Thursday, April 12, 2012

Justice For Rachel Corrie Delayed

I have been waiting for any updates to come forward about the trial in Israel against the IDF, and especially the driver of the bulldozer, for the murderof Rachel Corrie on March 16th, 2003.   Since that fateful day when Rachel was crushed to death, her family has been seeking justice for that cold blooded murder, and have now been seeking justice through the Israeli court system.

I came across this new report, from Stephen Lendman, through the Uruknet website at, entitled: "Justice For Rachel Corrie Delayed" that gives readers a recap of what happened that fateful morning back in 2003, some facts about the Rachel Corrie Foundation itself,  and where the trial against her murderers stands today..... First, here is that Stephen Lendman report in its entirety, and I do have my own comments and views to follow:

Justice for Rachel Corrie Delayed

by Stephen Lendman

April 11, 2012

Delay may end up denial. More on that below.

On March 16, 2003, an Israeli bulldozer driver murdered Rachel in cold blood.

Trying to stop a Rafah refugee camp home demolition, eye witnesses said she climbed atop the giant Caterpillar tractor, spoke to the driver, climbed down, knelt 10 - 20 meters in front in clear view, and blocked its path with her body. 

With activists screaming for it to stop, the soldier-operator deliberately crushed her to death. To be sure, he ran over her twice.

Rachel's family wants justice. So should everyone. The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice (RCFPJ) supports it. Its mission and guiding principles state:

The Foundation continues what Rachel began. It reflects "her vision, spirit, and creative energy...." It supports "build(ing) understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities." 

"The foundation encourages and supports grassroots efforts in pursuit of human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice, which we view as pre-requisites for world peace."
Its guiding principles include:
  • challenging injustice and resisting oppression;
  • teaching justice and peacemaking skills;
  • advancing "human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice for all....;"
  • seeking creative ways to achieve these goals; and
  • committing to people and places the way Rachel did, especially those most disadvantaged and repressed.

Rachel was 23 when murdered. She believed in nonviolent direct action. She supported oppressed Palestinians. It became her life's struggle. She gave it doing what's right. What greater sacrifice than that!

In her own words, she said:

"I’m here for other children.

I’m here because I care.

I’m here because children everywhere are suffering and because forty thousand people die each day from hunger.

I’m here because those people are mostly children.

We have got to understand that they dream our dreams and we dream theirs.

We have got to understand that they are us. 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 40,000 people who die each day.

My dream can and will come true if we all look into the future and see the light that shines there.

If we ignore hunger, that light will go out.

If we all help and work together, it will grow and burn free with the potential of tomorrow."

Her dedication and humility came out in comments like "I can't be Picasso. I can't be Jesus. I can't save the planet single-handedly. I can wash dishes."

From Occupied Palestine, he emailed often. Her comments showed dedication. They're inspirational for others. They reflect a spirit vital to be kept alive. The Foundation, Rachel's family, friends, and kindred spirits do it. 

What better life's mission than supporting peace and justice. Rachel died for it. It bears repeating. What greater sacrifice than that!

Rachel's Family Lawsuit

In 2005, representing Rachel's family, attorney Hussein abu Hussein sued the State of Israel. It bears full responsibility for her death.

On March 10, 2010, oral testimonies began. Fifteen court hearings were held. Twenty-three witnesses testified. They included four International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists with Rachel when she died. They saw what happened close up. Over 2,000 court transcript papers were produced.

US embassy officials attended each hearing. So did Rachel's family members, as well as numerous international legal and human rights organization observers.

On July 11, 2011, proceedings concluded. Judge Oded Gershon scheduled dates for both sides to present written summations and closing arguments. He also set April 23, 2012 for his ruling. Multiple delays along the way postponed it.

Rescheduling hasn't been set. The longer it's delayed, the more likely justice will be denied. Whatever the ruling, Rachel's lost life can't be restored. 

In her absence, her inspirational spirit motivates others to continue her important work. Helping others and pursuing justice defines it. The Rafah City/Rafeh refugee camp Rachel Corrie Clinic and Children's Center performs vital services in her name.

The Rachel Corrie Memorial web site provides information about her and what everyone can do. The best way to honor her is follow her example. Support peace and justice issues. What's more important than those.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at

NTS Notes:  It has been over 8 years now since the IDF murdered Rachel Corrie in cold blood, and I can guarantee that  these criminals will delay as long as possible to try to get away with their crime by forcing the family to give up the fight.  That, or the Israeli kangaroo court justices will simply find the IDF not guilty of murder.   Either way, as the article states, true justice for Rachel will be denied....

It is especially sad that the US State Department never took more interest in pushing for proper justice for Rachel's murder.  But again, we now know that the entire US Government is under the complete control of Jewish interests, and they will definitely side with their masters in Israel and push also for the IDF found not guilty and all charges dismissed....

If there is any further news about this ongoing trial in Israel, I will present that information here for my own readers to see for themselves... Stay tuned..

More to come


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