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Israeli soldier gets 18 months for Hebron shooting of wounded Palestinian

The soldier was quoted as saying, moment before pulling the trigger: "This dog is still alive" and "This terrorist deserves to die".

An Israeli soldier who was found guilty of manslaughter for the execution-style shooting of an unarmed Palestinian who lay injured on the floor has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Twenty-year-old Elor Azarya was filmed as he shot Abdul-Fattah Al-Sharif at point-blank range after the Palestinian had already been shot and severely wounded in March 2016, In addition to the jail term handed to him; he was given a year’s probation and demoted.

Azarya’s defence team said it would appeal the ruling within the next 15 days, saying it had a “good chance” and “nothing to lose”, Israeli media reported.

Read: Israeli soldier guilty of manslaughter after shooting motionless Palestinian

The soldier was quoted as saying, moment before pulling the trigger: “This dog is still alive” and “This terrorist deserves to die”.

Leading up to the announcement of the sentence, the panel of three judges weighed the “complexity” and “competing values” of the case; while they agreed that Azarya acted with the intent to kill and not because he felt threatened, a two-judge majority believed the “unique post-terror attack” atmosphere should work heavily in his favour. Al-Sharif is said to have attempted to carry out a stabbing attack on Israeli soldiers before being shot and injured.

Judges called for leniency due to the fact that it was Azarya’s first time in a “terror situation”, and also noted the alleged mismanagement of the scene by Israeli commanders at the scene, who later went on to give harsh testimonies against the young soldier.

Read: Elor Azaria and the Israeli army: One conviction doesn’t change systematic impunity

The judges said that the prosecution had successfully argued that Azarya had failed to show regret throughout the trial, while Azarya also violated the so-called purity of arms value enshrined in the Israeli army’s code of ethics.

They also said that the months Azarya has spent in open detention on an Israeli military base would not be deducted from his sentence, but would be taken into account “on some level”.

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  • Vinegar Hill

    A child in the illegally occupied West Bank gets sent to gaol for 3 years for throwing stones. A murderer from the IDF, who is also a medic, gets 18 months , of which 12 are parole.
    This is called Israeli democracy, Israeli justice is portrayed as democratic and blind, and one can only conclude that the country is one of several cesspools in the Middle East.

    • KOKOU AZIABA

      West bank is not illegally occupied . West bank is new name of Jewish biblical towns of Judea and samaria; jews returned home to fulfill biblical prophecies; Arabs are squatters

      • Vinegar Hill

        According to international law the acquisition of territory by bellicose means is illegal. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem is illegal. In fact, the Israeli occupation of all of Jerusalem is also illegal.

        • KOKOU AZIABA

          THE BRITISH MANDATE WAS VACANT IT DOES NOT BELONG TO ARAB EITHER . JORDAN HAS CONQUERED THE WEST BANK AND EAST JERUSALEM BY WAR SO WHO DO YOU THINK OWN THE LAND BY INTERNATIONAL LAW. THE LEAGUE OF NATION IN 1922 ESTABLISHED PALESTINE AS JEWISH HOMELAND

  • KOKOU AZIABA

    This verdict is in contradiction with torah; joshua in his tomb will be crying