AJC denounces Arizona intention to use Zyklon B for prisoner executions

NEW YORK, June 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The American Jewish Committee (AJC) strongly denounces that of Arizona widely reported plan to use Holocaust-era poison gas to execute prisoners. Nobody in Arizona has been executed since 1999, but the public prosecutor recently requested that two of the 115 death row inmates be executed, and a chamber where Zyklon B will be used has been prepared.

AJC’s full statement follows:

that of Arizona The decision to use Zyklon B gas as a means of execution defies belief. While there can be no doubt about its effectiveness – the Nazis used it to kill millions of innocent Jews – it is this very effectiveness as an instrument of genocide that makes it wholly inappropriate for a civilized state. in proceedings sanctioned by the state and its judiciary.

“As long as the death penalty is legally acceptable, you have to be prepared to accept a certain level of cruelty in the process. forever, that she is ready to resort to a method of execution which is inevitably, inextricably and forever linked to the worst outrages in human history.

“Whether or not one supports the death penalty in general, there is general agreement in American society that a gas designed as a pesticide and used to eliminate Jews has no place in the administration of the criminal justice. “

SOURCE American Jewish Committee

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