A man is convicted of premeditated murder, killing seven unarmed Palestinians in cold blood. He gets seven life sentences plus twenty years, later commuted to forty years. He serves his time in a prison yeshiva, gets regular 48 hour furloughs (124 so far!) where he travels unsupervised throughout Israel, and he marries and fathers a family. Ynet reports:
… Ami Popper was convicted of murdering seven Arab workers and the attempted murder of ten additional workers on May 20th of 1990. Popper was 21 years old at the time. At approximately 7:00 am he arrived at the Rose Garden junction between Rishon Lezion and Nes Ziona, with a Glilon assault rifle and five ammunition clips, which he had stolen from his brother, who was a soldier.
Popper demanded of the Arab workers waiting at the junction to line up and asked to see their ID cards. When a car with West Bank license plates drove by Popper stopped it and forced the passengers to join the lineup at gunpoint. Afterwards Popper opened fire at the line, killing seven of the workers.
The murder created a storm in Israel and the territories, where riots broke out and rioters were killed by IDF fire. Popper was immediately arrested after the murder and first claimed his motive had been his girlfriend’s departure. Later he changed his story, claiming to have been raped by an Arab when he was 13 years old and was now seeking revenge.
Popper was convicted of seven accounts of murder and sentenced him to seven life sentences and an additional 20 consecutive years. In prison Popper became religious, marrying a Canadian woman from family identified with the Kach movement in 1993. In 1995 his eldest son was born and two more sons followed.…
Popper is in the news today because the car he was illegally driving (his license had long ago expired) veered into oncoming traffic and crashed. Popper’s wife and one of his sons were killed. Popper was on furlough from prison at the time of the accident.
Perhaps God has punished because man would not, yet the theology of that thought is in itself terrible, although very biblical.