Israeli soldiers filmed shooting Palestinian ‘deserves medal’

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman has praised the Israeli soldiers who filmed themselves shooting at an apparently unarmed Palestinian protester behind the border fence to Gaza, saying the sniper “deserved a medal”. The video in which the apparent sniper and his colleagues are heard cheering after hitting the man behind the fence emerged on Monday and has been widely shared, sparking a public outcry. The Israeli Defence Force since confirmed the authenticity of the footage, which it says was filmed on December 22, and has pledged disciplinary action over its leaking. The shooting itself, however, has been deemed exemplary.


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