Yigal Amir
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Yigal Amir wants to celebrate Seder with fellow inmates

Assassin of former PM Rabin plans to ask Prison Service to celebrate Passover with other prisoners, prison rabbi for first time in 15 years

Yigal Amir, who is serving a life sentence in solitary confinement for the murder of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, plans to request permission from the Prison Service to celebrate the Passover Seder with his fellow prisoners and the prison rabbi.


A draft of the request letter was published on Amir's Facebook page, but was later removed.


"Amir has been in prison for over 15 years, and in all those years he hasn't been allowed to celebrate the Seder with others," Amir's attorney, Ariel Atari, wrote in the letter. "The time has come to put an end to this."


The letter is expected to be submitted to Prison Service Commissioner Benny Kaniak.


Atari proposes in the letter that Amir should avoid talking to the other prisoners during the evening, and instead limit himself to reading the Haggadah, the religious text that is read out loud on the night of the Seder.


With a dose of cynicism, Atari wrote: "We hope that reading the Haggadah out loud will not be considered by the Prison Service as the spreading of an ideology that encourages an attack against Egypt, and that reading the 10 Plagues in the Hagaddah won't be considered as encouragement to use unconventional weapons like blood (biological weapons?!) frogs, boils (chemical weapons?!) and the like."


'Last good deed'

Since Kaniak is soon to be replaced by Aharon Franco, Atari added that the request is "the last good deed that we ask of you, a moment before you pass on the torch to the next commissioner."


Atari refused to comment on the letter.


The Petah Tikvah District Court ruled last week that Amir is to be held in solitary confinement at least until July. Amir petitioned the court to move him to a non-isolated cell, but the judge rejected his petition for fear that he would be harmed if he is held with other prisoners.



פרסום ראשון: 04.12.11, 19:31
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