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posted 05 April 2003 08:49 PM      Profile for swallow     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The following took place today in Jenin, Occupied Palestine. Another brutal
attack on an ISM Activist:

From ISM Jenin:

Today at about 6.30 pm Brian Avery, 24, of New Mexico was shot in the face
by a burst of machine gun fire from an Israeli Armoured Personnel Carrier.
The circumstances surrounding his injury are as follows:

Today the Israeli army of occupation operating in the Jenin area imposed its
second day of curfew on the people of the city. Groups of young men and
boys continued their resistance to the curfew by venturing out onto the
streets to throw stones at tanks and other military vehicles.

At about 6.30 pm Brian and another ISM activist were at the ISM‚s Jenin
headquarters when they heard the sound of gunfire coming from the centre of
the city, about two blocks away. They left the apartment to investigate and
had traveled about a hundred metres when they arrived at a major crossroad
and saw two armoured personnel carriers advancing towards them at low speed.
There were no Palestinians on the streets in the area, armed or otherwise.

At the sight of the armoured vehicles both activists stood still and raised
their hands above their heads.

When the first armoured personnel carrier was 50 metres from them it fired a
burst of machine gun fire (an estimated 15 rounds) at the ground in front of
them so that they were sprayed by a shower of broken bullets and stones.
Tobias, Brian‚s companion, leapt aside. He had fled about three steps when
he looked back to see Brian lying face down on the road in a pool of blood.

Tobias and Brian were then joined by four other ISM activists who had
arrived at the scene of the shooting by a different route. All six of them
rushed to help him as the two armoured vehicles rolled past without
stopping. He was conscious but when he raised himself from the ground they
saw that his left cheek has been almost totally shot off.

The activists then performed first aid on him and phoned for an ambulance
which took him to the Martyr Doctor Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin where
he was treated for shrapnel wounds to his face including bone fractures
below the eyes, lacerations of the tongue and lacerations of his left cheek.
A specialist was called in to examine his injuries and recommended that he
be transferred immediately to a hospital in Afula in Israel but his
departure was delayed because the Israeli military refused to grant his
ambulance safe passage for more than an hour.

From Afula Brian was transported to a hospital in Haifa by helicopter.

Under the Israeli Army‚s own rules of engagement soldiers are not permitted
to fire warning shots with mounted weapons. They may fire warning shots
with light hand held weapons and must aim away from the people they are

When he was shot Brian was wearing a fluorescent red vest with a reflective
white cross on its back and front.

For further information contact:

Tobias on: 057 836 527 or 067 437 690 or
Lasse on: 059 386 896

From: fast-tracked for excommunication | Registered: May 2002  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 3947

posted 06 April 2003 03:33 AM      Profile for Elemennntal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post

Unbelievable... same group as Rachel Corrie, and.. undoubtedly his move to a hospital in Haifa is supposed to make it all 'better'.

The US State Department said it was looking into the report.

From: Dubai, UAE --- yeah THERE. | Registered: Mar 2003  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 560

posted 06 April 2003 08:26 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Now now. Let's wait for the investigation. I'm sure those soldiers can come up with a good reason for shooting unarmed people with their hands in the air in the face.

Shame on you for jumping to conclusions!

From: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
Babbler # 1962

posted 06 April 2003 09:15 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
From the bottom of the linked article:

Israeli officials say the bulldozer incident that killed 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, a student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, was an accident and that the driver didn't see her because of the limited visibility in the armored vehicle.

The driver of the bulldozer — a reservist — is back on the job, the army said Saturday.

Oh, well, I guess that explains it, then. Not.

From: The King's Royal Burgh of Eoforwich | Registered: Dec 2001  |  IP: Logged

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