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'If You Voted to Release Terrorists - We Don't Want to See You'

Bereaved daughter advises ministers who voted to release terrorists not to show up at memorial ceremonies.
By Shimon Cohen and Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/5/2014, 12:16 AM

Meirav Osher
Meirav Osher
Yoni Kempinski

Meirav Osher, whose father Avi Osher was murdered by an Arab terrorist in 1991, on Sunday called on Cabinet ministers who supported the release of terrorists as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority (PA) not to come to ceremonies on Memorial Day.

Osher’s murderer, Sharif Abu-Dahila, was released this past October as part of the third batch of terrorists Israel had agreed to release during peace talks with the PA.

"This Memorial Day is different from past ones,” Meirav Osher told Arutz Sheva. “The Government of Israel betrayed its people and released murderers for a piece of paper containing some falsehood. Bodies of terrorists were returned without the victims’ families being informed about it in advance. They released the vile murderer of my father and it’s a tough feeling. We do not forgive nor forget the ministers who voted in favor, the Prime Minister and anyone else who supported this release.”

Avi Osher, 40 at the time of his death, had managed the date grove at Moshav Masua. Abu-Dahila, who had worked for Osher for years, stabbed him to death and hid his body in a vineyard.

“My father was a lovely man, he was good to the Arab employees, viewed them as human beings just like him, and the terrorist took advantage of my father’s kindness and his fair treatment of him,” said Meirav Osher. “He took a machete and took advantage of a day when other workers were off to murder him. Then he went back to the packing house, drank coffee, stole my father’s M-16 and hid for a year before being caught.”

She expressed anger not only at those Cabinet ministers who voted in favor of the terrorist releases, but also at those who voted against but failed to resign after the releases were approved.

“They should have said ‘enough is enough’ because people are still being murdered, but they didn’t,” said Osher.

"From a moral point of view, I would advise the ministers who voted in favor of [releasing terrorists] not to come to the cemeteries [for the memorial ceremonies],” she continued. “They have no right to be there. You freed the murderers and we do not want to hear or see you. Leave us alone because you betrayed us and we are now walking around with terrible feelings. Do not come to the cemeteries. You aren’t wanted there.”