Mother of Israeli girl murdered by Jordanian terrorist: “I have no anger today, only pain”

After Jordan released Ahmed Daqamseh from prison, Miri Me’iri, the mother of one of the young Israeli girls he murdered in 1997, said that her heart is full of pain today: “I will continue with my family as we have lived until now and we will do everything so that the next generation will remember my daughter.”

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On March 13, 1997, three years after Israel signed a peace treaty with Jordan, Ahmed Daqamseh, a Jordanian soldier, shot at a group of Israeli students who were visiting Naharayim’s Island of Peace. Seven girls were murdered in the attack and six were injured. A few days later, the late Jordanian King Hussein came to Israel and visited the parents of the Israeli victims to personally apologize. Miri Me’iri, the mother of one of the young Israeli victims, said that when Daqamseh was released from prison today, it returned her back to those difficult days 20 years ago.

“I knew he would be released,” she told Channel 2 News Online. “This was not a surprise. Already in the beginning of the trial, we were told that a life sentence in Jordan is 18 years so we knew he would be released but we didn’t know that the time would go by so fast.”

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Me’iri added that the terrorist’s release on Purim made the day even harder for her and her family. “It’s a punch to the stomach,” she said. “The Jordanian authorities chose to release him in the middle of the night so there wouldn’t be a celebration surrounding [his release] and I think that it was the right decision but this will not return my daughter home. This is not an easy day.”

King Hussein's visit in 1997 following the terror attack Photo Credit: Government Press Office/Channel 2 News

Me’iri stated that even though she knew in advance about the terrorist’s release, this day is still very painful for her. “I have no anger today, only pain,” she said. “I will continue with my family as we have lived until now and we will do everything so that the next generation will remember my daughter.”

When asked about the meeting with King Hussein a few days after the terror attack, Me’iri said: “I remember the meeting well. He was a man of great stature. He did not murder my daughter. His soldier did that but I had no anger toward him. He was really a special person. I even went to his funeral when he died.”

Me’iri even remembers what he told her during the meeting: “He told me that he will do everything for peace and I really thought that all this evil was going to end but no, we continue to fight for our freedom today.”



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