Thursday, March 16, 2006

Rachel Corrie R.I.P.

Ok, I stopped getting a subscription to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer because it just wasn't too relevant. Or intelligent, really. Today, though, I came across Robert Jamieson's brilliant piece on Rachel Corrie (Remember her? The girl the Israeli bulldozer plowed down when she was protesting against the destruction of a Palestinian family's home?) and the ridiculousness of how her story has been all but silenced here in the U.S.

Today marks three years since she was killed, and Jamieson has some great things to say about the complete insanity pro-Israeli groups engage in to hush up the reality of what's going on in Palestine. And this is great, too:

The unease surrounding Rachel makes me wonder if she hits too close to home.



Her life follows the Aristotelian prescription of a good story. It features a protagonist with a desire for peace that takes her on a vision quest far away. She's smart, young, idealistic -- a female character that would draw A-list actresses.

The story overflows with potential villains, starting with the Israeli government, which illegally uses bulldozers as weapons of terror; Palestinians who resort to suicide bombs as an insane tool of revenge; and, even, U.S.-based Caterpillar, which counts the money as its bulldozers are used to spill blood.

There's room for cameos by the State Department, which could ramp up pressure to get answers, and by concerned Israeli citizens who also want to know if the bulldozer operator, as he claims, didn't see Rachel in her bright orange vest. There's the bigger question of why no "Palestinian evil" was unearthed at the home Rachel died trying to protect.

The story presents another surprise -- the unlikely transformation of Rachel's parents, who have gone from being middle-class suburbanites to advocates for Palestinian justice.

When I spoke with Craig and Cindy Corrie a few weeks ago, they'd just come back home to the Seattle area after a rattling episode. In the Middle East, Palestinian activists had tried to kidnap them. The activists had a change of heart when they were told the couple's last name. If that is not a powerful testament to Rachel's legacy, I don't know what is.

Last weekend I went to "Daughter Courage," a well-meaning production based on Rachel's writing staged by Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theatre. And speaking of the insanity, many of the cars parked around the venue got plastered with flyers stating something like "Supporting Palestinian rights is akin to Nazi-ism." It was completely bizarre.

And here's another good article I found at Naseem's blog that mentions the Caterpillar corporation as being complicit in Rachel's death and other deaths and injuries that have occurred in Palestine by Israeli occupiers. I mean, if your company's making these machines that are used in illegal destruction and bodily harm, you might want to keep them out of the guilty party's hands lest you be charged yourself, eh?

Since 1967 the Israeli military has destroyed at least 10,000 Palestinian homes and left approximately 50,000 homeless. During the second Intifada, an estimated 2,370 Palestinian homes have been destroyed and several inhabitants killed in the Gaza Strip alone.

Contrary to statements made by the Israeli government, the majority of home demolitions are carried out for administrative and strategic purposes, such as seizing land for the separation wall and building more Israeli settlements in the West Bank.


At 3:37 PM, Blogger Natalia said...

This is so heartbreaking. On so many levels. More people need to know.

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous hareega said...

I just hope that just 10% of Arabs care about palestenians as much as this brave lady did, god bless her

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Why Palestinians Usually Get It Wrong said...

Reembering Rachel Corrie - A Supporter of Terrorsim

Three years ago Thursday, Rachel Corrie was accidentally killed by an Israeli bulldozer after she entered a closed Israeli military zone to protect Palestinian homes that were sitting on top of tunnels used by Palestinian terrorists to smuggle illegal weapons to be used against Israeli civilians. Rachel Corrie was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISD), a firm supporter of Palestinian terrorism (what the ISD calls “resistance”), “by any means necessary.”

There has been a lot of heated debated about the New York Theater Workshop’s recentpostponement of the play, My Name Is Rachel Corrie.Some folks have suggested that the theatre caved intoIsrael supporters. Other, more paranoid types, have suggested that the infamous “Israel Lobby” had something to do with the postponement.

The photogrpahs on the right show Rachel Corrie burning an American flag to show her support of Palestinians and choosing to lay in front of an Israeli Bulldozer in the hopes of protecting tunnels used by Palestinian terrorists to smuggle illegal weapons.

One of the reasons that the Israeli army closed the area that was being bulldozed was because Palestinian snipers often shoot at bulldozer crews. This endagers not only Israelis, but "peace activists" as well. Palestinian terrorism insures that Israeli bulldozers have very litlte visibility because of the need to protect the driver with metal shielding. Ms. Corrie chose to lay down in front of a bulldozer. Her act was not one of peace, but of suicide. Clearly Ms. Corrie spent too much time in the company of suicide killers and their supporters.

Perhaps the New York Theater Workshop simply realized that they did not want to be associated with Rachel Corrie because Ms. Corrie supported terrorism and allowed herself, either knowingly or unknowingly, to protect Palestinian terrorists. Perhaps the theatre company did not want to be associated with Ms. Corrie because she was eager to publicly burn American flags. Or perhaps the theater simply did not want to be associated with the left’s obsession with supporting anti-Semitism.


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