Friday, March 16, 2012

In Memory Of Rachel Corrie: Humanitarian Hero Murdered By Israeli IDF Forces On This Date, March 16th, 2003

It has now been 9 full years since that fateful day in March, 2003, when a brave young woman, Rachel Corrie, who was working for the International Solidarity Movement, stood in defiance of the criminal murderous Israeli IDF forces in Rafah, Gaza Strip, and paid the ultimate price in trying to save the home of a Palestinian Pharmacist from destruction by the criminal Israelis.

She was clearly wearing bright orange overalls which was standard attire for all International Solidarity Movement workers and volunteers and could easily be seen and identified by the Israelis.  However, when an American built and American taxpayer paid for Armoured Caterpillar bulldozer, driven by an Israeli soldier, approached her, rather than stop his machine he proceeded to drive right over her, crushing her instantly.  What is especially horrific is that this sick and murderous IDF driver then dropped the bulldozer's front scoop and then proceeded to back up over her body.   If she was not dead by the initial drive over, then she was definitely dead by the bulldozer backing up over her body!

International Solidarity Movement workers raced to her side, and quickly brought her body to a Palestinian hospital where she was pronounced dead.   There has been massive outcry all over the world ever since, and no justice to this day for Rachel's outright murder, in spite of the diligent work of the Corrie family in bringing her murder to trial in Israeli courts.

First, I want to present one of the most beautiful tribute videos to the memory of Rachel Corrie again right here for everyone to see.   I have more comments to follow:



NTS Notes:  First I want to present for everyone a transcript of the wonderful speech that this young lady gave for her Grade 5 class... The words do hold true even today:


Rachel Corrie’s Speech in Grade 5

Rachel Corrie
I’m here for other children
I’m here because I care
I’m here because other children everywhere are suffering
Because forty thousand people die each day from hunger
I’m here because those people are mostly children
We’ve got to understand that the poor are all around us and that we are ignoring them
We’ve got to understand that these deaths are preventable
We’ve got to understand that people at third world countries think and care and smile and cry just like us
We’ve got to understand that they are us and we are them
My dream is to stop hunger by the year 2000
My dream is to give the poor a chance
My dream is to save the forty thousand people who die each day
My dream can and will come true if we all look at the future and see the light that shines there


I have always been wondering what has happened with the ongoing trial in Israeli courts for Rachel's murder that was initiated by Rachel's family several years back?... I want to present the most recent update of that criminal trial, from the website: Rachel Corrie Foundation, at www.rachelcorriefoundation.org, entitled: "Rachel Corrie Trial In Israel: Reflections" by her brother, Craig Corrie, right here for everyone to see:


Corrie Trial in Israel: Reflections

On November 30, our family’s attorney Hussein abu Hussein submitted his written summation of our civil lawsuit against the Israeli military for Rachel’s killing. The first testimony of the suit (originally filed March 15, 2005) was heard in Haifa District Court on March 10, 2010, and the last on July 10, 2011. State attorneys will now have three months to file their summation, followed by two weeks for a reply from our side. We expect a verdict in the spring of 2012.
It has, at times, been hard to listen to testimony from the Israeli military. While soldiers on the scene have testified that they recognized Rachel and her ISM friends as non-violent demonstrators, their superior officers stated under oath that there are no civilians in war and that the military is at war with everyone in Gaza. After Rachel was killed, the Deputy Battalion Commander reflected in the day’s operations log that orders were to “shoot to kill” anyone in the border area between Gaza and Egypt. His Brigade Commander later confirmed that order. The DBC testified further that this area was ever-expanding – up to the next row of Palestinian houses in Rafah.
Throughout the trial, as the word “terrorist” was applied to every Palestinian in Rafah, I could not help but think of the two families (four adults and five children) huddled behind their garden wall that day as Rachel stood before it. In some ways the most disturbing allegation came from the last witness, the Brigade Commander. In his written affidavit, he stated that his troops had been fired upon from the home Rachel was defending when she was killed. Later, under cross examination, he clarified that the incident happened long after the family was forced from their home by his troops. The realization that his soldiers were safer while this Palestinian family lived in their home, rather than after they were evicted, never seemed to enter the Commander’s mind.
Our family entered this lawsuit to gain information and accountability from the Israeli military. But with that information, we see just how inadequate accountability is – even if we succeed in gaining it from the court. It cannot bring back Rachel or the thousands killed in the second intifada. It is not enough to challenge and punish past transgressions. We must work to stop such egregious acts before they are committed in the first place. Instead of officers who view the other only as “terrorist,” we must demand that our leaders see in these families the potential for new friends.
Our family expects to share more specifics when the verdict is in and we are able to reflect on the entire process. We thank the Rachel Corrie Foundation for providing space to provide information and insight from the trial experience.
By Craig Corrie.


Readers, it has now been 9 full years since Rachel's outright murder by these monsters, and I can guarantee that these criminals will continue to delay, delay, and delay... Knowing that eventually the trial will end with the murderous IDF not found guilty of Rachel's death, and absolutely no justice for the Corrie family.

What is truly sad is that the American government has done NOTHING to go after these murderers for Rachel's death, due to the full control over the American government by Jewish interests...  It is also sad that there has been an absolutely deafening silence by the American and world media about Rachel's murder... But hey... What the heck is the death of another Goy, or Gentile, to these sick "chosen ones"?

Nine years after Rachel Corrie's murder, and YES it was murder,  and still no justice for Rachel's murder, and absolutely no peace for the Corrie family... When will people finally wake up and see these criminals for what they truly are?

More to come

NTS

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