Featured image: Rachel Corrie was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Photograph by Denny Sternstein. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The acclaimed production of ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ by London’s Young Vic Theatre Group will be performed at the end of this September under a Director who has stated that Rachel Corrie’s legacy “is our inheritance”.
At the time, the deliberate killing of this young, female American, human rights activist by the IDF, was a cause célèbre that demolished the Israeli claim to be ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ and contributed to an upsurge of anti-Zionist feeling throughout Europe.
However, the Israeli government refused to heed that lesson, with the result that just seven years later, on May 31st 2010, the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish registered vessel carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, was attacked by Israeli commandos in international waters, who then killed nine of its civilian passengers. The Israeli government was subsequently forced to pay compensation of $20 million.
Six months earlier, the Israeli government assassinated a Palestinian politician in a Dubai hotel, by a gang using forged passports from various EU member states.
The Israeli government clearly has no compunction in using violence to achieve its political aims and Rachel Corrie was tragically just one of its civilian victims.
Which again ‘begs the question’: why does the British government ally itself to a regime that is so totally foreign to British (and European) standards of morality, humanity and legal process?
Israel’s neo-colonialism – condemned by both the UN and the EU – is only made possible by its international trading links. Break these links, and Israel can be forced to end its occupation and its illegal settlements, and to agree to a negotiated peace settlement for an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Rachel Corrie: REAL Footage of death
Footage from Rachel’s murder by the Israeli Defense Forces. Actual cockpit transmission from the D-9 bulldozer driver to the watch tower, saying he “hit an object” and “I think the object got hit by the dobby (D-9) and he is in a severe condition.” He is asked “Did you see him?” and responds “Yes I saw him, I think he is dead.”
Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 — March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She was killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was standing or kneeling in front of a local Palestinian’s home, thus acting as a human shield, attempting to prevent the IDF from demolishing the home. The IDF stated that the death was due to the restricted angle of view of the IDF Caterpillar D9 bulldozer driver, while members of the International Solidarity Movement said “there was nothing to obscure the driver’s view.” A student at The Evergreen State College, she had taken a year off to travel to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada.
An exclusive interview with Rachel Corrie’s parents