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Internationals Injured at Anti-Wall Demonstration in the Press

1. In the Danish TV News May 14, 2006
To view, go to this website and click on the headline: “Dansk fredsvagt såret på Vestbredden”

2. In the Australian Channel 9 TV news May 15, 2006
To view, go to this website and click on the headline: “Rubber Bullet to the Head”

3. “Man Shot in Protest out of Hospital” May 15, 2006 From The Australian

4. “Violent Anti-Fence Protest on Friday” From the Israel National News

Man Shot in Protest Out of Hospital
The Australian May 15, 2006

A SYDNEY man shot in the head with a rubber bullet during a protest in the West Bank has been released from hospital, and may sue the Israeli Army.
Phil Reiss, from the southern Sydney suburb of Yowie Bay, was filming a protest in the town of Bilin on Friday (AEST) when he was hit in the head with a rubber bullet apparently fired by an Israeli soldier.
About 300 people were taking part in a weekly demonstration, protesting against Israel building the separation wall and fence, when the violence broke out.
On his release from hospital today, Mr Reiss described Israeli soldiers involved in quelling the protest as “thugs”.
“I think they behaved like thugs, to be honest,” he told Channel 9.
“Their tactics were heavy-handed and completely unnecessary and were not warranted by the circumstances of the situation.”
Activist group International Solidarity Movement (ISM) said Israeli soldiers started throwing sound grenades and firing rubber-coated bullets during the demonstration, injuring five people.
ISM spokeswoman Zadie Susser said 26-year-old Mr Reiss had been doing volunteer work with the organisation for two weeks and filming the demonstration for them when he and a Danish demonstrator were shot.
Mr Reiss is not the first Australian injured while protesting in Israel.
Perth university student Joshua Taaffe, 24, was shot through both legs by Israeli soldiers during an ISM protest in the West Bank in October 2003, and Sydney woman Kate Edwards, 26, was shot in the stomach while volunteering with ISM in April 2002.

Violent Anti-Fence Protest on Friday
Israeli National News
09:12 May 14, ’06 / 16 Iyar 5766

(IsraelNN.com) Hundreds of Palestinian Authority (PA) residents and left-wing Israelis took part in a violent protest Friday afternoon in opposition to the partition fence near Bilin, in the Modi’in area.

Border police were compelled to use teargas and stun grenades as the crowd began pelting them with rock, bottles and other objects. Protestors reported a foreign activist who joined them was moderately injured in his head after being hit with a rubber bullet by border police.

A number of border policemen were lightly injured as well.