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IN MEMORY OF RACHEL CORRIE

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Uploaded on Mar 12, 2011

Rachel was a very brave and very courageous young woman, and her memory should be kept alive, which is why I have made this vid. the anniversary of her death is the 16th of March, Please take a moment on that date, this year and every year, to light a candle for Rachel Corrie, a shining example to us all.


Rachel was a young American peace activist, in January 2003 she went to Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. She was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
When she first arrived she stayed in tents which were between Israeli watch towers and Palestinian homes. This served to act as human shields to protect the Palestinians from being fired on. Her first night there Israel forces shot over her tent, and on the ground around it.

According to a January 2003 article by Gordon Murray, in the last month of her life Rachel "spent a lot of time at the Canada Well helping protect Rafah municipal workers," who were trying to repair damages to the well incurred by Israeli bulldozers. Built in 1999 with CIDA funding, Canada Well, together with El Iskan Well, had supplied more than 50% of Rafah's water before being damaged, and the 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 relates that despite having received permission from Israeli District Command Office, and 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 two metres of three 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"

In the period 2000-2004 Israeli forces demolished over 1500 homes in Rafah.
This breaks all international laws, and was classed illegal by the UN and other bodies. On the 16th March 2003, Bulldozers arrived to demolish homes, Rachel and other activists armed only with megaphones tried to dissuade them. the following is an account by Richard Puressell, a fellow activist.

"Eye witness Richard Purssell (ISM) described how the bulldozer approached at a fast walking pace, its blade down and gathering a pile of soil in its path. When the bulldozer was 20 metres from the house Corrie, who like the others was wearing an orange fluorescent jacket, climbed on to the soil in front of it and stood "looking into the cab of the bulldozer".
The bulldozer continued to move forward, Rachel turned to come back down the slope. The earth is still moving and as she nears the bottom of the pile something happened which causes her to fall forward. The bulldozer continued to move forward and Rachel disappeared from view under the moving earth."
The bulldozer continued forward four metres as the activists began to run forward and shout at the driver.
"It passed the point where Rachel fell, it stopped and reversed back along the track it first made. Rachel was lying on the earth, She was still breathing.
Rachel was severely injured and died shortly afterward.
Soundtrack ...Adiemus by Karl Jenkins

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