Emily Henochowicz was shot while holding Turkish flag

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Today’s Washington Post report on Emily Henochowicz, 21, the Cooper Union art student blinded in one eye by the Israeli army on May 31, includes this account:


demonstrators who witnessed the incident said the canister was fired directly at Henochowicz from about 10 to 15 yards away. She was holding a Turkish flag and was not near the five or so Palestinian youths throwing rocks, the witnesses said.

I thought the flag in the famous picture by Majdi Mohammed was a Palestinian flag. No: It was a Turkish flag. The demonstration was a response to the disastrous flotilla raid during the preceding night. Is that why the Israelis fired at her?

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The Post piece included an ugly characterization of International Solidarity Movement, which Henochowicz was active in (as was Rachel Corrie):

The group says it’s committed to using only "nonviolent, direct action methods" in "resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land." The Israeli Foreign Ministry, however, has said the ISM sometimes works under the auspices of terrorist groups.

That’s outrageous, what’s their evidence? There isn’t any. Or is Israel talking about the Turkish flag?

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  1. Keith
    June 10, 2010, 5:06 pm

    Friends of Israel like to say that the US and Israel have shared values. I am sure that these two warfare states do share many attributes, one of which is a knee jerk overreaction to any resistance. It can be summed up thusly: “…it hurts to portray ourselves as too fully rational and cool-headed…. That the US may become irrational and vindictive if its vital interests are attacked should become part of the national persona we project to all adversaries.” (internal SAC document, 1995)

  2. gingershot
    June 10, 2010, 7:06 pm

    This is it – here’s the smoking gun and it’s gameover for Israel’s apologists – Israel will or will not be attempting to explain this to an international inquistion.

    Must be seen to be believed – Israel is toast

    link to richardsilverstein.com

  3. Rupa Shah
    June 10, 2010, 8:17 pm

    A reporter from Ha’aretz was at the demonstration and gives an eyewitness account.
    link to haaretz.com
    How many lies does the border police think it can get away with? A gas canister hitting a wall in the middle of the street!!!!
    link to haaretz.com

  4. hayate
    June 10, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I’ve no doubts she was shot because she had that Turkish flag.

  5. Avi
    June 11, 2010, 12:50 am

    Emily Henochowicz says she still LOVES Israel.

    Go figure.

    • VR
      June 11, 2010, 1:46 am

      Delusions die a hard death Avi, especially when people have transferred their beliefs to an ongoing atrocity.

      • decentjew
        June 11, 2010, 2:00 pm

        Maybe she’s afraid they’ll finish her off if she says any different.

        The vile and threatening comments on her site certainly suggest the possibility.

  6. lysias
    June 11, 2010, 10:23 am

    I wonder if this news from a month ago explains the PKK Kurdish rebels’ attack on the Turkish naval base in Iskenderun (near the Syrian border) two hours before the Israeli attack on the flotilla, attacks which most Turks suspect were coordinated:

    Turkish Air Defense System Deployed to “Defend Syria, Iran against Israel Raids”:

    High-ranking sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed displeasure with Turkey over deploying anti-aircraft batteries along the Syrian border in the Iskenderun district.

    The Turkish daily Hurriyet meanwhile, quoted a military source as saying that “this move aims at repelling a US or Israeli attack against Iran or Syria.”

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry sources noted that if the news published in the Turkish media were true, then Ankara would be taking a side with Damascus and Tehran, instead of preventing the nuclearization of Iran.

    In a phone call with Al-Manar TV on Wednesday, Mustafa Ozcan, a Turkish political analyst, said “The news in Hurriyet daily is true. The air defense system was moved from Istanbul to Iskenderun to counter any surprise Israeli air raid, because in 2007 Israeli warplanes used the Turkish airspace to carry out air raids on Syrian targets. Thus Turkey took this precautionary measure so that what happened in 2007 would not happen again.”

    Asked whether the cooperation between Israel and Turkey gives the Zionist entity the freedom to use Turkey’s air space, Ozcan replied, “Of course not. Israel cannot do this without prior notice to Ankara because Syria is Turkey’s neighbor and ties between the two countries are developing day after day.”

    If the Israelis carry through with their recent threats to attack Lebanon again, they might not have air superiority this time

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