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Thomas Hurndall, ISM Peace Activist Shot by Israeli Sniper

13.04.2003 14:25

On 11th April 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, International Solidarity Movement (ISM) peace activist and photographer Thomas Hurndall was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper as he shielded children from the line of fire. He remains on a life support machine in an Israeli hospital. Tom's parents have visited the site of the shooting and ISM activists in London have met with the Foreign Office to demand a full investigation of the incident. The Israeli military has so far refused to comment.
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Tom is the third ISM activist killed or injured by the Israeli military in the space of a month - Rachel Corrie was killed last month by an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah and last week Brian Avery was shot in the face in Jenin. Many are now asking if international peace activists are being deliberatly targeted by the Israeli military. Tom had only recently begun working with ISM after leaving Jordan where he was involved with refugee work and Baghdad where he had volunteered as a peace activist.
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