Rachel Corrie Shall Never Be Forgotten.

I have just been reading this article and the subsequent comments, and now I just want to curl up into a ball and cry.  What a fucking world we live in.

Some of you may not know who Rachel Corrie is, or was.  You should know.

Rachel was a young American woman, just a few weeks shy of her 24th birthday, who was murdered in 2003 while trying to do something good and kind and noble and beautiful.
Rachel died trying to stop something wicked, criminal and barbarous from happening to Palestinian families and homes in the lands under illegal military occupation by Israel.
With others in the International Solidarity Movement, she tried to use her body to prevent the destruction and theft of Palestinian land and homes by the State of Israel.  Can you imagine getting told to abandon your home?  No compensation, no nothing, just go, because one of these things was about to knock it to the ground?

Caterpillar Armoured Tractor

Your land now belongs to someone else.  You are homeless and nobody cares.

But Rachel cared.  And they killed her for it.  Rachel tried to stand between the bulldozers and the homes of innocent people.  But the bulldozers didn’t stop.  She died a horrible and heroic death.  This week she was once again denied justice by an Israeli court.   And Jesus wept….

“We should be inspired by people… who show that human beings can be kind, brave, generous, beautiful, strong – even in the most difficult circumstances.”  Rachel Corrie.

Rest in peace.

“Three years after Corrie’s death, an Israeli army officer who emptied the magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, Iman al-Hams, and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years oldwas cleared by a military court.

Iman was shot and wounded after crossing the invisible red line around an Israeli military base in Rafah, but she was never any closer than 100 yards.  The officer then left the base in order to “confirm the kill” by pumping the wounded girl full of bullets.  An Israeli military investigation concluded he had acted properly….”

Further reading –

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/28/rachel-corrie-verdict-exposes-israeli-military-mindset
http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Corrie
http://edinburgheye.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/tragedies-and-names/

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