Rachel Corrie: 23 Years of Strength

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Her blonde hair, megaphone and orange fluorescent jacket with reflective stripes made 23-year-old Rachel Corrie easily identifiable as an international activist on the overcast spring afternoon in 2003 when she tried to stop an advancing Israeli military bulldozer.

The young American’s intention was to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah refugee camp, close to the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Scores of homes had already been crushed; Corrie was one of eight American and British volunteers acting as ‘human shields’ for local families.

“She was standing on top of a pile of earth,” said fellow activist and eyewitness Richard Purssell, from Brighton, at the time. “The driver cannot have failed to see her. As the blade pushed the pile, the earth rose up. Rachel slid down the pile. It looks as if her foot got caught. The driver didn’t slow down; he just ran over her. Then he reversed the bulldozer back over her again.”

The question of whether the driver of the Caterpillar D9R bulldozer saw the young woman in the orange jacket, and drove deliberately at and over her, was the at center of the Corrie family’s decade-long battle for accountability and justice until Supreme court ruled in Israel’s right to do so; as many lies went out this was a military operation and they were defending themselves from terrorists.

This is a beautiful song about Rachel Corrie , named from one of her emails she sent her parents.

God Of Wrath & “Chosen People”

(Note: Wikipedia claims this land to have at that time been called Philistia, filistine, or Canaan.)

This gives a little insight into the mindset of the oppressors of the Palestinian people.

The book of Joshua presents most readers with a troubling question: how can a God of love command his followers to destroy an entire nation of people? He can’t, that’s NOT love.

The Canaanites had lived in their land for centuries before Joshua and his people came to claim it for themselves. Nonetheless, following divine orders, the Israeli soldiers “destroyed with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys” (6:21).

The God of Joshua also required a similar kind of wrathful judgment against his own people when they sinned. Following the battle of Jericho, a soldier named Achan took in plunder “a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels” (7:21). He did so in direct disobedience to the divine command that “All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury” (6.19).

For this sin, the Israeli army was defeated in the first battle of Ai. When Achan admitted his disobedience, he and his family were taken to the Valley of Achor where they were stoned to death and then burned (7:25).

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That is the loving God of the Bible, or Torah, that pushes Zionist Ashkenazi Jews to massacre the Palestinians in Palestine;  they think they have a right to Canaan/Palestine, that it is their divine calling before God to destroy all the inhabitants-just as the Israeli Jews were commanded by God to do in the old testament of the Bible.

(Ironically, for most Zionists the above is the only part of Torah they do believe, they want to claim themselves “chosen people.”)