3361042955_e30d99acdbYou may recall Tristan Anderson, peace activist and one-time occupant of UC Berkeley trees, who took a tear-gas canister to the head in the West Bank last March. You may even have pitched in at a September benefit to raise money for his rehab and the skull surgery he underwent toward the end of the year.

Regardless, it might interest you to know that Israeli officials will not, in fact, be charging police apparently responsible for throwing the aforementioned canister with any type of crime. Anderson’s family is apparently contesting the determination, which cites a lack of “criminal intent”—a ruling that representatives for the International Solidarity Movement fiercely criticized.

Meanwhile “Cricket,” as Anderson was once nicknamed, subsists in an Israeli hospital, where we hope he will eventually make a full recovery.

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Israeli officials will not file charges against police involved in severely injuring former UC Berkeley tree sitter [Oakland Tribune] via Inside Bay Area


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Oh, how six months fly. It seems just yesterday that the Clog covered the poor luck of Berkeley’s star-crossed activist/ex-tree sitter Tristan Anderson. For those of you who don’t remember, some real nasty wrong place, wrong timeliness brought Anderson into unwelcome contact with an Israeli tear gas canister in Gaza the West Bank village of Nil’in and he has been hospitalized in Israel ever since.

This Sunday, friends of Anderson are holding a benefit to raise money for the cost of his recovery. It will take place at the La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue at 8 p.m. Drop a donation of $5 to $20 (or more, we presume, is OK) and expect live musical and spoken word performances and an art auction. It is sponsored by Friends of Tristan and Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement.

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Benefit Sunday for former Berkeley tree sitter severely injured in Israel [Mercury News]