Is­raeli sol­dier who killed wounded Pales­tinian at­tacker loses ap­peal

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An Is­raeli mil­i­tary ap­peal court up­held a man­slaugh­ter con­vic­tion and 18-month jail sen­tence on Sun­day for a for­mer army con­script who killed an in­ca­pac­i­tated Pales­tinian as­sailant in the oc­cu­pied West Bank.

In one of the most di­vi­sive tri­als in the Is­rael’s his­tory, the panel of judges, in­clud­ing field gen­er­als, re­jected chal­lenges lodged by Elor Azaria, who says he had acted in line with de­fence doc­trines.

“Val­ues have been greatly dam­aged by the defendant’s ac­tions,” the chief judge, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Doron Feiles, said in read­ing out the rul­ing. “This was a for­bid­den and im­moral act.”

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and De­fence Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieber­man, how­ever, said the ex-sol­dier should be par­doned.

In March 2015, 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. One of the as­sailants was shot dead by troops. The other was shot and wounded.

Eleven min­utes later, as the wounded man, Abd El­fa­tah Asha­reef, 21, lay on the ground un­able to move, Azaria, then 19, took aim with his ri­fle and fa­tally shot him in the head. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on video by a Pales­tinian rights ac­tivist.

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