Terror victims' parents shocked to learn from media that their loved one's murderer included in list of prisoners to be released in Shalit deal.
"The prime minister comes and dumps this issue on us out of nowhere, that the murderer who slit open my daughter's chest with a knife and took out her heart – is being released." says in anger Ze'ev Rapp, father of Helena Rapp who was murdered by a terrorist who stabbed her to death.
Rapp was shocked to discover his daughter's murderer, Fuad Amrin, on the list of
names of terrorists set to be released in the deal. On Sunday evening he angrily
told Ynet that he heard about the release through the media. Helena Rapp was 15 and a half years old when she was murdered on the Bat Yam (Coastal suburb of Tel-Aviv)
boardwalk on May 24 1992. She left her house at 7 am in the direction of the bus
station. Amrin took out a kitchen knife and attacked her. He stabbed her in
the back and in the chest.
Ze'ev Rapp said he had received promises that his daughter's killer would
never be released. "I have promises in writing from previous prime ministers,
from (Ariel) Arik Sharon and Ehud Olmert," he said.
He condemned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's actions saying: "If you do such a thing
as prime minister, respect the families, let us know and then do it. Who are you
to release the murderers of our children? We also have something to say."
Rapp noted that he was worried that his daughter's murderer would return to
his terrorist activities: "My daughter's murderer is only 38 years old, his
whole life is still ahead of him.
"He can go back and carry out more terror attacks and be released after the
next kidnapper and then they will tell us again of the calculated risk that
we're taking. What will the prime minister who took responsibility for the
releases say then? Will he release another 1,000 terrorists?"
While the Israel Prison Service transported busloads of Palestinian inmates to the Ketziot and Hasharon prisons ahead of their release, families who lost loved ones in terror attacks continued to petition the nation's courts, seeking to derail the deal that is about to set terrorists free.
The prisoner swap agreement, which Israel signed with Hamas, calls for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
Surviving members of the Schijveschuurder family, who lost five relatives in a 2001 suicide bombing of a Jerusalem Sbarro branch, have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice to prevent the release of Ahlam Tamimi, an accomplice who drove the terrorist to the scene of the attack.
"Asked whether she regrets the act, Ahlam Tamimi told an Israeli reporter that she was saddened that she could not kill more than 15 Jews," the petition said.
"Tamimi, a cold-blooded killer, continues to tell anyone who would listen that she will return to terrorism, and that her release puts Jews in danger both in Israel and abroad," the family added. "The decision to free her is extremely unreasonable. The government does not have the legitimacy to release murder convicts who are sentenced to life terms."
Shvuel Schijveschuurder, whose parents and siblings were killed in the bombing, was arrested on Thursday for vandalizing a memorial for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in an act of reprisal against the impending prisoner swap.
"What they did to us is like a slap in the face. We need to hear about the
terrorist who killed our daughter being released from the media? Everyone is
happy and dancing in our blood and with all due respect to Gilad's smiling mother, there are hundreds of parents whose heart is
Harsh words from Haim Karisi who lost his daughter Yasmin in the Azor
Junction terror attack 11 years ago. On Sunday he was finding it hard to bear
the insult as he discovered that Khalil Mohammed Abu Ulbah, the murderer who
cost him his daughter, was one of the 477 prisoners set to be released in the
first phase of the Shalit
Also on Sunday, Ronit Tamari, a Jerusalem resident, petitioned the High Court to
remove the 29 prisoners from the list of convicts who are to be freed in the deal. Among the 29 are Abed Amro, a member of the terrorist cell that was behind a bombing of Jerusalem's
Café Hillel in 2003, and Jihad Yaghmur, who is responsible for Nachshon Wachsman's abduction and murder.
Tamari, a self-described "concerned citizen," slammed the government for
"The release of 1,027 terrorists, most of whom are the most abominable
killers the justice system has ever seen, is disproportionate," she wrote. "This
deal brings Israel to its knees before an extremist terror organization. It
means a defeat for Israel in its war on terror."
Meanwhile, families of victims of a Haifa bus bombing filed a suit with the
Haifa District Court against three men involved in the terror attack, who are
set to be released as part of the Shalit deal. The Kerman and Tzur families are
motioning for a hold-departure order as well as NIS 2.25 (roughly $610,000)
million in compensation.
Tal Kerman, 18 and Asaf Tzur, 17 were killed in a suicide bombing on the
37 bus line in Haifa in 2003. A total of 17 people were killed in the attack and
dozens were wounded. The three men behind the attack were sentenced to 17
consecutive life sentences.
Ron Kerman and Yossi Tzur, the fathers of the two victims, filed a
damages claim against the planners of the attack as well as a motion for a
hold-departure order. The damages claim stated that the deaths left the families
with deep mental scars to the point of disability.
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