They Are Us, We Are Them: Remembering Rachel Corrie
Rachel's parents at a memorial. Photo by International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
This week marks the 13th anniversary of the death of 23 year-old American activist and human being Rachel Corrie under the blade of an Israeli military, U.S.-funded bulldozer as she protested the demolition of a Palestinian family's home in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. After an obligatory "investigation," Israeli officials declared her death "a regrettable accident," hastening to lay the blame on "a group of protesters who were acting very irresponsibly, putting everyone in danger.” After years of legal battles seeking justice and accountability, her family lost their latest appeal last year when Israel's Supreme Court ruled to exempt the Israeli defense ministry from liability in the murderous actions it deemed, unconscionably but not surprisingly, "wartime activity." Corrie continues to be honored and memorialized by many Palestinians and activists as "someone who always found hope and inspiration in people’s resistance...(and) recognized how our realities and our liberations are intertwined." Astonishingly prescient and empathetic, Corrie voiced those truths in a speech about world hunger when she was ten. May she rest in peace and power.