A Beautiful Murderer

March 30, 2008

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I received this by email. I Googled it and found out that it has been published several times on different blogs, but I feel the topic is important enough to publish again. Hopefully others will do the same. This letter was written by the family of Malki Roth.

[Several months ago,] the New York Times carried 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.


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 here.

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

Additional background is available here.

Malki and Michal Raziel were best friends who both perished in the terrorist attack at Sbarro. I wanted to make sure a picture of them is posted so you can put a face to the many names.

Malki and Michal
יהי זכרן ברוך


  1. We cry with you for your tremendous loss — we are with you in your pain — May Hashem comfort you together with all the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

  2. Beautiful Murderer

    This story has been around since last fall, but I just found it today and found it very disturbing. This is an example of the main stream medias ability to put a pretty face on an ugly, grotesque, horrific act.
    The picture above is of a lovely young w…

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  4. Dear Mrs. and Mr. Roth,

    It broke my heart to see the picture of your beautiful daughter. I am so sorry for the loss that yall have endured. I am also sorry that another innocent young person was killed for no reason. Life is so fragile. And so often people take life for granted. I did. Until our son was killed by Al-Qaeda while serving on the USS Cole, on 10/12/00. I will put your daughter’s picture on my website. And your story as well. I just got my own website up and running at the end of this past January. I am still learning how to do all this stuff. But its worth it to me, and to all the people like your daughter, and our son.It was something I could do to try and educate people about the Real Story that the press does not write about. Our son’s killers are all being given pardons, reduced sentences, and or not even charged with the murder in Yemen.
    I read about Israel everyday. I have wrote a few posts as well. My son and I used to discuss Israel. Little did I know then that I would share a common bond with people like you in Israel. Take Care, and May God Bless. Gary G. Swenchonis Sr.

  5. One thing I have noticed is that when there is the possibility of dialog between both Israeli and Arabs there is always someone trying to stop it on both sides. I find that people in that part of the world want to keep the status quo. There will be no peace until everybody starts saying I don’t want to kill anymore. You taught me to hate the other side. I want to live with them not kill them. You will find both Arab and Israelis have a lot in common. It is just that nobody has been given the chance to find out.

  6. RLLB – I don’t think that’s right. I think if you’re not part of it, you can’t understand it completely. I used to think that way of thinking is wrong, until I moved here. Israelis don’t want to kill the Palestinians. I think many of the Palestinians want peace as well. It’s just the government and organizations that are preventing it from happening. Israeli children are NOT taught to hate the Arabs, and you can say whatever you want – I grew up here so I know what I’m talking about. When I was in 7th grade, we had this exchange program thing where we met Palestinian kids our age, and we’d meet with them every so often (could be every week, could be once a month – I honestly don’t remember). There are NO anti-Arab or anti-Palestinian cartoons on Israeli television (like the Mickey Mouse character on Palestinian TV).

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