Three months for Israeli soldier who killed innocent Palestinian youth

Israeli army sees that the punishment for shooting Palestinians for no reason, killing and wounding them is only three months of community service

Israeli military court in Jaffa is expected to issue ruling on Monday stating that an Israeli soldier is to serve three months’ community service for killing innocent Palestinian youth Ahmed Manasra.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the 23-year-old Palestinian victim, Ahmad Manasra, was helping a man who had been shot by the same Israeli soldier and seriously wounded.

The Israeli soldier who killed Manasra was charged with negligent homicide, but was not charged for wounding the other man, although the first shooting is mentioned in the indictment.

According to an eyewitness, the soldier fired six bullets at Manasra. The shooting took place in March 2019.

The plea bargain will be brought before the military court in Jaffa on Monday. The deal also states that the soldier will be given a suspended sentence and will be demoted to the rank of private.

Israeli lawyer Shlomo Lecker, who is representing Manasra’s family, submitted on Thursday an appeal against the Israeli army’s plea bargain based on facts in the indictment, but his request to postpone the hearing until after a decision on his petition was rejected.

According to Lecker: “The higher echelons of the army convey a message to soldiers in the occupied territories that if they shoot Palestinians for no reason, killing and wounding them, the punishment will be three months of raking leaves at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv.”

(Source / 16.08.2020)

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