Unabashed Heterophobe (paulnolan) wrote in ontd_political,
Unabashed Heterophobe

American journalist shot at Flotilla protest

As Palestinians gathered at Israel's Qalandiya checkpoint on Monday 31 May, to voice shock and anger over the death of at least ten anti-siege activists on the Freedom Flotilla, shot by Israeli combat soldiers who boarded the boats in international waters on Monday, solders dispersed the protest with tear-gas and rubber-coated bullets.

Twenty-one year old American journalist Emily Henochowicz was hit in the left eye with a tear-gas canister, reportedly fired directly at her by soldiers. She was taken to a Ramallah hospital and transferred to Israel's Hadassa Hospital, where medics said surgeons were preparing to remove her eye.

Israeli officials did not return Ma'an phone calls seeking comment.

Photos show Henochowicz being hit by the high-velocity canisters, and Palestinian women tending to her before the arrival of medics.

More pictures at source.

UPDATE: 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.

More information here
Tags: israel, palestine, usa

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