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Honor Rachel Corrie's Life and Legacy

Rachel Corrie was a young American who fought for justice at home and abroad

  • Rachel grew up in Olympia, Washington and was a vocal proponent for human rights as early as the fifth grade.
  • Rachel Corrie went to Rafah, in the Gaza Strip in January 2003 as part of the International Solidarity Movement - a group of nonviolent international volunteers who offer assistance to Palestinians under threat by the Israeli military - she was working with civilians whose homes were slated to be destroyed by the Israeli military.

Rachel's death was a tragedy that could have been avoided

  • At the age of 23, Rachel Corrie was run over by a member of the Israeli military driving a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer.  Rachel was wearing a bright orange "safety vest" and shouting at the driver to stop through a bullhorn.
  • As the soldier approached Rachel, her international colleagues swarmed around the bulldozer, waving their arms and shouting for him to stop.
  • The driver continued to drive over Rachel, crushing her body.  After he reversed he contacted his commanding officer to report running over "an object."  Other international activists have video of the driver smiling and laughing after murdering Rachel Corrie.

The Israeli Military uses Caterpillar bulldozers as weapons of mass destruction

  • Rachel is only one victim of the Israeli military's policy of home and village demolition.  The Israeli military has demolished 23,500 Palestinian homes since 1967 - including 3600 during the recent war on Gaza.  Many Palestinians have been caught under bulldozer blades or trapped in their homes during Israeli demolition projects.
  • Caterpillar D9, D10 & D11 bulldozers weigh over 60 tons, are two stories high, armored and accessorized with a variety of guns and grenade launchers.  These are not pieces of construction equipment, they are used to terrorize Palestinians by destroying their homes, agricultural projects, and their dreams for a better future.
  • Home demolition kills - it also results in the twin tragedies of homelessness and provoking hostility toward Israel in Palestinian communities.

We have the power to stop this man-made catastrophe

  • There are dedicated people across the country pressuring Caterpillar to stop selling these weapons of mass destruction to the Israeli military - join them at http://tinyurl.com/catcampaign.
  • The recent Israeli war on and ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip in a continuation of the policies that Rachel Corrie stood against.  They are also policies that continue with the support of the United States.  Call your members of Congress and insist that they make U.S. military aid to Israel conditional - requiring a stop to home demolitions, settlement expansion, and construction of Israel's apartheid wall.
Find out more about Rachel's story at the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice: http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/