Corrie was a 23-year old American
University student in Washington state,
USA, who went to Palestine and tried to
stop the killing of Palestinians and the
illegal destruction of their homes. Her
murderer has still not been
Toronto, Canada, May 8,
is the outrage over activist's
ON April 9, nearly a
month after American peace activist
Rachel Corrie, 23, met a gruesome
end beneath an armoured Israeli bulldozer,
the Jerusalem Post noted that the
international media were "surprisingly"
mute about her fate which,
depending on your view of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was
either murder, a "regrettable accident,"
or "suicide by bulldozer."
websites gloat about a cruel
nominate the Bulldozer for the
Nobel Peace Prize! It improved
society; and now with blood on
its hands, I mean blade, it'll
fit in with past recipients such
as: Terrorfat, Mandela, Carter."
where she's known as "the flat
'bout we all get together at
Rachel's grave and stage a
vomit-in on it?"
hope that Rachel's parents read
this site. I just want to say hi;
and that at least you have the
knowledge that she died
While the death meant "bad press for
Israel," Erik Schechter wrote, it
had "not yet generated the political
firestorm that ensued, in October, 2000,
after the death of Muhammad
al-Dura, the 12-year-old killed in a
Gaza clash between Israeli soldiers and
"This might be due to the world's
preoccupation with the war in Iraq, which
began four days after Corrie's death," he
continued. "Two or three more American
deaths might just peek out from behind the
Since Corrie's death, two of her fellow
members of the International Solidarity
Movement also met grisly fates. American
Brian Avery, 24, had his face shot
off by Israel Defence Forces and Briton
Thomas Hurndall, 21, is clinically
dead after he took a bullet to the head.
This week, a British cameraman was shot
dead as well, adding to the string of
journalists who have been killed in Israel
in recent years.
So where is the outrage?
After a flurry
of headlines in the days after her
death, virtual silence, at least in the
mainstream news organs. Her memorial
service, broken up by Israeli forces,
got scant notice in the U.S. There's
been no word on Israel's investigation
into her death. Meanwhile, a
resolution, introduced by her
congressman, calling on Washington to
conduct a "full, fair and expeditious
investigation" goes ignored.
Was Corrie's death media collateral
damage, forgotten in the bombing of
Baghdad, Jessica Lynch, SARS,
Laci Peterson and other news? Was
she political fallout, best left
unmentioned by a U.S. on the cusp of war?
Is the world simply tired of the carnage
in Israel, where thousands of civilians,
Israeli and Palestinian, men, women and
children, have been killed since the
second intifada broke out in 2000? Or is
something else at play here?
As American conservative columnist
Charley Reese wrote last month,
Corrie was victimized "by a news media so
adamantly determined to play the three
monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak
no evil) when it comes to Israel. After
all, merely telling the truth will get you
labelled an anti-Semite.'
And he should know, as he has been
labelled just that many a time, especially
by such media activism groups such as the
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East
Reporting in America.
threatened to sue me but never followed
through.) But I won't dwell on that here
except to note that they portray Corrie as
having been out to "justify
Bad enough that Corrie was crushed to
death, but now she is being buried again,
a victim of media neglect and Blogistani
justice. Cruise the net and you'll find
many Likudnik hardline blogs, or web logs,
and web forums, where Corrie has been
"I nominate the Bulldozer for the Nobel
Peace Prize! It improved society; and
now with blood on its hands, I mean
blade, it'll fit in with past
recipients such as: Terrorfat, Mandela,
Carter." On littlegreenfootballs.com,
where she's known as "the flat bitch:"
"How 'bout we all get together at
Rachel's grave and stage a vomit-in on
it?" while on usefulwork.com, "I hope
that Rachel's parents read this site. I
just want to say hi; and that at least
you have the knowledge that she died
Reading sites, where Arabs and Muslims
are described in the most hateful terms, I
can't help but wonder what the reaction
would be if they referred to other
minorities in similar ways. But to go on
about that would dull my point.
Last week, Israel's Ha'aretz reported
the IDF has "declared war on ISM members."
This week it was revealed that two British
suicide bombers, one of whom blew himself
up in a Tel Aviv bar last week, attended
Corrie's memorial service. Despite ISM
denials that the terrorists - one escaped
- had anything to do with their peace
group, ISM members are to be deported.
And so, in yet another way, the world's
eyes on the Occupied Territories are
Jerusalem Post was wrong and Reese got it
There are some stories to which the
media are deaf, dumb and blind.
Zerbisias appears every Thursday..
body, still in her bright red jacket, lies
crushed, while her stunned co-workers look
Bulldozer Kills U.S. Woman, 23
The Israeli Army Bulldozer driver's
Corrie's last Email home