JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has rejected a request to pay the
medical bills of an American student who was seriously wounded by
Emily Henochowicz was struck in the face by a tear
gas canister during a violent demonstration May 31 and lost an eye. The
21-year-old Maryland native has returned to the U.S. and will need
prolonged medical care.
Her lawyers say the Defense Ministry should pay the estimated $3,700 for her medical treatment in Israel.
Her lawyers allege the policeman fired directly at her. Police say the canister bounced and the injury was unintentional.
Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday it regrets her injury
but that Henochowicz, who also holds Israeli citizenship, endangered
herself by participating in the demonstration.