The United Nations does not miss a beat when it comes to condemning Israel and in the case of the trial of Elor Azariya, there is no exception.
Israel is angry over the UN Human Rights Council for its comment on the sentence in Israel, as Azariya was sent to 18-months imprisonment and demotion to private. The council however feels the sentence is “unacceptable” since it deals with an IDF soldier firing at a PA (Palestinian Authority) resident.
Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for firing at and killing a wounded Arab terrorist shortly after the latter perpetrated a terror attack in Hebron, last Purim.
Spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Ravina Shamdasani warned the sentence “risks undermining the [Israeli] justice system since the maximum sentence for manslaughter is 20 years.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quick to fire back, pointing out that the Un has a “twisted moral scale” and that “millions of bullets” are being fired in Syria, Libya and Iraq and the Human Rights Council condemns Israel. Education Minister Naftali Bennet twitted “Your input on the matter was really what was missing” and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon commented on the hypocrisy as the UN ignores mass murder in so many areas of the region.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)