Israel’s occupation forces’ soldier Elor Azaria was today sentenced to mere 1.5 years in prison by an Israeli military court for killing a wounded Palestinian youth, Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif(21), in the occupied city of Hebron on the West Bank on March 24th 2016.
Although the time Azaria has spent in open detention will not be taken into account directly in his sentence, the court said that it will still be taken, somehow, into account in deciding when he will be freed. He was also demoted.
Azaria’s accomplice, Ofer Ohana – an illegal Israeli settler and an ambulance medic – who instigated the crime by exhorting occupation soldiers to kill al-Sharif, escaped charges altogether.
Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif and Ramzi al-Qasrawi(21) were shot after an alleged ‘stabbing attack’ – of which we have severe and long-lasting doubts. It’s likely that al-Qasrawi was also shot again as he lay wounded on the ground, but no charges were laid by Israeli occupation forces for his killing.
The sentence is typical of Israel’s racist double standards, where Palestinians get automatic life sentences for killings of armed occupiers and children accused of causing accidents by allegedly throwing stones at illegal Israeli settlers’ cars get 15 years in prison.
Israel, which gets praised in the rhetoric of the so-called ‘West’ for values and virtues which it has never possessed, is as a state and a society so mired in Apartheid racism that it can’t accept that the lives of Palestinians and Jews are of equal importance and that taking of those lives demands equal punishment.
Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif’s father, Yosri al-Sharif, told PNN: “If a Palestinian kills an animal by mistake, he would be sentenced to years in prison and fined for big amounts of money, but because the soldier is Israeli, he only receives a light sentence, even though his crime was filmed on video.”