West Bank settlement protests the planned arrival of Rabin assassination co-conspirator (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Chaim Levinson 05/05/12)
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Residents of a West Bank settlement are protesting the planned
arrival of Hagai Amir, convicted of conspiring with his brother Yigal
to kill Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, following his release from
prison earlier Friday.
Amir was freed after serving the full 16-and-a-half-year-sentence for
the 1995 killing, for which his brother is serving life in jail.
Members of his family met him outside the prison and take him to the
West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron for the weekend. His parents
are expected to join him there for a family celebration.
However, residents of the West Bank settlement have been protesting
Amir´s planned arrival, hanging signs reading, among others, "Thou
shalt not kill," and "Murder – that isn´t our way."
One man, expressing opposition to the weekend visit, said the
residents "renounce this visit utterly and of course utterly renounce
anything that has to do with the Rabin assassination."
"This is a completely private visit that people are frowning upon. We
can´t prevent it, but we´re certainly not happy," the Shavei Shomron
resident said, adding: "that man isn´t wanted in the settlement and
he would do better to not arrive."
The man said: "There are other places in the country with good air
and great views. He shouldn’t come to stain the Shomron´s residents.
It´s a disgrace. Even if it is a private visit, we hope Hagai amir
Earlier in the day, a police contingent was present as Amir was
released from Ayalon prison, because of the presence of his family,
as well as both left-wing and right-wing activists.
Roughly 40 activists loyal to Meretz and Working and Learning Youth
movement were on site to protest Amir’s release.
Some activists said to Amir’s family: “We will yet wipe the smile off
of your faces.”
Dror Morag, the Meretz party secretary-general, responded to the
release. “We are here to prevent the next Yigal Amir. We must
remember that even today, this man does not regret his actions, nor
apologize for them,” said Morag. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/05/12)
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