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Israeli Soldier gets 18 months in Jail for Killing Palestenian Attacker

 2017-02-21 18:02:49.0

Israeli Soldier gets 18 months in Jail for Killing Palestenian Attacker

ISRAEL: An Israeli military court on Tuesday sentenced a solder to sentenced 18 months in jail for the deadly shooting of Abdel Fateh Sharif a Palestinian attacker who lay wounded om the ground, capping a nearly yearlong saga that has divided the country.

One of the assailant was shot dead by troops. Abdel Fatah al-sharif, 21, was shot and wounded and layed on the ground unable to move, Azaria, then 19, took aim with his rifle and put a bullet in his head.

Azaria was serving as an army medic in the town of Hebron in the occupied West Bank
when two Palestinians stabbed and wounded another soldier.

The soldiers immediately responded with fire, subduing Sharif and killing Kasrawi.

Elor Azaria, 20, is to start serving his term on March 5, politicians immediatly called for him to be pardoned.

"Even if he erred,Elor should not sit in prison. We will all pay the price, said education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the national Jewish House party an early supporter of the soldier.

The family of Abel Fatah Sharif, that the light sentencing encouraged Israli soldiers to use excessive force.
"This sentencing is a Joke, and it shows how much discrimination Israeli courts practice against Palestinians,"said Issa Karaka, the Palistinian government minister for prisnors.

The Palestinian was motionless on the ground — wounded and disarmed — when Azaria fatally shot him. The incident was captured on cellphone video.

The court said Azaria had "taken upon himself to be both judge and executioner" and had not expressed regret for his crime.

The verdict marked a victory for commanders who said Azaria had violated the army's code of ethics. But the soldier generated support among members of the public, many of whom saw him as a scapegoat.

The dead Palestinian's father, Yousri al-Sharif, said the sentence made a mockery of justice. "If one of us killed an animal they would have put him in jail God knows how long.They are only making fun of us," they said.

Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have carried out numerous stabbing and shooting that have killed 41 Israelis and two Americans. During the same period, Israelis that have killed 235 Palestinians, most of them attackers.

Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israeli forces of using excessive force in some of the cases. The video of the Azaria shooting, taken by a Palestinian human rights activist, was the strongest evidence to date to support such claims.

After the verdict last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Azaria to be pardoned. Netanyahu was on a trip to Singapore and Australia and did not immediately react to the sentencing.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the "terrorist had come to kill Jews and everyone must take this into account," Commented on Facebook after the sentencing.

Col. Maya Heller, head of the three-judge panel, noted that the incident took place "in hostile territory" and it was Azaria's first real operational experience.

However, she said Azaria had not expressed remorse and ruled that he did not open fire out of danger, but rather to harm the assailant.


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