Tuesday, October 5, 2010
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF RACHEL CORRIE'S DEATH
October 4, 2010
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF RACHEL CORRIE'S TRAGIC DEATH
DAVID BEDEIN, DIRECTOR, ISRAEL RESOURCE NEWS AGENCY
& THE CENTER FOR NEAR EAST POLICY RESEARCH
BEIT AGRON INTERNATIONAL PRESS CENTER
JERUSALEM 94581 ISRAE
This week, Craig and Cindy Corrie from Washington State, in the US, parents of the late ISM, International Solidarity Movement member, Rachel Corrie, resume their "wrongful death" suit against the state of Israel
Yet the precise circumstances of Rachel Corrie's tragic and unfortunate death should be recalled at this time. On March 16, 2003 , Rachel Corrie was killed when she was standing in front of a weapons smuggling tunnel and run over by the driver of an IDF vehicle who could not not see Rachel when she crouched in front the armored bulldozer at dusk .
Rachel's fellow demonstrator, Joe Smith told our news agency on the day after he saw the tragedy : "When the bulldozer started to dig in the dirt pile, the pile started to move, and she could have rolled sideways quickly or fallen backwards to avoid being hit. But Rachel leaned forward to climb to the top of the dirt pile. The bulldozer's digging drew her downward, and its driver could not see her anymore. So without lifting the scoop, he turned backward and she was already underneath the blade,"
Yet Rachel's movement, the ISM, distributed a picture of the scene, through Reuters news agency, upon the news of her death which the ISM claimed was taken right before before the incident, which depicted Rachel holding a megaphone in broad daylight, in what looked like a bright noon time photograph.
Simultaneously the ISM also sent out a second photograph, which depicted Corrie's body on the ground immediately after she was killed. There was a different color bulldozer and the scenery is totally different, and the time of day was clearly at dusk..
In other words, Rachel Corrie was not killed in broad daylight, while she was holding a megaphone, in front of a tractor where she could clearly be discerned.
However, Rachel Corrie's death has instead been transformed into a symbol of Israeli wanton brutality The Corrie family and Rachel's political allies continuing to distribute the photo of Rachel standing with a megaphone, in full view of the IDF vehicle, with the claim that this was taken just before Rachel was mauled to death
By distributing such a photo, Rachel Corrie has been depicted as a a Shahid, a martyr, for the Palestinian cause. Websites have been dedicated to her cause. Rachel's name was used for one of the ships in the recent flotilla to Gaza., and a one-woman production circles the globe, memorializing the "murdered" Rachel Corrie. Please examine these photos, in color, to gain a perspective of the actual circumstances of the death of Rachel Corrie.
These pictures were sent out by Reuters, in sequence, attributed to the ISM, one hour after Rachel was hit by the bulldozer, giving the impression that Rachel was mauled after she had been standing with a megaphone in hand, in clear view of the bulldozer driver which ran her down.