Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Day That Courage Died... Gaza Revisited

Yesterday it seems I missed an anniversary that I intended to mark, both on this blog and IRL. I intended to light a candle and say a few prayers. I'm doing so today. Yesterday marked the 6th anniversary of the death of Rachael Corrie. I don't know how many of you remember her story, sad as it was. So, I'm going to refresh your memories.

Rachael Corrie was a peace activist. She was 23 years old when she was mowed down by an Israeli bulldozer on the Gaza strip. Rachael was there as part of a non-violent protest against the Israeli's continued destruction of Palestinian homes. She was wearing a bright orange reflective vest on a bright sunny day. Visibility was great, no obstructions were present when the bulldozer like this
ran over Rachael. What chance did she have against this monstrosity?

At 23 years old, Rachael died in Rafah, a place that inhabited her heart, a home away from home. A young American came half way around the world trying to help bring peace. How much it must pain her knowing what Israel did in November and December. And yet, how bittersweet it must be to see her parents visiting Gaza, a place she loved and ultimately gave her life for. Her love for the place has become theirs. This statement chronicles some of their visit and experiences there.

May the world remember the courage of Rachael Corrie. May we remember her courage and borrow on it. Let's never forget her name...

Happy courage!


At 5:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for remembering her, MommaBean. :(

At 1:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Israeli Offensive Forces commemorated her death by almost killing another American protester, Tristan Anderson.

Why have news agencies been silent?

At 10:50 PM , Blogger UmmFarouq said...

I cannot see clips of her speaking out or anything from her family without crying. YouTube has a video of Rachael Corrie as a six year old, talking about helping the downtrodden in the world. It will move you to (more) tears.

Thanks for writing about her.

At 12:45 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Kinz, it's literally the least I can do.

TH, I heard about that in the letter from her parents. It's shameful, yet sadly not unexpected. The silence of the new agencies is also not unexpected. They have a story to sell and Israeli agression isn't it.

Umm Farouq, I can imagine it would be sob-fest inducing. But, there is also joy in knowing that she was so dedicated. And, in 23 years I am ertain she lived a very special, unique, and full life...

At 9:20 AM , Blogger Ali Dahmash said...

I first heard about Rachael when she was first killed by an Israeli bulldozer. Her story breaks my heart every time I read it, I also read her letters she sent to her mom a few days before she was killed. It is a shame that a great nation like American can't protect teh rights of its citizens when they are killed by Israelis. What a shame and shame on American and International media that do not bring her story to our homes! All this because they are afraid of being acused of anti semitic! Thanks for posting about her MommaBean

At 11:07 AM , Blogger NasEr said...

yup! a heroine to all of us she is ! we're sad to how she left us and will always remember her .

Happy mothers day Mommabean :)

At 2:06 PM , Blogger MommaBean said...

You and me both Ali. Thanks for the kind word and kind wishes NasEr.


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