Fury at Azaria Verdict is Israel's Trump Moment
Date Written: 12/01/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20307
Examining the popular reaction to the conviction in military court of Elor Azaria for manslaughter as demonstrating a deep social divide in the vein of Trump's election in the US and the Brexit vote in the UK.
In truth, however, the popular reaction to the military court's decision was far more telling than the decision itself.
Only massed ranks of riot police saved the three judges from a lynching by crowds outside. The army top brass have been issued bodyguards. Demands to overrule the court and pardon Azaria are thunderous - and they are being led by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Azaria's testimony showed how deep this attachment now runs. His company, including his commanders, often spent their free time at the home of Baruch Marzel, a leader of Kach, a group banned in the 1990s for its genocidal anti-Arab platform. Azaria described Marzel and Hebron's settlers as like a "family" to the soldiers.