Yigal Amir : biography
Yigal Amir ( born May 23, 1970) is the Israeli murderer of Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin. The assassination took place on November 4, 1995 at the conclusion of a rally in Tel Aviv. Amir is currently serving a life sentence for murder plus six years for injuring Rabin’s bodyguard, Yoram Rubin, under aggravating circumstances.]] He was later sentenced to an additional 8 years for conspiracy to murder.
Conjugal visits and artificial insemination
On February 6, 2006, Haaretz reported that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz had ordered the Interior Ministry to register Amir and Trimbovler as a married couple. They then filed requests with the Prison Authority and petitions to court to enable them to hold conjugal visits or conceive a child through artificial insemination., September 8, 2004 in the Washington Times
Up until October 20, 2006, the Shin Bet security service had opposed unsupervised visits. (Haaretz) Four days later, Amir was allowed a 10-hour-long conjugal visit. Five months later it was reported that Larisa was pregnant. (The Sydney Morning Herald) On October 28, 2007, she gave birth to a son, who was named Yinon Eliya Shalom. The brit milah was held in prison on November 4, 2007, the 12th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination.http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3466658,00.html
The monument at the site of the assassination: [[Ibn Gabirol Street, between Tel Aviv City Hall and Gan Ha’ir]]
On November 4, 1995, after a demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Kings of Israel Square (now Rabin Square) in support of the Oslo Accords, Amir waited for Rabin in a parking lot adjacent to the square, close to Rabin’s official limousine. There he shot Rabin twice with a Beretta 84F .380 ACP caliber semi-automatic pistol and injured Yoram Rubin, a security guard, with a third shot. Amir was immediately seized by Rabin’s bodyguards. Rabin was rushed to Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center where he died on an operating table 40 minutes later of blood loss and a punctured lung. According to the court, Yigal Amir’s brother, Hagai, and his friend Dror Adani, were his accomplices in the assassination plan.
Upon hearing that Yitzhak Rabin was dead, Amir told the police he was "satisfied." At his trial Amir said he didn’t care if the outcome was death or paralysis as long as Rabin was "out of the way." He expressed no regret for his actions.
The assassination was preceded by three unsuccessful attempts that same year: at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, at the Nof Yerushalayim Hotel and a ceremony inaugurating a highway in Kfar Shmaryahu. These plans fell through moments before implementation.
Campaigns for Amir’s release
Amir’s appeals of both sentences were rejected. Subsequently, a law was passed by the Knesset barring the pardon by the President of Israel for any assassin of a prime minister. Amir has never expressed regret for his actions. Since 2007, the Amir family and the "Committee for Democracy" campaigned to release Yigal and Hagai Amir. The campaign includes statements for the media, stickers, posters and short films.
From time to time radical Israeli right-wing organizations carry out campaigns (via posters or videos) which call for the release of Yigal Amir and his brother Hagai. A campaign such as that was held in October 2007 in which the prominent Israeli singer Ariel Zilber also participated. In response to this campaign the Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter stated: "This man is in the closest status a person can be to a death sentence" and also added that "A reduction of his sentence is impossible and illogical, and it will surely accompany him until he would pass away".
Larisa Trembovler was born in Russia. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy. She has published a novel in Russian (A Mirror for a Prince) and is an Orthodox Jew. Larisa met Amir in Latvia, where he was teaching Judaism. After her immigration to Israel, she visited Amir with her husband, Benjamin (with whom she has four children), for humanitarian reasons. Larisa expressed ideological support for Amir, and they began to correspond and speak on the phone. Larisa divorced her husband in 2003.