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Israeli Soldier Who Killed Wounded Palestinian Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

HeadlineFeb 22, 2017

In international news, Palestinians have expressed outrage at the short sentence given to an Israeli soldier caught on tape executing a wounded Palestinian man. On Tuesday, a military panel sentenced Israeli Sergeant Elor Azaria to 18 months in prison and a demotion in rank. Video of the killing last March shows Palestinian Abdel Fattah al-Sharif lying immobilized on the ground as Azaria fires a single shot into the man’s head at close range. The killing took place in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The father of al-Sharif said, “If someone is arrested for throwing a rock, they get a two-year sentence. In this case, a soldier murdered and got a year and a half.” This is Wasel Abu Yousef of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Wasel Abu Yousef: “Today’s sentencing for the murder of the martyr Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, who was murdered by one of the occupation’s fascist soldiers, a murder that was filmed and broadcast on most of the world’s satellite channels, this deliberate murder of a wounded person who was not able to move and was shot in the head and killed in cold blood—today, a fake court decided to hand down a light sentence to this soldier, which illustrates a disrespect of Palestinian lives and international laws.”

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