Thursday, March 01, 2007

Bedouin girl critically hurt when shot, apparently by IDF soldiers

By Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondent

28 February 2007

A Bedouin girl was critically wounded on Wednesday when
she sustained bullet wounds to the head in the northern
Negev. The shots were apparently fired by an Israel
Defense Forces soldier.

The military police has opened an investigation into the

The girl, 12, was hospitalized at the Soroka Medical
Center in Be'er Sheva with life-threatening wounds.

The girl, who had been herding her sheep in the area of
the incident, was brought to an IDF base near Kibbutz Orim
in the northern Negev in the early afternoon by a Bedouin
man. The man said that the girl had been shot by IDF
soldiers after she had wandered into a firing zone.

The paramedic who treated the girl confirmed that she had
severe head wounds.

The girl was evacuated to the hospital by ambulance. The
IDF has not confirmed any details of the incident.

It is still unclear whether the girl's family had a permit
for herding in the area of the incident. The herding
season has begun and many Bedouin complained that there is
a shortage in herding permits.

Since 1999, no new herding permits have been issued.

Last year, the issue of herding permits resurfaced after a
12-year-old boy was killed when a dud mortar exploded
while he was herding his flock in a firing zone near
Kiryat Gat without a permit.

Over a week ago, 120 shepherds infiltrated a firing zone
with their herds to protest the shortage of permits.

1 comment:

IsraeliDiary said...

Another sad story, however it is unclear if the Army's to blame.

These are closed military zones surrounded by fence and warning signs. This girl should have been supervised.

It happens often that Bedouins wander to these areas. It's a minefield! It's full of cluster bombs and the army fires there all the time.

I also know that Bedouins go there in order to steal ammunition and sell it to Palestinians. We found a Bedouin near our training base 3 years ago. He tried to steal a cluster bomb and when he touched it, it exploded and he had lost one or both of his legs. Poor guy.

Christopher, you're a journalist, and you know that when articles are not objective, they only cause more hatred and do no good to anyone. Israel has its good sides as well as its bad sides. The same goes for the Palestinians. We are all equal people.

We only see what our eyes want to see, a man should try to see what his eyes do NOT want to see, that's when he'll learn the truth.

I've learned many terrible things about my people and my country. I openly write about it in my blog and as much as I'm ashamed of these incidents, I know that it's not what my country is like. I looked at things I didn't want to see, but as painful as it was, it opened my eyes to the truth.

May we all speak of peace and give hope to each other.

Have a good weekend.