imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Israeli bulldozer makes a martyr of American peace campaigner

by C/O Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:18 AM

There are times when one person's courage can and does make a difference. The Zionist Monsters have been put on display for what they are. Criminal Murderers.

Israeli bulldozer makes a martyr of American peace campaigner

March 29 2003



As always, Rachel Corrie went to the falafel stall where she had lunch and bantered with the Palestinian proprietors. Carrying a loudspeaker and wearing an orange fluorescent vest, the young American peace campaigner was heading for a protest against the Israeli Army's demolition of Palestinian houses in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah.

Later that afternoon, on March16, Ms Corrie, 23, died under an Israeli bulldozer and became a heroine for Palestine.

There are graffiti in Gaza in her honour - one slogan reads "Rachel was a US citizen with Palestinian blood" - and there is a picture of her on a website that usually reserves the honour for suicide bombers. Yasser Arafat has pledged to name a street after her.

In the United States there have been tearful candlelit vigils in her home town, her letters home have been published on the internet, there have been glowing tributes from her friends and teachers, anger from politicians, a march to condemn Israel's actions and calls for an investigation.

And, of course, there is interest from Hollywood, with filmmakers approaching people who knew Ms Corrie and her family.

Her Western friends are witnessing the making of a martyr. They saw the extraordinary transformation of Ms Corrie, a blonde student from the safe town of Olympia in Washington State, a middle-class girl-next-door who played soccer, liked gardening and loved the poetry of Pablo Neruda, into a symbol of the Palestinian resistance.

It is an unlikely legacy for the youngest daughter of Craig, an insurance executive, and Cindy, a volunteer in schools.

A peace activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Ms Corrie knelt in the path of the Israeli machine to prevent it demolishing a house near the Egyptian border. She had got away with this tactic before, but this time the bulldozer did not stop. She struggled to climb the mountain of earth it was pushing in front of its blade, but as the machine got higher she slipped and was buried. The driver slowly advanced and ran her over twice.

"A regrettable accident," said the Israeli Army; a war crime, says the ISM.

"Her death serves me more than it served her," said one activist at a Hamas funeral last week. "Going in front of the tanks was heroic. Her death will bring more attention than the other 2000 martyrs."

Ms Corrie's courage is in no doubt. Simply being in Rafah is terrifying. There are daily gun battles and Israeli tank incursions and air bombardments. The city is overlooked by Israeli watch towers known as the "towers of death". It is squalid and oppressed.

ISM activists chose to live there to bring attention to the misery of the Palestinians and show solidarity with people perceived as terrorists by most Americans. They are respected and welcomed by the Palestinians, and often act as human shields to protect children from gunfire by walking them to school.

Ms Corrie had become politically conscious only since September11, 2001. She was no Hamas or Islamic Jihad militant, groomed for martyrdom and soothed by the promise of a privileged place in heaven.

In Rafah, Mr Arafat's Fatah political party held a wake for "Retchell Corie", attended by representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, among others. These are the militant Islamic fronts condemned by Ms Corrie's government as terrorists. Their people mingled with secular organisations and droves of ordinary Palestinians who came to pay their respects, including children carrying a sign: "Rachel, we love you as an angel." A little boy pointed to a picture of her and said: "She died defending this holy and blessed land."

The posters of Ms Corrie that began to appear on buildings and lampposts look incongruous beside pictures of the hundreds of Arab men, women and babies killed in the intifada. The homage began as US troops were preparing for the invasion of Iraq, seen by many in Palestine as a crusade against the Arab world.

Tom Dale, 18, a British friend of Ms Corrie and fellow activist, said he saw her die. First, he said, there was fear on her face as she realised that her defiant gesture was going wrong. Joe Smith, 21, who went to college with her, said that, although they acknowledged the danger, they saw death as a "small, unlikely, potential risk".

The activists have compelling photographic evidence to support witness claims that Ms Corrie's killing was deliberate. Mr Dale watched as she knelt down in front of the bulldozer, perhaps 20 metres away, something the activists had done repeatedly.

"Unfortunately, she couldn't keep her grip there and she started to slip down," Mr Dale said. "All the activists there were screaming, running towards the bulldozer, trying to get them to stop. But they just kept on going."

The activists said the driver saw her. "As the mound grew higher she climbed up, getting to eye level with the driver. He saw her in her fluorescent orange jacket. But he kept on going," Mr Smith said.

A traumatised Mr Smith raised his camera and took photographs: Ms Corrie standing in front of the bulldozer; then her bloodied body being pulled from the freshly turned soil; being cradled in the arms of her friends.

"If only they'd had a video camera," one Palestinian journalist lamented. "A film of the Israelis killing an American in cold blood would have ended the intifada."

The weight of the heavy-duty, US-made military earthmover crushed Ms Corrie deep into the soil. Once. Twice. She was still alive when the driver, an Israeli soldier, reversed over her, but she died soon after being taken to Rafah hospital, where she regained consciousness for a moment. Her last words were: "My back is broken."

The hospital says Ms Corrie died from suffocation. Her ribs and left clavicle were broken. Her upper lip was lacerated. The doctors stitched up her face for the journey home to her grieving family.

The Israeli military has opened an investigation into her death.

An army spokesman

said the activists put themselves in harm's way by entering a combat zone. "They were highly irresponsible."

The Israeli line is that the driver did not see Ms Corrie through the bulldozer's thick bulletproof glass. However, the spokesman agreed that the armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that accompany bulldozers are responsible for directing the drivers towards their targets. So why didn't the APC drivers get the bulldozer to stop? The military declined to comment.

The Israeli Army sent its own representative to Ms Corrie's memorial service a week after her death. A tank pulled up beside the mourners and sprayed them with tear gas. A bizarre game of cat-and-mouse began as the peace activists chased the tank around to throw flowers on it, and the Israeli soldiers inside threatened, in return, to run them down.

The game ended when the Israeli bulldozers came out, accompanied by more APCs, firing guns and percussion bombs. The insult was as clear as the danger of the situation and the people went home, the service halted.

There are those who dismiss Western activists as just well-intentioned "political tourists", naive and ineffectual do-gooders. On the night of Rachel Corrie's death, nine Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip, among them a four-year-old girl and a man aged 90. A total of 220 people have died in Rafah since the beginning of the intifada.

The Observer

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 24 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
I am sure... Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:19 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Me Real Feelings Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:24 AM
Simple Simple Simon Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 10:24 AM
Slum Slum Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 12:41 PM
Slum Slum Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 12:43 PM
above: attack of the anti-semtic dipshits mediawatcher Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 3:00 PM
Sucks to be rachel fresca (the real one) Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 3:12 PM
I suck fresca (the real one) Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 3:17 PM
HMMMMM Ignatius Rielly Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 3:56 PM
Yeah but fresca Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 3:58 PM
Savage? big willy Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 4:00 PM
My appologies fresca Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 4:01 PM
big willy fresca Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 4:02 PM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy