The trial of former border policeman Ben Deri, accused of manslaughter in the controversial and videotaped killing of Palestinian Nadim Nuwara, 17, on “Nakba Day” in May 2014 began in the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday with the surprise self-disqualification of Judge Amnon Cohen.
Deri was indicted by the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on November 23, 2014, for the fatal shooting of Nuwara when scores of Palestinians attacked some IDF soldiers with stones at a protest near Ofer Prison, located between Ramallah and Givat Ze’ev, to mourn the establishment of the State of Israel.
The manslaughter charge is one of the most serious in recent memory against a soldier or border policeman for the killing of a Palestinian while acting in the line of duty, and could lead to significant jail time.
Typically, incidents of killing Palestinians end with no charge, justified by self-defense, or at most result in disciplinary actions for violating rules of engagement or a negligent homicide charge with little or no jail time.
The indictment said that Deri had received permission to fire rubber bullets to disperse crowds throwing rocks.