Hebron shooter sentenced to 18 months in prison

PNN/ Tel Aviv/

An Israeli military court has announced an 18 month sentence against Hebron shooter, Elor Azaria, who was convicted of ‘manslaughter’, after he shot and killed a wounded Palestinian youth in Hebron, march of 2016.

Last month, Azaria was convicted of manslaughter, despite the fact that he shot in the head a helpless wounded man, Abdul-Fattah Al-Sharif, 20, who posed no threat on his life.

Al-Sharif’s cousin was also killed in the incident, under the pretext of a stabbing attempt.

Prosecutors have asked that Azaria be sentenced on Tuesday to 3-5 years in prison. His defense attorneys insisted he should be freed.

Many Israeli leaders and people have shown support for the soldier, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and prominent hard-line politicians have called for the soldier to be pardoned.

Dozens of Azaria’s supporters gathered outside the court ahead of the sentencing.

The family of the Palestinian martyr, Abdul-Fattah Al-Sharif, were photographed today waiting for the verdict to appear on TV.

The graphic shooting video, which was filmed by a Palestinian cameraman from B’Tselem rights group, went viral and sparked international rage.

The video shows Elor Azaria talking on the phone, then hangs up and steps closer to Al-Sharif, and shoots him in the head from a very close distance in presence of Israeli ambulances.

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