Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian with Tear Gas Canister in Bi’lin

17 April 2009

Today, Friday April 17, during their weekly demonstration against the construction of the Annexation Barrier, Bassem Abu Rahme, a resident of Bi’lin, was shot in the stomach and killed with a high-velocity tear gas canister by the Israeli military. Eyewitness reports identified the weapon that killed him as the same type of high-velocity tear gas canister that severely injured American activist Tristan Anderson and several others during demonstrations in the Ramallah district in the last three months.

While other tear gas canister have also severely injured Palestinians, internationals and Israelis in the past, the high-velocity tear gas canisters are widely considered more dangerous because of the distance and speed at which they travel.