This past month, Colin Powell submitted the State Department’s 2003 “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” to Congress. Its findings document human-rights violations around the world and, according to Powell’s introduction, informs U.S. policy changes in regard to those violations. The report includes a paragraph documenting the killing of my cousin, Rachel Corrie, by an Israeli military bulldozer. […]
A YEAR AGO this week, my daughter Rachel Corrie was killed in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. She was run over by an Israeli bulldozer manned by two soldiers. The Israeli government exonerated the soldiers, closed the case, and refuses to release to the US government the complete report on the military police investigation into Rachel’s killing.
Only the “conclusions” of the report have been released. In them, the soldiers are identified by their initials: Sergeant Y.F. and Sergeant E.V. Their initials are nearly all we know of them. I wonder about Y.F. and E.V. I wonder whether they will pause this week and remember. […]
ATLANTA, Georgia— Only a year ago, the month of March would have held the same positive associations for me as it has for many — the beginning of the end of winter, the promise of springtime and even summer. This year, and for every year for the rest of my life, the approach of March will mean something else entirely — the anniversary of the brutal death of my cousin, Rachel Corrie.[…]