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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Probe Clears Police in Injury of US Protester (Emily Henochowicz)
Henochowicz, a 21-year-old art student, was carrying a Turkish flag to show her solidarity with Ankara and the Arab protesters.
The police probe cleared officers of any intention to hurt, despite claims by her family’s lawyer. He ridiculed the police investigation, comparing it to “sewage.”
Despite the video evidence, Arab and left-wing media repeated activists’ claims that the police probe excluded on-the-scene left-wing reporters. One witness said, “It really looked as though they [the police] were trying to hit us" - though he could not substantiate the allegation with facts.
On the other hand, a Palestine News Networkreport on the police probe did not publish quotes that contradicted the video.
“They fired many canisters at us in rapid succession," according to an interview last June with International Solidarity Movement member Sören Johanssen, from Sweden. "One landed on either side of Emily [and] then the third one hit her in the face.”
The canister that hit her in the face was a ricochet, according to the video.
The police added that Henochowicz “endangered herself by participating in the demonstration” at Kalandia, where violent riots against police and soldiers are common.