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Death penalty for crimes against humanity, high treason, genocide,and crimes against the Jewish people during wartime. Only two executions: accused traitor Meir Tobiansky (posthumously acquitted) and high-ranking Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Abolished for other crimes 1954.

Israel: Likud ministers split over death penalty for terrorists bill

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bill is due to be put before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday
A bill introducing the death penalty for terrorists who murder Israelis, which has been put forth by the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, has led to divisions within Israel’s ruling Likud party, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
The bill, which was submitted by MK Sharon Gal is due to be put before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.
Gal posted on his Facebook and Twitter page a picture in which he is holding up a sign saying “I too support the death penalty for terrorists,” calling on his supporters to follow his lead and upload similar pictures.
“The bill will be debated in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, and your support is critical,” Gal wrote. “How can you help? Take a picture of yourself with the line, ‘I also support the death penalty for terrorists.’ Upload it here on and your own pages, in order to flood the Web and influence the ministers.”
“We must change the reality and eradicate terrorism,” Gal said in his post, adding that “the death penalty will increase Israel’s deterrence. It is moral to legislate it in order to protect the lives of our citizens.”
According to The Jerusalem Post, Science, Technology and Space Minister Danny Danon, who is also a member of the committee, was the only minister to say he would support the bill. Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, who is also the committee’s interim chairman, intends to vote against the bill.
Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett also announced his support for the bill, saying “a murderous terrorist, like the murderers of the Fogels [five family members who were stabbed to death at their Itamar home in 2011], should know that his life ends when he ends life.”
“It’s moral and it’s right,” he wrote on his Facebook page, calling on opposition leader and head of the Zionist Union party Isaac Herzog and leader of the Yesh Atid partyYair Lapid to support the bill, “there is no difference between coalition and opposition on these issues,” Bennett added.
In April former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and head of Yisrael Beitenu, said that the death penalty for terrorists was something his party would push for during his party’s next tenure in the Knesset.
The death penalty already exists in Israel, for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and treason during times of war.
Adolf Eichmann is the only one to have been sentenced to death in Israel. He was executed in 1962.
Source: i24news.tv, June 10, 2015

 

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Amnesty urges Hamas to stop Gaza executions

Amnesty International has attacked Hamas’ plans to carry out executions in Gaza following the Muslim festival of Eid.

The charity said the threat facing prisoners sentenced to death was “deeply disturbing”.

Hamas’ Attorney General in Gaza announced plans last week to execute a number of what he said were “convicted criminals” as a “lesson” to other Palestinians.

According to Amnesty those at risk include a 27-year-old man detained over the death of a friend in 2009. The man was allegedly tortured by Hamas and forced to “confess” to the rape and murder of a six-year-old boy more than a decade ago.

In March a 23-year-old man was sentenced to death for “collaboration with an enemy entity” by Gaza’s central military court. He told his lawyer he had been beaten during interrogation. Amnesty said he could be executed if an appeal on Wednesday is unsuccessful.

Philip Luther, Amnesty’s International Middle East and North Africa director, said: “This and other recent announcements by Hamas authorities that they will carry out further executions are deeply disturbing.

“We acknowledge the right and responsibility of governments to bring to justice those suspected of criminal offences, but the death penalty is cruel and inhuman, and there is no evidence that it deters crime more effectively than other punishments.

“Public executions are degrading and compound the cruelty of the death penalty.”

He urged Hamas to halt executions planned for after Eid al-Fitr and to suspend all death penalties.

Amnesty said Hamas had carried out at least 16 public executions since April 2010, half of which were of people found guilty of collaborating with Israel. (TheJC.com)