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Tristan Anderson Deserves Justice: Support H.Con.Res.270

May 4th, 2010

May 4, 2010

To watch a video of U.S. citizen Tristan Anderson being shot in the head by the Israeli military with a high-velocity tear gas canister, click here or on the picture above. WARNING: This video is extremely graphic and disturbing.
Recently, Members of Congress have introduced a rash of resolutions--threatening to cut of funds to UNRWA, praising Israel's Apartheid Wall, deeming it a 'shining model of democratic values,' and justifying its illegal occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem--that show just how out of touch most of them are when it comes to understanding the requirements for a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

But one resolution, H.Con.Res.270, introduced last week by Rep. Barbara Lee, takes a different tack by calling for accountability and a U.S. investigation into Israel's shooting of U.S. citizen Tristan Anderson on March 13, 2009.

On that day, the Israeli military shot Tristan in the forehead with a high-velocity tear gas canister during an unarmed protest against Israel's Apartheid Wall in the West Bank village of Ni'lin.  The shooting resulted in Tristan sustaining brain damage; he remains today in an Israeli hospital.

As we reported on our blog in February after the Israeli Ministry of Justice declined to file any indictments in Tristan's case, in FY2007 alone the United States provided Israel with 121,991 pieces of teargas and riot control agents valued at $1,654,536.

It's very likely that U.S. taxpayers financed, as part of an annual U.S. military aid appropriation, the very weapons that Israel used to critically injure U.S. citizen Tristan Anderson, as well as to injure and kill thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians over the past decade.  

As H.Con.Res.270 states, the United States and Israel must "ensure that any incident of this kind never occurs again".  Here's how you can take action to help make that a reality.