Rachel Corrie Supported Terrorism: In Her Own Words

With the recent ruling that the death of Rachel Corrie was an accident – followed by articles like this, this and this referring to her as a “peace activist” – it bears mentioning that Rachel Corrie was not about “peace.”

In fact, she clearly supported terrorism against Israel, as evidenced in some of her mails still posted on the ironically named Rachel Corrie Foundation For Peace and Justice site.

February 27 2003

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Jenny and I stayed in the house with several women and two small babies. It was our mistake in translation that caused him to think it was his house that was being exploded. In fact, the Israeli army was in the process of detonating an explosive in the ground nearby – one that appears to have been planted by Palestinian resistance.

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I thought a lot about what you said on the phone about Palestinian violence not helping the situation. Sixty thousand workers from Rafah worked in Israel two years ago. Now only 600 can go to Israel for jobs. Of these 600, many have moved, because the three checkpoints between here and Ashkelon (the closest city in Israel) make what used to be a 40-minute drive, now a 12-hour or impassible journey. In addition, what Rafah identified in 1999 as sources of economic growth are all completely destroyed – the Gaza international airport (runways demolished, totally closed); the border for trade with Egypt (now with a giant Israeli sniper tower in the middle of the crossing); access to the ocean (completely cut off in the last two years by a checkpoint and the Gush Katif settlement). The count of homes destroyed in Rafah since the beginning of this intifada is up around 600, by and large people with no connection to the resistance but who happen to live along the border. I think it is maybe official now that Rafah is the poorest place in the world. There used to be a middle class here – recently. We also get reports that in the past, Gazan flower shipments to Europe were delayed for two weeks at the Erez crossing for security inspections. You can imagine the value of two-week-old cut flowers in the European market, so that market dried up. And then the bulldozers come and take out people’s vegetable farms and gardens. What is left for people? Tell me if you can think of anything. I can’t.

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.

Of course, none of this is surprising. As a member of the ISM, support of terrorism would have been par for the course.

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  • ziontruth

    “I think about this especially when I see orchards and greenhouses and fruit trees destroyed…”

    Like the Gaza greenhouses, the gift of Bill Gates, that the Arab colonists themselves destroyed in August 2005? I see the point.

    Under Arab rule, this land goes back to its abject state of 1882.

    • Jim from Iowa

      1882–a time when your homeland had a lower carbon footprint, so there’s one advantage.

      • ziontruth

        Nah, that’s nothing when set against history’s greatest environmentalist ever.

        That logic can get an environMENTAList in a pickle when it comes to the Muslims, though: On the one hand, they’re good at killing people by the boatload (maybe not as good as the Mongols, but still… ask the Hindus, they’ll tell you how good they are), on the other hand they tend to have large (Duggar-sized) families. On the other hand, they hate the West and Israel, and enviroMarxists hate the West and Israel, so that’s that, final consequences be danged, and there is no other hand no more.

  • Airella

    Apparently Corrie never stopped to ask WHY there were so fewer Gazans working in Israel, or WHY checkpoints and guardhouses were built. She seemed to have no realization of the hundreds of Israelis horribly murdered by Arabs – it just doesn’t count in her book. She actually appears to believe that Israelis just decided, for no reason, to take these measures just to harass Arabs, instead of the real reason which was to stop themselves from being murdered. For her, the suffering of Jews doesn’t exist.

    I’m also a little puzzled about how a checkpoint at Gush Katif could cut off access to the entire coastline of Gaza. Were soldiers with guns stationed every few hundred yards to prevent people from going to the beach? Apparently, to Corrie the presence of a single checkpoint, anywhere, is unreasonable, as in her view it cuts off all freedom of movement in a twenty-mile area around it.

    She was certainly one deluded girl.

    • jpl

      Well said. A nice patsy for ISM. She wouldn’t get out of the way of a bulldozer going ONE mph! And no coverage of the fact that her parents were able to pursue a lawsuit in Israel! Imagine if the PA/Jordan/Syria/Saudi Arabia allowed their courts to entertain lawsuits by terror victims–you can’t imagine it.

  • uncle joe mccarthy

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/rachel-corrie-verdict-highlights-impunity-israeli-military-2012-08-28

    how does amnesty expect to be taken seriously, when they use a photoshopped pic to prove their point?

    • Norman B.

      Easy. There are no shortage of true believers happy to be duped as long as it fits their agenda.

  • uncle joe mccarthy
  • Rachel Corrie’s 10 ton hat

    I for one am thrilled she got to wear a ten ton hat. Kill them all, I say.

  • Spondres

    “destroy all the greenhouses that we had been cultivating for however long,”
    If only St Pancake had still been around in 2005….

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