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BERKELEY: Friends of Activist Critically Injured in Palestine Plan SF Demonstration Today
Bay Area News Group via Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 3/16/9

Posted on 03/16/2009 10:53:33 AM PDT by SmithL

Friends of a Bay Area activist who was critically injured while demonstrating in a village on Palestine's West Bank have organized their own demonstration in downtown San Francisco today as a show of solidarity.

Friends of Tristan Anderson, a former tree-sitter at the UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium oak grove, and supporters of Palestine will gather at 4 p.m. Monday outside the Israeli Consulate at 456 Montgomery St. in San Francisco, said Kate Raphael, a fellow activist and friend of Anderson's.

"Our intent is to give people a chance to talk about Tristan, to focus on the people who have been killed from that village and honor the resistance that continues," Raphael said.

Anderson, 38, of Oakland, was injured Friday evening while protesting construction of a separation barrier in the Palestinian village of Naalin on the West Bank, according to friends. An extended-range tear gas canister weapon fired by Israeli military forces hit Anderson, friends said,

fracturing his skull and causing major trauma to his face.

He underwent surgery in Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv, to have part of his frontal lobe removed and remains hospitalized, although the friends organizing the demonstration said he responded to a stimulus test Sunday morning.

"He moved two fingers, so we know he's not brain-dead," Raphael said.

He has lived in Oakland for several years, attended UC Berkeley and previously lived in San Francisco.

Raphael said he was one of the protesters who lived in trees near UC Berkeley's football stadium to resist the university's plans to tear down the grove so it could build a new sports training facility.

He has been in the Middle East for about a month.

Raphael said he traveled to other parts of the Middle East before because he is interested in archaeology, but this is his first time in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

She said she expects Palestine solidarity organizations, Arab community groups and Jewish groups to attend Monday's demonstration.

"Certainly everyone who knew him personally is making an effort to be there," she said of Anderson. She said she expects at least "a couple hundred" people to attend.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antisemites; berkeley; beserkeley; frontallobotomy; israel; notapeacemovement; propalestinianwar; proterrorist; rachelcorrie; treesitter; tristananderson
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"He moved two fingers, so we know he's not brain-dead," Raphael said.

Sorry, Raphael, but Tristan's time in the trees proves you wrong.

1 posted on 03/16/2009 10:53:34 AM PDT by SmithL
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He underwent surgery in Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv, to have part of his frontal lobe removed

That'll probably boost his IQ.

2 posted on 03/16/2009 10:55:29 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Havoc has been back since September. Or was it April?)
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To: SmithL

Awwwwwww, look! He can still make a peace sign...


3 posted on 03/16/2009 10:56:12 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 56 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: SmithL
Friends of Tristan Anderson, a former tree-sitter

Tree-sitter is a formal job title now?

4 posted on 03/16/2009 10:56:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: SmithL

Libs pulling for someone who is medically worse off than Terri Schaivo was?


5 posted on 03/16/2009 10:56:45 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Toddsterpatriot

It’s amazing there was anything to remove.


6 posted on 03/16/2009 10:57:06 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: SmithL

Tristan Anderson has an enormous carbon footprint.


7 posted on 03/16/2009 10:57:39 AM PDT by NoLibZone (To save our nation a Strongly Worded e-mail may be in order.)
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Awwwwwww, look! He can still make a peace sign...

More likely it was one finger on each hand.

8 posted on 03/16/2009 10:58:47 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: a fool in paradise

In Berkeley it’s right up there with “shop steward,” “homeless advocate” and, “homosexual activist.”


9 posted on 03/16/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: SmithL

What we have here...

is a.....

Rachel Corrie wanna-be.


10 posted on 03/16/2009 10:59:56 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: SmithL
I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me, than a full-frontal lobotomy!
11 posted on 03/16/2009 11:00:26 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father-Gysgt/Comm. Chief, USMC WWII, Korea 1925-2002)
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To: SmithL

It is a true shame than an innocent (presumption withstanding) was injured. So long as they are not a threat, I wish no ill will on misguided opponents.

But, such are the risks of inserting yourself into a war zone — particularly when you choose the wrong side.

SnakeDoc


12 posted on 03/16/2009 11:00:28 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor (Proud Charter Member of the Republican Resistance.)
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To: a fool in paradise

After all the Crap-Bombs he launched from his Beserkeley tree-top perch, it’s only fitting that he should catch one himself.


13 posted on 03/16/2009 11:01:10 AM PDT by SmithL (The Golden State demands all of your gold)
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To: SmithL
+ =
14 posted on 03/16/2009 11:02:06 AM PDT by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: SmithL

Unfortunately he was brain dead BEFORE this incident. Prayers for his parents.


15 posted on 03/16/2009 11:02:59 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one Bae Yong Joon drama at a time!)
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"He moved two fingers, so we know he's not brain-dead," Raphael said.

So long as he can cast a vote in 2012, he'll be kept on machines...

16 posted on 03/16/2009 11:04:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Entering a war zone is a risky act.


17 posted on 03/16/2009 11:04:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: SmithL

He’s still alive. That’s unfortunate.


18 posted on 03/16/2009 11:05:12 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SnakeDoctor

That’s correct.

Do an internet search of the phrase ‘Benjamin Linder’.

Now here was a guy who interjected himself into a conflict and got killed for doing it.

And his family and friends decided that it was the fault of the Reagan Administration and not Mr Linder’s decision to enter into an area where combat operations had occurred and to carry a rifle.


19 posted on 03/16/2009 11:05:31 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: SmithL

Really? They said Terri Shivo was brain dead and she could move much more than just her fingers?


20 posted on 03/16/2009 11:05:52 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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