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Israelis who released Palestinians from prison after nine months



An Israeli soldier shooting a wounded Palestinian dead in 2016 was released from prison after nine months

Elor Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron City in the West Bank. He was released after serving two-thirds of his 14-month sentence The Times of Israel reported

Azaria – known as the "Hebron Shooter" – was due to be released Thursday, but was released early liberated to allow him to attend his brother's wedding. [194559007]  Elor Azaria Israeli soldier Elor Azaria is being picked up by friends near his family in Ramla, near Tel Aviv, as they celebrate his release from prison on 8 May 2018. STRINGER / AFP / Getty Images

Sharif was injured when he attacked two Israeli Army (IDF) soldiers with a knife at a military post. Video footage intercepted by onlookers showed Azaria – a company doctor who came to the scene after the attack – brandished his rifle and went to the incapacitated Sharif before shooting him in the head at close range.

The soldier, who has now been downgraded to private rank, claimed that he shot Sharif, believing the attacker had hidden a bomb under his clothes that he could have detonated. A military court dismissed this apology, pointing to his relaxed behavior during and before the shootout. The investigation also noted comments from Azaria on comrades in which he said Sharif was "a terrorist, he must die".

Another Palestinian aggressor, Ramzi Aziz al-Tamimi al-Qasrawi, was killed immediately when the soldiers opened the fire. Military investigators found that both men had been investigated for hidden explosives and additional weapons before Azaria shot Sharif.

A leaked IDF document then said Azaria was 19 years old, was motivated by a "twisted ideology" and changed its history several times during the investigation , A lead investigator wrote that "shooting at terrorists while lying on the ground with almost no movement and bleeding a few minutes after the terrorist attack" is an extremely unethical act and there is no good explanation for it. 19659002] The investigator added, "Shooting serves Palestinian allegations of executions, thereby violating the legitimacy of our actions."   RTX2XGC0 A Azariite wearing a shirt depicting him in Hebrew as "bring the light back to Elor". in a protest before the military court in Tel Aviv on the day of the verdict for the soldier, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 4, 2017. REUTERS / Amir Cohen

The Murder triggered a national debate over the rules of engagement for IDF troops. Although military investigators said the murder "severely violated the IDF and Israel's image," many Israelis supported Azaria's actions with a fundraiser for Azaria that received more than $ 130,000 in a single day. Prominent Israeli ministers such as Education Minister Naftali Bennett and now Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed their support for the soldier, while other politicians demanded a harsh sentence

Following the release of Azaria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "glad that all this is over" , "Netanyahu had initially denounced the shootout, but later summoned Azaria to pardon."

Bennett tweeted a photo of Azaria at home with his family and wrote "Elor, it's so good to have you home" while Transport and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said that Azaria's criminal record should be dropped.


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