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Soldiers who killed unarmed Palestinian say in defense: Israel rarely charges for such offenses

Soldiers who killed unarmed Palestinian say in defense: Israel rarely charges for such offenses

The prosecution is negotiating a plea bargain in the case of two former soldiers accused of recklessness and negligence in the shooting death of a Palestinian teenager in 2013.

The men were serving in the Armored Corps at the time, one as a squad commander and the other as a member of the squad, when they shot and killed 16-year-old Samir Awad.

The lawyers for the two men argued that convicting the soldiers would be a selective enforcement of the law, since it is rare for an indictment to be brought against Israel Defense Force soldiers who shoot and kill Palestinians.

The attorneys presented military data showing that in the last seven years, out of 110 cases in which soldiers had shot and killed Palestinians, only four indictments were filed.

The defense lawyers also noted that firing at Palestinians attempting to cross the separation fence is allowed under army regulations.

Source: www.haaretz.com
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