‘Whoever Shoots a Terrorist is a Hero – Not a Criminal’
After 38-year-old Ribi Lev-Ohayon of Tekoa in the Gush Etzion region managed to escape an Arab lynch mob not far from her town on Wednesday, legal rights group Honenu noted to the press that a Jew caught in a similar situation eight years ago was only recently acquitted for firing in the air to safe his own life.
The civil rights group has regularly criticized the immense legal scrutiny victims are placed under by authorities after using their personal firearms in self-defense.
“It is inconceivable that during these murderous attacks, Jews will be afraid to use their weapons against terrorists,” Honenu CEO Samuel Meidad stated Wednesday afternoon.
“It cannot be that while the Prime Minister and Defense Minister declared that the security situation is under control, we get requests from communities to meet with lawyers out of fear of protecting themselves.”
Meidad called on the police not to prosecute, or even arrest, Jews who defend themselves against Arab terrorists.
“Unfortunately there is a moral distortion here, and civilians and security forces alike suffer from it every day,” he said. “The person who shoots a terrorist is a hero, not a criminal.”
He then cited the acquittal case.
“Unfortunately we saw only recently how a resident of Gush Etzion who fired at a terrorist was brought to trial, and was tried for eight years, at the end of which he prevailed,” Meidad said.
“It is inconceivable that Jews who suffer from Arab terrorism should then suffer from judicial terrorism for saving their own lives.
Meidad urge anyone who “needs legal assistance due to the security situation to turn to Honenu for help.”