Several key facts are highlighted by the prosecution of the Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who killed Abdul Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian young man, in Hebron city on 24 March 2016. These facts have received a general consensus not only on the Israeli level. First and foremost, the prosecution featured an obligatory mock trial, which has nothing to do with or reflect the approach of the Israeli army or policies of successive Israeli governments and respective parties. The trial was necessitated by one fact only: Contrary to


many other similar, and far more serious, offence, this crime was documented by video. If it were not for this fact, Israel would have not been involved in this “whirlpool”, which uncovered other subsequent truths. Strenuous efforts have already been made in an attempt to erase and absent these truths. So far, the efforts made have been greatly successful. As various reports of active Israeli human rights organisations indicate, placing Azaria’s trial in its correct and natural context has, in effect, been a very rare exception.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.