According to a poll released by Israel today newspaper, 63% of Jewish Israelis believe that soldier Elor Azaria, who shot dead an injured Palestinian last year in Hebron, should be released.

The report, published this morning,  shows that 63% of Jewish Israelis are in favor of a pardon, while 24% are against leniency. 13% of respondents said that they “don’t know.”

On Wednesday, Elor Azaria was sentenced to 18 months in prison, almost a year after he shot dead a Palestinian youth in the head, while he was wounded and laying on the ground motionless.

The outrageous shooting, which went international, was documented on video by a rights group, B’Tselem.

The soldier received much controversial support from the Israeli people, and huge criticism both by Palestinians and the international community, who confirm that the shooting was an extrajudicial execution against an incapacitated person in daylight.

In addition, the family of the Palestinian victim, Abdul-Fattah Al-Sharif, who was killed, says that the soldier’s court was only a sarcastic play, and was held only because the soldier was documented on video, not because of the justice system, who gradually accused him of manslaughter (unintentional murder).

The prosecutors demanded 3-5 years of prison for the soldier, while his attorney, and other Israeli leaders, including PM Netanyahu and Education Minister, Bennett, demanded his immediate release.

(Source / 24.02.2017)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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