Yigal Amir's request to attend son's bar mitzvah denied

Amir, the man convicted of assassinating former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, has never been granted a furlough during his 25 years of incarceration.

yigal amir 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi)
yigal amir 224.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimksi)
A court ruling on Wednesday barred Yigal Amir, the assassin of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, from attending his son’s bar mitzvah, which is expected to be held at the Jerusalem home of Amir’s wife, Larissa Trimbobler-Amir.
Amir is serving an open-ended life sentence for the murder of Rabin on November 4, 1995, and has never been granted a furlough during his so-far 25 years of incarceration. He petitioned Beersheba District Court to overturn the Prisons Service ruling denying him time to attend the event.
During his sentence, Amir broke prison regulations by marrying Larissa Trimbobler, and in 2007 sperm was smuggled from his cell to conceive his child.
Economy Minister Amir Peretz, who as a member of the Labor Party was close to Rabin, backed the court’s ruling, saying that Amir’s request was “shocking” and that the Prisons Service had made the correct decision in denying it.
Trimbobler-Amir registered a new political party in January, saying that her party aims include obtaining a retrial for her husband and other prisoners, reforms in the legal system and better conditions for prisoners.
Other names on the list included Rabbi Moshe Nenikashvili, Liza Yudin, Avraham Sheinman and Shaul Peretz. Yigal Amir’s mother, Geula Amir, was sixth on the list.
“Politicians don’t have the courage to do it,” she said when registering the party. “They care only about themselves and their image.”
Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.