B’Tselem, the organization which exposed the Ni’lin shooting, said in reaction to Thursday’s military court verdict that it hopes the military internalizes the court’s ruling that the Ni’lin shooting was a grave and disgraceful event.
At the same time, B'Tselem noted the gap between the condemnation and the lenient sentence. B’Tselem reiterated that there have been far more severe cases of harm to Palestinians by the Israeli security forces that the military justice system chose to ignore.
This policy of impunity, employed by the Military Advocate General’s office for many years, is what created the climate that enabled the Ni’lin shooting, as well as many other cases. B’Tselem notes with satisfaction that the court rejected the claim that the video documenting the event was falsified.