Hours after the Knesset passed first vote in favor of a bill alleviating requirements for imposing death penalty on convicted terrorist murderers, the European Union jumps to criticize Israel’s legislative decision as ‘inhuman’ punishment.’
By David Rosenberg
The European Union slammed Israel Wednesday, hours after a bill aimed at encouraging prosecutors to seek the death penalty for terrorist murderers passed its first hurdle in the Knesset.
The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The Knesset voted 52 to 49 Wednesday in favor of a bill pushed by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party which would ease the conditions under which terrorists convicted of murder could be sentenced to death. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister, “Every additional terrorist who enters prison alive creates an incentive for more attacks. To all those who claim the death penalty is unacceptable, I would like to remind you that a Boston court sentenced to death a terrorist who carried out an attack,” calling Massachusetts “the most liberal state” in the U.S.
By Gideon Allon
The Israel Beytenu faction on Wednesday will present a bill that would apply the death penalty to terrorists convicted of murder to the Knesset plenum for a preliminary hearing.
The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, Capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
At a faction meeting on Monday, Defense Minister and Israel Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman said, “Every additional terrorist who enters prison alive creates an incentive for more attacks. Continue Reading »
Having passed legal scrutiny, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu party have sponsored legislation seeking the death penalty for convicted terrorists. In support of this action, a group of 50 bereaved families are urging Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to promote the bill, saying “clear action” is the only way to deter killers.
By Yair Altman
A group of 50 families who lost loved ones to terrorist attacks has called on Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to promote a bill sponsored by Yisrael Beytenu MK Robert Ilatov that would allow Israel to execute convicted terrorists.
“We ask that you use every means at your disposal to pass this bill as soon as possible,” the families said in a letter sent to Shaked on Tuesday. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Prime Minister supports his ministers that advocated for capital punishment for the Palestinian terrorist who reveled in his murder of the Solomon family from Halamish.
By J’POST.COM STAFF, HERB KEINON
The terrorist who killed Yosef, Chaya and Elad Solomon in Halamish last Shabbat “should simply never smile again,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, advocating the death penalty in this case.
“It is time for the death penalty for terrorists,” Netanyahu said during a bereavement call he made with his wife Sara to the Solomon home in Elad.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the family members of the three people killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Halamish. Continue Reading »
Opposing the death penalty, MK Shelly Yacimovich of the Zionist Union suggests the ministers’ call for the death penalty is a “populist” ploy to replace decision-making.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Several ministers in the Security Cabinet called for the terrorist who massacred a family Halamish Friday night to be executed ahead of Sunday’s cabinet meeting.
ZAKA members clean up aftermath of terror attack in Halamish home. – Photo: ZAKA
Military courts can sentence someone to death, though the option has not been used since 1962, when senior Nazi Adolf Eichmann was hanged after being convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. Continue Reading »
The controversial proposal from former FM Avigdor Lieberman would enable courts to sentence convicted terrorists to death.
By David Rosenberg
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is set to discuss on Sunday a controversial proposal from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that would enable courts to sentence convicted terrorists to death.
If passed, the legislation would enable military courts to sentence terrorists convicted of attacks “intended to kill citizens for political, national, religious, or ideological purposes.”
The law would also require only a majority, rather than a unanimous decision, to sentence terrorists to death. It would also prohibit reducing the sentence once it has been finalized. Continue Reading »
MK Sharon Gal, the bill’s sponsor, lists the names of the many MKs & right-wing ministers who openly supported the bill before the PM came out against it.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Only Yisrael Beytenu MKs voted in favor of a bill that would make it easier to sentence terrorists to death on Wednesday.
Sharon Gal holds poster, “Also I’m for the Death Penalty for Terrorists!” – Photo Courtesy
The bill by MK Sharon Gal (Yisrael Beytenu) would change the current law allowing death penalty only in a case of judicial consensus, which was only used against Adolf Eichmann, to one allowing a majority of presiding judges to sentence a terrorist to death. Continue Reading »
Victims rights advocate says Israel needs to break the vicious cycle of being forced to release convicted terrorists as ransom, that just kill again – by legislating the death penalty.
By Eliran Baruch
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has blocked
, at least temporarily, a bill which would require judges to impose the death penalty on convicted terrorist murderers.
That move provoked anger from the bill’s sponsor, Yisrael Beytenu MK Sharon Gal, who accused the prime minister of not being serious about fighting terrorism.
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The proposed law is fiercely opposed by some MKs – primarily, though not exclusively from the Left – who oppose the death penalty in principle and have argued that it would simply turn terrorists killers into “martyrs.”
But it is backed by many MKs on the Right, who see it as a powerful deterrent tool and a fitting punishment for ideological murderers who will never be rehabilitated.
Israel’s Foreign Minister tells i24news he’ll push for ouster of Hamas, death penalty for terrorists and will never a form coalition with leftists.
The first law Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will push for during his party’s next tenure in the Knesset will be capital punishment for terrorists, the official told i24news in an exclusive interview.
Avigdor Lieberman – Photo: i24news
Capital punishment is currently not practiced in Israel, and only two people were executed in the state’s history: the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann and a soldier accused of treason and exonerated posthumously.
The hawkish statesman said he was not overly concerned over his party’s performance in the polls, which predicted it might struggle to pass the electoral barrier and could face a spell on the sidelines of Israeli politics. Continue Reading »
Interview with family of Baruch Mizrahi, as trial starts on his murderer – a terrorist that was freed in the ‘Shalit trade’. ‘Had Israel used the death penalty, Mizrahi would be alive’
By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar
The military court at Ofer on Wednesday morning opened proceedings against the father and son terrorist duo that killed police Chief Superintendent Col. Baruch Mizrahi hy”d in April, as he drove to Kiryat Arba for a Passover seder meal with his pregnant wife and three of his children.
Terrorists in court – Photo: YouTube/Arutz Sheva
Mizrahi’s murderer was Ziyad Awad, one of 1,027 terrorists freed in the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal. Continue Reading »
Deputy Transportation Minister Hotovely announces it’s time to “change the rules” following the Hamas inspired kidnapping-murder of the 3 Israeli youths.
By Benny Toker and Elad Benari
Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud Beytenu) on Tuesday said it was time to “change the rules of the game” following the murder of the three Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Hotovely said that increased construction in Judea and Samaria and targeted killings of terrorists were no longer sufficient as responses, adding that it was time to impose a death penalty on terrorists.
“This is the first incident to come out of Judea and Samaria after the Hamas and Fatah unity. Continue Reading »
The Palestinian terrorist was serving a life sentence for murder, but was freed in the Shalit deal. Had he been executed, he could not have been freed, and then could not have murdered again.
By Ido Ben Porat, Gil Ronen
Hadas Mizrahi, the widow of Col. Baruch Mizrahi, who was murdered in a terrorist ambush on Passover eve, intends to fight to have his murderer sentenced to death. The murderer was serving a sentence in an Israeli jail but was freed in 2011 as part of the Shalit deal. If he had been executed, she said, he could not have been freed and could not have murdered her husband. Continue Reading »
Ex-MK Ben-Ari suggests executions of convicted terrorists every hour until kidnapped Jewish teens are returned, “A hanging every hour in the streets like they do in the Arab countries, this is how they do things.”
By Ari Yashar
There was talk on Sunday among MKs and former MKs suggesting that the time has come to apply the Israeli death penalty law to terrorists, given the kidnapping last Thursday night of three teenage students.
Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) on Sunday called for the death penalty law to be acted upon.
“The death penalty appears in the laws, but has only been used one time in the state’s history against (Nazi leader) Adolf Eichmann,” Ariel said, adding that he thinks the law should be applied against terrorists as well, reports Walla! Continue Reading »
Due to danger of kidnapping, leading rabbis call for people to refrain from hitch hiking around the settlements of Judea & Samaria.
One of the leading national-religious figures in the national-religious community Rabbi Shlomo Aviner called on Sunday for the imposition of the death penalty for Palestinians involved in terror activity as a way of preventing future kidnappings and other terrorist attacks.
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner – Photo: Courtesy
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Aviner, who heads the Ateret Yerushalayim yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem and is the rabbi of the Beit El settlement, said that the solution to the issue of kidnappings could not simply be particularistic, but must address root causes. Continue Reading »
The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported a military court in Gaza sentenced one man to death, another man to life in prison on the same charge of collaboration with Zionists.
A Gaza military court sentenced a man suspected of collaborating with Israel to death on Thursday, and sentenced another suspect to life in prison on the same charge.
Palestinian gunmen drag suspected collaborator for Israel in Gaza City, Nov. 20, 2012.- Photo: Reuters
The court did not set a date for the execution, and the names of the defendants were not publicized, according to a report in Palestinian news agency Ma’an. Continue Reading »