Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Israel closes case of U.S. citizen shot with U.S. tax dollars by Israeli military

Still think the Israeli army--or any military--can investigate itself? Here's the latest on Tristan Anderson, the U.S. citizen who was shot in the face with a high velocity tear gas canister by the Israeli military while in the West Bank village of Ni'lin, from Ha'aretz:
"The Justice Ministry declared Sunday that no indictments will be filed against police in the case of an American activist who was hit by a tear gas canister and left comatose during a violent demonstration in the West Bank last year. Tristan Anderson, 38, of Oakland, California, was critically injured during a Palestinian protest in the West Bank village of Naalin last March. Amir Moran, spokesman for Israel's Tel Hashomer hospital, where Anderson is being treated, said his condition has not changed. Justice Ministry spokesman Ron Roman said the investigation determined there was no criminal intent in harming Anderson. The investigation was opened in May and closed several weeks ago, but results were made public only Sunday. Human rights groups charge Anderson's case highlights a culture of impunity toward Israeli forces, because incidents of harm against Palestinians and their supporters are rarely investigated and few reach prosecution."
In FY2007 alone, the US gave Israel 121,991 pieces of teargas and riot control agents valued at $1,654,536. These munitions are used by the Israeli military against unarmed, anti-apartheid activists. Find out how you can work to hold Israel accountable for the way it uses the $3 billion/year in military aid paid for by U.S. tax money by clicking here.