Israeli forces shoot Norwegian peace activist twice within one week (VIDEO) The Norwegian Palestine solidarity activist Kristin Foss was shot by Israeli soldiers twice a week. The first time she was shot while she raised with her hands up, and the second occurred when she retreated from tear gas.
Foss stood still with her hands up when she was shot in Kafr Qaddum during a weekly demonstration last Saturday. Video made by Foss captures the moment she was hit.
Foss and another activist walked with an elderly Palestinian man who asked them to help him return to his car that the soldiers used as shields. International activists often attend Palestinian protests to prevent the use of excessive violence by Israelis.
The man talked to the soldiers and Foss and the other activists filmed from a distance. A soldier tells Foss that it is dangerous and replies: "It is dangerous that you aim a gun at us" while a shot is fired. A few seconds later, another shot is heard and Foss is hit in the abdomen.
The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said last week that it had asked the Israeli authorities to explain the circumstances, VG.
Foss, a volunteer of the International Solidarity Movement, returned to the village the following Friday to support demonstrators. The weekly protests in Kafr Qaddum must demonstrate against the closure of a road that has been closed to Palestinians for seven years, forcing them to travel more than 14 km (9 miles) to reach the regional capital of Nablus.
In a video, filmed before being shot, that the IDF, although the demonstrations had not yet begun, had already "invaded the city."
Foss walked away from the tear gas of the IDF when she was shot in the ankle by a rubber bullet. When she was in an ambulance with another man who had been shot in the shoulder, they had to go back after another person had been shot through her head.
An IDF spokesperson told RT that the protests were "violent riots" and that "Palestinians threw stones at IDF soldiers and burned tires."
"The stranger mentioned in the article was in both incidents between the rioters while they carried out violence against the security forces," said the spokesman. "The allegations regarding alleged damage to non-involved persons through the distribution of resources will be investigated and the findings will be examined by the military advocate-general."
Activist Nirit Haviv Haaretz asked one of the soldiers why they shot a woman last week. According to Haviv, the soldier said, "What are you talking about? We do not shoot women if she is not standing next to the main collector."
Although rubber-coated steel balls are considered non-fatal, the injuries they cause can be catastrophic, especially when shot up close.
"Thousands of Palestinians have been hit this year alone, by rubber steel bullets and by sharp ammunition." Foss in a statement. "Palestinians are being shot because of the crime of demonstrating for their basic human rights – or just for the crime of being born Palestinian." Although my case is blown up in the media, they remain unnoticed. ;
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