The lady’s name is mairead maguire and she received the Nobel peace prize in 1976 for her work in Ireland. She was (and I quote her) “viciously attacked” yesterday by the so-called IDF. Her account of the story below:
"I was invited with my friend to attend a nonviolent conference in Bilin, a village outside Ramallah, and to give a talk there, which I did. At the end of the conference, we were invited to participate in a nonviolent demonstration with some of the Palestinian members of parliament, including Dr. Barghouti, and Israeli peace activists and local villagers and international visitors from over several hundred countries so – or several hundred international peace activists from over twenty countries.
We walked along to try to walk up toward the separation wall, and it was a totally nonviolent protest. And we were viciously attacked by the Israeli military. They threw gas canisters into the peace walkers, and they also fired rubber-covered steel bullets. As I tried to move back and helping a French lady, I was shot in the leg with a rubber-covered steel bullet, and the young Israeli soldier who shot me was only twenty meters from me. I was stunned by it, and then later on, after having some treatment by the ambulance medics, I went back down to the front line with the peace activists, and we were again showered with gas. I was overcome and had a severe nosebleed and had to be taken by stretcher to the ambulance and treated.
And I witnessed there a Palestinian woman, maybe around in her sixties, and an old Palestinian man with blood on his face. These were over twenty-five unarmed peace people who had been viciously attacked by the Israeli military. And it was a completely peaceful protest. It was absolutely unbelievable. I never in all my years of activism witnessed anything so vicious as from the Israeli military."
What do you guys think? Is she exagerating the facts? Is she lying?
On more macabre news, a 17 years old girl who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Saturday, along with five other Palestinians.
Those recent developments plus the “human shields” scandals that sprout every now and then, give me the feeling the IDF should change its name to something more appropriate.