Thursday, October 21, 2010

Seeking Justice for Rachel

Rachels parents were living and working in Charlotte NC at the time of her killing and working with Pro-Peace Activist as the drums of the war of choice, Iraq, were beating louder and louder!

Parents Seek Justice From Israel In Activist's Death


Sebastian Scheiner/AP: Cindy and Craig Corrie, seen earlier this month in Jerusalem, are suing the Israeli Defense Forces to get a full accounting of their daughter's death. Rachel Corrie was crushed by a bulldozer as she tried to stop it from demolishing a Palestinian home in 2003.

October 21, 2010 - Cindy Corrie says she'd given little thought to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict until her daughter Rachel became immersed in it.

"She'd check out documentary films from the college library and we watched them together," she says. "She'd send me books about the situation in Gaza. My really deeper education into this began with her."

But it wasn't until Rachel was killed in 2003 that Corrie and her husband, Craig, were catapulted out of their comfortable lives in Olympia, Wash., and into their unlikely roles as activist icons.

Associated Press: Rachel Corrie, 23, stands in front of a Palestinian's home to prevent it from being demolished by an Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003. Corrie was killed when a bulldozer ran over her.

Rachel came to Israel seven years ago, drawn by what she saw as the injustices faced by Palestinians. She was killed by a bulldozer manned by Israeli soldiers as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.

Now her parents are suing the Israeli Defense Forces to get a full accounting of her death.

"When Rachel was killed, it was overwhelming," says Corrie, who took a six-month leave of absence from her job after Rachel's death. "At the end of six months, oddly enough, I was in Gaza instead of back at my office." {read rest}

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Seeking Justice and Accountability for Rachel and extended for all who've never been able to in that region, who Rachel sought same in her activism!

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