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The political exploitation of Rachel Corrie continues.


Cross posted by London-based blogger, Richard Millett

When Craig Corrie approached a group of pro-Israel activists outside the Hackney Empire before the start of a memorial concert for Rachel Corrie everyone was worried he would be angry. It was 1st November 2005, more than two years after Rachel Corrie, his daughter, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza. She was 23.

The activists were holding up photos of Israeli Rachels murdered by Palestinian terrorists. Rachel Thaler was 16 when she died. She was also a British citizen. The others were Rachel Levy, 17, Rachel Levi, 19, Rachel Charhi, 36, Rachel Gavish, 50, Rachel Ben Abu, 16, Rachel Kol, 53, and Rachel Shabo, 40.

As Tom Gross wrote in 2005 “Even though Thaler was a British citizen, born in London, where her grandparents still live, her death has never been mentioned in a British newspaper.”

But Mr Corrie was not angry. Instead, he was very polite and after he had looked over the photos of the Rachels he said that they were all in his thoughts.

Sadly, his and his wife’s Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice now engages in the childish, ignorant politics of the average anti-Israel activist. The foundation calls for a boycott of Israel and for “the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes”, which would inevitably mean Israel’s destruction.

When I searched the foundation for mentions of the Israeli Rachels it returned “No posts found”.

Yesterday, I was at SOAS in London for the Not Afraid To Look exhibition, which is based on the photos and quotes of Tom Hurndall, aged 22 when he died from his injuries after being shot by an Israeli soldier in Gaza, and Rachel Corrie.

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Both were “trained by” the International Solidarity Movement. ISM, the exhibition states, “provided support through non-violent action against arbitrary house demolitions and land theft by the occupying Israeli forces”.

Nowhere, was it mentioned that Israel imprisoned the soldier that shot Tom or that a thorough investigation acquitted the bulldozer driver of intentionally killing Rachel.

In a sideroom at SOAS I also attended a four-way Skype session that linked up activists in London, Gaza, Edinburgh and Olympia in Washington state, USA where the Corries are based. Tom’s mother, Jocelyn, was in the room in London.

Sadly, Rachel and Tom’s memories were commemorated by racist, childish songs sung from Edinburgh calling for Israel to be boycotted.

Here are some of the lines:

Don’t buy dates, don’t buy jaffa fruits, don’t buy Israeli wines, there’s a boycott going on.

Just read the labels, no looking back, if made in Israel, it stays on the rack.

Tell all your neighbours, don’t be shy, read all the labels before you shop, Israel’s apartheid’s got to stop.

Afterwards, Cindy Corrie praised those lyrics. Haider Eid, in Gaza, told the four-way Skype audience that Israel’s Operation Cast Lead “happened in response to harmless rockets from Gaza”. Meanwhile, the main guest, Jeremy Corbyn MP, failed to show up.

I can understand that the families of Tom and Rachel want justice but when you read the quotes of their children below, especially Tom’s, one has to question just what they were doing in such a dangerous predicament, especially considering that Tom arrived in Gaza AFTER Rachel had been killed.

The two families will, no doubt, continue their quest against Israel but their children should not have been in Gaza and complicity in their tragic deaths lies not just with Israel but with Yasser Arafat, who launched the bloody Second Intifada, themselves as parents for not dissuading their children from going to a war zone and with the ISM who took them there.

Quotes from Not Afraid To Look:

“It is strange to know that each night people are shot and killed for breaking military curfew. And in the darkness on the north-west side there is an Israeli settlement a few hundred metres away with a military sniper in between. Any one of us four could be being watched through a sniper’s sights at this moment. The certainty is that they are watching and it is on the decision of any one Israeli soldier or settler that my life depends. I know that I’d probably never know what hit me, but it’s part of the job to be as visible as possible.” Tom Hurndall 6/4/03

“Two ‘young’ brothers shot at by snipers in the tower. Mustafa hit in leg, Rushdie in throat while in the bathroom (through a misted glass window). Ironically, his best hope of survival is if his family pays $4,000 and apply to take him to Israel for treatment.” Tom Hurndall 11/4/03

“Our job is to keep water pumping machinery on-line during the curfew because Palestinian technicians would be shot at if they came out to do it. We stand a better chance.” Tom Hurndall 6/4/03

“It seems that all over Palestine the strategy is the same…They shoot at water tanks on the top of houses for fun. They destroy wells, give all the water supply to settlements and place the off-switch in settlers’ hands to use as a weapon. Everything is deliberately designed to lower the standards of life for Palestinians so that they just get up and leave.” Tom Hurndall 7/4/2003

“I think it is maybe official now that Rafah is the poorest place in the world.” Rachel Corrie 27/2/03

“Rachel (Corrie) was killed in Rafah a few weeks ago. It seems so unfair. Not just on the surface but looking at the images. I wonder how few or how many heard of it on the news and just counted it as another death, just another number…” Tom Hurndall 3/4/03

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  1. Somehow fitting, I guess, to these campaign is the new edition of the left extremist Counterpunch
    JoAnn Wypijewski on Bethlehem under the Apartheid Wall;

    • ” “harmless rockets” sums it all up perfectly.”

      You may be alarmed to hear that I agree entirely. To suggest that the rockets do not
      maim of kill is hurtful to families who have suffered. Also as a terror weapon they are dreadful for childrens development .

      However we have just a vague quote..we have no idea who said he said this …and I do not for one second believe it. No one would ever use these words .You would say “harmless fireworks”” not harmless rockets” .The quote is phoney and so is your outrage.

      • “.we have no idea who said he said this .”
        Berchmans if you attempted to read the article you would notice that it is clear.
        “In a sideroom at SOAS I also attended a four-way Skype session that linked up activists in London, Gaza, Edinburgh and Olympia in Washington state, USA”
        Followed by;
        “Haider Eid, in Gaza, told the four-way Skype audience that Israel’s Operation Cast Lead “happened in response to harmless rockets from Gaza”. ”

        Berchmans your evidence for claiming “The quote is phoney and so is your outrage.” is what exactly?
        Were you at the meeting to hear what happened?
        Have you heard a recording of proceedings at the meeting?
        Or are you having a problem accepting the truth because it does not fit in with your own warped and twisted view?

        • No one would use the expression “harmless rockets “…rockets could never be described as ” harmless “they would say “Harmless fireworks”..or words to that effect ..its smells phoney …sometimes things are just wrong. I dare say he underestimated the destructive power but if this is a direct quote Im a Dutchman called Van Hire.

          • A supporter of the Guardian’s angels would be the ultimate expert in the way everybody in the world expressed themselves. It is soooo comforting to have somebody who knows absolutely how we should or shouldn’t, would or wouldn’t, say anything or nothing.

          • “No one would use the expression “harmless rockets “…”

            Berchmans you have the original article above. I gave you the quotes from the article and who used the term.

            I asked you for your evidence to dispute the quote, you failed to provide any.

            Now unless you were at the meeting yourself, or have a verifiable recording of the event then you are confirming that you have a problem accepting the truth when it does not fit in with your own warped and twisted views.

            Fly, fly little Tit.

            • Gerald,
              Don’t you know that Jews are all liars? (sarcasm).
              At appears they are in the eyes of Berchman which rushes to believe to every word an Arab eye whitness utters out of his mouth.

  2. These people are the modern version of witch-hunters and they’re so delighted to have found in Israel a whole country of witches to burn.

  3. Personally, I couldn’t give a toss about either Rachel Corrie or Tom Hurndall. They supported a violent movement that has taken the lives of hundreds of Israelis.

    Corrie’s parents have been dining out on the death of their daughter for years. They failed time and again to prove Israel’s liability in court, and they should have shut up years ago.

    • “Personally, I couldn’t give a toss about either Rachel Corrie”

      Yes we know this.Actually saying it seems a little superfluous . She seemed a nice kid .What a shame .

        • Sorry Peter you couldnt be more wrong. You did not understand that post. I notice you never quote the post .Only your third or fourth- hand interpretation. Quote the post….I dare you.

          • I and many others quoted it innumerable times and I’m not going to dirt this page to quote it again.
            Not only me but every other reader understood that post perfectly.
            It was a perfect demonstration of the sense of humor of a mild mannered natonal(ist) socialist musician, writer, a badly under-qualified childcare worker and postman…

            • ” under-qualified ”

              You got the wrong guy I have 3 separate uni qualifications . Brit unis..you know…proper ones . 4 if you count the Open Uni) .

              Now thats it.You know everything, have read everything ..you know about my writing to oped and CIF and here and you have come up with 2 posts out of some ten thousand that you have credible issues with. I beg for peace . I condemn the rockets .Are you sure you have picked the right guy to cast as a camp commandant?

              • Brit unis..you know…proper ones
                Is this a joke? Proper British universities giving degrees for money like the LSE?
                Universities who give away 4 diplomas for people who don’t know the meaning of the word “algebra”? Racists who despise people of other cultures than their own? Very funny….
                …you have come up with 2 posts out of some ten thousand that you have credible issues with.
                So you know exactly what you wrote? Then why should I quote them? Are you enjoying to see on your screen your shit again? Maybe your PC has a feature generating the stink of the displayed subject?
                I beg for peace
                Then hang yourself in your closet berchmans or as an alternative – as a minimal requirement – stop trolling and disappear from the web.

                • “Then why should I quote them? ”

                  You know damn fine why you should. I accuse you of having no idea of what I wrote. You heard it was horrible and went off at a tangent. This site is about accuracy You cannot wantonly accuse people of racism or hatred without proof. This is like Salem .

              • Regarding your laughable snark about the proper British uniyou obviously don’t pay attention to posts answering to yours, you are busy concentrating on blood libels. So let me repeat only for you – maybe even with your innumerable diplomas you can learn something new:
                According to present surveys even the level of primary school science education is higher in Hungary than in the UK.
                According to an OECD report
                -…England was the only wealthy country where school-leavers are worse at maths and reading than their grandparents.
                – The knowledge and skills of British adults is ranked 30th out of 142 countries
                – – Hungary is ranked the 8th – 22 places higher than the UK

                What did you say about proper universities making yourself not only a racist but a completely ignorant one?

                • “Very good to see you digging your hole ”

                  That is Weasel. I will translate. ” I never actually saw the post that I keep claiaming showed you were an anti semitic hater . I am sure it was anti semitic because someone definitely said it was .”

            • ” I and many others quoted it innumerable time”

              Yes well I can speak a little weasel myself ..enough to get by . So? No quote then?

          • Interesting approach of Antisemite Titterton, to make Antisemitism likeable, after the Holocaust.

            • “Antisemite Titterton ”

              Yes when I was a kid an anti semite was someone who hated and persecuted Jews. Now it is someone you disagree with on a site. At present my political view on the way forward is identical to some Israeli Cabinet ministers, I wonder if they would be surprised to learn that they were self haters…. if not actual antisemite/nazis and had not realised it.

              Anyway an update on Fiddler on the Roof..wow…I missed it as a kid ..wow …new respect for the Russian Jews ( I see Starsky is the Trotsky character.. hilarious! )

              • Yes when I was a kid an anti semite was someone who hated and persecuted Jews. Now it is someone you disagree with on a site
                So in your book disagreeing with a site includes accusing Israel with premeditated child murder – the classic blood-libel? Or “cracking jokes” about the child victims of the Holocaust? (I know they are only two of ten thousands posts – no need to repeat this idiotic mantra of yours).) An interesting new approach to the definition of anti-semitism….
                And I beg you don’t start with the crap that you accused the UK government with the same child murder… Saying that the British planned to murder Iraqi children is simply can be categorized as the witless rantings of an obviously mentally disturbed psychopathic hater/propagandist – saying the same about Israel knowing the history of well worn accusations against Jews known as blood-libel – is definitely anti-semitic. But why should you know/understand this with your four and half diplomas?

                • “accusing Israel with premeditated child murder ”

                  Again you do not use a quote and think that such a weak accusation can hold water. When a modern airforce attacks a city children will die. We have known this since WW1. When we planned to attack Baghdad we were planning to kill children. If there is a reasonable excuse then it is not murder . I will never have accused the IDF of murder but it is hardly Horatio on the bridge is it?

                  During the Gaza war feelings were high I may have implied it . The guy “Canadian Jew” called Rachel Corrie an “airhead” I nearly had a stroke !

                  “Or “cracking jokes” about the child victims of the Holocaust”

                  Now here you use ” quotation marks ” in the correct sense in that there was never a joke far less jokes .Some of the words are in the right order but a quotation or a link would clear up the matter.

                  All in all you have managed to avoid saying how you felt about a girl driven to travel 5k miles for a cause and being killed by a bulldozer. Lets talk about something else ?

                • Again you do not use a quote and think that such a weak accusation can hold water.
                  Thankfully your post containing it has been deleted. Are you denying it?
                  But no worries I can quote your pearl of a blood-libel:
                  That is why when we decided to attack Iraq we were planning to kill thousands of children .The hundred or so children’s deaths in Gaza were planned as well.
                  If there is a reasonable excuse then it is not murder. I will never have accused the IDF of murder but it is hardly Horatio on the bridge is it?
                  No it isn’t Horatio on the bridge but rockets on Sderot. Is this not a reasonable excuse?
                  When we planned to attack Baghdad we were planning to kill children.
                  The dumbest allegations of the XXI st century – and we are only at its fourteenth year.
                  The guy “Canadian Jew” called Rachel Corrie an “airhead” I nearly had a stroke !
                  Only nearly? What a pity… Canadian jew was too generous. Rachel Corrie was a brainwashed ignorant and pretty stupid young girl with serious emotional difficulties whose naivete has been exploited by her ISM colleagues ant their Hamas comrades in arms.
                  …that there was never a joke far less jokes
                  Interestingly when others challenged you about your disgusting shit then you yourself said that you just “cracked a joke”. With four and a half diplomas you should remember your lies better.
                  All in all you have managed to avoid saying how you felt about a girl driven to travel 5k miles for a cause and being killed by a bulldozer.
                  I felt exactly the same what I felt hearing about the death of any other unlucky and brainwashed persons who is ready to travel 5k miles to harm Israelis. But I – not like your kind of mild mannered socialists wouldn’t be happy hearing about the death of an enemy who obviously was too dumb to understand that she was only a proxy and her handlers laughed all their ways to the bank.

                • .”That is why when we decided to attack Iraq we were planning to kill thousands of children ( same for Gaza ) .”

                  You call this blood libel? You are losing perspective . Are you saying we dont consider casualties before any action? Some clever dick guy from the Intelligence corps could say exactly how many will die given previous encounters i.e….how many we are planning to kill Why do you cringe away from reality? Not ashamed are you?

                  When we plan to attack cities we are planning to kill children .How on earth can you argue with that ?

                • Good to know that the laureate of a proper British uni after getting four diplomas simply doesn’t know the English language. When you allege in one sentence that Israel planned to kill children – you mean or not – everybody will understand that you accuse Israel that its intentions were to kill children during the attack against Gaza. Otherwise you could have written that before the attack military planners estimated the number of civilian/children victims and they considered this number acceptable taking into account the estimated damage to Israeli civilians/children lives due lack of any action or the potentially larger number of civilian/children victims if they choose an other course.
                  An interesting question berchmans: A proper British uni doesn’t require the most basic English language skills from its students – not after four diploma but before getting accepted as an undergraduate? Now I start understand why the UK is in the 30th place on the OECD list of education quality…

                • ” you accuse Israel that its intentions were to kill children ”

                  They planned to attack a city. They know children will die. We have known this since aeriel bombardments started .They take steps to avoid killing children but know from past experience that children will die anyway tied round extremists as personal body shields, possibly by falling masonry etc etc.They attack …they attack knowing children will die and lo and behold children die.

                  They would prefer to kill adult terrorists but children die as well. They, like us in Iraq plan to kill as few as possible but the ones who die have had their deaths planned. I dont get why this bothers you. In Iraq we planned to kill thousands of children. It was a great success.

                • Very good to see you digging your hole deeper and deeper berchmans. Instead of you I would reclaim not only the money you paid to your obviously utterly incompetent and abysmally low level alma mater but the sum your parents paid for your kindergarten education. probably – after reading your opuses here – they want revoke your diploma anyway …

                • Webbsite:

                  “They planned to attack a city. They know children will die. We have known this since aeriel bombardments started .They take steps to avoid killing children but know from past experience that children will die anyway tied round extremists as personal body shields, possibly by falling masonry etc etc.They attack …they attack knowing children will die and lo and behold children die. ”

                  Nice of you to suggest our options.
                  Maybe lay down and die sounds good to you from the safety of Scotland but I don’t think it sounds good in Sderot.
                  But at least we know what you oppose.

              • “Yes when I was a kid an anti semite was someone who hated and persecuted Jews. Now it is someone you disagree with on a site.”…

                No today it is someone who lie and demonize Jews in the pretence that he only hate zionist.

                • “someone who lie and demonize Jews in the pretence that he only hate zionist.”

                  You are using a standard format template and clearly have never read a post I have ever sent.I am a Zionist .

  4. Shameless blog particular this idiot called Andy Gill blaming Corrie’s parents of exploiting ther daughter’s death. I do not think even many Zionists would be proud of this blog.

    • “Shameless blog..”
      Are you referring to the ‘blog’ as a whole or this particular article?
      In either case why do you feel it is ‘shameless’?

      “..this idiot called Andy Gill..”
      Whether you agree or disagree with Andy’s opinion, what justification is there for you calling Andy an idiot?

    • Thanks Jim. It’s always a pleasure to enrage people like you.

      Rachel Corrie was a fanatic. I never knew her personally, so her accidental death means nothing to me. I just wish her parents would cease and desist form their unseemly and unnecessary campaigning.

      The courts have repeatedly ruled against their attempts to blame Israel, sue the bulldozer manufacturer etc. There is no more information to come out. The Rachel Corrie industry is simply a continuing publicity stunt.

    • It makes them celebrity martyrs for racist “human rights” poseurs. Corrie’s death was accidental as you know – at least on Israel’s part – and was sent there only after her brain had been through 3 complete wash and spin cycles.

  5. So they are white and gentile does that make them a justified target of the IDF bullies?
    Not exactly Jimmy but almost. What you call IDF bullies are the soldiers of the IDF whose absolutely legitimate task to protect Israeli civilians from persons whose intention to hurt them, white, gentile, black and Jewish and anything in between.
    BTW they weren’t the target of the IDF, they put themselves in harms’ way by cooperating with Hamas terrorist.

  6. Hurndall was trying to protect Palestinian children when he was shot by the IDF soldiers – It did not happen in Israel but in the occupied Palestine – so which Israelis were they defending? Corrie was driven over by an IDF bulldozer that had come to bring another Palestinian house down again not in Israel but in occupied Palestine – so which Israelis were they defending. It is the Palestinians who need to be defended against the bullies of the IDF – I suppose anyone who stands up to the bullies puts themselves in harms’ way –

    • Jimmy your completely irrelevant bullshiting about the Palestinian children and occupied Palestine may give you the badly needed valve to vent your frustration caused by the complete lack of any professional, social, educational and marital achievements, but luckily I’m not in the business of treating your obviously very serious mental and psychological problems. Seek the help of a professional, I’m not interested and not qualified to help you.

    • Jimbo:

      “Hurndall was trying to protect Palestinian children when he was shot by the IDF soldiers”

      Let me stop you right there. He was shot by a singal soldier not by many.
      Correct your mistakes and then maybe people will agree with you.

  7. Peter you farted something must have touched the raw nerve – You are findng it hard to sell the lies – Perhaps even you find it difficult to believe that Hurndall was endangeriing Israeli lives in Tel Aviv when he went to protect the young Palestininan child and needed to be shot. The truth is obvious to the whole world – except to the few Zionists who are today more isolated than at anytime since the start of the ZIonist project in Palestine –

    • I’m saying this as politely as possible: you are nowhere near intelligent or diseased enough to carry the “obvious to the whole world” mantle. Can’t carry it. It’s Hard Left revisionist wishing well tripe no matter who says it, but a Noam Chomsky (who is smart) or a Mark Glenn (who’s a psycho) can make it fit their persona. Your posts don’t fit in either of those areas. You’re just a boring schmuck who fails lunch as an activist.

    • Jimmy gnawing your rug (popularly known as Teppichfressing) is very bad for your teeth and will take you nowhere. The nurse will be angry…

    • The truth is obvious to the whole world – except to the few Zionists who are today more isolated than at anytime since the start of the ZIonist project in Palestine –

      Who are those few Zionists? 6 million Israelis? and many more Jews out side of Israel.