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Island of Peace Massacre

Morning starts like any other in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh with two parents having breakfast with their children.

The young daughter eating her toast and drinking her chocolate milk is excited for her school trip today up north.

After weeks of studying, homework and back to back classes at her school she is looking forward to spending time with her friends.

As she gets on the bus and chats with her friends about the latest movie that came out and a girl in a another class they dislike.

Arriving at the island of peace she can see the Jordan River, lush green hills and the yellow border fence.

All of the sudden there are loud sounds that she thinks are fireworks, she falls to the ground and hears her fellow classmates screaming and crying.

Laying on the floor she sees a pool of blood coming towards her; she thinks to herself if this is really happening.

March 13, 1997 girls from a school in Beit Shemesh were on a field trip on the Island of Peace when a Jordanian soldier opened fire murdering seven of the girls.

List of Victims:

Sivan Fathi age 13

Karen Cohen  age 14

Ya’ala Me’iri age 13

Shiri Badayev age 14

Bataku Alkalai age 13

Adi Malka age 13

Nirit Cohen age 13

All the victims if alive today would be mothers of their own children and be living with their own families.

Instead their lives were cut short by a Jordanian soldier who did not even see them as human because no normal person can murder children who pose no threat to them.

Families of the victims will never recover from the trauma of losing their daughters who they took care of for fourteen years.

During the Passover holiday there will be that one empty seat at the table that will never be sat on in memory of their loved one.

During the attack other Jordanian soldiers rushed toward the attacker yelling madman and taking him into custody.

King Hussein visits the mourners in their homes to offer his condolences to the victims’ families.

Ahmed Daqamseh is taken to court but found to have anti-social personality disorder and sentenced to twenty years of hard labor.

Many Jordanians viewed Daqamseh as a hero and even petitioned the court for an early release.

One hundred and ten members of the Jordanian parliament signed a petition to have Daqamseh released early from prison.

Families of the victims feeling betrayed protested in front of the Jordanian Embassy in Ramat Gan.

Ambassador of Jordan assured the families that Daqamseh would not be released, despite the promise from the ambassador he was released.

Ahmed was released in 2017 with time served and was greeted by many supporters at his home congratulating him.

Ahmed is a terrorist who murder seven innocent girls whose only crime was being Jewish and Israeli.

Receiving a warm welcome from his supporters and even having banners calling him a hero is incredibly troubling.

As it seems many of these supporters do not see the victims as actual human beings worthy of life, instead they are seen as legitimate targets for jihad.

Until these Jordanians can recognize Jewish Israelis as actual human beings, Israel will never have a warm peace with the Jordanian people.

About the Author
Shlomo was born in Miami, Florida in 1989 and moved to Israel in 2012. He holds a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Political Science and served in the IDF as a combat soldier in the Netzach Yehuda Battalion. After serving in the military Shlomo studied in Yeshivat Shavie Hevron where he lived in Hebron. He now lives in Kiryat Arba, is a proud reservist in the Golani Brigade, and is a blogger for the Times of Israel.
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