Awad (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
YNetNews By: Shlomo Puterkovsky
Op-ed: We owe the victims of terrorist attacks and their families to make sure that their killers remain in prison until the last day of their sentence. In fact, we owe this to all those affected by gruesome murders cases.
Immediately after convicted terrorist Ziad Awad was sentenced to two life sentences on Monday for murdering Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi on the eve of Passover in ’14, Mizrahi’s widow, Hadas, demanded that he be given the death sentence. Hadas, who was injured in the attack herself, explained that her main concern is that Awad will not end up serving life in prison, and that he would, once again, be released in a prisoner exchange swap.
Her fear is sadly based in reality, as Awad was one of the convicted terrorists to be released in the Gilad Shalit deal, at the tail end of ’11, despite having 16 years left on his sentence. Awad, incidentally, is far from the only terrorist released in the Shalit deal who in the time since has returned to terrorism.
There are a lot of good reasons why Israel does not tend to implement the death sentence, despite the fact that from a purely legal standpoint, it is possible to do so in cases where Palestinian terrorists commit murder within the West Bank—as was the case with Awad’s killing of Mizrahi.