US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister

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  1. US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister
    Posted on: May 31, 2010 | ShareThis
    International Solidarity Movement

    31 May 2010

    UPDATE 1 June, 8:30PM (GMT+2): Emily is recovering at Hadassah Hospital after two surgeries Monday night. She lost her left eye, three metal plates were inserted into her head/face, and her jaw is wired shut. The bone surrounding her eye socket, cheekbone and jawbone are all fractured. Emily was standing peacefully during a demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint Monday when Border Police fired a large number of tear gas canisters directly at the heads of Emily and another ISM activist.

    US citizen Emily Henochowicz was shot directly in the face with a tear gas canister as she non-violently demonstrated against the Flotilla massacre.

    31 May 2010: An American solidarity activist was shot in the face with a tear gas canister during a demonstration in Qalandiya, today. Emily Henochowicz is currently in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem undergoing surgery to remove her left eye, following the demonstration that was held in protest to Israel’s murder of at least 10 civilians aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters this morning.

    21-year old Emily Henochowicz was hit in the face with a tear gas projectile fired directly at her by an Israeli soldier during the demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint today. Israeli occupation forces fired volleys of tear gas at unarmed Palestinian and international protesters, causing mass panic amongst the demonstrators and those queuing at the largest checkpoint separating the West Bank and Israel.

    “They clearly saw us,” said Sören Johanssen, a Swedish ISM volunteer standing with Henochowicz. “They clearly saw that we were internationals and it really looked as though they were trying to hit us. They fired many canisters at us in rapid succession. One landed on either side of Emily, then the third one hit her in the face.”

    Henochowicz is an art student at the prestigious Cooper Union, located in East Village, Manhattan.

    The demonstration was one of many that took place across the West Bank today in outrage over the Israeli military’s attack on the Gaza freedom flotilla and blatant violation of international law. Demonstrations also took place in inside Israel, Gaza and Jerusalem, with clashes occurring in East Jerusalem and Palestinian shopkeepers in the occupied Old City closing their businesses for the day in protest.

    Henochowicz lost her left eye after being shot directly in the face with a tear gas canister

    Tear gas canisters are commonly used against demonstrators in the occupied West Bank. In May 2009, the Israeli State Attorney’s Office ordered Israeli Police to review its guidelines for dispersing demonstrators, following the death of a demonstrator, Bassem Abu Rahmah from Bil’in village, caused by a high velocity tear-gas projectile. Tear-gas canisters are meant to be used as a means of crowd dispersal, to be shot indirectly at demonstrators and from a distance. However, Israeli forces frequently shoot canisters directly at protesters and are not bound by a particular distance from which they can shoot.

    Israeli occupation forces boarded the Mavi Marmara, one of six ships on the Freedom Flotilla at 5 a.m. this morning, opening fire on the hundreds of unarmed civilians aboard. No-one aboard the ships were carrying weapons of any kind, including for defense against a feared Israeli attack in international waters. At least 9 aid workers aboard the ship have been confirmed dead, with dozens more injured. The assault took place 70 miles off the Gaza coast in international waters, after the flotilla was surrounded by three Israeli warships. The Freedom Flotilla, carrying 700 human rights activists from over 40 countries and 10,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid, was headed for the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli blockade on Gaza, combined with the illegal buffer zone, has put a stranglehold on the territory. 42% of Gazans are unemployed, and food insecurity hovers around 60% according to figures from the Palestine Centre for Human Rights.
  2. Its all fun & games until someone loses an eye. (Sorry, couldnt resist) :D
  3. Yep, that's what happens when you attack soldiers with knives and lead pipes.
  4. Matter of fact, I heared that American girl was concealing WMDs. By the way, she was attacked in the West Bank.
  5. Yep, that's what happens when you attack soldiers with Kassam rockets. LOL!!!

  6. 20 bucks says if that american girl saw the video of the israelis getting attacked before they even stepped foot on the boat, she would still have her eye today.

    This is what happens when you palestinian supporters make up propaganda about israel attacking civilians on a ship. That poor girl lost her eye because you liars wanted to make israel look bad when the truth was, it was YOUR people doing the bad stuff.

    But hate Americans anyway, so I'm sure you dont care about this poor girl who lost her eye who was sticking up for your people.
  7. TGregg


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  8. TGregg


    I think you are being too harsh on the poor moose limbs. Why, look at their record on equal. . . oh wait. Never mind.
  9. Indeed, let's also hope she learned her lesson.

    #10     Jun 1, 2010