“Hi Papa .. Don’t worry about me too much, right now I am most concerned that we are not being effective. I still don’t feel particularly at risk. Rafah has seemed calmer lately,” Rachel Corrie wrote to her father, Craig, from Rafah, a town located at the southern end of the Gaza Strip.
“Rachel’s last e-mail” was not dated on the Rachel Corrie Foundation website. It must have been written soon after her last email to her mother, Cindy, on February 28. She was killed by an Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003.
Immediately after her painful death, crushed beneath an Israeli army bulldozer, Rafah embraced her legacy as another “martyr” for Palestine. It was a befitting tribute to Rachel, who was born to a progressive family in the town of Olympia, itself a hub for anti-war and social justice activism. But Olympia is also the capital of Washington State. Politicians here can be as callous, morally flexible and pro-Israel as any other seats of government in the U.S., where sharply dressed men and women jockey for power and influence. Ten years after Rachel’s death, the U.S. government is yet to hold Israel to account. Neither is justice expected anytime soon.
Rafah’s agony and ‘martyrs’
It all sounded that demolishing homes as a form of collective punishment was just another ‘reasonable’ act, deserving of legal protection. In fact, per Israeli occupation rules, it isRamzy Baroud