Ashraf Abu Rahma, who was shot in the leg with a rubber bullet by a soldier at close range during an anti-security fence protest near Na'alin in 2008, began giving testimony on Wednesday in a court martial at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv. The officer and soldier involved are both being tried.
"I heard a shot, was wounded in the leg and fell," Channel 10 quoted him as saying in his testimony. He added that the soldiers allegedly told him, "this is what you deserve, if not more."
The July 7, 2008 shooting occurred northwest of Modi'in Illit was captured on video. In the video, Abu Rahma is seen handcuffed and blindfolded as he is led to a jeep by an IDF officer. The video clip then shows a soldier aim his weapon at the demonstrator's legs from about 1.5 meters away and fire a rubber bullet at him.
The soldier claims that the battalion commander ordered him to fire, saying, "Shoot him, shoot him."
Yaakov Katz and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.