16 Years On: Hamas Celebrates Sbarro Restaurant Massacre

Today is the 16th anniversary of the Sbarro pizzeria massacre, and Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV is in celebration mode.

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The day of August 9, 2001, was a normal day in the memory of the leaders of the Zionist entity. Only nine days after the assassination of the two prominent leaders of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” Jamal Salim and Gamal Mansour and others, the city of Jerusalem was on a date with the most powerful martyrdom operations that rocked Entity security and terrorized rapists.

While the “Sbarro” restaurant on Jaffa Street in occupied Jerusalem was crowded with the Zionist rapists at lunchtime, the opportunity was opportunistic for the martyrdom of Ezzedine al-Masri, who sang in his “guitars” in the midst of them.

As usual, the Zionist media rushed to convey the news of the operation, which I described as large, and broadcast preliminary pictures of it, and in front of the scene of great destruction that the restaurant was not able to conceal the occupation of the number of dead and wounded, as the killing of 20 Zionists and wounding 120 others.

The 29-year-old martyr, Izz al-Din al-Masri, was the most fortunate to celebrate the hero of the camp. The crowd went out to the streets, cheered and distributed sweets.

Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, claimed responsibility for the operation.

The martyrdom operation was a major security failure in the record of the Israeli security services, where the martyr Ezzeddin al-Masri, from the city of Ramallah, went to the heart of the occupied city of Jerusalem and in the most crowded streets of Jaffa Street, despite declaring a state of extreme alert in anticipation of operations in response to the assassination of the two leaders In Hamas Mansour and Salim.

The success of the operation of the restaurant “Sparrow” was not to be done without the care of the Rahman, and then without the existence of a secret cell and an organization that is planning and preparation of good and accurate precision of this process, as he took command of the process and manufacture of “guitar bomber” captive Alqasami Mujahid Abdullah Ghalib Barghouti sentenced 67 Forever.

While assigning the role of monitoring and locating the appropriate place for the implementation of the operation, in addition to the connection of the martyrdom to the goal of prisoner liberated Ahlam Tamimi, has been sentenced to life imprisonment 16 times, or (1584) years, was freed by the Qassam Brigades in the deal of fulfillment of the free.

The Zionist media quoted one of the rapists Zionists testimony about the last moments of the Egyptian martyr, says: Among those who were scrambling to enter the restaurant there was a young man wearing a white T-shirt and dark athletic suit, he was enjoying peace and tranquility.

“When he entered the restaurant, he began to look at the lighted menu hanging on the wall and on the red, green and white marble plates, as if he were exploring the area around him, but without anyone feeling.”

The young man asked the restaurant clerk how long it would take to prepare a dish of pasta to take him outside the restaurant, and while the employee was responding to his question, the young Palestinian reached into his wallet and blew himself up.

Consider for a second the level of depravity here. Not only did they murder 15 civilians (including 7 children and a pregnant woman), wound 130 more, and adversely affect the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of families, but they are now – 16 years later – looking back at it in celebration.

In case anyone wonders why there is no peace.

This is how we need to be spending this day – remembering the victims:

On a personal note, I would like to point out that back then, my wife and I were taking birthing classes in Jerusalem for our first-born. We used to eat at Sbarro every week. Only by Divine providence were we not there at the time.

One of those not so lucky was 15-year-old Malki Roth. Her parents Arnold and Frimet write:

The annual Aliyah La-Kever (going up to the gravesides) and Azkara (memorial service) in memory of the lives of our daughter Malka Chana Roth and her friend Michal Raziel, may their memories be a blessing, will take place at the Har Tamir cemetery in Jerusalem on Thursday evening, August 10, 2017 (Yud-Het Av, according to the Hebrew calendar, since the actual anniversary falls on Shabbat this year) at 5:30 pm.

The girls, aged 15 and 16, were the closest of friends and neighbours in life. Buried side by side, they were victims of Hamas attack on a Jerusalem pizzeria 16 years ago that sought, and succeeded, according to the engineer of the massacre, to murder as many Jewish children as possible.

As in previous years, free bus transport will be available to and from the ceremony, leaving the Ramot Alef neighborhood in Jerusalem half an hour before the ceremony, returning afterwards to the same place. For driving and bus directions and for details, please email us and we will be happy to give details.

Donations in memory of the murdered girls will be greatly appreciated. We especially recommend the Malki Foundation as a worthy target of your charitable support.

May her memory and that of all the victims continue to be a blessing.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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