Published on Feb 23, 2017
The Israeli prime minister says he is still in favor of pardoning a soldier convicted at a court for killing a wounded Palestinian execution style in the street. Benjamin Netanyahu’s remark comes despite international criticism of the Israeli court’s ruling on the killing of Abdul Fatah Sharif by Elor Azaria. Azaria has received an 18-month jail sentence for killing Sharif in March 2016. The verdict has sparked angry reactions. Amnesty international has accused Tel Aviv of human rights violations. The Arab League has condemned the verdict, saying it shows the extent of racism in Israeli institutions. The Palestinian Authority has also denounced the short prison sentence, adding that it gives the Israeli forces the green light to commit more crimes against Palestinians.