Keren Malki, the Malki Foundation, a non-political, non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization, honors the tragically short life of a girl dedicated to bringing happiness and support into the lives of special-needs children

This site, and the work of Keren Malki (the Malki Foundation), are dedicated to the memory of

Malka Chana Roth Z"L 1985-2001

A Living Memorial

The smiling teenager in the pictures posted here is Malka Chana Roth, our daughter, sister and friend. Caring, sweet-natured, talented, vivacious, musical and deeply devoted to doing everything in her power to help children with disabilities, Malki, as she was known to everyone, brought happiness into many lives.

But on 9th August 2001, Malki's own life ended in a barbaric act of Palestinian Arab terrorism in a crowded restaurant in the centre of Jerusalem. She was fifteen years old. Her death and her beautiful life are the inspiration behind the establishment of the foundation that bears her name. Click to see a video made by Malki's friends in 2001.

About Malki: Malka Chana Roth was born in Melbourne, Australia on November 27, 1985 (Kislev 14, 5746). She died at the age of fifteen in a senseless act of terrorist barbarism in the Sbarro restaurant, Jerusalem, on August 9, 2001 (Menachem Av 20, 5761). 

Fourteen other innocent people, many of them children and teenagers, enjoying a meal on a summer's day in the center of the country's capital city, were murdered in the same barbaric attack. (See "The human time bomb: What motivates a suicide bombing?", originally published in the Sunday Times Magazine, 6 January 2002.) One of those was Malki's lifelong girl-friend Michal Raziel, aged 16.

Scores of people inside the restaurant and on the busy nearby streets were maimed and injured, often in ways that are too horrific to describe. Some are still receiving treatment today. In one exceptionally painful case, a young mother remains comatose, years after the bombing. 

Malki and Michal were buried in adjoining, simple graves in Jerusalem's Har Menuchot cemetery. To the large, grieving crowd at the funeral on a hot Friday afternoon, Arnold Roth eulogized Malki, describing her life as an act of beauty... in all but its very final moments.

Malki, who was a citizen of both the United States and Australia (by reason of her parents' backgrounds) as well as of Israel, had completed tenth grade at Horev Girls School in Jerusalem. She was a much-loved madricha (leader) of nine-year-old girls in the Ma'ale Adumim branch of the Ezra youth movement, and a gifted classical flautist. She composed her own music.

In the opinion of some people, including Malki's family, the Sbarro company's response to the tragic events was strange, lacking in both taste and good sense, and doing them very little credit. Click here to see an example of the advertisement they ran in the Hebrew press four weeks after the murders announcing that they had rebuilt their premises.)

The Barbarians: You may wonder what it takes to produce a person who is willing to blow himself up, as the murderer of Malki did. To start your investigation, we suggest a visit to this helpful site.

For deeper background on the conspiracy leading up to the massacre at the Sbarro restaurant, refer to a collection of links and articles we compiled and published here.

The Times (London) published a lengthy analysis of the state of mind of the barbarians who engineered the Sbarro massacre. It's no longer on-line so we have replicated it offline here.

And in case anyone still doubts how much support this sort of barbarism enjoys in certain quarters, go here to see the actual Arabic-language document recording that the family of Malki's murderer were awarded a cash prize of US$20,000 for his great deed. (Contact us to find out how we obtained this document.) 

Additional links:

Malki wrote a simple, upbeat, very optimistic song - both the words and the music. It has now been professionally recorded and in commercial distribution as part of a wonderful project that benefits Israeli terror victims. Go here for more.

To read Malki's letter to the editors of Exceptional Parent, written in July 1997 when she was eleven years old, about living with a sister with special needs, click here.

In the aftermath of Malki's tragic death, newspaper and magazine articles reported on the brief details of her life and death. See the Press page.

Malki's friends and classmates honored her memory in a very special way, by donating a new, purpose-written Sefer Torah which was presented to her school, Horev Girls, in June 2003

Some snapshots of Malki here.

May the sweet and precious memory of Malka Chana Roth be for a blessing.


Malki's Parents Write

Chronicle of a Barbaric Massacre

Malki wrote a special song

Malka Chana Roth - a March 2001 snapshot

Malki Roth 1985-2001: Always smiling

Malki wrote a special song

The Keren Malki Unit at Jerusalem's Yad Sarah Organization was officially inaugurated on 7th January 2003. Read about it here.

To learn about the other positive things that are being done to honor Malki's memory, go here.

The Foreign Ministry of Israel has a memorial site for victims of the Palestinian Arab war of terror. Malki's page is here.


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 Remembering Malki

Sbarro: An Act of Barbarism

Malki: A Life of Beauty

A Mother Writes of Her Loss

Malki's Song




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