Op-ed: We owe the victims of terrorist attacks and their families to make sure that their killers remain in prison until the last day of their sentence. In fact, we owe this to all those affected by gruesome murders cases.He focuses attention on the issues that are at the heart of our recent post ["03-Oct-17: Released in Shalit Deal, a pious Pal Arab murderer is going back (too late) to life in an Israeli prison"] about the murderer of Baruch Mizrahi. The victim's widow Hadas has been speaking to the media here about the desirability of Israel activating the death penalty.
we cannot ignore the real problem here. We cannot honestly tell ourselves that yes, the murderer has been appropriately punished, when we know that too many times murderers are freed after unreasonably short periods of incarceration. We cannot stand by as widows and orphans yell for justice, and turn away from their pain.His comments are worth reading and he's right that the problem ought not to be ignored as it has been. But he doesn't mention what we think is the most important aspect of all. We posted the following comment under his article today:
Any analysis of this highly consequential issue has to start with recognizing that Israeli politicians simply don't acknowledge the moral and common sense obligation of consulting with the families of the terrorists' victims.
In the six years leading up to the freeing of the mastermind of the Jerusalem Sbarro massacre and of my daughter Malki's murder, no political figure ever responded to the numerous calls my wife and I made for the killer to be left in prison to serve her 16 life terms. None of them ever responded to our serious criticisms afterwards. And none of them has ever acknowledged the colossal harm to all Israelis, but particularly the victim families, of dealing with life-and-death issues like this one in such a high-handed and unjust way.
Unjust? Yes, it's a word that's connected to "justice". At heart, this debate is about justice. *Real* justice - and not the bogus justice that sloganeering politicians chronically claim to be serving.
Arnold Roth, JerusalemJustice is very much on our minds at this point in our lives. We continue to work for the extradition and criminal prosecution under US Federal law of the mastermind we mentioned above. We mean Ahlam Tamimi. The FBI has declared her a fugitive from justice ["01-Apr-17: Ahlam Tamimi, Most Wanted Terrorist - now in Arabic"] even as she lives freely and in the open in nearby Jordan where she enjoys the little-publicized support of the Royal Courts and of Jordan's king and his family.
Justice: It's a word that is thrown about by too many people with too little regard for its actual meaning. It's a message we have tried to advance a lot in recent years, here in our blog and on whatever public platforms we have managed to get. It's not enough. We have to do better.
A small selection of our previous posts on the subject:
- 30-Mar-17: Years of pursuing a child's killer: Setbacks, challenges and a roller-coaster ride
- 08-Feb-16: Terror is now a legitimate career option in Pal Arab society but its enablers barely notice
- 03-Feb-16: In Washington DC, victims of terror and the search for justice
- 05-Aug-15: Power, powerlessness, justice, injustice
- 26-Nov-14: Terrorist deals and the price we’re now paying: A birthday message
- 6-Jun-14: Will the commuting of terrorists' sentences be taken off the politicians' tables?
- 4-May-14: Who cares about justice? About the victims? About truth?
- 2-Apr-14: The only way for me to express my love and longing for my daughter is to seek justice for her murder
- 18-Mar-14: Most don't understand what's so terribly wrong about freeing convicted terrorists before they complete their lawful prison sentences
- 27-Aug-13: Justice devalued, lives demeaned, principles cheapened: the high price of freeing murderers
- 26-Aug-13: What brings us families together is a deep sense that injustice is being done over our heads...
- 21-Jul-13: In the debate over whether Israel should free convicted terrorists, one key argument is mostly ignored
- 10-Jun-12: "Prime Minister Netanyahu: Honor the principles of justice and decency on which our nation is based."