in memoriam the American activist for Palestine, Rachel Corrie

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Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) from Olympia, Washington, was an #American peace activist as well as a member of the pro-Palestinian group called International #Solidarity Movement (ISM).

She was #crushed to death by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in #Rafah, in the southern part of the #Gaza strip.

Joe Carr, an American ISM #activist who used the assumed name of Joseph Smith during his time in #Gaza in 2003, gave the following account about Rachel Corrie in an #affidavit recorded and #published by the #Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR):

”Still wearing her #fluorescent jacket, she knelt down at least #15 meters in front of the #bulldozer, and began #waving her arms and #shouting, just as activists had successfully done dozens of times that day….

When it got so close that it was moving the earth beneath her, she #climbed onto the pile of rubble being pushed by the bulldozer….

Her head and upper torso were above the bulldozer’s #blade, and the bulldozer #operator and #cooperator could clearly #see her.

Despite this, the operator #continued forward, which caused her to fall back, out of view of the driver. [sic] He continued forward, and she tried to scoot back, but was quickly pulled #underneath the bulldozer.

We #ran towards him, and waved our arms and shouted; one activist with the #megaphone. But the bulldozer operator continued #forward, until Corrie was all the way underneath the #central #section of the bulldozer.”

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