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Monday, July 08, 2019 

Police going lenient on officer who shot black Ethiopian in Haifa

Is the off-duty officer who gunned down a black man in Haifa guilty or not? According to the following:
Justice Ministry officials investigating the conduct of a police officer who shot dead an Ethiopian Israeli, sparking mass protests across the country, are leaning toward charging the man with a disciplinary offense only, Channel 13 news reported Friday.

Previous reports have indicated that the probe by the Police Internal Investigations Department seems to corroborate the officer’s claim that he did not aim at the Ethiopian youth but rather fired at the ground, with the bullet ricocheting upward and striking 19-year-old Solomon Tekah.

The officer, who was off duty at the time of the June 30 incident in Haifa, has claimed he was trying to break up a street fight he came across but was set upon by three youths who hurled stones at him, endangering his life.

According to Channel 13, the likelihood of the officer being charged with manslaughter has diminished considerably, with evidence at the scene and testimonies strengthening the officer’s claim he did not fire directly at the teenager.

However, the cop could still be disciplined or face minor criminal charges, as officials have questioned his failure to fire a warning shot in the air.
I have no idea, is this factual? Because then, while there is sadly racism even in Israel based on skin color, this could've been a huge exaggeration, and the riot last Tuesday was all for nothing. But if the officer really is guilty, then he'd better face serious charges.

Even more disturbing, however, is that the riot may have been financed by foreign troublemakers:
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair claimed on Friday the recent mass protests were being financed by German money through coexistence NGOs — which are a frequent target of the Israeli right.

“Everything that happened this week was fueled by the New Israel Fund and Standing Together with German money,” he tweeted. “I wonder what would happen if the Israeli government were to fund German groups who burn police cars, block roads and behave violently.”
I do know the NIF is one of the most reprehensible NGOs around, basically a warmonger. If they did have anything to do with this, they should face legal action for warmongering and exploiting other people's grief for their rancid goals.

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