American Tristan Anderson shot by Israeli Defense Forces
An American is in critical condition with life-threatening wounds after being shot in the head today by a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF.
Tristan Anderson, from California, is in a Tel-Aviv hospital after being transported from the village of Naâalin in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank.
WMNF spoke with David Jacobus, who is in the hospital with Anderson.
David Jacobus: âWe actually just got word from the surgeons who came out. He has a very high velocity impact in his right forehead. There are bone fragments in the right temporal lobe. Theyâve tried to remove most of the fragments. Theyâre not sure if thereâs a deeper brain injury, there might be. They wouldnât say if, you know, heâs going to lose his vision or not but they said that his eye is in really bad shape.
âHeâs now being moved to the intensive care unit and heâs on a respirator. Heâs in a life-threatening condition for at least the next few days while they try to control the fluid leakage. Theyâve only really looked at the surface of the injury that sort of blew a hole in the front of the forehead and theyâre trying to find out if thereâs any deeper injuries.â
WMNFâs SeÃ¡n Kinane: âIf you could tell our listeners what happened â what led up to this injury?â
David Jacobus: âSure, this was at a weekly protest in a village thatâs close to the Apartheid Wall, named Naâalin. And the protest began in the middle of the day, around noon, and it took about three hours. When Tristan was hit, it was about 45 minutes after things had really started to end. There was a movement of the villagers out towards the wall and the army responds with violence. After everyone had retreated to the village, the army continued to the village and started using offensive force in the village.
âThere was also a Palestinian shot with live ammunition about 2 meters from me by a sniper who had taken over a house. So this wasnât really like a repulsive action they were using to defend the wall, which is what the army orders are. It was an offensive, you know, intimidation, violence that moved into the city. I had actually left the village about ten minutes before Tristan was shot because everything had been calm for about 40 minutes and there didnât seem to be significant military presence. But theyâd started to push in on another side of the village.â
âAnd he was shot with what seems like a new tear gas device thatâs shot from an M-16 at very high velocity. Itâs not supposed to be used under 40 meters; at least thatâs what it says on the shell casings that people have found around. But itâs really only been used quite recently. And itâs just a large missile-like bullet that opens on impact.â
WMNFâs SeÃ¡n Kinane: âAnd according to Haâaretz, the IDF said that the protest violated an injunction issued by a Major General because they were in a closed military zone thatâs off-limits to demonstrators. But it sounds like youâre telling me that Tristan wasnât in this closed military zone -- that he was in the town?â
David Jacobus: âYeah, the village is actually about a kilometer away from the wall. And the military orders that are issued are within the proximity of the wall. And as I said before, the armyâs own rules allowing this offensive force within the Jerusalem corridor of the wall are to defend the wall from attack. But this is actually part of the militaryâs post-protest follow-up where they invade the village and then harass people and go after them.
âThis occurred inside of the village just off the main road, actually. I mean, there were other villagers, just you know, people continued their daily business after the protest had ended. The markets are closed because itâs Friday, but people were making their trips to visit family, and circulating on the street.â
WMNFâs SeÃ¡n Kinane: âDo you know the status of the Palestinian who was injured?â
David Jacobus: âThe Palestinian was shot with a .22 [caliber] live ammunition by a sniper, which they started to use. And it went clean through his leg, so actually Tristan is in a much more grave condition than the Palestinian who had been shot. He was able to make it to a hospital in Ramallah, and I hear heâs doing all right.
âBut there were some complications with Tristanâs travel because the Palestinian ambulance is the one that had to take him and it was held up at a check-point where they wouldnât allow it though. The report is that there were a ten to fifteen minute delay at that checkpoint for him to be transferred to an Israeli ambulance before he was brought into Tel-Aviv.â
WMNFâs SeÃ¡n Kinane: âSo thatâs where you are, youâre in a hospital in Tel-Aviv?â
David Jacobus: âYeah, itâs called Tel Hashomer hospital. Right now thereâs an ophthalmologist looking at the eye. But, I mean, they said it was a pretty serious hit.âcomments powered by Disqus