Days of Palestine

Saturday, April 1

20 Years Since Rachel Corrie’s Murder by Israeli Bulldozer in Besieged Gaza

M.S | DOP -

On this day in 2003, the Israeli occupation forces killed the American human rights activist, Rachel Corrie, by running over her with a bulldozer while she was confronting her, refusing the Israeli occupation’s demolition of the homes of Palestinian citizens in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Curie was born on April 10, 1979, in Olympia, Washington. She spent most of her life defending the rights of the Palestinians and went to the Gaza Strip as part of the global solidarity movement in 2003.

She was known for her love of peace and her defense of the rights of Palestinians to live in peace, and she broadcast many video messages in about Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.

On the 16th of March, the activist put on her orange coat and approached one of the Israeli bulldozers holding a loudspeaker in an attempt to prevent them from demolishing the house of a Palestinian citizen and leveling agricultural lands in the Al-Salam neighborhood in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Though, it ran her over.

The name Rachel Corrie was immortalized in the world, as it was launched on an Irish aid ship to the Gaza Strip, and many films about the suffering of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were published in her name.

Her family filed a civil lawsuit against the Israeli occupation, but the Israeli court acquitted her killer in 2013, “under the pretext that it had reached a conclusion indicating that there was no negligence on the part of the bulldozer driver and that he had not seen her before she was run over.”