[Marxism] Solidarity with Tristan Anderson
lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Mar 18 11:22:01 MDT 2009
NYC event: Solidarity with Tristan Anderson and the People of Palestine
Friday, March 20, 2009
4:00pm - 6:00pm
800 2nd Ave btwn 42nd and 43rd Streets
New York, NY
American citizen critically injured after being shot in the head by
Israeli forces in Ni’lin
Friday, 13 March 2009, Ni’lin Village: An American citizen has been
critically injured in the village of Ni’lin after Israeli forces shot
him in the head with a tear-gas canister.
Tristan Anderson from California USA, 37 years old, has been taken to
Israeli hospital Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv. Anderson was unconscious
and bleeding heavily from the nose and mouth. He sustained a large hole
in the right part of his forehead where he was struck by a tear gas
canister. The heavy impact from the tear gas canister being shot
directly at him, from about 60 meters, also caused severe damage to his
right eye, which he may lose. Tristan underwent brain surgery in which
part of his right frontal lobe and shattered bone fragments were removed.
Tristan was shot by the new tear-gas canisters that can be shot up
to 500m. I ran over as I saw someone had been shot, while the Israeli
forces continued to fire tear-gas at us. 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.
– Teah Lunqvist (Sweden) - International Solidarity Movement
The Israeli army began to use the Ruger rifle and a high velocity tear
gas canister in December 2008. The black canister, labeled in Hebrew as
“40mm bullet special/long range,” can shoot over 400 meters and weighs
130 grams without the propeller. The gas canister does not make a noise
when fired or emit a smoke tail and has a propeller to accelerate the
weapon mid-air. A combination of the canister’s high velocity and
silence is extremely dangerous and has caused numerous injuries,
including a Palestinian male whose leg was broken in January 2009.
Tristan Anderson was shot as Israeli forces attacked unarmed
demonstrators, gathered against construction of the annexation wall
through the village of Ni’lin’s land. Another resident from Ni’lin was
shot in the leg with live ammunition.
Four Ni’lin residents have been killed during demonstrations against the
confiscation of their land.
Ahmed Mousa (10) was shot in the forehead with live ammunition on 29th
July 2008. The following day, Yousef Amira (17) was shot twice with
rubber-coated steel bullets, leaving him brain dead. He died a week
later on 4 August 2008. Arafat Rateb Khawaje (22), was the third Ni’lin
resident to be killed by Israeli forces. He was shot in the back with
live ammunition on 28 December 2008. That same day, Mohammed Khawaje
(20), was shot in the head with live ammunition, leaving him brain dead.
He died three days in a Ramallah hospital.
Residents in the village of Ni’lin have been demonstrating against
construction of the Apartheid Wall, deemed illegal by the International
Court of Justice in 2004. Ni’lin will lose approximately 2500 dunums of
agricultural land when the construction of the Wall is completed. Ni’lin
was 57,000 dunums in 1948, reduced to 33,000 dunums in 1967, currently
is 10,000 dunums and will be 7,500 dunums after the Wall is built.
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