A 'twisted ideology' drove an Israeli soldier to fatally shoot a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay subdued in the road, states a classified Israel Defense Forces (IDF) document leaked to VICE News. The internal investigation includes criticism of 19-year-old Sgt. Elor Azaria's actions from multiple IDF investigating military officials. Azaria shot Palestinian attacker Abdul Fatah al-Sharif with a single bullet to the head as he lay wounded on the street in the West Bank city of Hebron on March 24. The killing has polarized Israeli society and triggered a national debate about how the military should conduct itself. Last week Israeli prosecutors filed manslaughter charges against Azaria, but there has been an outpouring of support for his actions from some parts of Israeli society.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.