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After Gaza death, activists resolute
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 18, 2003 | Nicole Gaouette

Posted on 03/17/2003 10:02:57 PM PST by Dont Mention the War

(Photograph)
DEATH OF A PROTESTER: Rachel Corrie, wearing a reflective Day-Glo jacket, shouts through a bullhorn at an oncoming Israeli army bulldozer in southern Gaza Sunday moments before it ran her over.
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT/AP

The Christian Science Monitor - csmonitor.com

from the March 18, 2003 edition - http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0318/p06s01-wome.html

After Gaza death, activists resolute

American Rachel Corrie was killed Sunday in Gaza when an Israeli army bulldozer ran over her.

By Nicole Gaouette | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

JERUSALEM - The death of peace activist Rachel Corrie has done little to still violence in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli army raid into a Gaza shantytown early Monday left seven Palestinians dead, including the Islamic Jihad militant the troops were pursuing and a four-year-old girl.

Coming on the heels of Ms. Corrie's death Sunday, the battle and army seizure of land in the northern Gaza Strip underscores the question many activists had been asking themselves in the hours after the young American was killed: What next?

Just a day after Corrie's death, peace activists in Gaza and the West Bank already have their answer. Despite the risks and anxieties, they say their commitment to pursuing nonviolent resistance in the Palestinian territories has only been strengthened.

"We are determined to stay and maintain our presence," says Tom, a young British volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), the group to which Corrie belonged. "None of us has had any sleep, so we haven't had anytime to process how we're feeling about this," he adds, "but it already feels like an enormous loss."

Set to graduate

Founded in August 2001, the Palestinian-backed ISM aims to raise awareness of the situation in the occupied territories through the media, divestment drives, and the use of international volunteers who come for limited periods of time.

Corrie, who arrived here in January and was to graduate this year from Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash., died trying to prevent an Israeli army bulldozer from demolishing a house in Rafah, where Gaza abuts the Egyptian border. The bulldozer ran over her.

The army described the incident as a "very regrettable accident," explaining that the bulldozer had very small windows. "We're dealing with a group of protesters who are acting irresponsibly, putting the Palestinians, themselves, and our forces in danger by intentionally placing themselves in a combat zone," says an army spokesman.

The ISM volunteers operate by deliberately placing themselves in volatile situations in order to prevent harm or injury to Palestinians and their property. Their logic is that foreign citizens are less likely to be harmed, and Corrie had recently written in a web journal of the freedom and protection foreigners felt they have here.

Corrie was the first international volunteer to die since the intifada began 29 months ago, but she was the fourth foreign citizen to be killed by Israeli troops. Soldiers have shot and killed a German doctor, Harald Fischer; an Italian photographer, Rafaeli Ciriello; and a British UN worker, Iain Hook.

The ISM volunteers, who range in age and origin, coming from Asia, Europe, and North America, receive two days of intense training to prepare for this environment. They are taught various forms of nonviolent resistance as well as the finer points of dealing with Israeli soldiers, weapons, and being arrested.

Alcohol, drugs, and relationships are forbidden. At the end of their training, they sign "personal responsibility" forms, committing themselves to nonviolent verbal and physical action.

Questions about training

Corrie's death raises the question of whether the training is adequate. But many activists say that training wouldn't make a difference in face of what they say is systematically and consistently hostile army opposition.

"We were expecting something to happen, especially down at Rafah," says Marlous, a Dutch woman who occasionally participated in protests with Corrie. Marlous, who works for a Palestinian organization in the West Bank, said protesters had been increasingly wary of Israeli army tactics. "This is the first death, it's hard to understand."

James Delano, a documentary filmmaker from Honolulu who had participated in missions with Corrie, said she wasn't prone to take unnecessary risks. "I wouldn't describe her as a zealot," he says. "Rachel was passionate about her work. She was an intelligent, caring human being. I'm sure she was doing what she saw as a reasonable action."

Rafah is the scene of frequent unrest. Israelis say weapons are smuggled across the border from Egypt and that Palestinians use houses in the area to fire on its troops.

The ISM works in small teams with each member assigned a specific task. One person always photographs an event, and the pictures of Rachel's encounter with the bulldozer show a slim, tall young woman holding a megaphone as she stands in front of the massive machine. She is wearing a neon-orange vest with Day-Glo striping and is clearly visible.

Witnesses say Corrie was standing in front of a house set for demolition and shouting as the bulldozer approached her.

"Rachel was alone in front of the house as we were trying to get them to stop," Greg Schnabel, a fellow protester from Chicago, told the Associated Press.

"She waved for the bulldozer to stop. She fell down and the bulldozer kept going. We yelled 'stop, stop,' and the bulldozer didn't stop at all. It had completely run over her and then it reversed and ran back over her."

Mr. Delano took part in a few ISM "actions" with Corrie in Rafah and says he felt threatened by army bulldozers.

"The situation was always fluid, and the army doesn't live by regular rules," he says of his experiences. "The bulldozer [driver's] tactic is just to keep coming and hope that people get out of the way. One situation I was in was very dangerous - the bulldozer just kept coming, and it was three or four feet away and there was a wall behind us. I was completely shocked that the driver would act the way he did. It was insane."

A State Department spokesman said the US wants an "immediate and full investigation" of the incident. An Israeli army spokesman said that investigation is under way. "As soon as it's over, we'll have something to say. It won't take longer than a few days, there is a serious investigation going on."



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: activists; deadpeople; dozergirl; foodfortheworms; gazagoons; hippies; palestinians; rachelcorrie; stupidflatgirl; terroristsymps
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To: Dont Mention the War
Warning: graphic photos of the incident here
2 posted on 03/17/2003 10:05:46 PM PST by chance33_98 (God gave man freedom, government took it away)
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To: Dont Mention the War
Referring to her as a peace activist is extremely dishonest. She was not promoting peace. Was she sitting in cafes in Haifa or riding buses in Jerusalem to defy the suicide bombers? No. She was not trying to get Israelis and Arabs to make peace. She was supporting the terrorists by trying to interfere with anti terrorist activity by the Israelis. She was allied with the terrorists. Most dopey young demonstrators think that you can mess with the civilized people without cost. You don't see them protesting in Moscow. Someone forgot to tell Corrie that this is a deadly war not a game.
3 posted on 03/17/2003 10:09:05 PM PST by Honestfreedom
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To: chance33_98
Bah. Cause of death should read "suicide", not "murder".
4 posted on 03/17/2003 10:09:16 PM PST by CanisMajor2002 (Annoy a liberal...judge them by the content of their character)
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To: Dont Mention the War
One situation I was in was very dangerous - the bulldozer just kept coming, and it was three or four feet away and there was a wall behind us. I was completely shocked that the driver would act the way he did. It was insane.

Only in the squirrely mind of a liberal standing in front of an oncoming bulldozer could the DRIVER be insane.

5 posted on 03/17/2003 10:09:17 PM PST by EricT. (Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?)
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To: Dont Mention the War
From OPINIONJOURNAL.COM:

Terror Advocate Dies in Accident
Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old terrorism advocate from Olympia, Wash., died in a bulldozer accident yesterday. Corrie was at fault in the accident, which occurred when she either stood or crouched in front of an Israeli Defense Forces bulldozer in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reports:

The bulldozers were part of an IDF tunnel- and mine-clearing operation. The Rafah refugee camp borders Egypt, from which Palestinian terrorists smuggle in weapons and explosives. And according to interim peace accords, Israel has the right to operate in and secure the area.

Corrie not only backed anti-Israeli terrorism; she also hated America. An Associated Press photo shows Corrie, her face contorted with hate, burning a "mock U.S. flag" at a pro-Saddam rally last month. (Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.) Reuters reports on a "symbolic funeral" that drew some 1,000 Palestinian Arabs. One of them tells the "news" service: "We fly a U.S. flag today to show our support to all American peace lovers, those like Rachel." If she were still alive, no doubt she'd have burned the flag.

It's a shame that Rachel Corrie died the way she did. It's shameful that she lived the way she did.




6 posted on 03/17/2003 10:10:54 PM PST by pittsburgh gop guy (now serving eastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.......)
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To: chance33_98
fakes.
The before and after pics show 2 different bulldosers. Compare the roof areas.
8 posted on 03/17/2003 10:11:59 PM PST by Mr_Magoo
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To: Dont Mention the War
Is there anything more tragically silly than American studenst "going native" for causes that will not withstand scrutiny in light of the education which we should be giving them, but don't?
9 posted on 03/17/2003 10:12:21 PM PST by AmericanVictory
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To: Dont Mention the War
I don't care what this young woman's politics may have been, this was a tragic thing.
10 posted on 03/17/2003 10:13:47 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: AmericanVictory
I find these so-called "human shields" to be incredibly arrogant.
11 posted on 03/17/2003 10:14:29 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: pittsburgh gop guy

Rachel Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., a member of the 'International Solidarity Movement,' burns a mock U.S. flag during a rally in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah in this Feb. 15, 2003 file photo. Corrie was run over and crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer Sunday, March 16, 2003, while she was trying to stop it from tearing down a building in the Rafah refugee camp, witnesses said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

She gets no sympathy from me.

12 posted on 03/17/2003 10:17:30 PM PST by SAMWolf (Don't get in a spitting contest with us, France. We can kick your ass easier than we saved it -twice)
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To: Honestfreedom
You are precisely right! This really frosts me.
13 posted on 03/17/2003 10:17:39 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
...or incredibly stupid.
14 posted on 03/17/2003 10:17:43 PM PST by Callahan
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To: SAMWolf
Me neither, Sam. Look at that face. My God...
15 posted on 03/17/2003 10:18:30 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet ("Look! Birch trees!!!")
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To: chance33_98
You're right...totally different. A "recreation" no doubt. Notice a sign in the second pic, none in the first one, plus differing treeline in the background of the second pic.

Damn, I miss being a photo interpreter in the Air Force! LOL
16 posted on 03/17/2003 10:18:52 PM PST by Teetop (democrats....... socialist.........whats the difference?)
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To: Mr_Magoo
Background terrain doesn't match either.
17 posted on 03/17/2003 10:19:53 PM PST by SAMWolf (Don't get in a spitting contest with us, France. We can kick your ass easier than we saved it -twice)
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To: chance33_98
Warning: graphic photos of the incident here

I don't find those photos particularly graphic. First she's looking like a terrorist sympathizer, then she's looking like a terrorist sympathizer with a cut on her head. It's not like we got to see entrails or anything.

18 posted on 03/17/2003 10:20:41 PM PST by Dont Mention the War ("Quinnipiac" - Native American for "Big Smelly Compost Heap of RAT Dung")
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To: SAMWolf
She WAS hate. She LIVED hate. And she DIED hate.
19 posted on 03/17/2003 10:22:14 PM PST by Dont Mention the War ("Quinnipiac" - Native American for "Big Smelly Compost Heap of RAT Dung")
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To: SAMWolf
How far was this mental patient from becoming a suicide bomber herself, possibly on American soil? That bulldozer might have saved a few lives.
20 posted on 03/17/2003 10:22:34 PM PST by Callahan
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