Rachel Corrie house party kit
Corrie, (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American who
traveled to the Gaza Strip as a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
She was killed close to the border with Egypt while trying to obstruct a Caterpillar D9 armoured bulldozer, operated by the Israel Defense Forces
(IDF), from demolishing the home of a Palestinian physician and
his family. [For more on Rachel, see the Rachel
Memorial web site.]
On or near this 5th anniversary of her murder (March 16th),
we encourage Americans around the country to invite neighbors
and friends over to honor Rachel's memory and acknowledge what
happened to her. We will happily send you a house party kit
for larger view) containing a video (Rachel, an American
Conscience), 10 or more booklets of her letters to her
family, at least 20 Rachel Corrie cards (text on the back is
copied in below), a sign-up sheet, and
a flyer to advertise your film.
Please submit the form below to request your kit
[rest assured: we won't share your info or put you on a list
unless you ask us to]
NOTE: if you email photos of your party, we'll put
them up at this site.
"The American media have yet to accord this horror the attention it would
normally merit, if it had been done by any other country on earth, including the U.S. government.
Apart from her hometown Washington state newspapers, there were
virtually no follow up stories -- no stories about the memorial
service held the next day in Gaza that was broken up by an Israeli
tank, while the bulldozer that killed her drove slowly, exultantly past.
No stories about Israeli forces blocking the ambulance carrying her remains from exiting Gaza.
No stories about Rachel's grieving parents and siblings, about their inability to
travel to Palestine. No stories" ~If
“Let me know if you have any ideas about what I should do with the rest of my life.”
~ Rachel Corrie’s last email to her dad
There is a quiet battle going on for the memory of a young woman who could have been my daughter, or perhaps yours.
On one side are those who would like to erase her from history; her actions, her beliefs, her murder. If they are unsuccessful at that, they will settle for posthumous slurs on her character, falsifications of her death.
On the other side are those who feel her shining principles should be praised, her courage honored, her death grieved. On this side are those who believe that heroism is noble, bravery admirable, and compassion for others the most fundamental form of morality.
To those of us on this side, Rachel Corrie will never be forgotten. She was 23 when she was killed. We won’t forget her young idealism, her sweet bravery, her needless death. And we won’t forget her beliefs, the third of which killed her: that good would triumph, that justice would prevail, that Israeli forces would not kill her.
She was wrong on that last one. On March 16, 2003, two Israeli soldiers drove a house-crushing bulldozer over her, twice, crushing her into the Gaza dirt. With five other nonviolent human rights defenders, Rachel had spent several hours in front of a family home in Palestine, pleading with Israeli soldiers not to demolish it. They didn’t (until later); they demolished her instead.
Her friends ran to her screaming. They dug her out of the dirt. One told me that Rachel’s eyes were open; her last words were, “My back is broken.”
Far more, of course, was broken. The day was broken, the universe was broken, her sister’s world was broken, her brother’s life was broken, her parents’ hearts were broken. All the things were broken that break when someone is killed.
Since fall 2000, over 3,800 Palestinian lives, days, worlds have been broken; over 1,000 Israeli ones. We hear about the Israeli tragedies; we rarely hear about the many times more Palestinian ones; the mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters and brothers who are killed and mutilated during all those wonderful periods of “relative calm” our news media lie to us about.
I wonder how much (if at all) we’ll hear about Rachel Corrie on March 16th, the anniversary of her death. Israel, as with all those it kills, claims that her death “was an accident” or “was necessary for security” or that “she was a terrorist” or that “she was protecting terrorists”... As fast as these Israeli fabrications are refuted, new ones are produced. Never mind that they’re self-contradictory – our complicit media never question.
Change is coming, however, and it is gathering momentum. Americans of every race, religion and ethnicity remember Rachel, and grieve her death. While Congress is intimidated into denying her parents’ right to an investigation of the American “ally” who murdered their daughter, people in towns throughout the country are planning commemorations and future actions. One by one, people are rising up. We are reclaiming our nation, our principles, and our souls. We won’t forget Rachel. And we won’t be stopped.