Military Justice

Soldier convicted of fatally shooting Palestinian in case that deeply divided Israel

Soldier convicted of fatally shooting Palestinian in case that deeply divided Israel

An Israeli military tribunal has convicted a medic of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a hobbled Palestinian assailant in March — a verdict that spurred public protests and a call from the prime minister for a pardon.

Abdel Fattah Sharif, who had carried out a stabbing attack on a soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron, had been shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers and incapacitated on the ground when Sgt. Elor Azaria fatally shot him in the head.

Azaria testified that he feared Sharif was wearing an explosives belt or would grab a nearby knife and start attacking bystanders.

But the three-judge panel rejected that account and unanimously ruled Wednesday that...

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