Residents of the northern West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron were troubled that Hagai Amir chose to spend his first Shabbat outside of prison in their community.
The settlers hung signs throughout the village on Friday that read “Thou shalt not kill” and “Murder is not our way,” in an apparent attempt to distance themselves from the right-wing extremist, or at least his methods.
Amir, who served more than 16 years for conspiring with his brother to assassinate former prime minister Yitkhak Rabin, left Ayalon Prison Friday morning en route to a relative’s house in Shavei Shomron. Many Israelis had expected him to go straight to his family’s home in Herzliya.
In related news, friends and supporters of Amir’s will start a Facebook campaign in the coming days to marry off the newly-released convict, reported Maariv. The ads are expected to pop up starting Sunday on the Facebook pages of right-wing activists.
Amir’s brother, convicted assassin Yigal Amir, married Russian supporter Larisa Trembovler, in prison, while serving a life sentence.