'Sbarro terrorist: Israel hired mafia to kill me'

Suicide bombing terrorist Ahlam Tamimi tells 'Al-Jazeera' that Mossad was planning to assassinate her and 40 other prisoners deported to Arab, Islamic countries.

March 4, 2012 01:46
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AHLAM TAMIMI greeted by relatives in Jordan

AHLAM TAMIMI greeted by relatives in Jordan 390 R. (photo credit: Muhammed Hamed/Reuters)


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Ahlam Tamimi, the Palestinian woman who helped plan and launch the Sbarro suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 2001, claimed over the weekend that Israel asked the “Russian mafia” to kill her and other Palestinian prisoners who were released in the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange agreement.

Tamimi, who was released in October 2011 together with over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Schalit, told Al-Jazeera that the Mossad was planning to assassinate her and 40 other prisoners who were deported to Arab and Islamic countries.

She did not provide further details of what she described as a “filthy plot.”

Israel has asked the Russian mafia to assassinate the former prisoners living abroad, Tamimi, who is currently in Jordan, charged.

“Israel has prepared a plan for the execution of this filthy plot,” she said.

She added that Israel has already begun targeting Palestinian prisoners who were released into the West Bank by re-arresting a number of them.

Tamimi boasted that Israel was forced through the prisoner deal to abandon its pledge not to succumb to the demands of Schalit’s captors.

Tamimi spent 10 years in Israeli prison for her role in the Sbarro suicide bombing in downtown Jerusalem in 2001.

She had been sentenced to 16 life terms after the court found that she played a major role in planning and executing the attack, which killed 15 civilians and wounded 130 others.

Tamimi is now hosting her own talk show on a Hamas-affiliated TV station.

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