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  • September 6, 2012

    Craig and Cindy Corrie Knew of ISM’s Role in their Daughter’s Death

    FOR THE RECORD
    by Bill Levinson

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Corrie,

    I have been following the story of your daughter, and I agree that she deserves justice. I think, however, that you are looking for justice in the wrong place. The following is available on the Internet, and it is from the International Solidarity Movement or sources friendly to the ISM (i.e. hostile to Zionism). It shows among other things:

    (1) That the ISM was fully aware that the civil disobedience in which it
    encouraged your daughter to engage could easily result in her death or serious injury, but nonetheless continued to allow or encourage her to engage in it.

    (2) The ISM and the Palestinians with whom it was working expressed a
    motive (publicity for the cause) for wanting your daughter to be killed or seriously injured in a confrontation with Israel’s security forces.

    Item 1, as reported by the Electronic Intifada at http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article1248.shtml

    “Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM, 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie (L) and Nick (R) oppose the potential destruction of this home (to the west of the Doctor’s home where Rachel was killed). In the instance pictured, the bulldozer did not stop and Rachel was pinned between the scooped earth and the fence behind her. On this occasion, the driver stopped before seriously injuring her.”

    What this tells me is that Rachel narrowly escaped death or serious
    injury in a previous confrontation with a bulldozer, and that her
    so-called “friends” in the ISM allowed or encouraged her to do the same thing again despite this more than ample demonstration of the risks involved.

    Item 2, as reported by the indicated sources http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/3-22-2003-37821.asp (“Making of a
    Martyr” by Sandra Jordan

    ” Joe Smith, 21, who went to college with Corrie, said that, although
    they acknowledged the danger, they saw death as a ‘small, unlikely,
    potential risk’.”

    ‘We knew there was a risk,’ Smith said, ‘but we also knew it never
    happened in the two years that we (the ISM) have been working here. I
    knew we take lots of precautions so that it doesn’t happen, that if it
    did happen it would have to be an intentional act by a soldier, in which
    case it would bring a lot of publicity and significance to the cause.’

    “Small, unlikely, potential risk?” According to the Electronic
    Intifada’s story, Rachel had barely escaped death or serious injury a
    mere hour or so before her death. In fact, the Electronic Intifada page says the photo of Rachel being pinned against the fence was taken by Joseph Smith! Note also Smith’s statement, “it would bring a lot of publicity and significance to the cause,” and this is not the only such statement he made after Rachel’s death (see below). From the same article,

    “‘If only they’d had a video camera,’ one Palestinian journalist
    lamented. ‘A film of the Israelis killing an American in cold blood
    would have ended the intifada.'”

    The Palestinian is not sorry that Rachel died, he is sorry that they
    didn’t have a video camera with which to record her death for propaganda purposes. Joseph Smith again, from a Web page the Palestine Solidarity Movement took down but is still available from Archive.org:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20030417080621/http://www.freepalestinecampaign.org/Stranger+article.htm

    “The spirit that she died for is worth a life. This idea of resistance, this spirit of resisting this brutal occupying force, is worth anything. And many, many, many Palestinians give their lives for it all the time. So the life of one international, I feel, is more than worth the spirit of resisting oppression.”

    Rachel Corrie’s life, not Joseph Smith’s life, is how I read this.

    ISM leader George Rishmawi also expressed (after the fact) a motive for wanting Rachel Corrie dead.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/07/14/MNGBS7L5V71.DTL

    “Rishmawi said the ISM’s main purpose is to increase international
    awareness of Palestinian suffering through the involvement of foreign
    activists, who pay their own way to the West Bank, where they are
    trained in various methods of nonviolent direct action.”

    “When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested
    anymore,” Rishmawi said. “But if some of these foreign volunteers get
    shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice.”

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    “Making of a Martyr” adds that Rachel was in fact kneeling in front of the bulldozer (which would make her harder to see on the other side of the bulldozer blade) and not standing.

    “The activists have compelling photographic evidence to support
    eyewitness claims that Corrie’s death was a deliberate, murderous mowing down of a unarmed protester. Dale watched as she knelt down in front of the bulldozer, perhaps 20 metres away, something the activists had done repeatedly that day as they had in the past. ‘The bulldozer went towards her, very slowly, she was fully in clear view, straight in front of them.'”

    So the ISM stipulates first of all that Rachel was kneeling and not
    standing, and furthermore that the bulldozer was moving very
    slowly–which suggests that an able-bodied man could have intervened by pulling Rachel out of the bulldozer’s path when it became clear that it was not going to stop. This did not happen. “Making of a Martyr” suggests in fact that Joseph Smith’s highest priority was to take pictures of Rachel being run over (note that it says he began to take the pictures when she stood in front of the bulldozer or, per Mr. Dale, knelt) than to do anything to protect her.

    “A traumatised Smith raised his camera and took photographs: Rachel
    standing in front of the bulldozer; then her bloodied body being pulled from the freshly turned soil; being cradled in the arms of her friends.”

    I also note as an engineering professional who is at least familiar with industrial and workplace safety that the ISM allowed Rachel to interact with heavy construction equipment without a hard hat (noting that rocks and other debris can easily be thrown up at a construction or demolition site). This act of negligence by the ISM may have proved fatal noting that, as I have seen reported, head injuries played a role in her death.

    Regards,

    Bill Levinson

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  • Posted by Bill Levinson @ 8:08 pm | 13 Comments »

    13 Comments to Craig and Cindy Corrie Knew of ISM’s Role in their Daughter’s Death

    1. Andrew says:

      Really good stuff Bill. I really feel sorry for this young naive girl. She was an idealist, but backed the wrong cause and was just a pawn for evil forces beyond her comprehension. So sad. But Israel has nothing to apologise for.

    2. Bob says:

      How is that these sort of “gratitude junkies” focus ONLY the the “poor Palestinians” to the exclusion of everyone else. Maybe 1 of the 600 millionaires in Gaza will give the family a hand-out.

      If any gratitude junkies REALLY want to see a people suffering take a look at this video of the Copts in Egypt. It will break your heart. Listen to what the mother says about her kidnapped daughter. Listen the Priest at his wits end. Heart rending

    3. george says:

      She wasn’t a naive young girl – other pictures/statement have surfaced on the internet showing her burning the American flag with a look of utter rage distorting her face, and anti western anti american and israeli statements made by her everywhere. She was an evil person; now even evil persons don’t deserve to die, but when they die of self inflicted wounds it’s hard to work up any sympathy.

    4. David Barrett says:

      Unfortunately her parents have no one to blame but themselves
      Too much liberalism and hype creates a monster , wit her daughter and the ISM org.
      They should be brought to Israel and given THE tour and let them see the so called apartheid
      Let them tour the Malls full of our cousins
      Let them wander Tel aviv and see all the coloured races wandering thro its streets
      Lets see if they have an open mind because their actions up to now show signs of spoon fed antisemitism

    5. Laura says:

      “Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM, 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie (L) and Nick (R) oppose the potential destruction of this home (to the west of the Doctor’s home where Rachel was killed). In the instance pictured, the bulldozer did not stop and Rachel was pinned between the scooped earth and the fence behind her. On this occasion, the driver stopped before seriously injuring her.”

      What this tells me is that Rachel narrowly escaped death or serious
      injury in a previous confrontation with a bulldozer, and that her
      so-called “friends” in the ISM allowed or encouraged her to do the same thing again despite this more than ample demonstration of the risks involved.

      It also proves she was not deliberately run over.

    6. Bernard Ross says:

      LIes, slander and libel of Israel and the Jews are the seeds of pogroms and genocide. This has been repetitively proven over the last 2000 years. The ISM is a primary protagonist for these libels designed to eradicate Jews from the land of Israel. By aiding the ISM one aids the planting of the seeds of Jewish genocide. This is not a person to feel sorry for, or a young naive girl, an idealist, who backed the wrong cause, or a pawn for evil forces beyond her comprehension. This was an educated person with full access to knowledge of the facts regarding Israel and chose the side of those libeling the Jews in order to damage the Jews. Jews are easily fooled to believe that this was a tragic accident. The parents appear to be avoiding the obvious conclusion that their daughter was a suicide bomber without a bomb. If she was naive then the ISM deserves the blame, if she was intentional then she aided those who sought the destruction of Jews (which should not engender tears from Jews). Apparently the Corries have chosen to believe her suicide was intentional, that the ISM is good and Israel is bad.

    7. ted says:

      if someone wants to shoot himself, can we blame COLT who manufactured the weapon ? a similar case here— no hard hat in a construction zone—-kneeling down so as to be less visible —- had an earlier experience which did not have tragic results — the statements of co-conspiritors as searching for a martyr—-maybe the millionaires of gaza will erect a monument to her memory. to me, it was a tragic end to a foolish young american who sought causes away from her home without really knowing the ramiifications of her actions. her parents mourn, with good reason, but they should have been more aware of their daughter’s foolish activity and deterred her from it and averted the tragedy’

    8. Davidka says:

      Years ago, I went to college and many of the spoiled, arrogant children had no more sense than R. Corrie, and shared her politics. Let’s see. She hated America and Israel. (I wonder how she felt about Jews.) She put herself in the employ of a genocidal terrorist organization, placed herself as an unarmed combatant into a war zone, played chicken or hide-and-seek with a bulldozer, narrowly escaped injury or death earlier and then did the same thing again later in the day when her luck finally ran out due to her own stupidity. People who embrace Evil are not martyrs or heroes to me.

    9. steven l says:

      Is it possible that she was drugged not only by indoctrination but physically so that she would not be able to realize the danger she was exposing herself to?

    10. Bernard Ross says:

      @ steven l:Anything is possible but her actions speak to what is probable. There is no evidence of good intentions towards Israel or Jews; her association with ISM is evidence of bad intentions. Why grasp for straws to the contrary, what does that grasping say?

    11. Linda Rivera says:

      The woman was a rabid America and Israel hater. She supported Muslim terrorists and terrorism against Israel. I am not sorry for her!
      I am deeply grieved for the many victims of Islam.

    12. kim says:

      Ten years ago I tried to warn friends and family and email friends of who was lying concerning these acts of hell. I saw so many muslims set up the same kind of scenes using their children and people to lie about Israel..I see how dumbed down people, even here in America believe the lies. Most of them think Israel is the bad guy who starves the PLO, kills and destroys. For precious Israel to give up Gaza..so beautiful..to these terrorist and then have them destroy much of it. muslims have no respect for life, gifts and want the world to see how bad they have it is one huge lie..since when does Israel owe them a living while they get all free and do nothing to earn it..they have nothing good, just love to kill, steal and destroy anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do.. The prophet Jeremiah 49:334 , 35 tells us G-d is going to destroy Ilam/Iran..and Israel, will stand forever and forever..The time is very soon when G-d HImself will send HIs Wrath on all the evil..Make my day…Israel will do what she needs to do..in the meantime, G-d promised destruction of nations who go against HER , and says first the nations around will and then the world..as Russia will bring all nations with them…that is when G-d will roar thru Zion and destroy them all………..how the US and the world cam even think Islam is not all terrorist is more than i can stand. I saw a video where the top Imam said, there is no such thing as moderate Islam.. for me,, I will stand with Israel against anyone..PERIOD..Shalom

    13. kim says:

      Jeremiah 49: 34 and 35…IF only people would stop believing man and heed what G-d has said: He is all power in heaven and in earth and HE will be there for Israel, his special chosen..

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