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Clashes erupt outside Tel Aviv court as verdict looms for Elor Azariya

Clashes broke out Wednesday among demonstrators outside the Kirya military court in Tel Aviv as Israel awaited a verdict in the divisive case of IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria, who sparked a nationwide debated after shooting an Arab terrorist during a terror attack last year in Hevron.

A few hundred people gathered at Azrieli junction for the rally with supporters shouting chants of “Free Azaria!” and “Terrorists need to die!”

Activists Benzi Gopstein, Baruch Marzel and rapper the Shadow were among Azaria’s supporters.

“How can a terrorist be considered a victim and a soldier be considered a murderer? Only in Israel,” Azaria supporter Idal told The Jerusalem Post.


Around 10 minutes after the incident appeared to be over, Israeli army medic Azaria arrived on the scene and appeared to shoot Sharif in the head as he lay nearly motionless on the ground.

The entire incident was caught on an extended video released by left-wing anarchist NGO B’Tselem.

The video went viral, drawing international condemnation, and unusually, immediate classification as murder by then-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief-of- Staff Gadi Eisenkot.


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