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•RACHEL CORRIE ~~ MURDERED BY THE STATE OF ISRAEL 6 YEARS AGO

Rachel must never be forgotten and her murderers must never be forgiven!

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Photostory: Israeli bulldozer driver murders American peace activist


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The photos below clearly show that Rachel was well marked, had a megaphone which removes any doubt that the activists' presence was somehow invisible to the driver, and she clearly posed no threat to the bulldozer driver.



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Picture taken at 4:47PM on 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie lies on the ground fatally injured by the Israeli bulldozer driver. Rachel's fellow activists have dug her a little out of the sand and are trying to keep her neck straight due to spinal injury. Photo by Joseph Smith. (ISM Handout

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Rachel in Najjar hostpital, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel arrived in the emergency room at 5:05PM and doctors scrambled to save her. By 5:20PM, she was gone. Ha'aretz newspaper reported that Dr. Ali Musa, a doctor at Al-Najjar, stated that the cause of death was "skull and chest fractures". (Mohammad Al-Moghair)
........This is just an excerpt, please visit this site.)
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•RACHEL CORRIE ~~ MURDERED BY THE STATE OF ISRAEL 6 YEARS AGO

Rachel must never be forgotten and her murderers must never be forgiven!

http://www.rachelcorrie.org/
By the state of ISRAEL& U.S. of A, I mite add...
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RACHEL CORRIE REMEMBERED WITH LOVE

March 16, 2008




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It’s your birthday but you did not blow out the candles…

Around your birthday cake we wait but feel helpless..

Did you have to go so young defending that which is right?

Maybe so; despair not, as your name shines, like a star so bright

And your memory will stay alive in everyone’s living heart

Your courage that some ignorant dared call otherwise

It’s your life you gave up with courage and expected no goodbyes

For injustice and tyranny had no place in your eyes.

And the ignorant and tyrants claim they yearn for peace, yet are in disguise

Like sheep in wolves clothing, they are the unwise.







Your name will torment your killers until the end of time

And the day will come when you will drag them to the Divine

And you will ask: My Lord, ask them why they murdered me, and for what crime?

They followed not your commandments nor did they cry

When a child’s life they took and the mothers’ tears never did dry

Lord here they are, those who dare claim to be chosen,

It’s your wrath I do pray with which them you smite

For your mercy they rejected and your power they ridiculed


They thought they were infallible but now, they will taste your might

And in your heaven I pray I join those, who my death, they cried.






Happy birthday Rachel…




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RACHEL CORRIE’S PARENTS KEEP HER MESSAGE ALIVE

March 20, 2008

Rachel Corrie came by her beliefs and convictions honestly, they were gifts given to her by her parents, Cindy and Craig. Both are in Israel this week to attend the first Arabic-language performance of the acclaimed one-woman play, My Name is Rachel Corrie.



This past Sunday, the 16th of March was the 5th anniversary of their daughter’s murder by Israel forces. Five years later they are still keeping Rachel’s legacy alive as can be seen in the following report…..



Rachel Corrie’s case for justice
Tom Wright and Therese Saliba




Rachel Corrie (left) stands in front of Palestinian homes set to be demolished by the Israeli military on the day she was killed, 16 March 2003. (Joseph Smith/ISM)

The darkness is infinite
As I leave the curtain’s edge
It is filled with watchers
Silent judges
- Rachel Corrie, about 11 years old

As their plane touched down in Tel Aviv recently, Cindy and Craig Corrie marked five years since their daughter’s death. On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, 23, was crushed to death beneath an armored Israeli bulldozer. The Corries are a short distance from Gaza, where Rachel was killed, and where in the past few weeks, an Israeli military incursion killed over 100 Palestinians, including many women and children.

This week, the Corries come to Israel to attend the first Arabic-language performance of the acclaimed one-woman play, My Name is Rachel Corrie. Compelling though her story was — an American peace activist killed trying to block the demolition of her Palestinian host family’s home, killed by the military of her own government’s major regional ally — Rachel’s story might well have faded quickly, subsumed in the weekly news cycle just three days before the “Shock and Awe” of the attack on Iraq. But her family’s instinct, even in the first hours of grief and bewilderment, felt imperative: “We must get her words out.” Rachel’s emails home during her month in the Gazan border town of Rafah, volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), had stirred and shaken her family and friends. Having traveled from her comfortable life in her hometown of Olympia, Washington, she had sat smoking late into the night, passionately reporting the other-worldly scenes of violence and destruction from the military occupation around her.

From Rachel’s habit since childhood of journal-keeping and poetry-writing, her parents knew her to be a writing talent of great originality and promise, and they sensed that her dispatches from Gaza could have a broader reach. Editors at the Guardian in London felt similarly, and told the Corries that Rachel’s words “connected readers to the occupation more than anything they had read in a long while.” The Corries granted the London newspaper permission to publish the e-mails nearly in total, yet to their knowledge, no US newspaper picked them up.

From there, Rachel’s writing came to the attention of the British actor Alan Rickman (best known as “Snape” of the Harry Potter films), whose collaboration with Katherine Viner of the Guardian would lead to the play My Name Is Rachel Corrie, produced by the Royal Court Theatre in London. That project, which germinated and was nurtured in London, would later reach audiences in the United States and around the world.

In the days following Rachel’s death, the Corries’ whole world was upended. With little connection to Mideast issues, they found themselves “catapulted into the midst of an international conflict and controversy.” They moved back to Olympia, Washington, and immersed themselves in work, from local grassroots campaigns to national and international work on behalf of peace between Israel and Palestine. It was the beginning of an education.

The Search for Accountability

The family wanted the help of their own government in the painful task of securing the return of Rachel’s body, as well as in determining responsibility and seeking redress. According to the US Department of State, on the day after Rachel’s death, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised President Bush a “thorough, credible, and transparent” investigation. State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher assured: “When we have the death of an American citizen, we want to see it fully investigated. That is one of our key responsibilities overseas to find out what happened in situations like these.” US Representative Brian Baird, whose district includes Rachel’s native Olympia, introduced House Concurrent Resolution 111 calling on the US government to conduct a full investigation of her death.

When Israeli officials said that an autopsy had to be performed before Rachel’s body could be returned, the Corrie family insisted that an official from the US Embassy be present. They also requested that it not be performed by anyone associated with the Israeli military, since after all, these were the people who killed her. Even an Israeli court ordered that a US official be a witness, and with this understanding the Corries acquiesced. Not until 2007 would the family learn that their requests, and the court order, weren’t honored. Although the State Department knew for four years that no American had been attendant, the Corries discovered this only through a Freedom of Information Act request. Furthermore, the autopsy had been performed by someone the IDF used regularly.

The results of Israel’s investigation were announced in May of 2003. Eyewitnesses had reported that Rachel was clearly visible, at eye level, to the two drivers of the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer, surely plausible given her Day-Glo flak jacket, and the highly charged context of the skirmishes with the ISM activists throughout the day. (One soldier entered into the log that day, referring to the International activists: “Those foreigners should be handled and their entrance into the Gaza Strip forbidden. Additionally the firing orders must state (illegible) that every adult person should be shot to kill”). But the military report simply found that they did not see her.

The case was closed and no charges were brought. The report would not even be released to the US government, whose billions in annual largesse ranked Israel as by far the largest recipient of American aid. Pressed by the Corries, former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, acknowledged that regarding the Israeli Defense Forces’ report, “Your ultimate question, however, is a valid one, i.e., whether or not we view that report to have reflected an investigation that was ‘thorough, credible, and transparent.’ I can answer your question without equivocation. No, we do not consider it so.” But the US government declined to conduct its own investigation, and claimed it could not force a “thorough, credible and transparent” inquiry from the Israelis. Congressman Baird’s resolution calling for an investigation had gathered 77 cosponsors, yet died in committee that year without a hearing.

The Corries persisted. It took nearly two years before they had a contact in the Justice Department, and were able to meet with the US Attorney in Seattle, John McKay. He explained that one of the elements to enable a prosecution was a certification by the US Attorney General that the killing was intended “to coerce, intimidate or retaliate against a civilian population or government.” This anti-terrorism statute was used against Indonesia, when the FBI went to investigate the killing of an American, Rick Spier. Cindy explained how McKay told them, “‘I’ll give you as much time as you need, but I’m here to tell you that no Attorney General-past, present or future-will ever certify against Israel.’ Maybe that’s what shocked me the most,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that Mr. McKay was being so forthright. I was dumbfounded.”

On 17 March 2005, the family met with Barry Sabin, head of the Counterterrorism Section of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department. Sabin told them that the applicable criminal statutes could be applied to the military of a foreign country and that Rachel’s killing could meet the criteria of “trying to coerce, intimidate, or retaliate,” if there was proper evidence for it.

The Corries said that such evidence was abundant, citing the killing of Rachel and two other international human rights observers within a seven week period by the IDF in Rafah, all of whom were documenting civilian home demolitions on the border between Gaza and Egypt. They pointed to the intimidation of internationals and Palestinian municipal water workers trying to repair water wells destroyed by the IDF in Rafah; finally, the mass demolition of civilian homes in Rafah was itself evidence of precisely such intimidation and coercion. But, echoing US Attorney McKay, Sabin told them there would be no investigation without the ability to prosecute, which would required certification by the US Attorney General.

The family would meet once more with Justice Department officials Sabin and Michael Mullaney, more than a year later, when they were duly informed that the only applicable statute was Title 18, 2332, which required that Rachel’s killing come under the rubric of a “serious, violent attack on a US citizen or US interests.” But Justice wasn’t going to pursue an investigation under Title 18, because, as Mullaney explained, they had to go back to the original intent of Congress in that statute, which meant it only to apply to “terrorist” attacks on Americans.

Cindy says, “I really asked the question twice: ‘Are you saying that no matter what amount of evidence we bring to you there will never be a US investigation into Rachel’s killing?’ And Barry Sabin said, ‘I never say never, but no.’ And our daughter Sarah said, ‘Even if we could show intent?’ And he nodded.” Sabin counseled that the criminal justice system was not the means to solve all problems. He suggested to the family that perhaps the play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, was the best way to address the issue.

Caterpillar-the Question of Liability

Weighing more than 60 tons with its armored plating, the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer that killed Rachel Corrie is built to destroy a reinforced concrete house in a matter of minutes. More than 70,000 Palestinians have seen their homes destroyed by the IDF since the occupation began, and some 1,600 of these homes were demolished in Rafah alone, between 2000 and 2004. The wholesale destruction of neighborhoods on pretexts that were at best flimsy has long attracted the condemnation of the major human rights organizations, and executives at the Caterpillar Corporation can hardly claim innocence of the controversy. Rights groups have spent the last twenty years filling Caterpillar’s In-box with appeals about grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to no effect.

In April 2002, the home of Mahmoud Omar Al Sho’bi was bulldozed to rubble in the middle of the night, without warning, in the West Bank town of Nablus. Perishing inside were his father Umar, his sisters Fatima and Abir, his brother Samir and pregnant sister-in-law Nabila, and their three children, Anas, Azzam and Abdallah, ages four, seven, and nine.

In 2005, the Corries joined Mahmoud and four other Palestinian families as plaintiffs in a major lawsuit against Caterpillar.

The suit charged not only wrongful death, public nuisance and negligence, but that Caterpillar violated international and federal law by selling the bulldozers to the IDF despite its knowledge of their intended, unlawful use. In doing so, claimed the lawsuit, Caterpillar aided and abetted war crimes such as collective punishment and destruction of civilian property.

Judge Franklin D. Burgess in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed the case without permitting discovery or hearing oral argument. His reasoning included the disturbing interpretation that a company cannot be held liable for selling its products-merely knowing they will assist war crimes — unless it actually intended that the war crimes be committed. It is hard to imagine the corporate tort case that could surmount this kind of impediment.

Corrie et al vs. Caterpillar then proceeded to the appellate level, before the Ninth Circuit. Just before the Court was set to issue its ruling, the Government weighed in on the matter with a late amicus brief — standing with Caterpillar, and against the Corrie plaintiffs. In the brief, the US first stooped to argue that there should be no liability for aiding and abetting human rights violations under the statutes germane to this suit, namely the Alien Torts Statute of 1789, and the Torture Victims Protection Act of 1992. (These Acts are part of the foundation of individuals’ access to US courts in cases of human rights violations.)

Then, in the same brief, the government declared (without submitting evidence) that it had reimbursed Israel for the cost of the bulldozers. Therefore, went its argument, to hold the company liable would be to implicate US foreign policy itself in criminal violations. Foreign policy being the prerogative largely of the Executive branch, the Court lacked jurisdiction. To hear the case would be a breach of the separation of powers.

Incredibly, the Ninth Circuit embraced this “foreign policy” argument, and in September, 2007 affirmed the dismissal of the suit.

“Foreign policy” challenges of this kind, based on the so-called “political question” doctrine, do come before the courts, but are usually rejected, explains Maria LaHood, Senior Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and who led the legal team. It’s just not the kind of dispute that has been found to involve a genuine “separation of powers” conflict, she argues. “Here we have private parties suing Caterpillar for war crimes and other violations, and way off to the side we have the possibility that the US is paying for the bulldozers. It’s so far attenuated that it is a stretch to call this a political question. We allege violations of international law. That’s what the court’s role is-to adjudicate. Take this to its logical extension: you sue corporations, foreign officials, foreign governments, and anytime it may be a party that receives aid from the US government, it somehow interferes with US foreign policy? That just can’t be.”

The plaintiffs are now awaiting a reply on their petition for a re-hearing of the appeal.

The Reach of Rachel’s story

In Rachel’s case, all three branches of the US government have now taken a stand — against her, and in favor of Israeli and corporate impunity. The Corries aren’t deterred. “The kind of impotence in government around this whole issue, after five years with Rachel’s case,” says Cindy, “points to the need for people at the grassroots level to find other channels, other ways of keeping the communications open, of building those relationships that ultimately are going to lead to some change in the world.”

Rachel’s parents, along with many community activists, have established the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice and the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project (ORSCP), local initiatives fostering exchanges and projects with Palestinians. With Gaza under siege, and Hamas declared a “terrorist organization,” ORSCP faces financial obstacles, and delegates from both the US and Rafah face difficulties getting in and out of Gaza. Cindy states that the extreme difficulties “make it all the more important to keep trying to do the work. It’s because it’s that bad that it’s so crucial for us to not just back away and say it’s too hard.”

Yet even on the local level, the government is a hurdle to be overcome. The Olympia City Council rejected official sister-city status in April 2007 after a concerted campaign by local activists. Despite broad community support, as well as the backing of Sister Cities International, the City Council thwarted the initiative, deferring to some in the community who viewed the Palestinians as “terrorists” and the project as “divisive.” As one organizer wrote from Portland, “If Rachel Corrie’s city cannot gain official recognition, then who can?” Still, the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project, initiated by Rachel, won’t go away. In the past month, two local delegates got in to Rafah to witness conditions under siege and the temporary breeching of the border wall, and to offer some slight economic relief through fair trade exchange of Palestinian embroidery, even as people imprisoned in Rafah are running out of basic supplies, such as thread, baby formula and medicines, not to mention food, water, and electricity.

If all official avenues have been closed to Rachel’s case and vision of justice, the power of her words has proven indomitable despite efforts to silence them. And if, as Justice Department official Barry Sabin claimed, the stage play was indeed the best means of addressing Rachel’s killing, then the play indicts the Israeli military in the deliberate killing of Rachel, as well as in the systematic onslaught on the Palestinians’ ability to survive. My Name is Rachel Corrie, which opens this week in Haifa, in Arabic, is reaching audiences worldwide. From the cities of Lima, Montreal, Athens, New York, Des Moines, Seattle, and scores more, and with showings performed or scheduled throughout Europe, and in South Africa, Australia, even Iceland, Rachel’s story continues to have what Cindy describes as an “unexpected impact.” In several US cities, theaters have backed out due to political pressure. “If people aren’t familiar with the political landscape,” states Craig, “they can be blindsided and easily scared by the pressure.” Yet artists and activists offended by the censorship and silencing, usually find creative ways to stage the play, bringing even more attention to Rachel’s story.

Moreover, this month has seen the release of Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie, a major publication by Norton. Here, as in the play, Rachel becomes more than a political symbol. As Cindy explains, “Sometimes she is demonized; sometimes she is lionized, but it makes it more possible for her to have more impact if people see her as human.” The sustained beauty of Rachel’s writings and sketches, and her incisive observations into personal and global relationships, from 10 years old into young adulthood, expose a young woman who is deeply caring, creative, quirky, wise beyond her years, anything but naive. “People accuse Rachel of being naive, which of course she wasn’t,” says Craig. “Though she may have been naive about US pressure on Israel.” Up to the day of her death, Rachel worked tirelessly, building relationships with Palestinians and Israeli activists, engaging in direct action, and strategizing on the grassroots level to stop the “massive destruction of civilian homes” in Rafah. In a press release from March 2003, she writes, “We can only imagine what it is like for Palestinians living here, most of them already once-or-twice refugees, for whom this is not a nightmare, but a continuous reality from which international privilege cannot protect them, and from which they have no economic means to escape.”

Today, the Corries share Rachel’s sense of urgency, even as they point to the hypocrisy of the US government, the world’s superpower, claiming impotence and abdicating responsibility in Rachel’s case, and in the case for Palestinian justice. As Craig says, “We have the luxury to sit around and discuss all of this, yet we feel the growing impatience. We want to drive home Rachel’s message that we have a responsibility to act.”

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Old 30-06-2009, 10:13 AM   #7
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RACHEL CORRIE; THE GIRL WITH A DREAM

March 12, 2008

The following video shows the greatness of this person…. both as a child and as an adult. An adult whose life was snuffed out by the most vicious beast in the world today, zionism…



Rachel must never be forgotten and her murderers must never be forgiven!
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I raised the topic in the old Forum when i read the local "rag" tabloid's version of Rachel's death was that the bulldozer had "small" windows and did not see her when he killed her.

i always know that there's alwys 2 sides of a story, and came across 2 sites that spoke the truth!!

The bulldozer had in fact "large" windows and with perfect vision, and Rachel was brutally slain, amid the Zionist's innocence!
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BIG TIME JEWISH DISSENT ON THE BIG SCREEN ~~ AGAINST ZIONIST TERROR

Documentary sparks uproar at Jewish film fest
Matthai Kuruvila



The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has come under siege after deciding to show a documentary about Rachel Corrie, a Washington state 23-year-old killed in 2003 while trying to prevent an Israeli military bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian’s home.



Whether Corrie naively put herself in harm’s way in support of terrorists or was intentionally killed by the Israeli military is the nexus of the controversy.

Compounding the issue, festival organizers invited Corrie’s mother, Cindy, to speak after today’s showing at the Castro Theatre of the film “Rachel.” It is one of 71 films at this year’s festival, which includes two films profiling kidnapped Israeli soldiers.

The reaction has been outrage. The festival board’s president stepped down from her role, opening-night ceremonies were boycotted by some, and Israel Consul General Akiva Tor said it was a “big mistake to invite Mrs. Corrie.”

At the core of the debate are questions about how broadly Jews can discuss Israel within their own community – and how Jews represent Israel to the broader world. It is also overlaid with accusations of the “new anti-Semitism,” prejudice that is disguised as particular criticisms of Israel, the only Jewish state.

“The furor is much larger than this one film or this one speaker,” said Peter L. Stein, the festival’s executive director. “It reveals a rift in our community that we all need to help understand and hopefully heal.”

Family feud
The 29-year-old festival is the oldest and largest Jewish film festival in the nation, yet it’s also like a small family. The film festival’s board includes members with close links to both the accusers and those accused of the new anti-Semitism.

Allegations of new anti-Semitism have been particularly vociferous from the Koret and Taube foundations, longtime backers of the festival. The foundations criticized Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization widely considered to be on the vanguard of Christian pacificism. The festival had asked the two groups to promote “Rachel” within their constituencies. The two Jewish foundations issued a joint statement labeling the Quaker and Jewish peace organizations as “two virulently anti-Israel, anti-Semitic” groups associated with “groups that aid and abet terror against the Jewish state.”

Mervyn Danker, San Francisco director of the American Jewish Committee, also called the Quaker group “virulently anti-Semitic” because it had co-hosted – with other Christian pacificists – a dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian president has called the Holocaust a myth and declared that “Israel must be wiped off the map.”

“This goes beyond the acceptable realms of open discourse,” said Danker.

The Quaker group
Mark Graham, external affairs director for the Philadelphia-based American Friends Service Committee, said his organization doesn’t support “anything that aids and abets terror,” nor does it have any boycotts against Israel.

“We’re a Quaker pacificist organization, in our founding and our roots,” he said. “Things that promote violence, such as arms sales, are things we’re against.”

As for the dinner with Ahmadinejad, Graham said, “fundamental in the DNA of this organization is that differences can be resolved through dialogue. Having a dinner was one way to have a dialogue.”

Cindy Corrie, meanwhile, said she was surprised at the uproar at this festival, which did not happen at a screening of “Rachel” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

“I don’t think it has a whole lot to do with me,” she said. “It has more to do with the discussion that is happening within the Jewish community and how that discussion has grown – which is a very healthy thing.”

For more information about “Rachel” and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, go to www.sfjff.org.

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THE FILM ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE ~~ RACHEL

July 25, 2009 at 7:38 am



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Israel and its watchdogs have been on special alert regarding criticisms coming from Jews and Jewish organisations. It’s almost as if they want the world at large to believe that all Jews stand behind them and support their policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Anyone who is a regular reader of this Blog knows that nothing is further from the truth.


The latest uproar is about a film called Rachel…. a film by Simone Bitton about the death of Rachel Corrie. Ms. Bitton is not only Jewish, she is also an Israeli! That’s way too much for the zionists to swallow… so the campaign to boycott the film has started….


Better to BOYCOTT ISRAEL!


Below you will find some interesting information about the film and the efforts to keep it from the public eye….


The following is from an entry on Daily Kos…


The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the largest Jewish Film festival in the world, will screen many films this year, many with discussion with filmmakers and others featured in the film. Some of these films will be controversial, there will be all sorts of issues explored.

None has generated more controversy than the film “Rachel”, a film by Jewish-Israeli filmmaker Simone Bitton about the death of Rachel Corrie, the young woman killed by an Israeli-military bulldozer as she was protecting homes in the Rafah, Gaza. At the request of the filmmaker, they have invited Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother to speak. Big time controversy and condemnation by a weekly Jewish magazine and even from the local Israel Consul General.

Cindy Corrie has publicly advocated for ensuring “justice, freedom, security and economic viability for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

Israel Consul General protests the presence of Cindy Corrie:

“The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival made a serious error in judgment in inviting Mrs. Corrie to the festival,” Israel Consul General Akiva Tor said via e-mail. “She is a propagandist who is immune from responsibility for the causes she supports because it was her daughter, Rachel, who was accidentally killed.

“So her staged presence becomes a kind of emotional grandstanding, rather than pursuit of a deeper insight.”

Propagandist? The Consul General has been busy supporting policies of expanding settlements in the West Bank, supporting the war on Gaza, supporting a brutal blockade, and now will be supporting a policy of muzzling Palestinians, and Jewish Israelis, who dare to commemorate the Nakba of 1948. The Foreign Minister, his boss, is seen by many (even Israeli diplomats) as extreme as fascist Haider of Austria… and this man is calling Cindy Corrie a “propagandist”? Cindy Corrie who wants justice, freedom, security and economic viability for both Israelis and Palestinians?

I think its a way of saying there is a point of view that the Consul General finds might disturb the status quo. Change might happen. Scary. Also a way to challenge the official narrative. “accidental” he says? That’s the official line. Not so fast. Maybe not an accident. as perhaps the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the war on Gaza of December/January is perhaps not an accident, or the continuing blockade that brings hunger to the people of Gaza is not an accident. Perhaps the latter atrocity is nothing more than a joke among its designers.

Jewish Voice for Peace, a national group based in the Bay Area, is one of the groups co-sponsoring this film, and they are to be commended for their courage, as well as the festival organizers. Compare this to the sometimes successful effort to not allow the staging of the play: “My Name is Rachel Corrie” at several theaters around the country (which helped tremendously, no doubt, with publicity and its success where it was produced).

Here is how Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace responds to J Weekly’s editorial opposing the presence of Cindy Corrie.

There’s something so deeply, deeply depressing about the attack against Cindy Corrie by J Weekly, the Bay Area’s Jewish newspaper. True, it’s just one of countless examples of the moral malaise that plagues the institutional Jewish world when it comes to Palestinians, but on this day, this day when I am fresh back from Gaza, from Hebron, from Silwan, it has gotten to me.

I’m not sure which is worse- the possibility that the J’s editorial writer actually believes the morally groundless drivel he or she is writing? Or the possibility that they know full well that the moral outrage that is the Israeli treatment of Gazans is an affront to all Jews and feeling people, but that they care more about keeping advertisers happy.

Change is happening, both in the Jewish Community and the wider community, and the keepers of the status quo cannot shut it down. that’s not to say they are not trying. This should be seen in the wider context. In Israel, beyond the attempt to erase “Nakba” from the history books, (see assaf’s diary)there is also the arrest and detention of Jewish groups who desire a different future for Israel, not based on militarism and oppression. The government must resort to repression not just of Palestinians, which is widely-accepted Israeli tradition, but now even Jewish dissidents. It is the criminalization of dissent, by any means necessary.

It won’t work. Arrests will not work. Personal attacks will not work. Like the ones that will accumulate below, more likely than not, some based purely on the idea that most of my diaries deal with oppression of Palestinian rights… what if i were focusing on the Health Care debate… would there be this wild accusations without basis if i was consistently unfriendly to insurance company policies? Is there some mathematical formula to determine one’s “acceptable” criticism of Israel? It really is nothing less than a lame attempt to avoid dealing with substance, and diverting people’s attention.

This movement to demand justice in the Middle East is already too large, too diverse for that to work. They will call Rachel and her mother “terrorist sympathizers” who have no business going to Gaza. Like they say that Ezra Nawi has no business protect homes in the West Bank. Like others said that Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner had no business going to Mississippi to support the movement for justice there. Or like others said that Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan had no business in El Salvador.

It is our business to share in the struggle for human rights and peace.

Rachel will be shown on Saturday, July 25th, 1:30 pm at the beautiful Castro Theater in San Francisco. Cindy Corrie Will be there.




Here is the Statement from the organisors of the San Francisco Film Festival….on why they are screening Rachel






Why San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is showing Rachel, a film by Simone Bitton about

Rachel Corrie, and inviting Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie’s mother, to the Festival:


1. The film Rachel is directed by veteran filmmaker Simone Bitton, a dual citizen of Israel and

France. The documentary takes an unflinching look at the controversy surrounding the death of

an American activist who was protesting Israeli military actions in Gaza. In the film, Bitton,

through interviews with eyewitnesses, Israeli soldiers and spokespeople, and others close to the

tragedy, exposes new information about the incident which we believe makes for very

worthwhile viewing, from both a journalistic and an aesthetic perspective. The film has already

played in such prestigious festivals as the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film

Festival (New York).

2. The film Rachel includes the viewpoints of people with a variety of opinions on the events

which led to Ms. Corrie’s death. It includes interviews with Israeli army spokeswoman Avital

Leibovitch, as well as doctors, activists, soldiers, Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and Rachel

Corrie’s parents. The film also includes military video from the Israeli army.

3. As with all the films we show at SFJFF, we are presenting the views of the filmmakers and

their subjects in what we hope is an atmosphere that encourages free expression and public

debate. We regret that the filmmaker of Rachel could not be present to discuss the film

personally, although we invited her to be here. Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie’s mother, is a subject

of the documentary, and it is customary (and even expected by audiences) for documentary

subjects to participate in Festival screenings. This kind of exchange has occurred throughout our

Festival’s long history, and Cindy Corrie herself has addressed audiences at the Tribeca Film

Festival, presentations in New York theaters, and other cultural forums. We wish to provide our

audiences with the same opportunity. Her appearance at SFJFF is not intended to provide a

political platform but rather to deepen the dialogue around the film. Cindy Corrie has publicly

advocated for ensuring “justice, freedom, security and economic viability for both Israelis and

Palestinians.” We think it will be an illuminating conversation.

4. We are presenting the film as part of a wider series on social justice and activism, and want

our audience to have the benefit of a direct encounter with those who can help them

understand Rachel Corrie’s motivations ‐ even if they don’ agree with them ‐ from a very

personal standpoint. The filmmaker considers herself a film essayist rather than a reporter and

desires the film to be viewed as an artistic statement as well as an investigation.

5. SFJFF’ commitment to Israeli filmmakers and cinema is steadfast. We are proud that this

year we are showcasing 37 individual films from or connected to Israel –comedies, dramas,

documentaries, animation and shorts –which together form a very vibrant portrait of the

country and its complexity. Other political affairs documentaries besides Rachel include Gilad

Shalit: 2 Years in Captivity, a portrait of Gilad Shalit, the soldier captured by Hamas; and


Chronicle of a Kidnap, a portrait of Karnit Goldwasser, the widow of Ehud Goldwasser, an Israeli

soldier who was one of many victims of the Lebanon war.

6. The SFJFF supports the democratic exchange of ideas that great filmmaking provides. We

believe that the best artists, including documentary filmmakers, create work that makes us think

and sparks a dialogue both within the Jewish community and the greater community of the Bay

Area. We do not expect that the views of every film or speaker will be embraced by all of our

audiences, nor can every film represent the diverse views of SFJFF staff, board, members or

sponsors. We unanimously embrace the tradition of spirited debate that is a core element of

Jewish inquiry, and strive to provide a welcoming forum for the discussion of different

perspectives.
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Thanks.

Wish I had more time.

Seem to spend so much chasing the state about to stop them thinking they can murder with impunity.

Even Cozy Powell was murdered, a peripheral murder to that of Lady Diana Spencer.

Yes, the Cozy Powel the drummer, I spoke to Operation Paget about it at lenght.

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The Other Rachels


A few days ago we commented on the trend among the Moonbatocracy to create pseudo-art celebrating Rachel Corrie, the clueless campus radical who commmitted suicide while trying to prevent Israeli bulldozers from destroying a smuggling tunnel used by the Palestinians in Gaza to smuggle in explosives, weapons, and missiles.

Well, last night, the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" premiered in London at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre. No mention in the play of Corrie burning US flags or defending suicide bombing.

Well, we thought we would mention some other Rachels who have NOT been similarly commemorated in the London posh theaters yet (with thanks to Tom Gross). Here are the names of some plays that have not yet been produced in London:

1. My Name is Rachel Levy (Israeli girl age 17, blown up in a grocery store)
2. My Name is Rachel Thaler (Israeli girl aged 16, blown up in a pizzeria)
3. My Name is Rachel Levi (Israeli girl aged 19, murdered while waiting for the bus)
4. My Name is Rachel Gavish (killed with her husband and son while at home)
5. My Name is Rachel Charhi (blown up while sitting in a cafe)
6. My Name is Rachel Shabo (murdered with her three sons aged 5, 13 and 6 while sitting at home)

It would be interesting knowing how many of THESE Rachels were murdered with explosives smuggled in through the same tunnels that Rachel Corrie and her ISM pro-terrorist friends were "defending"!
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Shortly after her death, columnist Dennis Prager wrote to Corrie's native Washingtonian parents: "So, Olympia, grieve for Rachel Corrie's parents, but spare us the hagiography. Rachel Corrie died fighting for . . . a Palestinian group dedicated, in its own words, to "armed struggle" against Israel. She ended up being a useful idiot for, and one more victim of, Palestinian terror." Nothing could sum things up better.

MORE HERE

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To Cindy and Craig Corrie, welcome to this site !

My jaw dropped last night when i saw your name that you posted in a thread!

All this morning is i keep thinking that you are Rachels parents.

Also LOVE your avatar.
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The Other Rachels


A few days ago we commented on the trend among the Moonbatocracy to create pseudo-art celebrating Rachel Corrie, the clueless campus radical who commmitted suicide while trying to prevent Israeli bulldozers from destroying a smuggling tunnel used by the Palestinians in Gaza to smuggle in explosives, weapons, and missiles.

Well, last night, the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" premiered in London at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre. No mention in the play of Corrie burning US flags or defending suicide bombing.

Well, we thought we would mention some other Rachels who have NOT been similarly commemorated in the London posh theaters yet (with thanks to Tom Gross). Here are the names of some plays that have not yet been produced in London:

1. My Name is Rachel Levy (Israeli girl age 17, blown up in a grocery store)
2. My Name is Rachel Thaler (Israeli girl aged 16, blown up in a pizzeria)
3. My Name is Rachel Levi (Israeli girl aged 19, murdered while waiting for the bus)
4. My Name is Rachel Gavish (killed with her husband and son while at home)
5. My Name is Rachel Charhi (blown up while sitting in a cafe)
6. My Name is Rachel Shabo (murdered with her three sons aged 5, 13 and 6 while sitting at home)

It would be interesting knowing how many of THESE Rachels were murdered with explosives smuggled in through the same tunnels that Rachel Corrie and her ISM pro-terrorist friends were "defending"!
Did you know Rachel Corrie well then? You must of been awfully close to her to have evaluated her character as a 'clueless campus radical', no?
Instead of sitting by your PC waiting for your lil pop up to appear, and then scurrying to sites to defend crimes committed by Israel, go and do a little research into:

(i) International law
(ii) The legal obligations of an occupying power
(iii) The right of a people to defend oneself against crimes committed by an occupying power under international law
(iv) What the definition of an appartheid state is
(v) Why Israel is an appartheid state
(vi) The extent to which Israel and its barbaracy is hated by normal, rational people all over the world.

Stop trolling a thread which remembers the murder of an innocent girl who was bravely trying to stop the illegal demolition of someone's home. If you want to remember other Rachels, go and start your own thread somewhere else.

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Fucking trolls..............................you lousy assholes!

Fuck with u!

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Fucking trolls..............................you lousy assholes!

Fuck with u!

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So your version of the story is the only version allowed then ?? I dont know nothing about the case but will look at BOTH VERSIONS , or as many versions as I can find !!!

I was also thinking of all the other people have been killed on both sides. They say about afghan..... is the death of 1 American or Uk soldier the only news worthy item and not the deaths of countless Afghans !!! ????

Something for you to think about !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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So your version of the story is the only version allowed then ?? I dont know nothing about the case but will look at BOTH VERSIONS , or as many versions as I can find !!!

I was also thinking of all the other people have been killed on both sides. They say about afghan..... is the death of 1 American or Uk soldier the only news worthy item and not the deaths of countless Afghans !!! ????

Something for you to think about !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
clever, divert attention by dragging in some nonsense about afghanistan and all deaths being equal

how can you not have heard of rachel corrie if you post on a site like this?

the OP obviously knows a lot about this, whereas you admit you know nothing and yet totally disregard his opinion

rachel corrie was run over by a bulldozer, which then backed up just to make sure she was properly crushed. bulldozers flattening the homes of the true owners of palestine are regularly picketed in this way, and yet the drivers don't normally run over peace campigners.

this happened in israel by the way, which you may have heard about on the news. it's a terror state where they regularly murder people. snipers shoot children in the head between sips of coffee

and the zionist creature who turned up with the "moonbat" giveaway (megaphone standard slur) is one of their many filthy little minions trying to ensure that there will be plenty of rachel corries in the future as well

israel is a very dangerous country, and not just to people like rachel corrie
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