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Violent Anti-withdrawal Yamit Activists Face Criminal Charges

Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir has decided to bring criminal action against a number of the most violent activists who sought to halt Israel’s withdrawal from the Yamit area. He will prosecute those against whom there is strong evidence of their having physically assaulted Israel Defense Force personnel.

In taking this course, Zamir is in effect rejecting the proposal of Premier Menachem Begin to “forgive and forget” the Yamit drama in a gesture of national unity. Sources close to the Attorney General said he felt that assaults against army personnel were an undermining of the very foundation of the rule of law and could not go unpunished.

Zamir has studied still and motion pictures of the last two days of anti-withdrawal activities in Yamit and believes these furnish hard evidence to sustain convictions against a number of assailants.