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Remembering Rachel Corrie

by Stephen Lendman

Israel murdered her in cold blood.

Rachel represented the best of courageous activism. She put her body on the line for justice. She did so because it matters. She's gone but not forgotten.

Ten years ago on March 16, an Israeli bulldozer driver murdered her in cold blood. She tried stopping a Rafah refugee camp home demolition.

Eye witnesses said she climbed atop a giant Caterpillar tractor. They designed to destroy homes. They're weapons of mass destruction. Caterpillar's complicit in Israeli crimes.

Rachel spoke to the driver. She climbed down. She knelt 10 - 20 meters in front. She blocked its path with her body. She was in clear view.

The tractor lurched forward. Activists screamed for it to stop. The soldier-operator pressed on. He crushed Rachel to death. He did so maliciously. 

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He ran over her twice to be sure she was dead. He remains unaccountable. 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."

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Its guiding principles include:

  • challenging injustice and resisting oppression;

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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I just watched Rachel Corrie's 5th grade speech on... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:14:06 AM
As a person who's familiar with the Caterpillars a... by Dushan29 on Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 1:03:15 PM