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Israel police not charged over American Activist Tristan Anderson shooting http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qUFDMUpk9jE/S0D4s5NyhGI/AAAAAAAAcYk/a6HC49tJa7Y/s400/_31004_Tristan_Anderson.jpg                                                        Charges will not be brought against the police officers who shot an American pro-Palestinian activist in the face, sumenta Israel's justice ministry has said. Tristan Anderson suffered severe brain damage when he was shot at a rally in the West Bank town of Naalin last year. The officers did not have any "criminal intent" when they shot Mr Anderson, sumenta a ministry spokesman said. Mr Anderson, sumenta 38, sumenta was in a coma for months and can only communicate with basic sounds, sumenta friends say. The case was closed without indicting anyone after an internal police investigation because "there was no proof of criminal behaviour by the police", sumenta Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen told the AFP news agency . Regular clashes Mr Anderson, sumenta from Oakland California, sumenta was among 400 people demonstrating against the building of the West Bank barrier. The village is one of several places where stone-throwing Palestinian youths clash regularly with police. Mr Anderson was shot by a riot policeman from between 60-70 m (213ft), sumenta it was reported. The Anderson family's lawyer said Mr Anderson had not been throwing rocks at police, sumenta according to AFP. "The demonstration was actually for all practical purposes over, sumenta" said Michael Sfard, sumenta who insisted the family would appeal the decision. A number of European or American activists have been killed or injured in demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza. Tom Hurndall, sumenta 22, sumenta was shot by an Israeli sniper in 2003 while at a demonstration in Gaza, sumenta he died in Britain nine months later. Rachel Corrie, sumenta 23, sumenta was also killed in Gaza a month earlier when a bulldozer crushed her. In 2004, sumenta the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory ruling that the barrier was illegal and should be removed. Israel's official position is that the barrier is a security fence, sumenta defending its citizens from attacks by Palestinians. The Palestinians, sumenta on the other hand, sumenta view it as as a land grab as the route of the wall cuts deep into the West Bank in places. Only 15% of the barrier follows the Green Line, sumenta the internationally recognised boundary between the West bank and Israel. The barrier, sumenta is a mixture of fences, sumenta barbed wire, sumenta ditches and concrete slabs up to 8m (26ft) high. Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8491770.stm