US Woman Loses Eye in Israeli Protest

Maryland college student hit by tear gas canister

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 2, 2010 4:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – An American woman lost her eye yesterday during a demonstration in Jerusalem against Israel's naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla. Maryland college student Emily Henochowicz, 21, was hit in the face by a tear gas canister shot by an Israeli border policeman and underwent surgery in a local hospital, where she is now recuperating.

"We can confirm that a US citizen, Emily Henochowicz, suffered a serious injury when a gas canister hit her in the face, as she was standing among other protesters in the West Bank at the Qalandiya checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel," a State Department spokesman said.

A Palestinian woman reacts as she holds a cloth to the bleeding face of an American activist who was wounded during clashes with Israeli troops between Ramallah and Jerusalem, Monday, May 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian woman holds a cloth to the bleeding face of an American activist who was wounded during clashes with Israeli troops between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, May 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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