Hebron Shooter Elor Azaria Released to House Arrest

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Amnesty International has said Azaria's sentence does "not reflect the gravity of the offence", while the United Nations human rights office said it was an "unacceptable" punishment for "an apparent extra-judicial killing".

Israel's military says a soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker will be placed under house arrest ahead of his appeal later this month. Next to him stands Charlie Azaria, Elor's father.

Azaria was convicted of manslaughter in February after he was caught on film in March 2016 shooting Palestinian terrorist Abdel Fattah al-Sharif as he lay prone and immobilized on the ground after carrying out a stabbing attack against Israeli soldiers in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

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 then shot him in the head without any apparent provocation. His lawyer argued that terrorists have often risen from injuries that appear to be mortal, only to shoot or stab again.

The divisive case has revealed deep rifts in Israeli society, with some seeing Azaria as a hero and others as a criminal.

Azaria will be allowed to leave his parents' home in Ramle only to attend synagogue prayers and accompanied by his parents. In addition, the court will answer the IDF prosecutor's appeal that demanded a heavier sentence.

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