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  12/31/2012, Tevet 18, 5773

Shortening of Kam Sentence Slammed


Knesset Members Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari of the Otzma Leyisrael party criticized the Supreme Court, Monday for taking 12 months off the 54-month sentence given to Anat Kam for passing classified documents to Ha'aretz reporter Uri Blau, who was sentenced to four months of community service. They issued a statement which said, "After the Supreme Court allowed terrorist Hanin Zoabi to be a Knesset member, yesterday, it's impossible to be surprised that today it eased the punishment for Anat Kam the spy. It appears that spying and terror are preferred professions in the halls of the court, as long as it's for the good of the Arabs."

Member of Knesset Otniel Schneller (Kadima) said that if the Knesset had approved the second and third readings of his bill to increase the sentence to 10 years, the court would have followed suit. The former head of the Yesha Council of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) added, "The duty of any democratic state to protect the security and safety of its citizens - is bigger than the freedom of information and its use. Subversion against the state based on ideology is the nearest crime to espionage."

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