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Memorial Honors Woman's Non-Violent Efforts


August 22, 2006 - FROM FRESNO CA . A young Jewish girl is becoming a celebrated cause among Muslims, and now, they're celebrating Rachel Corrie's life here in the valley.Corrie was killed three years ago as she tried to block an Israeli Army bulldozer from destroying a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.The Rachel Corrie exhibit opens Saturday night at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.The artwork includes text from her e-mail sent to her parents just before death. In the e-mail she highlighted the struggle of the Palestinian people under the Israeli occupation.The exhibit also illustrates another struggle, that of Rachel's parents, as they tried to get the U.S. and Israeli governments to investigate her death.The director of the Islamic Cultural center says this exhibit is important, especially at a time of heighten violence in the Middle East. He says, people need to be aware of the non-violent movement, and not just the warfare shown in the media."She traveled to Palestine to help Palestinian in their daily lives. Whether it be getting milk to families while their under curfew or help them in burying their dead. And she took a stand that their daily lives should not be the way it is under occupation, she paid her life in the course of non-violent movement," said Kamal Abu-Shamsieh of the Islamic Cultural Center.The opening ceremony, marks a week long series of events that culminates Friday with Corrie's parents speaking at the Islamic Cultural Center.


Excerpts from an e-mail from Rachel on  February 7, 2003.


I have been in Palestine for two weeks and one hour now, and I still have very few words to describe what I see. It is most difficult for me to think about what's going on here when I sit down to write back to the United States--something about the virtual portal into luxury. I don't know if many of the children here have ever existed without tank-shell holes in their walls and the towers of an occupying army surveying them constantly from the near horizons. I think, although I'm not entirely sure, that even the smallest of these children understand that life is not like this everywhere. An eight-year-old was shot and killed by an Israeli tank two days before I got here, and many of the children murmur his name to me, “Ali”--or point at the posters of him on the walls. The children also love to get me to practice my limited Arabic by asking me "Kaif Sharon?" "Kaif Bush?" and they laugh when I say "Bush Majnoon" "Sharon Majnoon" back in my limited Arabic. (How is Sharon? How is Bush? Bush is crazy. Sharon is crazy.) Of course this isn't quite what I believe, and some of the adults who have the English correct me: Bush mish Majnoon... Bush is a businessman. Today I tried to learn to say "Bush is a tool", but I don't think it translated quite right. But anyway, there are eight-year-olds here much more aware of the workings of the global power structure than I was just a few years ago--at least regarding Israel.


Nevertheless, I think about the fact that no amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing and word of mouth could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here. You just can't imagine it unless you see it, and even then you are always well aware that your experience is not at all the reality: what with the difficulties the Israeli Army would face if they shot an unarmed US citizen, and with the fact that I have money to buy water when the army destroys wells, and, of course, the fact that I have the option of leaving. Nobody in my family has been shot, driving in their car, by a rocket launcher from a tower at the end of a major street in my hometown. I have a home. I am allowed to go see the ocean. Ostensibly it is still quite difficult for me to be held for months or years on end without a trial (this because I am a white US citizen, as opposed to so many others). When I leave for school or work I can be relatively certain that there will not be a heavily armed soldier waiting half way between Mud Bay and downtown Olympia at a checkpoint—a soldier with the power to decide whether I can go about my business, and whether I can get home again when I'm done. So, if I feel outrage at arriving and entering briefly and incompletely into the world in which these children exist, I wonder conversely about how it would be for them to arrive in my world.


They know that children in the United States don't usually have their parents shot and they know they sometimes get to see the ocean. But once you have seen the ocean and lived in a silent place, where water is taken for granted and not stolen in the night by bulldozers, and once you have spent an evening when you haven’t wondered if the walls of your home might suddenly fall inward waking you from your sleep, and once you’ve met people who have never lost anyone-- once you have experienced the reality of a world that isn't surrounded by murderous towers, tanks, armed "settlements" and now a giant metal wall, I wonder if you can forgive the world for all the years of your childhood spent existing--just existing--in resistance to the constant stranglehold of the world’s fourth largest military--backed by the world’s only superpower--in it’s attempt to erase you from your home. That is something I wonder about these children. I wonder what would happen if they really knew.


As an afterthought to all this rambling, I am in Rafah, a city of about 140,000 people, approximately 60 percent of whom are refugees--many of whom are twice or three times refugees. Rafah existed prior to 1948, but most of the people here are themselves or are descendants of people who were relocated here from their homes in historic Palestine--now Israel. Rafah was split in half when the Sinai returned to Egypt. Currently, the Israeli army is building a fourteen-meter-high wall between Rafah in Palestine and the border, carving a no-mans land from the houses along the border. Six hundred and two homes have been completely bulldozed according to the Rafah Popular Refugee Committee. The number of homes that have been partially destroyed is greater.


Today as I walked on top of the rubble where homes once stood, Egyptian soldiers called to me from the other side of the border, "Go! Go!" because a tank was coming. Followed by waving and "what's your name?". There is something disturbing about this friendly curiosity. It reminded me of how much, to some degree, we are all kids curious about other kids: Egyptian kids shouting at strange women wandering into the path of tanks. Palestinian kids shot from the tanks when they peak out from behind walls to see what's going on. International kids standing in front of tanks with banners. Israeli kids in the tanks anonymously, occasionally shouting-- and also occasionally waving-- many forced to be here, many just aggressive, shooting into the houses as we wander away.


In addition to the constant presence of tanks along the border and in the western region between Rafah and settlements along the coast, there are more IDF towers here than I can count--along the horizon,at the end of streets. Some just army green metal. Others these strange spiral staircases draped in some kind of netting to make the activity within anonymous. Some hidden,just beneath the horizon of buildings. A new one went up the other day in the time it took us to do laundry and to cross town twice to hang banners. Despite the fact that some of the areas nearest the border are the original Rafah with families who have lived on this land for at least a century, only the 1948 camps in the center of the city are Palestinian controlled areas under Oslo. But as far as I can tell, there are few if any places that are not within the sights of some tower or another. Certainly there is no place invulnerable to apache helicopters or to the cameras of invisible drones we hear buzzing over the city for hours at a time.


I've been having trouble accessing news about the outside world here, but I hear an escalation of war on Iraq is inevitable. There is a great deal of concern here about the "reoccupation of Gaza." Gaza is reoccupied every day to various extents, but I think the fear is that the tanks will enter all the streets and remain here, instead of entering some of the streets and then withdrawing after some hours or days to observe and shoot from the edges of the communities. If people aren't already thinking about the consequences of this war for the people of the entire region then I hope they will start.


I also hope you'll come here. We've been wavering between five and six internationals. The neighborhoods that have asked us for some form of presence are Yibna, Tel El Sultan, Hi Salam, Brazil, Block J, Zorob, and Block O. There is also need for constant night-time presence at a well on the outskirts of Rafah since the Israeli army destroyed the two largest wells. According to the municipal water office the wells destroyed last week provided half of Rafah’s water supply. Many of the communities have requested internationals to be present at night to attempt to shield houses from further demolition. After about ten p.m. it is very difficult to move at night because the Israeli army treats anyone in the streets as resistance and shoots at them. So clearly we are too few.


I continue to believe that my home, Olympia, could gain a lot and offer a lot by deciding to make a commitment to Rafah in the form of a sister- community relationship. Some teachers and children's groups have expressed interest in e-mail exchanges, but this is only the tip of the iceberg of solidarity work that might be done. Many people want their voices to be heard, and I think we need to use some of our privilege as internationals to get those voices heard directly in the US, rather than through the filter of well-meaning internationals such as myself. I am just beginning to learn, from what I expect to be a very intense tutelage, about the ability of people to organize against all odds, and to resist against all odds.


Rachel Corrie


In one of her e-mails Rachel wrote, "Today as I walked on top of the rubble where homes once stood, Egyptian soldiers called to me from the other side of the border, ‘Go! Go!’ because a tank was coming. Followed by waving and "what’s your name?" There is something disturbing about this friendly curiosity. It reminded me of how much, to some degree, we are all kids curious about other kids: Egyptian kids shouting at strange women wandering into the path of tanks. Palestinian kids shot from the tanks when they peek out from behind walls to see what’s going on. International kids standing in front of tanks with banners. Israeli kids in the tanks anonymously, occasionally shouting - and also occasionally waving – many forced to be here, many just aggressive, shooting into the houses as we wander away." How I wish that the young man in the bulldozer that killed Rachel could have just stopped, hopped out, and talked to her. He would have met a beautiful soul.


In another e-mail, Rachel wrote, "This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. I don’t think it’s an extremist thing to do anymore. I really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my co-workers. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I feel. Disappointment. I am disappointed that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it. This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world. This is not at all what the people here asked for when they came into this world. This is not what they are asking for now. This is not the world you and Dad wanted me to come into when you decided to have me."


Rachel’s brutal death illustrates dramatically the madness of war.








       Friday, September 1 @ 7:00 PM                         
The Courage of Standing up for Justice Speakers:   

 Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini and Cindy & Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie

LINK TO THE Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno 


Northern California International Solidarity Movement Support Group WEB SITE LINK   AND



Rachel, Full of Life
Rachel Corrie comes home to all of us, Nov. 16
Rachel Corrie, Nuha Sweidan and Israeli War Crimes - Counterpunch
How Will We Honor Rachel? Nonviolence Must Triumph Over Tragedy - Counterpunch
Rachel Corrie put a local face on farawa
y suffering - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Corrie tried to make a better world Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board
Of broken bodies and unbreakable laws - The Electronic Intifada
Rachel - Electronic Intifada
Rachel, Risk and Nonviolent Action - Olympia FOR
Rachel's sacrifice for justice - The Charlotte Observer
The Revolution of Rachel Corrie’s Memory - Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace
A Bone from Rafah - Starhawk
Rest in Peace, Rachel - Palestine Chronicle
Making of a Martyr -
"A World to be Born Under Your Footsteps" - Debi Smith


A Tribute to Rachel Corrie - MIFTAH (Photo Essay)
Celebrating Rachel Corrie's Life - Seattle Times
Photo story: Israeli bulldozer driver murders American peace activist - Electronic Intifada
Mideast fight hits home - Israeli bulldozer crushes Olympia protester in Gaza - The Olympian
Daughter of Charlotte couple killed in Gaza - Charlotte Observer
Israeli bulldozer kills American woman - USA Today
Israeli soldiers kill American peace activist in Rafah - The Palestine Monitor
Israeli bulldozer kills U.S. student - The Globe and Mail
Israeli bulldozer kills American protester - CNN
American peace activist killed by army bulldozer in Rafah - Ha'aretz
Activists are no strangers to conflict - The Olympian
Corrie's death stokes both sides in Mideast conflict - The Olympian
Death of a Human Shield - Seattle Weekly
The Dead American -
Activist's memorial service disrupted - The Guardian
Israel holds US woman's body - AFP/Cape Argus
Israel Violently Disrupts Rachel Corrie's Gazan Memorial Service - Electronic Intifada
Activist Had Soft Spot for Underdogs - Los Angeles Times
Rachel Corrie's Echo - The Nation
Activists: Death was no accident; Arafat offers condolences - Seattle Times




THIS SEE VIDEO IS VARY SAD Israeli missile attacks nonviolent march in Rafah, Gaza


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