Injured US activist takes Israel to court

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Posted: Nov 14, 2011 5:30 AM
Injured US activist takes Israel to court

An American badly injured by the Israeli military during a pro-Palestinian demonstration will have his first day in an Israeli court.

Tristan Anderson, of Oakland, Calif., was hit in the head with a tear gas canister fired during a demonstration against Israel's West Bank separation barrier in March 2009.

He lost an eye and suffered brain damage that paralyzed part of his body.

Anderson's Israeli lawyer Ghada Hlehi says the hearing will be held on Nov. 24 in Jerusalem. She says he is suing the Israeli government for unspecified damages.

Israel's justice ministry has maintained there was no evidence of wrongdoing by the military.

Anderson's supporters say he was standing on the sidelines of the protest, which involved rock-hurling youth and soldiers firing tear gas.