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- 3663 days ago -
Six years ago, a Caterpillar bulldozer, driven by an Israeli soldier crushed and killed Rachel Corrie


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Marieemma T (227)
Thursday March 12, 2009, 6:15 pm

Kathy W (299)
Friday March 13, 2009, 9:14 am
Noted and message sent. Thank you Brigitte.

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Friday March 13, 2009, 9:14 am
Long live the memory of Rachel Corrie, who gave nothing but good, she gave herself. A true hero who laid down her life for her beliefs on behalf of others less fortunate. May God bless her compassionate soul.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 13, 2009, 12:29 pm
Thanks for the post Brigitte...Sympathy to the survivors of Rachael...But isn't blaming a bulldoser manufactures akin to blaming a gun manufacturer...Neither drove the machine, pulled the trigger or issued the orders to destroy?...

Brigitte T (69)
Friday March 13, 2009, 3:36 pm
David, I agree that the company is not directly responsible for Rachel's death. I posted the article first because Rachel should not be forgotten, and also... what happened to her could also happen again.

And it seemed to me that the webpage has a point here:

Despite years of repeated corporate engagement by investors and organizations such as Jewish Voices for Peace and CAAP (formerly Stop CAT), as well as a host of religious organizations such as Sisters of Loretto and Sisters of Mercy, Caterpillar continues to profit from the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and territory. Like Motorola, Caterpillar’s practices best exemplify the interest of U.S. corporations putting profit first and human rights last.

Caterpillar continues to disregard human rights concerns and refuse to investigate the countless number of allegations brought forward.

Caterpillar equipment and bulldozers are used as military weapons by Israel. They are destructive weapons specially fitted with armaments such as machine guns, grenade launchers and much more. These destructive machines have unlawfully demolished thousands of homes, killed innocent civilians, including U.S. citizen Rachel Corrie, built illegal settlements, uprooted thousand-year old olive trees, torn up roads, and devastated basic infrastructure in many Palestinian villages.

Caterpillar must ensure that international law not is violated with its products. For example, Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention deems the “extensive destruction and appropriation of property carried out unlawfully and wantonly” to be a war crime."

The least Caterpillar could do is aknowledge all this.

Many of us try to boycott "harmless" products that end up supporting Israel in their efforts to wipe out an entire nation. Such as l'Oreal, just to give one instance, well it seems that Caterpillar (willingly or unwillingly, I don't know) actively participates in the destruction of the homes of families, and they seem perfectly ok with it. They know how their vehicles are used, over there, and about the illegal demolitions.

Maybe this cannot be changed, because big money comes first, but still, people should know. Silence is the enemy of what has been happening in Gaza.

Thank you so much for noting it, David, and for your comments, they are always great and food for thoughts.


. (0)
Friday March 13, 2009, 5:05 pm
Action taken gladly to do so. Thank you Brigitte noted

Past Member (0)
Friday March 13, 2009, 7:40 pm
The blame for the death of Rachael lies 100% on the shoulders of the Israeli government...Possibly only on the shoulders of the Israeli soldier who took it into his own hands and got carried away with misplaced power?...But I think not entirely, I believe his orders to 'destroy' were clear enough...The Israeli government, not Caterpillar is guilty...And, no, I am NOT employed by them! :-)

Thank you for your post and kind words Brigitte...In my humble opinion ALL submissions to care2 news should be noted, 'front paged' and 'out there' for general discussion...Hiding behind closed doors will never solve anything...Much the same as bombing people and not talking to them?...


Cheryl B (375)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 2:22 pm
thx, ig ot in m y email didn' realize it had been poste,d noted

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 8:32 pm
Google on Corrie gives actually a picture of a quite an unruled lady, deliberately risking her life in the closed military zone. The size of the bulldozer is such, that the driver cann't see details on the ground. That's why the courts exonerated the driver and Israeli Army.

Brigitte T (69)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 3:16 am
Josh K: oh so you had to Google Rachel Corrie - THEN you made an opinion based ONLY on whatever negative info you may have found against her - ignoring everything else, including the photos and testimonies of eye witnesses.

The combination of ignorance and prejudice is not just pathetic, but also dangerous.

"Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage-----torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians-----which does not change its moral color when it is committed by 'our' side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." -----George Orwell

These words fit Israel (and all its supporters) like a glove. They justify any atrocity Israel commits by blaming the other side, in spite of the fact the OCCUPIER is Israel, while the Palestinians only want to protect themselves, to stop the genocide of their own people.

All Rachel did was to be on the side of desperate families about to lose their homes illegally.

And I can't believe that these bulldozers are made in a way that the drivers cannot see the ground in front of them, it makes no sense when we know what their job is and that their safety should be an important factor, as well as the safety of their co-workers. We'll never know what the driver was thinking and how he feels today, but I wonder if he ever tried to contact Rachel's family to at least tell them he was sorry about what happened.

Brigitte T (69)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 10:58 am
"Rachel never wore the anarchy patches, but her goodness and sincerity, her absolutely American love of justice and idealism, and her willingness to sacrifice privileges for it, are representative of subcultures the media never talks about.
Rachel had a teacher at Evergreen who knew first hand of the plight of Palestinians in Israel. When Rachel found out America was helping support actions by the Israeli Defense Force that involved using bulldozers to knock down the houses of families too often innocent she felt compelled to do something about it, to prove to the world that there is another America, the true America, not the America of empire. She joined International Solidarity Movement and went to Israel. She and her fellow volunteers pulled on orange jackets and shouted into megaphones, facing down bulldozers, human shields protecting family homes, an echo of that brave soul in front of the tank at Tiananmen.
Of course the bulldozers used every tactic to scare away the human shields. No one can really say whether it was a mistake or a decision when one of these monstrous armored machines crushed Rachel Corrie to death. The Israelis say it was a mistake. Witnesses accustomed to the precision communications of the IDF say it could not have been a mistake. Imperial America did not mourn Rachel Corrie. Rumors of ties to terrorists quickly smeared the International Solidarity Movement, removing the other human shields and leaving Palestinian homes unprotected."


Past Member (0)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 1:35 pm
"her absolutely American love of justice and idealism"....Absolutely and only American???

Brigitte T (69)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 2:56 pm
I suppose this was in response to the repeated accusations and unbelievable mud-slinging against her and her family, among other things she was accused of being anti-american (in other words a traitor to her country).

But she was just a girl with a dream, caring, selfless, and it seems she was like this from a very tender age.

Rachel Corrie : "She lived for her dreams and she died for them"

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 19, 2009, 1:05 am
You have taken me too seriously Brigitte...Just, why only American?...Everyone with a heart at all, anywhere...

I'm sure this is 'out of context' but worth a thought?...

"So bleak is the picture...that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century."

- Philip Shabecoff, American environmental journalist.
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