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Should I become Facebook friends with Rabin killer's brother?

Every once in a while I decide to follow or “friend” a right wing politician or group on Facebook and Twitter. You know, to see what they’re up to.

It’s not a big deal, I just press the button and – voila.

But for the past few days my cursor has been hovering ever so gracefully over the name of a certain person on Facebook: Hagai Amir, the brother of Yigal Amir, who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin.

Hagai recently got out of jail after serving 16 years on a conviction for helping his brother do the deed. One of the first things he did as a free man was open a Facebook account. He’s been posting every now and then excerpts of a diary he wrote while in prison. And sometimes he reacts to questions. For example, Chaim Levinson, the Haaretz correspondent on settlers, asked him if he knew Yigal was going that night to the square to kill Rabin. Hagai answered that he did, but didn’t think Yigal would succeed in doing it. Do I detect a bit of sibling rivalry?

But the one everybody was talking about a few days ago was an excerpt he posted that dealt with the Yemenite children affair, which Hagai claims Rabin took part in. Towards the end of the post he writes:

“I am proud that I took part in eliminating one of those who are responsible for these things and I’m sorry I can’t do more to bring people who were responsible for it…”

He was proud when he wrote it back then in 1996, and he’s proud today, when he posts it on Facebook.

Anyway, I pressed the button.

I’ll keep you posted if and when I become a friend of the brother of Rabin’s assassin.

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    1. Menil

      He represents Israeli consensus nowadays. Most Israeli Jews see him as a hero. Kahana is already considered too moderate for many of them. It won’t be surprising when he’ll find a comfortable spot in the next Knesset.

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    2. Shlomo Krol

      Before making aliya I went to ulpan in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ulpan was run by Bene-Aqibbah members on mission in Russia. Those were the years when hundreds of thousands of Jews left Russia for their historical home, Israel. So Bene Aqibbah run ulpanim in all major cities of the former USSR. Evert once in a while, Israeli or American guys and girls came to St. Petersburg and I was their guide because I had some command of English. Once two guys came from Riga – they were Bene Aqibbah messengers there. Their names wete Yigal and Avinoam. And I made a tour in magnificent St. Petersburg for them. We never talked about politics. Only once when I met a friend of mine who was an editor of an anarchist newspaper. He said: oh, I see the guys are from Israel. We just wrote an article on elections in Israel, you know, there, the leftists won. Here it is, translate them. So I translated the title of the article: Israelis Made a Right Choice. Yigal said: no. Wrong choice. This is all he said about the politics. He was a clever guy, curious about Russia and St. Petersburg, it was interesting to talk with him. The next days we went to the duburbs and saw Tzar’s summer palaces. And then the guys left for Riga.
      When I came to Israel, I called Yigal and he picked me from kibbutz and we went to Jerusalem. He was the one to show me Jerusalem for the first time.
      Later, I lost connection with him. Only once I saw him from the bus window going to a right wing demo. It was time of Oslo process, of Palestinian suicide terror and of the large right wing and left wing rallies.
      One day I went to a bar in the Russian compound with my friends. On the way to the bar I heard the news in the bus: a right wing fanatic just shot and injured the Israeli PM. Then we sat at the bar and the waitor came and said: we are closing. Rabin was murdered. I said: no, he was just injured. But the waitor said: he succumbed to his wounds.
      When I came back to the University dorms, I went to the TV and was surprised to discover that the murderer is none else than my friend Yigal.
      Few years ago, when Yigal’s wife struggled for the right to conceive a child from her husband, I wrote in her Russian language blog that even though I strongly disagree with all Yigal’s opinions, even though I most certainly condemn political terrorism (though it is less disgusting than indiscriminate mass murder), I still think that the human rights are for all and that if other murderers have conjugal visits, it’s a shame and a human rights violation to deny this right from Yigal Amir. I added that I knew Yigal in Russia. The next day, Larissa, Yigal’s wife, responded: are you that Shlomo, who walked with Yigal in St. Petersburg? I told hom about your comment in my blog by phone and he sends you dash ham (best regards).

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    3. Mitchell Cohen

      All right, Ami….It has been many, many hours since you posted this….The suspense is killing us….Friend request accepted or not?

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    4. Danny

      Why don’t you just poke him?

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    5. @mitchell – no response yet. i think he’s on to me.

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    6. Kibbutznik

      ” He represents Israeli consensus nowadays.
      Most Israeli Jews see him as a hero ”
      He represents the religious right wing Menil most Israelis see him as a murdering coward of our hero.
      Yeah Ami , poke him
      poke him real hard 🙂

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    7. Tamar

      Ami, you crack me up. I love that you cover a range of topics; some, such as this one, so over-the-top that they are entertaining. Thanks

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    8. Thanks Tamar 🙂

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    9. hannah

      where on facebook is he?

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