Terror has a name: Ahlam Tamini. After a 22-year coma, one of her victims (Chama Nachenberg) has died. Support the Genesis 123 Foundation

“My heart breaks,” began the email received on Friday (June 23) from Jonathan Feldstein, a fellow journalist who runs a charity called “Genesis 123”.

He continued, “A victim of the Sbarro terrorist bombing in Jerusalem, 22 years ago, who has been in a vegetative coma since the 2001 attack, finally passed away. Her name was Chana Nachenberg and she was an American citizen.

“The tally of deaths from this Islamic terrorist bombing is now 16 people. There are also 130 people who were injured in this attack and are still suffering from PTSD… and the mastermind of this horrible atrocity lives a free woman in Jordan, where the authorities have refused to hand her over to the United States for justice.

“To add insult to injury, this terrorist hosts a TV talk show on Arabic TV! While we may not be able to force weak-kneed politicians and terrorist-supporting states to help bring her to justice, we can provide comfort to some of the victims of her terrorism and others like them, and their families. Will you help us treat these victims of terror who are suffering from PTSD and other trauma?”

In a retrospective on the 22 years since the attack on Sbarro Pizza, Raffi Berg of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported:

“Chana Nachenberg was 31 at the time of the attack at the Sbarro pizzeria, which killed 15 other people, including seven children and a pregnant woman.

“She is the third US national to die as a result of the bombing in August 2001.

“The US is seeking the extradition from Jordan of a woman convicted by Israel of murder for her role in the attack.

“Ahlam Tamimi, a Jordanian citizen who lived in the occupied West Bank at the time, was given 16 life sentences by an Israeli court in 2003. She was released in 2011 as part of a deal to free an Israeli soldier held captive for more than five years by Palestinian Hamas militants in Gaza.

“Tamimi helped the bomber, Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri, carry out the attack. She returned to Jordan after her release and has spoken about her pride at her involvement in the atrocity.

“Tamimi is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list and the US says it is seeking her extradition on charges of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against Americans. Jordan’s High Court has rejected a previous request.”


Feldstein, whose work I’ve admired from afar for many years, explained his organization’s work:

“The Genesis 123 Foundation is dedicated to helping victims of terrorism treat their trauma. Because while the physical wound may heal in days or weeks, the internal wounds take a lifetime to fully heal, or in some cases, they may just continue to suffer. We are seeking to provide some healing to Chana’s family, and thousands of other families of terror victims whose scars are invisible but no less real. Chana’s family had to deal with her care, holding out hope for 22 years as she lay in a coma. Now, they are dealing with the added trauma of her passing.”

Genesis 123 has set a goal of raising $60,000 to fund:

* Mental health workshops for teachers to cope with trauma and help their students

* Extracurricular school programs for students to be able to express themselves and deal with grief

* A year of trauma therapy programs for at-risk youth, and

* Counseling for parents of terror victims to strengthen them and help them to help their children.

As he observed, “It is a drop in the bucket for what these victims of terror really need, but these are tangible ways we can help to ease their suffering. While the Sbarro terrorist continues to enjoy the hospitality of the Jordanian government without fear of repercussions, her victims are forced to pay for their expensive therapy and medical treatments.”

He asked, “Will you be a blessing to these victims and help us right this wrong? Please make a tax-deductible donation of … whatever amount you can afford to help provide supplies, therapy and medical care for them. While we may never see justice for their suffering, we can do good by helping Chana’s family deal with her passing and aid other families who have suffered from similar acts of terror.”

The missive from Feldstein closed: “May the Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

To join me in supporting the organization’s group online, go here: https://genesis123foundation.revv.co/77280?=

To learn more about the mission of Genesis 123, go here: https://genesis123.co/mission/

Or, mail them a contribution. Their IRS Tax ID number is 83-0789162.

Their U.S. mail address is:

Genesis Foundation 123, 33 Hageman Ln., Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

Note: Pat McGuigan has written about communities of faith throughout his career in journalism, and has supported the Nation of Israel and her right to exist his entire life.