In this Tuesday, March 29, 2016 file photo, Israeli right wing protesters wave flags outside of Castina Military Court near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Israel's military justice system is in the spotlight as it investigates a soldier caught on tape shooting to death a subdued Palestinian attacker, a case that has polarized the nation.The military initially said two Palestinians stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier before troops shot and killed the pair.Citing official army figures, the Israeli rights group Yesh Din said that of the more than 2,600 investigations opened by the military into alleged crimes committed by soldiers against Palestinians between 2000 and 2014, only 136, or 5 percent, resulted in indictments, leading to 193 convictions. More than one soldier can be listed in a single indictment. Wary of Israeli self-investigation, the Palestinians have turned to the International Criminal Court. One of the criteria for the ICC to intervene would be if Israel's justice system were deemed insufficient. Israel says its system is fair and independent, but B'Tselem and the Palestinians say Israeli investigations are merely a front to thwart an external inquiry. Israel has come under fire for not punishing soldiers before.Of some 300 alleged incidents reported by Palestinians, rights groups or the media, it has opened about 30 criminal investigations and indicted three soldiers for looting.
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