Elor Azaria is embraced by relatives at a 31 March court hearing over the death of a Palestinian man (Reuters)
Times of Israel By: TOI Staff
Document obtained by Vice News says Elor Azaria repeatedly told troops at scene he shot assailant because he ‘needs to die’; report blasts soldiers’ failure to treat wounded man.
An internal Israeli military document leaked to Vice News states that Sgt. Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier charged with manslaughter for shooting and killing a Palestinian attacker in Hebron last month after he had been neutralized, was motivated by a “twisted ideology,” the website said.
The 17-page document issued by military prosecutors investigating the case, stated that Azaria, a 19-year-old sergeant in the Kfir infantry brigade, told other soldiers both before and after the shooting that the assailant “needs to die.”
It also stated that Azaria changed his version of events during his questioning, saying he had shot “because I felt there was a threat to my life.”