View Full Version : Remembering Rachel Corrie, An American Who Died For The People Of Palestine!

bujhee kom
June 22, 2011, 03:01 PM
Al-Furqaan bro's thread on Alice Walker inspired me to open a thread on the American who gave her life away for the rights of the Palestinians! This thread is about Rachel Corrie and who she was and what she did, it is here for all of us BC readers to know about her. May Allah, God bless the beautiful soul of Rachel Corrie in heaven, May God brings justice and bless the Palestinians so they get back a part of their homeland and their human sovereign rights! May God bring peace upon Israel and Palestine and bless the jews, moslems and the christians co-exist in peace, harmony, understanding and love for huma nity. May God bless them all with compassion, respect for others empathy and kindness.

Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She was killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was standing or kneeling in front of a local Palestinian's home, thus acting as a human shield, attempting to prevent IDF forces from demolishing the home. The IDF stated that the death was due to the restricted angle of view of the IDF Caterpillar D9 bulldozer driver, while ISM eyewitnesses said "there was nothing to obscure the driver's view." A student at The Evergreen State College, she had taken a year off to travel to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada.


Early life

Corrie was born on April 10, 1979, and raised in Olympia, Washington, United States. She was the youngest of the three children of Craig Corrie, an insurance executive, and Cindy Corrie. Cindy describes their family as "average Americans — politically liberal, economically conservative, middle class".

After graduating from Capital High School, Corrie went on to attend The Evergreen State College (TESC), also in Olympia, where she took a number of arts courses. She took one year off from her studies to work as a volunteer in the Washington State Conservation Corps; other volunteer work included making weekly visits to patients with mental disorders for three years. In her senior year, she proposed an independent-study program in which she would travel to Gaza, join protesters from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), and initiate a "sister city" project between Olympia and Rafah. Before leaving, she also organized a pen-pal program between kids in Olympia and Rafah.

Activities in the West Bank and Gaza

After flying to Israel on January 22, 2003, Corrie underwent a two-day training course at ISM West Bank headquarters, before heading to Rafah to participate in ISM demonstrations. During her training, Corrie studied tactics of direct action. Basic rules about avoiding harm were given, which a later article on the Corrie incident summarized as: "Wear fluorescent jackets. Don't run. Don't frighten the army. Try to communicate by megaphone. Make your presence known." On January 27, 2003, Corrie and William Hewitt (also from Olympia), traveled to the Erez checkpoint and entered the Gaza Strip.

Corrie with Israeli bulldozers in backgroundWhile in Rafah, Corrie acted as a human shield in an attempt to impede house demolitions carried out by the IDF using armored bulldozers. On Corrie's first night there, she and two other ISM members set up camp inside Block J, often a target for Israeli gunfire. Israeli troops fired bullets over their tent and at the ground a few feet away. Deciding that their presence was provoking the Israeli soldiers, not deterring them, Corrie and her colleagues hurriedly dismantled their tent and left the area.

Qishta, a Palestinian who worked as an interpreter, noted that: "Late January and February was a very crazy time. There were house demolitions taking place all over the border strip and the activists had no time to do anything else." Qishta also stated of the ISM activists: "They were not only brave; they were crazy." The confrontations were not without harm to the activists; a British participant was wounded by shrapnel.

Palestinian militants expressed concern that the "internationals" staying in tents between the Israeli watchtowers and the residential neighborhoods would get caught in crossfire, while other residents were concerned that the young activists might be spies. Corrie worked hard to overcome this suspicion, learning a few words of Arabic, and participating in a mock trial denouncing the "crimes of the Bush Administration." With time, the ISM members were taken into Palestinian family homes, and provided with meals and beds. Even so, in the days before Corrie's death, a letter gained wide circulation in Rafah, casting suspicion again on the ISM members. "Who are they? Why are they here? Who asked them to come here?" it asked. The letter caused the activists to be preoccupied and frustrated, and on the morning of Corrie's death they planned ways to counteract its effects. According to one activist, "We all had a feeling that our role was too passive. We talked about how to engage the Israeli military."

On March 14, 2003, during an interview with the Middle East Broadcasting network, Corrie said:

"I feel like I'm witnessing the systematic destruction of a people's ability to survive ... Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I'm having dinner with."

Corrie's e-mails from Gaza to her mother

Rachel Corrie sent a series of e-mails to her mother while she was in Gaza, of which four were later published by The Guardian (on page 2, comments and features section, March 18, 2003) and in January 2008 in a memorial book entitled Let Me Stand Alone by W. W. Norton & Company, along with her other collected writings. Yale Professor David Bromwich stated, Rachel left "letters of great interest" and she had studied methods of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King with care. Corrie wrote to her mother, "The vast majority of Palestinians right now, as far as I can tell, are engaged in Gandhian nonviolent resistance." Her letters later formed the basis of the theatre play My Name is Rachel Corrie, and some parts of the letters were also used in the cantata The Skies are Weeping.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Rachel_Corrie_2003_March_16_cropped.jpgCorrie with Israeli bulldozers in background

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6b/Rachel_Corrie_crushed_by_bulldozer.jpgCorrie in the aftermath of the incident

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Rachel_Corrie_memorial_pics.jpgA Palestinian memorial for Corrie In Gaza

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/RachelCorrieSt.jpgThe Ramallah municipality in the Palestine region dedicated a street to Rachel Corrie

300Rachel Corrie memorial vigil at Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC March 18, 2003

300 Craig and Cindy Corrie at an End the Occupation rally, 2007

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/RachelCorrie_peacevigil_large.jpgVigil in Olympia, WA



Let Me Stand Alone collected writings and memoirs of Rachel Corrie published in January 2008 by W.W. Norton & Company

My Name is Rachel Corrie, a theatre play drawn from Rachel Corrie's writings and edited by British actor Alan Rickman and Guardian editor Katharine Viner, published by W.W. Norton & Company

Peace under fire Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement, by Josie Sandercock, Nicholas Blincoe, Radhika Sainath, Marissa McLaughlin, Hussein Khalili, Huwaida Arraf and Ghassan Andoni, Foreword Edward W. Said, by Verso Books, 2004, ISBN 1844675017, 9781844675012, 297 pages


June 22, 2011, 03:13 PM
Thanks for the awareness bujhee kom bhai. Good thread.

bujhee kom
June 22, 2011, 03:25 PM
Right on Gopal da! It is very important that we know about these souls who are also giving everything they have in order to stand up against/protest crimes aganist humanity, unjustice and cruel oppression to another human being! Because Goapl da, you know how sometimes things get lost, forgotten and overlooked amongst the piles of paper, day's runnings, fatigue, depression, old memories and events. We must not forget them, the ones that gave everything without a second thought, without a little hesitation. This is particularly important to me to show the world that there are Americans who feel differently about the world and the People than what we only see from the mass media and the American leadership or the soullessness of the American Corporations. There are socialist leftist Israelies I know who are against the occupation in Gaza and the Israeli Government's systemetic oppression toward a very poor, infrastructureless, basic amenityless, imprisoned in your own country people, the Palestinians.

June 22, 2011, 03:28 PM
May she get the Best reward for her sacrifice...

June 22, 2011, 03:51 PM
she should get a noble price for peace... why does these head of the countries get them i don't know...

bujhee kom
June 22, 2011, 10:23 PM
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bujhee kom
June 22, 2011, 10:25 PM
Must see video the Corrie legecy and the songs written about her ...listen to it...it's in Arabic, written and sung by prominent palestinian and american artists, musicians!

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bujhee kom
June 22, 2011, 10:27 PM
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bujhee kom
June 22, 2011, 10:35 PM
Very important, a must watch...finklestein, a very prominent american professor who happens to be jewish and born of holocaust victim/surviver mother and father at the University of Waterloo in Canada...

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bujhee kom
June 22, 2011, 10:58 PM
I by no means am trying to glorify the murder of Corrie with flowers and songs to such level that the millions of suffering, hurting, impoverished and dying Palestinians everyday battle gets belittled....their suffering is much greater and that is the main reason, their suffering is the reason behind all this. I just wanted to share with my BC bhais apus here that all those are Amreicanos with the International Solidarity Movement. I wanted us to know that there are passionate Americans working with us, working for true good cause, with all their hearts, day and night ...I think very often the U.S. image and the American image to the outside world over the past 3 decades has been so crude, selfish and ruthless, heartless that people now only see that. I was fortunate, lucky to be in some of these ISM people's company, I have the greatest admiration for them, and I want my bhais and apas in BC to know that these people care for humanity and they do not forget the suffering and murders of the Palestinians...even if the US leadership may not care....everyday is a work day for International Solidarity Movement.

Peace and love!

June 23, 2011, 12:04 AM
I shouldn't have read this. It's painful, pathetic.

June 26, 2011, 07:49 AM
Dear BB bhai,
My thanks from the bottom of the heart for this wonderful thread and a timely reminder. Our humanity owe this to the beautiful soul of Rachel. She will not be forgotten! May Allah accept her sacrifice and grant her Jannat al-Ferdaus...Aameen!

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June 26, 2011, 07:53 AM
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June 26, 2011, 09:02 AM
Thanks for letting us know BK bhai. Good thread. It's a shame that this thread only got so little response while the change a letter game is already past 3 pages.
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June 26, 2011, 09:43 AM
Thanks for letting us know BK bhai. Good thread. It's a shame that this thread only got so little response while the change a letter game is already past 3 pages.
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This thread is really great but I feel like I shouldn't have read this. Things like this makes me upset, sad. I don't know what is the reason to other guys to not to read or reply here. I've no words, may ALLAH forgive her (sins if she had committed) and bless her Jannah.

June 26, 2011, 05:46 PM
salute to this great lady:notworthy:

June 26, 2011, 06:33 PM
I had heard about this a long time ago. Thanks for the reminder BK.

June 27, 2011, 01:17 AM
I remember discussing this topic in many forums; some Americans actually were unsympathetic and some actuallyy cheered her death.
Even if a bus of American children is attacked by Israelis, some Americans will go otu on a limb and support the Israelis.
Its funny how some neocons claim American Muslims' loyalty is questionable, but Pro-Israel Americans can support killing Rachel, justify bombing of USS Liberty, find excuses for Jonathan Pollard, and any other Israeli action without having their loyalty questioned

bujhee kom
June 27, 2011, 01:04 PM
Ooh absolutely guys. Thank you BCF da, Sy-baba, Ziad, banfan2, equinox bhai and Banglatiger84 bhai!

June 29, 2011, 12:02 PM
Non-violent practitioner makes the ultimate sacrifice for a simple cause: to let people have their homes. Forget politics, and her stand still was courageous. Thanks BK for commemorating.

June 29, 2011, 03:40 PM
Thanks Javed bhai for this thread. I'm absolutely mesmerized!

June 29, 2011, 04:01 PM
Thanks for letting us know BK bhai. Good thread. It's a shame that this thread only got so little response while the change a letter game is already past 3 pages.

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This thread is really great but I feel like I shouldn't have read this. Things like this makes me upset, sad. I don't know what is the reason to other guys to not to read or reply here. I've no words, may ALLAH forgive her (sins if she had committed) and bless her Jannah.
its really upsetting. I think many of us are not that erudite regarding this, and obviously some of us might not want to express their feelings as this is a sensitive topic..Look at what happened to OBL and Israel threads. Besides forum discussions hardly changes anyone's opinion..

bujhee kom
July 2, 2011, 11:20 PM
Absolutely right there Razab da, Auntu da and Roman bhai! No no dear Roman bhai, I hear you my dear bhai, please don't feel angry or annoyed....

we must always take all good from all things...the key word here is good, I say a lot of wrong things out of emotion, hyper action, stupid things, so on, some are funny, some not, but I am really truly sorry to all of us bhais and apus for often hurting a lot of your feeling, we must nurture and project out what is pure and good only...and we embrace all...all of us are one and one's pain can be felt by another...and as long as we feel the pain we are good. Allah Malik!

August 28, 2012, 10:26 PM
Does it get any more pathetic than this!

"A court in northern Israel ruled Tuesday that Israel and its military were not negligent in the 2003 death of a U.S. activist who was crushed by an army bulldozer."


August 29, 2012, 12:23 PM
Thanks for sharing

August 29, 2012, 01:51 PM
Sad, though she shouldn't have stood in front of an IDF bulldozer. Never provoke them since they're one of last people in the world that would bluff.