31 May 2010 (See photos at bottom)
US citizen Emily Henochowicz was shot directly in the face with a tear
gas canister as she non-violently demonstrated against the Flotilla
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.”
She underwent surgery to remove her left eye.