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Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (R), who shot dead a wounded Palestinian in March 2016, is embraced by his mother Oshra at the start of his sentencing hearing in a military court in Tel Aviv on February 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (R), who shot dead a wounded Palestinian in March 2016, is embraced by his mother Oshra at the start of his sentencing hearing in a military court in Tel Aviv on February 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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The UN Human Rights Council scathing statement on a "lenient sentence" handed down to an Israeli soldier over the killing of a Palestinian has sparked outrage among Israeli officials.

On March 24, 2016, Israeli Sergeant Elor Azaria shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif point-blank in the head in Tel Rumeida neighborhood of al-Khalil (Hebron) in what has been described by the UN as an "extrajudicial execution" of a young man who was already shot and incapacitated.

Paul Larudee, co-founder of Free Palestine Movement believes Israel’s outrage at the UNHRC is “not surprising”, adding that they want to perform ethnic cleansing without being criticized by the world.  

“Obviously as far as they [the Israelis] are concerned, the criticism of the United Nations and the world about the lenient sentence has nothing to do with what they do, the criminal acts that they perform, and the crimes that they put on the Palestinian people. This has nothing to do with that,” the activist told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.

“They should be allowed to do what they want, they should be allowed to give a medal to a murderer and to give him a pardon and to heap praise upon him. This is what they want to do,” he added.

Larudee also noted Israel approves of the killing, jailing, torture, and oppression of the Palestinians, asserting that the Israelis will not be satisfied until every single Palestinian is gone.  

He highlighted the fact that the entire function of Zionism is based on racism which is “legal” under the Israeli system.

The activist further predicted that Israeli Sergeant Azaria will not serve the 18 month sentence and will be let out earlier for “good behavior”.