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Israeli Army Fires Stun Grenades at Rachel Corrie's Memorial Service

Israeli Army Fires Stun Grenades at
Rachel Corrie's Memorial Service

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Activist's memorial service disrupted

Chris McGreal in Jerusalem
Wednesday March 19, 2003
The Guardian

Israeli forces fired teargas and stun grenades
yesterday in an attempt to break up a memorial service
for Rachel Corrie, the American peace activist killed
by an army bulldozer in Gaza on Sunday. Witnesses
including several dozen foreigners and Palestinian
supporters say Israeli armoured vehicles tried to
disperse the gathering at the spot in Rafah refugee
camp where Ms Corrie was crushed to death.

The 23 year-old activist with the International
Solidarity Movement (ISM) was trying to prevent the
destruction of Palestinian homes by the Israelis when
she was hit by the bulldozer.

Joe Smith, a young activist from Kansas City, said
about 100 people were gathered to lay carnations and
erect a small memorial when the first armoured
personnel carrier appeared.

"They started firing teargas and blowing smoke, then
they fired sound grenades. After a while it got hectic
so we sat down. Then the tank came over and shot in
the air," he said. "It scared a lot of Palestinians,
especially the shooting made a lot of them run and the
teargas freaked people out. But most of us stayed."

Another witness said the army failed to break up the
service.

"People were laying carnations at the spot where
Rachel was killed when a tank came and fired teargas
right on them. Then a core group of the peace
activists took an ISM cloth banner to the fence and
pinned it up.

"The tank chased after them trying to stop them with
teargas but the wind was against the army," she said.

Tensions rose further when a convoy of vehicles,
including the bulldozer that killed Ms Corrie, passed
the area.

"I don't think it was deliberate but it was pretty
insensitive," said Mr Smith.

"I think they had been destroying some buildings
elsewhere and had to pass by to get back to their base."


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