Most 20-year-old female college students occupy their time with studying, drinking, and wanna-be activism. Palestinian Ahlam Tamimi, however, had much more morbid hobbies. Bored and unable to drink or get laid to pass the time, she began to draw up a terror plot, which she called a “martyrdom operation.”
She and her associate, Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri, carefully chose the target, a cafe Sbarro in Jerusalem. Disguising herself as a tourist, Tamimi escorted al-Masri to the cafe, where she instructed him to casually eat a meal before he met his 72 virgins. The attack went as planned. 15 people, including 7 children and an unborn baby, were killed in the blast.
Tamimi was captured shortly thereafter. When interviewed, she expressed no remorse over what she had done. “I do not regret what happened. Absolutely not. This is the path. I dedicated myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and Allah granted me success. You know how many casualties there were. This was made possible by Allah. Do you want me to denounce what I did? That’s out of the question. I would do it again today, and in the same manner.” She was given sixteen life sentences, but almost prophetically declared she would be free one day. She also said she did not recognize the state of Israel, and clearly doesn’t recognize that if a restaurant has bad service, you simply don’t leave a tip instead of leaving corpses everywhere.
So why is this “cupid stunt” free now? She was one of the prisoners released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. She recently gave an interview in which she said, “Afterwards, when I took the bus, the Palestinians around Damascus Gate were all smiling. You could sense that everybody was happy. When I got on the bus, nobody knew that it was me who had led [the suicide bomber to the target]… I was feeling quite strange, because I had left al-Masri behind, but inside the bus, they were all congratulating one another.”
The psycho then gleefully explained her excitement as the death toll rose: “I admit that I was a bit disappointed, because I had hoped for a larger toll. Yet when they said “three dead,” I said: ‘Allah be praised’…Two minutes later, they said on the radio that the number had increased to five. I wanted to hide my smile, but I just couldn’t. Allah be praised, it was great. As the number of dead kept increasing, the passengers were applauding.” A hypothesis as to why she couldn’t hide her smile was that she had likely inserted a bunch of explosives inside herself and they touched her in all the right ways as the bus started and stopped. When she was told eight children including an unborn baby were among those killed, Tamimi smiled with pride.