Settlers attack house of al-Khalil manslaughter cameraman


A horde of Jewish settlers on Saturday evening threw stones at the house of Palestinian human rights activist Imad Abu Shamsiya, who recorded a video showing an Israeli soldier killing in cold blood a wounded young man lying on the ground in al-Khalil last year.

Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers chanted racist slurs and death threats against Abu Shamsiya as they were hurling stones at the house, adding that they tried to break into the house and assault the residents.

The family of Abu Shamsiya lives in a house near the illegal settlement of Ramat Yishai and the military checkpoint called Gilbert in al-Khalil, where 21-year-old Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif was killed.

In the incident on March 24, 2016, Sharif and another 21-year-old Palestinian, Ramzi al-Qasrawi, allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier before troops opened fire on them, wounding Sharif and killing Qasrawi.

Footage of the scene several minutes later, filmed by Abu Shamsiya and released by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, shows Sharif was lying immovable on the ground but alive.

A young soldier, identified as Elor Azaria, is then seen cocking his rifle and fatally shooting Sharif in the head at point-blank range.

A Tel Aviv court last Wednesday convicted Azaria of manslaughter. Its verdict angered Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet members, who called for granting the soldier an immediate pardon and releasing him.

(Source / 08.01.2017)


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