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Rachel Corrie Deserves Justice

Well, this lovely young girl will never have a chance to dance or have boyfriends. Her death, of course, went minimally noticed by a news media so adamantly determined to play the three monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) when it comes to Israel. After all, merely telling the truth will get you labeled an anti-Semite.
Rachel Corrie Deserves Justice

by Charley Reese

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American girl who was murdered by the Israelis. She was standing on a large mound of earth trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer from smashing the house of a Palestinian doctor in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli bulldozer plowed right over her and then backed up, further crushing her frail, young body. Of course, the Israelis claim it was an accident. But there are photographs, taken by her companions as it was happening, that clearly show she was perfectly visible to the bulldozer driver. You can see them on the Internet.

The question for us is, are we going to seek justice for this idealistic American girl, or are we going to allow the spineless, corrupt government in Washington to accept, without investigation, the Israeli excuse, as it always does? It just so happens that Israel has apparently decided to drive out international observers. The Israelis killed Rachel; they shot another international observer in the face and a third one in the head all within the past few weeks. These are not "militants." They are idealistic young people trying in a nonviolent way to protect Palestinians from Israeli violence.

The Guardian, a British newspaper, printed a number of Rachel's e-mails to her family (strange how gutless the American press is when it comes to Israel). They are a very sad read. She told her mother she had nightmares about bulldozers and tanks, and in one prophetic paragraph said: "When I come back from Palestine, I probably will have nightmares and constantly feel guilty for not being here ... coming here is one of the better things I've ever done. So when I sound crazy, or if the Israeli military should break with their racist tendency not to injure white people, please pin the reason squarely on the fact that I am in the midst of a genocide."

Speaking of the Palestinians, with whom she was living, she wrote: "I know that the situation gets to them and may ultimately get them on all kinds of levels, but I am nevertheless amazed at their strength in being able to defend such a large degree of their humanity laughter, generosity, family time against the incredible horror occurring in their lives and against the constant presence of death.

"I'm witnessing this chronic, insidious genocide and I'm really scared, and questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. ... I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my co-workers. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I feel."

Well, this lovely young girl will never have a chance to dance or have boyfriends. Her death, of course, went minimally noticed by a news media so adamantly determined to play the three monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) when it comes to Israel. After all, merely telling the truth will get you labeled an anti-Semite.

What the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians is a crime against humanity, and our government is an accessory because the politicians in Washington are too damned gutless to criticize Israel. I read another e-mail a year or so ago from a young American girl working in Ramallah with a children's theater group. When she presented her American passport to an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint, he wiped his bottom with it and sneered, "This is what we think of your American passport."

I've begun to think, however, that there is no cure for stupidity and cowardice. Palestinian children will stand in front of a tank and bounce a stone off the turret, but Americans, living in the land of freedom, will say, "Well, I agree with you, but I'm afraid to say anything." Afraid of what? Being slandered? Getting death threats? Take it from me, they don't hurt one bit.

Freedom isn't worth a damn if you're afraid to use it.

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Died for what? 21.Apr.2003 09:08

hhb

Ms. Corrie's death was senseless. Why was it senseless? Because she went around the world and got killed and nobody over there cares and nobody will remember her in a year. Are the Palestinians going to name a school after the brave American who came to help liberate them from Israel. I don't think so.
Is anybody in the U.S. going to remember her outside the protest community. I don't think so.
She died for a bunch of people who have much bigger problems. Problems that are greater than the life of some American do-gooder.

Well Some Peoples...... 21.Apr.2003 10:28

Anti-Fa

Some peoples have memories, unlike Americans who aren't interested in remembering anything beyond what happened last night on Sitcom A or sporting event b.

Of course, then again, the IDF might just bulldoze this as well. But then there are already the dozens of children named after her in Lebanon..........

Gazan branch of Union of Health Work Committees to name new cultural center after Rachel Corrie
Dr. Mona Al-Farra, Union of Health Work Committees-Gaza, 23 March 2003

She offered her own life as a price for her convictions. She believed in humanity as one family and she came to Palestine to protect people who were not able to protect themselves. Her deep convictions about our ugly world and the prevalence of injustice worldwide, where millions of innocent people suffer daily under a multitude of pressures and discrimination imposed upon them by one oppressor or another.

Rachel arrived in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, where Israeli atrocities are committed daily against defenseless Palestinian civilians. Rachel and her colleagues became one with the people of Rafah. They suffered with them under the dreadful Israeli occupation.

Rachel loved the children of Rafah and deeply sensed their needs and their suffering too. She also had a deep, comprehensive and fair sense of the conflict and its impact on all kids including herself. She felt that "we are all kids", some good and some bad. The Israeli kids inside the army tank and the Palestinian kids outside trying to get home safely from school. (This is how she explained the situation to her mother in an e-mail)

The Board of Directors of the Union of Health Work Committees has decided to name its new children and youth cultural center in the Rafah Refugee Camp after Rachel Corrie. It will be known as the Rachel Corrie Children and Youth Cultural Center. The center will provide Rafah kids (Rachel gave her life to protect them) with health care. It will also give them the opportunity to read in the new institution's library, dance, use computers, play, paint, meet with their friends, learn drama, write and just be themselves in a place apart and aside from the miserable lives they currently live in refugee camps constantly watched and sniped upon by the Israeli soldiers in their occupation guard towers that overlook every corner of the camps.

The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center building is almost completed and will open its doors to the children within six months.

By naming the center after Rachel, this will provide a lasting outstanding memorial to our Palestinian kids so that they can know and keep in mind that they are not alone in this struggle. They are not abandoned and the human family acts and feels differently from governments. As an organization we are very concerned about our children understanding this concept. We don't like our children growing up knowing nothing but shooting, killing injustice and, what seems to them as an uncaring world. Rachel's memory will always remind them that someone cared.

I understand that at this time it is difficult for her immediate family in this time of their grief. However I want to invite Rachel's friends and relatives, those who knew Rachel as a child or as a young adult to please provide UHWC with her biography. We would like to honor Rachel by having her life story fully documented and available for all Palestinian kids to read and learn from.

Help us to spread the word,

Help us to fight against injustice,

Work with us to put big smiles on the faces of all the children of the world including the children of Rafah, Palestine.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Mona Al-Farra
Union of Health Work Committees -- Gaza
 hugaza@palnet.com

Not Quite A Saint 21.Apr.2003 12:12

?

Seems to hate America quite a bit, but I suppose that's common around here.
Not Quite A Saint
Not Quite A Saint

sweet 21.Apr.2003 12:42

big bopper

dude,
that picture kicks ass!

Hey, wait a minute ... 21.Apr.2003 14:19

me

There was a really good episode on Sitcom A last night, followed by an excellent sporting event b!

Fatuous Twit! Go squat in front of a bulldozer!

Gaza 21.Apr.2003 20:00

anonymous

She wasn't in Israel. She was in Gaza. It's not legal to bulldoze someone's home in Gaza. The Israeli army just does it.

Just in case ... 21.Apr.2003 21:06

me

Just in case there's a misunderstanding (because I didn't address my earlier post clearly) I wasn't talking to you Mike.

The fatuous twit is Anti-Fa, with his/her overly simplistic view of the world. I'm angered by the generalized bigotry exemplified in his/her opening paragraph. As if any broad, all encompassing statement can be accurately applied to 200 million people.

Regardless of what one thinks of her politics or common sense, it's clear that Racheal Corrie put her life on the line and gives the lie to Anti-Fa's nitwit views about Americans in general. I'm glad I don't have to rely upon this dolt for medical care.

Different Standard For Israel! 21.Apr.2003 21:11

Anon

This kind of thing will continue until we apply the same standard to Israel that we use with everybody else. We don't allow State-sponsored religion in our domestic policy (separation of church and State) and its time our foreign policy matched that. We need to stop all aid to Israel.

There is also a double standard. What if it were an Iraqi who ran over Rachel? We'd be demanding that the perp be turned over to U.S. authorities for prosecution in the U.S. like they're doing with the Arabs.

One standard for Israelis, another standard for the rest of us!

Prove It 22.Apr.2003 09:49

Generalidad

Prove that most americans have memories of anything outside their lives! i sure didn't see a lot of people remembering mlk jr.'s assassination this year, an event that would have should have been a big deal. nearly fifty % of americans can't remember what nation attacked the wtc. a vast majority of americans cant find iraq on a map. 1 in 8 couldn't find the united states. generalzied, maybe. fatuous.... i think you might want to consider looking that word up in one of them things called dictionaries, oh sage one.

Generalidad 22.Apr.2003 12:02

me

I did look it up, before posting, just to make sure I was using it properly.

I was.

Fatuous -- smugly or foolishly stupid

I am afraid the semititis is terminal this 22.Apr.2003 12:02

time around piet