Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rachel Corrie Verdict in Israel

Hat tip Commentary Magazine

The Corries, Yasser Arafat and a portrait of Rachel Corrie
(Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers)

In the below article by Johnathan Tobin, he comments on this week's verdict in Israel that the lawsuit brought by the activist parents of Rachel Corrie had no merit. The Corries were suing Israel over the accidental death of their daughter, Rachel Corrie, who was killed when she tried to block an Israeli army bulldozer from demolishing a house linked to Palestinian terror attacks. The court ruled that the death was an accident caused by Corrie's own reckless actions.

The Corries have previously spoken at UC Irvine on behalf of the UCI Muslim Student Union. They are continuing their misguided daughter's campaign against the state of Israel in concert with the International Solidarity Movement and others who seek to destroy the Jewish stae.

Rachel Corrie was one of those young Westerners who was dragged in by the International Solidarity Movement to engage in activism and protests against Israel.

It should also be mentioned here that the ISM has its fingerprints all over the Olive Tree Initiative, that UC-Irvine-created venture that sends UC students to Israel and the West Bank to gain a "balanced" perspective on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In reality, it is anything but balanced. One of the founders of the ISM, George  Rishmawi, is one of the favored tour guides for the OTI. Here is what he had to say about Westerners who come to the Middle East to agitate against Israel:

"In July of 2004, the San Francisco Chronicle reported:
        "Rishmawi said the ISM’s main purpose is to increase international awareness of Palestinian suffering through the involvement of foreign activists, who pay their own way to the West Bank, where they are trained in various methods of nonviolent direct action"
“When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested anymore,” Rishmawi said. “But if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice.”
(Hat tip Ha Emet)

In my opinion, the Israeli verdict was correct. The death of Rachel Corrie, tragic as it was, should serve as a a wake-up call, not an inspiration, for gullible young Westerners who are being swayed by the propaganda of the International Solidarity Movement. The same people who trained Rachel Corrie to place herself in harm's way are influencing American college students involved in the Olive Tree Initiative.


Findalis said...

Ask anyone who has ever driven a bulldozer if a person hides behind a pile of dirt directly in front of the bulldozer if the driver can see them? The answer is no.

Rachel Corrie committed suicide by bulldozer. Her death is her fault.

And ever wonder why it is only the white women from Europe and America that do these stupid things. Why don't the Fakistinians do it?

Gary Fouse said...

I may be wrong, but I read somewhere that the bulldozer was backing up when it struck her.