Israel won't pay bill for American wounded in protest
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has rejected a request to pay the medical bills of an American student who was seriously wounded by Israeli police.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 US 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.The 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.
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