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“No amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing and word of mouth could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here. You just can’t imagine it unless you see it – and even then you are always well aware that your experience of it is not at all the reality: what with the difficulties the Israeli army would face if they shot an unarmed US citizen, and with the fact that I have money to buy water when the army destroys wells, and the fact, of course, that I have the option of leaving.”

Rachel Corrie — Rafah

February 7, 2003

Twelve years ago in that letter above, Rachel Corrie with her usual extraordinary insight posed the paradox for Americans trying to comprehend the Israeli Occupation.  If we haven’t been there, we can’t know its “horror”–no matter how much we’ve read, listened, watched–and when we do come, we can’t fully understand, because we can’t fully share the “doom” faced by the people of Palestine.  Americans can buy bottled water for a few days, leave, and, most important, be protected by U.S. citizenship.

Yet, more than a decade later, such protection has been betrayed; there has been no accountability for Rachel Corrie’s killing in March 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer. The U.S. government pusillanimously let the Israeli government investigate its own crime and did nothing even after Dan Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, admitted to the Corries that our government “did not believe the Israeli military investigation had been ‘thorough, credible and transparent.”   When the Corries described their quest for justice for both Rachel and Palestine to about 40 of us at OSU in November 2013, they said that Judge Oded Gershon’s verdict rejecting the their family’s wrongful death lawsuit had been most disappointing because it read “as if there had been no trial”: it merely parroted the army testimony that Rafah was a “closed military zone.”

They told us to watch for their May 21, 2014 Appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, but even now–over eight months later–the Court has not ruled.  And the U.S. government has not acted.

Rachel herself asked that if she did get hurt– “if the Israeli military should break with their racist tendency not to injure white people–” we should “please pin the reason squarely on the fact that I am in the midst of a genocide … for which my government is largely responsible.”

I can’t wait to hear gentle, good Cindy and Craig Corrie again, because I am touched as all are by their benevolence and their loyalty to both the brave people of Palestine and their own dear child.  As Cindy Corrie staunchly averred:

I don’t think that Rachel should have moved. I think we should all have been standing there with her.”

Here are details about the event:

Central Ohioans for Peace meeting – Speakers Cindy and Craig Corrie

Cindy and Craig will share some of the story of their family. Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie, who on March 16, 2003, was killed by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Motivated by their daughter’s work and example, the Corries have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East and have made numerous visits to the region. In fall 2012, they were part of Interfaith Peace-Builder delegations to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza (where they have visited five times). “Rachel wrote of the importance of making commitments to places and initiated this one to Rafah and Gaza. The commitment she made continues,” said Cindy Corrie. Copies of Rachel’s wondrous book Let Me Stand Alone will be for sale and signing (proceeds go to the Rachel Corrie Foundation). Read about the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice here.

Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website.

Susie Kneedler

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  1. just on February 9, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Rachel was a leader and inspiration. RIP, and miserable shame on Israel for their horrific actions that caused her death/murder. Shame on the US inaction for this crime, as well.

    @ Cindy Corrie’s:

    “I don’t think that Rachel should have moved. I think we should all have been standing there with her.”

    Amen. Her parents/family/friends/fellow activists in and out of Palestine still stand in awe of her, and in solidarity with her. Our numbers are growing.

    Thanks for the update, Susie. Enjoy this event with these good people.

  2. Susie Kneedler on February 9, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Thanks, just, for all you do every day.

    • just on February 9, 2015, 2:22 pm

      ;-) likewise, Susie.

      You bring us good and important info!

    • annie on February 10, 2015, 3:30 pm

      thank you susie! how did it go? what was the evening like?

      • Susie Kneedler on February 11, 2015, 12:39 am

        Oh, my, Annie and All: it was wonderful: I’m still in a glow.

        Cindy and Craig Corrie were both as awe-inspiring as ever: brave, sympathetic, generous spirits, comforting us in our grief for Rachel and for the people of Palestine. I felt honored to meet them again and so did all the friends, new and old, I saw.

        I counted over 75 people–a lot on a 20-degree weeknight –all overjoyed to be there (and I know many more who sadly couldn’t come).

        And, movingly, both Cindy and Craig Corrie remembered those of us they’d met before. With all the people they talk to, with all they do, they care enough to care about us, and so much more. I was speechless.

        So I’ll write more when I can about the night and their work. Thanks to You All Here, too. And, yes, to Rachel Corrie and Kayla Mueller.

  3. oldgeezer on February 9, 2015, 6:10 pm

    How wrong it is when a nation turns it’s back on the brutal murder of one of it’s citizens. I will always admire the courage and strength of not only Rachel but her parents and all those who have laboured on in the search for justice

  4. Kay24 on February 9, 2015, 10:01 pm

    Good luck to these wonderful people, who have lost so much, and have to endure the pain of losing their brave daughter, because there has been no justice for her brutal murder.
    Shame on those American leaders, who failed this family.

    The Corries are doing excellent work by sharing their sad story, and bringing attention to the struggle to end the suffering of the occupied Palestinians. It also shows that if any American citizen is killed by Israel, their killers will never be brought to justice, and will get away with hardly any condemnation.

  5. marydee on February 10, 2015, 11:35 am

    For the first time I saw Rachel speak the day before her death (video). What a dear sweet person she was. So young and so full of love, strength, compassion, and determination. You are in my heart Rachel. You are in my heart.

  6. mariapalestina on February 10, 2015, 6:17 pm

    I know Craig and Cindy, and I continue to be awed by their courage in speaking out about their beloved daughter Rachel.

    Kayla Mueller was also a concerned young woman who volunteered with ISM in Palestine. Like Rachel Corrie, Kayla worked with Palestinian villagers trying to save their homes from demolition by Israel, demonstrated against the Apartheid Wall in Bil’in, wrote extensively about the Palestinians she knew and met in Palestine.

    Considering the way Rachel Corrie’s parents were marginalized by the U.S. State Department, and the extent to which Rachel’s brutal murder was largely ignored by our media, it’s ironic now to note the difference now that another young American woman has been killed in the Middle East. Had Kayla been killed in Palestine by Israelis, as Rachel was, one has to wonder if Obama would be quite so outraged:

    “On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I convey our deepest condolences to Kayla’s family – her parents, Marsha and Carl, and her brother Eric and his family – and all of those who loved Kayla dearly. At this time of unimaginable suffering, the country shares in their grief.”

    Here’s an article about Kayla’s time in Palestine, including photographs and some of her reflections while there.

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