ISM: American loses eye after Israeli soldier shoots her with tear gas canister

International Solidarity Movement 5/31/2010

An American solidarity activist lost her left eye, after an Israeli soldier shot her in the face with a tear gas canister  during a demonstration in Qalandiya Monday.

Emily Henochowicz underwent surgery Monday in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, 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 Sunda.

Henochowicz, 21, was hit in the face with a tear gas projectile fired directly at her by an Israeli soldier during the demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint Monday. 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 Monday in outrage over the Israeli military’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and blatant violation of international law.

Demonstrations also took place in 1948 Palestine, Gaza and Jerusalem, with clashes occurring in East Jerusalem. Palestinian shopkeepers in the occupied Old City closed their businesses for the day in protest.

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