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Art Helps Student Who Lost Eye in Gaza Protest

By: Lauren Sausser, Associated Press Writer
POTOMAC, MD (AP).- The left lens of Emily Henochowicz’s black-framed eyeglasses is covered in tape that bears a black-and-white pattern she drew in marker. The design obscures her eye socket, but a faint scar is visible underneath where a tear gas canister fired by Israeli border police crushed several bones and took her left eye. The 21-year-old art student and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors was protesting Israel’s blockade of Gaza when she was hit May 31 near a West Bank checkpoint. She’s undergone multiple surgeries to repair her face, but remains upbeat about the ordeal. “It could have been a lot worse,” she said during an interview at her parents house, where she spends long hours drawing as part of her recuperation. She’s currently working on a self-portrait, saying she needs to depict the physical changes in her face. Her pencil drawings on 6-by-6-inch sheets of white paper are stacked by the hundreds throughout the home