UN blasts Azariya sentence

A representative of the UN Human Rights Council criticizes the 18-month prison sentence of Elor Azariya as 'excessively lenient.'

Nitzan Keidar ,

United Nations Headquarters
United Nations Headquarters

A representative of the UN Human Rights Council heavily criticized the sentencing of soldier Elor Azariya this week.

Azariya, who was convicted of manslaughter for shooting a wounded terrorist, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

According to UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani, the sentence imposed on Azariya was “excessively lenient.”

"We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man who clearly posed no imminent threat," she told a news briefing in Geneva.

Of note is the fact that the international community, aside from the PA, barely displayed official reactions to the sentence.

Political officials hinted to Arutz Sheva the possibility that the Palestinians, together with countries supporting them in the UN, applied pressure on the UN representative to make the statement, which was only several lines long.