“We don’t shoot women”

Kristin Foss, after she was shot in the foot with a rubber covered bullet in occupied Kfar Qaddum, Aug 24, 2018. (photo: Mondoweiss)
Norwegian peace activist is shot twice in one week in Palestine.

By Jonathan Ofir | Mondoweiss | Aug 25, 2018

“When in Palestine, you get shot, it fuxking [sic] hurts, but you get up again . . . everyone has been shot at some point. . . . And 9 people got shot today. Including an 8 year old. And a man to his head. They are ok too. Hope they are also with friends!”
— Kristin Foss, Norwegian peace activist after being shot for the second time in a week

“We don’t shoot women,” a Lieutenant in the Israeli army said yesterday, when asked why they shot a Norwegian activist in Kafr Qaddum Saturday last week, shortly before shooting her again. Israeli activist Matan Cohen posted this exchange and occurrence yesterday on his Facebook with photos from the scene.

This time Kristin was not shot in the abdomen, but in the foot, by a rubber-coated steel bullet. I was alerted to Kristin’s injury by her Facebook update from the clinic:

“Went back to Kufur Quaddum to show that solidarity, is stronger than fear! Very nervous though, so kept right at the back, up against the wall. Thought I was safe-ish. But they shot me again!! The protest has been on for 2 minutes. Israeli activists at the front talking to the soldiers earlier . . . so yeah . . . I just go shot twice in a week.”

It was deja-vu. Again I called Kristin, again we talked on Messenger while she was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, on that long and winding bypass road which the Kafr Qaddum residents are forced to drive on, because their access to the main road leading to Nablus had been barred, to serve the Jewish settlement of Kedumim (typical Hebrewization of the Arabic name) and other settlers. . . .

But the lieutenant said that “we don’t shoot women,” and we already know that to be a brazen lie, if it were only for Kristin’s own video from last week, where she was clearly targeted while posing no danger whatsoever and with hands in the air.

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