Israeli soldier sentenced only to 18 months in jail for killing wounded Palestinian

A Palestinian holds a poster of Israeli Sergeant Elor Azaria that reads "wanted" during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron . REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

HEBRON, PALESTINOW.COM — Palestinian official and human rights authorities condemned the Israeli court’s lenient jail term against soldier Elor Azaria, a soldier who murdered in cold blood the Palestinian wounded young man Abdiulfattah al-Sharif, to only 18 months in jail, although he had already been convicted of intentional killing.

The martyr’s family members held a press conference in al-Khalil city center in protest at the light court sentence calling it complicity in the crime. They  disclosed their intention to raise the file to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in order to be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the prosecution of soldier Azaria along with Israeli leaders.

Palestinian Foreign Ministry called the court’s sentence a farce, saying that it is a form of discrimination against Palestinians.  The normal sentence for such a crime reaches over 20 years, the ministry highlighted.

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Head of Palestinian Prisoner Society Qaddoura Fares opined that the light sentence urges Israeli soldiers to commit more crimes against Palestinians.

Issa Qaraqe, Head of Detainees and Ex-detainees Committee, said Israeli military courts are extremely racist and do not abide by humanitarian standards or even just court procedures.

For her part, member of the PLO executive committee Hanan Ashrawi said that Israeli judiciary follows a system of racism and extremism which is based on apartheid.

An Israeli military court convicted soldier Elor Azaria, of intentional killing of martyr Sharif on March 24, 2016 after he was shot and wounded for alleged stabbing attack carried out by Sharif and his friend martyr Ramzi al-Qasrawi. (PIC)

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