Tamimi clan expresses confidence Jordan “will remain the guardians of their nationals”
We reported a few days ago on the unsealing of a criminal complaint against Ahlam al-Tamimi, the mastermind of the 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria suicide bombing in Jerusalem, U.S. to seek extradition of Ahlam Tamimi, the Savage of Sbarro Pizzeria bombing.
The Sbarro bombing killed fifteen people, including two American citizens. Ahlam’s only regret, expressed multiple times in interviews (see prior posts) is that she did not kill more people. She smiled with joy during one interview when she learned that she killed 8 children, not the 3 she previously thought.
After the bombing, Ahlam presented a news story on the bombing in her role as an announcer on Palestinian television, without a hint that she had masterminded it:
She also bombed a supermarket, but there were no casualties.
Ahlam was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. Since then she has lived in Jordan where she is a TV announcer.
Ahlam Aref Al-Tamimi, facilitator of the deadly August 2001 Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem, who on March 14, 2017 was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list and is being charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against U.S. nationals outside the U.S. resulting in death, has been on Twitter (@dreamsnnn) since October 2013 …
Her tweets have included videos and photos of the scene at the 2001 Jerusalem bombing that she facilitated, including one marking the 14th anniversary of the attack and praising the bomber; a model of a bombed-out Israeli bus against a mural of Jerusalem featuring Al-Aqsa; promotion of her program “Breeze of the Free Men” on the Al-Quds satellite channel; and images, photos, and poems on Palestinian topics, including photos of Yasser Arafat, Hamas bombmaker Yahyah Ayyash aka “The Engineer, Hamas cofounder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, Hamas cofounder Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi, and imprisoned Hamas commander Abdallah Al-Barghouthi.
In her most recent tweet, on March 16, 2017, Al-Tamimi wrote: “Clarification released by Al-Tamimi’s family. Please share widely. Thank you for your cooperation.” The document included was in response to media reports stating that Jordan has refused to extradite her to the U.S. to stand trial. The family, it said, noted that no final decision had yet been made been made, and that they trust that the Court of Cassation will confirm the court of appeal’s decision.
A Palestinian “human rights” group claims the extradition request is “racist”:
The Human Center for Democracy and Rights in Gaza has called the US extradition request against Jordanian journalist Ahlam al-Tamimi, originally from Palestine, “a racist decision and against human ethics and norms.”
Will Ahlam ever see the inside of a U.S. courtroom or jail? Only if Jordan extradites her, which seems unlikely according to the report by The Jerusalem Post:
Jordan will not approve a US request to extradite Hamas-affiliated terrorist Ahlam Tamimi, who the US wanted to try for killing Americans during the Second Intifada, Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported on Thursday.
Citing several reasons for Jordan’s alleged refusal, Al-Ghad reported that Jordanian legal officials have said that the extradition was “not permissible” based on the fact that Tamimi was already tried in Israel and mostly because there is no existing extradition treaty between the US and Jordan.
Channel 2 noted on Thursday that Jordanian sources are claiming that there actually is an extradition treaty between the United States and Jordan that was signed back in 1995, but was never approved by the Jordanian parliament and is being overlooked by the latter for this reason….
According to Al-Ghad, Saleh Armouti, a Jordanian official currently serving as an MP in Jordan’s House of Representatives, not only justified Jordan’s alleged decision to refuse the request, but also went on to release a statement in defense of the released terrorist. “[It was] the legitimate right of the liberated prisoner Ahlam Tamimi [to] resist the occupier, as the United Nations laws stipulate the right to self-determination, as ruled [by] international legitimacy [as] the right to resist the occupation.”
If the request is indeed granted by Jordan it will set a precedent in the US, seeing as prior to US President Donald Trump’s election, the only legal proceedings against terrorists who have harmed Americans were criminal proceedings which took place in Israeli courts or civil wrongful death proceedings.
A copy of the Extradition Treaty signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995 is here (pdf.) I’ve been unable to locate proof of ratification by the Senate, but the FBI appears to be acting as if there is a treaty (according to reports), so perhaps I’m just not finding the source.
Tamimi’s clan appears to be confident Jordan will reject the extradition request:
The family of Jordanian journalist Ahlam al-Tamimi has expressed confidence that Jordan’s judiciary would reject the US request to extradite her, saying it fully trusts the justice and integrity of courts in the country.
“We are fully confident that the court of cassation will issue a ruling endorsing the verdicts made by the first instance and appeal courts that rejected the [US] extradition request,” the family stated in a press release on Thursday.
“The case is still in Jordan’s court of cessation and a definitive decision is yet to be made,” the family said.
“The Jordanian monarch, government, and judiciary will remain the guardians of their nationals and will not allow anyone to harm them or undermine their human value,” the family said with confidence.
Expect an escalating public campaign in Jordan not to turn over Ahlam to the U.S.