Residents of the Samarian Jewish community of Shavei Shomron hung banners throughout the community which read, "Thou shalt not murder," and "Murder is not our way." The banners were the community's way of protesting the visit of Hagai Amir, who said he wanted to spend Shabbat in the community, following his Friday-morning release from prison after he served more than 16 years for conspiracy in the murder of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and threats to kill former prime minister Ariel Sharon.
One of the residents said, "We willingly pass on this visitor. This man is not wanted in the community and would do well not to arrive here. There are other places with good air and excellent scenery. He should not come and tarnish the residents of Samaria (Shomron). It's a disgrace. Even if it's a private visit, we hope that Hagai Amir does not come."