The Jerusalem Post reports: Upwards of 1,000 demonstrators gathered Tuesday outside the Qastina military court to express support for a soldier arrested over the shooting death of a wounded Palestinian assailant last week, in a case that has sparked a fierce debate in the Knesset and across the country.
Most of the protesters chanted in favor of the soldier and demanded his release, though some yelled out racist slogans against Arabs and invoked the ultranationalistic Kahane movement.
At the rally, Yisrael Beytenu party head MK Avigdor Liberman claimed there was no basis for the accusations against the soldier. Liberman went on to attack Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who on Monday leveled harsh criticism against lawmakers who had expressed support for the soldier.
“The claim [against the soldier] has collapsed, I’m sure he will be acquitted,” Liberman said. “I’m sorry that [Ya’alon] has determined in advance the results of the military investigation. This harms the military.”
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