'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Monday, April 25, 2005

My Name is Rachel Corrie 

Rafah Pundits responds to the coverage the Rachel Corrie play has received from the "foaming at the mouth brigade":

There is nothing stopping anyone, anywhere, making a play commemorating or remembering the lives of Rachel Levy, Rachel Thaler, Rachel Levi, Rachel Gavish, Rachel Charhi and Rachel Shabo all of whom were tragic innocent victimes of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Unlike Rachel Corrie though they were simply going about their daily business, in a supermarket, a pizza parlour on a bus, etc when their lives were brutally cut short.

Rachel Corrie on the other hand travelled thousands of miles and deliberately put herself in the way of what killed her because she believed it was the right thing to do. Many people may disagree with what Rachel did or scorn her reasons for going but Rachel chose to put herself in harms way to defend people she felt were uncapable of defending themsleves and she paid for having the courage of her convictions with her life. Some may regard her as a saint, others as the devil incarnate but she most certainly qualifies as a martyr.

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