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Israelis convicted in shooting
Court convicts soldiers for shooting blindfolded Palestinian protester in the foot.
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2010 15:59 GMT


Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports this isn't the first conviction over brutality against civilians.

An Israeli military court has convicted a former Israeli commander and one of his soldiers over the shooting of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian demonstrator.

The Palestinian had been detained in the West Bank city of Nilin two years ago at a violent protest against Israel's separation wall.

The affair unfolded after the officer was filmed by a local resident holding the bound and blindfolded prisoner and ordering his soldier to fire a rubber bullet in his foot.
 
Ashraf Abu Rahme, the 27-year-old Palestinian, was lightly wounded in the incident. Abu Rahme’s toe was bruised.

He was one of several dozen Palestinians who hurled stones at soldiers during a protest against the barrier near the village of Nilin in the West Bank.

'Measure of justice'

The military court convicted the officer on Thursday for ordering the soldier to shoot. He resigned his field command shortly after the shooting but continued to serve elsewhere.

Both were convicted of unbecoming conduct, and the soldier was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon.

The soldier, a sergeant, has since completed his compulsory service. They have not been sentenced yet, but the charges carry a maximum punishment of three years in prison.

The human rights group B'Tselem, which distributed the video of the shooting, welcomed the court's ruling as "important, both as a measure of justice for the victim, as well as for the deterrent message it sends to soldiers and commanders".

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