Rachel Aliene Corrie was an American peace activist and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip on March 16th, 2003.
Rachel Aliene Corrie is a hero.
Rachel came to Gaza during the height of the second Palestinian intifada (I will make a post regarding this at a later time) as part of her senior-year college assignment and while in Gaza Rachel was a part of the ISM and wanted nothing more than to non-violently prevent the Israeli army’s demolition of Palestinian homes.
However, less than two months after her arrival, on March 16th 2003, Rachel was killed after a three hour confrontation between two bulldozers and 8 ISM activists. 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. Corrie was run over twice by the bulldozer resulting in a fractured skull, shattered ribs and punctured lungs, all this while wearing a bright orange fluorescent jacket and using a megaphone in order to prevent the demolition of Palestinian peoples’ homes.
The exact nature of Corrie’s death is disputed. Eyewitnesses say that the Israeli soldier operating the bulldozer deliberately ran over Corrie while the Israeli government claims that it was an accident due to the fact that the bulldozer operator could not see her.
The only thing I am going to say is that Rachel Corrie is a hero and she will live on forever.
In fact, in 2011 Iran payed tribute to Corrie by naming a street in Tehran after her.