IDF Denies B’Tselem Claim of Second Chevron Shooter

YERUSHALAYIM -

The IDF rejected the allegation of a human-rights group on Monday that a second Palestinian terrorist was “executed” in Chevron in March, The Times of Israel reported.

“The claims by the B’Tselem organization are inconsistent with the findings of the operational investigation and conflict with the information the IDF has about this incident,” the army said in a statement.

“The shots fired at the terrorist were carried out in order to eliminate the threat while he was attacking the soldiers with a knife,” the IDF said.

The allegation comes as the trial of IDF soldier, Sgt. Elor Azaria, accused of manslaughter for the March 24 shooting of a Palestinian who attacked IDF soldiers, but was neutralized.

B’Tselem claimed the testimony of two witnesses to an incident in which terrorist Ramzi al-Kasrawi was also shot and killed. They also say that he was killed only after being neutralized, the first time such an accusation has been made in that case.

It was also B’Tselem that distributed a video of the shooting in the Azaria case.