JPost Publishes Slight Against Rachel Corrie
Jerusalem Post Publishes Appalling Slight Against Rachel Corrie
March 16 will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of our friend and colleague Rachel Corrie. For many, Rachel's brutal killing came to symbolize the loss of innocent lives by a violent occupation. At the same time, Rachel's life and sacrifice represent the hope that we see in the power of people to effect tremendous change and the belief that the hearts and minds of those committed to freedom, justice and equality, can, must and will prevail.
We know that many of you will be remembering Rachel and the thousands of innocent lives lost to this occupation in various ways. If you will be organizing something in your community around March 16, please do drop us a line to let us know: email@example.com. Please take a few minutes to read the pieces below, the first, an ugly op-ed published in the Jerusalem Post that we need you to help us protest. Relavent addresses listed at the end.
1) Disgusting op-ed about Rachel Corrie in the Jerusalem Post. PLEASE PROTEST! 2) A year of silence since Rachel Corrie died _ Elizabeth Corrie in the IHT
1) Disgusting op-ed in the Jerusaelm Post _ PLEASE PROTEST!
Below is a disgusting op-ed about Rachel Corrie that was recently published by the Jerusalem Post, Israel's main English-language newspaper, followed by two letters that were published regarding the op-ed, one by the US Embassy. Please protest this disgusting op-ed about Rachel to your members of Congress. http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ Point out how cheap American lives are treated in one of the main English newspapers and sites of America’s “closest ally”.
Also send your protest letters to the Jerusalem Post at:
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or click here to submit your letter via the Jerusalem Post website: http://info.jpost.com/C002/Services/Feedback/editors.html
Mar. 1, 2004 A 'tribute' to Rachel Corrie By RUHAMA SHATTAN
March 16 is the first anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. I want to thank Corrie for the explosives that flow freely from Egypt to Gaza, via the smuggling tunnels under the Gaza homes that she died defending.
Perhaps it was these explosives that in the year since her martyrdom – oops, death – have been strapped around suicide bombers to blow up city buses and restaurants in Israeli cities, particularly in Jerusalem, killing men, women, and schoolchildren (two of them classmates of my daughter and her friend in the February 22, 2004 bombing), and leaving hundreds more widows, orphans, and bereaved parents.
On the first anniversary of her death, I want to thank Rachel Corrie for showing Palestinian children how to despise America as she snarled, burned an American flag, and led them in chanting slogans, and as she gave "evidence" at a Young Palestinian Parliament mock trial finding President Bush guilty of crimes against humanity.
Perhaps her help in fanning the flames of violent anti-American sentiment led to the October 2003 bombing of the Fulbright delegation to Gaza to interview scholarship candidates, killing three. There will be no new crop of Palestinian Fulbright scholars this fall.
ON THE first anniversary of her death, I wanted to thank Rachel Corrie for providing her organization, the Palestinian-sponsored International Solidarity Movement, with the opportunity to release a manipulated photo sequence "showing" an Israeli military bulldozer deliberately crushing her. (I would also like to thank AP and The Christian Science Monitor for taking up the baton and immortalizing this cynical ISM stunt.)
On the first anniversary of her death, I want to thank Rachel Corrie for showing the way to all those who seek peace in the Middle East. Unfortunately, Corrie's peace, as anyone familiar with the PLO, Fatah, Hamas, and Hizbullah organizations that she defended with her life knows – or as anyone familiar with the weekly rants of the Friday preachers in the Palestinian mosques is aware – means not peaceful coexistence but the elimination of the State of Israel, and death to those they call "the usurping Jews, the sons of apes and pigs."
Thank you, Rachel Corrie, of Evergreen State University, where the profs wear khakis and keffiyehs at graduation ceremonies, for showing us what peace really means.
The writer is a translator, editor, and writer who has lived in Israel since 1976.
Mar. 3, 2004 Letters to the Editor
Sir, – I want to pass on the US Embassy's reaction to the article "A 'tribute' to Rachel Corrie" (March 2). This article is nothing less than hateful incitement. The author's disgusting abuse of the anniversary of the death of this American citizen is inexcusable. The article reflects a level of discourse unbefitting any serious newspaper.
We're disappointed that you chose to publish this article.
PAUL PATIN US Embassy Tel Aviv
...no, it was fitting
Sir, – I want to commend Ruhama Shattan for her fitting "tribute" to Rachel Corrie. While all citizens of Israel clearly regret the rare loss of any innocent life resulting from IDF operations, it must be made clear who is innocent and who is not.
Corrie died while engaging in deliberate incitement and dangerous activity that, as Shattan points out, perhaps led to the death of many innocent Israelis. Exercise of free speech is a respected right in this country, and there are proper ways to go about demonstrating against policies with which one disagrees. While Corrie's family and friends may have difficulty understanding the reality in which Israelis live, in this country when the IDF gives an order, those orders are to be followed. Interfering with army activities is a crime and those who do so should no longer be considered innocent.
While Corrie's death was undoubtedly an accident, it resulted from a personal arrogance that led her to believe her moral high ground was more powerful than the IDF. She died simply because she was willing to do so, in an effort to make a point to the world.
No army in the world goes to such lengths as the IDF to avoid the loss of those engaged in innocent activity. Rachel Corrie's actions were far from innocent.
KENNETH POLINSKY Ma'aleh Adumim
2) A year of silence since Rachel Corrie died http://www.iht.com/articles/508556.html
Elizabeth Corrie IHT Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Killed in Israel
ATLANTA, Georgia Only a year ago, the month of March would have held the same positive associations for me as it has for many - the beginning of the end of winter, the promise of springtime and even summer. This year, and for every year for the rest of my life, the approach of March will mean something else entirely - the anniversary of the brutal death of my cousin, Rachel Corrie.
On March 16, 2003, an Israeli soldier and his commander ran over Rachel with a nine-ton Caterpillar bulldozer while she stood - unarmed, clearly visible in her orange fluorescent jacket - protecting a Palestinian home slated for demolition by the Israeli army.
The death of Rachel Corrie, and the response that her case has - and has not - received, reveal several disturbing, indeed immoral and criminal, truths.
First, Rachel died while attempting to prevent the demolition of a home, a common practice of the Israeli Army's collective punishment that has left more than 12,000 Palestinians homeless since the beginning of the second uprising in September 2000. This practice violates international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Second, Rachel was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer, manufactured in the United States and sent to Israel as part of the regular U.S. aid package to Israel, which amounts to $3 billion to $4 billion annually, all of it from U.S. taxpayers. The use of Caterpillar bulldozers to destroy civilian homes, not to mention to run over unarmed human rights activists, violates U.S. law, including the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, which prohibits the use of military aid against civilians.
Third, the self-acquittal of the Israeli army for Rachel's death and the resistance of the state of Israel to an independent investigation into this case reveals both the Sharon administration's unwillingness to take responsibility for the death of a U.S. citizen and the Bush administration's cowardice in allowing another nation to attack U.S. citizens with impunity.
Fourth, Rachel's death was in fact only the first of several Israeli attacks on foreign citizens in the West Bank and Gaza. Brian Avery, from New Mexico, was shot in the face on April 5; Tom Hurndall, a British citizen, was shot in the head on April 11 and died Jan. 13, and James Miller, another British citizen, was also shot and killed in April. To date, only in Hurndall's case will the Israeli soldier responsible for the attack face trial, and this is because the British government, after several months, finally responded to the overwhelming evidence presented by the Hurndall family.
As we approach March 16, residents and citizens of the United States should ask themselves how it is that an unarmed U.S. citizen can be killed with impunity by a soldier from an allied nation receiving massive U.S. aid, using a product manufactured in the United States by a U.S. corporation and paid for with U.S. tax dollars. When three Americans were killed, presumably by Palestinians, in an explosion on Oct. 15, 2003, as they traveled through Gaza, the FBI came within 24 hours to investigate the deaths. After one year, neither the FBI nor any other U.S.-led team has done anything to investigate the death of an American killed by an Israeli.
Why the double standard? Perhaps this reveals the most disturbing truth of all.
Elizabeth Corrie is an administrator and teacher in a school in Atlanta.
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