Moral Low Ground


American Student Shot in the Head by Israeli Security Forces

An American graduate student filming Palestinian demonstrators was shot in the head with a high-velocity tear gas canister by Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. According to the Palestine Monitor and his own account published on Mondoweiss, 25-year-old Christopher Whitman suffered a serious head injury and multiple fractures in his hand when he was struck by the projectile fired by Israeli border guards. The guards shot Whitman in the head from close range, in direct violation of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) regulations.

Wrote Whitman:

I was in the street with just a few observers documenting the incident. I saw that they started shooting tear gas from a distance of 50ft (15m) which is far to close, and they were not shooting it into the air. I decided to duck and knee just a little and got nailed on the top of the head above my forehead. I almost fell completely to the ground. From there I was picked up by two Palestinians who brought me to the ambulance with blood over my head and face. I then pointed to my face as we passed the Israeli army and border police and yelled “is this is what the most moral army in the world does!?” And then I was put into the ambulance.

The paramedic cleaned up my wounds as best he could. I felt delirious and discombobulated. At one point the blood loss was so extreme the places in my body that were farthest from my heart (fingers, knees) began tensing to a point of no control and I felt like a cripple. The ambulance arrived at Ramallah Hospital 30 minutes later, but my treatment was delayed due to a strike. I saw many doctors, had x-rays, CT scans, and stitches free of charge. Many people who were at the protest came to see how I was and even had a gift given to me from the village…which was the piece of my head the was knocked off by the tear gas cannister.

A grisly souvenir of Israeli barbarism. (Photo: Palestine Youth Voice)

















Whitman was filming demonstrations marking Nakba Day, a mournful remembrance of the 1948 forcible expulsion of some 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland by Zionists in the process of establishing the Jewish state of Israel. In separate incidents, 13 Palestinians were shot dead yesterday by Israeli forces as thousands of demonstrators attempted– some successfully– to “illegally” enter Israel.

Here is Whitman’s footage of the Nabi Saleh protest. “The last frame is me getting shot at close range with a high-velocity tear gas canister,” he writes.

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  1. Chris WhitmanMay 17, 2011 at 12:02 pmReply

    THanks for posting this article about me. I very much appreciate it. Thank you very much.

  2. wilberpeaceMay 19, 2011 at 8:27 amReply

    It’s and very unfortunate and sad incident. I would like to know what brought on the scuffle before your camera was running.

    You have to realize that little Israel is in the fight of it’s life, it’s the only true democracy in the middle east and ally of the U.S. It is surrounded by nations that want nothing less than the destruction of the Israeli state and all jews dead. Muslim and Arab extremists do not want peace and brotherhood but war and death. Little Arab children are being brought up to hate Jews and Christians. Is it any wonder that their will never be true peace in this region until the Messiah comes and sets up his Kingdom on earth.

    • UWMay 19, 2011 at 9:59 amReply

      You have to realize that little Palestine is in the fight of it’s life. It is surrounded by a nation that want nothing less than the destruction of the Palestinian people. Zionist extremists do not want peace and brotherhood but war and death. Little Jew children are being brought up to hate Arabs and Christians. Is it any wonder that their will never be true peace in this region until Israel starts behaving like a civilized nation.

      • wilberpeaceMay 19, 2011 at 5:11 pmReply

        UW, can’t you come up with anything original? The winds of war are coming from the Muslim nations. Israel doesn’t want war with Palestine or anyone else. She only wants to live in peace with it’s neighbors and to live securely within it’s borders. It’s my opinion that there is more freedom in Israel for everyone than any of the nations that border it. Iran and it’s friends want to finish the job that A. Hitler failed at, the complete destruction of The Jews and the State of Israel.

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