Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Palestinian Canadian doctor, was shot in both legs last May by an Israeli sniper in Gaza. He was one of 1700 wounded on that day alone. He talked about what he saw and felt at a recent lecture organized in Toronto by Canadian Friends of Sabeel. Learn more…
“Shooting someone on purpose is an intimate act”, Dr. Tarek Loubani told a capacity crowd at Victoria College in Toronto. “The sniper has to follow you carefully, before pulling the trigger.”
Loubani says 19 other identified medical personnel were also shot by Israeli snipers that day. He does not know whether medics were targeted as a deliberate act of Israeli policy, but notes that during the six weeks of protests up to that point NO medical personnel had been shot. “Certainly, the high number of wounded medical personnel is troubling”, Loubani admitted.
He was in Gaza to provide medical services to Palestinian demonstrators protesting their 12 year incarceration in what the Norwegian Refugee Council and others have called an “open air prison”.
Loubani runs the Glia Project, an organization which seeks to provide medical supplies to impoverished areas. Glia has created designs for 3D-printable stethoscopes and other medical instruments. He was supervising field tests of a 3D-printed tourniquet when he was shot.
Loubani’s wounding led Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to issue a rare criticism of Israel’s action. “We are appalled that Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded – along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children,” said Trudeau.
Loubani was the featured speaker at this year’s James Graff Memorial Lecture in Toronto. Graff had been a professor at the University of Toronto who made bringing attention to the plight of the Palestinian people a key activity. The lecture is an annual event organized by Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS).
Loubani became well known to Canadians when he was interviewed by CBC after his wounding. He is respected not only for his courage under fire, but also for his careful and understated manner, which adds to the credibility and authenticity of his reporting.
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