Follow up on ISM and the death of Rachel Corrie
Excerpt from NGO Monitor April 10, 2003 5763 Nisan 8
The IDF has completed an exhaustive investigation of the death of Rachel
Corrie, and as the findings hardly matched the original "eyewitness reports"
of fellow ISM protestors, NGO Monitor thought it would be beneficial to
provide a brief follow up. As one may recall, Rachel Corrie, a 23 year old
American woman, was serving as an international peace protestor/human shield
with the Palestinian International Solidarity Movement when she was
allegedly killed by being run over by an IDF bulldozer.
First, it has been determined the "eyewitness report" that the world
received following the death of Corrie was fictional. The IDF performed a
complete and exhaustive investigation of the death and discovered the
following: 1) Corrie was not sitting in front of the bulldozer, but was
obstructed from it by a mound of earth; 2) She died not from being hit by
the bulldozer - apparently there was no contact between her and the
machine - but rather was hit by heavy building debris that the vehicle was
moving; 3) the bulldozer was not demolishing homes at all, but was
flattening out an area frequently used as a staging ground for terrorism and
arms smuggling, in order to increase Israel's ability to maintain security
control of the area. Judy Lash Balint of the Jerusalem Diaries prepared an
informative article documenting the discrepancies in the account.
Rachel Corrie, like so many other self-proclaimed peace activists and human
shields, had a very strong ideological "agenda" of hostility and anger.
Myles Kantor, a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and Director of the
Center for Free Emigration, a human rights organization dedicated to the
abolition of state enslavement, also provided an enlightening assessment of
the situation. He summed up Corrie's anti-American upbringing, including her
attendance at the leftist Evergreen college complete with a main area called
Red Square. He also noted that the ISM's online photo album includes a
member shaking hands with Yasser Arafat, and members leading protests in the
Middle East with signs such as "America, Stop Supporting Apartheid" and
"Ethnic Cleansing in Progress."
Israel has continually confronted ISM members over their cooperation with
terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Kantor emphasized
the bias and hypocrisy of this community, noting that while various NGO's
condemned the death of Corrie and called for an investigation in spite of
her controversial, flag burning ways, that murder of 24 year old Hebrew
University student Marla Bennett, also an American, at the hands of a Hamas
terrorist , went almost unnoticed among the same people.
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