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Jordan should immediately extradite Ahlam Tamimi


Jordan should immediately extradite Ahlam Tamimi

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Currently Jordanian King Abdullah’s half-sister Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is sheltered by the United Kingdom, certainly on humanitarian ground. But, policymakers in London should know, Haya hails from the family that has a long history of sponsoring and harboring terrorists and jihadists.

Jordanian Royals have earlier sheltered Saddam Hussein’s daughter Raghad Hussein, who has been sponsoring jihadist activities of Islamic State (ISIS) ever-since its emergence in 2014. According to specific information, sitting in Amman, being sheltered by the Jordanian royals, Raghad Hussein has been funding activities of ISIS with the ambition of recapturing power in Iraq with the help of these notorious jihadists.

Jordanian royals also have enthusiastically sheltered Ahlam Tamimi, a notorious and most wanted terrorist. She is directly involved in series of terrorist activities and was the mastermind behind the Sbarro Pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem on Aug. 9, 2001, that killed 15 people, including eight children, and wounded 121 others. Among those killed were two American citizens, 15-year-old Malki Roth and 31-year-old Judith Greenbaum, who was pregnant at the time. A third American, Chana Nachenberg, has remained in a permanent vegetative state ever since.

Recently, a group of Republican members of Congress have called on the Jordanian ambassador to the United States for the Hashemite Kingdom to extradite wanted Palestinian-Jordanian Hamas terrorist Ahlam Tamimi to the United States.

The Republican members of the Congress wrote to Dina Kawar, Jordanian Ambassador to the United States, “Today, appallingly, Tamimi is a media celebrity, the subject of wide popular admiration. She has appeared publicly side-by-side with prominent political figures and received extraordinary recognition in Jordan’s mainstream press and television media as a respected commentator and as an object of Jordanian national pride”.

“She has been showered with acclaim by the students of the Arab world’s most important graduate school of journalism, the Amman-based Jordan Media Institute, who declared her to be their “success model,’ ” they wrote. “For five years, she traveled widely and often to deliver public speeches throughout Jordan and in numerous Arab countries beyond Jordan’s borders. Her theme has always centered on promoting terror and terrorists.”

Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi, who planned the attack, has shown no remorse, saying she has “no regrets.”

She had been awarded $51,836 until she was released from prison, as part of a 2011 prisoner exchange that included Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s release from Hamas captivity, when she then escaped to Jordan. The Palestinian Authority allots $7,321 monthly to the Sbarro terrorists and their families, according to a 2019 Palestinian Media Watch report.

Tamimi is on America’s “Most Wanted Terrorist” list, but the United States has been unable to secure her extradition as a 1995 extradition agreement was not ratified by Jordan’s government. The United States has offered a $5 million reward for her capture and conviction.

Jordan has refused to extradite her to the United States.

Why the Jordanian royals have refused to extradite this notorious terrorist? One of the many reasons is – King Abdullah and his family members are nefariously antisemitic and they consider Israel – more precisely Jews and Christians as the enemies of Islam. This royal family feel delighted in extending patronization to various jihadist and Islamic terrorist groups, including ISIS and Hamas.

Even Princess Haya and her full brother Prince Ali are diehard supporters of Hamas and those Palestinian terrorists. The siblings also want to see Israel being wiped-off the global map. Still, some of the westerners are showing sympathy to Haya or those Jordanian royals? As we hate Alham Tamimi and definitely want her to be executed for the crimes she already has committed in the past, we cannot show any sympathy to the terror-patron Jordanian royal family or any of its members.

I am calling upon President Donald Trump to consider imposing sanctions on the members of the Jordanian royal family for its role in patronizing terrorists. Properties and bank accounts of the Jordanian royals in the west should be confiscated unless they immediately extradite terrorist Ahlam Tamimi.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-jihadist journalist, counter-terrorism specialist and editor of Blitz

Blitz’s Editorial Board is responsible for the stories published under this byline. This includes editorials, news stories, letters to the editor, and multimedia features on

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