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Rachel Corrie, CODEPINK and the Persistence of Memory

I just received an email from CODEPINK, which I have posted below so you can all read it and access the links they provided.

10 years ago I, along with a lot of other people, was shocked, horrified and dismayed to hear that a man driving a bulldozer-in the process of bulldozing Palestinian peoples houses to make way for a “security wall” had purposefully run over and killed a young American woman who was in Palestine as a Peace Witness, Rachel Corrie.

I have never understood how bulldozing houses that people are living in can be allowed in a so called civilized country. I never understood why the horrors of occupation can go on for so long and the majority of people worldwide simply turn away and ignore it. Here in St Petersburg we have a Holocaust Museum, and the oft repeated refrain of “Never Again” is applied to such treatment of human beings-while it goes on every day in Palestine.

How can that be? How can people say it is wrong to treat people as tho they have no right to safety, dignity or decency and ignore it happening right now?

As usual, when the courageous young woman was murdered, it was swept under the rug, excuses were made and the bulldozer driver faced no punishment. The country of the murdered girl made no diplomatic sanctions on the country where she was murdered, no ultimatum, no fine or anything to acknowledge the value of her young life, summarily snuffed out.

It is true however of Rachel Corrie, what Robin Hood once said about another hero, in another age. She “Is not forgotten, Nothing is ever forgotten.”

The Universe has a long memory, every particle that has ever been in contact(if you believe the Big Bang theory that would mean EVERY particle there is) remembers that contact and is able to affect every other particle it was once in contact with.

That is a really long winded way of saying that everything is always connected, All Is One.

So, like all those whose names we do not know, whose lives have been stolen by oppressive regimes with their endless excuses down thru history into the present-from the small dark haired people whose descendants still live in Brittany, Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland and Wales mixed among the waves of conquerors starting with the fabled Celts, to the Calusa, the Blackfoot, the Shoshone and Anishinaabe, the Maya, Aymara, Tupa, Maori and a thousand more, to those in Palestine today; Rachel Corrie is not forgotten.

Her name, and all of theirs are written in flames in the heart of the world and very soon those flames will burn away the vestiges of the system of power over that made such oppression possible.

If you want to add kindling, to fan the flames or maybe pour some gasoline on;-) then click the links below, read more about what is really going on, and get involved in whatever way works for you.

Oppression and murder of those who stand against it are wrong-no matter who is the oppressor, and who the victim.

When we the people of the Earth stand united in our refusal to accept it, to stand by and passively watch or ignore as others are harmed and killed for someone’s monetary benefit (because that is ALWAYS why) then it will end.

Those who harm and those who ignore harm and allow it to go on, can never escape the truth of their actions, and inactions.

~~~~ Nothing is Ever Forgotten. ~~~~

President Obama is preparing for his visit to Israel on March 20th, just four days after the anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death. March 16, 2013 marks 10 years since the brutal killing of Rachel Corrie by a Caterpillar bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza, as she tried to prevent Israeli forces from demolishing a Palestinian home. As the Rachel Corrie Foundation marks the 10th anniversary of her death with a call to action, we urge people to continue her legacy by staying educated and engaged.

Staying educated can be as simple as watching a movie, such as the award-winning films 5 Broken Cameras or Budrus. Both cover the nonviolent resistance efforts in the West Bank and are conveniently available on Netflix.

Prefer to read? Learn the history of the conflict with Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, available for instant download on kindle. Stay current with Ben Ehrenreich’s article in the NYTimes, Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start? and Joseph Levine’s On Questioning the Jewish State.

In Rachel’s words, “The international media and our government are not going to tell us that we are effective, important, justified in our work, courageous, intelligent, valuable. We have to do that for each other, and one way we can do that is by continuing our work, visibly.” So let us now work together, stay educated and involved, and value each other’s work, to bring about justice in Palestine.

In loving solidarity,
CODEPINK

P.S.- Find an event near you to commemorate Rachel Corrie’s stand in Gaza, or create your own event and submit it to the Rachel Corrie Foundation.