Yigal Amir, who assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, submitted a petition to the Tel Aviv District Court, requesting that his partner, Larissa Trimbobler, be allowed to be artificially inseminated.
The petition was submitted by Amir's lawyers, Ari Shamai and Oron Schwartz, who said that while they didn't identify in any way with Amir's crime, they "are loyal to the defense of human rights," and claim that the attempt to prevent Amir from having children is a fundamental violation of human rights.
The lawyers argue in the petition that their case is based "on the cultural question. Israeli culture, which claims to be based on humanism, is sacrificing human rights."
The lawyers also said that their "petition is a decisive test for the image and culture of Israeli society – a society is indeed judged on its treatment of the weak, and especially on its treatment of those it despises."
Lawyers added that the petition was based on the premise that "Amir's act was heinous, and anti-social like every murder," but that "a democratic society was obligated to intellectual integrity and bravery and is obligated to refrain from using fundamentally anti-democratic means, including against those who committed the ultimate anti-democratic act against society."
The petition stated that Amir's request for artificial insemination of his partner rules out the claim that security factors were relevant to the case, which prevented him from exercising his right to private life in the past. "He should therefore be given the right to bring children to the world," the petition said.
The lawyers added that "journalistic simplicity and emotions" should be left outside of the courtroom walls.