Tom Hurndall 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The early release next month of Taysir Hayeb, the IDF soldier convicted in the shooting of British activist and photographer Tom Hurndall, shows Israel is more concerned with herself than the pursuit of justice, the mother of the dead activist, Jocelyn Hurndall, told Army Radio on Tuesday.
Hurndall expressed her great disappointment with a military committee's ruling on Monday that Hayeb was to be released a year and a half early from prison due to good behavior.
sentence for activist killer
Twenty-two year-old Tom Hurndall was shot in Rafah in April 2003 and died after nine months in a coma. The photographer was working at the time as a volunteer for the International Solidarity Movement and was documenting the group’s work in the area.
Accounts from the time of the shooting have differed, but it has been
reported that Hayeb shot the unarmed Hurndall as he was trying to help
Palestinian children move away from an exchange of live gunfire. Hayeb
was convicted of manslaughter and several other charges, including
obstruction of justice, and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in
2005. He served three years in a military prison, after which he was
transferred to begin a rehabilitation program with the Israel Prison
Service. He will have served six and a half year before being released
for good behavior.
Hayeb’s lawyer told the committee that his
client’s rehabilitation had been a success. Hayeb said he was engaged
and wanted to start a family. The committee dismissed the military
prosecutor’s contention that a sentence reduction could damage relations
between Israel and the UK, and said that in its view he no longer posed
a threat to society.