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American woman peace activist killed by IDF bulldozer in Gaza
by ha'aretz 4:07pm Sun Mar 16 '03

ISM activist killed by IOF bulldozer in Gaza
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Sunday, March 16, 2003 Adar2 12, 5763 Israel Time: 18:31 (GMT+2)







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American woman peace activist killed by IDF bulldozer in Gaza

By Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies




An American woman peace protester was killed Sunday by an IDF bulldozer, which ran her over during the demolition of a house at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

Another activist was wounded in the incident.

Rachel Corey, 23, from Olympia, Washington, was killed when she ran in front of the bulldozer to try to prevent it from destroying a house, doctors in Gaza said.

"Corey was killed in the al-Salam neighbourhood when an Israeli bulldozer covered her with sand as she stood in front of a bulldozer," said Dr Ali Musa, a doctor from the al-Najar hospital in the southern Gaza Strip.

He said she died from skull and chest fractures.

The IDF said it was checking the report.

Greg Schnabel, 28, from Chicago, said the protesters were in the house of Dr. Samir Masri.

"Rachel was alone in front of the house as we were trying to get them to stop," he said. "She waved for bulldozer to stop and waved. She fell down and the bulldozer kept going. We yelled 'stop, stop,' and the bulldozer didn't stop at all. It had completely run over her and then it reversed and ran back over her."

Since the start of the Intifada, groups of international protesters have gathered in several locations in territories, setting themselves up as "human shields" to try to stop IDF operations.

Corey was the first member of the groups, called "International Solidarity Movement," to be killed in the conflict. Schnabel said Corey was a student at Evergreen College and was to graduate this year.

He said there were eight protesters at the site, four from the United States and four from Great Britain. "We stay with families whose house is to be demolished," he told the Associated Press by telephone from Rafah after the incident.

www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/273457...

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CFL ALERT: ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES KILL AMERICAN WOMAN
by CITIZENS FOR FAIR LEGISLATION 6:48pm Sun Mar 16 '03
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CFL calls on all peace groups in the United States and around the world to contact congress and tell them that they must condemn this action and call for an investigation of Israeli policies in the occupied territories.
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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2003
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CFL ALERT: AMERICAN WOMAN KILLED BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES.

GO TO http://cflweb.org/congress_merge_.htm. AND SEND A LETTER NOW.

On 3/16/2003 an American woman in Gaza protesting the occupation was murdered after being run over by an Israeli bulldozer. Witnesses said Rachel Corey, from the state of Washington, was trying to stop a bulldozer from tearing down a building in Rafah, Palestine. A witness,Greg Schnabel, 28, from Chicago, said: "[Rachel Corey] waved for the bulldozer to stop. She fell down and the bulldozer kept going. We yelled 'stop, stop,' and the bulldozer didn't stop at all. It had completely run over her and then it reversed and ran back over her."

CFL calls on all peace groups in the United States and around the world to contact congress and tell them that they must condemn this action and call for an investigation of Israeli policies in the occupied territories.

Send a letter, make a phone call, let your voice be heard.

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TALKING POINTS:

* The death of Ms. Corey is one tragedy among thousands that are committed by Israel daily. The current administration refuses to prevent the murder and humiliation of Palestinians by the Israeli army. Demand that they speak out now that a fellow American has been killed by the Occupation forces.

* Israelis continuously try to harm citizens from the U.S. and from around the world who have stood side by side with peace minded Israelis and Palestinians to fight against the occupation. American citizens are turned away and put on return flights home as soon as they land in Ben Gurion airport. Others are imprisoned without representation. Many Americans who call their Embassy in Israel are faced with ridicule and indifference. Ask your Representatives why they are silent about such blatant disrespect of our country?

* Tell your elected officials that it is their duty to promote and protect the interests of Americans here and abroad and that those interests supersede the sordid relationship that many Congressmen and Senators have with Israeli politicians and lobby groups.

*Demand that Israel stop its racist treatment of Americans in Israel. Whether they are Palestinian-Americans visiting their families, or non Arab-Americans wishing to express solidarity with the Palestinians. Solidarity is not a crime, and we demand that our government protect American citizens in Israel by holding Israel accountable for their treatment. Don't let the death of Rachel Corey go without condemnation.

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Picture of Rachel Corey
by Reuters Newswire Service 8:17pm Sun Mar 16 '03

Picture of Rachel Corey

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Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others
by Rowan Berkeley 4:28pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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I wish I believed that this will cause a rumpus.

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Not every German was a Nazi, not every. . .
by Marx 4:47pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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Not every German was a Nazi, not every Jew is a Zionist. As a jew I feel that this barbarism needs to stop.

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by 4:48pm Sun Mar 16 '03
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Poor Rachel. IDF and NaZionists congratulations
for killing unarmed american citizens. America
WAKE UP you are under the rule of murderers
dressed as as pro-Israel lobby!!!. Your
bulldozers end up killing your citizens!!!

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Solidarity from Italy
by Tom 5:29pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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the terrible news was on the italian television.
The enragement is totale between the millions of
Italians that are fighting for peace and justice
[yesterday almnost a million demonstrated in
Milan]
Poor Israel , poor jewish people, how could you
sink so deep...

All solidarity with the ISM and with all people
that are fighting against war and terrorism,
firstly that of the political regimes in
countries as Israel, United States, Iraq and
everywhere!!

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Msg to a 'Good Jew'
by X 5:39pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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I fail to understand your logic. How is killing innocent peacfull people going to make the world a better place? Will you feel safer once you have exterminated all who do not see eye to eye with you?

How would you feel if your own ideas were directed at jews living outside of israel?

people like you only serve to propogate hatred.

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Who is Good Jew?
by edy 5:53pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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So who is good jew- one who wants to transform us into nazis or the one who wants to live here in the state of israel in peace with all other peoples in the region? Who gave you , "Good Jew", the right to speak in the name of all jewish nation. A am Jew, Israeli and Zionist. I want peace for my country and for my people, and the only way to achive it is to give up the territories and come back home ( 67).

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World Wide Solidarity
by World Wide Solidarity 6:13pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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My solidarity is with the palestinian People. The
state of Israel can never be justified. It´s a
state of violence, terror and opression. To many
people without faces has been killed in this
imperialistic low-intensity war. Let's hope that
the death of Rachel Corrie can make a difference
and that her face can give all the faceless dead
palestinians a face. It's sick that a life of a
american or a westerneuropean is more worth than
palestinian lifes.

In Sweden there will start a big boycot-Israel
campaign. Thoose Jaffa-fruits are grown with
blood and we will eat them no more. In Norway
there is a succesful boycot-campaign and you
can´t find Israelic fruits and other stuff in the
hole of Norway.

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ciao rachel
by italia 6:21pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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i am sorry and i hope peace for israel and
palestinesi

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Question
by Peace 6:53pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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Why i don't see so called "peace" activists riding the buses or visiting isreali malls in order to protect them from suicide murders ???

Posibly because they don't care about peace but they care about supporting terrorist asshols. So go ahead. Hope she will 72 virgins.

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by Anders 7:02pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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KPSS
hmm intresting if we changes some word like
"idf" to exempel "wit power" or watewer the
smal nazis cal theri orginaisation. And
antisemite to zog,
its sounds exaktly like wath the nazis is
writing...
isent what prety intresting?

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we love you Rachel
by Jamie 7:10pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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Rachel was a beloved member of our community in Olympia, Washinton. She was so mush more than this article and her photo reveal, and we will miss her smile, her courage, her talented writing terribly. However, I believe that she would have wanted this to shed light on the system of brutality that killed her and so many other innocent people. She was not anti-semetic, and those who defend the IDF's genocidal operations (or the U.S.'s military support) with the lame excuse that protesters are "anti-semetic" are only brutalizing themselves and the memory of others who died in all-too-recent, state sponsored genocidal campaigns. Or has 60 years been enough time to forget?

This is from one of her first emails home to Olympia from Rafah. "...Even then you are always well aware that your experience of it is not at all the reality: what with the difficulties the Israeli Army would face of they shot an unarmed US citizen, and with the fact that I have money to buy water when the army destroys wells, and the fact, of course, that I have the option of leaving. Nobody in my family has been shot, driving in their car, by a rocket launcher from a tower at the end of a major street in my hometown. I have a home. I am allowed to go see the ocean. Ostensibly it is still quite difficicult for me to be held for months or years on end without a trial (this because I am a white US citizen, as opposed to so many others). When I leave for school or work I can be relatively certain that there will not be a heavily armed soldier waiting half way between mud bay and downtown olympia at a checkpoint with the power to decide whether I can go about my business, and whether I can get home again when I'm done. So, if I feel outrage at arriving and entering briefly and incompletely into the world in which these children exist, I wonder conversely about how it would be for them to arrive in my world.

They know that children in the United States don't usually have their parents shot and sometimes get to see the ocean. But once you have seen the ocean and lived in a silent place, where water is taken for granted and not stolen in the night by bulldozers, and spent an evening when you didn't wonder if the walls of your home might suddenly fall inward waking you from your sleep, and met people who have never lost anyone-- once you have experienced the reality of a world that isn't surrounded by murderous towers, tanks, armed "settlements" and now a giant metal wall, I wonder if you can forgive the world for all the years of your childhood spent existing--just existing-- in resistance to the constant stranglehold of the worlds fourth largest military apparatus--backed by the worlds only superpower-- in its attempt to erase you from your home. That is something I wonder about these children. I wonder what would happen if they really knew."

We love you Rachel, and we'll try to honor your memory as best we can by continuing to fight for justice.

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Another example of leftists activists supporting terror
by KPSS 7:19pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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Fight for justice - you mean supporting suicide bombers?

this is the quote form the site of the organization that Rachel belong to: "As enshrined in international law and UN resolutions, we recognize the Palestinian right to resist Israeli violence and occupation via legitimate armed struggle."

So suicide bombers is legitimate struggle for leftists asshols.

Supporting a terrorists asshols has a price tag - death.

If you realy want peace you need to support both sides in finding a solution - not helping murders.

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to Anders
by KPSS 7:23pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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You know only one difference - jews in germany didn't blow up them self in sake of religion or just in sake of murder. Palestinian do that.

So what do you want peaceful solution for two people , or helping arabs to kill more jews?

I think you support killing more jews.
I think you support murders and their families.
I think you support international terror and dicatators like saddam , kim ir sen and arafat. i you lived in 30, you probable would have supported stalin.

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for all the leftists - the arab killed many more
by sambo 7:27pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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i'm very sorry for this poor and confused girl - what the hell did she do over there?
why don't you talk about the dozens of U.S citizens that were killed because of palestinian's attacks? those arab terrorists killed so many U.S citizens (just because they were jews) here in Israel and we didn't hear anything from you.
so do us a favour and shut up.

sambo

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she did it to herself
by goldberg 7:28pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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....it was her choice, why she and the others are helping these pieces of shit, who by the way cheered 9-11 is beyound me?she got what she had coming, now if the rest of her friends will join her.

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I am not surprised
by Noa 7:49pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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With the attitude like Sembo, Goldberg and KPPS, no wonder a lot of people dying.

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To Rachel Coreys Fmily, we feel your Pain:
by May solace be with you once gain: 7:51pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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Rachel Corey was crushed to death this Past weekend like the hundreds before her and the hundreds to come.
This Peaceful college student was about to graduate when she met a fateful death under a Zionist bulldozer( which was finanaced through her family's tax donations).
In the following year, This couragous student was to graduate from a Liberal Arts College and pursue her interests/ambitions further...
Her life was prematurely cut short when she selflessly put herself on the line to protect a Humble abode of a Palestinian Family.
May this graceful woman serve as a guiding light to us all wishing to put an end to this Senseless conflict and may she finally find the peace that was so absent on her last days on earth.
Rest In Peace,Rachel Corey, Amen.

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Kill all terrorism
by Soon 8:04pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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KPSS, your comment suggests that Rachel(RIP) was pro terrorists and therefore she deserved to be killed by Israel.
The only terrorst supporter is you and your fellow countrymen.

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Arthur Dent
by Arthur Dent 8:48pm Sun Mar 16 '03
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What's a human shield's favourite soft drink? Crush!

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"Mr Dent," he said.
"Hello? Yes?" said Arthur.
"Some factual information for you. Have you any
idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer
if I just let it roll straight over you?"
"How much?" said Arthur.
"None at all," said Mr. Prosser, and stormed
nervously off wondering why his brain was filled
with a thousand hairy horsemen all shouting at
him.

- Chapter One of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy," by Douglas Adams.

users2.ev1.net/~file13/blog/archive/2003...

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The buldozer is alive
by Zaphod 9:45pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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The buldozer is alive

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to Noa
by KPSS 10:37pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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It is you that support murder and death. We just want to live peacefull live.

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tragedy
by Alex 11:44pm Sun Mar 16 '03

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It is a great tragedy when an innocent person is killed. Israeli, Palestinian, American, Iraqi etc. It is time to forgive past deeds. We all support terrorism in some form. No innocent people should pay the price. A suicide bomber and an Israeli tank/bulldozer are the same. Non-violence is a means and and end. We mustn't seek peace through destruction.
Peace to you all

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To KPPS
by Noa 12:02am Mon Mar 17 '03

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You could have fooled me.

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"Dear" Mr. Edy
by Just Jew 12:05am Mon Mar 17 '03

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You only think you are Jew & a Zionist but
actually you are NOT!
Edy if you want to return home you are more than
welcome to pack your things & go back to
France/Belgium/Germany , that's the real home of
you & the other left-anti-semite psychos.
There is no Zionism without Zion!

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I for one, am a Jew- and NOT a zionist.
by marque 1:19am Mon Mar 17 '03

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And my ancestral homeland was western
Ukraine/Eastern Europe, where my ancesters lived
probably for about 1000 years or so, until they
were forced out by a racism that has never truly
been confronted, but which has been displaced,
with great injustice, onto another people,
arabbs, in another region - ie, Palestine.

And now a so-called Jewish state as killed
another civilian- this time a young American
woman- in a manner so vey reminiscent of the
cossacks from whom my grandparents fled,
resulting eventually in my being born on another
colonized territory- North America.

And Israel IS an issue of western colonialism-
and this young American woman is yet another
victim of that imperial colonialism as surely as
all the Palestinian women, children and men are
their victims, and as surely as those killed by
suicide bombers are also victims of the same
tragically stupid policy which ultimately
benefits very few.

It is inexcusable, and must end- WILL end
eventually, one way or another.


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Not the same thing
by j. robinson 1:39am Mon Mar 17 '03
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"A suicide bomber and an Israeli tank/bulldozer are the same."

This is not quite true. The Israeli bulldozer is a part of the state apparatus, which, in theory at least, represents the general will of all the citizens of Israel. By extension, all the people of Isreal killed Rachel, just as they all killed the thousands of Palestinians who have died in this intifada as well as in previous ones.

On the other hand, suicide bombers are individuals, and represent, if anyone, only other members of terrorist organizations. You might argue that the Palestinian Authority supports terrorism, and therefore has the same relationship with suicide bombers that the Israeli Government has with IDF members. The PA, however, is not a nation-state, and is not recognized as being representative of the Palestinian people.

The tactics of both are, in my mind, (as i sit here in the U$A, relatively safe from both bombs and bulldozers) reprehensible. The difference is that the Israeli actions come from a position of power and are motivated by the lust for power and greed for land of an occupying force. Those of suicide bombers come from a position of desparation and a desire to be left alone.

I cannot understand the actions of the IDF or the support given to it by the citizens of Israel. I do not endorse violence except in direct self-defense, but i likewise cannot understand the hopelessness the plight of the Palestinians must engender.

The most culpable entity in this conflict is the Israeli state, and if allegations of support for terrorists are true, then the Palestinian Authority's culpability is a distant second. The soilders and bombers are mere pawns, and should be pitied.

Down with the Israeli state! Freedom to the Palestinians!

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"Down with the state of Israel"
by Just a Simple Jew 1:48am Mon Mar 17 '03

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That sentence is summarizing your gencidical
intension about the jews of Israel. Behind all
the the words you wrote this "innocent" sentence
is revealing the truth behind the mask of
hypocrasy that you wear.

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Abigail Litle
by DaveS 1:56am Mon Mar 17 '03

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On March 5, Abigail Litle, 14, was killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing attack on a bus in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.

Where are the photos of Abigail?

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Dear David
by Lily 2:00am Mon Mar 17 '03

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Why don't you find it and publish it yourself? It is up to the readers to publish anything that is relevant. Don't wait for somebody else to do it for you.

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Rest in peace, Rachel
by Hali 2:02am Mon Mar 17 '03

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Dear Rachel, rest in peace. We will continue to work, in PEACE, for justice.

Love, Hali

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David you can find her photo here
by Just a Simple Jew 2:06am Mon Mar 17 '03

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http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/1,7340,L-2474514,00.html


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Rest In Peace
by FreeAlleyCat 3:24am Mon Mar 17 '03
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Rachel, brave heart, rest in peace, young sister. Your solidarity and courage will be remembered by those who love justice and freedom everywhere.

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Opposition to Fundamentalism and the State
by An Anarchist 3:46am Mon Mar 17 '03

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I don't think "Zionism" simply means having a
state for Jews anymoe. The state's been
established. The word now seems to mean a
specific attitude toward Palestinians.

There were people who could have been described
as "Zionists", like Albert Einstein and Emma
Goldman, who would have oppoed what happened in
1967 and later, certainly.

The problem right now is that people who believe
in freedom cannot possibly support Islamic
Fundamentalism or suicide bombers... but right
now the people with the monopoly of force and
power are the Israeli army in Israel/Palestine.
That's the only reason radical-minded people seem
to "Take sides with the Palestinians" so much.

Why do you assume that those of us who criticize
what is going on hate jews, or embrace Islamic
fundamentalism? Islamic Fundamentalism is as
right-wing and reprehensible as any conservative,
nationalist movement that gives Reason &
common-sense a back-seat to emotionalism,
cultural nationalism, and mystical beliefs held
above human rights and scientific evidence.

The suicide bombers SUCK... but how can they be
stopped? If we spend all our time condemning them
then the issue of where the Palestinians can live
isn't solved. We know that the bombings are not
happening for "no reason at all", and I don't
think people like Arafat can do much about it...
if Arafat or any other Palestinian leader
denounced them or opposed them with force, he'd
be ignored or even killed. Remember what happened
to Malcolm X and Sadat? I think they were
murdered by Islamic Fundamentalists because they
took a "soft line".

Islamic fundamentalism must be diffused,
certainly... but fundamentalism and any other
authoritarian, irrational ideology is fostered by
fear, uncertainty, poverty and displacement. You
would not have seen Pol Pot get so much power in
Cambodia if the country didn't have the shit
bombed out of it.

No matter how strong our countries, governments,
militaries may be, we simply cant "fuck with
people" all the time. If we do it too much then
attacks will come from direction we cant stop.
This is the problem with terrorism and why it
doesn't stop if the things causing it dont stop.
And people in power cant accept this because they
believe everything can be controlled, monitored,
measured.... and it can be solved with more
force. That isnt the case. You cant stop it.
Clinton couldnt stop the Oklahom City Bombing
after what happened at Waco. How could he?
Conservative white Christian Americans were
pissed off because of something Janet Reno did,
and you couldnt have stopped a terrorist act
unless you removed all freedoms Americans had -
and even then I doubt it would have been
stopped.

The Jews who are supporting the current
siutation.. are you crazy? You had the whole
world believeing you were a just, suffering,
honest and meak people after World War II... and
you're ruining that whole image. Cant you look
at other ways to deal with this? And if Jews
make themselves look bad and anti-jewish
sentiment gets stronger, then blacks, arabs,
gays, mentally ill people.. anyone "different"
will also be targetted in west and east european
countries when their economies get bad and the
corrupt leaders want some group to easily
scapegoat. When jews are attacked they are just
one group of many who will be attacked. All of us
will suffer.

Why cant you have a more international-oriented
perspective? Why? Stop thinking only of yourself.
It is NOT TRUE that the jews are all alone. Many
many people would help them if they are
persecuted. We see documentaries about what
happened in Europe when the church persecuted
jews, and what happened later when Hitler
destroyed them. We arent laughing.. we don't
think it's funny. We don't think they deserve it.
I imagine myself when I was brutaly beaten-up on
by bullies in school when I hear of jews being
treated like shit simply for being jews. Do you
think I don't care? Are you crazy?

But if you deal with social and political
problems with force.. in a clumsy heavy-handed
way, youre ruining everything. You give people a
reason to hate jews and then it helps foster a
general cultural instability in many places.

Arent there some secular Pelestinian groups that
don't approve of suicide bombing? If you live in
Israel and you are jewish, can't you talk to
them? Would it really be the end of the world if
you had friends who are Palestinians? Or even
family members? What if your daughter wanted to
marry one? Who CARES about all this "differences"
crap? You are human beings!

Please figure out how to work together!!! I live
in America and I dont want to die because of
something written in the bible or the torah or
the koran. This is CRAZY! We have to stop all of
this shit.

Please try to think differently than you usualy
think! Stop doing this! Stop!

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To ``an Anarchist``
by . 4:03am Mon Mar 17 '03

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The poster above is an obvious ZioNazi...

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Jewish Identity
by Rowan Berkeley 4:15am Mon Mar 17 '03

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If "the Jewish people" cared as much about Justice and Truth as they like to claim, then each of them, individually, would do as much research as I have done into the bases of "Jewish identity", and each of them, individually, would arrive if they were honest at the conclusion that there is not enough meat in "the Jewish heritage" to make it worth preserving.
notes:
(1) I am not "Jewish". My research was conducted during various (eventually abandoned) conversion courses.
(2) It is no longer the case that ceasing to be a "Jew" means conversion to christianity or islam or marxism or any other 'ism.
(3) consequently the term "assimilation" no longer has any clear meaning.
BITE THE BULLET, YOU HISTORICAL EXCEPTIONALISTS!

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Jewish Identity
by Rowan Berkeley 4:15am Mon Mar 17 '03

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If "the Jewish people" cared as much about Justice and Truth as they like to claim, then each of them, individually, would do as much research as I have done into the bases of "Jewish identity", and each of them, individually, would arrive if they were honest at the conclusion that there is not enough meat in "the Jewish heritage" to make it worth preserving.
notes:
(1) I am not "Jewish". My research was conducted during various (eventually abandoned) conversion courses.
(2) It is no longer the case that ceasing to be a "Jew" means conversion to christianity or islam or marxism or any other 'ism.
(3) consequently the term "assimilation" no longer has any clear meaning.
BITE THE BULLET, YOU HISTORICAL EXCEPTIONALISTS!

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sorry, I hit"refresh" at the wrong moment
by Rowan Berkeley 4:23am Mon Mar 17 '03

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didn't intend to submit twice.
I'm no Marxist, but I'm with the Yevsektsia on this one.Yup.

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another picture of Rachel
by Micha 6:01am Mon Mar 17 '03

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http://indymedia.org.il/article/52496

Rachel Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., a member
of the 'International Solidarity Movement,' burns
a mock U.S. flag during a rally in the southern
Gaza Strip (news - web sites) town of Rafah in
this Feb. 15, 2003 file photo

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Jewish Identity
by Edy 6:12am Mon Mar 17 '03

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There is nothing wrong with Jewish Identity as
long as I respect other people's Identities. I
was born and grew up in the USSR, I know what
antesemitism is. I also know what respect is.
Respect that gave me my non-jewish friends, and I
gave them.
To An Anarchist. The sad thing happened to
Zionism. It was uzurpated by apocaliptic
religious movement that has actually little to do
with original Judaism. All this cult of holy
places, tombs and dead is not Judaism at all.

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sad
by km 8:04am Mon Mar 17 '03

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this is truly a sad story. i really feel for this girl. this was a young woman who was only trying to better the world ; who was defending the seemingly defenseless. anyone who would slander her, i think, is beyond contempt.

i would like to know an unbiased account of this story. if anyone has one...

you cannot immediately jump on her reputation w/ a possibly incriminating photo or a call of 'antisemitic'.

in her heart, you know she was probably doing what she did for all the right reasons.

it truly sickens me to think that she was killed in a manner as reported--i want an unbiased account before i charge murder, tho.

despite all , you still also cannot downplay the suicide bombers & terrorism in israel any more than the opposite--this terrorism is NOT new, it IS stepped up--but NOT new --& israel will always have a right to try & stop this happening any way it can---think abt THAT happening in your town, w/ your mom/dad sister/bro child/grandchild having a shot at the game of russian roulette of these bombings...TERRORISM like THAT will only engender the response that is happening in what we can see--the bulldozings, etc...
this is not an enemy that can be assuaged, i dont think the extreme left understands that either,,,

palestinians should not be incited to violence by any means.
it is the embracing of it in the culture, for 50+ years now, that has contributed to their misery today & if the population roots it out---& if it given a fair chance to by the israelis--it can accomplish a state for itself.

what do you need to do in order for this to happen?
the change, ultimately, needs to be internal, & israelis are powerless in this aspect...
new pal leadership, hopefully, will help.


again, rest in peace rachel.

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Get out of the way or die
by USAF 1:08pm Mon Mar 17 '03

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Anti-War Protesters Beware
By Associated Press
Associated Press | March 17, 2003


Security forces at Vandenberg Air Force Base may
use ``deadly force'' against protesters if they
infiltrate the military complex if a war starts,
officials said.
Some anti-war activists plan to trespass onto
base grounds in hopes of disturbing Vandenberg's
mission and to vandalize sensitive equipment they
contend helps guide the war effort.

Vandenberg officials revealed Friday that
military security police may shoot to kill, if
necessary, to protect base residents and
machinery.

The directive has always been in existence, but a
base spokeswoman said it is more critical now
that people understand its severity.

``This is not fun and games anymore,'' said Maj.
Stacee Bako. ``We're living in post 9/11. We
don't know what's going to happen with the war
effort in Iraq. These folks have got to realize
their actions. ... They're illegal intruders.''

Military police will use their ``judgment,
experience and training'' to determine if lethal
force is necessary, she said.

``Deadly force can be used when lesser means of
force aren't feasible or have failed, and to
protect (Department of Defense) assets designated
as vital to the national security,'' she
explained.

The deadly force policy will not deter
protesters, said Peter Lumsdaine of the
Vandenberg Action Coalition, one of the
organizers of the planned trespassing.

``I think it does underline that people in the
nonviolent resistance movement are willing to
take some risks,'' Lumsdaine said.

A Guadalupe man jumped onto the base's entrance
sign Friday and sprayed it with 4 ounces of his
own blood in a symbolic gesture of his anti-war
stance. Dennis Apel, 52, later pleaded guilty to
misdemeanor counts of trespassing and vandalism.
He will be sentenced next month in a Santa
Barbara federal court and faces a possible jail
sentence or fine.

``We wanted them to see some blood,'' said Apel,
a member of Guadalupe Catholic Worker, a social
reform movement. ``We wanted them to in some way
visually experience the consequences of what
they're doing.''

Vandenberg has been on heightened alert since the
2001 terrorist attacks, with barricades near
sensitive equipment and tighter access to the
classified installation.

Bako said the security measures, including the
deadly force decree, are necessary because of the
threat of biological weapons.

``It's impossible for us to determine what their
intent is,'' she said. ``Are they protesters? Are
there terrorists in that group and (do) they plan
on killing everyone on base? They all have to be
dealt with as very specific threats, whether
they're vandalizing a sign, crossing the green
(no trespassing) line or infiltrating the
backcountry.''

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Good riddance
by Daniel 5:22pm Mon Mar 17 '03

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She should not have been there in the first place .. it is partially her own fault - if you go to violent places, you are bound to be injured.

However, Israel should boot everyone of this misguided idealists (at best) or rabid anti-Semites out of the country. I have little sympathy for them. There are two dozen conflicts in the world far far more brutal and long lasting than this one, and nobody gives a damn. Fuckign hypocrites and antisemites.

She was not murdered, it was more likely an accident (have you ever asked yourself: what possible good can come from murdering an American peace activist, you brainless anti-Israeli morons? Sheesh .. but anything is good enough to smeer Israel).

She died, and that is a tragedy. But she died, because she was used, used like the Palastinians are used for a decade-long war against Israel on all fronts.

May she rest in peace, Rachel. That much emphathy I have because you were a victim - not of Israel, but of systematic brainwashing against an embattled state.

For the rest, and the ISM, the supporters and apologist for suicide bombers, murderers, and so on .. you all can go to hell.

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you'll be missed by so many, Rachel
by brian d 7:23pm Mon Mar 17 '03

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well this is shocking, I can't remember the last
time a friend or aquantance of mine has died. at
least she died in struggle defending the less
privelaged.

I remember Rachel was a very fun person, had made
many many friends in Olympia, both growing up in
Olympia and going to school at Evergreen. without
question she touched hundreds, maybe thousands

I don't think this was an accident. unlike many
of you posting things here I happen to believe
some in the Israeli military are reckless
BASTARDS.
According to the UK Guardian:

"An Israeli army bulldozer crushed an American
peace activist to death in the Gaza Strip
yesterday in what witnesses described as a
deliberate killing. Rachel Corrie, 23, died as
she attempted to prevent the military destroying
homes in the Rafah refugee camp, one of the most
dangerous in the occupied territories. "

"She was standing on top of a pile of earth,"
said another activist, Richard Purssell, who was
a few feet away. "The driver cannot have failed
to see her. As the blade pushed the pile, the
earth rose up. Rachel slid down the pile. It
looks as if she got her foot caught. The driver
didn't slow down; he just ran over her. Then he
reversed the bulldozer back over her again. She
was very courageous."

to all of you who are slandering Rachel on this
site I say screw the lot of you. She was not
anti-semetic and neither am I for saying she died
a brave soul. Maybe it's where I am from
(WAstate) but I don't understand the firey rage
that builds up in some people when Israel is
criticized or resisted, as they keep an apartheid
going on the Palestinians. Likewise I don't
understand the firey rage of anti-semites but I
think I can safely say that has nothing to do
with this particular incident.

Hopefully some good can come out of this. I'm
going to contact my representatives and tell them
to put more pressure on Israel to stop
TERRORIZING the Palestinians. the ratio of
palestinian deaths to Israelis in the last 2
years: 3 to 1.
At least she has shown the rest of the world that
there ARE Americans out there who give a damn
about those who are being oppressed with the help
of American military support, at a time when the
rest of the world is beginning to truly hate us
for such a crooked foreign policy.

other stories:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/16/rafah.death/index.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,915725,00.html

http://www.webactive.com/
(here Democracy Now! will probably have a show
about this today, with a link to the realplayer
recording)

www.mediaisland.org

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Poor Rachel
by Mork 9:14pm Mon Mar 17 '03

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Poor well meaning Rachel was too stupid to realize that if you go into a war zone and stand in front of a tank or bulldozer, you're liable to get runned over.

She should have confined herself to supporting those helping homocide bombers and smuggling weapons in their homes, and stayed out of the IDF's way on the street.

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such ugly comments
by km 2:02am Tue Mar 18 '03

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how vile!

do you people really think this girl should be reviled? and equated with terrorism? dragged through the mud again as if she were helping terrorists? you KNOW she as not, you pricks!! there is a distinction, you bastards, & you know it.

how sick of you all. shame on you, on your mothers for bringing up such filthy specimens...

she burned an american flag--our right as americans, to do so, as free people , as a political statement--i wouldnt do it, but screw anyone for equating that with traitor-ism, you dont deserve to be american & if you arent & are just inciting people, screw you twice!

it seems to be that she went there on humanitarian basis, if she got swept up in the polotics, what do you expect from a young person?? that's no reason to be KILLED.

protesting--she had a RIGHT to be protesting there--it is american $$$$ that keep israel running --HER tax dollars--& that keep the idf in top condition.

her right was absolute.

& sorry, fucking SORRY, but American citizens should be treated with exemplary respect by all israeli agencies, even the idf, because of all i stated & our friendly ties--& she WAS an american citizen, NO excuses....

no one deserves to be killed for using non-violent methods of protest either--whjat kind of twisted bullshit is THAT???

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HURRAY MORK!
by that Dr. KM hates :) 5:03am Tue Mar 18 '03

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Hey Mork,

Don't pay any attention to that dummy. She is too busy being self rightuous with her arts 'n farts degree telling the world how they SHOULD think.

It's too bad that a young woman had to be filled with anti-semitic propagana through CNN ... maybe she'd be living a life that a normal 23 should be living? Or at least fighting a cause with some substance to it!

TO KM: Too bad you are just a fuckin' dummy :) lol

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Really Nothing Wrong with Jewish Identity?
by Rowan Berkeley 9:06am Tue Mar 18 '03

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I have argued as a would-have-been ex-convert that, just as I decided after in-depth study that it wasn't worth BECOMING a Jew, so a point can come when people who were born Jewish may decide it is no longer worth going on BEING one.
Someone who says he grew up as a Jew in Russia and hence knows anti-Semitism challenges my argument above. I expect he picked up on my semi-jocose reference to the Yevsektsia. For those who don't know, this was an organisation of communists of Jewish origin set up by the Bolsheviks to attempt to wean Soviet Jews away from their heritage of ethnic exclusivism after the Revolution.
I choose my words with care.
And in case any chicken-hawks are reading this (obviously some do, because they leave hate-filled comments), let me say that I am not a Marxist but a Spinozist and politically a centrist...

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rest in peace Rachel
by Leo 7:33pm Tue Mar 18 '03

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I must say I see a trend in this forum: well written sensible comments expressing support for Rachel and disgust for IDF's recklessness with human lives versus illiterate and ignorant outbursts of hate (from "Mork" etc).

j. robinson, I totally agree with you! It sickens me that a supposedly civilized democracy such as Israel oppresses a large portion of it's own population and resort to medieval-style collective punishment! If a palestinian individual commits an atrocity IDF makes sure all palestinians pay for it.

I'm very happy to read such well put comments from americans, I suppose I'm a bit prejudiced, sorry for that. Americans are often portrayed as stupid, violent nationalists (sometimes even christian fanatics...) in swedish media. Gotta love the internet! It's easy to forget that nationality means nothing, humans are humans.

And by the way "Just a Simple Jew", opposing the state of Israel in it's current shape is not the same thing as opposing the people of Israel.

Peace and love to you all.

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