WATCH: Tearful Father of Injured Jewish Standing Rock Protester by the Forward

WATCH: Tearful Father of Injured Jewish Standing Rock Protester

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A police concussion grenade tore off much of the arm of 21-year-old Jewish activist Sophia Wilansky at the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, activists.

“There’s no words to be a parent and look at your kid, look at her arm that’s not there,” said Wilansky’s father, Wayne Wilansky, struggling to speak through his tears in an interview with local Minneapolis television station KMSP. “She’s peacefully trying to get people to not destroy the water supply, and they’re trying to kill her.”

Watch Wayne Wilansky’s interview with KMSP’s Paul Blume below.

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Wayne Wilansky, Father of Injured Jewish Standing Rock Protester, Tears Up at Press Conference


Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.

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