UN human rights office calls Israeli soldier’s prison sentence ‘excessively lenient’



Supporters of convicted Israeli soldier Elor Azaria rally for him outside a military court in Tel Aviv Feb. 21, 2017. Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90.

(JNS.org) The human rights office of the United Nations described the 18-month prison sentence of Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Elor Azaria, who killed an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist last March, as “excessively lenient” and “unacceptable.”

“We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly posed no imminent threat,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Reuters reported. 

Last week, Azaria was sentenced to 18 months in prison following a manslaughter conviction over his fatal shooting of a Palestinian terrorist who had been incapacitated by security forces in March 2016. 

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon slammed the world body’s statement on the issue.

“The U.N. Human Rights Council sits silently by as human rights are crushed in Syria and Iran and then, in the peak of hypocrisy, criticizes the only true democracy in the Middle East. This has proved once again that this body is completely divorced from reality. The credibility and integrity of the Israeli justice system is indisputable,” Danon said.

Posted on February 24, 2017 .