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Palestinian who filmed shooting says Azaria sentence ‘is a joke, not justice’

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An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced Elor Azaria to 18 months in prison, one-year probation and a demotion of his military rank, a month after the Israeli soldier was found guilty of manslaughter.

Azaria shot and killed Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif in March after al-Sharif had already been shot and injured following an alleged attempted stabbing attack in Hebron.

Following the court’s sentencing, Azaria’s defense vowed to appeal the ruling, while several high-ranking Israeli politicians called for a pardon in his case.

The main evidence in the case was footage caught on camera by Imad Abu Shamsiya, a Palestinian resident of Hebron who had been provided a camera by Human Rights Defenders specifically to document instances such as the shooting and other human rights violations in Hebron.

Abu Shamsiya told Mondoweiss he is grateful he was around to film the incident, because without the camera footage he feels certain Azaria would never have been taken to court, let alone serve time in prison.

“If there was no one filming that day then this crime, just like other crimes like it that happen against Palestinians on a daily basis, would go unnoticed,” Abu Shamsiya said. “I am so grateful for the camera, and so grateful I was in the right place at the right time.”

While Shamsiya is happy the world got to see what happened on that day in March, he does not feel like justice was served.

“There is no justice for the family,” Abu Shamsiya said. “They lost a member of their family in a very brutal way, this 18-month sentence is not justice for the family, for the Palestinian people or our nation — no one got justice from this.”

Sahar Francis, the director of Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ rights NGO, criticized the sentencing, telling Mondoweiss that an 18-month sentence for an “extrajudicial execution” of a Palestinian “brings to light the policy of impunity and lack of accountability in a system of protracted Israeli military occupation.”

“The period of sentencing is similar to sentencing routinely given to Palestinians for ‘membership in an illegal organization’ – with all Palestinian political parties deemed illegal through various military orders,” Francis said. “The message this sends to other soldiers and police officers who extrajudicially execute Palestinians is that their actions will not be seriously accounted for and that impunity will persist.”

(Image: Carlos Latuff)

According to Israeli daily Haaretz, judges said Azaria acted with the intent to kill, outside of Israeli military protocol, which requires a threat to life before live fire can be used. The judge also said the severity of the shooting and backlash it caused to the Israeli military was mitigated since the shooting happened during an active combat situation.

Meanwhile, the Israeli right has lauded Azaria as a hero who killed a Palestinian terrorist, attacking the Israeli military and the Israeli justice system for allowing the case to go forward, while calling for Azaria’s pardon.

After Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter January, Ido Zelkovitz, head of the Middle East studies department at Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel and senior researcher at the University of Haifa told Mondoweiss that both sides of the Israeli political spectrum agreed on one thing — Azaria shot a terrorists in their eyes — which in the end, he said would indeed lead to a pardon after Azaria serves a small part of his sentence.

“Even if he was unarmed and he couldn’t put anyone in danger, the common idea among all the Israeli camps is that Azaria shot a terrorist and there is no debate about that question — it is a mutual understanding. That is why in the future the pardon will be accepted,” Zelkovitz said.

Abu Shamsiya agreed, telling Mondoweiss that he would be shocked if Azaria was actually made to serve his full sentence.

“Of course he won’t be made to serve his full sentence — the sentence is a joke, not justice, it’s 18 months in prison for murder,” Abu Shamsiya said. “Not only do I doubt he will even serve a full prison sentence, I doubt he will be put on any kind of probation or be demoted in the military.”

“This case shows us the injustice of the Israeli government,” he added. “This was just a show for the world to see because this execution was filmed, so the government felt it had to do something.”

Sheren Khalel
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  1. DaBakr
    DaBakr on February 21, 2017, 3:02 pm

    1- “thank g-d for my camera……” . As if 90% of Palestinians don’t have smart phones with extremely proficient cameras with the ability to film anything they encounter during any day of the week. The point being Shamsya was hired by an ngo to specifically go around shooting footage of incidents that would either expose illegal behavior of IDF, catch them acting in ways which don’t conform to military law and/ or code and especially to capture an explosive event that would capture the attention of the circus-like msm bringing international attention and scrutiny on the IDF and the nation.
    . As for approval of Shamsiyas actions? ,i see nothing he did which could be interpreted as illegal. The no he worked for, less so. And..

    2) Palestinians have access to a very advanced network for Wi-Fi and cellular. Probably 90% of Palestinians between 15 and 65 have smart phones with cameras. If incidents like this were more common there are enough cameras around to capture daily life.

    I saw a video posted the other day (it was a pro-israel Zionist journalist/blogger but there was no reason to assume it was illegitimate any more then on-the-spot Palestinian videos. Was it hasbara? Not really. But even if it was so what)

    Anyway, the point was…..he was interviewing Palestinians in the street at ramallah checkpoint asking how long it took,[10 mins average, more on holidays] and whether the soldiers “humiliated” them or abused then in anyway.(again, “no.” . And one man said, “i’m old enough to be their father, of course they will treat me with respect” Polite, business like, etc etc. And there is no denying that this can quickly change depending on what pops up on computer or if there is any unusual disagreements)

    Then… (American) blogger split screen with cars and people crossing at ramallah and cars/people crossing from tijuana into USA. The times were the same, 17:00 Thursday. It took the Americans almost 15, sometimes 20mins to pass thru with spot checks, ID inspection, dogs etc.

    And those humiliators and oppressors at ramallah into Israel ?. 3 minutes average per person or car. A little move on holidays.
    But, as long as there are paid agents of specific NGOs furnished with ‘camera’s (as if everybody doesn’t already have phone cams) they can wait for days or weeks until there is trouble, film it and present it like it’s every day. That’s Palestinian hasbara, btw

    • eljay
      eljay on February 21, 2017, 3:30 pm

      || @aak @ February 21, 2017, 3:02 pm ||

      That’s a lot of words to express your disappointment that an Israeli Occupation Forces goon wasn’t able to literally get away with murder because his very-deliberate summary execution of a wounded and incapacitated non-Israeli in not-Israel was caught on camera.

      Aggressor-victimhood is such a tough gig… :-(

    • amigo
      amigo on February 21, 2017, 4:11 pm

      “As if 90% of Palestinians don’t have smart phones with extremely proficient cameras with the ability to film anything they encounter during any day of the week. – See more at:” duhbaker

      Look Jumping Jehosafart , If 90% of Palestinians had smart phones with cameras , given the hundreds of crimes committed by your idf heroes and their illegal squatter fellow murderers , there would be trials everyday of the week , in any normal country , that is.

      “The point being Shamsya was hired by an ngo to specifically go around shooting footage of incidents that would either expose illegal behavior of IDF, catch them acting in ways which don’t conform to military law and/ or code and especially to capture an explosive event that would capture the attention of the circus-like msm bringing international attention and scrutiny on the IDF and the nation. – See more at:” duhbaker

      No s–t , those brazen Palestinians , scheming against the most moral army by exposing their criminal behaviour to international scrutiny .

      Wtf are you smoking .

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer on February 21, 2017, 4:12 pm


      In 77.62 of Palestinians were cell phone subscribers. Materially less than your w.a.g.

      As usual you didn’t actually provide a single verifiable fact.

      btw… If I was at a security checkpoint I would be very complimentary to the officials. It would be crazy not to be.

      As to it being Palestinian hasbara, to quote you

      “Not really. But even if it was so what”

    • Mooser
      Mooser on February 21, 2017, 6:15 pm

      “I saw a video posted the other day”

      The Israeli Army had just won the war,
      A crowd of people turned away
      But I just had to look
      Having read the book.

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye on February 21, 2017, 6:51 pm

      Really you should have described the reports of how long it takes Americans to get through the checkpoints to get out of New York or San Francisco, since Palestinians are trying to travel *within* their OWN country, not crossing a border between states. You demonstrate your wilfull, utter blindness to a belligerant, malignant Israeli occupation of a foreign country.

      • DavidDaoud
        DavidDaoud on February 22, 2017, 10:41 am

        Bumblebye, I wish I could give you a thumbs-up for that comment!

    • talknic
      talknic on February 21, 2017, 8:21 pm

      @ DaBakr February 21, 2017, 3:02 pm

      ” 1- “thank g-d for my camera……” . As if 90% of Palestinians don’t have smart phones with extremely proficient cameras with the ability to film anything they encounter during any day of the week.”

      Any other footage of this incident ?

      “2) Palestinians have access to a very advanced network for Wi-Fi and cellular. Probably 90% of Palestinians between 15 and 65 have smart phones with cameras. “

      Any other footage of this incident ?

      If incidents like this were more common there are enough cameras around to capture daily life.”

      More un-necessary slaughter = daily life. A statement that gives folk an insight into the dire state of the Zionist mindset Keep up the good work

      “I saw a video posted the other day “

      What makes you believe anyone here is going to believe a proven liar?

      Accusations aren’t evidence. You provide absolutely no evidence for your assertions. Why not? Isn’t credibility on your bucket list?

      • Mooser
        Mooser on February 22, 2017, 11:44 am

        “Isn’t credibility on your bucket list?”

        (ROTFLMSJAO!) Nah, you know “dabakr”! He don’t need no stinkin’ credibility! “dabakr” knows it’s better to be feared than respected!

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer on February 22, 2017, 2:31 pm


        I doubt he gets that either when hiding behind the skirts of the idf.

    • diasp0ra
      diasp0ra on February 22, 2017, 7:28 am


      Yes, it’s easier to imagine that the whole world, every human rights NGO, the UN, the ICJ are all just nitpicking and taking things out of context to frame poor ol’ Israel.

      As if Israel hasn’t literally tried to colonize 4 different countries in its short existence. I’ll tell you, as a Palestinian living my entire life under occupation, and as someone who currently works at a local human rights NGO, what gets reported is absolutely minuscule compared to the amount of daily breeches the IDF commit.

      • Talkback
        Talkback on February 22, 2017, 1:00 pm

        diasp0ra “what gets reported is absolutely minuscule compared to the amount of daily breeches the IDF commit.”

        Absolutely the same with Zionist pre state terrorism.

      • Mooser
        Mooser on February 22, 2017, 1:13 pm

        “what gets reported is absolutely minuscule compared to the amount of daily breeches the IDF commit.”

        “Today in Palestine” on this website tries to keep up.

        “Absolutely the same with Zionist pre state terrorism.”

        The British Palestine Police tried to keep up (scroll about half-way down the page)

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye on February 22, 2017, 3:37 pm

        Aren’t you one country short there?
        Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. I’m sure I recall some eejits crossing the river and trying to set up an outpost in Jordan just a few years ago.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer on February 22, 2017, 6:23 pm


        Wow. That is quite the list.

      • diasp0ra
        diasp0ra on February 23, 2017, 5:34 am


        I’d love to hear more about that, I don’t have any materials on that. If you have anything please send it our way.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye on February 23, 2017, 9:39 am

        Sorry Diasp0ra, I think it was on one of Kate’s long, long lists. A bunch of extremist young settlers who were quickly rounded up and returned to the idf. One that stuck in my head without saving a link.

      • just
        just on February 23, 2017, 3:54 pm

        Perhaps you’re referencing this, Bumblebye:

        “Israeli Settlers Break Into Military Zone By Jordanian Border
        December 13, 2011

        Extremist right-wing Israeli settlers broke into a closed-off military zone in between the West Bank and the Jordanian border, at the site thought to be where Jesus was baptized.On Monday, right-wing Israeli protesters barricaded themselves buildings at the site of the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River, which is a holy site for Christians around the world.

        They hung banners with photos of the right-wing Jewish leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky, who called for the ‘Jewish state to expand beyond the Jordan River into the state of Jordan and all the way to Iraq.”

        The protesters say they are sending a message to the Jordanian government to stay out of Israeli affairs. This is a reference to the statement made by Jordan’s King Abdullah Monday that he hoped Israel would choose not to demolish a bridge in Jerusalem.

        The bridge in question is a historic structure that leads to the al-Aqsa mosque, which is the third holiest site in the world for Muslims. Israeli authorities closed the bridge on Friday, sparking outrage among Muslims around the world.

        The attack occurred at the Jordan River, on a closed military zone separating the West Bank and the Jordanian border, and both Jordanian Authorities and the Israeli Army have stated that the Israelis did not cross the border, but were approximately only a few hundred metres away.

        Those protesters in question were from a group known as the ‘Hilltop Youth’, numbered around thirty, and were quickly removed from the area by the Israeli army and police.

        In a separate incident, around fifty Settlers invaded the Efraim Regional Brigades military barracks near Qalqilia, setting several fires, throwing molotov cocktails and stones, which led to damage to buildings and vehicles.

        Over a hundred settlers also attacked the Brigade Commanders car, and threw stones at passing Palestinian cars, … near the settlement of Ramat Gilad.

        The string of attacks comes as tension mounts over the impending dismantlement of numerous illegal outposts within the West Bank by the Israeli authorities.”

    • Talkback
      Talkback on February 22, 2017, 1:09 pm

      Dabakr: “2) Palestinians have access to a very advanced network for Wi-Fi and cellular. Probably 90% of Palestinians between 15 and 65 have smart phones with cameras. If incidents like this were more common there are enough cameras around to capture daily life.”

      They are captured, but rarely publicised, because Jewish terrorists (“IDF”) not only terrorize the filmers, but also their families and vandalizes their homes during terror raids.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer on February 22, 2017, 2:33 pm


        Not to mention confiscating and smashing equipment. Let alone shooting journalists.

        Being a racist oppressive expansionist state is a hard gig don’t ya know.

    • just
      just on February 22, 2017, 2:02 pm

      Here you go DaBakr~ another example of IOF terrorists and their relentless terrorism.

      “WATCH: Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian for filming them …

      Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian volunteer with an Israeli human rights organization before shooting his brother in the knee with a rubber bullet earlier this month.

      The incident took place on February 10 in the West Bank village of Adameh near Nablus as Israeli soldiers guarding the settlement of Yitzhar and its illegal satellite outposts fired tear gas at local Palestinian youths who were reportedly taking a walk nearby.

      When Ahmad Ziyada, a Palestinian volunteer with Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem and a resident of Adameh showed up and began filming, the soldiers told him leave. Ziyada’s video shows three Israeli soldiers approaching Ziyada on his land. One of the soldiers, who appears to be an officer, repeatedly tells Ziyada to go home. When the latter refuses, the soldier demands to see his ID card. Ziyada tries to explain that he is a B’Tselem volunteer who is standing on his own land, but the soldier has none of it and calls what sounds like his superior to get an OK to confiscate the camera and arrest Ziyada.

      The soldier orders one of the other soldiers to chamber a bullet, at which we hear a gun being cocked. The officer then orders Ziyada to sit, pushing him onto the ground. When Ziyada gets back up a few moments later, the officer has his gun pointed straight at him and once again shoves him down the ground. At this point the camera goes blurry, yet we are able to hear the soldier ordering his soldiers to “aim at him!” and “drop him.” Then the camera goes black.

      Ziyada’s brother, Mahmoud, arrived on the scene to see soldiers sitting on Ahmad as he lay on the ground, his arms handcuffed. Mahmoud told B’Tselem that there were around five or six soldiers who pointed their weapons at him to prevent him from reaching his brother.

      I wanted to see how my brother was doing after seeing him in this situation. The soldier who sat on him grabbed his head and pushed it to the ground. I noticed that he did this as I drew nearer. When I heard my brother scream I yelled that I would stay back. At this point there were two soldiers who were sitting on him, as if he were a dangerous criminal. I walked a few meters back. There were a few residents including my brother. We had heard his screams after the soldiers sat on him. I tried to reach him but the soldier cocked his gun and pointed at my stomach, then he pointed it at my left knee and fired. I immediately fell to the ground. My other brother who was there caught me and brought me to a car that belonged to one of the residents. We quickly drove to Burin, where a Red Cross ambulance took me to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.

      Two things to note: the only two sentences the officer can say in Arabic are one of the few combat soldiers are taught: “jib al-hawiyeh” (“give your ID card”) and “ruh al-beit” (a wrong way of saying “go home,” which actually translates to “go the home”). The fact that the officer in question, who is tasked with interacting with an Arabic-speaking civilian population in the West Bank, knows a sentence and a half in Arabic is frankly embarrassing. He does not know Arabic because he did not learn it — because he was never asked to learn it. The mere notion that the vast majority of Israelis who carry out the day-to-day grind in the West Bank cannot communicate properly with those under their control speaks volumes about the respect (or lack thereof) that Israel’s military dictatorship shows its subjects.

      Secondly, on Tuesday an Israeli court will hand down its sentence to Elor Azaria, the soldier who was convicted of killing Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron early last year. In the end, we do not know what Azaria was thinking when he chambered a bullet in his weapon and shot an incapacitated, unarmed Palestinian man in the head. Surely, however, the person who committed this act could only have viewed the man lying prone on the pavement as less than human. The soldiers in the video exemplify the exact same type of contempt that was shown for the Ziyada brothers, even if the results were far less violent.

      What happened to the Ziyada brothers is one incident out of thousands between Palestinians and the occupation every single day. These are stories that go unreported because there are simply too many to cover. If it’s not Palestinians being harassed by soldiers, then it is the government ordering the destruction of an entire Bedouin community, or security forces holding up a Palestinian politician at the checkpoint, or an Israeli court sentencing a cancer-stricken, epileptic boy to prison for throwing rocks. These are the tiny moments that congeal to make Israel’s military dictatorship — which is as arbitrary as it is brutal and unrepentant.”

      You must be so very proud.

  2. Ossinev
    Ossinev on February 22, 2017, 7:16 am

    Quite a mouthful about the actions of Azaria being caught on camera but not a word about the killing itself. Presumably you believe that it was entirely justified,moral and totally legal to walk over to a prostrate ,unarmed ,wounded human being and casually put a bullet in his head. Thank f…. I don`t have someone like you as a neighbour. The only thing worse perhaps would be to have the smirking,revolting charlie november uniform tango in question living alongside. Still the good news is probably that pardon or no pardon he will never get to pollute Europe dual citizenship or not given the big target he now probably has on his back.

    • amigo
      amigo on February 22, 2017, 10:12 am

      ” Still the good news is probably that pardon or no pardon he will never get to pollute Europe dual citizenship or not given the big target he now probably has on his back. “0ssinev.

      You took the words right out of my mouth.He had best grow a beard.There must be 100,s if not thousands who would welcome the opportunity to wipe that supercilious grin off his murdering kisser . I bet this cretin would soil his pants if he had to fight a fair fight and then hide behind mamas apron for protection.

      Hero , my ass.

  3. amigo
    amigo on February 22, 2017, 10:01 am

    Trump,s inspiration fro “Last Night in Sweden ” ,filmed himself throwing stones at Palestinians.

    “Later he travels to the village of Qalandiyah and films Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. After Horowitz explains that one of the rocks hit a Palestinian child he concludes: “Time to get stupid.” In the film’s closing shots, the director is seen shouting profanities at the Palestinians on a hill, and throwing rocks at them. Triumphant rock music blares on the sound track.

    read more at , (no paywall).

    heaven help Americans , Trump gets his , “fair and balanced ” security briefings from Fox News who get their their input from zionist morons like Ami Horowitz.

  4. DavidDaoud
    DavidDaoud on February 22, 2017, 10:36 am

    I remember in school when the English teacher would show the class a picture and ask us to write an essay on what we see. All of us who have read this article have our own thoughts on what we see in the picture of Azaria with his family and supporters.

    Looking at his family helps me to understand what made this young soldier. I see nothing remotely like empathy or human kindness. On the contrary I see only coarseness, cruelty and stupidity.

  5. brent
    brent on February 22, 2017, 10:54 am

    The most remarkable thing about all this to me was what happened in the seconds leading up to the shot being fired. I saw an officer summons Azaria from way back, gives instructions to him, pushes on his rifle barrel and Azaria immediately steps forward a couple steps and fired.

    What do I not see?

  6. just
    just on February 23, 2017, 6:24 am

    Gideon Levy:

    “Who Needs The Hague When You Have Israeli Army Justice?

    There’s nothing more Israeli than this court that gives a soldier, who killed a Palestinian in cold blood, a sentence fit for a bicycle thief. …

    … It’s the most authentic reflection of society, the country’s real High Court of Justice.
    It’s an epic production with dozens of extras; the reviews are flattering, and the audience goes wild. The costumes (IDF uniforms) are nothing special, and neither are the scenery, lighting and makeup – “absentee” property in Jaffa or a barracks in the Kirya (army headquarters), neon lights and metal benches. But the play is excellent – current and relevant, representative and indicative – and the ending is always predictable.

    There’s nothing more Israeli than this court, and nothing more authentic than its sentence in the case of soldier Elor Azaria. Once again, we have the cloak of self-righteousness, once again the deceit, once again the façade of due process, with a defense, a prosecution and summations. Once again, it’s the best show in town, and once again, the crying injustice is present without our feeling it, just the way Israelis like it.

    What Israelis like most is to eat their cake and have it, too, and who knows better than the military court how to supply the goods? A rousing verdict about “the value of the sanctity of life,” and a sentence fit for a bicycle thief.

    We don’t need The Hague; we have the Kirya. The fact is that a soldier who killed – not to say murdered – an already dying Palestinian in cold blood, with malice aforethought, was put on trial, and even punished. Where else in the world can you find such things? In America? In Europe? The most moral army in the world, assuredly the most moral. Kudos to the IDF and its justice system.

    This is how most Israelis would like to see their judges: talking loftily about justice and equality – on condition that they apply to Jews only. Talking about the sanctity of life – but calculating the value of a Palestinian’s life as less than that of an (Israeli) dog. That’s exactly what the Azaria verdict gave them.

    Azaria left the court as a national hero, in a country where everyone who kills an Arab is considered a hero and there are almost no heroes who didn’t kill Arabs. The court once again told Israelis what they most wanted to hear: Palestinian lives are dirt cheap; they’re on end-of-season sale.

    This is the same court that has judged hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with severity and cruelty over the decades of the occupation. With more and more judges (and prosecutors) being settlers, devotees of international law and equality before the law, this military court, which sits in the occupied territories, is Israel’s most refined perpetrator of apartheid. There, at the Ofer army base and the Etzion lockup, far from watching eyes, there’s one law for Jews and another for Arabs, with no hemming and hawing.

    In this, too, the court reflects society, far more than the Supreme Court in Jerusalem does. A Palestinian Azaria would of course have been sentenced to life in prison in a speedy trial, without “his family’s distress,” “an outstanding soldier,” “a clean record” and “special circumstances,” without asking what went through his mind or what had happened in his life. You killed a Jew? You tried to “spill Jewish blood”? There’s only one sentence.

    This institution also knows how to richly reward and protect IDF soldiers and officers, just as the people want it to do and as their commanders expect it to do, and to turn its trials into perversions of justice. Only in this court could a senior officer like Ofek Buchris, who was charged with rape and sodomy, emerge with the draconian sentence of being demoted by one rank. That’s how cruelly the court treated him.

    Just like the IDF Orchestra isn’t an orchestra and Army Radio isn’t a media outlet, this court is not a court. But it is even more corrupting than the first two examples: It sends its demobilized metastases into the civilian justice system.

    Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit came up through this rotten environment, and so did more than a few judges, including some on the Supreme Court, who are convinced that they were doing justice all those years. They carry with them the glorious legal traditions of the prefab buildings at Ofer, and those traditions remain etched in them forever.”

    read more:

  7. Ossinev
    Ossinev on February 23, 2017, 1:11 pm

    Remember that along with intel chips and cherry tomatoes Zioland apparently also a world leader in medical procedures:

    Medic Azaria`s action was a classic example of the latest Zionist ground breaking triage technique – as practiced on goys only you understand. Sound familiar ?

    • amigo
      amigo on February 23, 2017, 2:18 pm

      “Medic Azaria`s action was a classic example of the latest Zionist ground breaking triage technique – as practiced on goys only you understand”0ssinev

      It is the Israeli Health system,s answer to A& E overcrowding.Can,t have the ubermenschen waiting in line behind Palestinian Patients.

  8. lonely rico
    lonely rico on February 24, 2017, 9:39 am

    Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
    Location: Geneva
    Date: 24 February 2017
    Subject: (1) Israel: Elor Azaria case

    “We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly posed no imminent threat.
    Sergeant Elor Azaria was convicted of manslaughter in January 2017 for shooting dead
    Abdelfattah al-Sharif in Hebron in March 2016. At the time, Mr. Al-Sharif was unarmed and
    lying wounded on the ground after having been shot for stabbing and wounding an Israeli soldier.
    Although manslaughter carries a maximum punishment of 20 years,
    Sergeant Azaria was sentenced only to 18 months in prison and a demotion.
    More than 200 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli security forces since the most recent
    upsurge in violence began in the West Bank in September 2015. Sergeant Azaria is the only member of the Israeli security forces to have been brought to trial for such a killing.
    While the prosecution and conviction are very welcome steps towards accountability, the punishment – which is excessively lenient – is difficult to reconcile with the intentional killing of an unarmed and prone individual.
    It also stands in contrast to the sentences handed down by other Israeli courts for other less
    serious offences, notably the sentencing of Palestinian children to more than three years’
    imprisonment for throwing stones at cars.

    This case risks undermining confidence in the justice system and reinforcing the culture of

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