IDF Soldier Begins Prison Term for Executing Wounded Palestinian Man

HeadlineAug 10, 2017

In Israel, an IDF soldier who was caught on video executing a wounded Palestinian man last year began a prison term Wednesday after he lost his final appeal contesting his manslaughter conviction. The video shows Palestinian Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, who was reportedly a suspect in a stabbing earlier in the day, lying immobilized on the ground in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The video then appears to show Israeli Sergeant Elor Azaria firing a single shot into the man’s head from a close distance, killing him. Azaria was convicted in February and sentenced to 18 months in prison. He’ll be eligible for parole in just nine months’ time.

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