Israelis Rally for Release of Killer Soldier

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by Stephen Lendman
Israeli society is deplorably racist. Anti-Arab sentiment is institutionalized. Palestinian lives don’t matter. Extrajudicial killing them is officially OK’d. 
Last month, Israeli sergeant Elor Azaria murdered ‘Abd al-Fatah al-Sharif in cold blood as he lay helpless, wounded on the ground.
Video evidence showed Azaria lethally shooting al-Sharif in the head at point-blank range. Another nearby soldier said he “did the right thing.”
He’s charged with manslaughter instead of obvious first-degree murder. At trial, he’ll likely get wrist-slap punishment at most – perhaps exoneration for “d(oing) the right thing.”
On Tuesday evening, thousands of supporters rallied in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, expressing solidarity with a cold-blooded killer, demanding his release.
Signs said “KILL THEM ALL,” Nazi SS slogan “My honor is loyalty,” and “Free Elor.” Extremists chanted nationalist slogans, including “death to Arabs.” Israeli flags were displayed.
A poll taken in March found 57% of Israeli Jews believe Azaria never should have been arrested. Almost 60,000 signed a petition demanding he be decorated for “heroism.”
A separate poll conducted last November found 53% of Israeli Jews support “on-the-spot” extrajudicial executions – even if a Palestinian was apprehended and/or poses no threat.
Media scoundrels suppress what demands feature reports, exposing apartheid worse than South Africa’s, soldiers authorized to kill with impunity. Rare exceptions prove the rule.
Ahead of Tuesday evening’s deplorable public display of support for cold-blooded murder, Netanyahu issued a statement, expressing support for the IDF, saying “(o)ur soldiers are not murderers.”
The so-called world’s most moral army myth was debunked long ago. Israeli soldiers are taught and trained to hate Arabs, to kill with impunity.
The Jewish Passover holiday period begins April 22 at sundown. Azaria isn’t imprisoned awaiting trial. He’s confined to base, able to move around freely, afforded privileges. 
On Friday, he was released to go home for Passover, running through nightfall April 30. Family and friends welcomed him like a hero.
Israeli soldiers extrajudicially executed well over 200 Palestinians since last October alone. Azaria is being prosecuted because video showing his crime aroused international outrage – most everywhere except in Israel where Arab killers are honored as heroes.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.