Saturday, March 14, 2009

Turkeyshoot: cowardly SOBs of the AOF claim another victim

The "Most Moral Army in the World" perfects what it's best at: firing at unarmed, innocent civilians that pose no threat to them whatsoever:

Angrywhitekid blog has this:

U.S. activist shot in head by Israelis in West Bank

Tristan Anderson, a 37-year-old from Oakland, CA, was shot in the head today with a high-velocity tear gas canister by an Israeli soldier while observing a protest against Israel's Apartheid Wall in the West Bank village of Ni'lin. Fellow ISM activist Ulrika Jenson says that, "Tristan was hit and fell to the ground. He had a large hole in the front of his head, and his brain was visible."

Note in the video that after he is hit the Israelis continue firing tear gas as the medics begin to assist him. Emergency personnel are then forced to transfer him from a Palestinian ambulance to an Israeli one at a checkpoint. Prior to that transfer, Teah Lunqvist, who was there, said that, "When an ambulance came, the Israeli soldiers refused to allow the ambulance through the checkpoint just outside the village. After 5 minutes of arguing with the soldiers, the ambulance passed."

It goes without saying that he is receiving this attention and Israeli treatment because he is a U.S. citizen. Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during these protests don't get treatment in Israeli hospitals or make the news. Four residents of Ni'lin have been killed by Israelis while protesting against the wall and the confiscation of their land in less than a year. Yet such an event hits home for many of us, myself included, as it is easy to imagine myself or many of my friends in his very situation as an international solidarity activist.

My thoughts are with Tristan, his family, friends, and comrades.

Tear down apartheid. Free Palestine.

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