Fighting Erupts at Rally for Israeli Soldier Who Killed Helpless Palestinian

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A demonstration in solidarity with Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot and killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant, was attacked by counter demonstrators.

The five attackers, whose faces were covered, disrupted the youth  march near the government complex in Tel Aviv, throwing a tear gas canister into the crowd.

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The attackers, members of a leftist organization, were arrested.

Azaria is currently on trial for manslaughter and inappropriate military conduct for shooting and killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif on March 24 as he lay injured on the ground. Sharif was shot as he and another assailant launched a stabbing attack on Israeli soldiers in Hebron, wounding one.

An online fundraising drive to help Azaria with his legal fees last week raised more than $120,000 over a 24-hour period.

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