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Margalit Har-Shefi's jail sentence upheld
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Izenberg, Dan||||||Nina Gilbert adds
Date: Feb 22, 2001
Start Page: 01
Section: News
Abstract (Document Summary)

The hard-core evidence included the fact that [Yigal Amir] repeatedly told [Margalit Har-Shefi] that "din rodef," the halachic stricture to put those who persecute Jews to death, applied to [Yitzhak Rabin]. Amir told her many times that he wanted to kill the prime minister.

"Amir's report [to Har-Shefi] about the events at Kfar Shmaryahu, added to the one regarding Yad Vashem, clearly showed [her] that he had immersed himself deeply into the world of action and intended to turn his thoughts into reality. [Har-Shefi] had known even before that Amir planned to assassinate the prime minister. Now, he helped her to understand that his words were not empty rhetoric, floating around in the world of theory."

[Jacob Turkel] wrote that it was Har-Shefi's questions to [Shlomo Aviner], one month before the assassination, that convinced him she knew Amir intended to kill Rabin. Nevertheless, he said he did not believe she should go to jail. "The sentence cannot stand," wrote Turkel, "above all, because it is not required either for the public or [Har-Shefi] to achieve the goals which punishment is supposed to achieve - deterrence, remuneration, prevention, and rehabilitation."

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