Jürgen Todenhöfer: Why did Israeli soldiers shoot me!

Days Of Palestine - Gaza Strip

On Friday, the 14th June, the German author and journalist, Jurgen Todenhofer decided to participate in the weekly protests Palestinians in Gaza launched every Friday calling for their rights and breaking the inhuman 12-year-old siege.

Being supportive of the existential right of Israel and for the right of the Israelis to live in peace and that of the Palestinians to live in peace and for the existential right of Palestine, his peaceful contribution was a sign saying, "Dear Israelis, please treat the Palestinians the same way you want to be treated!"

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However, this neutral perspective towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and being a supportive of the two states solution have not saved him from an Israeli bullet. He commented in a Facebook post after his injury saying,
"Dear friends, one cannot "demonstrate" more peacefully than I tried to do today at the border fence of Gaza. I held up a poster: "Dear Israelis, please treat the Palestinians the way you want to be treated! When I turned a few hundred meters from the border, an Israeli soldier shot me in the back with a rubber bullet.

Watch the 7-minute video! There is no other constitutional state in the world where you are shot at for such a conciliatory sentence. It can't go on like this."

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This is not the first time for the Israeli snipers to target international supporters for Palestinians as this happened 16 years ago with the American activist and diarist, Rachel Corrie who was a member of a pro-Palestinian group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). 


On March 16, 2003, the Zionist soldiers were engaged in another aggressive operation destroying the Palestinians’ houses in a military zone between the Rafah refugee camp and the Egyptian border.

She was part of a group of three British and four American ISM activists where she placed herself in the path of a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer in the area and was run over by the bulldozer and fatally injured and then declared dead.

Source : Days Of Palestine