Shas MK: Free Jewish terrorists when Palestinians are released early

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
June 9, 2009 16:48

Shas MK David Azoulai submitted a private member's bill Tuesday which, if approved, would mandate the release of Jewish terrorists every time that that government releases Palestinian terrorists before their sentences are up. Azoulai argued that Jewish terrorists act due to "mental distress and fear" caused by Palestinian terrorist attacks, and that "past experience proves that a soldier or civilian that finds themselves in this distress, responded and found himself paying the price of a legal process, does not carry out similar acts - unlike the majority of terrorists." Azoulai tried unsuccessfully to advance the same bill in the previous Knesset, but did manage to garner the support of members of Kadima, Israel Beiteinu, National Union and United Torah Judaism, to bring about a total of eight co-sponsors for the controversial legislation.


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