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    A Tribute to Rachel Corrie By MIFTAH March 19, 2003 Peace activist Rachel Corrie, 23, is a student at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She
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      A Tribute to Rachel Corrie
      By MIFTAH
      March 19, 2003

      Peace activist Rachel Corrie, 23, is a student at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She died Sunday, March 16, 2003, in the southern Gaza city of Rafah while trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer from tearing down a Palestinian physician's home. She fell in front of the machine, which ran over her and then backed up, witnesses said. Israeli military spokesman Captain Jacob Dallal called her death an accident. State Department spokesman Lou Fintor said the U.S. government had asked Israeli officials for a full investigation.
       
      A Poem: The Death of Rachel Corrie
      March 19, 2003
      By David Rovics

      When she sat down in the dirt In front of your machine A lovely woman dressed in red You in military green If you had met her in Jerusalem You might have asked her on a date But here you were in Gaza Rolling towards the gate

      As your foot went to the floor Did you recall her eyes Did her gaze remind you That you've become what you despise As you rolled on towards this woman And ignored all the shouts to stop Did you feel a shred of doubt As you watched her body drop

      And as your Caterpillar tracks Upon her body pressed With twenty tons of deadly force Crushed the bones within her chest Could you feel the contours of her face As you took her life away Did you serve your country well On that cool spring day

      And when you went back across the Green Line Back to the open shore Did you think that this was just another day In a dirty war And when you looked out on the water Did you feel an empty void Or was it just one more life you've taken One more home destroyed

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