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"I'm Wheelchair-Bound, and the Terrorists Can Go Free?!"

A paralyzed terror victim laments to PM Olmert about his plan to release terrorists who failed to murder Israelis and only wounded them.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 7/16/2007, 12:05 PM

A paralyzed terror victim laments to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert his plan to release terrorists who failed to murder Israelis and only wounded them.

Olmert has agreed to grant amnesty to nearly 180 Fatah terror leaders, in exchange for their signatures on a commitment to cease terrorism for three months.  If they succeed in giving up terrorism for that period, they will no longer be consider wanted by Israel.

Chana Bart lived with her husband and eight children in Kfar Darom, Jewish Gaza, before being thrown out of her home during the Disengagement/expulsion two years ago.  She was paralyzed in the lower half of her body in a terrorist shooting attack in 2002, and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.  Two years later - a day after Sharon's bombshell announcement of his plan to throw the more than 8,000 Jews of Gaza out of their homes - Chana and her husband Eliezer celebrated the brit [ritual circumcision] of their new baby son.  They named him Amichai [My Nation Lives] Yisrael. 

The scene of Chana carrying her baby to the brit in a wheelchair marked a poignant moment in Gush Kaif history, and was immortalized in films prior to the expulsion.

Mrs. Bart, now living in Ashkelon with many of the other exiled Kfar Darom families, was incensed to learn of Prime Minister Olmert's planned "gesture" towards Abu Mazen in which 250 Palestinian terrorists would be freed from Israeli prisons.  She wrote him the following letter:

"As one who was seriously wounded in a shooting attack on the Kisufim route [into Gush Katif], I would like to know if the government decision to free 250 terrorists 'without blood on their hands' includes the release of terrorists who wounded Israelis.  Spokesman and 'leakers' for the government say that a terrorist who wounded a Jew is not considered to have 'blood on his hands,' and can therefore be included on the list of those who can be considered for release.

"The thought of this gives me no rest.  I assume that this is true for other terrorism victims as well.

"I ask you, Mr. Prime Minister: Just because I was successful in remaining alive, therefore those wicked men who shot me should be released? I am bound to a wheelchair, and they should be able to walk around free and happy?  Just because I managed to survive the inferno from which they planned that I would not come out alive, they should be able to enjoy the rest of their lives calmly and pleasantly?

"In previous terrorist releases, I have been informed [by the Almagor terror victims association] that your predecessors understood that 'blood on their hands' means both killing and wounding.  They understood that a terrorist who failed to kill but succeeded in wounding his victim, must serve out his full sentence.

"I wouldn't want you to have to deal for even one week with what my family and I have to deal with day in and day out.  Perhaps you will invite me and my family for a talk and you will hear what we go through each day.  I can of course only tell you in words what we go through, but the actual pain you won't be able to feel - but at least you will have some of 'all of the data' on your way to make such a fateful decision.  It is a decision that has no turning back, except by once again expending great efforts to arrest them once again, at the expense of endangering IDF soldiers."