In Israel, a Palestinian Life Can Be Worth One
November 18, 1996, the Israeli military court in Jaffa convicted four
soldiers who killed Iyad Mahmoud Awad Badran, on 13 November, 1993. They
were charged with not following the guidelines for opening fire.
The military prosecutor and the defense had reached a plea bargain
agreement, in which the accused, members of the undercover 'Cherry' unit
would be sentenced to 30 days, suspended for one year. The three military
judges, headed by Ilana Stern, rejected the agreement and imposed a fine
of one agora, with a value of less then $0.0033.
The case received international attention, and the PHRMG was able to
respond quickly with a complete recounting of the killing of Iyad Badran
(age 18), by Israeli soldiers who were not firing in self-defense. The car
in which Badran was traveling stopped because the road was blocked by a
van with civilian plates. Seconds later, a spotlight was aimed at the car,
followed almost immediately by heavy fire. Badran was killed. The Israeli
investigating officer claimed that shots were fired because the car was
moving away from the firing soldiers.
Following the international attention the case received, the Israeli
Military Prosecutor appealed the sentence, which was restored to the
original 30 days suspended for one year.
aled the sentence, which was restored to the original 30 days suspended
for one year.