February 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

Canada locking up hundreds of children each year

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Toronto, Canada  Hundreds of children are being held every year in immigration detention facilities, an experience that can lead to psychological harm and puts them at risk of “serious human rights violations”, a new report says.

An average of 48 Canadian children have been held annually as “guests” alongside their parents at the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre alone between 2011 and 2015, according to the report released on Thursday by the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto.

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Hundreds of non-Canadian children are also held annually in immigration detention facilities across Canada.

“Violating the human rights of some of the most vulnerable members of our society is a blemish on Canada’s reputation as a human rights defender,” the report said.

“Such practices are especially out of step with Canada’s renewed efforts to become a global leader as a multicultural safe haven for refugees and migrants.”

The report included testimonies from nine women from the Middle East, West Africa and Central America.

Canadian children are especially at risk, because while they cannot be legally subjected to detention under the country’s immigration system, they are allowed to stay with detained parents if it is determined to be in their best interests.

Mothers detained with their children, or forced to be separated from them, “expressed deep anguish about the detrimental consequences of the experience on their children’s health”, the report stated.

“Their children had difficulty sleeping, lost their appetite for food and interest in play, and developed symptoms of depression and separation anxiety, as well as a variety of physical symptoms.”


One woman, Naimah, was arrested in February 2015 and detained with her eight-year-old daughter, Aaliya, for more than a year.

The girl was “crying every day [saying] ‘Mommy, I want to go to school,’ because she loved to go to school”, Naimah said in the report.

‘I can’t give my baby to anyone’

Another mother, Mariame, described being arrested and detained with her five-month-old son, Oscar.

“My son was crying because they were searching me, and … he was hungry,” Mariame said. “I couldn’t attend to him, I couldn’t breastfeed him.”

When she told officials that detaining her was not in the best interests of her young child, she said she was told she could give him to someone to take care of while she was detained.

“But I can’t give my baby to anyone,” she said.

Foreign nationals and permanent residents in Canada can be held in immigration detention under Canada’s immigration laws, and the Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for detaining anyone under this system.

Border officials can detain anyone who they deem poses a risk to public safety, cannot prove their identity, or arrives in Canada without a visa.

Immigration officials say they detain children “only as a last resort”.

A child is allowed to stay with a parent in detention if it is determined to be in the child’s best interests.


While an average of 242 mainly non-Canadian children were detained in this system every year between 2010 and 2014, children with Canadian citizenship are especially at risk because they fall outside the legal framework.

“Canadian children are invisible in Canada’s immigration detention system,” said Samer Muscati, director of the International Human Rights Program, in a statement.

“While all detention of children is horrible, these children are particularly vulnerable because they lack important legal safeguards, including their own detention review hearings,” Muscati said.

Last year, Canada earmarked $138m to transform the immigration detention system, including finding better alternatives to incarceration and investing in infrastructure.

“The Government of Canada is committed to exercising its responsibility for detentions to the highest possible standards, with physical and mental health and well-being of detainees, as well as the safety and security of Canadians as the primary considerations,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said at the time.

According to the report, alternatives to detention should be explored and implemented.

These could include community-based, non-custodial programmes that would allow families to stay together in a healthier environment, while also ensuring that individuals meet their obligations to attend immigration proceedings.

Source: Al Jazeera News

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/canada-locking-hundreds-children-year-170223195714536.html

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Kansas shooting investigated as a hate crime

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A US man has been charged with murder after opening fire in a crowded bar in Kansas, killing an Indian man and wounding another in an attack some witnesses said was racially motivated.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died at a hospital while Alok Madasani, 32, and Ian Grillot, 24, were in stable condition after the attack on Wednesday night in Olathe, Kansas.

Witnesses said the gunman yelled “get out of my country” before he opened fire.

Bartender Garret Bohnen told the Kansas City Star newspaper that Kuchibhotla and Madasani had stopped at the bar for a drink once or twice a week.

“From what I understand when he [the gunman] was throwing racial slurs at the two gentlemen, Ian stood up for them,” Bohnen said.

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Suspect Adam Purinton was taken into custody on Thursday and later charged, authorities said.

Asked if the shooting could be a hate crime, FBI special agent Eric Jackson told a news conference it was too early to determine.

Kuchibhotla was a software engineer at Rockwell Collins, an avionics and information technology company, his manager Rod Larson told the newspaper.

“He was very sharp, a top-of-his-class kind of guy,” Larson said. “His personality was exceptional. He was the kind of employee every manager would want. I couldn’t say anything slightly bad about Srinivas.”

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India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted “I am shocked” and said she would assist the family in helping to bring the 32-year-old’s body back to Hyderabad.

US Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas posted a statement on Facebook about the shooting, expressing concern for the safety of other immigrants.

“I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia,” Moran said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect money to fly Kuchibhotla’s body to India. The page has crossed its original $150,000 goal, raising nearly $200,000 in eight hours.

The US embassy in New Delhi condemned the shooting.

“The United States is a nation of immigrants and welcomes people from across the world to visit, work, study, and live,” US Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson said in a statement.

“US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognise that justice is small consolation to families in grief.”

Hate crimes against Muslims in the US shot up 67 percent in 2015 to their highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to FBI statistics released in 2016.

Overall, 57 percent of the 5,850 reported incidents were motivated by race or ethnicity, while 20 percent were related to religion.

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Car bomber kills 45 in Syria’s al-Bab

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A car bomb in a village near al-Bab struck Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), killing at least 45 people and wounding dozens more, medical sources said. 

The suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint manned by Free Syrian Army rebels that was crowded with civilians early Friday in the village of Sousian, northwest of al-Bab. 

Turkey-backed rebels on Thursday drove ISIL from al-Bab, the group’s last significant stronghold in northwest Syria, along with two smaller neighbouring towns of Qabasin and al-Bezah after weeks of street fighting.

Turkey-backed rebels in ‘near full control’ of al-Bab

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Gaziantep on the Syria-Turkey border, said the attack took place about 10km outside of al-Bab.

The medical charity Ambulanciers Sans Frontieres said 45 people, mostly civilians, had been killed and about 70 others were wounded.

“A large number of civilians were gathering around a checkpoint and suddenly a suicide car bomber drove in and detonated,” Simmons said.

“There could be Free Syrian Army members counted in the casualty figures as well. This is really a warning shot from ISIL it would appear.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the car bomb hit outside a security office where civilians had gathered seeking permission to return to al-Bab.

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On Thursday, several Turkey-backed rebels were killed by a mine in al-Bab while clearing the town of unexploded ordnance after ISIL retreated, the group said.

Syria’s main conflict pits President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, Iran and Shia militias, against rebels that include groups supported by Turkey, the United States and Gulf monarchies.

However, both those sides, as well as a group of militias led by Kurdish forces and supported by the US, are also fighting ISIL, which holds large swathes of northern and eastern Syria.

Turkey directly intervened in Syria in August in support of a group of rebel factions fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner to drive ISIL from its border. It also wants to stop Kurdish groups from gaining control of most of the frontier.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/car-bomber-kills-29-syria-al-bab-170224080522830.html

February 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Seven new Earth-like planets ‘best bet’ for life

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A group of international scientists have announced that a dwarf star just 40 light years from the Earth has at least seven apparently rocky planets with potential to harbour water and life.

The discovery of the planets, which are all about the size of Earth or smaller, was announced at the NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, and published in the journal Nature on Wednesday.

“Looking for life elsewhere, this system is probably our best bet as of today,” said Brice-Olivier Demory, professor at the University of Bern’s Centre for Space and Habitability and one of the authors of a paper on the planets around TRAPPIST-1, a small, ultracool star. 

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The TRAPPIST-1’s planets are similar to the inner solar system around Earth’s sun, Demory’s analysis of data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope showed. 

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system, NASA said. 

Like previous exoplanets – or planets beyond Earth’s solar system – TRAPPIST-1’s satellites were spotted when astronomers saw the planets “transit” the star, blocking some of the light captured by telescopes. 

“The discovery gives us a hint that finding a second Earth is not just a matter of if, but when,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

NASA said the discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside the Solar System [Reuters]

“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” Zurbuchen added.

“Answering the question ‘are we alone’ is a top science priority, and finding so many planets like these for the first time in the habitable zone is a remarkable step forward toward that goal.”

‘Habitable zone’

All seven planets are in orbits even closer than Mercury, the Sun’s nearest planet, causing frequent transits and plentiful opportunities for observation and collection of data.

But because TRAPPIST-1 is so small and cool – about one-tenth the size and half the temperature of the sun – at least three of the planets could be cool enough for water and, possibly, life, despite their tight orbits.

They fall clearly within the so-called habitable zone.

Further data used in the Nature paper was collected from several ground telescopes around the world.

Demory said that future telescopes, including the James Webb Space Telescope, which is to succeed the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, “will have the possibility to detect the signature of ozone if this molecule is present in the atmosphere of one of these planets”.

He said that ozone “could be an indicator for biological activity on the planet”, but cautioned that signs of life are difficult to assert from interstellar distances.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/earth-planets-bet-life-170222191405463.html

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Greece charges cleric with child refugees sexual abuse

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Greek police say they have arrested a French cleric suspected of sexually abusing unaccompanied refugee children he had sheltered in his house in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-biggest city.

The 52-year-old man, who belongs to the Franciscan Church of France, allegedly molested four homeless Pakistani boys, aged 14 to 18.

The children, who had been sleeping rough around Thessaloniki’s main railway station, told police officials that they accepted to stay at the man’s home in January after he had offered to provide them with food and housing.

“When questioned, the children said they suffered repeated and persistent sexual abuse by the man,” a police spokeswoman told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

“They say that he took advantage of the fact that they were homeless and without food to sexually abuse them.”

The alleged abuse came to light after the boys fled the man’s house and one of them found refuge in a Thessaloniki centre for vulnerable migrants.

There, he revealed the abuse to the centre’s staff, who then contacted police.

Following a search on Tuesday at the man’s house in the Toumba area of the northern city, police seized six hard drives and one USB stick, as well as dozens of drug tablets that fall under the Greek law on addictive substances.

Police on Wednesday said the French cleric, who has been living in Greece for 12 years, has been charged with sexual abuse and possession and use of drugs.

Three of the boys are currently staying in centres run by NGOs, while one is living at the Diabata refugee camp, according to police.

‘Entirely unprotected’

More than 62,000 refugees and migrants are currently stranded across Greece owing to a wave of European border closures and a controversial deal between the EU and Turkey in March 2016. 

When the borders shut down last year, more than 2,500 children, many of whom had not been registered as unaccompanied, were trapped in Greece, according to Lora Pappa, the head of METAdrasi, a charity working with unaccompanied minors in the country.

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“Currently, despite the big efforts that have taken place, more than 1,200 children remain trapped outside facilities in very difficult conditions – on the Greeks islands or in camps,” Pappa told Al Jazeera.

“Sad cases, like the one in Thessaloniki, happen when there is no system of checks in place,” she said.

For hundreds of vulnerable unaccompanied minors in Greece, life is full of risk and uncertainty.

Those who officially register with Greek authorities are taken by police. Despite being entitled to protection, they often find themselves facing prolonged arbitrary detention in custody and abusive treatment.

“This is very problematic … and often forces many of them to lie to authorities about their age to avoid staying in poor and degrading conditions,” Eva Cosse, Greece specialist at Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera.

For these children, alone in a foreign country without a parent or an adult responsible for their care, sexual abuse is just one of the many dangers they face.

“These are children who are entirely unprotected. They sleep rough, lack access to education and are exposed to sexual abuse, human trafficking and black labour,” Cosse said.

“Greece needs to revise its entire system and services to protect unaccompanied migrant and asylum seeking children.”

Source: Al Jazeera News

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/greece-charges-cleric-child-refugees-sexual-abuse-170222170642666.html

at 9:33 pm

UN: $4.4bn needed to prevent ‘catastrophe’ of famine

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The United Nations needs $4.4bn by the end of next month to prevent “a catastrophe” of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, according to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, Guterres told a news conference at UN headquarters on Wednesday.

“We need $4.4 billion by the end of March to avert a catastrophe,” he said.

So far, the UN has raised just $90m.

South Sudan on Monday declared a famine in northern Unity State while Fews Net, the famine early warning system, has said that some remote areas of northeast Nigeria are already affected by starvation since late last year.

The four famine alerts are unprecedented in recent decades.

There has only been one famine since 2000, in Somalia. At least 260,000 people died in that disaster – half of them children under the age of five, according to the UN World Food Program.

The UN children’s agency UNICEF this week said almost 1.4 million children acutely malnourished in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen could die from famine in the coming months.

READ MORE: UN demands action as famine looms in three countries

Of the four famine alerts, only one – Somalia – is caused by drought, while the other three are the result of conflicts, also described as “man-made food crises”.

“The situation is dire,” said Guterres.

“Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death, vulnerable to diseases and outbreaks, forced to kill their animals for food and eat the grain they saved for next year’s seeds.”

The appeal for international action came as humanitarian aid groups are already struggling to meet needs in Syria and cope with the global refugee crisis.

Source: News agencies

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/44bn-needed-prevent-catastrophe-famine-170222210632541.html

at 9:23 am

Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

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New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new tools to the powerful and their challengers. In the Syrian city of Aleppo, the struggle to frame the conflict for the international community ran parallel to the battle for control over the land itself.

While drone footage from Russia Today showed videos of rebel-held and heavily-bombed eastern Aleppo, Syria’s Ministry of Tourism published footage of the city’s intact western half, complete with the soundtrack from HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones. The contrast was stark. Life with the regime was normal. Life with the rebels was hell.

Monther Etaky remembered that “the regime was always looking down from the drone”. An Aleppo native, working as a journalist during the siege, Etaky and his colleague Abdalrahman Ismail were frustrated by this distortion. They were not alone. They joined a handful of independent journalists to tell the other side of the story.

The next step was as simple as it was familiar to activists the world over: they bought their own drone. Suddenly, the journalists were working simultaneously along two frontlines; one physical and the other symbolic.

“When I first flew the drone for myself, I saw the destruction of the city. I’m used to seeing the destruction from the ground, but not from the sky … it looks wider than from the ground,” Monther says. At the time, both men were contributing to Life in Aleppo, a grassroots effort to raise awareness of the siege.

“The regime is the greatest criminal on the planet,” Monther told us. With Assad’s planes occupying the skies every day of the past five years, Aleppo earned titles such as the world’s most dangerous city and Syria’s barrel-bomb capital.

Undermining official narratives

The group’s footage undermined official narratives of the war’s progress while challenging humanitarian consciousness worldwide.

This is true in struggles well beyond Syria, as new technologies give regimes new means of control, at the same time challengers gain new tools for documenting abuses and spreading the word about important causes.

Long gone are the halcyon days in which tech boosters could claim that the information highway would deliver the democratic goods.

In the United States, the 2016 election has removed any doubt that new digital technologies cut both ways.

Drones are no exception: most viewed drone footage of Aleppo is not from Monther, Abdalrahman and their colleagues. What folks watch the most is Youtube footage from Russian outlets like Russia Today and Ruptly.

Some titles are generic “Drone footage captures devastation of east Aleppo” and others are clearly political: “Drone footage shows fierce clashes between Syrian Army US-backed Islamic terrorists.”

That contrast couldn’t have been clearer, Abdalrahman remembered, “When we are besieged, we, all the time, see the drones of the Assad regime flying over the city,” their footage “telling lies”.

Taking to the sky

A recent analysis of non-violent drone use found that around the world Abdalrahman and Monther’s usage is growing, as drones provide new perspectives on factory farming, industrial animal facilities, environmental degradation, and poaching (PDF).

Drones allow advocacy groups to see over walls, peer deep into inaccessible rainforests, and capture footage from just across town. Indeed, one of the first things Monther and his young colleagues did was to fly a drone over their university, which they hadn’t seen in five years.

Around the world, drones are taking to the sky, increasing public apprehension about the devices. Syria is no exception.

When they first started flying, people assumed it belonged to the regime, “They said it’s a spy drone, we should shoot that drone down, so it’s not targeting our neighbourhoods.”

Frequent flights and some neighbourly outreach prevented the drone’s downing by friendly fire.

Nevertheless, Abdalrahman and Monther estimate that they lost 20 drones over the course of the conflict. These losses are due to risky flights that basically involves “gambling to take good footage from regime areas,” but they are also the result of the regime’s efforts to shoot down their devices, or jam their control signals.

Such are the basic back and forth struggles between regimes and challengers.

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For now, the struggle has subsided, as both Abdalrahman and Monther fled Aleppo as Syrian and Russian troops moved in.

Their departure was marked by a final insult, Monther remembered: “I lost three laptops and a drone – the Russian officer stole it from the bus where I was. As part of the forced evacuation agreement, they were not allowed to open bags – guns weren’t allowed, and I didn’t have guns, but they saw the laptops, which is the worst gun for them.”

The cat and mouse game of emancipatory uses and state control of new technologies plays on. Both men continue their efforts from the northwestern Syrian countryside; only this time without a drone.

AlHakam Shaar is research fellow for The Aleppo Project at the School of Public Policy at Central European University. He studies Aleppians’ narratives of the war and the rebuilding of the city.

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is a writer and professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is writing a book about drones and other protest technologies.

The views expressed in this article are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/02/struggle-aleppo-story-takes-skies-170221105309042.html

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No place like home: Xenophobia in South Africa

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N Korea says Kim Jong-nam murder suspects ‘innocent’

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North Korean diplomats have called for the immediate release of suspects arrested in connection with the apparent poisoning of a member of the North Korean ruling family.

A statement released by North Korea’s embassy on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur dismissed the police account of Kim Jong-nam’s death, describing two women held as “innocent”.

Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died after suddenly falling ill at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last week while he was preparing to board a flight to Macau.

Police earlier said that the women detained had coated their hands with toxins and then rubbed them on his face as he stood in front of a ticketing kiosk at a Kuala Lumpur airport.

If the poison was on their hands, the statement asked “then how is it possible that these female suspects could still be alive?”

One of the women is Indonesian, the other is Vietnamese.

A North Korean man was also detained. The embassy said he was also “arrested unreasonably”.

The embassy’s remarks came after Malaysian police said a senior official in the North Korean embassy and a staffer at the North’s state airline, Air Koryo, were also wanted for questioning.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said that both wanted suspects are still in Malaysia and have been called in for questioning, adding that the North Korean diplomat held the rank of second secretary at the embassy.

Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur have enjoyed relatively warm economic ties, with some bilateral trade and citizens from both countries entitled to travel to the other under a unique reciprocal visa-free deal.

But all that could come to an end following a war of words over Malaysia’s probe into Kim’s death.

While Pyongyang’s envoy to Kuala Lumpur has criticised local police, Malaysia has recalled its ambassador to the North.

Meanwhile, South Korea has said from the start that Pyongyang was behind the Kim’s death, citing a “standing order” from Kim Jong-un to kill his elder sibling, and a failed assassination bid in 2012.

Source: News agencies

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/korea-kim-jong-nam-murder-suspects-innocent-170222082140283.html

February 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Elor Azaria gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

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An Israeli soldier who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian, who was incapacitated having already been shot, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for manslaughter.

Judge Maya Heller of the military court in Tel Aviv delivered the sentencing on Tuesday in a case that has stoked passions, debate and protest.

Analysts had expected Elor Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter one month earlier, to be jailed for fewer than the maximum sentence of 20 years for killing Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif.

“This was at the lower end of what the prosecution had asked for when they requested that Azaria would serve between three and five years,” said Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Tel Aviv.

In her statement, Heller claimed that there were mitigating factors to the killing, which she said took place in “hostile territory”.

READ MORE: Elor Azaria case – ‘No hope of equality before the law’

While she said that Azaria’s family “suffered” as a result of the trial, she noted that Azaria has not expressed remorse.

The March 24 shooting, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, was filmed by activists from the Israeli B’Tselem human rights group.

That video shows Sharif, 21, lying on the ground, shot along with another Palestinian.

Azaria, a 20-year-old combat medic, then delivers the fatal blow, shooting him again in the head without any provocation.

According to the army, Sharif had stabbed and wounded another soldier.

It was unclear whether Azaria’s family would follow up on a promise to appeal against a decision to imprison the soldier for more than 10 months.

Issa Amro, director of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements activist group, told Al Jazeera that a sentence of 18 months in jail “is not proportionate with what [Azaria] did”. 

“We are talking about a war criminal, according to international law,” he said, adding that it was likely Azaria would receive a pardon from the government.

“I believe Azaria was following orders to execute Palestinians, and leave them bleeding until they pass away,” he said. “This is what [Israeli soldiers] did in many cases in Hebron, in Jerusalem, in Ramallah. Israeli soldiers are not held to account. I’ve just seen soldiers celebrating Azaria getting 18 months.”

‘Extrajudicial killings’

The case raised questions about how Israeli soldiers deal with perceived threats by Palestinians.

Shortly after the shooting, the Palestinian leadership demanded the United Nations investigate what rights groups have called Israel’s “extrajudicial killings”.

Sharif’s father, Yusri, has previously said Azaria deserves a life sentence.

The mother of Sharif holds his poster as another woman holds a poster of Azaria [File: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters]

According to a survey in August by the Israel Democracy Institute, 65 percent of the Jewish public supported Azaria and his claim of self-defence.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other prominent Israeli politicians had thrown their weight behind Azaria, calling for the soldier to be pardoned.

Since October 2015, Israeli soldiers and settlers have been responsible for the killing of at least 244 Palestinians, including unarmed demonstrators, bystanders and alleged attackers in an upsurge in violence.

Thirty-six Israelis have also been killed in mostly stabbing and shooting incidents carried out by Palestinians.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

Article source: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/elor-azaria-18-months-palestinian-killing-170221083609252.html

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