Israel is now shooting its own citizens – VIDEO


Richard Moore

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Israeli Soldier in Bil¹in: ³This is Lebanon!²
Posted in Reports, Bil'in Village, Video

Israeli activists have uploaded a video of the shooting of Lymor and the initial
violence of the Israeli military in Bil¹in on Friday, August 11th. To view it 
click here. Higher quality for broadcast is also available from the ISM media 

The video clearly shows the Border Police unit firing on the demonstrators from 
close range. There is no evidence that the soldiers were in danger. Typically, 
the military spokesperson has claimed that ³activists threw stones² and 
Haaretz¹s article yesterday reiterating the same false information. The video 
also clearly shows the commander of the unit saying, ³This is Lebanon!² as he 
orders his force to fire on retreating demonstrators, and ³I will not allow a 
demonstration during wartime!²

The commander, Majdei, made this decision despite a military court decision in 
August 2005 that people in Bil¹in have the right to protest on their land on the
village-side of the apartheid wall. Every week since the wall was finished in 
March 2006, the Israeli military has also denied them the right to protest on 
their farmland on the other side of the wall. The wall separates villagers from 
60% of their farmland, half of which has already been annexed and developed by 
Jewish settlements.

In addition many villagers have been arrested in the night during army raids for
participating in the demonstrations in Bil¹in. Two villagers are still in 
prison: Esaam Matar, 29, has been imprisoned eight months and the military has 
ruled he is to be deported to Jordan; and Muhammad Burnat, 19, has been 
imprisoned for 3 months and has not yet had a trial for his alleged crimes.

According to official military regulations, which were reported in the Hebrew 
version of Haaretz today, soldiers are not allowed to fire from a distance 
closer than 40 meters. They are instructed not to fire at vital areas of the 
body and only to fire when they are in immediate danger. Each week during 
demonstrations in Bil¹in, many non-violent demonstrators are injured in the 
head, neck and chest.

The Israeli who was shot in the head and a Danish woman beaten with a gun on 
Friday are the most serious injuries the army has caused since Ramzi Yassin, who
was shot in the head with a plastic-coated steel bullet. Ramzi, from Bil¹in, was
handing out water during a demonstration in Bil¹in on July 8th 2005, when he was
shot in the side of the head. The bullet caused severe bleeding of his brain and
he was left unconscious for 7 days and with permanent brain damage. Haitham al 
Khateeb of Bil¹in, Yonathan Pollack, an Israeli, BJ from Denmark, and Phil of 
Austrailia were hospitalized at different times all for rubber bullets injuries 
to their heads at close range at Bil¹in demonstrations, except for Haitham who 
was hit by a tear gas canister fired at his head.

Lymor, who was shot on Friday, is currently in a stable condition at Tel 
Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv. It took the ambulances about an hour to get from 
the site where he was shot to the hospital. He was taken in for immediate 
surgery which took 3 hours, and a rubber bullet as well as shards of bone and 
damaged brain tissue were removed from his head and an internal heomorage was 
stopped. Before the surgery he was totally clear and aware even though he was in
a lot of pain. After the surgery he was moving his arms and legs while he was 
under sedation. He was taken off sedation around 7pm yesterday evening. He can 
move his limbs and can talk but is having trouble with his vision.

Rina, from Denmark, is also currently in the hospital in Hebron, suffering from 
severe concussion caused by an Israeli soldier beating her with his gun. She is 
stable, but is still having trouble walking on her own.

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