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  1. Rachel Corrie is often presented as an innocent ingenue killed while trying to prevent an Israeli buldozer from razing a Palestinian home.

    That is, however, a completely false myth:

    – The bulldozer in question was not razing a house but clearing brush from the entrances to smuggling tunnels – smuggling of arms, that is. That makes Corrie complicit (either consciously or unconsciously is irrelevant) in the arms smuggling.
    – The arms smuggling was, of course, a violation of Oslo and an act of war.
    – That may arguably give Corrie the status of a combattant.
    – Her agenda was by no means pacific and love-bearing. She was a hater acting to advance th interests of Hamas, trained by the PSC, a known Hamas front.

  2. – The smuggled arms were intended for use in terrorising and killing Israeli civilians.

  3. She was with the ISM and some reports suggested her handlers were complicit in her death as they failed to warn her about the bulldozer which she did not see, having been in a ditch.

    I don’t think she was a “combatant” but a useful idiot for sure.

  4. “The bulldozer built up earth in front of it… She tried to climb on top of the earth, to avoid being overwhelmed. She climbed to the point where her shoulders were above the top lip of the blade. She was standing on this pile of earth. As the bulldozer continued, she lost her footing, and she turned and fell down this pile of earth. Then it seemed like she got her foot caught under the blade. She was helpless, pushed prostrate, and looked absolutely panicked, with her arms out, and the earth was piling itself over her. The bulldozer continued so that the place where she fell down was directly beneath the cockpit… The whole [incident] took place in about six or seven seconds.”

    Tom Dale, and ISM activist which was on the scene.

    “You can’t hear, you can’t see well. You can go over something and you’ll never know. I scooped up some earth, I couldn’t see anything. I pushed the earth, and I didn’t see her at all. Maybe she was hiding in there.”

    The IDF driver.

    “The driver at no point saw or heard Corrie. She was standing behind debris which obstructed the view of the driver and the driver had a very limited field of vision due to the protective cage he was working in… The driver and his commanders were interrogated extensively over a long period of time with the use of polygraph tests and video evidence. They had no knowledge that she was standing in the path of the tractor. An autopsy of Corrie’s body revealed that the cause of death was from falling debris and not from the tractor physically rolling over her. It was a tragic accident that never should have happened.”

    “The International Solidarity Movement, to which Corrie belonged, was directly responsible for illegal behavior and conduct in the area of Corrie’s death and their actions directly led to this tragedy.”[32]

    The Israeli army’s report [seen by the The Guardian], claimed:

    The army was searching for explosives in the border zone when Corrie was “struck as she stood behind a mound of earth that was created by an engineering vehicle operating in the area and she was hidden from the view of the vehicle’s operator who continued with his work. Corrie was struck by dirt and a slab of concrete resulting in her death … The finding of the operational investigations shows that Rachel Corrie was not run over by an engineering vehicle but rather was struck by a hard object, most probably a slab of concrete which was moved or slid down while the mound of earth which she was standing behind was moved,” (The Guardian, April 14, 2003).[33]

    Howard Blume told that IDF claimed:

    “[a bulldozer with 2 crews] was engaged in “routine terrain leveling and debris clearing,” not building demolition. Quoting from the IDF report, Corrie died “as a result of injuries sustained when earth and debris accidentally fell on her … Ms. Corrie was not run over by the bulldozer”, he added, IDF also claimed she was possibly “in a blindspot for the bulldozer operators and “behind an earth mound,” so they did not see that she was in harm’s way.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Corrie

    She was trying to climb the shovled dirt mound to see if she can stare the driver in the eyes.

    I don’t know if you ever saw a D-9 shovle. I have. Climbing on a moving dirt mound to that height is beyond foolish.

    It’s like skipping on a rope on the edge of a French countryside rail platform where TGV trains pass by in full speed.

    And then have the nerve to sue the TGV driver for not seeing you or stopping.

  5. It’s a tragic story but standing in front of a bulldozer might not be the best move in terms on self preservation.

  6. Let’s remember the Forgotten Rachels, who were truly innocent victims. Who mourns for them?

  7. This is the whole point.

    Remember when that creep was whacked in Dubai:

    Interviews with his father, pictures of his childhood, his family mourning him and the Guardian going after Israel in pogrom fashion. He was a Hamas commander. A “soldier” as they are called in Leftist circles.

    I do not recall sob stories about the dead dentist School students who are killed when doing their mandatory service, or the recruits crushed by a car in a bus stop.
    In fact, few even discuss civilian the victims of terror.

    I was never a Palestinian supporter but during my junior college years, I was sympathetic to them and hoped for peace at any cost. Then around ’94-95 Hamas started blowing up buses, cafes, malls and public markets.
    I knew there was terror before but wasn’t exposed to it so visibly.
    During this time I recall waiting for a friend of mine to finish his driving test, watching TV in the waiting room when a suicide bomb went off in a public market in J or TA ; people sitting near me started to panic and making calls to relatives.
    This is why the G doesn’t discuss the details of Israeli victims. Because it would humanize Israel and render their propaganda goals ineffective.
    So we are bombarded by the images of children of mass murderers when they die in a targeted air raid eliminating the killer of one of the Rachels.
    It is truly sickening.

  8. My son was in Israel in his gap year and was visiting family in Tel Aviv, and in the city centre when a terrorists blew up a bus and all the people on it in the next street.

    He and his cousins had a prior arrangement where to meet and he immediately went back there. They were shocked, of course, but their first reaction was to tell him to ‘phone us once he got back to their house, to reassure us that he was safe.