[Marxism] Solidarity with Tristan Anderson

Louis Proyect 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
Israeli Consulate
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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