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    Image grab taken from a video released on March 24, 2016 by B'Tselem, shows an Israeli soldier aiming his weapon before allegedly shooting and killing a wounded Palestinian assailant. | Photo: B'Tselem via AFP

Published 27 March 2016

A newly-released video shows the Israeli soldier who killed an incapacitated Palestinian then shaking hands with known Israeli extremist.

A new video shows the Israeli soldier shaking hands with the leader of a banned Jewish organization as the body of the incapacitated Palestinian he executed was being carried away, Haaretz reports.

A fieldworker with the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem recorded the soldier, whose name is under gag order set by Israeli courts, shaking hands with Baruch Marzel, leader of both the Jewish National Front party and the utlra-right Kach nationalist movement.

The Kach Movement was founded on the writings and speeches of U.S.-born Rabbi Meir Kahane, who advocated forced expulsion of the native Palestinian population throughout historic Palestine, and encouraged violence against Arabs.

Kahane was convicted of manufacturing explosives in 1984, presumably with the intent to attack Palestinians. The Kach Movement is one of the few Jewish organizations to be outlawed by Israel, who says it is a terrorist organization.

A tweet shows a U.S. protester wearing a shirt with the Kach logo

After Kahane was assassinated in 1990, and Marzel took his place.

The video shows Marzel approaching the soldier and an aid worker. The unnamed soldier shakes his hand, and then Marzel pats him on the soldier, as if to congratulate him for the shooting.

The videos surrounding the death of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif have drawn international disdain. A United Nations envoy denounced the killing as "gruesome" and "extra-judicial".

Israel has opened an investigation into the matter, but critics note the low-level of conviction Israeli soldiers face when on trial.

The soldier claims he felt his life was in danger, in spite of other videos showing him and another soldier walking around Sharif's body with apparent ease.

Haaretz quoted a media advisor to the soldier's family as saying they're "not commenting on rumors of any kind that are meant to continue to tarnish the image of an outstanding IDF fighter."

This is only the latest incident in a wave of regional violence and the most obvious example of the Israeli army's use of excessive force. Since clashes erupted in October 2015, over 200 Palestinians and 28 Israelis have been killed.

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