Palestinian student Hisham Awartani left paralyzed after being shot in the ... trends now

Palestinian student Hisham Awartani left paralyzed after being shot in the ... trends now
Palestinian student Hisham Awartani left paralyzed after being shot in the ... trends now

Palestinian student Hisham Awartani left paralyzed after being shot in the ... trends now

A Palestinian student, left paralyzed in a suspected hate crime, broke his silence - emphasizing that the shooting was not isolated and 'did not happen in a vacuum.'

Three 20-year-old students - Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdel Hamid, and Tahseen Ahmed - were shot in Burlington, Vermont, Saturday afternoon while returning from dinner. 

Awartani, through a message shared by a Professor of Palestinian studies at Brown University Beshara Doumani, stated the shooting is part of a 'larger story,' at a vigil on campus Monday night. 

He proceeded to condemn Israel as part of his statement, despite the alleged non-Jewish shooter having no ties to the country and revealing no motive. 

'I'd like to start off by saying that I greatly appreciate all the love and prayers being sent my way. Who knew that all I had to do to become famous was to get shot,' Doumani read on Awartani's behalf. 

'On a more serious note, it's important to recognize that this is part of the larger story. This hideous crime did not happen in a vacuum.'

Awartani, through a message shared by a Professor of Palestinian studies at Brown University Beshara Doumani, stated the shooting is part of a 'larger story,' at a vigil on campus Monday night

Awartani, through a message shared by a Professor of Palestinian studies at Brown University Beshara Doumani, stated the shooting is part of a 'larger story,' at a vigil on campus Monday night

Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdel Hamid and Tahseen Ahmed wearing keffiyeh scarves and speaking Arabic when they were shot on Saturday night

Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdel Hamid and Tahseen Ahmed wearing keffiyeh scarves and speaking Arabic when they were shot on Saturday night

Jason J. Eaton, 48, is in custody. He is accused of shooting the three Palestinian students on Saturday

Jason J. Eaton, 48, is in custody. He is accused of shooting the three Palestinian students on Saturday 

'I am but one casualty in this much wider conflict,' he continued. 'This is why when you send your wishes and light your candles for me today, your mind should not just be focused on me as an individual, but rather as a proud member of a people being oppressed.'

In his message, Awartani suggested different outcomes if the incident occurred in the West Bank. 

He said that if he had been shot in the West Bank, instead of Vermont, 'the medical services that saved my life here would likely have been withheld by the Israeli army.'

'The soldier who shot me would go home and never be convicted. I understand that the pain is so much more real and immediate because many of you know me, but any attack like this is horrific, be it here or in Palestine.'  

Israel has in-fact consistently provided medical care to Palestinians, including leaders of Palestinian resistance movements and terrorist groups, over the years. 

Additionally, Israel provides medical care, including surgery, to terrorists who were injured while committing their crimes.  

Israeli doctors saved the life of Hamas leader Yahya Ibrahim Hassan Sinwar - who is said to have led the October 7 massacre - when he was in prison in the country, as reported by Business Insider. 

Israeli doctors carried out a brain surgery and successfully removed a tumor in Sinwar while he was serving multiple life sentences for the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli soldiers in 1988.

Additionally, Israa Riad Jabes, a woman slated for release by Israel, disfigured herself after failing to detonate a suicide bomb in 2015. She was treated by Israel following her terrorist

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