Rachel Corrie: Remembering the woman behind the ship
Now the Israeli government has peacefully seized another ship headed to aid Gaza, named the Rachel Corrie. The naming of the ship was strategic — to remind people around the world about what is a mostly forgotten death in 2003, and a moniker that has blossomed into a rallying cry for advocates of Palestinians.
This was how the Los Angeles Times covered the story in 2003:
At 23, Rachel Corrie was the kind of person many people dream of becoming someday: passionate, creative, giving, courageous to the point of risking her life for a just cause. One-on-one, friends say, she was as soft as a petal.
Which makes the circumstances of her death — crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer on Sunday — all the more brutal for the stunned circle of family and friends she leaves behind …
If a brief mention in the major newspapers seemed to be the fate of Corrie’s memory, it was not. As her memorial site will attest, her story has only grown throughout the years. Today, it might find a whole new level — which was the point of the ship’s name.
Corrie once wrote to her mother:
I look forward to increasing numbers of middle-class privileged people like you and me becoming aware of the structures that support our privilege and beginning to support the work of those who aren’t privileged to dismantle those structures.
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