Woman who lost husband in Halamish attack: “Murderers turn into heroes in prison”

The IDF Military Advocate General requested on Wednesday that the terrorist who murdered three family members in Halamish earlier this year receive four life sentences. According to Michal Salomon, who lost her husband and two other family members in the attack, the military prosecution should have requested the death penalty.
The terrorist who fatally stabbed three people in Halamish Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

After the IDF Military Advocate General requested that the terrorist who committed the horrendous murder in Halamish receive four life sentences as a punishment, Michal Salomon, who lost her husband, sister-in-law and father-in-law in the attack, expressed her anger. “The murderers turn into heroes in prison,” she said during an interview with Israel News Company on Wednesday.

“I didn’t have any expectations of a death penalty. We predicted also after the talks with the prosecution that they would ask for life sentences in accordance with the crimes,” she explained. “There’s a death penalty in the law but no one uses it. Now, they are trying to pass that it will be allowed to hand down a death penalty with a majority of judges and not only unanimously.”

Michal Salomon Photo Credit: Israel News Company

Salomon added that she met with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who said that he believes that the terrorist should get a death sentence. “But the prosecution needs to request [this] and it didn’t,” she stated.

“I’m not asking for the punishment as revenge,” she said. Salomon then explained that because Israel has been dealing with terrorism for many years, it is clear that the state’s methods of handling the phenomenon are not effective enough. “I and many other people have joined the circle of bereaved families,” she noted.

“The murderers go to prison, a kind of hotel, and they are heroes there,” she added. “Because they are heroes there, they are encouraging other prisoners to carry out similar crimes.”



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