Israelis rally for unity after soldier's manslaughter verdict

An Israeli woman holds a poster reading in Hebrew: "We never abandon soldiers" as she demonstrates outside the defence ministry in Tel Aviv on January 4, 2017, in support of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailantIsraelis on Saturday answered a wounded army veteran’s call for a show of unity after the deeply divisive manslaughter conviction of a soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant. Israeli public radio said about 1,500 turned up at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square after a moving Facebook appeal by reserve Captain Ziv Shilon who was seriously injured in 2012 when a Palestinian roadside bomb went off as he patrolled Israel’s border with Gaza. Shilon said he was appalled at the wave of hate unleashed in the wake of Wednesday’s guilty ruling in the case of soldier Elor Azaria, caught on video delivering a shot to the head of a Palestinian attacker as he lay wounded on the ground.


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