Justice for Rachel Corrie Delayed
Rachel's family sued for justice.
by Stephen Lendman
Delay may end up denial. More on that below.
On March 16, 2003, an Israeli bulldozer driver murdered Rachel in cold blood.
Trying to stop a Rafah refugee camp home demolition, eye witnesses said she climbed atop the giant Caterpillar tractor, spoke to the driver, climbed down, knelt 10 - 20 meters in front in clear view, and blocked its path with her body.
With activists screaming for it to stop, the soldier-operator deliberately crushed her to death. To be sure, he ran over her twice.
Rachel's family wants justice. So should everyone. The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice (RCFPJ) supports it. Its mission and guiding principles state:
The Foundation continues what Rachel began. It reflects "her vision, spirit, and creative energy...." It supports "build(ing) understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities."
"The foundation encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice, which we view as pre-requisites for world peace."
Its guiding principles include:
- challenging injustice and resisting oppression;
- teaching justice and peacemaking skills;
- advancing "human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for all....;"
- seeking creative ways to achieve these goals; and
- committing to people and places the way Rachel did, especially those most disadvantaged and repressed.
Rachel was 23 when murdered. She believed in nonviolent direct action. She supported oppressed Palestinians. It became her life's struggle. She gave it doing what's right. What greater sacrifice than that!
In her own words, she said:
"I'm here for other children.