Disturbing video appears to show knife planted on Palestinian corpse

Published June 1st, 2016 - 06:04 GMT
A screenshot from the video. (credit: Israel's Channel 2 News)
A screenshot from the video. (credit: Israel's Channel 2 News)

Disturbing new footage appears to show a knife being planted on a Palestinian corpse in an attempt to justify his killing.  

The video was filmed in Hebron and released Wednesday. It was filmed during a high-profile incident where an Israeli soldier fatally shot an unarmed and incapacitated Palestinian.

Watch the footage below: 

The 21-year-old Palestinian, Abed Al Fattah Yusri al Sharif, was shot after an alleged stabbing attempt of two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. 

Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who shot al-Sharif, is now on trial for manslaughter, but Azaria's attorneys have claimed that he shot al-Sharif because he was afraid al-Sharif would use the knife to stab other people, the Times Of Israel reported. 

The new video, which shows someone on the scene kicking a knife across the pavement so that it comes to rest next to al-Sharif’s body in an apparent attempt to manufacture a “self-defense” justification for his killing, would cast serious doubt on those claims.  

Video of the killing itself went viral in March, igniting a massive controversy in Israel over the apparent extra-judicial slaying. Some have called the killing a war crime; others have hailed Azaria as a hero. Thousands of Israelis rallied in support of the soldier at a concert in Tel Aviv in April. 

-Hunter Stuart

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