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Born: April 10, 1979 – Murdered: March 16, 2003

By R Teichmann - Posted on 16 March 2014

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“We should be inspired by people… who show that human beings can be kind, brave, generous, beautiful, strong – even in the most difficult circumstances.”    Rachel Corrie


by R. Teichmann





“We should be inspired by people… who show that human beings can be kind, brave, generous, beautiful, strong – even in the most difficult circumstances.”

Rachel Corrie



On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a beautiful 23-year-old peace activist and member of International Solidarity Movement from Olympia, Washington, was in Rafah, Palestine trying to protect people’s homes from illegally being bulldozed, when she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Forces armored bulldozer (made in the United States by the company Caterpillar). No one was ever held responsible for killing her. The United States government did next to nothing to admonish Israel for her heinous murder.




The Spirit of the „Rachel Corrie“


Standing in the way, alone.

With weapons of compassion,

a longing for justice and a megaphone.

Flattened by the machinery of destruction.

In the Gazastrip in the year 2003.

A joung woman with the name “Rachel Corrie”.

Embarking from Ireland, together.

Laden with aidgoods,

manned with courage and hope.

Hijacked by Pirates.

In the Med in the year 2010.

A ship with the name “Rachel Corrie”.

Your spirit “Rachel Corrie”

is a lighthouse,

is a signpost.

Your spirit “Rachel Corrie”

cannot be smeared,

cannot be shot.

It is the spirit which makes us human.

Learn more about Rachel

Rachel Corrie – Interview
Footage From Rachel’s Interview Conducted By Middle East Broadcasting Company On March 14, 2003, Two Days Before She Was Murdered By The Israeli Defense Forces.
Rachel Corrie 5th Grade Speech I’m Here Because I Care
Rachel Corrie Tribute
Rachel Corrie Memorial Website
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
‘Rachel Corrie Verdict A Clear Example Of Israel’s Rights Violations’
Justice For Rachel Corrie
Abby Martin Speaks With Cindy And Craig Corrie, Parents Of Slain Activist Rachel Corrie, About Their Case Against The Israeli Government And Their Fight For Social Justice Worldwide Through The Rachel Corrie Foundation.
Justice For Rachel Corrie?
Abby Martin Speaks To RT Producer Ameera David About The Death Of Rachel Corrie.
Israel’s Inquiry Into Death Of Activist Rachel Corrie Not Credible, Says US Ambassador Criticizes Investigation Into Death Of Rachel Corrie As Civil Case Verdict Expected
by Donald Macintyre
The Murder Of Rachel Corrie And The Israeli Court Coverup
by Anthony Lawson
Rachel Corrie Responsible For Own Death, Israeli Court Rules
by Richard Silverstein
On The Receiving End Of Israeli ‘Impunity’ (Video and Text)
Looking Back At Other Victims Who, Like Rachel Corrie,
Came Under Israeli Attack And Then Were Deprived Of Justice.
by Maath Musleh
Israeli Court Rules Army Not Responsible For Rachel Corrie’s Death
by Jean Shaoul
Israeli Inquiry Into Rachel Corrie Death Insufficient,
US Ambassador Tells Family US Government Does Not Believe Military Inquiry Was
‘Thorough, Credible And Transparent’, As Family Await Verdict In Civil Suit
by Matthew Kalman
Israeli Soldiers Have Depraved “Fun” Making “Rachel Corrie Pancakes”
by Ali Abunimah
Rachel Corrie
Photostory: Israeli Bulldozer Driver Murders American Peace Activist
by Nigel Parry and Arjan El Fassed
Rachel Corrie: Footage Of Murder
Four Eyewitnesses Describe The Murder Of Rachel Corrie
by Tom Dale, Greg Schnabel, Richard Purssell and Joe Smith
Rachel Corrie Death: (Video and Text)
Eyewitness Attacks Israeli Verdict As ‘Implausible’
Tom Dale, A Pro-Palestinian Campaigner Who Witnessed The Death Of Rachel Corrie, Refutes The Judgement Of An Israeli Court That The Death Of The American Activist Was “A Regrettable Accident”.
I’d Rather Be Dancing (Rachel Corrie’s Song)
by Jim Page
Rachel Corrie’s Parents Describe Ruling As ‘Bad Day For Human Rights’ (Video)
Rachel Corrie’s Parents Vow To Seek Justice For Their Murdered Daughter At The Israeli Supreme Court
Craig And Cindy Corrie
Comments On The 10th Anniversary Of The Killing Of Rachel Corrie
Craig And Cindy Corrie (Parents Of Rachel Corrie)
Has Justice Evaded Rachel Corrie’s Family?
As A Court Rules That The Activist’s Death Was An “Accident”, We Ask What This Reveals About Israel’s Legal System.
Symbols Of Rachel Corrie’s Murder
In Memory Of Rachel Corrie 2012
Written by William A Cook
Narrated by Anthony Lawson – Articles, Photos, Writings On Israel’s Murder Of Rachel Corrie

I am grateful to Mark Elsis and included some material he sent in this article.



About the author:
R. Teichmann is an activist living in West Cork / Ireland. He is an editor with  and writes articles for this site. He also blogs on War is a Crime.

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