Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.

Since her killing, an enormous amount of solidarity activities have been carried out in her name around the world.

Rachel’s journals and emails from her time in Palestine are available in a variety of forms. They have been published in books, turned into plays and dramatic readings, and used around the internet. They are not always reproduced in their entirety and we have collected them here, un-cut, for easier reading. Read Rachel’s emails from Palestine.

I should at least mention that I am also discovering a degree of strength and of basic ability for humans to remain human in the direst of circumstances – which I also haven’t seen before. I think the word is dignity. I wish you could meet these people. Maybe, hopefully, someday you will.
- Rachel Corrie, in an email to her mother, February 28 2003

Memorials and article archives on Rachel

  • Electonic Intifada has a detailed photo story regarding Rachel’s killing in Rafah, a list of links to subsiquent court actions, Eyewitness reports and official statements and numerous articles on Rachel Corrie.
  • MIFTA.org has set up a tribute page that includes several photographs and links to articles.
  • Archive of articles on Rachel at the International Solidarity Movement website
  • All articles on Rachel at the Electronic Intifada
  • The Rachel Corrie Memorial Website has Rachel’s E-mails, public statements, news Reports and editorials regarding her death, videos of memorial events and more.
  • Song: “The Death of Rachel Corrie” by David Rovics
  • Poetry: “On the brink of…” by Suheir Hammad

Other articles

Parents of activist Rachel Corrie speak in Ashland
Mail Tribune, OR – Sep 21, 2006
… Rabbi David Zaslow of Temple Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland, said, “The incident that killed Rachel Corrie was a terrible tragedy, and certainly has been …

Theater notes
New York Times
It’s fitting that “THE CLEAN HOUSE” and “MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE” start performances on Thursday, since each play, in very different ways, raises the same question: What took so long?

Rachel’s Words

“My Name is Rachel Corrie” was scheduled to open at the New York Theatre Workshop on March 22nd. Amid political pressure, the play was “postponed indefinitely,” and The “Rachel’s Words” initiative was born. It was made up of a broad spectrum of groups and individuals who believed that Rachel’s words and her message of human rights and justice should be heard. “Rachel’s Words” was an event that took place in New York City’s Riverside Church on  March 22, 2006 to keep Rachel’s message form being censored.