In photos: On eve of Obama visit, Rafah children remember Rachel Corrie and protest US aid to Israel

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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)

On Saturday, Palestinian children held a vigil in Rafah to commemorate the death of American activist Rachel Corrie in the Gaza Strip border town a decade ago.

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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)

Corrie was crushed by a Caterpillar bulldozer while attempting to block its use by the Israeli army to demolish a Rafah home on March 16, 2003. Rafah’s Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth, named after her by the Union of Health Work Committees, holds an annual vigil on March 16. This year the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, founded by her parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, organized similar commemorations worldwide to mark the tenth anniversary. 

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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)

Twelve-year old Heba Saqir read a letter to US President Barack Obama, due in Tel Aviv, asking that the president “sincerely speak out against military occupation, demand an end to the siege, don’t send more guns to Israel, and don’t oppose our unity. Please don’t empower those who have tormented my family and me for so long.”

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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Rafah, Palestine, The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth Commemoration Vigil March 16, 2013 (Photo: Joe Catron)
About Joe Catron

Joe Catron is a US activist in Gaza, Palestine, where he works with Palestinian groups and international solidarity networks, particularly in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and prisoners' movements. He co-edited The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange, blogs at joecatron.wordpress.com and tweets at @jncatron.

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