October 27, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 4231

Interviews with Two Terrorists Released in the Gilad Shalit Exchange Who Vow to Return to Terror Activities

October 27, 2011
Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 4231

The following are two reports from the MEMRI TV Project and the Palestinian Media Studies Project, consisting of interviews with terrorists released in the recent Gilad Shalit deal. One of the terrorists, Ahlam Tamimi, assisted in the August 9, 2001 bombing of the Sbarro's pizzeria in Jerusalem, which killed 15 and wounded 130 people.[1]

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Released Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi Takes Pride in the Number of Casualties She Caused and Proclaims: I Would Do It Again Today

Following are excerpts from an interview with released terrorist Ahlam Tamimi, who was sentenced to 16 life terms in prison. The interview was posted on the Internet on October 19, 2011.

Interviewer: "If you could go back in time, would you carry out such a large-scale attack?"

Ahlam Tamimi: "Of course. 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 [in the 2001 attack on the Sbarro pizzeria]? 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." […]

Released Terrorist Muhammad Abu Ataya Brandishes Gun and Says: Netanyahu "Will Not Deter Us from Continuing the Journey of Resistance"

Following are excerpts from an interview with released terrorist Muhammad Abu Ataya, who had been sentenced to 16 life terms in prison. The interview aired on Al-Quds TV on October 20, 2011.

Muhammad Abu Ataya: "I was arrested for being a member of the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, and for killing traitors and spies, and killing traitors and spies, as well as going after the herd of settlers and the Israeli army."

Interviewer: "Brother Muhammad, as you regain your freedom, you carry the gun of the rebel, the gun of the fighter, and you wear the fatigues of the Al-Qassam Brigades, even though Netanyahu warned that any released prisoner rejoining the resistance would be severely punished."

Muhammad Abu Ataya: "He can make as many warning as he likes. His warning and threats will not deter us from continuing the journey of resistance, on which we embarked decades ago. […]"

[1] Reuters, October 19, 2011.

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