Soldier Killed Peace Activist

Excerpt: "An Israeli soldier has been convicted by a military court of the manslaughter of British peace activist Tom Hurndall two years after he was shot in the head in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Sergeant Taysir Wahid was convicted by a court near the southern city of Ashkelon over the death of the 22-year-old activist.

Hurndall was working with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) when he was shot in the Rafah refugee camp in April 2003.

He died in a London hospital after spending nine months in a persistent vegetative state."

The Timesonline however presents a expanded story about the same type of scrutiny Israeli soldiers face that is not unlike our own. Unless one has been in combat you don't know the incredible "micro-seconds" you have to shoot, or not shoot. In this case apparantly Sgt. Wahid reportedly fired a warning shot that hit Mr. Hurdall in the forehead. Sgt. Wahid says that he is being singled our for being "arabian"; yet this appears to be more or less (according to his account which the court accepted) an accidental shooting. Although the family states he is being made a scapegoat to divert attention from "he freedom with which soldiers feel they can shoot civilians in this area", which seems to come straight from the Hamas propoganda machine.

Sometime, in war, conflict you make a mistake, and making that mistake you must live with it's consequences.


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