Israeli officials have said they will not file charges against police
involved in , a U.S. resident who suffered
brain damage when he was struck in the head with a tear gas canister
during a West Bank protest in March. Anderson, 38, remains hospitalized
Officials said there was no criminal intent on the part of the police.
Anderson, of Oakland, Calif., attended the March protest as part of the
International Solidarity Movement, a group that has clashed
intermittently with Israeli authorities. In recent years, two of its
members have been killed in unrelated incidents involving Israeli
forces. Israeli officials have accused the group of blurring the line
between legitimate protest and involvement with those intent on
Protesters who were with Anderson on the day he was injured say that the
tear gas canister that hit him was thrown as the protest was winding
down, and that he was not involved in violence. The decision not to file
against police in his case was criticized by an attorney for his family.
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