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On the 8th Anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s Stand in Gaza

A Message from Craig and Cindy Corrie, March 16, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16th, we mark the eighth anniversary of our daughter Rachel’s stand in Rafah, Gaza, to protect the right of a Gazan family to be safe and secure in their home and the rights of all Palestinians to self-determination, freedom, equality, and security in the same measure as their Israeli neighbors.

Here in Olympia, Washington – our hometown and Rachel’s – our family, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, and our community will mark this anniversary with an event that emphasizes three components: community-building, education, and action. Strengthening community connections was important to Rachel when she lived and worked here in Olympia, but, also, beyond, as she embraced the world as her community. As we pursue a more just global community, we must arm ourselves with solid information and knowledge. Rachel believed this profoundly and emphasized in her writing from Gaza the importance of seeking and communicating the facts and doing so without exaggeration. And it is not enough for us to think and talk. We must, also, act. Indeed, it is because of Rachel’s action on March 16, 2003, that we pause to mark this day.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011

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M16: Remembering Rachel Corrie and All Who Work for Justice in the Middle East

Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie

On the eighth anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie – the Olympia woman crushed to death by an Israeli military Caterpillar bulldozer as she stood protecting a Palestinian family’s home in Gaza – we come together to remember Rachel and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people who continue to suffer under Israeli occupation.

The evening will begin with a community potluck. Please bring a dish to share and enjoy with others. Beverages, utensils and plates will be provided.

Rachel’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, will speak about their family’s ongoing civil trial in Israel against the Israeli Ministry of Defense and Government. The trial, which seeks accountability for Rachel’s killing, has progressed for over a year, but actual court sessions have occurred intermittently. To date, witnesses for the Corries have testified, and the Israeli state has presented part of its case. The Corries will return to Israel soon when the trial resumes in April with testimony from remaining state’s witnesses.

The evening of March 16th will include a short video presentation about Rachel’s activism and her lasting impact, musical and spoken word presentations, and an opportunity for community members to ask questions, and to talk about their remembrances and thoughts on this anniversary.

Peace Vigil

When: Noon
Where: Sylvester Park (Corner of Capitol and Legion)
Grab your banners and join Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Peace Vigil at the park. If you can’t make it Wednesday please join the Fellowship of Reconciliation on Friday, March 18, 4:30 p.m. for their weely Peace Vigil at Percival Landing.

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011

News and Updates »

Haaretz: Ramallah to name street after U.S. activist Rachel Corrie

Jack Khoury and Amira Hass, Haaretz

Rachel Corrie Street sign in Ramallah, dedicated on March 16, 2010. (Photo: RCF)

Rachel Corrie Street sign in Ramallah, dedicated on March 16, 2010. (Photo: RCF)

The parents of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer in Gaza, took part in a ceremony in Ramallah on Tuesday, where a street is being named after Rachel.

The ceremony was attended by Palestinian anti-fence protesters as well as members of the International Solidarity Movement, the organization to which Rachel Corrie belonged.

Later on Tuesday, Rachel Corrie’s parents were in Haifa to watch a biographical play about their daughter on the seventh anniversary of her death.

The parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, could not conceal their emotions as Lana Zreik took the stage at the Al-Midan Theater in Haifa to portray their late daughter in the one-woman play “My Name Is Rachel Corrie.”

The Corries were joined by dozens of others taking in the performance that tells the story of the young American woman who chose to disengage from her quiet life in the town of Olympia, Washington and travel to the southern Gaza Strip as a human rights activist.

Corrie died on March 16, 2003 after she was trampled by an IDF bulldozer. Her family is in Israel to sue the state and the IDF over her death.

The play, which is based on Rachel’s diary entries and e-mails she wrote since she was 10 years old, was first staged in London in 2005.

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010

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Today, do something for Rachel

A letter from Cindy Corrie.

Craig and Cindy Corrie

Craig and Cindy Corrie

Dear friends,

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.

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

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010

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Rachel Corrie’s (Posthumous) Day in Court

Amy Goodman, Huffington Post

An unusual trial begins in Israel this week that people around the world will be watching closely. It involves the tragic death of a 23-year-old American student named Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer.

Corrie was volunteering with the group International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which formed after Israel and the United States rejected a proposal by then-United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson to place international human-rights monitors in the occupied territories. The ISM defines itself as “a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles.” Israel was building a large steel wall to separate Rafah from Egypt, and was bulldozing homes and gardens to create a “buffer zone.” Corrie and seven other ISM activists responded to a call on that March day to protect the home of the Nasrallah family, which was being threatened with demolition by two of the armored Israeli military bulldozers made by the U.S. company Caterpillar.

Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother, related what happened:

Rachel Corrie attempting to prevent the demolition on Palestinian homes in Rafah.

Rachel Corrie attempting to prevent the demolition on Palestinian homes in Rafah.

The bulldozer proceeded toward Rachel. … She was in her orange jacket. When it kept coming, she rose on the mound, and the eyewitnesses testified that her head rose above the top of the blade of the bulldozer, so she could clearly be seen, but the bulldozer continued and proceeded over her, and so that it was covering her body. It stopped and then reversed, according to the eyewitness testimonies, without lifting its blade, so backed over her once again.

Her friends were screaming at the bulldozer drivers through this to stop. They rushed to her, and she said to them, ‘I think my back is broken.’ And those were her final words.

Shortly after Rachel’s death, the Corries met with the Bush State Department. It was there that the idea of a civil lawsuit was first presented, by Secretary of State Colin Powell’s own chief of staff, Lawrence B. Wilkerson. Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father, recalled: “He said: ‘If it was my daughter, I’d sue them. I don’t care about money. I wouldn’t care about anything. I would sue the state of Israel.’” Ultimately, this is what the Corrie family did.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010