Hebron Shooter Azaria Released From Israeli Army, Sent to House Arrest

The soldier was sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker. His appeal will be decided at month's end

Sgt. Elor Azaria at a military court hearing on his appeal, July 17, 2017.
Moti Milrod

Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who was convicted of killing a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron last year, was released from the army on Thursday.

A military court decided on Monday that Azaria will be released to house arrest until his appeal is decided at July 30. Azaria however will be allowed to attend services in a synagogue on Friday night and Saturday if accompanied by a family member. The decision was handed down by Deputy President of the Military Court of Appeals, Judge Brig.-Gen. Orly Markman.

Azaria was sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. His lawyers appealed the conviction, while the prosecution appealed the relatively lenient sentence.  

Azaria's attorney Yoram Sheftel opposed the house arrest, saying that a house arrest was only ordered in cases where there is a danger posed to the public. He said that the prosecution didn't even claim that Azaria was dangerous.

After the shooting and killing Abdel Fattah al-Shari in Hebron, Azaria was detained for several days, but was soon sent to an open arrest on an army base.