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Israeli soldier guilty of killing British activist

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Israeli soldier guilty of killing British activist


An Israeli soldier has been found guilty of manslaughter after killing a British activist in the Gaza Strip. Wahid Taysir faces up to 20 years in prison for shooting Tom Hurndall, whose family has campaigned long and hard for the former sergeant to stand trial. The judge in the small military court heard that Taysir, a Bedoin Arab, had shot Hurndall from a watchtower. The 22-year-old Briton was reportedly helping Palestinian children cross the road when he was hit. Taysir lashed out at the press after being convicted of the killing and other charges including obstruction of justice. Hurndall’s father sees a wider context to the case: “We’re concerned there’s a policy that seems to be prevalent in Gaza amongst the Israeli soldiers and army that they feel able to shoot civilians really without any accountability.” Taysir had eventually admitted he shot at Hurndall to scare him. Israel denies it has a policy of tolerating the shooting of civilians.

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