Vice News is now carrying water for the Israeli army.
The the self-proclaimed “news organization for a connected generation” published a report yesterday from what is claimed to be a “leaked” Israeli military document into the investigation of Elor Azarya, the soldier-medic who summarily executed Palestinian man Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sharif in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron last month.
The report lists the main claims of the document:
* The soldier said before the shooting that the subdued Palestinian “needs to die.”
* After the shooting, he told a commander: “He’s a terrorist, he needs to die.”
* The soldier “changed his version [of events] in the different investigations,” according to one investigator, telling a commander: “I shot because I felt there was a threat to life.”
* The incident “severely hurts the IDF and Israel’s image.”
None of this is new or exclusive information – it’s actually a regurgitation of the official Israeli government line disseminated shortly after the video of the execution went viral, and part of an effort to portray the killer as a bad apple, rather than a soldier following orders.
Three days after the killing, the finding of the army’s investigation that the soldier said “the terrorist needs to die” was reported across media outlets. more