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Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) from Olympia, Washington, was an American peace activist as well as a member of the pro-Palestinian group called International Solidarity Movement (ISM).. She was the youngest of 3 children of Craig Corrie, an insurance executive, and Cindy Corrie. Cindy describes their family as "average Americans—politically liberal, economically conservative, middle class"..After graduating from Capital High School, Corrie went on to attend The Evergreen State College, also in Olympia, where she took a number of arts courses.. She took a year off from her studies to work as a volunteer in the Washington State Conservation Corps. She also spent 3 years making weekly visits to Mental Patients..Before leaving, she also organized a pen-pal program between children in Olympia and Rafah..While at Evergreen State College she became a "committed peace activist" arranging peace events through a local group called 'Olympians for Peace and Solidarity'..She was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip under contested circumstances during the height of the second Palestinian intifada..She had come to Gaza as part of her senior-year college assignment to connect her home town with Rafah in a sister cities project.. While there, she had engaged with other ISM activists in efforts to non-violently prevent the Israeli army's demolition of the homes of Palestinian people..Less than 2 months after her arrival, on March 16, 2003, Corrie was killed after a 3-hour confrontation between Two bulldozers and Eight ISM activists.. Wearing a bright orange fluorescent jacket and, until shortly before her death, using a megaphone, she was killed while standing in the path of a bulldozer that she believed was about to demolish the house of local pharmacist Samir Nasralla's family whom she had befriended.. She was run over X2 by the bulldozer resulting in a fractured skull, shattered Ribs and punctured lungs..The exact nature of her death and the culpability of the bulldozer operator are disputed, with Eyewitnesses saying that the Israeli soldier operating the bulldozer deliberately ran over Corrie, and the Israeli government saying that it was an accident since the bulldozer OPerator could not see her...

The exact nature of her death and the culpability of the bulldozer operator are disputed, with eyewitnesses saying that the Israeli soldier operating the bulldozer deliberately ran over Corrie, and the Israeli government saying that it was an accident since the bulldozer operator could not see her..In 2005 Corrie's parents filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Israel. The lawsuit charged Israel with not conducting a full and credible investigation into the case and with responsibility for her death, contending that she had either been intentionally killed or that the soldiers had acted with reckless neglect.. They sued for a symbolic one U.S. dollar in damages to make the point that their case was about justice for their daughter and the Palestinian cause she had been defending..In August 2012, an Israeli court rejected their suit and upheld the results of Israel's 2003 military investigation, ruling that the Israeli government was not responsible for Corrie's death. The ruling, the Israeli justice system, and the investigation it exonerated have been criticized..An appeal against the August 2012 ruling has been granted and will be heard on May 21, 2014..After flying to Israel on January 22, 2003, and staying overnight in East Jerusalem, Corrie underwent a 2-day training course at the ISM's West Bank HQ before heading to Rafah to participate in ISM demonstrations.. During her training, Corrie studied direct action tactics, which included basic rules for avoiding harm.. A later article on the Corrie incident summarized these as: "Wear fluorescent jackets. Don't run. Don't frighten the army.. Try to communicate by megaphone.. Make your presence known." On January 27, 2003, Corrie and William Hewitt, traveled to the Erez checkpoint and entered the Gaza Strip..While in Rafah, Corrie stood in front of armored bulldozers in an attempt to impede house demolitions carried out by the IDF.. Demolitions were a common tactic employed at that time in Rafah, for military purposes according to the IDF, or as collective punishment according to human rights groups..According to B'Tselem, approximately 1,700 homes were demolished resulting in 17,000 people becoming homeless between 2000 and 2004.. Corrie was a member of a group of about 8 activists from outside of the Palestinian territories who tried to prevent the demolitions by acting as human shields..On Corrie's first night there, she and two other ISM members set up camp inside Block J, "a densely populated neighborhood along the Pink Line and frequent target of gunfire from an Israeli watchtower".Situating themselves visibly between the Palestinian residents and the Israeli snipers manning the watchtowers they hoped to discourage shooting by displaying banners stating that they were "internationals". However,soldiers fired bullets over their tent and at the ground a few feet away.. Deciding that their presence was provoking the Israeli soldiers rather than deterring them, Corrie and her colleagues dismantled their tent and left the area..I feel like I'm witnessing the systematic destruction of a people's ability to survive....

Sometimes I sit down to dinner with peopleand I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I'm having dinner with..Qishta, a Palestinian who worked as an interpreter, noted: "Late January and February was a very crazy time.. There were house demolitions taking place all over the border strip and the activists had no time to do anything else." Qishta also stated of the ISM activists: "They were not only brave; they were crazy." The confrontations were not entirely safe for the activists: a British participant was wounded by shrapnel while entering an olive grove to retrieve the body of a young Palestinian man killed by an Israeli sniper's bullet, and an Irish peace activist named Jenny was nearly run down by a bulldozer..he city had been under "strict rationing (only a few hours of running water on alternate days)" since. Murray writes that ISM activists were maintaining a presence there since "Israeli snipers and tanks routinely shot at civilian workers trying to repair the wells." In one of her reports, Corrie wrote that despite her group's having received permission from the Israeli District Command Office and the fact that they were carrying "banners and megaphones the activists and workers were fired upon several times over a period of about one hour. One of the bullets came within 2 metres of 3 internationals and a municipal water worker close enough to spray bits of debris in their faces as it landed at their feet."According to Murray, the Canadian government refused to "officially protest or denounce the Israeli army actions", yet "quietly agreed to help fund the estimated $450,000 repair costs"..While in Gaza, Rachel took part in a demonstration as part of the February 15, 2003 anti-war protest against the invasion of Iraq. She was photographed burning a makeshift U.S. flag..Robert Spencer (born February 27, 1962) is an American author and blogger best known for his criticism of Islam and research into Islamic terrorism and jihad)..criticized Corrie for having burned the flag in front of children, writing that she was "fostering ... hatred" of the United States..In the words of Rachel's parents: 'The act, while we may disagree with it, must be put into context. Rachel was partaking in a demonstration in Gaza opposing the War on Iraq. She was working with children who drew two pictures, one of the American flag, and one of the Israeli flag, for burning.. Rachel said that she could not bring herself to burn the picture of the Israeli flag with the Star of David on it, but under such circumstances, in protest over a drive towards war and her government's foreign policy that was responsible for much of the devastation that she was witness to in Gaza, she felt it OK to burn the picture of her own flag...After she was injured she was taken by a Red Crescent ambulance to the Palestinian Najar hospital, arriving at the emergency room at 5:05 pm still alive but near death.. At 5:20 pm she was declared dead..On March 18, 2003, two days after Corrie's death, Joe (Smith) Carr was interviewed by British Channel 4 and The Observer reporter Sandra Jordan for a documentary, The Killing Zone, which aired in June 2003. He stated, "It was either a really gross mistake or a really brutal murder"..The IDF produced a video about Corrie's death that includes footage taken from inside the cockpit of a D9..The Israeli Armored CAT D9—nicknamed Doobi (Hebrew: דובי‎, for teddy bear)—is a Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozer that was modified by the Israel Defense Forces, Israeli Military Industries and Israel Aerospace Industries to increase the survivability of the bulldozer IN Hostyle Environments and Enable it to Withstand Heavy Attacks, thus making it
suitable for military combat EnGinEring use...

We believe Rachel brought a different face of the United States to the Palestinian people, a face of compassion..The 12 Olympians, also known as the Dodekatheon (Greek: Δωδεκάθεον,δώδεκα,dōdeka, "twelve"+ θεοί, theoi, "gods"), were the principal deities of the Greek pantheon, residing atop a mythical Mount Olympus. The Olympians gained their supremacy in a war of gods in which Zeus led his siblings to victory over the Titans..Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity, or egotistic admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes, that derive from arrogant pride.. The term originated in Greek mythology with Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water...Demeter x Ceres Goddess of fertility, agriculture, nature, and the seasons.. Symbols include the poppy, wheat, torch, and pig.. Middle daughter of Cronus and Rhea..Artemis x Diana Goddess of the hunt, virginity, childbirth, archery, the moon, and all animals. Symbols include the moon, deer, hound, she-bear, snake, cypress tree, and bow and arrow. Daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister of Apollo..Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others in the process..Hephaestus x Vulcan..Master blacksmith and craftsman of the gods; god of fire and the forge. Symbols include fire, anvil, axe, DonKey, hammer, tongs, and quail.. Son of Hera, either by Zeus or alone.. Married to Aphrodite, though unlike most divine husbands, he was rarely ever licentious. His Latin name, Vulcan, gave us the word " Raging Volcano"...'m a satirist, E..The most dangerous politician of them all.. A complete psychotic.. I could see into his I's and what I saw someone Possessed by a Demonic Entity.. And I intend to shut him down..Do you solemnly swear to carry out the obligations of the office of Chancellor without Party interests and for the G of the NatIon..He wants our approval for something he calls the "Enabling Act", which will turn this country into an entire police state, with him as absolute ruler..My G.. No matter what he does, he just gets stronger!I'll shin bet the Nazis set the fire themselves..Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the DeMon...It looks like a type of disorder that you rarely ever see any more, except in primitive cultures...

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