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May 31, 2010


For some reason, of all the sad things today the About Me section of the blog of 21-year old artist Emily Henochowicz makes me the saddest.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at May 31, 2010 04:09 PM

You know, fuck Israel. Just. Fuck. Israel.

Posted by: NomadUK at May 31, 2010 04:27 PM

That her avi is an eye?

Yeah. That truly sucks the terrible ironic.

Posted by: Jack Crow at May 31, 2010 04:43 PM

Your wit seems unsteady today, and you want to say different things that you haven't truly sorted out.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at May 31, 2010 04:51 PM

sorry, I meant to say it seems as if you haven't sorted them out.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at May 31, 2010 04:55 PM

I can not open the link with her name ( must be VERY BUSY ) but I know the story as I received an email about it from an Israeli activist friend..........

US activist loses eye after being shot in face with tear gas canister
report + photo:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: daniel

הייתי בבית החולים היום
היא נורתה בזמן הפגנה בקלנדיה בהזדהות עם הנרצחים היום
היא נורתה מטווח קצר על ידי מטול גז
היא איבדה את עינה ונמצאת בחדר הניתוח גם בשעה זו.
אין סכנה לחייה

Many more such emails flooded my inbox this morning hence the state of my mind earlier today.

It just feels strange that TODAY, we are supposed to remember those who died in WARS ( gone to war voluntarily or otherwise) and we are mourning "peacemakers" who were killed TODAY and feel sad for those who were so badly injured!

ps I do not know Hebrew but I did not need to.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at May 31, 2010 05:00 PM

I did succeed in opening the link. Rupa Shah is right, but regardless I really shouldn't have offered the previous comments in this thread.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at May 31, 2010 05:34 PM

Yesterday I had dinner with my stepmother at the retirement community. She still has her own apartment, but she needs her walker all the time, and since I saw her a few weeks ago she has a brace because of the dropfoot. She having trouble remembering people's names, and finding words, so I believe her mental status is deteriorating somewhat as well. She is 85 now.
She and my long-departed mother both sang in the church choir decades ago, and my stepmother still sings - on Sundays she goes down to the Assisted Living Area and leads the residents there in singing hymns.

In the afternoon we want to the gardening area on the grounds, and looked at the plot my late father used to have. The flowering shrubs he so liked are still there. We sat on the bench and listened to the birds, and saw a chipmunk. It was peaceful out there. A couple other ladies were out walking their small dogs.

"His disciples said to him: On what day will the kingdom come? It will not come while people watch for it; they will not say: Look, here it is, or: Look, there it is; but the kingdom of the father is spread out over the earth, and men do not see it." [Saying 113, Gospel of Thomas, trans. Blatz}

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at May 31, 2010 05:46 PM

She's righteous.

Posted by: TOS at May 31, 2010 06:28 PM

I see that Emily is having her eye removed at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Very humanitarian. Kinda like this.

Posted by: Dennis Perrin at May 31, 2010 07:22 PM

That is very sad.

mistah charley, ph.d.

That's a fine conclusion to a beautiful passage. Mystics are the best.

Posted by: N E at May 31, 2010 07:23 PM

Thank you, mistah charley.

Posted by: Nell at May 31, 2010 07:46 PM

Tomorrow morning Alan Dershowitz will claim her eye was "anti-Semitic".

Posted by: Jelperman at May 31, 2010 08:55 PM


More so: I just got a phone call from my daughter, who was told that a bunch of the Israeli born friends she studied for her batmitvah with (her mum is Jewish, I am not) have just been conscripted and have to "return" (we are Australian) or face a 100k fine or imprisonment. I have only her understandably upset word on this at the moment but if true, it cannot mean anything good.

Neither she, her mother nor I have felt the difference between "Jewish" and "Israeli" more keenly than right now.

Posted by: Punxatawny_Phil at May 31, 2010 10:34 PM

That's so fucking sad and depressing. Her work was really great.

Another American, Tristan Anderson, suffered a similar injury marching in the West Bank - extensive brain damage and losing an eye - just last March. Still in a hospital, last I heard a few weeks ago via Mondoweiss.

If only the Palestinians had an MLK or a Gandhi to lead non-violent protests, they too could be lobotomized by non-lethal high velocity brain dispersants. While it has its disadvantages, it is perhaps preferable in some ways to the American tradition of being lobotomized by the New York Times.

Posted by: buermann at May 31, 2010 11:58 PM

Zionism is Anti-Semitic. These people are monsters, human monsters.

Posted by: demize! at June 1, 2010 12:58 AM

The American tradition of being lobotomized by the NYT is voluntary, and not the result of an act of aggression.

This has been such a sad day.

Posted by: Susan at June 1, 2010 01:01 AM

The Hebrew for you, Rupa:
"I was at the hospital today.
She was shot during the demonstration at Qlanadiya, in solidarity with the people murdered today.
She was shot at short range, with a gas projector
She lost her eye and is even now in the operating room.
There is no danger to her life."


Posted by: Dena Shunra at June 1, 2010 02:01 AM

"The American tradition of being lobotomized by the NYT is voluntary, and not the result of an act of aggression."

The nerve gas seeps in everywhere, is as incendiary as fart fumes, and is very difficult to dodge or disperse in enclosed spaces. So so far as this metaphor goes, I disagree.

Or on the other hand I agree. We can not just win this way, we must win that way, over here and another way, and also yonder, and wherever we win we must always be twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Posted by: buermann at June 1, 2010 03:50 AM

In echo of Dennis's "Assassin M.D." point, I'll note that White House issued this today concerning today's call to Netanyahu: "The President expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today's incident, and concern for the wounded, many of whom are being treated in Israeli hospitals."

See, "deep regret," but it's all good, says the O-bomber, because they're being treated in Israeli hospitals!

Posted by: Rojo at June 1, 2010 06:51 AM

meanwhile, the silence of the American liberal blogosphere on this issue is deafening.. except for Glenn Greenwald on, although he's no liberal (more of a left leaning libertarian), and has never allowed the taboo subject that was Israel to prevent him from criticizing Israel during the last couple of years, unlike the pathetic, cowardly, and yes, even quite racist, US liberals on the US liberal blogosphere.

Posted by: hv at June 1, 2010 09:38 AM

@Dena Shunra
Thank you for the translation. It just made me cry again.
I saw her art on her website......resistance art!
Can not help but feel sad. But with her imagination and creativity, I hope she will be able to continue doing it after her recovery.
BTW, I have sent her website to my friends in Israel who had sent me the story.
And here, Prof Qumsiyeh also has mentioned her story.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at June 1, 2010 09:52 AM

I'm just one liberal blogger, and not widely read, but I put up some stuff about the Israeli attack on the aid ships. Today, I put up an interview with Col. Ann Wright, former diplomat with the US State Department, from a couple of days ago. She was on the Mari Marmara. She is okay and in custody. My guess she is going to give the State Department some grief when she returns to the states.

There have been several popular diaries on Daily Kos.

Posted by: susan at June 1, 2010 10:03 AM

A women and her baby who were in their cabin during the attack on the Mari Marmara, have been released.

Link here

Posted by: susan at June 1, 2010 10:34 AM

Digby posted on the Israeli assault, as did Eric Martin at Obsidian Wings.

There was no main-page story at Daily Kos, but there rarely are for events not taking place in the U.S. (whether the U.S. is involved or not).

Posted by: Nell at June 1, 2010 10:48 AM

Talking Points Memo has extensive coverage. Emptywheel posted. I haven't gone around looking, so have no idea who else did or didn't. But it's not as if the event is slipping by in silence. I think it will continue the same process that picked up speed with Israel's assault on Gaza at the end of 2008: fewer and fewer defenders of Israeli policy among politically active people, and people generally.

Meanwhile, support goes on in the big media, in Congress, and in the White House.

Posted by: Nell at June 1, 2010 11:07 AM

Here is Daily Kos diary by my friend. His last two entries are worth reading.
Also Mondoweiss and Richard Silverstein have written a lot and continue to write on the subject,

Posted by: Rupa Shah at June 1, 2010 11:15 AM

Israel did get a comment in the front page open thread yesterday.

And Rupa - Assaf is one of my favorites at Daily Kose.

Posted by: Susan at June 1, 2010 12:45 PM

@ Susan
Thanks. I will let him know. He is a great guy too!

Posted by: Rupa Shah at June 1, 2010 12:51 PM

Thanks for the pointer to the Kos diaries, Rupa.

Of course Silverstein and Weiss are covering cogently. I'm pretty sure hv's criticism is directed at liberal bloggers who rarely address Palestine/Israel issues -- but who you'd think might speak up when the IDF kills and wounds civilians in a commando raid in the dead of night in international waters, or when they shoot a U.S. citizen in the face for engaging in peaceful protest of the raid.

Posted by: Nell at June 1, 2010 03:09 PM

"Talking Points Memo has extensive coverage"

Mostly of the "Gee, this is bad for Israel" variety. I think Josh posted with greater fervor about his Kindle fail.

Posted by: Steve at June 2, 2010 12:39 AM

I'm a lefty blogger who doesn't have the biggest readership, but I also started posting about the attack as soon as I heard about it. How could one not?

Posted by: Duncan at June 2, 2010 08:55 AM

Probably liberal bloggers aren't saying anything for partisan reasons. The wingnuts are in full cry in support of Israel and liberals can't compete with that and don't want to run risks of saying the Wrong Thing, so they post the obligatory link and shut up. (Marshall, for example, noted that Egypt also has a blockade without any background or explanation as to why.)

Posted by: Steve at June 2, 2010 01:20 PM

Here's loud silence for you: Speaker Nancy Pelosi says in response to a direct question about whether she thinks the blockade of Gaza should be lifted, "I don't want to go into a discussion of the blockade of Gaza.". No, of course you don't, Madam Speaker, because your support for it is indefensible.

Liberals' inability to address this except in terms of how it affects Israel (termed 'true friend-ism' in a very good post by Jim Henley, with an even more worthwhile follow-up), their refusal to condemn the forcible strangulation of Gaza as inherently wrong and inhumane, needs challenging everywhere it appears. I've tried to do a bit.

Posted by: Nell at June 2, 2010 02:32 PM

I'm going to quote myself here, because I think it's relevant to what's going on. Links are in the original post.

There's really no need for Israel and its advocates to lie about breaking the ceasefire in the first place, because they also argue that Hamas only wants a ceasefire so that it can rest and get more weapons for another attack on Israel. In fact, though, it's usually Israel that violates the ceasefires and truces it enters into, and the longer the ceasefire lasts, the more likely it will be Israel who breaks it. But on the apologists' showing, Israel doesn't want the war to stop in the first place. The Arabs, they claim, are dedicated to the destruction of Israel, and will never give up that aim. They'll only stop fighting strategically until they can rearm. If this is what Israel believes, then its own pious talk of peace should be taken as a front for its intent to continue killing Palestinians.

I want the Palestinians to stop firing homemade rockets into Israel too, but that's not likely to happen as long as Israel continues its longstanding assault on Palestine. I have to keep reminding myself that most Americans probably don't know about the decades-long campaign of harassment, random violence, confiscation of land and other property, extrajudicial killings, imprisonment, and torture that Israel has been waging against Palestine. Most Americans think that as long as they're not hearing about Arab suicide bombers, everything is peaceful in the Holy Land, no matter how many Palestinians are being killed. The media watch group FAIR discussed this a few years back with regard to American corporate media coverage of the Middle East:

The Los Angeles Times (8/13/03) wrote that the [Palestinian suicide] bombings "broke a six-week stretch during which the people of this war-weary land had enjoyed relative quiet."

During this six-week period of "relative quiet," however, some 17 Palestinians were killed and at least 59 injured by Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society. The dead included Mahmoud Kabaha, a four-year-old boy, who was sitting in the back seat of a jeep with his family at a checkpoint when an Israeli soldier shot him dead--in a spray of bullets that the army simply called an "accidental burst of gunfire" (Associated Press, 7/25/03). Virtually none of the major U.S. news reports on the August 12 bombings alluded to the Palestinian death toll in this period, leaving out a key piece of the story: For Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, the violence had never ceased; while the Israeli attacks had decreased, there had never been anything like an Israeli cease-fire.

As long as only Palestinians are dying, FAIR found, Americans were told that Israel was "calm." So, of course, when there is an outbreak of violence by Palestinians against Israel, from most Americans' point of view it seems to come out of nowhere: the "peace" has been shattered by the apparently motiveless craziness of Islamic "terrorists." (The terrorism of Israeli settlers, who carried out pogroms against Palestinians with general impunity, is also usually overlooked here.)

Posted by: Duncan at June 2, 2010 09:02 PM

The bodies of those dead peace activists/terrorists should be checked for all their parts when/if they are returned to their families. Were there any usable parts of the young woman's eye that was removed in the Israeli hospital. There are precedents for these suspicions.

Posted by: Minor Player at June 3, 2010 02:05 AM

The filth are starting to come out of the woodwork in the comments at Emily's blog.

It's only by reminding myself of the existence of people like Emily Henochowicz that I can even bear being on this planet.

Posted by: NomadUK at June 3, 2010 05:12 AM