Capital Punishment in Israel

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Capital Punishment in Israel

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Throughout its existence, Israel killed countless tens of thousands of Palestinians – slow-motion genocide by wars, extrajudicial assassinations and other means.

Yet capital punishment in Israel has only officially been imposed twice, the death penalty abolished in 1954.

The last execution conducted was in 1962, imposed on Adolph Eichmann, hanging him for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Jewish philosopher and influential Torah scholar Moses Maimonides argued that executing defendants based on anything less than absolute certainty of guilt for the most serious of crimes would lead to a slippery slope of decreasing burdens of proof – capital punishment carried out "according to the judge's caprice."

Most modern-day Jewish religious leaders and scholars oppose its use, even for the most extreme crimes.

In 1948, Israel inherited
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