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
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)
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(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. (Read more Israel stories.)

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