Report: IOF continue systematic crimes in oPt

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Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (16 – 29 August 2018), PCHR reported today. 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.
  • Two Palestinian civilians were killed,
  • 239 civilians, including 52 children, 6 women, and 5 paramedics, were wounded; 10 of those wounded sustained serious injuries.
  • 14 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded and in the West Bank in addition to a foreign activist, who was wounded twice.
  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces continue collective punishment policy against Palestinians.
  • A house belonging to Mohammed Dar Yusuf in Kuber village, north of Ramallah, was demolished.
  • Israeli forces conducted 98 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and one limited incursion was conducted in the Gaza Strip.
  • 92 civilians, including 14 children, a woman and a journalist, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 24 of them, including a child and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A printing house was demolished in Silwan.
  • Settlers seized a land in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.
  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • A residential tent, 4 barracks and 15 electricity poles were demolished in Barta’a eastern village, southwest of Jenin.
  • Settlers wounded 3 civilians, including 2 children, uprooted 535 trees and caused damage to 35 vehicles .
  • 4 shooting incidents were reported against the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no casualties were reported.
  • 6 fishermen were arrested, 2 of them were wounded, and 3 fishing boats were detained in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose theillegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Dozens of temporary and permanent checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested at the internal military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Shooting:

 

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area since 30 March 2018. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians.  Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 241 others, including 52 children, 6 women, a fisherman and 6 paramedics. Ten of those wounded sustained serious wounds. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 14 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children. Moreover, a Norwegian female activist was wounded twice.

In the Gaza Strip, on 17 July 2018, Israeli forces killed Sa’adi Abu Mo’amer (27), in the east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, and Karim Abu Fatayer (28), in the vicinity of  Um Hassiniyah Hill, east of al-Buraij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, during their participation in the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. Both Sa’adi and Karim were hit with a live bullet to the head.

During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 239 Palestinian civilians, including 52 children, 6 women and 5 paramedics. Ten of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

Injuries in the Gaza Strip in the period between 16- 29 August 2018

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 71 21 2 0 5 6
Gaza City 75 10 0 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 30 8 0 0 0 1
Khan Younis 31 2 2 0 0 1
Rafah 32 11 2 0 0 2
Total 239 52 6 0 5 10

 

As part of targeting the border areas, the Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire 4 times at agricultural lands adjacent to the abovementioned border fence. As a result, the farmers, who were in their lands, were forced to leave them fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported,

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 4 shooting incidents against the fishermen, 2 of which were in the northern Gaza Strip, one in the central Gaza Strip and one in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result of these attacks, 6 fishermen were arrested, 2 of them sustained wounds and 3 fishing boats were confiscated.

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 14 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children. In addition a Norwegian female activist was wounded twice during her participation in the weekly demonstration, which is organized in Kufor Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 98 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 68 Palestinians, including 13 children and a journalist, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 24 other civilians, including a child and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 21 August 2018, the Israeli forces moved about 70 meters into the east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. They levelled lands adjacent to the fence and repaired the security fence before redeploying along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Collective punishment:

As part of the collective punishment policy applied by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian families of those accused of carrying out attacks against the Israeli forces and/or settlers, Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Dar Yusuf (17) in Kuber village, north of Ramallah. The 100-square-meter house was comprised of one floor and sheltered 3 members, including a child. It should be noted that the Israeli forces killed the abovementioned child on 26 July 2018, when he carried out a stab attack in “Adam” settlement established on lands of Jaba’a village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. The attack resulted in the killing of an Israeli settler and the injury of 2 others. The Israeli forces are still detaining the child’s corpse.

Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 29 August 2018, the Israeli municipality vehicles demolished a commercial shop in ‘Ein al-Lawz neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the Old city in the occupied East Jerusalem. Samarin Family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli police along with special forces raided and searched a printing house belonging to ‘Ezz Eden Samarin in ‘Ein al-Lawz neighbourhood and demolished it claiming that it was built without a license. The family added that the printing house was built on an area of 70 square meters and they rented it from Omer ‘Awni Siyam, who is its owner. The family also said that the municipality crews came 2 months later and took photos of the printing house and then  handed the family a demolition notice. The family confirmed that their lawyer stopped the demolition decision, but the municipality came and demolished the printing house.

As part of its Seizing Palestinian civilians property in favor of settlement associations, a group of settlers, under the Israeli forces protection, moved into al-Shiekh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem and seized a land belonging to Abdel Raziq al-Shiekh. Hashem Bader, Member of al-Shiekh Jarrah Families Committee, said that Israeli forces accompanied with representatives of the so-called Absentee Property Custodian Department  moved into al-Shiekh Jarrah neighborhood and seized a 50-square-meter land belonging to Abdel Raziq al-Shiekh, adjacent to his house and next to “Kabanyet Oum Haroun” area. He added that Israeli forces imposed a security cordon on the area and prevented Palestinian civilians from entering it. The Israeli forces then secured Israeli settlers and the bulldozer that levelled the land and uprooted the trees. It should be noted that the plot of land was seized without any judicial procedure, in which the “General Custodian “claims his ownership of the land. Bader added that ‘Abdel Raziq al-Shiekh owned the land for more than 50 years.

Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

On 20 August 2018, Israeli forces levelled a residential tent belonging to Yusuf Ayoub Abu ‘Aram in Khirbat Kawakis, near the Street (317), southeast area of Yatta, south of Hebron, under the pretext of non-licensing.

On 29 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished 4 barracks built of of tin plates and a concrete floor in Barta’a al-Sharqyia village in the annexation wall, southwest of Jenin. One of those barracks was used as a poultry slaughterhouse and the 3 other barracks were used for breeding livestock and poultry.  Moreover, 15 electricity poles feeding the area mentioned above were demolished.

As part of Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

In the reporting period, PCHR’s fieldworker in the West Bank documented 12 attacks by Israeli settlers, most of them were in the northern West Bank. As a result of these attacks, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were hit with stones and scattered glass. Moreover, 35 vehicles sustained material damage and 535 olive trees were uprooted, cut and broken.

(Source / 31.08.2018)

Palestinian minister injured by Israeli bullets near Ramallah

Walid Assaf injured

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Chairman of the Commission against the Wall and Settlements Minister Walid Assaf, was injured when he was shot by rubber-coated bullets by Israeli soldiers in the village of Ras Karkar, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Two of his escorts were also injured in the hand and leg respectively after being shot by rubber-coated bullets.

Assaf said he was partaking in a nonviolent protest against Israeli plans to confiscate lands in the village when Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds at them. He was shot and lightly injured in his left ear.

The minister called for further protests to confront Israel’s attempts to take over Palestinians’ lands in the village.

Walid Assaf injured1

(Source / 31.08.2018)

PA security forces kidnap Islamic Jihad activists in Nablus

Activists Nablus arrested PA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces kidnapped, during the last two days, several Palestinian citizens affiliated with the Islamic Jihad Movement in different areas of Nablus in the West Bank.

According to Islamic Jihad, the PA intelligence agency arrested two brothers, Riyadh and Ahmed Da’das, after raiding their home in Nablus on Tuesday.

The same security agency also kidnapped another Islamic Jihad member called Salama Abdul-Jawwad from his home in Nablus and confiscated his car.

All the detainees had served some time in Israeli jails.

In a related context, the PA intelligence has been detaining, with no guilt, two Palestinian citizens from the Jihad Movement for over 15 days and refuses to release them until now.

(Source / 30.08.2018)

Expectant mother, her 2 children go homeless as Israel demolishes home

No roof over heads Zarnouq

Israeli bulldozers on Thursday knocked down a Palestinian home in Zarnouq village, in Negev, leaving a four-member family without a roof over their heads.

Palestinian citizen Mohamed Abu Kweidar said Israeli police troops and special forces, escorted by a bulldozer, rolled into the village at the crack of dawn and demolished the home of his brother Akef, aged 30, under the guise of unlicensed construction.

Over the past five years, the occupation authorities have repeatedly turned down Akef’s appeals for a construction permit to build a home for his family.

Akef’s expectant wife and his two children used to take shelter in the demolished home.

Zarnouq village is one of 45 villages unrecognized by the Israeli authorities in the Negev desert and constantly targeted with demolition and displacement in favor of settlement expansion projects.

About 240,000 Palestinians live in the Negev Desert, in villages and communities established hundreds of years ago.

Israel does not recognize these communities, refuses to provide them with basic services such as water and electricity, and cracks down on them in every possible way to push them to leave their lands.

(Source / 30.08.2018)

Aljazeera documentary shows pro-Israeli lobby groups organising ‘fake protests’

Al Jazeera news room [file photo]

Qatar’s Al Jazeera news room [file photo]

Leaked excerpts from a censored Aljazeera documentary, released this week, have offered a glimpse into the workings of pro-Israeli lobby groups in the US. Short clips of the documentary said to be four 50-minute episodes long, reveal a number of prominent pro-Israeli conservative think tanks spearheading a fierce campaign against pro-Palestinian activists.

In the clips released by Electronic Intifada, students can be seen boasting about receiving $50,000 dollars “plus benefits” for taking part in fake grassroots protests against pro-Palestinian activists. One of the students described their presence at the demonstration as “astroturfing” – a term used to describe fake political activism, which pretends to be grassroots-based. The same students are later seen holding “pro-Israel” signs at the demonstration.

An expert interviewed in the documentary explained the common tactic used by pro-Israeli groups as taking corporate money and “manufacturing the image of a grassroot movement… by basically paying people to appear as activists”.

A separate segment shows a woman who appears to be an instructor inducting activists into their roles as pro-Israeli campaigners telling them to stay on message when speaking to reporters by insisting that the Boycott Divestment Sanctions Campaign (BDS) and the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) are “hate groups.” The students are then seen holding placards and calling people resisting Israeli occupation, “baby killers” and “suicide bombers.”

The scenes in the clip are part of a segment showing how the Hoover Institute, a Conservative think tank, and Emergency Committee for Israel, a right-wing political advocacy group, “astroturfed” a protest against students organising a pro-Palestinian conference.  The segment shows Noah Pollak, executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel telling the undercover reporter that they were “going to be more pro-Israel than you can imagine just to provoke everyone”.

A second video shows Eric Gallagher who works for the Israel project identity Adam Milsten as a funder for the Canary Mission, a notorious pro-Israeli organisation that blacklists pro-Palestinian activists and academics, which has even been criticised by other pro-Israeli organisations for its aggressive tactics. The lobby group has compiled a database of students and professors, faculty speakers and organisations. Individuals in the database are subjected to character assassination with the stated goal of making sure that “today’s radicals are not tomorrow’s employees.”

In revelations that may raise concerns here in the UK over the ongoing campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and allegations of anti-Semitism, the films reveal that the Israel lobby operatives not only rely on information provided by the Canary Mission but that they also coordinate their activities with the Israeli government.

The revelation, according to the Electronic intifada, could help explain more recent reports that the Canary Mission profiles are being used by Israeli border officials to deny Palestinian Americans entry to their homeland.

Milstein, who this week denied funding the Canary Mission, is a high profile figure within the pro-Israeli lobby scene and a close associate of Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire tycoon who is reported to have funded President Donald Trump’s election campaign in return for his promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

While the full documentary has been censored for now, those who have seen the entire documentary during a private viewing have concluded that details uncovered by the Aljazeerajournalist show examples of possible illegal Israeli spying on US citizens and the lobby’s fear of a changing political mood.

(Source / 30.08.2018)

Doctors Without Borders waits for Israeli details of killing of staffer

Hani Mohammed Almajdalawi, a medic who was killed in Gaza [ Mohammed Matter/Facebook]

Hani Mohammed Almajdalawi, a medic who was killed in Gaza

International medical relief charity Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said it is will waiting for Israeli authorities to reveal details about the killing of medic Hani Mohammed Almajdalawi in the occupied Gaza Strip earlier this month.

In a statement issued yesterday, MSF noted that “over one week has passed since MSF learnt about the death of [Almajdalawi]”, one of the group’s “Palestinian medical staff in Gaza”.

Hani was killed on 20 August by Israeli forces who seized his body and have withheld it ever since.

“While MSF representatives have met with the Israeli authorities over recent days”, the statement continued, “we have not yet received information clarifying the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Almajdalawi, and therefore cannot confirm the reported versions of events”.

Mother of shot Gaza medic: ‘She thought the white coat would protect her’

According to Israeli authorities, Almajdalawi opened fire on Israeli occupation forces before being shot dead.

“Hani Mohammed Almajdalawi worked as a nurse at one of MSF’s post-operative clinics in Gaza since 2014,” the MSF statement added. “He was a valued member of our staff who was committed to his work. At the time of his death he was off duty.”

Since 30 March, MSF said, “we have treated over 1,700 patients, 99 per cent of whom suffered gunshot wounds”, in the context of the Great March of Return in the occupied Gaza Strip.

“MSF has tripled teams’ surgical capacity and post-operative care, to respond to the volume of people injured. We currently have four surgical teams operating in hospitals across Gaza, and four post-operative clinics that provide nursing care, physiotherapy and rehabilitation,” it concluded.

(Source / 30.08.2018)

Report: 3,800 Palestinians killed in Syria since 2011

Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria in 2014 [Laila Ben Allal/Middle East Monitor]

Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria in 2014

Some 3,871 Palestinians have been killed in the Syrian conflict since 2011, 462 of whom died due to torture, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria revealed this week.

Almost 2,000 Palestinians were killed due to shelling by the regime, particularly in Damascus after tens of thousands fled the largest Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk, which was destroyed in an extensive bombing campaign causing heavy civilian casualties.

Hundreds of Palestinians have also died in jails of the Assad regime after being subjected to torture; last month three men, identified as Anas Abbas Awad, born 1990 who was arrested in 2011, and brothers, Mohamed Fayyad Mustafa, born 1979, and Nabil Fayyad Mustafa, born 1980, who were arrested in 2013, were confirmed as dead, having not been seen since their arrest.

#Yarmouk#Syria’s largest Palestinian refugee camp ‘lies today in ruins’

READ: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180523-syrias-largest-…/

MEMO #Infographic by QUAD Business House

Numerous Palestinians in Syria are also fighting alongside the Syrian regime in several factions, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Palestine Liberation Army. Battles between pro-government forces and opposition groups have left dozens dead.

Read: Two Palestinian brothers tortured to death by Syrian regime

Last month, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) moved to send a delegation to meet with Syrian officials to discuss the issue of Palestine refugees in the country.

PLO Executive Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad reported the prime minister saying that the Syrian crises “will never distance the Syrians from supporting the Palestinians and their efforts to face the ‘deal of the century’.”

Despite the destruction witnessed in Yarmouk, Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis affirmed that the government would rebuild it and return the refugees. The PLO has since called for Palestinian refugees who fled the Syrian conflict to register their names in order to facilitate their return to the camps in Syria, despite many fearing arrest or repercussions from the regime.

Millions of refugees are also at risk of permanently losing their homes following the announcement of a new law that allows the Assad regime to confiscate vacated property. The new legislation has increased fears that many Syrians may face permanent exile, particularly those who opposed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, whilst those perceived as loyalists may be given access to certain neighbourhoods instead.

Analysts further suspect that the law has been designed as an instrument of demographic change and social engineering, comparing it to the absentee property law implemented by Israel in 1950 which allowed Tel Aviv to seize Palestinian land.

Read: US envoy Haley: Palestinian right of return should be ‘off the table’

Palestinians in #Syria

MEMO Infographic by The White Canvas

#refugees #prisoners

(Source / 30.08.2018)

UNRWA agrees temporary deal to end Gaza workers’ protests

Protest outside UNRWA after employees were to be forced in to retirement

UNRWA employees who were to be forced in to retirement or see their contracts come to an end this month can continue working in September under the terms of a deal agreed between labour unions and the UN body.

“Through the intervention of many mediators … today an agreement was made with the organisation’s management on a number of points,” the labour union representing UNRWA employees said today.

“The 116 employees threatened with retirement at the end of August will continue their work as usual during September 2018,” the statement continued.

PLC: UNRWA’s crisis ‘political, not financial’

Workers who were to receive part-time contracts will continue to work full time in September.

During this period further talks will be held to set up permanent solutions for these employees.

“We will keep working until we attain the rights of employees,” the statement concluded.

“We will take this tour until we reach the rights of employees and we will remain faithful to your just causes.”

UNRWA has faced protests for over a month since it announced its to dismiss 13 per cent of its emergency programme workers, move 57 per cent on to part-time contracts, and the rest on to temporary contracts which end later this year means job insecurity. Around 1,000 employees working in emergency programmes are threatened with dismissal by the end of this year.

The UN body has been suffering from a severe budget deficit which has been exacerbated by America’s freeze on aid to Palestine since the start of 2018, when President Donald Trump’s administration declared an internal review of its policy. The president also announced that $65 million would be withheld from UNRWA, the UN body that provides education, healthcare and social services to Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and occupied East Jerusalem, as well as those Palestinians living in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

No one has the power to change the nature of the agency’s work, insists UNRWA

(Source / 30.08.2018)

US envoy Haley: Palestinian right of return should be ‘off the table’

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, attends Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East including the Question of Palestine at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on 24 July, 2018 [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agency]

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that the right of return of Palestinian refugees displaced since 1948 is an issue that should be taken “off the table”, according to the Times of Israel.

Commenting at an appearance at the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies, a pro-Israel think tank based in Washington DC, Haley suggested on Tuesday that the Trump administration would consider an official rejection of the Palestinian demand that all refugees who were displaced as a result of the Nakba (Catastrophe) and their descendants, be allowed to return to their ancestral homeland following a peace deal with Israel.

“I absolutely think we have to look at right of return,” Haley told attendees, before agreeing that the issue should be taken off the negotiating table.

“I do agree with that, and I think we have to look at this in terms of what’s happening [with refugees] in Syria, what’s happening in Venezuela.”

Earlier this week, Israeli media sources reported that the Trump administration is allegedly planning to release information on the US government’s official position on the right of return in the coming days. They are expected to argue that only half a million Palestinians can be considered legitimate refugees, and will reject the UN designation that gives refugee status to the children of those expelled.

UNRWA head: ‘One cannot simply wish away 5m people’

Haley also referenced US aid cuts to Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA which estimates that there are at least five million Palestinian refugees alive today, a figure Haley disputed.

“We will be a donor if [UNRWA] reforms what it does … if they actually change the number of refugees to an accurate account, we will look back at partnering them,” she argued.

Yesterday, a report by Foreign Policy revealed that the Trump administration has decided to “end funding altogether” to UNRWA, a move expected to worsen the agency’s financial crisis. The report follows revelations earlier this month that US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner has been pushing for the refugee status of thousands of Palestinians to be removed in an effort to halt the majority of UNRWA’s operations.

“It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA,” Kushner wrote in an email dated 11 January, just days before the US froze $65 million in funding to the UN branch. “This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace.”

Israel has argued that UNRWA is seeking to destroy Israel through demographics by supporting Palestinian refugees in multiple locations, which together outnumber the Israeli population. Consequently any one-state solution would see a Palestinian majority in the Jewish state, a situation Tel Aviv wishes to avoid.

Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have encouraged the US to slash Washington’s donations to UNRWA, despite international concern over the worsening of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

PLC: UNRWA’s crisis ‘political, not financial’

(Source / 30.08.2018)

Israeli soldier has no regret killing wounded Palestinian

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who is charged with manslaughter by the Israeli military, sits to hear his verdict in a military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 4, 2017

An Israeli soldier convicted of killing a wounded Palestinian youth said that he had no regrets in his first interview since leaving prison three months ago.

Elor Azaria shot the Palestinian youth Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif in the head at point-blank range as he was lying on the ground in the West Bank city of al-Khalil in 2016.

Azaria told the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Israel Hayom if he could relive the shooting, “I would act exactly the same because that’s how I needed to act.”

Azaria said that he behaved in accordance with the training he had received in the army, adding that he continued to do his job, carrying his gun, for a couple of hours after the shooting.

Following his release, the Israeli soldier returned to the crime scene in al-Khalil where he was received by dozens of Israeli settlers celebrating his release and chanting slogans supporting him.

Azaria was filmed shooting al-Sharif, who was injured, in the head while he was lying on the ground in al-Khalil city in March 2016. The same videotape showed Israeli medical crews refraining from providing first aid to the wounded Palestinian.

He was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of “manslaughter”, but Israel’s military chief, Gadi Eisenkot, later reduced the sentence by four months.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many right-wing Israeli officials supported Azaria and called for executing all Palestinians who carry out attacks against Israeli settlers or soldiers even when they are injured.

(Source / 30.08.2018)