Thursday, January 23rd | 26 Tevet 5780

Subscribe
August 9, 2017 5:26 pm

Hebron Shooter Begins Serving 18-Month Prison Sentence

avatar by JNS.org

Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria. Photo: Miriam Alster / Flash90.

JNS.org – After a trial and appeal that lasted for a year and a half, Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who shot and killed an immobilized Palestinian terrorist in Hebron in March 2016, entered military prison on Wednesday to begin serving his sentence.

Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 12 months probation. He was also demoted from the rank of sergeant to private.

Early Wednesday morning, dozens of supporters gathered at the Azaria family’s home in Ramla to accompany him on his way to the Tzrifin base in central Israel.

Azaria’s father, Charlie, said his son had wanted to get out of the family car to thank his supporters, but was prevented from doing so by a group of some 20 reporters and photographers flanking the vehicle.

Related coverage

January 22, 2020 3:16 pm
0

Israeli President Welcomes Foreign Leaders to World Holocaust Forum: ‘This Is a Historic Gathering’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin welcomed world leaders to the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Wednesday, calling the event “a...

Attorney Yoram Sheftel, who represented Azaria in the latter part of his trial and through his appeal, said Wednesday at the family’s home that “this is a sad day for the country, for the IDF, and for 90 percent of the citizens of Israel. It’s a joyous day for the Arab enemy, and therefore a joyous day for the media.”

“I’ve had to handle serious problems created by Elor’s former lawyers. No one has ever gone to prison with so many people lined up on the way there,” Sheftel said, referring to his client’s supporters.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.