A 21-year old spoiled rich girl and Hamas supporter from Maryland just learned the hard way what happens when you go to someone else's country and challenge the power.
Emily Henochowicz was struck in the face by a tear gas canister launched towards her and other rock-throwing criminals on Israel's West Bank on Monday. She's currently being treated in an Israeli hospital but she's losing her left eye.
(She gets hurt trying while trying to undermine the Israeli nation and they wind up treating her injuries. How's that for irony?)
Every report on this in the news today is clearly slanted in her favor, with many accusing the Israelis of deliberately firing the tear gas canisters at people and implying that this was done with malicious intent. Sorry folks, but I've fired tear gas canisters from rifles and other launchers back in the day, and they're anything but accurate enough to actually aim them and hit things. They also downplay the fact that she was with a bunch of rock-throwers and she did not leave when ordered to do so. Apparently, she and other little trust-fund kids from countries outside of Israel--the sort who just travel the world on inherited money and bother people instead of getting a job--were banking on the assumption that the Israelis wouldn't dare shoot at them because they were foreign.
“They clearly saw us,” said Sören Johanssen, a Swedish ISM volunteer standing with Henochowicz. “They clearly saw that we were internationals and it really looked as though they were trying to hit us.
In other words, they were acting as human shields for the bad guys. Their mistake was, of course, that Israel doesn't coddle the stupid like America and Britain do. With their nation at stake, they cannot afford to.
One would think that these American college kids would be smart enough to learn from other stupid American kids like Tristan Anderson or Rachel Corrie and realize that it's not a game over there. The Palestinians know it and that's why they recruit these gullible rich foreign kids who have grown up their whole lives without discipline or fear of consequences for their behavior. If you'll notice, you don't see Palestinians getting hit by grenades or run over by bulldozers in these protests; they know better than to get too close or stay too long. Instead, they've learned to send in a busload of naive but arrogant American and European kids and then capitalize on the story when the inevitable happens, like it did again Monday.
Here's hoping that when little Emily gets back home, she decides to put her little superhero cape and her terrorist headscarf away in favor of growing up, getting a job like everyone else has, and just getting on with her life. She has my sympathy for her pain, but not too much, because she was pretty stupid, and like I've said here before, stupidity is supposed to hurt. It's what motivates at least some people to not be so stupid in the future.