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The Left’s Next Rachel Corrie…

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Posted on June 11 2010 5:22 pm
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Emily Henochowicz, American Anti-Israel Activist, Is Left’s Next Rachel Corrie

Here’s yet another example of why independent citizen bloggers and journalists are more vital than ever before.

Emily Henochowicz, a young American student-turned activist, lost an eye during running battles with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem on Monday. In yesterday’s Washington Post, columnist Robert McCartney martyrs Henochowicz as an innocent American-Jewish student attending college in Israel, who tragically gets caught up in events, “U.S. student pays devastating physical price to protest Israel’s actions“:

Emily Henochowicz wasn’t thinking about protests or Palestinians or tear gas canisters when she went to Israel in February for a one-semester college exchange program.

The 21-year-old art student from Montgomery County wanted to study animation, and Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy had a good program.

It was a plus to spend time in Israel. Henochowicz grew up in an observant Jewish household and had her bat mitzvah at Potomac’s Har Shalom synagogue. Her father was born in Tel Aviv, and his parents are Polish Holocaust survivors.

But Henochowicz became critical of Israel in the spring, after accompanying a friend to a demonstration in East Jerusalem against the eviction of Palestinian families. Very quickly, she began participating regularly in protests against Israeli policies, especially the expansion of Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

She “accompanied a friend to a demonstration …”
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