World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


New Yorker Shot Defending Human Rights

April 1, 2002

New Yorker Zaid Khalil Shot Defending Palestinian Human Rights in Beit Jala: At Least 5 Internationals Wounded Today by Live Gunfire

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on April 1, international civilians and two members of the Palestinian press were wounded by live fire in Beit Jala. The internationals were attempting to visit people in homes that have been taken over by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), to make sure the residents of the homes were safe. They approached the houses with their hands up, and came under fire. With hands still raised, they backed away, and the IDF shot again.

Among the wounded are British citizens Aisa Kiysue, Kunle Ibidun and Chris Dunham; Australian citizen Kate Irving; and American citizen Zaid Khalil. The wounded were taken to Al Hussein Hospital in Bethlehem. Hospital staff reports that people were hit in the back of the head, the face, and one was hit in the upper thigh and knees. The Palestinians were hit in the chest. The wounded are all in stable condition.

Zaid Khalil is part of the International Solidarity Movement—the coalition of international groups acting as human shields in Palestine. He is from Glassboro, NJ, and graduated from Rutgers University as a Physics Major in 1999. He was hit by shrapnel in the leg, and can now be reached for an interview.

Reached in the West Bank, the group reported that internationals are now coming under heavy gunfire. "Foreigners are not the china dolls we used to be. We're as nervous now as the people we're trying to protect," said Heather, who is participating in the actions in Palestine that will last until April 12th.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news