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Four Years Ago Today: Remembering Rachel Corrie

 Rachel Corrie

Four years ago today, I was in Nablus in the Occupied Territories of Palestine, volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement that supports the nonviolent movement among the Palestinians. I was also supporting my friend Neta Golan, an Israeli woman and one of the founders of ISM, now married to a Palestinian, who was about to give birth. I had spent a strangely idyllic day in a small village outside Nablus, where a group of ISM volunteers had gone because we¹d received a report that the Israeli army
was harassing villagers. When we got there, the army had left, the cyclamen and blood-red anemones were in bloom underneath ancient olive trees, and the villagers insisted we stay for a barbecue.

We were just passing through the checkpoint on our way back to Nablus when we got a call from Rafah, in the Gaza strip. Rachel Corrie, a young ISM volunteer, had been trying to prevent an Israeli bulldozer from demolishing a home near the border. The bulldozer operator saw her, and went forward anyway, crushing her to death.

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7 thoughts on “Four Years Ago Today: Remembering Rachel Corrie

  1. Thank you for remembering this brave and idealistic young woman. Justice and freedom for Palestine.

    Posted by roamaround | March 17, 2007, 9:13 pm
  2. Thank *you*, roamaround. She was an amazing young woman, from my neck of the woods, too. She went to school about 30 miles from where I live.

    It’s been hard to watch the efforts to erase the work she gave up her life for since she was killed.


    Posted by womensspace | March 17, 2007, 9:49 pm
  3. I remember first hearing about Rachel Corrie’s tragic death – almost shocking to realize it was four years ago now. But I thought of her these past few days and I am glad to know others too have not forgotten, and that in remembering her we reflect also on the ideals she stood for in life.

    Posted by Serenity K.B. | March 17, 2007, 11:08 pm
  4. Yes, Heart, it’s enraging, but not surprising, to see the way her memory has been attacked by some. Discrediting her as a woman (spoiled, foolish do-gooder, etc.) is the first line of attack, of course. Reminds me of Amp’s white woman teacher post.

    I wanted to see the play about her life that was such a success in London, but it played only briefly in NYC (after bitter battles to prevent it), and has little chance of coming to Chicago.

    You must be very proud of your hometown girl.

    Posted by roamaround | March 18, 2007, 4:57 pm
  5. The play was booked at the Mosaic Theatre in Florida, but due to vehement protests, the theatre board of directors cancelled those plans a week ago.

    Posted by Aletha | April 10, 2007, 6:18 am
  6. Thank you for remembering this brave and idealistic young woman. Justice and freedom for Palestine.
    American heros are hard to find, yet we have plenty with medals. Few such as Cory rise above the wrongs of the USA.

    Posted by peter molloy | April 1, 2008, 5:23 pm


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