by Scott Creighton
“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This is a picture of a U.S. citizen being carried to a hospital by a Palestinian and being cared for by another Palestinian after being shot in the face with a tear-gas canister by an IDF soldier. IDF soldiers have often shot demonstrators directly with the tear-gas canisters in the past.
“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.” ISM
This is Emily in the hospital. She lost her eye.
What kind of individual shoots a 21 year-old girl in the face with a tear-gas gun? What kind of soldier shoots a 21-year-old girl in the face for simply protesting? Is that the definition of a post-9/11 soldier? Or is that the definition of a terrorist?
The irony here is that Emily Henochowicz is an art student in New York at Cooper Union, very good school in Manhattan. Her career will never be the same because of one cowardly IDF soldier who thought it would be funny to shoot a protester in the face with a tear-gas canister.
One more bit of irony… go here to view Emily’s website. It’s full of her art and musings. The art of a gifted and politically awake 21-year-old with her whole life ahead of her.
This is an example of her art…
and ironically this was her avatar…..