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Rachel Corrie: Martyr for Peace

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    Activist s memorial service disrupted Chris McGreal in Jerusalem Wednesday March 19, 2003 The Guardian
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      Activist's memorial service disrupted

      Chris McGreal in Jerusalem
      Wednesday March 19, 2003
      The Guardian

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,917178,00.html

      Israeli forces fired teargas and stun grenades yesterday in an
      attempt to break up a memorial service for Rachel Corrie, the
      American peace activist killed by an army bulldozer in Gaza on
      Sunday.

      Witnesses including several dozen foreigners and Palestinian
      supporters say Israeli armoured vehicles tried to disperse the
      gathering at the spot in Rafah refugee camp where Ms Corrie was
      crushed to death.

      The 23 year-old activist with the International Solidarity Movement
      (ISM) was trying to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes by
      the Israelis when she was hit by the bulldozer.

      Joe Smith, a young activist from Kansas City, said about 100 people
      were gathered to lay carnations and erect a small memorial when the
      first armoured personnel carrier appeared.

      "They started firing teargas and blowing smoke, then they fired sound
      grenades. After a while it got hectic so we sat down. Then the tank
      came over and shot in the air," he said. "It scared a lot of
      Palestinians, especially the shooting made a lot of them run and the
      teargas freaked people out. But most of us stayed."

      Another witness said the army failed to break up the service.

      "People were laying carnations at the spot where Rachel was killed
      when a tank came and fired teargas right on them. Then a core group
      of the peace activists took an ISM cloth banner to the fence and
      pinned it up.

      "The tank chased after them trying to stop them with teargas but the
      wind was against the army," she said.

      Tensions rose further when a convoy of vehicles, including the
      bulldozer that killed Ms Corrie, passed the area.

      "I don't think it was deliberate but it was pretty insensitive," said
      Mr Smith.

      "I think they had been destroying some buildings elsewhere and had to
      pass by to get back to their base."

      The army said it was investigating the incident.
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      FRIENDS SAY ACTIVIST'S GAZA DEATH MAKE HER A MARTYR FOR PEACE
      David Ammons, Associated Press, 3/18/03

      OLYMPIA, Wash. - American peace activist Rachel Corrie's death in a
      Palestinian refugee camp could be a catalyst for change in U.S.
      policy toward Israel, friends and professors on Corrie's college
      campus say.

      Corrie, 23, was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on Sunday
      while protesting the destruction of Palestinian homes. Her death
      makes her a martyr to the cause of justice, acquaintances and fellow
      activists said Monday.

      "She was the heart and soul of the local resistance (movement) and a
      light of inspiration in an unjust world," said Therese Saliba, a
      professor at The Evergreen State College and a fellow activist in
      Olympians for Peace in the Middle East.

      "She was killed by a bulldozer paid for by U.S. tax dollars. We will
      not let her sacrifice be swept away. In our sadness over Rachel's
      death, we need to continue her work."

      Corrie's parents headed to the Gaza Strip to bring back her body to
      Olympia, said Colin Reese, 23, who read a sorrowful letter from the
      parents and a recent e-mail from Corrie about her "peacekeeper" work
      in the troubled region...

      SEE ALSO:

      PEACE ACTIVISTS SAY PROTESTER WAS KILLED DELIBERATELY
      Ibrahim Barzak, Independent, 3/18/03
      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?
      story=388278

      A group of international peace activists has disputed a claim by
      Israel that an American who was trying to block the path of an
      Israeli bulldozer in a Gaza refugee camp was crushed accidentally.

      The International Solidarity Movement said yesterday that Rachel
      Corrie was in the line of vision of the bulldozer's driver on Sunday
      as she stood in his path to try to prevent the demolition of a
      Palestinian home in the Rafah camp.

      "When the bulldozer refused to stop or turn aside she climbed up on
      to the mound of dirt and rubble being gathered in front of it ... to
      look directly at the driver who kept on advancing," the group said in
      a statement...

      Ms Corrie's parents are travelling to Rafah, where she will be
      cremated, said Charles Smith, a member of the International
      Solidarity Movement. Her father, Craig Corrie said: "Rachel was
      proud, and we are proud of Rachel that she was able to live with her
      convictions. Rachel was filled with a love and sense of duty to our
      fellow man, wherever they lived, and she gave her life trying to
      protect those that could not protect themselves..."

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      RACHEL'S WAR
      Guardian, 3/18/03
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,916299,00.html

      This weekend 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was
      crushed to death by a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the Israeli
      army destroying homes in the Gaza Strip. In a remarkable series of
      emails to her family, she explained why she was risking her life...

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      SEND CONDOLENCES TO RACHEL CORRIE'S PARENTS

      Send condolences to Craig and Cindy Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie,
      by writing to cbc1flute@...
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      Tuesday March 18, 2003

      Family of Rachel Corrie to Attend Vigil
      in Front of Israeli Embassy

      The family of the 23 year old peace activist who was
      deliberately crushed to death by an Israeli army
      bulldozer on Sunday in the Gaza Strip, will be
      attending a candlelight vigil in front of the Israeli
      Embassy in Washington D.C. this evening at 5:30 P.M.
      (EST). Parents Craig and Cindy Corrie, along with
      their son, Chris Corrie said that they will attend
      the candlelight vigil in memory of their daughter
      Rachel.

      Rachel was protesting the Israeli policy of
      demolishing Palestinian homes and was standing in
      front of a home in Rafah, located in the Gaza Strip,
      urging the bulldozer driver to stop, when the Israeli
      Army driver ran over her forwards and backwards.
      The bulldozer crushed her head and chest and she died
      a few minutes later in a Palestinian hospital. A
      number of witnesses said that the Israeli Army
      bulldozer driver ran over Rachel Corrie on purpose.

      The public in the area is encouraged to attend the
      vigil to commemorate the life and protest the tragic
      death of the courageous American peace activist,
      Rachel Corrie. Her friends and family will not let
      her death go in vain and will continue to fight the
      inhumane Israeli policy of destroying Palestinian
      homes, and for the freedom and justice that Rachel
      gave her life for. The Israeli Embassy in Washington
      D.C. is located at International Drive and Van Ness
      Street.

      In addition, today at 2pm, residents of Los Angeles
      who have been to Palestine as human rights observers
      will hold a Press Conference at the Offices of
      Zionist U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer located at 312 N.
      Spring Street.

      The organizers of the press conference are calling on
      the United States Government to: 1) Conduct a Full
      and Independent Inquiry in the Death of Rachel Corrie
      at the hands of the Israeli Military; 2) Take
      Responsibility for the Role that United States
      Military Aid played in her death; 3) End all US
      Military Aid to Israel; and 4)Condemn the violent
      escalation of Israeli military actions in Palestine
      that have claimed hundreds of lives in the past few
      weeks.

      ------------------------------

      Other Israeli Embassies and Consulates
      that may see protests in the near furure:

      Los Angeles
      6380 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1700
      Los Angeles, CA 90048

      San Francisco
      456 Montgomery Street, Suite 2100
      San Francisco, CA 94104

      New York
      800 Second Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd)
      New York, NY 10017

      Chicago
      111 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1308
      Chicago, IL 60601

      Boston
      20 Park Plaza, Suite 1020
      Boston, MA 02116

      Houston
      24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1500
      Houston, Texas 77046

      Miami
      100 North Biscayne Blvd. Suite 1800
      Miami, FL 33132

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