IDF rejects B’Tselem claims of a ‘second executed terrorist’

June 7, 2016  

The Israeli army rejected on Tuesday claims alleging that a second Palestinian terrorist killed in March was shot dead while already wounded, rebuffing allegations by the radical leftist group B’Tselem.

The new B’Tselem claim follows the court case it sparked with footage filmed by one of its Arab activists in March, showing IDF soldier Elor Azariya shooting a wounded Arab terrorist in Hevron. The terrorist moments earlier together with an accomplice stabbed and moderately wounded a soldier.

Azariya – who faces manslaughter charges and was the target of criticism by politicians leading the Attorney General to tell the politicians not to interfere – has argued he shot the 21-year-old terrorist Abdul Fatah al-Sharif over concerns the stabber was moving to detonate a bomb belt.

It has been confirmed that concerns over explosives hidden on al-Sharif’s body under his unseasonably warm coat had not been ruled out at the time.

On Monday, B’Tselem alleged that another Arab terrorist had been shot dead while wounded.

“Prior to the killing incident in Hevron for which the Israeli soldier Elor Azariya is facing charges, Ramzi al-Qasrawi was also executed,” it claimed.

The radical group only cited two Arab witnesses, but did not provide any video evidence to back up its claims, instead demanding that the IDF release any video footage it may have of the incident.

The IDF flatly denied the allegations, saying they were “not consistent with the findings of the operational investigation.”

“The shooting of the assailant was carried out to remove the threat posed by the assailant when he attacked security forces with a knife,” it said.

AFP contributed to this report.

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