the following mail was forwarded to me by micahel levgur – thanks micha!
the letter and follow up reading i did on the malki foundation site deeply touched my heart.
published here with permission and thanks to arnold roth.
28th June 2007
Today’s New York Times carries a review of a film called “Hot House” that goes inside Israeli prisons and examines the lives of Palestinian prisoners. We’re not recommending the film or the review. But we do want to share our feelings with you about the beaming female face that adorns the article.
You can see it here.
The film is produced by HBO. So it’s presumably HBO’s publicity department that was responsible for creating and distributing a glamor-style photograph of a smiling, contented-looking young woman in her twenties to promote the movie. That female is our child’s murderer. She was sentenced to sixteen life sentences or 320 years which she is serving in an Israeli jail. Fifteen people were killed and more than a hundred maimed and injured by the actions of this attractive person and her associates. The background is here.
Neither the New York Times nor HBO are likely to give even a moment’s attention to the victims of the barbarians who destroyed the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem and the lives of so many victims. So we would be grateful if you would pass along this link to some pictures of our daughter whose name was Malki. She was unable to reach her twenties – Hamas saw to that.
Though she was only fifteen years old when her life was stolen from her and from us, we think Malki was a beautiful young woman, living a beautiful life. We ask your help so that other people – far fewer than the number who will see the New York Times, of course – can know about her. Please ask your friends to look at the pictures – some of the very few we have – of our murdered daughter. They are at http://www.kerenmalki.org/photo.htm
And remind them of what the woman in the Israeli prison – the woman smiling so happily in the New York Times – said last year. ” I’m not sorry for what I did. We’ll become free from the occupation and then I will be free from prison.
“With so many voices demanding that Israel release its terrorist prisoners, small wonder she’s smiling.
With greetings from Jerusalem,
Frimet and Arnold Roth
On behalf of Keren Malki
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that would have been my reaction a few days ago until i learned of him. and he had some pretty cool ideas too.
i thought it might provide some fuel for thought…
one God, one human race, full equality and an end to prejudice, inquisition, jihad, crusades, intifada, ethnic cleansing, intolerance, bosnia – herzegovina, darfur, taliban, al quada, cote d’ivoire, cyprus partition, east timor, kashmir, shiite and sunni in iraq, northern ireland, chechnya, tamils, … need i list more? so many connections between religion and atrocities in written history and to this day!
the bahai faith was founded in 1844 by baha-u-llah who taught of one God, one human race and that all the world’s religions have been progressive stages in the revelation of God’s will and purpose for humanity.
the bab was a persian who announced he had been sent by God to prepare humanity for a new age and the imminent appearance of the baha-u-llah, a messenger of God even greater than himself. the bab was martyred in 1850 (how not surprising). his remains were preserved and concealed for over 60 years, eventually transferred to the holy land and interred in 1909 in a mausoleum on the slopes of mount carmel in haifa israel.
the colonnade and golden dome, designed by canadian architect william sutherland maxwell, were completed in 1953 and today mark the bahai world center.
claiming more than 5 million followers in almost every country in the world, the second-most geographically widespread religion in the world – have you ever known a bahai?
and their gardening isn’t bad either!
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