Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Israeli forces shoot American Jewish woman...her bad.

I previously wrote about the young Jewish American woman who lost her eye after Israeli forces shot her in the face with a high-velocity tear gas weapon.  

Well the court has hammered the gavel, and the first pretty much sums it up paragraph sums it up (full article here): 
The Judea and Samaria district police found no criminal wrongdoing in the actions of the Border Police soldiers who left an American art student without an eye after getting hit in the face with a tear gas canister at a protest in Qalandiyah six months ago.
Not surprisingly, the police are not responsible because the high-velocity tear gas canister ricocheted off a barricade.  Never mind they are using a weapon which was designed to be shot through walls and doors (as in the scenario of a crazed gunman hiding out in a building), not in open territory or into crowds of people.  Israeli forces will always be blameless when investigations are carried out by state courts who are mandated with protecting the character of the state of Israel.   

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