Archive | August, 2012

Rachel Corrie

31 Aug

I know I’m going to offend a lot of people by writing this but here is my opinion.

Rachel Corrie was a 23 year old pro-Palestinian activist and a member of the International Solidarity Movement. On the 16th March 2003 she was crushed by a D-19 bulldozer in the Gaza strip. A few days ago, an Israeli civil court in Haifa rejected the civil lawsuit brought against the Israeli military by her parents who demanded a symbolic $1 in damages.

Over the past few days, many have been filled with anger towards the Israeli military and justice system, claiming the courts, in accordance with government wishes, are granting illegal immunity to the IDF.

Such shameful examples show this is not the case. When soldiers conduct themselves in an inappropriate and inhumane manner, they should and will be punished.

The fact that Rachel Corrie, an innocent civilian, was killed, is a tragedy. However, she should not have been there in the first place. She was ordered by the US government to stay away from the area, which was forbidden to civilians and had been engaged in conflict but a few hours before her arrival. She had entered a closed military zone at her own risk. On top of this, she was positioned in a trench while protesting behind a mound of debris. It is therefore, not so surprising that the bulldozer did not see her. The army conducted a full investigation into the matter. How are we expected to place the blame on the driver?

Furthermore, the ISM are a group that have protected Hamas and Fatah terrorists whilst blocking Israeli army efforts to stop the transfer of weapons between the border. This is not a peaceful or honest group. It opposes even a two-state solution by claiming the state of Israel should not exist.

Why are people not protesting at the actions of the terrorists the ISM are defending. Their victims, be they Jewish, Palestinian, Ethiopian, Thai or any other religion or nationality that has suffered as a result of the terrorism of Hamas and Fatah, had done nothing to expect danger or death.

None of this means her death was anything less than a tragedy, yet it is clear that it was an unfortunate accident.

Although the global media, with popular and well-know publications such as The Guardian and respected organisations such as Amnesty International, continue to criticise the Israeli Justice system and claim Rachel Corrie’s death was “intentional murder” by the Israeli army, why are we accepting this so easily?