“There is general agreement in American society that a gas devised as a pesticide, and used to eliminate Jews, has no place in the administration of criminal justice.”

The American Jewish Committee, in a statement responding to the fact that Arizona is working to refurbish its gas chamber. Officials have declined to state why they are starting the lethal gas chamber, but the state has struggled to acquire lethal injection drugs as manufacturers refuse to supply them and there are currently 17 eligible death-row prisoners who may elect the gas chamber as their form of execution. The state has purchased materials to make hydrogen cyanide gas, which is the same lethal component that the Nazis used to kill 865,000 Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp alone. (Associated Press — June 10, 2021)
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