This is the type of political action I approve of heartily. It has guts and imagination and takes the battle directly to the other side:
The police request the public’s assistance
The suspect is wanted for investigation of attempted murder. On 04/23/2010 at 14.03, the suspect was randomly shooting towards the heads of non-violent demonstrators. As a result, Imad Rezqa was wounded, suffering a fractured skull and internal bleeding in the brain. Consider the suspect armed and dangerous. If seen, do not make contact. Notify the police immediately. Anyone with further details report to…
Let me ask you why this soldier is wearing shades? All those headlines about warrants for the arrest of IDF officers and policitians may be getting to the grunt on the ground.
Eyewitnesses to this incident photographed this soldier, who shot and seriously wounded Imad Rezka, a non-violent demonstrator attending the weekly Bilin Separation Wall rally.
This is but the most recent of numerous incidents in which IDF personnel use this weapon, originally meant to shoot tear gas canister as a means of crowd disperal, directly at the heads of unarmed demonstrators. In the past, they have killed and wounded numerous demonstrators both Palestinian and American.
The last soldier who actually killed a Palestinian was cleared of any wrongdoing by an IDF Kangaroo investigation. That’s why the peace movement is taking matters into its own hands and making known to the IDF that if they won’t hold their soldiers accountable, others will.
There will come a time when Palestinian survivors and victims will get their day in court and there will be justice. I just hope that Israel has a big enough treasury to pay for the restitution they will owe for these heinous attacks.
First, read Haaretz’s account and then read the typically mendacious IDF version:
Rezka was taken to a Ramallah hospital, where it was found that the aluminum canister fractured his scull and caused intracranial hemorrhaging. He was then taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, where surgeons removed shards from his scull and reconstructed it with plastic surgery.
Central Command officers told Haaretz that Rezka put himself in harm’s way, and claimed that activists’ initial reports of a “serious” injury were “manipulative,” as he only sustained a “superficial wound.”
Yup, that’s the Most Moral Army in the World™ talking. Since when have you ever heard of a concussion from a high velocity tear gas rifle causing a “superficial wound??” When have you ever heard of a head wound requiring reconstructive surgery being superficial?? Some of my liberal Zionist friends complain that I show insufficient love for Israel in the midst of my criticism. Tell me, how can I do that when faced with the monstrousness of this?
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.