Monday, March 16, 2009

Miami, Florida:

Demonstration for Tristan Anderson, who was shot in the head by Israeli occupation forces.

"Demonstrators protest in front of Miami's Israeli consulate"

"Miami Herald" Staff Report

March 16, 2009

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More than three dozen people demonstrated on Monday in front of the Israeli consulate in downtown Miami to call attention to last week's actions by Israeli troops who struck an American activist with a tear gas canister in the West Bank.

The group, South Florida Jews for Justice, staged the rally to call attention to the serious injuries suffered by Tristan Anderson, 38, of Oakland, Calif., who was hit in the head and hospitalized, according to Kade Crockford, one of the group's organizers.

Anderson was wounded last Friday in the West Bank village of Naalin during a protest against Israel's separation barrier.

Israel says the barrier is a defense against Palestinian attackers infiltrating into Israel. But Palestinians view it as a thinly veiled land grab because it juts into the West Bank at multiple points.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Anderson, 38, is on a respirator and in stable condition at a local hospital near Tel Aviv.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.