by Kashif Ahmed
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Its’ been nine years since 23-year-old ‘International Solidarity Movement’ (ISM) activist Rachel Corrie was murdered by the Israeli occupation. None of us will ever forget the cowardly manner in which Zionist Jew squatters deployed weaponized, ‘Caterpillar’ bulldozers against civilians. How they steered the hulking metal beasts around Gaza and demolished Palestinian homes with reckless abandon. How smug IDF conscripts, shipped in from every corner of the globe, backed them up: armed to the teeth with U.S. supplied M-16s, Depleted Uranium rounds, helicopter gun-ships, nail-pin mortars and tanks. Nor shall we forget the courageous Palestinian family whose home Rachel was trying to protect, or her honourable colleagues who stayed by her side despite coming under fire from gutless IDF snipers peering out from fortified watchtowers.
Born and raised in Olympia, Washington; Rachel Corrie was the youngest of three children, her mother Cindy describes their family as “average Americans–politically liberal, economically conservative, middle-class”. A sensitive soul, Rachel, aged 10, eloquently summarised the motivation that would shape the course of her destiny and dictate the decisions of her short, but meaningful, life: “I’m here because I care”, she said, and so it was. Graduating from Capital High, Rachel attended the Evergreen State College and volunteered in the Washington State Conservation Corps, working with vulnerable members of the community and helping out as best she could. In her final year at college, Rachel established a ‘sister city’ programme, twinning Rafah, Palestine with Washington; setting up a pen-pal scheme between American and Palestinian students as well as an independent study program in which she would travel to Palestine with the ISM and observe the situation first hand.
It was there, in the once beautiful province of Gaza, that Rachel witnessed the full extent of the horror endured by Palestinians on a daily basis. She sent e-mails to her mother that vividly captured the sense of terror and dread experienced by a people forced to live like prisoners in their own country: persecuted, impoverished and under constant attack since the Rothschild brokered invasion of 1917-1948.
Feb 14th 2003, Rachel Corrie wrote:
“The internationals stood in the path of the bulldozer and were physically pushed with the shovel backwards, taking shelter in a house. The bulldozer then proceeded on its course, demolishing one side of the house with the internationals inside. The driver then dropped a sound grenade out of the cab of the bulldozer, and continued to demolish the house, at which point the activists were able to escape, amid gunfire from the tank.”
In an interview with the Middle East Broadcasting network on March 14th, 2003, just two days before her murder, Rachel described the plight of the Palestinian family with whom she was staying: “I feel like I’m witnessing the systematic destruction of a people’s ability to survive. Sometimes I sit down to dinner with people and I realize there is a massive military machine surrounding us, trying to kill the people I’m having dinner with”.
Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli weaponized bulldozer on March 16th 2003: asphyxiated and crushed to death, the savage assault fractured her spinal column and scapula, broke her ribcage and caused tear wounds in her lungs resulting in a pleural cavity haemorrhage.
An eyewitness account from ISM activist Tom Dale, describes the scene during, and moments after, the attack:
“All the activists were screaming at the bulldozer to stop and gesturing to the crew about Rachel’s presence. We were in clear view as Rachel had been, they continued. They pushed Rachel beneath the blade till her body was beneath the cockpit. They waited over her for a few seconds, before reversing. They reversed with the blade pressed down, so it scraped over her body a second time. Every second I believed they would stop but they never did.”
“I ran for an ambulance, she (Rachel) was gasping and her face was covered in blood from a gash cutting her face from lip to cheek. She was showing signs of brain haemorrhaging. She died a few minutes later of massive internal injuries. She was a brilliant, bright and amazing person, immensely brave and committed. She is gone and I cannot believe it.”
Believe it. And believe that Dr. Samir Nasrallah and family, whose home Rachel was trying to save, managed to resist the Israeli onslaught for a few more months, before the bulldozers returned and finished the job. And believe it when I tell you that extremist Jews and their Christian-Zionist acolytes will applaud these vile deeds just as they would the deaths of anyone who stands up to their warped, antediluvian cult.
Another eyewitness testimony from American ISM volunteer, Greg Schnabel, clearly illustrates the dangers international activists face in Israeli occupied Palestine and the naked aggression of Israeli terrorists against peaceful protestors:
“The bulldozers destroyed part of a home. Members of our group including myself stood inside this home in an attempt to stop them. One bulldozer then moved toward the house of Dr. Samir, one of the families with whom we had relations. Rachel was standing in front of this home. As the bulldozer approached she stood her ground. Rachel was wearing an orange fluorescent jacket. She was clearly visible to the bulldozer driver as well as to the soldiers in the tank. The bulldozer continued to move forward. Rachel began to become buried beneath the dirt. Still it did not stop. Rachel was beneath the bulldozer. The bulldozer did not even pick up its blade. It ran over her completely and continued to advance. It stopped when she was completely underneath the body of the bulldozer. It then moved backwards over her body. I and my friends ran to her. She was obviously in a terrible condition. Her upper lip had been split open and was bleeding. We called an ambulance immediately and continued to monitor her vital signs. She was breathing but she was losing consciousness rapidly. Within a minute she was no longer able to give us her name or speak. We continued to talk to her encouraging her, breathing with her, and telling her we loved her.”
And whilst this anniversary ought to be a time to remember Rachel’s benevolence and compassion, light a candle, do something charitable or console ourselves with prayer and platitudes. I can’t help but turn my focus towards an enemy that has, in no uncertain terms, declared total war on a civilization sworn to resist its parasitic expansionism. For we all remember how supporters of the illegitimate state of Israel responded to Rachel’s death: blanket denials became aggressive accusations which soon turned to macabre mockery and, at last, when the mask had finally slipped; repugnant celebration. For just as extremist Jews / Christian Zionists choked on their own bile and danced the Hora to laud the murder of Palestinian activists by pro-Israel terrorist Anders Brevik in Utoya, Norway. So too, did the same group experience an innately perverse, neo-Talmudic euphoria when ‘shiksa goy’ (derogatory Yiddish term for a non-Jewish girl) Rachel died in the killing fields of Gaza. It was the same outpouring of monstrous glee we saw from Israeli agents Kurzberg, Marmari, Schmuel, & Ellner who danced and whooped on 9/11. The same crooked grins that crept upon their faces when Jewish fanatic Brauch Goldstein opened fire on worshippers in the massacre at the Mosque of Ibrahim, February 25th 1994. The same sadistic, inbred psychopathy that encouraged some Israelis to venerate Goldstein’s grave as an idol. A handful of these hate merchants all but swung the Purim Graggler whilst reciting ‘Zohar Vayshlah’ at the top of their lungs. And lest we forget the U.S. based media outlets that gave these demented ghouls a platform, obediently tending to the Tophet alter like a rasping, wretched throng of servile eunuchs; content to suckle on the bilious teat of Israeli terror.
And I don’t need to patronise our Jew comrades by trotting out the old cliché that: ‘not all Jews are the same’ or some other such nonsense, for it need not be said. The civilized echelons of Jewry, some of whom were inspired by Corrie herself, know all too well that extremists have bastardised Judaism through terror, usury and fraud. I needn’t mention fearless, pro-Palestinian activist Emily Henochowicz, blinded in one eye after being shot at point blank range by an IDF conscript, or Rae Abileah, viciously assaulted by Netanyahu’s thugs on the floor of the U.S. congress. Ben Freidman; who warned the world about Rothschild back in 1946, the great author Jack Bernstein, assassinated by Mossad for his expose of Jewish extremism or one of the first martyrs for Palestine; Dr. Yaakov Yisrael Dehan, ambushed and beaten to death by a gang of Zionist yobs on the streets of Al-Quds Jerusalem in 1924.
I imagine there are some will read this and say that Rachel Corrie would have wanted us to strive for peace, to remain compassionate no matter what the provocation, and its’ probably true. But therein lies her innocence and, at the time, her relative inexperience in engaging an adversary as ruthless as the criminal state of Israel.
No one wants war, but in the immortal words of H. L. Mencken, there comes a time when “…every normal man is tempted to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats”. For how many more sieges of Jenin, attacks on the Mavi Marmara, Cast Leads and Qanas will the civilized world tolerate? At the very least, we ought to investigate pro-Israeli agents of influence like Robert Spencer, Yosef Elitzur, Pamela Geller and Yitzhak Shapira who operate in our midst. At the very least, we ought to be curtailing any and all forms of economic support for Israeli linked businesses. And though the ISM, BDS and others have made great strides in deactivating parts of the Anglo-American-Israeli crime nexus and, to a certain extent, have made it a harder for Israeli war criminals and their acolytes to solicit murder or fundraise abroad. The real power still resides with Rothschild and its system of fractional reserve banking / usury, and that’s going to take a lot more than bi-lateral trade agreements, boycotts and commodity based reserve currencies to overcome.
There’s little glory in martyrdom sans victory, and you won’t catch me extolling the virtues of self-sacrifice to soothe the grieving or ply the questionable trade of post-mortem propaganda. For if we fail to stem the tide of international Israeli terrorism, then Rachel will have died in vain. If we fail to impose the complete and unconditional surrender of Rothschild and the restoration of Palestine to her pre-1948 borders, then Rachel will have died in vain. Yes, Rachel Corrie was a woman of peace, of dignity, courage and resolve, but the civilised world must, at some stage, draw a line in the sand, declare our intent and pursue Israeli extremists to the ends of the Earth.
Remember Rachel, remember her bravery and her sacrifice but most of all, remember the cause for which she paid the ultimate price. The moral imperative that must be addressed and seen through to a just conclusion: For Rachel Corrie is dead, her mission lives on.
“If any of us had our lives and welfare completely strangled, lived with children in a shrinking place where we knew, because of previous experience, that soldiers and tanks and bulldozers could come for us at any moment and destroy all the greenhouses that we had been cultivating for however long, and did this while some of us were beaten and held captive with 149 other people for several hours – do you think we might try to use somewhat violent means to protect whatever fragments remained? I think about this especially when I see orchards and greenhouses and fruit trees destroyed – just years of care and cultivation. I think about you and how long it takes to make things grow and what a labour of love it is. I really think, in a similar situation, most people would defend themselves as best they could. I think Uncle Craig would. I think probably Grandma would. I think I would.”
Rachel Corrie, April 10th 1979—March 16th 2003