If Hagai Amir visits the religious city of El'ad, east of Tel Aviv, this Shabbat, he will be greeted with notices calling on him to leave. Reports of his wanting to spend the day of rest in El'ad accompanied those that he wanted to go to the Samarian community of Shavei Shomron, following his release from prison, Friday morning, after he served a sentence of more than 16 years for conspiracy in the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and threats against former prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Shavei Shomron raised banners in protest of the potential visit.
The notices in El'ad read, "Murderer! Get out of town! Residents Elad oppose making our city a city of refuge for the lowest of men, Hagai Amir, who helped his brother, Yigal, the name of the wicked should rot, the cursed murderer of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin." They also said "On behalf of the rabbis of the city, we urge the public to protest against brazenly and boldly making the city of Elad a city of refuge for a wrongdoer, in violation of residents' feelings and the reputation of the city." Declaration ends with the caption: "and sweep evil from your midst." (Deuteronomy 17:7)