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In Honor of Rachel: Her Spirit Lives on in Those Who Follow

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To many in Gaza, Rachel is a heroine...a young girl they consider "Palestinian" regardless of her American heritage. But although Rachel stands out because she paid the ultimate price to defend her commitment to justice, there are others...


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David Gould (155)
Monday March 15, 2010, 6:33 pm
Rachel Corrie was murdered in cold blood by a bulldozer driver who could plainly see her bright orange suit...regardless of what he has claimed since. She was deliberately driven over and then the machine reversed back over her. She was trying to protect yet another Palestinian house being removed to make way for the expansion of Jewish Settlements.

As a human shield she is a shining example of all that is best in the American character...courage, compassion and a willingness to give sacrifice her life. These characteristics are what used to mark American down as a the most respected people on earth. It is sad to reflect that now after a few bad men in power that same American is the scorn of the world with its secret concentration camps and institutional torture not to mention the endless hopeless wars that kill so many of those they claim to help. The story of Rachel Corrie should stir something within us all and make us want to retell her story until there is no longer breath to tell it.

Rachel was not a Muslim but she was a humanitarian. One of the greatest. So young when she was murdered and yet with the power to melt our hardened hearts. Her sacrifice is what nonviolence is all about.

Rachel we salute you.
Rachel we love you.
We will never forget
What you didn't regret.


Marjolein soederhuizen (284)
Monday March 15, 2010, 7:42 pm
I admire rachel, i am sorry for her loss and it should be punished severe this stupid and dreadfull act.
But i dont think only American ppl are what u say, quote
These characteristics are what used to mark American down as a the most respected people on earth. It is sad to reflect that now after a few bad men in power that same American is ...
This happens all over the world, ppl who are not the same anymore, ppl who are heroes, it cannot be sole american pride or problems, it would b nice to call these character item to human and mankind, so all off us, also in for example norway, Marorcco, Taiwan, i am sure, u will find the same heroin in thoose countries, its not that smart to always keep it to USa, when something happens, in China, a very old lasdy alone kept armored men out off her yard, so saving 100 dogs from being killed, in Japand some women made sure, the prisonrules for men would be humanized, in turkey lots off ppl took care off the way many years the amry was the only one, who could say what they want and do such too, now thats coming to an end, finally..............i know patrionism is common and natural, but hey.....we are all human if black, white, poor or from which country, we are the people, we are the world.......................

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Monday March 15, 2010, 9:43 pm
Thank you Zahra, I didn't know of Eva Bartlett and am grateful to learn.
David's poem is as beautiful as it is simple and straightforward.
Marjolein is absolutely correct that remarkable heroes are everywhere and should be respected as such regardless of where they hale from.

I cannot speak for anyone but me, but as our greatest generation drop like flies all around me, I can recall a time in between the PNAC proxy-wars our national identity seemed about Gr$$d on the heels of Watergate, Reganomics, and Monica Lewinski. I often asked those around me "Is this really it? What happened to "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself! and "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Real Leadership.

Then we get Shrub in a stolen election who oversees the worst domestic attack and intelligence breakdown in history. This once great nation's government then declares the entire planet "enemy combatants" including it's own citizens and enacts the "Patriot-Axe."

This is not the United States of America I was told of growing up!

It's not out of nationalistic pride that I claim Rachel American. She stood up and faced injustice Head-on. She did not waver because it was unpopular, I think she would have done it by herself if need be.

I think she also knew that Americans were better than the bankers of genocide that we've become.

Darlene K (356)
Monday March 15, 2010, 10:31 pm
Blessings to Eva Bartlett for all her work, and inspiration. Thank you for posting this, Zahra...much love and peace...namaste

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Monday March 15, 2010, 11:09 pm
Thank you for the news Zahra,

“ We need people back home, to lobby Congress and Parliament, and to educate the media and the general public,” says Eva. “If you are a strong speaker, come and witness what is going on in Gaza, but then go back to your home country. But we also need people here, on the ground – where I think I have been most useful. After all, I don’t have children or other obligations to worry about. By partnering with the Palestinians who have no other choice but to stay and make the best of it, we’re supporting non-violent resistance, and serving as a link between them and outside world."

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 8:09 am
You cannot currently send a star to Locan because you have done so within the last week.

Preach it, brother Locan!

From my private e-mail, I have just sent two messages of protest to the
White House, in honor of, and in memoriam for, Rachel Corrie. If we had more
people of her courage and determination, this would be a far different world.

As I told the White House, if the Federal Government is truly serious
about Peace in the Middle East, these are the steps that must be taken:

1) Sever all diplomatic and trade ties with Israel,
and cease to recognise them as a nation. When Israel
became a state in 1948, Harry S Truman's Secretary of State,
General George C. Marshall, angrily advised the President to NOT
recognise Israel. Marshall said that if Truman recognised Israel,
"The Palestinian problem will never go away."

2) Take the billions of dollars that are given to Israel every year,
and distribute that money to the Arab/Islamic nations surrounding Israel,
and enable these nations to protect themselves from their one true enemy
in the region.

3) Remove all U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and send them into Gaza
to break the blockade, protect the unprotected, and feed, clothe, house and
medicate the Palestinians and Gazans.

4) Make heartfelt and sincere apologies to the Arab/Islamic nations surrounding
Israel, for the 62 years, and hundreds of billions of dollars that have been wasted,
building Israel up into the greatest rogue, terrorist nation in the region, and the second-
worst in the world.
(Guess who's number-one.)

Many times, sending protests and e-mails does little good,
but it gives us the chance to stand up and say, "Not in my
name!", and be able to stand aside, holding the moral high ground.

Thank you, Zahra.
May God grant His eternal Peace
to Rachel's soul.

Pamylle G (458)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 10:12 am
Eva Barlett is a true hero for our times !

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 12:58 pm
There are many others with no face or name.
U.S. Peace Activist Brian Avery Returns to Israel Two Years After Being Shot in the Face

For update on Rachel, please see:
Parents of Rachel Corrie speak out

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 1:16 pm
Trail for Rachel updates:

Do something for Rachel, national call-in day
Call the White House at 202-456-1111

Urge Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell to visit Gaza and demand that the United States break the blockade of Gaza by providing immediate humanitarian aid and building materials.

Click here to report back to us about your call:



Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 2:36 pm
Dear Abdessalam,

This month, a civil lawsuit in Israel in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie will converge with the seven-year anniversary of her killing in Gaza. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer as she tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition. This lawsuit is one piece of our family's seven-year effort to pursue accountability for Rachel while, also, challenging the Occupation that claimed her life.

On this day, when Rachel's presence is powerful for many of us, we're asking all of our friends to support Rachel's vision of freedom for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip by participating in what we are calling the International Day of Conscience. Please join her struggle by calling the White House today - this link has all the information you need:

Seven years later, Rachel's memory is still vibrant. I'm writing to you from Israel where we are plaintiffs in a civil case against the state of Israel for its responsibility in her death. In addition to seeking accountability through the Israeli court system, we're asking all of our friends to support Rachel's vision of freedom for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip by participating in a national call-in day to the White House.

I hope I can count on you to:

Call the White House at 202-456-1111
Urge Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell to visit Gaza and demand that the United States break the blockade of Gaza by providing immediate humanitarian aid and building materials.
Tell us about your call. Tracking your calls makes a difference.

You can also make the call tomorrow. Please forward this email to help spread the word.

Thank you,

Cindy Corrie


Brigitte T (69)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 4:27 pm
The courage to resist,
The courage to hope,
The courage to believe,
The courage to support,
The courage to fight,
The courage to dream,
The courage to love.

Elderberry T (201)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 4:49 pm
Tx for this post Zahra....I would like to add Tristan Anderson to the list, brain damaged whilst witnessing in solidarity.

Elderberry T (201)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 7:19 pm
"We are all born and someday we’ll all die. Most likely to some degree alone.What if our aloneness isn’t a tragedy? What if our aloneness is what allows us to speak the truth without being afraid? What if our aloneness is what allows us to adventure – to experience the world as a dynamic presence – as a changeable, interactive thing?

If I lived in Bosnia or Rwanda or who knows where else, needless death wouldn’t be a distant symbol to me, it wouldn’t be a metaphor, it would be a reality.

And I have no right to this metaphor. But I use it to console myself. To give a fraction of meaning to something enormous and needless.

This realization. This realization that I will live my life in this world where I have privileges.

I can’t cool boiling waters in Russia. I can’t be Picasso. I can’t be Jesus. I can’t save the planet single-handedly.

I can wash dishes."

By Rachel Corrie — January 2003

These were some of Rachel's words for her Mom days before being killed by an IDF bulldozer!!!


Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 8:16 pm
Rachel Corrie openly agreed to serve as a human shield in Gaza.

Using human shields is a war crime, and Hamas is guilty of letting ISM members to come to the battlefield to be used to distract Israelis and to endanger their lives. Israelis closed their side of the area due to Palestinian snipers and resulting shootouts. Hamas had to do the same, if it wanted to protect civilians on their side. Obviously, Hamas was interested in getting casualties among foreigners for their PR campaigning, and had done nothing of that sort.

Deliberately coming to the closed military zone, with Palestinian snipers shooting at Israelis, Rachel had to understand that her mission of preventing Israelis from destroying tunnels through which Hamas got its ammunitiona and supplies was extremely dangerous.

She died because the Cat's driver could not see her in the ruins of the house she was hiding in, and surely not in the "cold blood", as falsely claimed above.

All the "kind souls" mourning Corrie several times for the last month strangely ignored other victim from the very same PRO-PALESTINIAN ISM movement:

Akram Ibrahim Abu Sba’

On September 6, 2007, ISM Jenin regional committee member and "co-founder of one of ISM’s first permanent presences" Akram Ibrahim Abu Sba’ was killed on duty by Islamic Jihad militants, while trying to "smooth tensions between Palestinian security forces and Islamic Jihad members," in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Akram was buried in the Jenin refugee camp graveyard.

Didn't he deserve a single good word?

Death of young people is always a tragedy. Why not to have decency not to use the victims to promote hateful agenda, a victim of which Rachel fell?

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 8:34 pm
So it's only a shameful event if it is done by Hamas militants or if we can somehow tie them in to the picture to blame, Is that right Nigel? Typical hasbara ploy to twist an event around, even one as obvious as a deliberate murder, to condemn Hamas instead of Israel. We've too smart for that Nigel, we've seen Israel PR tactics such "blame Hamas" before. This wasn't a "battlefield" Nigel, this was a families home she was protecting, a family she dearly loved. There were children inside that home, she was helping them learn English. Rachel didn't plan to die that day, the bulldozers have stopped before. The driver looked straight at her, but continued to plow ahead, backed up and drove over her again. She was wearing bright orange and screaming into a bullhorn, she was standing on a mound which made her at eye level with the driver, a legally blind man would have heard her, This a sickening stain on the Israeli public image, and no amount of whitewashing can cover it up.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 8:35 pm
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Published: Mar 16, 2010 00:52 Updated: Mar 16, 2010 00:52

HAIFA: Rachel Corrie was a college student from Washington state who tried to slow the destruction of Palestinian homes in Gaza. She was a nonviolent human rights protester who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer on March 16, 2003.

The Israeli Defense Forces were not held accountable. But, the parents of Rachel Corrie this week, are actually having their day in court. They are currently in Haifa, Israel for the civil case involving the death of their daughter.

Cindy and Craig Corrie — two courageous parents who are trying to find justice in a nation that routinely destroys the homes of Palestinian people in its ever-broadening claim of the tiny amount of remaining Palestinian land —speak out.

Cindy Corrie: In January of 2003, Rachel went first to the West Bank for training with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). It was a Palestinian-led, nonviolent resistance movement to oppose the occupation and what was happening to Palestinians at the time. That movement was founded because there was a resolution in the United Nations, submitted by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, to have a human rights monitoring force in the area after the start of the second intifada, when there was so much killing and violence. And that resolution was vetoed by the United States and by Israel. And at that point, ISM was formed.

Some of the co-founders included an Israeli woman, Neta Golan; Americans, Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf; a Palestinian academic, Ghassan Andoni; and others. And Rachel joined that effort. She was trained in Beit Sahour. She had prepared here before she left. She was studying Arabic. She had done a lot of education, and she was beginning to educate our family, because we were new to this issue.

She chose to go to Gaza, to Rafah particularly, because she felt that it was maybe the most forsaken part of the Occupied Territories. It was where she felt her focus and attention was needed. She was there for about seven weeks. She was working, doing a lot of things during the time. Part of what she was doing was writing back and informing us about what she was seeing. And her words have since been incorporated into a play, and her writing from there is in a book of her work called “Let Me Stand Alone,” published by Norton some years ago. But the play, “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” is still being seen around the world. Craig and I, just before we came to New York, saw a reading of it in Tacoma, Washington. We went to a performance in Reykjavik, Iceland last year. So it just keeps moving around the world.

But she was working with children and with women’s groups. One of the women in Gaza, when we visited there in 2003, was so happy to show me a note that Rachel had left for her on International Women's Day. She wanted to connect women in Rafah with women near our community in Olympia. And so, she wanted to start a sister city project between Rafah and Olympia, which people in our community have supported since that time.

One of the things that she did was to oppose home demolitions, along with the other internationals who were there at the time to support Palestinians. Human Rights Watch reported that between September 2000 and 2004 over 1,700 homes in Rafah were destroyed. It was mass clearing demolitions, is what the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions tells us. These were not punitive demolitions. Those were occurring in the West Bank for people who were accused of doing some harm to the Israeli citizens through suicide bombings or some other way. But these were clearing demolitions. And the neighborhood where Rachel was staying, it had been a neighborhood with many, many homes at one point. But these were being massively destroyed to clear a buffer zone and to put in a large steel wall, that now largely has come down. But it was standing and was being built at the time we were there in 2003.

The home that Rachel stood in front of that day had two families in it — two brothers, an accountant and a pharmacist, and their five young children. Craig and I have come to know that family. We visit them whenever we go. We have communications with them. Part of the family came to the United States. The Israeli government had nothing against this family. They allowed them to go to Tel Aviv in order to get their visa to come to the United States to travel with us in the year 2005. And yet, their home was destroyed without any, you know, accommodation of any sort and under great threat to the family, as well. It didn't happen the day Rachel stood there; it happened later that year.

Amy Goodman: So, Rachel standing there that day, what did she decide to do? What happened that day?

Cindy Corrie: I think Rachel knew that Reem and Iman, that Kareem, that those children were behind that wall. She had been helping them with their English homework and they were helping her learn Arabic. She had slept at the foot of their parent's bed, because they couldn't sleep in their own bedroom because of the shots that would be fired through the wall as Israeli military equipment drove past the house. So she slept at the foot of the family's bed with the other children to offer some international protection to that family.

The bulldozer was coming toward their house, and she knew that the kids and the parents were behind her. I don't think there's any way that … you know, I think she also believed that the bulldozer would stop. It had stopped for activists, came right up to them, pushed into them, but stopped at other points during that day. I don't think she believed this was going to happen to her. But she couldn't move, because right behind her were these kids and people that she had grown to know and to care for.

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 8:40 pm
The driver was trying to make an example of her to send a message to International activists. It was a deliberate action and they knew they could get away with it.

pete O (242)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 8:44 pm
Nigel you speak untruths here the area was not a military zone. It is not a war crime to act as a human shield it is a couragious non violent method or was Gandhi and Doctor King a war criminal in your created definition
There is no hatefull agenda here, we are paying tibute to a beautifull soul, Do disrespect that, please have some sence of dignity and decorum.

pete O (242)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 8:46 pm
Sorry in my disgust at this intrusion of our remebrance, I ommited the word (no) i/e do not disrespect

Linda M (0)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 9:45 pm
how terribly sad. i'm so sorry for your loss.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 17, 2010, 6:24 am
Corrie is the best documented case of Hamas using human shields.

For those interested in facts, simply read wiki and see that Nigel was correct about Palestinian snipers and their threat, so that usual IDF procedure to monitor protesters could not be carried out.

Locan quotes: "people who were accused of doing some harm to the Israeli citizens through suicide bombings"? Some harm, and not death and destruction? Isn't that harm the very same collective punishment, the very same war crime, deliberate enough to remove all questions, if it was intentional, or not?

This is Electronic Intifada, and nothing more into that. Plain spreading lies and hate, invoking a name of the poor mislead girl, played by terrorists into her death, under the simply disguise.


Michele DiGiorgi (320)
Wednesday March 17, 2010, 7:00 am
Zahra, my dear sis ~ shukran for this most important news article.

I received an email as well my friend Abdessalam, the same one to call the White House today, I just called, however the lines are busy...I will keep on calling until I get through to be a voice for this young lady & to break the blockade in Gaza. Here is part of the email:

Seven years later, Rachel's memory is still vibrant. I'm writing to you from Israel where we are plaintiffs in a civil case against the state of Israel for its responsibility in her death. In addition to seeking accountability through the Israeli court system, we're asking all of our friends to support Rachel's vision of freedom for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip by participating in a national call-in day to the White House.

I hope I can count on you to:

Call the White House at 202-456-1111
Urge Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell to visit Gaza and demand that the United States break the blockade of Gaza by providing immediate humanitarian aid and building materials.
Tell us about your call. Tracking your calls makes a difference.

You can also make the call tomorrow. Please forward this email to help spread the word.

In my humble opinion {which I am entitled to}, Rachel is and was a most courageous human being in standing up for the rights of her fellowman. It takes a "special" soul to care that much! At only 23 years of age, she knew it was wrong what they were doing, so she stood her ground! Bless her soul...

I consider her a heroine and I salute her bravery!

Blessings all,

Zahra Pilavdzic (274)
Wednesday March 17, 2010, 7:17 am
Bless you habibti. I have same problem with busy signal. Maybe today I will have better luck.

Rachel was a strong, brave, free thinking individual. Israel needs to lift the inhumane siege, and there will be less of a need for the tunnels they like to use as a pretext to destroy Palestinian homes.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Wednesday March 17, 2010, 7:37 am
Interesting only cowardly proxy trolls dare to spread lies and disinformation. Are there any REAL members of Care2 that subscribe to the trolls tripe?

Busy signal for two days, but I'll keep trying till I get through.

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday March 17, 2010, 9:28 am
I will always remember Rachel and her sacrifice to humanity. Thanks Zahra!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 17, 2010, 1:15 pm
What is very interesting to note in her story is that many years ago, a single man walked and stood in front of a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square in China. The Chinese government, in their tanks, did not run over the man at all, no matter how long he stood there or no matter what he said. They could still see the man as well. So..., how does a single bulldozer, who can see the girl and her group of protestors, still run over the girl? You would figure that the Chinese army would be more ruthless than the IDF, but it shows that this wasn't the case.

Tim Redfern (581)
Wednesday March 17, 2010, 1:42 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Zahra because you have done so within the last week.

So, let's blame Hamas for Rachel's death because they
were using her as a human shield? Let's blame Rachel herself
because she was suicidal or had a death wish?
Very nice of you, Nigel.
If you have a shred of humanity within you,
you should be ashamed of yourself.
I haven't seen such a steaming pile of "spin" like that
in quite awhile.

Brigitte T (69)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 3:29 am
Who care about the trolls... they're just trolls! They crave for attention but they are nothing, and what they leave behind is not comments but trollish crap.... so why pay attention to it? :P
Ignore the cowards, especially the pathetic multiple personality trolls.

Nothing can change the fact that Rachel was unarmed, wearing bright colors and in plain sight. The driver of the huge bulldozer could have and should have stopped. The audio tape proves that he reported hitting someone just after it happened, admitting he had seen the person.
There is no excuse: it doesn't matter if he just wanted to scare her or if he wanted to kill her. If you see pedestrians crossing the streets when they shouldn't, do you accelerate and run over them to punish them??

I demand JUSTICE for Rachel and her loved ones. I demand JUSTICE for the people of Gaza too.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 7:02 am
John: according to Wikipedia, "that "Tank Man" was probably executed after being taken from the tank by secret police, since the Chinese government could never produce him to hush the outcry from many countries." Some said he was hidden and saved, others say he was executed in a number of days after the event on Tiananmen Square in China.

"The Tank Man" was clearly visible on the Square, not like Corinne hiding in a house. Israelis say driver could not see her hiding behind the wall.

Tim, I haven't seen you being ashamed of any of the most active anti-Israeli publishers here. If you have something to answer to the discussion points - please do. Explain, how Hamas is not guilty of using Corinne to her death, no matter what Corrine wanted to do with her own life.

If not - don't get personal on people protesting Electronic Intifada.

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 9:26 am
Joshco, oh I'm sorry,WildPussy, no, Vlad is it this time?
As to Hasbara training, FAIL! You're too stupid even for them.
You so obviously don't know what you're talking about, you can't even be factual.
Deflection tactics don't work here, but please, do continue. You show the self-centered and sense of being better than everyone else.

You're such a coward.

David Gould (155)
Friday March 19, 2010, 9:43 am
I note that the department of misinformation is here in force.

In case they are interested, Vladimir, Rachel was standing fifteen foot in front of the building on top of a pile of mud and rubble which brought her whole body clad in an orange suit in line with the line of sight of the bulldozer driver. He saw her. In the several videos available on You Tube and other places like facebook and so forth this can be clearly seen. She was not hiding inside a house. nor were there any snipers...listen to the sound track carefully and you can clearly hear her voice over the roar of the shots are heard...and just for the record this was not a Hamas area at the time of her death. If you are going to contribute to our discussion and tribute to this brave and courageous young lady please get your facts straight...there was no wall for her to hide behind. When the driver saw her on top of the mound you can see him waving her off before raising his blade to charge straight at her...she started to back away but the bulldozer sped up and caught her with the blade...which again you can clearly see in the video. She was dragged under and covered by mud and rubble. The bulldozer then backs away revealing that with his blade down this time, Rachel's broken body. Her friends rushed forward but she died before any real help could be given. This all can be seen from several angles from the videos and stills of the event if you choose to be educated instead of coming over as rather ignorant and stupid. But if you choose to remain that way it is a free world.

Just one more point...who is Corinne that you refer to.

Her name was Rachel may not escape even your brain cell that her first name is Jewish.

In loving memory of a brave soul and a great human being...Rachel Corrie...we salute you.
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