Some Israelis cannot accept possible release of terrorists easily

Posted: March 17, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians
Palestinain prisoners return from Israeli prisons

Palestinain prisoners return from Israeli prisons

Israeli government apparently decided to let many terrorists go – not all of them, but many of them and some in Israel are not happy. Moreover, relatives of terror victims have formed an organization, which would target released terrorists:

The relatives of some Israeli terror victims are preparing for the “day after” a possible Shalit prisoner swap, in an effort to locate and target terrorists freed as part of the deal, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

The new organization has already started to raise funds and held several meetings in order to formulate its “eye for an eye” policy. The initiative is being led by Attorney Meir Schijveschuurder and his brother Shvuel, who lost their parents and three siblings in the suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizza parlor in Jerusalem in 2001.

Apparently, the organization prepares to use the Palestinian tactic: terrorists relocated to other countries in the European Union would be subjected to lawsuits.

However, it seems that one of organization’s main goals is to actually attack terrorists, and the terrorists should not feel safe:

“We have a file about most of the murderers, including information about their families,” Meir Schijveschuurder said “The parents of one of the terrorists involved in the Sbarro attack, for example, own a pizza parlor in Jenin. We have their residential address.”

Schijveschuurder made it clear that he has no qualms with the Israeli government, but added that “the moment it decided to stop punishing them, we will do it as a last result. It would be very worthwhile for those killers to remain in Israeli prisons, with all the benefits and perks. Out of jail they won’t be able to sleep well at night. We will pursue them and get to all of them.

At the second half of the report, we can see why organization’s founders feel angry… Besides the fact that their relatives were butchered:

“In addition, there is the female terrorist who organized the terror attack, and she will be the first one for me,” he said. “She kept on smiling during the trial, and we shall erase her smile. I am mentally and physically ready to send her to the next world. As to the ones who will remain in Palestinian Authority areas, we will implement against them the customary law there: Eye for an eye.”

With all honesty, I do not believe this is the way to go. It is true – I cannot understand the pain those people suffer (thank God!) However, killing the terrorists would be revenge – but acting like those same terrorists is not an acceptable solution. Using the court system, however, to fight those terrorists abroad is a great idea and should be implemented as soon as possible.

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