Right-wing activists are launching an extensive campaign calling for the release of Yigal Amir, the man who assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The campaign is in response to the government’s plans to release thousands of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The ads, sponsored by the Committee for Democracy is reportedly the brainchild of an American Jewish businessman, Army Radio reported. The ads are expected to appear on billboards and in the country’s leading newspapers.
According to Army Radio, the initiative to free Amir came when the businessman learned of the government’s plan to release Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti, who is responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in Israel. As a result, he contacted a number of right-wing leaders including Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel.
Another infamous right-winger included Avigdor Eskin, known for encouraging the “Pulsa Denura” curse against Yitzhak Rabin and placing a pig’s head on the grave of Arab leader Izzadin Kassam.
Eskin told Army Radio on Thursday that it was “unacceptable to discriminate against Yigal and Haggai [Amir].”
“Anyone who supports human rights knows that they shouldn't be treated differently than security prisoners,” he said. “We all believe this is unjust.”