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Former Israeli soldier sentenced to 8 years for killing UK peace activist

[JURIST] Taysir Hayb, a former Israeli soldier, was sentenced Thursday to 8 years in prison following his manslaughter conviction by a military tribunal [JURIST report] for the shooting of Tom Hurndall [JURIST report], a British peace activist [Guardian obituary]. The case is the first time an Israeli soldier was found guilty of killing a foreign citizen. Hurndall was killed [Wikipedia backgrounder] while trying to move Palestinian children out of danger. Hayb faced as many as 20 years in prison for manslaughter and three for obstruction of justice after his conviction on both charges, but the court granted a lighter sentence upon consideration of the combat situation surrounding the death and Hayb's poor educational background. The Jerusalem Post has local coverage.

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