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Brian Avery Heads Back to Israel For First Time Since Shooting

HeadlineFeb 23, 2005

American human rights activist Brian Avery plans to return to Israel this week for the first time since being shot in the face two years ago while he was in the West Bank town of Jenin. The shooting shattered his jaw and his nose forcing him to undergo a series of facial reconstruction surgeries. Witnesses said an Israeli Armored Personnel Carrier opened fire on Avery but Israel has denied being behind the shooting. On Feb. 28 the Israeli Supreme Court will hear Avery’s petition demanding a criminal investigation into the shooting. Avery’s shooting came several weeks after an Israeli bulldozer ran over and killed Rachel Corrie. A week after Avery was shot Israeli forces shot British peace activist Tom Hurndall. He later died from the shooting.

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