Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Military and Security Forces: January 11, 2012

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Four years after he shot and killed Firas Qasqas, a Palestinian, IDF Company Commander Major (res.) Shahar Mor has been exonerated.  The central district prosecution decided to close the case against Mor due to insufficient evidence, and not to indict him for the charges of negligent homicide or manslaughter.  Despite the exoneration and even though he has since been promoted to the position of batallion XO, an official remark has been written in Major Mor’s personnel file, and attorney Rakefet Mohar from the prosecution noted in her decision to close the case that “the evidence in total shows that despite the shooting not being in compliance with the rules of engagement in the relevant sector, it was done in the context of a unique operational situation, in the course of which Mor and his soldiers felt a real danger to their lives.  Even if the order to shoot was an error, it does not constitute negligence”.


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