Saturday, January 1, 2011

Another victim of Israel's "accidentally-ricocheting" tear gas canisters

Art student Emily Henochowicz was seriously injured during a protest against the IDF’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in late May.

The Judea and Samaria district police found no criminal wrongdoing in the actions of the Border Police soldiers who left an American art student without an eye after getting hit in the face with a tear gas canister at a protest in Qalandiyah six months ago.

(Reuters) - A senior Palestinian medical official said a woman died on Saturday after being treated for inhaling gas fired by Israeli forces quelling a protest a day earlier in the occupied West Bank.

Jawaher Abu Rahme, 35, was the second member of her family said to have died in one of the weekly protests held in the village of Bilin against an Israeli barrier built across the West Bank.

A brother, in his 20s, was killed in 2009 after a tear gas canister struck him in the chest.

After it ricocheted, of course, just as in the Emily Henochowicz case, because we know that Israel is a paragon of respect for human rights, and it is only because of the viciousness of the protesters that their aim is misdirected and that ricochets which end up killing and maiming are so common.