|The engineer of the massacre that took our daughter's life: This picture,|
syndicated by Corbis, is the only photographic record of the woman being
in a court house. But it's not connected to her trial for multiple counts
of murder. This court is in Jordan's capital city. The photo
was published on the day she was honored there, in a court reception,
for her heroism, her grand achievements, and the glory she brought
to her people. [Check it out: Image Source]
This Ongoing War..
05 August '15..
Experiencing the death of a loved one at the hands of ideology-driven killers is a multi-stage exercise in learning about powerlessness and impotence.
Fourteen years (today) after being initiated into the "circle" very much against our wills and without the faintest awareness ahead of time that it was going to happen, we know a lot about the experience and the inexpressible pain it brings. Also the intense frustration.
We were not there next to our child to keep her safe when the human bomb and the chief plotter made their way together into the center of the city where we live. We were completely unaware that the police and the military knew in advance that it was happening and chose not to cause alarm by making a public statement. We were not present in the ruins of the pizzeria, nor in the ambulance, nor in the hospital: our Malki, just 15, surrounded by people living and not living, died alone.
We read about the arrest and the trial of the woman who engineered the massacre of children via the news media. And about her conviction and about her sentencing. Government officials of course knew. No one felt the need to inform the victims.
We feared for years that the chief plotter of the Sbarro massacre, a woman who was 21 years old when she executed her satanic plan on behalf of the Islamist terrorists of Hamas, was going to be freed long before completing the 16 terms of life imprisonment to which the three-judge panel in a court sentenced her. (The sentence came with a sincere-sounding judicial recommendation to the government that no consideration ever be given to commuting her sentence or including her, specifically her, in any future political deal). But we did not know this when it happened. It was only much later that we got our hands via unofficial channels on the court protocol. It has never been officially published.
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