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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


A woman holds up a sign with ‘Too many terrorists in prison’ written on one side and ‘Kill them all’ written on the other during a rally in Tel Aviv on April 19, 2016 to support Elor Azaria. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP)
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Bereaved families seek death penalty for terrorists – Israel Hayom
Yair Altman

Group of 50 families urges Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to promote bill allowing death penalty for terrorists, saying "clear action" is the only way to deter killers • Shaked's office says military law already allows death penalty for terrorists.

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 (October 31, 2017).

"We have lost what was most dear to us – our children, our wives, our husbands, and our siblings. Unfortunately, these despicable murderers are currently enjoying the best prison conditions possible, which have no equal anywhere in the world."

The families said the bill is a "necessary step that will keep other families from joining, heaven forbid, the circle of the bereft. In an uncompromising war on terrorism, there is no place for political considerations – we must strike at it with great force."

The letter continued, "We must fight terrorism with an iron fist and not by giving [terrorists] prison conditions that don't even exist in hotels. Terrorism must be defeated through determination and an iron fist. It's in your hands."

Matan Peleg, chairman of the right-wing Im Tirtzu organization, which is mentoring the bereaved families in their battle, said, "To truly stop the spirit of terrorism, we must construct a package of deterrence that every terrorist will fear. This is a historic bill that will finally put an end to terrorism."

Ilatov said: "The legislation should be very simple and very clear – a terrorist who arrives with the intention of murdering innocent civilians faces a death sentence."


Danny Gonen, who was shot to death by a terrorist near Dolev in 2015
Devora Gonen, whose son Danny was killed in a terrorist attack near the Dolev settlement two years ago, said that "the death sentence for terrorists is the best way of ending terrorism."

According to Gonen, "We're sick of talk. It's time for clear actions."

Shaked's office issued a statement in response to the families' letter.

"The minister will insist that there not be a 'Schalit Deal II' and terrorists will not be released as long as she is in the government. As for the bill itself, Yisrael Beytenu is welcome to submit the bill to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, as per procedure.

"It should be noted that military law allows for the death sentence for terrorists, and perhaps it should be utilized," the statement said.


A commenter named Vered Ben Shitrit shared a photo of herself holding the pro-death penalty sign while wearing her military uniform. 

 Gal posted a photo of himself on Facebook on Wednesday, in which he is holding a sign that says: “I, too, support the death penalty for terrorists.” He called on his supporters to upload similar pictures.

Sharon Gal (Hebrew: שרון גל, born 13 August 1974) is an Israeli journalist and politician. He currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu.