A Double Standard for Abu Akleh, Israeli Victims

(Jerusalem Post) Lahav Harkov - Ahlam Ahmad al-Tamimi's "Most Wanted Terrorist" poster, which can be viewed on the FBI website, describes her as "charged with participating in an August 9, 2001, suicide bomb attack at a pizza restaurant in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including two U.S. nationals. Four other U.S. nationals were among 122 others injured in the attack." The FBI offers a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to Tamimi's arrest. Here's a tip: She's in Jordan, hosting a talk show on Hamas TV. Jordan refuses to extradite her, despite an ongoing campaign by the family of one of the Sbarro attack victims, Malki Roth. Which brings us to the extraordinary lengths to which Washington seems willing to go for Palestinian Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh. The U.S. Department of Justice recently notified Israel that the FBI would be conducting its own investigation. This is an unprecedented situation, in which the U.S. officially considers a democratic ally to have an independent judiciary capable of investigating and prosecuting its own soldiers when need be, and is proceeding with an FBI investigation against that ally's wishes after the ally's probe reached its own conclusions. The U.S. was involved in Israel's inquiry, yet they're insisting on going forward with their own probe. In other words, this apparently accidental, but still tragic, death of a U.S. citizen seems to warrant special attention that an intentional terrorist bombing with several American victims does not. And, of course, the Sbarro attack is just one example. There are 49 U.S. citizens that have been murdered by Palestinians since then. The FBI doesn't seem to have done much to get justice for them, either.

2022-11-17 00:00:00

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