Anyone who doubts that these so-called non-lethal weapons, when in the hands of racist Israeli troops, are benign, need only look at this photo:
That is talented young American college student and visual artist, Emily Henochowicz, who was shot in the eye by an Israeli soldier Monday, in Ramallah:
21 year old Henochowicz was attending one of the many demonstrations which took place across the West Bank in response to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre, when she was hit in the face with the tear gas canister destroying her left eye. She is now situated in Hassadah hospital, Jerusalem where she has been receiving treatment, including two surgeries, to insert metal plates into her face and to wire her jaw.
Henochowicz’s sister, Sarah issued a statement on Tuesday saying "the surgery was successful and she is currently recuperating in Hadassah Hospital. Thank you for your kind words and support, my family and I greatly appreciate it. Her father is by her side and will bring her home as soon as she is able to travel”. A friend who visited Henochowicz on Wednesday reported that “she is better, though she is in more pain now and is very upset.”
Here's a further description:
Henochowicz, a junior at Cooper Union who is currently studying at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, was protesting Israel’s raid of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. According to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a Palestinian-led activist group with which Henochowicz volunteers, an Israeli soldier fired the tear gas projectile directly at Henochowicz.
"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," said Soren Johanssen, a Swedish ISM volunteer who was standing with Henochowicz at the protest.
During the two months Henochowicz had been working with ISM prior to Monday's demonstration, she attended numerous pro-Palestinian non-violent protests and spent time with Palestinian families who had been evicted from their East Jerusalem homes.
Henochowicz is the second American in so many years to be critically injured while protesting in Israel. California-born Tristan Anderson, 38, sustained permanent brain injury after he was shot in the head by a high velocity teargas canister fired by Israeli forces on March 13, 2009.
Despite Anderson sustaining severe injury at a civilian demonstration, the Israeli Ministry of Defense declared the incident "an act of war" and denied liability for damages -- including over seven months of hospitalization and intensive reconstructive surgery to Anderson's skull.
Here's a link to Emily's web site, where you can see some of her work, including this sculpture:
Hee's a picture of another American, Tristan Anderson, who was mentioned in the above article:
None of the perpetrators of these injuries to Americans will ever be brought to justice. The Rachel Corrie civil trial, which has so far uncovered many Israeli soldiers breaking Israeli laws is an example. None of those soldiers will ever be prosecuted for breaking Israeli law, let alone be brought before an international body for their crimes.
I almost forgot. Here's an American, illegally killed by members of a hostile foreign military force on Memorial Day (!!!):
The American government will not investigate these injuries, maimings and death. Never. And when the Israelis see this, it will let them know that it is OK to kill Americans.