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Soldier who killed subdued Palestinian charged with manslaughter

(JTA) — The Israeli soldier who was captured on video shooting in the head an already-downed Palestinian assailant was charged with manslaughter. The soldier was charged Monday in Jaffa Military Court. The soldier, whose name is under gag order, last month shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron, a West Bank city that has been a focal point of a seven-month wave of Palestinian violence against Israelis. The soldier arrived on the scene after al-Sharif and an accomplice had stabbed Israeli soldiers and the accomplice had been killed. The soldier has said that when he shot al-Sharif, he feared the Palestinian might be about to detonate an explosive. Last week, the military prosecutor said a video of the incident shows that the soldier “was not as moved and agitated as he claimed.” It is the first time in over 10 years that an IDF soldier has been charged with manslaughter for a killing that took place during field operations, according to Haaretz.

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