Nov 28 2009
HA! HA! American Tristan Anderson, former UC Berkeley ‘treesitter’ turned pro-Palestinian activist, permanently brain damaged by Israeli troops
Didn’t this damn hippie throwback realize he wasn’t in Berkeley anymore? What the hell was he doing protesting against Israel in Israel anyway? The Israeli government should sue him for the medical costs they had to incur saving his worthless life.
Actually, I think he was brain damaged before he went to Israel.
Whatever happened to the hippies who were finally made to come down after spending nearly two years living in somebody else’s trees in Berkeley? Most of them are probably teaching college classes or serving in the Obama administration, but some have gone on to exciting new adventures:
Former UC Berkeley tree-sitter Tristan Anderson, who was involved in an almost two-year-long tree-sit against the construction of an athletic center in the oak grove near Memorial Stadium, was critically injured in March ’09 while protesting the construction of an anti-terrorist security wall in Na’alin, a town in the West Bank in Israel.
“The border police force was attacked massively by about 400 demonstrators who threw blocks, stones and gas rockets,” the letter said, according to Tsemel’s translation. “The police sincerely feared that they would be hurt. The Israeli Governmet declared this was an ‘Act of War’ and therefore no charges could be brought against the soldier.
The case of Tristan Anderson, who remains hospitalized with brain damage and a fractured skull six months after he was injured, may test Israel’s efforts to shield itself from lawsuits for harm it causes during wartime, said attorney Michael Sfard. Anderson’s lawyers said Israel’s Ministry of Defense has told them the demonstrators threw stones and other objects at police, who acted in self-defense.
Anderson, 38, was among a group of about 400 Palestinian and international demonstrators who gathered March 13 in the town of Naalin, near the wall Israel is building along its border to keep Palestinians out.
Anderson was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired from about 65 yards away by a border police officer, according to some fellow demonstrators. He had brain surgery at Tel Hashomer hospital in Tel Aviv and is no longer in critical condition, but is blind in his right eye, friends say.
His parents, Nancy and Michael Anderson of Grass Valley (Nevada County), report that he has regained consciousness and they are optimistic about his recovery, said Lea Tsemel, an Israeli civil rights lawyer who represents the family. However, she said she believes Tristan Anderson will be permanently disabled.
This summer, Anderson’s lawyers received a letter from Israel’s Ministry of Defense saying its preliminary investigation had cleared government forces of wrongdoing. LINK
As fate would have it, this event occurred the day before the anniversary of fellow American moonbat Rachel Corrie’s transformation into a Fruit Roll-Up under the treads of Israeli bulldozer, whose driver couldn’t see her boldly defending some terrorist hideout.
It’s a hard old world for witless moonbats, even if they are running the country now.