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The American Connection to the Raid

U.S. citizen killed; another loses eye in protest

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Emily Henochowicz’s name in Hebrew script.(Henochowicz’s blog)

Of the activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla who were killed, one was an American citizen. It has been confirmed that he is of Turkish ethnicity; a Turkey news agency reports it was Furkan Dogan, 19.

Meanwhile, a young American woman who had been living in Ramallah, in the West Bank, lost her eye when a tear gas canister hit her during a protest against the flotilla raid. Emily Henochowicz is a 21-year-old student at Cooper Union, in New York City, with, shall we say, very left-wing views on the situation (her blog is here). She grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, which is where I am from; her high school is five minutes from my parents’ house; we have friends of friends in common. (I can also confirm that she is Jewish.)

I disagree with those who say I am not allowed to feel a certain solidarity for Israel, going beyond the political, due to my strongly identified Jewish identity. But that also means I’m allowed to feel an even stronger solidarity with another Jewish kid from the D.C. suburbs. Well, damn it all.

U.S. Citizen Among Those Killed in Flotilla Raid [WP]
American Hit in Anti-Israeli Protest Loses Eye [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

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Peter W. says:

I am sorry that she lost her eye. Her foolish political views and distrust of the Jewish people and nation led her to cast her lot with those useful idiots who consort with terrorist enemies of the Jewish people. She is young, and she is politically stupid. I am sorry for her. I do wish her a speedy recovery for her injury, and a speedy recovery from her political insanity.

Dave says:

Like Emily and Marc, I grew up in Montgomery County, MD. I was raised to believe that Israel needed to exist so the Jews of the world could be safe. I was also raised to believe that Jewish values demand standing up to injustice everywhere, and especially within one’s own community.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, how can I be for myself? And if not now, when?

Well there’s no safer place on earth for Jews to live than Montgomery County. Emily Henochowicz chose to go to Israel because she took her values seriously and wanted to stand up to the illegal occupation and colonization of the West Bank, the blockade of Gaza, and the brutalization of the Palestinian people. She could have stayed in the posh suburbs of DC and been perfectly safe, but instead she went to Israel and got shot in the eye by her own people. If her story tells us anything, it tells us Israel is failing, both as a safe haven for Jews and as a beacon of our values.

Wonder if she ever went to any demonstrations against Palestinian suicide bombs, the kidnapping of Shalit, Qassam rockets, the brutalization of France’s Jews, the anti-Semitic portrayal of Jews in Palestinian children’s shows and books. Also, I wonder if she ever did anything about Arabs killing Arabs- did she protest against Hamas’ spectacularly bloody takeover of Gaza in 2007? Or Hezbollah’s campaigns against rivals in Lebanon?
If she did not, then she selectively chooses her causes, pretending to be some sort of brave voice by attacking her own people, and ignoring the far more severe attacks on Israel and the Jews. The only thing her story tells us about Jews is that there have always been Jews willing to support their enemies until it is too late, and that being Jewish is often used as a rhetorical trick to give someone credibility in portraying Israel as evil incarnate and the Palestinians as poor, helpless victims.
A speedy recovery.

Mark S. Devenow says:

Peter W. has it just right. Even so, I’m less than sanguine (having read her blog) that this ditzy, flighty, air-headed young woman will eve recover from her political insanity – her eyesight I don’t know about.

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