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Pictures of 23 year old ISM activist Rachel Corrie -- crushed by an Israeli bulldozer
by pictures
Monday Mar 17th, 2003 12:21 AM
Greg Schnabel, 28, from Chicago, said the protesters were in the house of Dr. Samir Masri.

"Rachel was alone in front of the house as we were trying to get them to stop," he said. "She waved for the bulldozer to stop and waved. She fell down and the bulldozer kept going. We yelled 'stop, stop,' and the bulldozer didn't stop at all. It had completely run over her and then it reversed and ran back over her."
-from Ha'aretz
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23 Year old ISM activist Rachel Corrie

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Rachel Corrie with fellow ISM members (Rachel is on the very right).

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From this photo, there can be no doubt that the Israeli bulldozer driver could clearly see Rachel and that this was no accident.

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Rachel's skull and rib cage were totally crushed by the US made and Israeli manned bulldozer (which is a US taxpayer's gift to Israel).

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ISM activists mourn Rachel's death and show her US passport.

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Candle light vigil for Rachel.

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by celebrating the life of Rachel Corrie
Friday Mar 25th, 2005 8:22 AM
We will always remember Rachel Corrie.
FREE FREE PALESTINE!!!
by Free Palestine!!!
Sunday Jun 19th, 2005 12:23 AM
Stop Israeli terror. We will remember you Rachel.
by zionism is racism
Monday Jul 11th, 2005 7:50 AM

Israel: A monument to anti-Semitism

by Greg Felton

Soon, delegates to the United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will assemble in Durban, South Africa, and possibly debate a resolution equating Zionism with racism.

That we should have to debate this issue in 2001 is regrettable, for the General Assembly has already decided the matter. On Nov. 10, 1975, it passed Resolution 3379, which, among other things, reaffirmed the UN's condemnation of the "unholy alliance between South African racism and Zionism," (Resolution 3151G, 1953), and further condemned "any doctrine of racial differentiation or superiority [to be] scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous," (Res. 1904, 1963).

Even more regrettable is the reticence of Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to revisit the issue: "If there is an attempt to revive the idea of Zionism as racism we will not have a successful conference." (Toronto Globe and Mail, July 28).

I submit that a conference that willfully ignored the worst sustained human rights violation of the last 60 years is irredeemably compromised. By this willful sin of omission it will tacitly condone the very kind racism it purports to abhor.

Even a cursory examination of the Zionist enterprise and statements by its practitioners provides ample prima facie proof that Zionism is, has been, and will always be, racist.

Zionism as racism

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"Both the process of expropriation and removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." Theodore Herzl in The Complete Diaries, Chapter I, p. 88.
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"The Palestinian refugees will find their place in the diaspora. Those who can resist will live thanks to natural selection. The others will simply crumble. Some of them will persist, but the majority will be a human heap, the scum of the earth, and will sink into the lowest levels of the Arab world," Near East Department of the Israeli government, 1948.
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"There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighboring countries, to transfer all of them; not one village, not one tribe, should be left." Joseph Weitz, the Jewish National Fund administrator for Zionist colonization (1967), from My Diary and Letters to the Children, Chapter III, p. 293.
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"The only good Arab is a dead Arab...When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle," Rafael Eitan, Likud leader of the Tsomet faction (1981) in Noam Chomsky, Fateful Triangle, pp 129, 130.
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"It is forbidden to be merciful to them, you must give them missiles, with relish - annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones. May the Holy Name visit retribution on the Arabs' heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them, and cause them to be vanquished and cause them to be cast from the world," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder and spiritual leader of the Shas party, Ma'ariv, April, 9, 2001.

In reaction to Yosef's statements, Interior minister Eli Yesha said supportively: "They reflected the overall state of thinking of the Israeli Jewish society."

These five citations, from Herzl to the present, show that Zionism is, at root, a conscious war of extermination and expropriation against a native civilian population. In the modern vernacular, Zionism is the theory and practice of "ethnic cleansing," which the UN has defined as a war crime.

Unfortunately, justice doesn't always win against a determined campaign of disinformation and intimidation. In 1991, under intense pressure from Israel and the North American Jewish lobby, the UN reversed itself on Zionism, thereby denying the truth it spoke 16 years earlier.

The Zionist argument, then as now, consists of the falsehood that the UN's action itself constituted an act of racism. Zionism, we are told, is merely the national expression of Jewish self-determination. Thus, to condemn Zionism is to condemn all Jewry--an act of "anti-Semitism."

The epithet "anti-Semitism" is hurled to silence anyone, even other Jews, brave enough to decry Israel's systematic, decades-long pogrom against the Palestinian Arabs. Because of the Holocaust, "anti-Semitism" is such a powerful instrument of emotional blackmail that it effectively pre-empts rational discussion of Israel and its conduct.

It is for this reason that many good people can witness daily evidence of Israeli inhumanity toward the "Palestinians' collective punishment," destruction of olive groves, routine harassment, judicial prejudice, denial of medical services, assassinations, torture, apartheid-based segregation, etc. -- yet not denounce it for fear of being branded "anti-Semitic."

To be free to acknowledge Zionism's racist nature, therefore, one must debunk the calumny of "anti-Semitism." Once this is done, not only will the criminality of Israel be undeniable, but Israel, itself, will be shown to be the embodiment of the very anti-Semitism it purports to condemn.

Zionism as anti-Semitism (general case)

First, we need to rectify one major misunderstanding. The words "Semite" and "Semitic" refer to more than Jews and Jewishness. Strictly speaking, "semitic" is a linguistic term denoting a family of Afro-Asiatic languages, of which we have today Arabic, Hebrew, Maltese, and the South Arabic languages of northern Ethiopia.

Ancient semitic languages included Akkadian, Sumerian, Canaanite, Amorite, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Punic, Aramaic, as well as ancient Hebrew and Syriac.

Thus, anyone who spoke or speaks these languages is by definition a Semite, though the term only came into use in 1813. In the case of the Middle East, Semites include the Palestinian Arabs. Not only do they speak a semitic language (Arabic), but they are the direct blood descendants of the Canaanites, whom we know as the Philistines.

Now, the Zionist Jews who founded Israel are another matter. For the most part, they are not Semites, and their language (Yiddish) is not semitic. These Ashkenazi ("German") Jews -- as opposed to the Sephardic ("Spanish") Jews -- have no connection whatever to any of the aforementioned ancient peoples or languages.

They are mostly East European Slavs descended from the Khazars, a nomadic Turko-Finnic people that migrated out of the Caucasus in the second century and came to settle, broadly speaking, in what is now Southern Russia and Ukraine.

In A.D. 740, the khagan (ruler) of Khazaria, decided that paganism wasn't good enough for his people and decided to adopt one of the "heavenly" religions: Judaism, Christianity or Islam. After a process of elimination he chose Judaism, and from that point the Khazars adopted Judaism as the official state religion.

The history of the Khazars and their conversion is a documented, undisputed part of Jewish history, but it is never publicly discussed. It is, as former U.S. State Department official Alfred M. Lilienthal declared, "Israel's Achilles heel," for it proves that Zionists have no claim to the land of the Biblical Hebrews.

Thus what we know as the "Jewish State" of Israel is really an ethnocentric garrison state established by a non-Semitic people for the declared purpose of dispossessing and terrorizing a civilian semitic people. In fact from Nov. 27, 1947, to May 15, 1948, more that 300,000 Arabs were forced from their homes and villages. By the end of the year, the number was close to 800,000 by Israeli estimates. Today, Palestinian refugees number in the millions.

That the Jews knew they were committing a criminal act is shown by a eulogy Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan delivered for a Jew killed by Arabs on the Gaza border in 1956:

"Let us not heap accusations on the murderers," he said. "How can we complain about their deep hatred for us? For eight years they have been sitting in the Gaza refugee camps, and before their very eyes, we are possessing the land and the villages where they and their ancestors have lived. We are the generation of colonizers, and without the steel helmet and the gun barrel we cannot plant a tree and build a home."

In April 1969, Dayan told the Jewish newspaper Ha'aretz: "There is not one single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."

Clearly, the equation of Zionism with racism is founded on solid historical evidence, and the charge of anti-Semitism is absurd.

Zionism as anti-Semitism (specific case)

Despite the preceding evidence, Zionists still have one rhetorical weapon that must be defused: the claim that the state of Israel is necessary because Jews need a safe haven from "anti-Semitism" in the non-Jewish world. Zionists insist that anti-Semitism is solely a crime against Jews, and that criticism of Zionism is by definition an attack upon Jews, a denigration of the Holocaust, and therefore "anti-Semitic."

The image of Israel as a necessary bastion for Jews is compelling enough to convince reasonable people that equating Zionism with racism is morally wrong. This was especially true in the immediate post-war world: "Generally speaking, the Zionists succeeded in persuading large segments of world public opinion to link the Zionist cause with the Holocaust," wrote Professor Ilan Pappé of Haifa University. "Against such a claim, even able Palestinian diplomats -- and there were not many in those days -- could hardly win the diplomatic game." The Journal of Palestine Studies (Winter 1997).

The equation of Zionism with the Holocaust, though, is based on a false presumption. Far from being a haven for all Jews, Israel is founded by Zionist Jews who helped the Nazis fill the gas chambers and stoke the ovens of the death camps. Israel would not be possible today if the World Zionist Congress and other Zionist agencies hadn't formed common cause with Hitler's exterminators to rid Europe of Jews.

In exchange for helping round up non-Zionist Jews, sabotage Jewish resistance movements, and betray the trust of Jews, Zionists secured for themselves safe passage to Palestine. This arrangement was formalized in a number of emigration agreements signed in 1938. The most notorious case of Zionist collusion concerned Dr. Rudolf Kastner Chairman of the Zionist Organization in Hungary from 1943-45. To secure the safe passage of 600 Zionists to Palestine, he helped the Nazis send 800,000 Hungarian Jews to their deaths. The Israeli Supreme Court virtually whitewashed Kastner's crimes because to admit them would have denied Israel the moral right to exist.

As the Jewish-Israeli scholar Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi wrote: "Out of the original sins of the world against the Jews grew the original sins of Zionism against the Palestinians: Its memory poisons the blood and marks every moment of existence." (Original Sins -- Reflections of the History of Zionism and Israel. p. 216.)

If this horror seems incredible or aberrant, it shouldn't. In a letter to the Zionist executive on Dec. 17, 1938, David Ben-Gurion stated it openly and unapologetically: "The saving of Jewish lives from Hitler is considered here as a potential threat to Zionism, unless they are brought to Palestine. When Zionism had to choose between the Jewish people and the Jewish state, it unhesitatingly preferred the latter...

"Zionism accepts anti-Semitism as the natural, normal attitude of the non-Jewish world toward the Jew. It does not consider it as a distorted, perverted phenomenon; it is a response to anti-Semitism, but not a confrontation, denunciation or fight against it." (Faris Yahya, Zionist Relations with Nazi Germany, p. 78.)

Even today, pro-Israeli journalists and publishers play up acts of violence against Jews to give the illusion that anti-Semitism is rampant and to manufacture consent for Zionism as a virtuous, necessary ideology. Journalists who try present a balanced view of Israel, to say nothing of a critical one, are silenced or terrorized. This goes for Jews as well as non-Jews.

On Nov. 10, 2000, the American-Jewish editor in chief of the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, Debbie Ducro, published an impassioned 1,150 word article from another Jew decrying Israeli atrocities against the Palestinians. The writer, Judith Stone, even used the term Israeli Shoah, to draw allusion to Hitler's genocidal war against the Jews. Ducro was fired on Nov. 11.

In San Francisco, Rabbi Michael Lerner has endured death threats and vicious harassment from right-wing Jews because he gives voice to Palestinian views on his website and in the magazine Tikkun.

"An Israeli web site called 'self-hate' has identified me as one of the five enemies of the Jewish people, and printed my home address and driving instructions on how to get to my home," wrote Lerner in a May 13 e-mail. "We reported this to the police, the Israeli consulate, and to the Anti Defamation league. The ADL said it wasn't their concern because this was not a 'hate crime."

Here's a typical letter that Lerner said Tikkun received: "You subhuman leftist animals. You should all be exterminated. You are the lowest of the low life" (David Raziel in Hebron).

If anyone other than a Jew had written this, you can be sure that the ADL and any other Jewish lobby groups would have gone into full attack mode. In other words, when non-Jews slander and threaten Jews, it's called "anti-Semitism" and "hate crime'; when Zionists slander and threaten Jews, nobody is supposed to notice.

Summary

War crimes occur when cruelty is made to appear honourable, and good people stand by and do nothing to stop it.

The world watched as the Nazis unleashed state-sanctioned terrorism against the Jews, who were deemed to be sub-human (Untermenschen) - not worthy of dignity, respect or legal protection under the law. To kill a Jew, to destroy his livelihood, to force him and his family out of their homes - these were accepted, sanctioned forms of conduct by citizens of the German Reich to rid Europe of a specific group of people.

Today, the world watches as Israelis unleash state-sanctioned terrorism against Palestinians, who are deemed to be sub-human (Untermenschen) - not worthy of dignity, respect or legal protection under the law. (See citations above.) To kill a Palestinian, to destroy his livelihood, to force him and his family out of their homes - these are accepted, sanctioned forms of conduct by citizens of the Zionist Reich designed to rid Palestine of a specific group of people.

If Nazism is racist and deserving of absolute censure, then so is Zionism, for they are both fruit of the poisonous tree of fascism. It cannot be considered "anti-Semitic" to acknowledge this fact.

To condemn Israeli terrorism, does not in any way imply animus against Jews; neither does it attempt to diminish the Holocaust. In fact, the opposite is true. Zionists did nothing to aid non-Zionist survivors of the death camps, and did everything they could to coerce them to come to Palestine. For Zionists, the only Jew worth saving from the camps was one who wanted to build the Jewish State.

As famed violinist Lord Yehudi Menuhin told the French newspaper Le Figaro in January 1988: "It is extraordinary how nothing ever dies completely. Even the evil which prevailed yesterday in Nazi Germany is gaining ground in that country [Israel] today."

For it to have any moral authority, the UN must equate Zionism with racism. If it doesn't, it tacitly condones Israel's war of extermination against the Palestinians.

Mr. Greg Felton is a Canadian editorialist on international politics, especially the Middle East. He can be reached at gfelton [at] mediamonitors.org
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by courtesy & © 2001 Greg Felton
by different bullshit
Thursday Sep 1st, 2005 4:27 AM
By way of pretending to take a rational position, a zionist sniveled: "to say zionism is racism is to deny the right of statehood to the jews, plain and simple. whether perfect or imperfect, zionism created the jewish state, so to call it racist and illegitimate is to call israel so as well."

1600 years ago, the Catholic Church was founded in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in what was then the Eastern (or 'Holy') Roman Empire (Now Turkey). Then the icky raghead hordes came and made them leave. They took their most magnificient church, the Hagia Sophia, and TURNED IT INTO A MOSQUE (W- W- WTF!)!!!! Meanwhile Catholicism swept the world, destroying cultures everywhere it went by way of sucking them into the psychotic maw of European cultural empire. All things considered, it would have been much better if all the missionaries and explorers really had found the edge of the world and just dropped over it. In any case, Latin -- the church's original language -- continued to be the language of worship until very recently (until enough people started grumbling 'what's with this latin shit?' and switched to the Jehovah's Witnesses).

Therefore I think Irish Catholics and Thai Catholics and Congolese Catholics and Catholic Indians from the Amazon should all get together and take back their 'ancient homeland' in Turkey and just kill the fuck out of anyone who doesn't like it. They could call it 'Ecclesiastis Maximus' or some shit. That would be legitimate, wouldn't it? You wouldn't want to deny them their manifest right to their own country, would you? You WOULD!! Why you effing MONSTER!!!!! (hmm, I guess we'll have to reinvent Catholicism as a "race" thing and call this "racism." That'll fool 'em)
by Bless Palestine
Monday Dec 12th, 2005 10:12 AM
Free Palestine. Thank G-d Indymedia is here to combat the right-wing, pro-israel mainstream crap.
by G-d Bless Palestine
Monday Dec 12th, 2005 10:40 AM
Stop Israeli terror.
Free Palestine.
hey to all of you ISM people my name is omer last and i'm a retire sniper from IDF , i finished my service and studing medicene now , before i joined the army i planned study being an engeneer but during my service time we tracked down a palastinian man who was incharched of sending a terrorist with an explosion belt ( which because of unprofessional job didnt go off and after the israeli FBI interogate the almost in haven with 90 verjins palastinian we got the ad. of that person who sent him ) so make a long story short i was in charch ( being a sniper ) to hit the terrorist in the house through one of the windows , but the palastinian was holding !!!!! a baby in his hands!!! unbelivable!! he hold this 3 years old baby in he's hands so i won't shoot him .. (well i know that he didn't know i specifically was there.. ) , although i know my shooting skills and i could have hit the palastinian in his balls or one of he's knees i send my friends inside the house to face assassin him because before we were send to this pin polint mission we were brift that if we get any doubts that any cevilian can be injurd in our action we have to stop imidietly even if it is in the risk of out life.. ., my friends entered the house which is what the palastinian was whishing for when they were about to enter his room i sow through my scope that the palastinian picked up something ( still carring this 3-4 old child ) and exploded!!! killing him salf and the palastinian child on the spot and injuring my best friend that was outside the room.. , in the end.... i'm here.. studing medecine after i was effected from not being able to help my best freind .. , my best friend is alive today.. he's got a nice monthly payment from the goverment every month now(5000 $ ) and all of us envy of him cuz he don't need to work any more for life too bad he's a vegetable now.. cuz he got a lot of money to spend till now.. what i learnd from the whole military service and from this incident is that most palastinians will prefer to kill their son or their nephew just to try to kill an israeli soldier or israeli civilian.. still living with that feeling that i could take off one of his knees and end the story fast.. but since i wasn't 100 % sure that i won't hit the boy i can straight my look to my best freind's family,, offcourse they don't want to speak with me i can understand them..
by Ellen Liversidge
Tuesday Oct 17th, 2006 4:46 PM
There is no doubt in my mind that this beautiful and idealistic girl had any conception of the danger of her situation. Being crushed by Israel, which is aided and abbetted by the U.S., is the ongoing fate of many. I ache for her family as my son was crushed by another cold-hearted and murderous entity, a pharmaceutical company. In the interest of making money (their only interest) the drug my son was placed on and stayed on until his death two years later had no warning on the label and no warning from the doctor. My son felt funny, fell into a coma, and died of profound hyperglycemia. The drug is called Zyprexa by Eli Lilly. I hope to write to Rachel's family as we have something so sad in common. I want to urge them on in their fight for justice, and in their fight to give this senseless death meaning.
by Giles
Monday Dec 11th, 2006 4:01 PM
Can we all please start being kind to each other regardless of colour race creed.

It is bonkers that someone has so much hatred that an american built bulldozer is to blame for someones death.

Please open your eyes , start to forgive and , start to live, the attitude was i am sure written by a generation z boy who spends too much time watching MTV, and when he realises that he is not ever going to have all the bling advertised on tv he better start studying and grow up.

I have never heard of young ladies deliberatly shooting each other.

To all of you boys out there , grow up, get a life a job and guess what you might even find a girlfriend, enough.
by asher
( mcasher2003 [at] yahoo.com ) Thursday Dec 14th, 2006 8:00 AM
I'm Israeli from tel aviv I feel sad for the death of rachel corry I think the bulldozer driver should be punished for what he has done.rachel corry was peace activist and a beautiful soul,her story was realy emotional and I believe even though the political differences between us a great tragedy happened and a wonderful person was lost.
I'm sure all her friends miss her vey much and are angry on Israel,as Israeli I'm a shame of what happened.rachel corry cared about other people and that made her so special,god bless her soul.
by Mark Smith
Friday Dec 15th, 2006 4:00 PM
This is very sad. Should never have happened--Israel should have taken precautions to remove blind spots from the bulldozers.

Please note that the photographs above paint an incorrect timeline, though. As you can tell from the photos' backgrounds, the image of Rachel standing up is taken in a different place than from where she was crushed by the machine. Thus, it is not entirely clear if the bulldozer ever even saw her, since those photographs were taken at different places (and different times in the day).

Let's please stop propgandizing her tragedy.
by One who truly wants Peace
Sunday Mar 18th, 2007 11:13 PM
What happens in the middle east is depressing, but to choose sides does not help the matter. I am an American Jew, and my best friend is Palestinian-American. We understand that both sides claim the area as their home, but that does not give either side the excuse to kill each other. We keep each other honest, enough to see through both sides of the bullshit. Rachel Corrie died, and it is sad but as an American to see her burning the American flag, turning against her people like that offended me. Forcing Israel into a corner will not help peace, like anybody or anything backed into a corner the response will be unpredictable and most likely fierce. To take the Palestinian side and say that they are absolved from guilt because of what Israel has done means you are approving of violence. To say what Israel does is totally without guilt is again the same. Both sides seem to think that violence is the only way, and the rest of the world knows this is what the Israelis and Palestinians think. The rest of the world is fine with watching the two sides kill each other. People need to wake up and understand that Israel is going to stay where it is, and as a Jewish state. There is no one state solution to this conflict, the only hope is two countries side by side in peace. Both sides need to negotiate, Israel needs to show they can negotiate, and Hamas needs to recognize Israel's right to exist as well as the route of peace. If you lived in Israel, the walls and the towers are security, for the Palestinians they are a constant reminder of how bad life is. The two sides created this problem, the blame does not fall squarely on the shoulders of just one. This crap about Ethnic Cleansing, is not true. Israel at times over reacts but they are not going to wipe out a people, the people who live there know what its like to have someone try to wipe them out. Stop acting like this, stop screaming bloody murder and blaming Israel because it seems like a David vs. Goliath scenario. Israel lives in the middle of hostile territory, constantly under alert because an attack can come from any of their neighbors (it has happened). It is just as much the Palestinians fault as it is Israel. The Israelis clearly feel like they have something to prove, and the Palestinians clearly feel that violence is quickly becoming the only way. The Israelis and Palestinians could have peace if both sides would give up violence, they both perpetuate the situation. Stop listening to the propoganda, you want ethnic cleansing go look at Darfur, that's ethnic cleansing.
by vampares
Saturday Oct 6th, 2007 11:32 AM
"There is no one state solution to this conflict, the only hope is two countries side by side in peace."

Because you wish to live in the US. Why are you not in Israel? If you were in Israel then there would be one more Israeli vote in any case.

"I am an American Jew, and my best friend is Palestinian-American"

You don't even bother saying I am a Jew in America. You assume that are naturalized by default. If you said "I am a Jew living in Palestine and we agree . . ." that would be a relevant perspective. We are left to assume this friend of yours is not also a Jew. Probably because you make this assumption yourself in your own mind. You do not concider it a religion you concider it an affiliation, like a Nationality.

Could you make the statement "I am an Israeli and I care nothing for Judaism and disregard it entirely?" You've said this American is not worthy of your concideration, why because she burned a flag?

What is your animosity towards America? Freedom of speech and religion? Non-violence? In America if someone was standing in your driveway (for whatever reason) and you were trying to go to work, you have a few options:

-remove the person from the path of the vehicle yourself if you are able
-have law enforcement, civil servants or private security remove the person
-call your boss and tell him your not going to be coming in to work

You CANNOT:
-run that person over
-shoot that person with a gun
-detain that person indefinitely

This is the concept of Civility. This is why you have problems.
by Yass
Tuesday Dec 30th, 2008 2:42 AM
I very proud of her...
I doubt about myself that I have brave like her had..
I have been reading her book and so inspirational...
I hope one day i can be like her...
Allahu Akbar
by Kevin Washington
Monday Jan 5th, 2009 6:05 PM
it's a Death to the heavens .. she died while she trying to change the world and she tried to do something maybe what a large group of armed men would be afraid to face ..god bless you and we all love you rachel
by zeina akili
Wednesday Mar 4th, 2009 12:12 PM
RACHEL....WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SACRIFICE. I LIVE IN SYRIA AND IM A TEACHER. EVERY YEAR I TEACH MY STUDENTS OF ENLIGHS ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN YOUNG WOMAN WHO STOOD ALONE IN FRONT OF THE ISREALI BULLDOZER TRYING TO GET IT TO STOP.....AND IT DIDNT STOP..Making RACHEL A MARTYR OF PEACE.
by Amanda
( theater,dance_life [at] yahoo.com ) Thursday Nov 12th, 2009 3:17 PM
I am a young actress who attends highschool. Right around the time school started, my three friends and I were given the book, "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" by our drama teacher and were told to create a unique, and diverse scene for a competition called DTASC for the social change category. At first we screwed around and did not really take the matter seriously. We read the book together and created a scene. But as the time drew near to our competion we took matters into our own hands and really began to do some character work.Two weeks before the competition I went on a retreat and learned about the children who are starving in Africa, and I became motivated. The following week, we researched Rachel Corrie by looking at pictures, and reading her story. And even though we did not know her we mourned for her because we almost uinderstood her point of view. The night before the competition we found out a friend of ours was dying from a disease she has. And it really hit us hard because we couldn't have imagined what it must have been like to watch Rachel get run over by that bulldozer. And secrets within our group came out, things that we never knew about each other, and we placed ourselves in Rachel's shoes....to hear your friends screaming your name....to hear your bones being crushed....to be the parents...to find out that after you let your daughter pursue her dream...you find out she's dead...I want to thank Rachel Corrie and her family...for bringing my friends closer to me. We are nearly inseperable now. And you may be wondering..how did we do at DTASC? We moved so many people by telling her story...parents, students, and judges cried when they heard it. And even though all we got was honorable mention, we're very happy to know that more people are aware of the problem at hand.
God bless
by Ibrahim Mohammed
Wednesday Jan 6th, 2010 12:07 AM
An active American girl in human rights , in front of the camera , in peace mannar though they killed her with cold hands , what about the others who are not Americans and where there are no cameras , just imagine ..... they reached a point which i cant describe it from .. i dont know what to say..
by Blue Zappa
Tuesday Jun 1st, 2010 9:06 AM
One who truly wants Peace-
"Rachel Corrie died, and it is sad but as an American to see her burning the American flag, turning against her people like that offended me."

Rachel Corrie may have never intended to be a "patriot" in the traditional sense, and given our country's atrocious record of not upholding the values we espouse, this is entirely understandable from a thinking person. This is also understandable given the eagerness of the far-right to hide behind patriotism every time they try to justify another atrocity by the U.S. government.

Ironically, though, Rachel upheld our traditional (even if rarely followed) values of democracy, human rights, and equality, and illustrated to the world that we are not all racists, nor all apathetic, nor all warmongering, nor all selfish or cowardly, and ultimately (inadvertently?) did the most patriotic thing she could possibly do. By never failing to protect the civilians in her care, no matter what the dangers, she died defending our values and our honor, and inspired a generation of Americans to fight for the principle that all people are indeed created equal.
by Dom Martin
Tuesday Jun 1st, 2010 10:40 PM
To Rachel Corrie, to the Palestinians before her and after, and to all other activists who equally sacrificed their lives: http://www.propheticimagery.com/Gaza%20Poem/Occupation.htm
by Donny MH
Friday Jun 4th, 2010 4:55 PM
Rachel Coory !!! I Love You , I am Very Proud You... You Have The Greates humanitarian spirit...

i really Hope You can Go to The Heaven and All of Your goodnesses are rememberred for aLL time... Amien

I Love Rachel Corrie.........
by Farhan
( farhan_1570 [at] yahoo.com ) Saturday Jun 5th, 2010 2:31 AM
I never forget story of great Rachel corrie who had severd her self to protect palestine innocent people i wish that her soul rest in peace and her Dream ll fulfill she wanted to server her life for poor and innocent people i wan to fullfill her dream i ll also serve my self to her mission . she is the hero of my life she has never die she z still live in our lives. . .May Almighty Allah bless her and gift her to live in Heaven. . Ameen
by Badr Kamalmaz
Tuesday Jun 22nd, 2010 12:02 AM
we will never forget RACHEL
she still in our hearts forever ......
she still a candle lighting the root of freedom......
god bless her...............
by T.D. Loftus
Thursday Oct 4th, 2012 6:33 PM
How very sad, I am deeply touched by this girl who was tragically silenced way too soon. And I'm angry that the person who did this to her was using a U.S. made piece of machinery? What? Are you kidding me? Well, I am not proud of that U.S. high ranking decision (to send them equipment to do so much evil with) But fear not because justice will prevail, the Lord will take care of this wrong as it's in his hands now.