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    Israeli policeman gets community service for shooting, paralyzing Palestinian By Ofra Edelman and Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondents
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2008
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      Israeli policeman gets community service for shooting, paralyzing
      Palestinian
      By Ofra Edelman and Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondents
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/939749.html


      Cop gets community service for shooting Kafr Qasem resident


      A Tel Aviv Court on Sunday sentenced a Border Policeman who shot and
      paralyzed a Kafr Qasem resident to six months of community service and
      a one-year suspended prison term.

      In 2003, Haim Castro shot Salah Amar from a distance of a half a
      meter, claiming that his life was in danger and he acted in self
      defense. The court dismissed this claim and ruled there was no threat
      to Castro's life.

      Since the shooting, Amar has been listed as 100 percent disabled.

      Although 20 Israeli citizens have been killed by security forces since
      the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000, Castro is the
      first person to be convicted of shooting an Israeli citizen.

      Castro was serving at the time as a driver in a Border Police jeep in
      Kafr Qasem. During a patrol of the city in 2003, members of Castro's
      unit became involved in a scuffle with local residents. The policemen
      arrested one of the residents, and when his father, Salah, tried to
      pull the suspect from the jeep, Castro shot him in his lower body,
      paralyzing him.

      Presiding Judge Khaled Kabub stated that "law enforcement officers,
      including Border Policemen, must practice restraint when they come
      into contact with the civilian population." Kabub added that Castro's
      case illustrates the need for stiffer penalties in instances where
      civilians are wrongfully harmed by security personnel.

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