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Advocay NGO Human Rights Watch on Tuesday issued reserved applause of IDF soldier Elor Azaria's 18-month sentence for manslaughter over the killing of subdued Palestinian attacker Abdel Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron in March 2015.
The group's Israel and Palestinian Advocacy Director Sari Bashi said the sentence served as an "important message about reigning in excessive use of force. But senior Israeli officials should also repudiate the shoot-to-kill rhetoric that too many of them have promoted, even when there is no imminent threat of death."
"Pardoning Azaria or reducing his punishment would only encourage impunity for unlawfully taking the life of another person,” she added.