Right-wingers plan 'Free Amir' campaign

Activists to distribute pamphlets, put out film ahead of 12th anniversary of Rabin's assassination.

October 11, 2007 13:28
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Right-wingers plan 'Free Amir' campaign

yigal amir 224.88. (photo credit: GPO)

As the 12th anniversary of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination approaches, right-wing activists are planning a campaign to release his killer, Yigal Amir, Army Radio reported on Thursday. The campaign, which will begin in two weeks, will involve the distribution of pamphlets in the Gush Dan region, which the right-wing activists consider a leftist stronghold. Under the banner "A Time for Peace, a Time for Appeasement - the Time has Come to Free Yigal Amir," the activists will present the left-wing with the reasons to release Amir from prison. Right-wingers have compared Amir's release to the release of Palestinian security prisoners, as well as the shortened sentences of the five Arab Israelis who murdered teenager Danny Katz in 1983. According to the report, the activists will also recruit public figures to endorse the campaign and will release a film. Amir's wife, Larissa Trimbobler, is due to have their first child close to the anniversary of Rabin's death, in about two weeks' time. On Monday, a survey in Ma'ariv showed that 26 percent of the Israeli public believes that Amir should be released by 2015, and that nearly half of the religious community (46%) believes Amir is not guilty of Rabin's murder. In addition, over a third of those surveyed (32%) believe Amir should be allowed out to attend the brit mila (circumcision) of his son, who is expected to be born in about another two weeks. Over half the religious community (57%) shared this opinion. Amir is currently serving a life sentence for murder, as well as 14 years for conspiracy to murder and for wounding a security guard. Life sentences are often commuted to a shorter term, but his has not been.

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