IDF Soldier Elor Azaria Ends Mandatory Service, Released to House Arrest

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

An IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant will be released to full house arrest later this week until a decision is made regarding his appeal, as his mandatory army service ends on Thursday, a military court ruled on Monday. This marks the first time he will leave army custody since his arrest in March 2016.

Attorney Yoram Sehftel with the appeal of Elor Azaria's sentence. It also led to strong statements across the Israeli political spectrum, with some politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for him to be pardoned, while others decried the fact that Azaria was prosecuted on a charge of manslaughter rather than murder.

Israel's military says a soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker will be placed under house arrest ahead of his appeal later this month. "The trial of your life!" yelled Hebron shooter defense lawyer Sheftel in anger at Weissman as the two engaged in legal jousting. Azaria got there shortly after the attack and shot him again, while he was already incapacitated, but was still moving.

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Arab terrorists have often been seen to rise from injuries that appear to be mortal, only to pull a trigger or wield a knife and wound or kill again.

Until now, Azaria has served his time in open detention on a military base in central Israel with periodic furloughs home and frequent visits from family members. In addition, the court will answer the IDF prosecutor's appeal that demanded a heavier sentence.

The divisive case has revealed deep rifts in Israeli society, with some seeing Azaria as a hero and others as a criminal.

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