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Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter

(UDHAYAM, JERUSALEM) – A young Israeli soldier who shot dead a Palestinian assailant lying wounded and motionless on the ground in the occupied West Bank was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday (04) in one of the most polarizing cases in Israel’s history.

The decision to Court-martial Sergeant Elor Azaria, who shot the Palestinian after the assailant stabbed another Israeli soldier last March, stirred public controversy in Israel from the start, with right-wing politicians calling after the verdict on President Reuven Rivlin to pardon the 20-year-old defendant.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supported pardoning Azaria in a post on his Facebook page. A poll published on Wednesday night by Israel’s Channel 2 television showed that 67 percent of respondents favouring a pardon.

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