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Anti-Disengagement Activists Shot With Air Rifle

An attacker armed with an air rifle injured two youths who were distributing orange strips in Carmiel as part of protest activities against the government's Disengagement Plan.
First Publish: 7/4/2005, 11:57 AM / Last Update: 7/4/2005, 1:54 PM

The youths, lightly injured by the airgun pellets, were transported to local medical facilities for treatment.

Eyewitness to the attack, the coordinator of the protest activities in the northern city of Carmiel told Arutz-7 that the shots were fired from a window overlooking the Lev Carmiel mall, where the youths were distributing the orange strips to drivers and pedestrians on Friday.

"We were lucky that he missed," the coordinator, identified as Yaniv, said. "One [youth] was hit in the hand and the second felt sharp pains in his chest. We called the police and they entered the house and confiscated the air rifle. They asked us to file a formal complaint so that they could prosecute the matter."

Head of the Likud branch in Carmiel and coordinator of the joint committee against the Disengagement Plan, Rami Aloush, said that "red lines have been crossed" in the shooting. Aloush further said that he sees a direct connection between the attack and the de-legitimization underway in recent weeks against opponents of the Disengagement Plan. "The shots could easily have blinded someone," Aloush warned, "and if they had been fired from closer, they could have killed."

The Judea, Samaria and Gaza Council released a statement saying that the "violent and serious" air rifle shooting in Carmiel was "a continuation to the stream of incitement of recent days, and the result of suggestions for violent action given in statements allowing the blood of those who identify with the color orange (such as in an article on the Walla web site, statements by journalists Yaron London and Buki Naeh, among others). The silence of the legal system and the failure of the law enforcement agencies in the face of such a campaign of incitement allowed such a serious event to occur; an incident that could have cost someone his life."