I don’t know why, but this whole trial smells fishy to me. We know that, had the incident not been captured on camera and gone viral, the world would have never heard about it. But since it was, and the shooter clearly identified, what choice did the Israeli government really have?
It HAD to show they are impartial in carrying out justice, whether the victim is Jewish or Arab.
By prosecuting this ONE soldier, they are telling us that this happens every time a Palestinian is murdered even when injured and posing no danger to the shooter. Ha!
I’ve also been re-watching the original video several times, I wish I could see it in slow motion. It’s only natural that watching it for the first time the viewer’s attention is drawn to the body on the ground and the actual shooting moment. But if you can take your eyes away from that and focus on the back of the scene, you can see Azaria stepping into the camera’s frame after the first ambulance takes off, walking over to another soldier who I can only guess is his superior, there’s a brief exchange between the two, actually the second soldier seems to be handing something to Azaria or perhaps releasing the weapon safety, immediately after which Azaria cocks the gun – you can hear the click – and proceeds to shoot the still alive man on the ground. While it was clearly obvious to his buddy what he was about to do, he makes no move to stop him. In fact, I think he might have given him the ok, if not actually the order..
I’ve always wondered, was Azaria made to take the fall and protect his superior, if that’s who he was? That would explain the murder charge being downgraded, and Azaria’s probable pardon or extremely light sentence. Stay tuned.