Israeli forces critically wound American activist in West Bank
Press release, International Solidarity Movement, 14 March 2009
The following press release was issued by the International Solidarity Movement on 13 March 2009:
An American citizen has been
critically injured in the village of Nilin after Israeli forces shot
him in the head with a tear gas canister.
Tristan Anderson from California, 37 years old, has been taken to
Israeli Tel Hashomer hospital, near Tel Aviv. Anderson is unconscious
and has been bleeding heavily from the nose and mouth. He sustained a
large hole in his forehead where he was struck by the canister. He is
currently being operated on.
The Israeli army began using to use 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. The gas canister does
not make a noise when fired or emit a smoke tail. 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 a demonstration
against the construction of the annexation wall through the village of
Nilin's land. Another resident from Nilin was shot in the leg with live
Four Nilin residents have been killed during demonstrations against the confiscation of their land.
Ahmed Mousa (10) was shot in the forehead with live ammunition on 29
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 Nilin
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 Nilin have been demonstrating against the
construction of the Apartheid Wall, deemed illegal by the International
Court of Justice in 2004. Nilin will lose approximately 2500 dunums of agricultural land when the construction of the wall is completed. Nilin 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 construction of the wall.
morn updates coming soon davidagarcia
Here is an update that I received from Tristan's family story from http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/14/18577239.php
Hello Friends and Family,
to all of you who have emailed, called and are holding Tristan and our
family in the light. It matters tremendously as we all hold faith for
Tristan to recover and return home.
Here is the update for
today. Andrew from the US Embassy in Israel called. He had just seen
Tristan in person along with Gaby (Tristan's girlfriend)...
Tristan is stable. He is still unconscious and they are keeping him
that way for several more days as it helps with the healing. They are
closely monitoring the fluid levels in his brain. Tristan is under 24
hour monitoring and is receiving the best possible care. Trauma care in
Israel is done following the same protocols as the U.S. Tristan has
been transferred from Emergency Care to the Neurological ICU. This is
great news as it means he was stable enough for them to move him. This
IC specializes in neurology so Tristan will be getting focused,
I will continue to send updates as we hear more. Please continue to keep Tristan in your thoughts, prayers, and light.
(His parents) are en route to Israel. His mother has been and will
continue to be checking her email. She's finding the supportive emails
very comforting. Comments posted here will be sent to his parents (or
may be seen by them).
Again, we are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support for Tristan and our family.