Some issues are harder to write about than others. Some touches of the keyboard are preceded by doubt and confliction, juggling the impulses of the heart alongside the knowledge of the mind. Nothing sums up this battle more than the sorrowful saga of the Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria, and as I follow the news of the verdict in his case, I gather that little resolution or healing will come of it. Azaria has come to be a symbol of whatever either side of this argument thinks is right, and that is a form of emotional argumentation that is perhaps understandable but potentially harmful to the fabric of the Israeli nation.
Three judges convicted Azaria of manslaughter for shooting Palestinian terrorist Abdel-Fattah al-Sharif in the head, 15 minutes after al-Sharif had already been incapacitated after he had attempted to kill a soldier in the town of Hebron. There was video of the event used as evidence in the highly publicized case — and despite several attempts by politicians on all sides to influence the case or use it to further their own careers — the 97-page verdict shows that the proceedings were surprisingly straightforward. The aftermath, however, proved to be anything but. More