[ by Charles Cameron — i personally am better acquainted with “innocent until proven guilty”, but.. ]
Nabokov's father was killed by assassins at a lecture and Vera made sure the same wouldn't happen to him pic.twitter.com/swSozOfGUA
— Gabe Habash (@gabehabash) May 20, 2016
in light of the Talmud:
“When someone comes to kill you, you must rise early and kill him first” -Babylonian Talmud: Berakoth 58
— Conservatives (@ConservativAOLA) March 27, 2013
Obviously if Véra Nabokov intended to protect her husband, she intended to shoot his would-be assassin right before the assassination attempt, not right after it.
Several days before the horror of September 11, 2001, Israel’s Foreign Minister Shimon Peres spoke to Conservative rabbis in an international conference call. Responding to a concern expressed about Israel’s policy of preemptive targeted killings of suspected terrorist leaders and the inevitable collateral damage, Mr. Peres defended the practice, citing an oft-quoted rabbinic legal dictum, “Im ba l’hargekha, hashkem l’hargo,” “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him (first).” The uproar last July by Israel-bashers and, more credibly, by the Israeli Jewish public after the Israeli army bombed a Gaza apartment building, inadvertently killing fourteen civilians, including nine children, along with arch-terrorist Salah Shehada, again focused attention on the issue of collateral damage in the implementation of “Im ba l’hargekha.”
File under preemptive strikes, targeted killings, drones, Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, etc.