Netanyahu Calls for Pardoning Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter

nsnbc : Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, one day after a military tribunal convicted IDF soldier Elor Azaria of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of the 21-year-old Palestinian Abdul Fattah al-Sharif in March 2016, called for pardoning Azaria. (archives) Netanyahu posten on his Facebook page “This is a difficult and painful day for all of us, first and foremost for Elor and his family, soldiers, for many soldiers and for the parents of our soldiers, and me among them. We have one army, which is the basis of our existence. The soldiers (of the army) are our sons and daughters, and they need to remain above dispute”. The conviction of Elor Azaria for manslaughter prompted protests outside the Court and throughout Israel. Palestinian and international rights groups, on the other hand, welcomed the sentencing as one step towards ending the shoot to kill policy implemented last year. The military tribunal and the judge also didn’t agree with Netanyahu’s statement that “soldiers need to remain above dispute”. Azaria claimed self-defense saying that he believed that the injured Abdel Fattah al-Sharif “had a suicide belt” on him.

However, the footage clearly shows that other soldiers who stood only steps away from al-Sharif did not respond as if he posed any threat and the video footage contradicts Azaria’s claim. The judge said  that there is no ground for a claim of self-defense. Judge, Colonel Maya Heller also stressed that “The fact that the man sprawled on the ground was a terrorist, who had just sought to take the lives of IDF soldiers at the scene, does not in itself justify disproportionate action”. F/AK – nsnbc 05.01.2017 The post Netanyahu Calls for Pardoning Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter appeared first on nsnbc international.

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Netanyahu Calls for Pardoning Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter

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