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.
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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