IDF soldier who shot wounded terrorist sent to house arrest

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

Since, beginning on July 20, Azaria will no longer be a conscripted soldier, on Monday the prosecution and defense gathered again in the military appellate court in the IDF's Tel Aviv headquarters to present their view of what should be done with the soldier.

Azaria has been under military arrest since the terrorist attack in Hebron at the end of March 2016, when he fatally shot the neutralized and unarmed terrorist.

The divisive case has revealed deep rifts in Israeli society, with some seeing Azaria as a hero and others as a criminal. He will be required to remain at his parents' home in Ramle in central Israel and can attend Shabbat services in a synagogue on Friday night and Saturday if he is accompanied by a family member.

Military judges are expected to rule on his appeal on July 30, Israeli media reported. He appealed his sentence through his attorney Yoram Sheftel, who claimed that other soldiers who operated in a similar manner didn't receive a similar punishment. "The trial of your life!" yelled Hebron shooter defense lawyer Sheftel in anger at Weissman as the two engaged in legal jousting.

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Azaria was arrested the same day and indicted almost a month later.

It showed Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, lying wounded on the ground, shot along with another Palestinian after stabbing and wounding a soldier, according to the army.

Israel's top generals pushed for prosecution, saying Azaria violated the military's code of ethics, while large segments of the public, including politicians on Israel's nationalist right, sided with the soldier.

Other reports by GizPress

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