Who’s Afraid of Rachel Corrie?


Rachel Corrie
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Well, it seems that the New York theatre community is given the decision to censor the production of the play My Name Is Rachel Corrie, which is based on Corrie’s diaries composed before and during her death by a Catipillar bulldozer in Rafah, Ghaza while attempting to prevent Israel from destroying the Nasrallah family’s home. To read more about this controversy see Vanessa Redgrave’s recent article on the subject.

There’s also a website, Rachel’s Words, where you can sign a petition and also read through postings on the subject, from its successful run in London to the recent fiasco in New York City. Given that the 3rd anniversary of her death is coming up this week, on March 16th, many people are organizing various activities and this is a good place to check in to see what’s happening in your area or to get ideas about organizing a memorial or participate in the campaign to stage this play.

Salam–

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3 thoughts on “Who’s Afraid of Rachel Corrie?

  1. I cannot find words to describe Rachel’s sacrifice. I think many Arabs would not even come close in standing for Palestinians’ rights.

  2. I think that Rachel Corrie was an idealist who fought (and eventually died) promoting what she believed in. However, I do not believe that she was killed by the Israeli government. Imagine that you are in a construction vehicle. You are surrounded by protestors. On the other side of the thick & quite dirty plate glass, there is a single person kneeling (and the consensus from eyewitnesses IS that she was kneeling, despite the uncorroborated report of ISM activist Joseph Smith) in from of your vehicle. It is easy to believe that the Caterpillar driver did not see Rachel Corrie. But why would Israel wander around the West Bank purposefully killing protestors who are likely to be British or American nationals? The Israelis are not fools; they know that this would only hurt them, at no benefit to themselves. I see this as a tragic accident that killed a good woman; nothing more, nothing less.

  3. “I see this as a tragic accident that killed a good woman; nothing more, nothing less” The Dark Provost said.

    I don’t agree with you. May be the Caterpillar driver did not see Rachel Corrie,But definitely Rachel Corrie chosen not to run away from the Caterpillar ( noting that such a vehicle is very slow).

    Ahmad

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