Flotilla Wounded Includes Jewish-American Student
One of the numerous people on the flotilla that Israel wounded
: a 21-year-old Jewish-American student, poet and artist
, Emily Henochowicz, shot through the eye
Which implies the soldier was going for a head shot, it seems. Not something you do when merely acting defensively.
Not surprising, as the soldiers claim to believe these were terrorists
, and so were acting on that. Of course, the Israeli government was aware they were not and had been planning this action for months. So this just gets dirtier.
And dirtier. According to this story by Ronen Bergman
, an investigative journalist for the Israeli news organization Yediot Ahronot, when this was actual Palestinians, Israel was not as harsh. As Joe Conason summarizes it
Bergman points out that when Palestinians and their supporters sought to reach Gaza by ship on previous occasions, Israeli leaders were careful to avoid direct confrontation.The intent here was to deepen Gaza's isolation and frighten activists from helping. This was intimidation of outsiders, much like the murders of northern civil rights workers in the South way back when.
Labels: crime, Israel