Israeli soldier convicted of killing Palestinian


Sergeant Elor Azaria, 20, shot Abdul Fattah al-Sharif in the head in the West Bank city of Hebron in March 2016.

At the time, al-Sharif was lying on the ground after being shot by other soldiers while he carried out a stabbing attack.

Footage of the incident appeared to show the Palestinian motionless.

Lawyers for Azaria claimed he shot al-Sharif because he believed the man had a hidden bomb.

Elor Azaria, pictured at a hearing in March
Image Caption:Elor Azaria, pictured at a hearing in March

But Judge Colonel Maya Heller said Azaria had no reason to open fire and called his testimony “evolving and evasive”.

She added: “The fact that the man on the ground was a terrorist does not justify a disproportionate response.”

Azaria, who will be sentenced at a later date, faces up to 20 years in prison.

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