is both terrible and terrifying. I will not forget Keren Malki or that particular attack. Thanks for posting BD. IMO the NYT and HBO can go twist, the sooner the better.
Israel has a bigger problem with libs than we have here. If they had the death penalty that pretty smiling face would be no more and hence no HBO special. I know if she killed my daughter I would try to find a way of wiping that smile off her face permanently.
Thanks very much to all concerned for passing this along to your blog readers.
The murder of our daughter Malki nearly six years ago, and its ongoing aftermath, gave my wife Frimet and me an insight we never wanted to have into how people in the media can modify the reactions and opinions of people without them even realizing.
In the past few days, as this note of ours does the rounds, we've been contacted by people who know people at HBO and the New York Times, telling us that they didn't mean harm, and never intended this or that.
But the sad and deeply worrying reality is there's a fascination out there with the practitioners of terror. Worse, there's an incomprehensible (to us) cognitive gap that seems to prevent otherwise-intelligent folk everywhere from realizing how dangerous this fuzzy and inaccurate thinking is to their own lives and the welfare of their own families.
Mr. Roth, I can't help but admire your tone. Under the strain of such an attack as you and your family has suffered, it must be very difficult to maintain such a constructive approach to fighting the problem of evil.
I think the cognitive gap might be a subconsciously willed choice to, if at all possible, not look the thing in the face, because to do so is to drop the light, fun life they wish really existed.
Anyway, my very best wishes to you and your family.