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>> A young Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant is to be sentenced on Tuesday in one of the most polarizing cases in Israel's history. 20 year old, Elor Azaria, who was serving as an army medic, shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in the head as he lay incapacitated in March last year.
al-Sharif had stabbed an Israeli in the Hebron region. And was shot by troops in response. Hebron has been a longtime flashpoint of violence. And the incident occurred during a wave of Palestinian's street attacks on Israelis. Despite a campaign by Azaria's family that described the conscript who was 19 at the time of the incident.
As everyone's child, he was found guilty of manslaughter in January. During the trial, he contended that he believed the Palestinian who was motionless, still post a danger because his knife was nearby and he could have been carrying explosives. The case stirring public controversy from the start. Palestinian leaders calling for a life sentence.
While Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supported pardoning Azaria in a post on Facebook. The former soldier faces a maximum sentence of 20 years. It was expected that he'll receive less than that.