French woman injured by IDF teargas in Nabi Saleh demonstration yesterday
The incident occurs 12 seconds in.
Major Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli army, was quick to put the blame on Palestinians, claiming that the woman was ‘light[ly]’ injured by a ‘stone thrower’.
After evidence released clearly showed otherwise — with none of the protesters nearby throwing stones and photos showing the woman bleeding profusely, Lerner changed his mind, this time claiming that a gas canister ‘ricochet[ed]’ off the ground, although video footage suggests this was not the case.
Eyewitnesses reported that soldiers beat up Nariman Tamimi, a trained Palestinian medic, as she tried to help the injured French woman. Nariman Tamimi is the cousin of Mustafa Tamimi, a Palestinian man who was shot by an Israeli soldier directly in the face with a teargas canister from close range two months ago. Tamimi died from his wounds the next morning. His funeral procession took place the day after, during which the Israeli army fired teargas on some of the mourners, beat unarmed demonstrators and arrested seven activists.
Major Lerner, who put himself in the center of controversy yesterday, was in a similar position after Mustafa Tamimi died, when he mocked the fallen protester.
Demonstrations in Nabi Saleh have been taking place for almost two years, protesting against the theft of Palestinian land in the form of the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish and a water spring belonging to Palestinians that Israeli settlers have occupied for themselves.
A Palestinian activist holds the blood-soaked kuffiyeh that the French woman was wearing when she was struck by the canister (Photo: Omar Rahman)
1880 Photo of a Praying Elderly Muslim Man in Cairo, Egypt
What strikes me about this is that 130 years ago, Muslims prayed the exact same way we pray now. 1400 years ago, in fact, they prayed the same way too. Each era may have a different culture or outward expression of self, but the thread uniting this Ummah through time, space, country, socioeconomic status, and creed is our Islam, handed down through the ages unaltered. No matter who you are, if you are a Muslim, you share more than just a title or identifier: you share a way of life.
Writing as a drawing tool - yeah, that sounds weird. If you wanted to work with words, you’d be a writer, right?
This isn’t beautiful writing, though. This is organizational, planning writing that I’m going to talk about. Writing out a scene beat by beat. Outlining an entire story.
A note for my story writing self…
“Do not allow your stomachs to become graveyards”
- Prophet Muhammad, Hadith
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