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British Activist Shot in Isreal

Israeli troops shot and critically wounded a British peace activist. Ali Musa, director of the Rafah hospital, said Hurndall's brain had been damaged and that he was "clinically dead".
report from reuters

Source : Reuters
By Nidal al-Mughrabi

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and critically wounded a British peace activist helping Palestinian children cross a street under gunfire on Friday, fellow activists and hospital officials said.

Tom Hurndall was one of 12 members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who on Thursday went to the Rafah refugee camp on the Egyptian border to protest at continued Israeli shooting in the area, said ISM member Nick Smith.

According to Smith, the 21-year-old Hurndall was shot in the head as he tried to help a group of children cross a street in an area under Israeli gunfire.

Ali Musa, director of the Rafah hospital, said Hurndall's brain had been damaged and that he was "clinically dead".

The army was checking the report.

ISM is a group which positions its activists as "human shields" around the West Bank and Gaza. Last week it said Israeli soldiers had shot and severely wounded one of its activists in Jenin.

Last month, an American ISM member, Rachel Corrie, was crushed to death by an Israeli armoured bulldozer in Gaza.

The army called that incident a "regrettable accident", saying the driver could not see Corrie as she tried to block the bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home in a flashpoint border area. ISM said Corrie was run over deliberately.

An ISM member who gave her name only as Alison said Hurndall had gone to Iraq to act as a human shield against U.S-led coalition troops and then to Jordan to help Iraqi refugees before joining the movement in Gaza.
Another story 11.Apr.2003 13:41

no one in particular


Israel: Brit 'clinically dead'
11/04/2003 20:29 - (SA)

Gaza City - A 21-year-old Briton was pronounced clinically dead Friday after being hit in the head and critically wounded by Israeli sniper fire in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and Palestinian medical sources told AFP.

Thomas Hurndall was volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a group of pro-Palestinian activists who engage in non-violent action to protect civilians in the West Bank and Gaza, they said.

A colleague who witnessed the incident said he was trying to pull two children out of danger with a group of other foreign activists and Palestinian civilians when shots were fired from an army watchtower some 100m away.

Doctors at Rafah hospital said the young man was pronounced clinically dead shortly after he was admitted. He was later airlifted to a hospital in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva, members of the ISM team in Rafah said.

A spokesperson for the British Embassy told AFP his family had been notified.

"He was trying to pull two girls out of danger when he was hit in the head by a bullet," said witness and British ISM colleague Rafael Cohen, 37.

Cohen, who was standing 15m away when the shooting occured, said Israeli troops were firing over the heads of a group of children playing on a mound of earth and Thomas, who was dressed in a fluorescent ISM jacket, had gone to pull them down.

Deliberately targeted

"At first they were firing several metres over the children's heads but it was getting very, very dangerous so Tom went to help them. He was at ground level when they shot him directly in the head," he said, alleging the troops lowered their aim and deliberately targeted him.

Thomas arrived in Rafah on Sunday after spending several days training in the West Bank, Cohen said. Before arriving in the Palestinian territories, he had been in Iraq acting as a human shield, after which he spent some time in Jordan.

The army would not comment on the incident.

It was the third such incident in the past four weeks in which a foreign peace activist was injured or killed during Israeli military operations.

Last Saturday, two foreign ISM activists were wounded by Israeli gunfire, one of them seriously, during clashes between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

A 24-year-old American, Barry Avery, suffered a serious gunshot wound to the face, while a Danish man, Lasse Schmidt, 35, was wounded in the leg by shrapnel, medics said.

And last month, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old US national also volunteering with the ISM, was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian house.

The Israeli army said it was an "accident" and has yet to reveal the result of its investigation into her death.

I'm so fucking sick of this!!!! 11.Apr.2003 19:30

FUCK Israel!

If any more of my tax dollars go to support fucking Israel, I just think I wanna .... i wrote something illegal and violent. see what this is doing? It's spreading poison. I will NEVER buy ANYTHING made or processed in Israel. I will NEVER support any israeli cause. I HATE ISRAEL.

FUCK! 11.Apr.2003 19:32


OH. But let's not say anything bad about these fucking genocidal assholes...someone might construe that as "anti-semitic." Oops. But that label lost every last ounce of it's moral high ground eons ago. So FUCK Israel. FUCK EM FUCK EM FUCK EM.

Nothing justifies racism or antsemitism 11.Apr.2003 20:32


Nothing justifies antisemitism or other forms of racism, even if it used as an unjustified excuse by Israel for its oppression. If you are saying you hate the Israeli government that is not the same thing as hating the Jewish people. Anyway there are jews in the ISM, jews in the palestine solidarity movement, not that that is a requirement.

19 Muslims of a very particular ideology killed 3,000 people in NYC, but it's not justified to hate Muslims. . .

One point of nonviolence (& the ISM is deeply committed to nonviolence) is that it allows for the possibility of converting people, and thus to unite the many to defeat the few.

End the occupation now.

to 'reason' . . . 11.Apr.2003 23:34


"19 Muslims of a very particular ideology killed 3,000 people in NYC, but it's not justified to hate Muslims. . . "

--nice theory, but in practice a majority of Americans think that Saddam Hussein is respon

this is thanks to a multibillion-dollar corporate media which is a mouthpiece for our corporate Administration and its objectives of MidEast Empire.

you can debate and espouse the 'fine points' all you want--

the fact remains that most popular, American public support for Bu$h & Co.'s policies in the MidEast is based upon obfuscation and miscegenation of 'hatred' of Islam, mixed with specious 'facts' regarding the origin of supposed 'terrorist' incidents.


p.s. the FBI themselves admit that there is no positive evidence of the identity, religion, ideology, or country of origin of any of the '19 hijackers' . . .

>>>>Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
On no issue is the JINSA/CSP hard line more evident than in its relentless campaign for war--not just with Iraq, but "total war," as Michael Ledeen, one of the most influential JINSAns in Washington, put it last year. For this crew, "regime change" by any means necessary in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority is an urgent imperative. Anyone who dissents--be it Colin Powell's State Department, the CIA or career military officers--is committing heresy against articles of faith that effectively hold there is no difference between US and Israeli national security interests, and that the only way to assure continued safety and prosperity for both countries is through hegemony in the Middle East--a hegemony achieved with the traditional cold war recipe of feints, force, clientism and covert action.

>>>>Strange Kind of Freedom
The most astonishing ?? and least covered ?? story is in fact the alliance of Israeli lobbyists and Christian Zionist fundamentalists, a coalition that began in 1978 with the publication of a Likud plan to encourage fundamentalist churches to give their support to Israel. By 1980, there was an "International Christian Embassy" in Jerusalem; and in 1985, a Christian Zionist lobby emerged at a "National Prayer Breakfast for Israel" whose principal speaker was Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to become Israeli prime minister. "A sense of history, poetry and morality imbued the Christian Zionists who, more than a century ago, began to write, plan and organise for Israel's restoration," Netanyahu told his audience. The so-called National Unity Coalition for Israel became a lobbying arm of Christian Zionism with contacts in Congress and neo-conservative think-tanks in Washington.

In May this year, the Israeli embassy in Washington, no less, arranged a prayer breakfast for Christian Zionists. Present were Alonzo Short, a member of the board of "Promise Keepers", and Michael Little who is president of the "Christian Broadcasting Network". Event hosts were listed as including those dour old Christian conservatives Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who once financed a rogue television station in southern Lebanon which threatened Muslim villagers and broadcast tirades by Major Saad Haddad, Israel's stooge militia leader in Lebanon. In Tennessee, Jewish officials invited hundreds of Christians to join Jewish crowds at a pro-Israel solidarity rally in Memphis.

to 'reason' . . .
to 'reason' . . .

Your reasoning needs evaluating 12.Apr.2003 08:10


Many Americans do hate Muslims, and they love Israel. I don't see the validity of your statement. The fact remains that Israel receives far more "darling" status from the media than Palestine ever has. Muslims have been targetted ever since 9-11 which, the official version, by the way, has more holes in it than a sieve. There is so much solid documentation showing discrepancies in the official belief about 9-11 that it is a prosecutors dream come true. Literally a hundred pages of information is available. The thing is, even what was reported in the mainstream press, if pieced together, would prove that the official story is incorrect. Laziness in finding out the truth and fear that it will shake up your white middle class view of the world prevent many people from accepting the fact that the US, at minimum, allowed 9-11 to happen.

watch out for what you wish for. 12.Apr.2003 12:28


Zionists seem to think that because the Hebrews murdered the Caananites, Amorites, etc. etc. (Dueteronomy chapter 20 ) 3000 years ago, that they have the right to murder Palestinians for the land today and for over 60 years now. Murder and theft in the past is championed out as a rationel to murder today. It took the Hebrews 183 years to murder off the locals. Will the Democraps and Republitrash still be buying the Zionist supporter special intrest votes 120 years from now with the blood of the last Palestinian. Zionism is a crime against Palestine, while you are hard pressed to find an American willing to admit that it is even rude. Come on, just rude. Can't you even admit that much.
Try it like this. Palestine + Zionists = Israel, Israel = the destruction of Palestine, "Death to Israel" = the liberation of Palestine, "Death to Israel" is 100% defensive in nature.
Now the flip side. "Israel has a right to exist" = Zionists have a "right" to just move in and take over, steal what they can get away with, murder anyone who resists, route bereaving widows and orphans into the wilderness, and 20 years later, invade the wilderness too and start up with the ethnic cleansing all over again. "Israel has a right to exist is 100% offensive in nature. So we hear "Death to Israel" and "Israel has a right to exist." One is called hate speach, the other a fact. But the alleged fact, "Israel has a right to exist" is a philosophical question at best. Hell, it isn't even a question, it is a declaration not open to discussion without slanderous deffamation of charracter (anti-semetic) being charged. Do the Zionists have a "right" to carve a homeland out of Palestine is a REAL WORLD question that has been getting the locals in the land killed for over 60 years. But which question is the only question up for debate? The meaningless one, of corse.
Do Zionists have a right to protect themselves? Of corse they do. But outside of Zionist occupied Palestine, there is NO Israel. Zionists have the right to defend themselves by ending their OFFENSIVE war of conquest in Palestine and getting the hell out. They do NOT have any right to kill Palestinians for their land, even if the Hebrews did murder for the land 3000 years ago.
Notice that when the 1947 christian dominated UN (40 to 10, most Muslim lands were still occupied by christians) voted to appease the Zionist's war of conquest in Palestine, that was just plumb dandy. But when a much, MUCH more represented vote chose not to appease Bush's war in Iraq, the 2003 UN is declaired meaningless, obsolete, ineffective, etc. etc. Why beleive the UN was an organization of peace when it is an organ of appeasment, deals, promisses. Promisses like, "sure, you can invade Palestine, and if they resist, you have our premission to blame the victims as you kill them."
And Zionism is murder and theft. If someone comes to your home and just takes your TV set, that person would be a thief. If you try to stop the crime, and the thief pulls a gun and blows your head all over your family and friends, then that thief becomes a murderer as well. And that is what Zionists have been doing for 60 years. Every new settlement is a theft, and when Palestinians resist the theft, the thief murders them. But not just them, anyone within a thousand yards seems to be fair game. Death to Israel. Free Palestine. Free Tibet. Ooops, was that anti-chinese to say that?