Middle East

Israeli arrested for threatening convicted soldier's judges

Israeli hardline nationalist supporters of Israeli army medic Sgt. Elor Azaria hold a banner with his name outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Scuffles erupted outside the courtroom between supporters of Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, and police officers. The verdict, which marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action taken in the field. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli hardline nationalist supporters of Israeli army medic Sgt. Elor Azaria hold a banner with his name outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Scuffles erupted outside the courtroom between supporters of Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, and police officers. The verdict, which marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action taken in the field. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

Police have arrested an Israeli man for inciting against military judges who convicted a soldier for manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a badly wounded Palestinian attacker.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says Thursday the arrest came after a threatening Facebook post. She says police will act against those inciting to violence against public officials.

The rare conviction of a soldier for operational conduct has deeply divided Israel and led to an unprecedented campaign in support of Sgt. Elor Azaria and against the military establishment, long the country's most admired body.

In protests outside the courtroom, demonstrators chanted veiled death threats against military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, who supported charging the soldier. The trial's three military judges and the lead prosecutor have also faced threats and have been assigned bodyguards.