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Sister of soldier shot near Gaza criticizes the politicization of his injury

Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left); Border Police officer Barel Shmueli (center) who was critically wounded in a shooting on the Gaza border on August 21, 2021; Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right). (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90; Border Police; Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left); Border Police officer Barel Shmueli (center) who was critically wounded in a shooting on the Gaza border on August 21, 2021; Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right). (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90; Border Police; Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The sister of an IDF soldier critically wounded by gunfire on the Gaza border over the weekend says her brother’s injury should not be politicized.

“Put the politics aside, this is not the fixation we wanted, it’s inappropriate,” Hila Rahimi says, adding that her brother, Barel Hadaria Shmueli, “is a hero, a soldier who fought with his body for the country and is hovering between life and death.”

After Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mixed up Shmueli’s name when he called to check up on his family, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu took the opportunity on Monday to attack the premier, but later backed away from the criticism.

The parents of the 21-year-old Border Police officer, who remains hospitalized in serious condition after he was shot in the head during violence along the Gaza border on Saturday, have heavily criticized the government’s conduct.

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