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Defense Ministry rejects Hebron shooter’s appeal for disability status

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The Defense Ministry on Tuesday rejected the request of a former Israeli soldier convicted for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in 2016 to be recognized as a disabled veteran.

The ministry’s rehabilitation branch cited Elor Azaria’s “malicious and severe behavior” in its decision, according to Channel 13 news.

The ministry noted Azaria may appeal the decision and said his request to be recognized as a disabled veteran, which would entitle him to compensation, was given “serious consideration.”

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He submitted the request in June, claiming he suffered psychological damage due to the affair.

Azaria served nine months of what was initially an 18-month prison term for killing Abdel-Fattah al-Sharif,........

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