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Presidential justice
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Date: Jul 24, 2001
Start Page: 08
Section: Opinion
Abstract (Document Summary)

Har-Shefi, it will be recalled, was an acquaintance of Yigal Amir, to whom he boasted about his intention to kill Yitzhak Rabin. Consequently, Har-Shefi was later tried and convicted of "failing to prevent a crime" because she did not notify the police of Amir's plot. Since the law in question is defined as "knowing that someone was planning to commit a crime and not taking all reasonable means to prevent it," Har-Shefi's conviction boiled down to whether she in fact knew that Amir was serious. In her defense, Har-Shefi asserted that she did not believe Amir, hence she saw no reason to report him. Nevertheless, the court felt differently and convicted her.

The fact remains that the killing of Rabin continues to haunt Israeli society, as the ruckus over the Har-Shefi pardon made all too apparent. There are still too many questions that remain open, such as the role of GSS agent- provocateur Avishai Raviv, for the wounds on the national psyche to have healed properly and fully. Indeed, Raviv is suspected of far more grievous crimes than Har-Shefi, yet he still has not been brought to trial.

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