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She Was an American Girl
Tim King Salem-News.com
Images from the two Rachel Corrie videos included with this piece; inset image is from two days before being killed by an Israeli military bulldozer, larger image is from an amazing 5th grade speech that she eloquently delivered.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Rachel Corrie, a true hero in the eyes of millions around the world, was killed by the driver of an Israeli bulldozer as she tried with fellow activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) to halt the destruction of an established Palestinian home in 2006.
The Israeli-influenced big corporate media groups have mostly kept this from Americans; Israeli 'settlers' have been squatting on Palestinian land, destroying family dwellings and encroaching more and more over the years on the tiny amount of remaining Palestinian land that has not already been taken by Israel.
Between 1947 and 1967, Israel took almost all of it.
Israel is guided by an extremist religious philosophy also widely taught in America called 'Zionism'. This is the belief that the Israelis are somehow entitled to take all of the land from its previous owners, over a Biblical prophecy. The idea stands in stark contrast to the spirit of a separate church and state, which the United States' government is founded upon.
U.S. politicians like Hillary Clinton, as recently as this week, confirmed the unwavering U.S. support of Israel. That, as Israel is investigated by a United Nations Tribunal for very serious international war crimes allegations stemming from the war in Gaza that Israel launched over the winter of 2008/2009.
Clinton would have you believe Rachel Corrie died in vain, not that she has probably ever recognized Rachel's life or death.
A debate rages over whether Rachel Corrie was right or wrong. Could she have been wrong? The answer is the same for justice, as a concept. Do you bother? Do you know right from wrong?
So the bigger question then would be, 'is it right to fight for the existence of people?'
When you find that answer, then you have the answer for this case.
For many of us, there is no question.
And that establishes the profound difference between people who appear the same, share the same land, and yet think in ways that are not similar at all.
Rachel Corrie was killed by the state of Israel, and by its brutal regime that practices not only 'mass punishment' but also 'ethnic cleansing'.
The same regime that has displaced over 4 million Palestinians, and killed countless thousands more. This is the same regime that from the beginning, has denied the right of self-determination to the Palestinian people.
A regime that systematically destroys the lives of innocents every single day.
Rachel Corrie's 5th Grade Speech "I'm here because I care" - tells a great deal about this young woman who attended Evergreen University, who gave her life to try to make life better for others.
The piece is taken from Occupation 101, an excellent documentary which is now available on DVD from Occupation101.com
First, here is footage from Rachel's interview conducted by Middle East Broadcasting Company on March 14th, 2003, two days before she was murdered by the Israeli Defense Forces.
Now see Rachel at the age of 10, in fifth grade, sharing her views on world peace, something she gave her life for:
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.
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