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Rabin’s Assassin Departs Solitary

Gets a taste for the rule of law he so despised

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Yigal Amir in 2004.(Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Yesterday was Independence Day. Today, we ought to toast freedom of another sort, the release from solitary confinement of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir.

Let there be no mistake: Amir is murderous scum, an unrepentant zealot deserving of the sternest punishment. In Israel, that punishment is life in prison, to which Amir was sentenced after shooting the prime minister in 1995. That was 17 years ago. Since then, Amir has been locked up alone in his cell, not permitted to walk the yard or talk to fellow inmates. Allow him these basic minimal rights, argued many, and he might incite other prisoners.

It’s a preposterous argument. Amir is a lone gunman, a fanatic who was driven to act by some heady combination of hormones and religion and rage. Arguing that he poses any further threat when behind bars is like arguing that Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s assassin, might, if allowed to associate with other prisoners, influence a murderous killing spree targeting the world’s rock stars.

And yet, Amir spent nearly two decades in seclusion. Unless a prisoner is highly violent and poses a threat to others, such punishment atop punishment is reprehensible. In his actions, Yigal Amir sought to gun down not only Rabin but also the democratic state of Israel. There’s no more fitting response than to show this lowlife that, to his chagrin, respect for civil rights and the rule of law, however embattled these days, still prevails.

IPS To Allow Yigal Amir Out of Solitary [Ynet]
Rabin’s Daughter Urges Netanyahu To Keep Amir in Solitary [Haaretz]

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brynababy says:

He should be left to rot in a cell alone!!! Your arguement is ridiculous.

Sadly he is not alone, look no further then the right wingers who live in the settlements on the West Bank who alone have stopped the peace precess over & over again… Zealots like him are still in control of Israel & of the good people of Israel who are being help hostage by these right wing religious lunatics who control the actions of a very weak Bibi & his government…. Give this man voice & you give reason for the settlers to continue their quest at stopping peace forever…

tendilla says:

“respect for civil rights and the rule of law, however embattled these days, still prevails.”….

Liel Leibovitz…WHO THE HELL ARE YOU KIDDING?????

This piece of human garbage is the lowest of the low…what he needed was to be drawn & quartered!!!…this prick is on my hitler, arafat list!!! …and you say it’s too much for him to remain in solitary???…I’m outa here!!!

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