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U.S. Charges Hamas Female Terrorist 16 Years Later
The Clarion Project
By Meira Svirsky
The U.S. Department of Justice has decided to charge Hamas terrorist Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi for her part in the bombing of the Sbarro pizza restaurant in the heart of downtown Jerusalem, close to 16 years after the event.
Tamimi has also been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.
The bombing killed 15 people, including two U.S. citizens (one of whom was pregnant) and wounded 130. Tamimi, a Jordanian citizen, was captured and sentenced to 16 life terms in prison in 2003 but released in a prisoner exchange in 2011. She now lives in Jordan, whose constitution prohibits extradition of its citizens.
In a video made after her release (see below), Tamimi expressed happiness about the bombing and declares she would “do it again today.”