ANTI-POVERTY campaign group War on Want condemned Israel’s prime minister yesterday after he said a soldier convicted of the cold-blooded killing of a Palestinian should to be pardoned.
Benjamin Netanhyahu was reacting to Sergeant Elor Azaria’s manslaughter conviction on Wednesday for the killing of wounded Palestinian Abdel Fattah al-Sharif.
In a Facebook posting, the Likud party leader said: “I support granting a pardon to Elor Azaria.”
War on Want senior militarism and security campaigner Ryvka Barnard said: “Benjamin Netanyahu’s call to pardon an Israeli soldier filmed shooting dead an injured and defenceless Palestinian man is disgraceful, and a stark reminder of the Israeli prime minister’s lack of respect for justice, due process, rights or the law.
“Israeli soldiers and the Israeli state are not above international law and must be held to account.”
Meanwhile, police arrested a man yesterday for using Facebook to incite violence against the military tribunal that convicted Sgt Azaria.