Slain terrorist’s family to take IDF soldier to ICC after manslaughter conviction

The family of a wounded terrorist who was killed by IDF soldier Elor Azaria is planning to take its case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to obtain a harsher punishment than the manslaughter conviction handed down Wednesday by an Israeli military court. 

The manslaughter conviction of IDF soldier Elor Azaria on Wednesday for having shot and killed a neutralized terrorist, was not enough to warrant satisfaction from the terrorist’s family and the Palestinian Authority.

A spokesman for the family of the terrorist, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, said that the family intends to pursue charges against Azaria in international forums.

“We will follow behind our political leadership and take the case of the martyr Abdel Fattah al-Sharif to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the hateful Israeli soldier, and we will pursue him in all the international human rights forums,” said the spokesman according to Times of Israel, which referenced a report in the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

The spokesman made his remarks at a sit-in Wednesday in Hebron with members of the terrorist’s family and hundreds of other sympathizers.

“Our response as a family to the show trial for our son’s killer is to say it is a farcical trial, like the rest of the trials for crimes by soldiers and settlers against our children,” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the Palestinian Authority (PA) Yousef al-Mahmoud said that the PA would also seek to initiate international investigations into the dozens of killings of Palestinian terrorists by Israeli soldiers and security forces over the past year.

Neither the family spokesman nor the PA had any words for the victim of the slain terrorist’s stabbing attack, who was a friend of Azaria.

By: World Israel News Staff