Rachel Corrie's Legacy:
is no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation."
"A few minutes after the publication of the verdict,
[Corrie’s] family and their lawyer, Hussein Abu-Hussein, were interviewed for
TV. Into the airways,
were tossed, about democracy, peace, human rights. To the “New York Times”
celebrated advocate said the following words:
“It’s a black day for activists of human rights and people
who believe in values of dignity,” Mr. Hussein said. “We believe this decision
is a bad decision for all of us — civilians first of all, and peace activists.”
Honeyed words. Even though I do not agree with Abu-Hussein I contemplated
offering him friendship on Facebook.
Abu Bakri: “You live in an abnormal state … sometimes you
lose cases not because you are not a good lawyer but because of judicial
tyranny, racial discrimination within the law.”
Abu-Hussein: “The Nazi state was also a state of law. It
found refuge in the law from which it committed its most horrific crimes
against humanity. Nazi Germany was a state of law for a very short time and
found refuge in the law, [but] the state of Israel was founded on theft and
dispossession… we suffer from a great injustice. The great monster attacks us
every day and gnaws at our flesh… Every day they gnaw at out flesh.”*
Bakri, [Israeli Arab actor]:
"I want to step on the head of this monster."
Hussein Abu Hussein,
[Israeli Arab lawyer]:
"We all want to step on its head, but talking is not enough.
Everyone has their role."
Baki and Abu Hussein are not the representatives of the Arab
minority in Israel. They are its disaster. They are agitators and inciters. The
subheading under Corrie’s photos on Channel 10 declared she was a human rights activist. That’s about as correct as designating her
lawyer as a peace activist. On the other hand, there is no doubt he is the best
representative of Rachel Corrie, her family and her way."
* The full quote in PMW
translation: “"Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a
short while and it found refuge in the law. [However,] the State of Israel was
founded from the start on robbery and theft of a nation's homeland. Actually,
the correct and true legal definition of what happened to the Palestinians is
homeland theft... We suffer from a great injustice from the giant monster. This
monster attacks us daily and bites into our flesh in the Negev, the Galilee,
the Triangle [region in Israel], Jerusalem, and the occupied territories, the
West Bank and Gaza. Every day it bites into our body."
I have written in the past a few times how I think of Rachel Corrie . Here it is, again:
Corrie aligned herself sentimentally and seamlessly with suffering Palestinians, reserving for them her absolute anger and attendant
pity to the extent that suffering Israelis merited nothing but a
sneering hatred from her. Corrie’s idealism did not proceed from love
but from ideologically induced hatred. She was a de-facto apologist for
Palestinian terrorism, and she died trying to prevent the work of an
Israeli bulldozer, which was searching for munitions buried in the
ground . Contrary to Palestinian reports and what is generally claimed,
the bulldozer was not there to demolish a house, (though houses used as
cover for weapon-smuggling tunnels were demolished by the IDF, but not
on that particular day). Any which way you slice it, those munitions
were there to be utilized in attacks against innocent civilians. Corrie
died protecting terrorist weapons. She was completely indifferent to the
deaths these weapons spelled at a time when suicide bombings were a
matter of daily, sometimes hourly, occurrence in Israel.
when I look at this photo of Corrie what strikes me is less her
complete self-abandon to mindless hatred. What I notice is the
difference between her semi-crazed demeanor and the baffled and smiling
faces of the Palestinian kids, who surround her. What can it mean?
I left my comments on a website "Socialist Unity" where you can hear reverberations of the same kind of fundamentalist and constitutive hatred that is so easily proclaimed in the dialogue between Bakri and Abu-Hussein
Compare and contrast:
Look at this youtube of Rachel Corrie as a fifth grader speaking about caring:
And then look at this picture of her, at age 23 in Gaza:
What happened in the years that passed between that idealistic and innocent young girl and the woman we see in the photos?
I'll tell you what I think happened: She was seduced into abandoning her humanitarian better self by the cynical, quasi-demonic, calculated, cognitively-dissonant, stratagems of ISM. Here is how they define their mission:
" As enshrined in international law and UN resolutions , we recognize
the Palestinian right to resist Israeli violence and occupation via
legitimate armed struggle. However, we believe that nonviolence can be a
powerful weapon in fighting oppression and we are committed to the
principles of nonviolent resistance. [-]
The ISM does not support or condone any acts of terrorism – which is
not legitimate armed struggle. The ISM does not associate, support, or
have anything to do with armed or violent resistance to the occupation.
The ISM does not assist or engage in any kind of armed resistance, no
matter what form it may take.
This right to resist occupation applies not only to the Palestinian
people, but to all peoples who are faced with a military occupation. The
ISM regards all people as equals with equal rights under international
law. We believe that nonviolent action is a powerful weapon in fighting
oppression and are committed to the principles of nonviolent resistance.
During a CNN interview, Paula Zahn
with Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf asked about an article they had
co-authored which stated: "Palestinian resistance must take on a variety
of characteristics, both violent and nonviolent. But most importantly,
it must develop a strategy involving both aspects. Nonviolent resistance
is no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation."
Mr. and Mrs. Corrie need to demand justice for their daughter's death and explanations from the organization/cult that hijacked their giddy and suggestible daughter's being, brainwashed her, and then sent her to face a giant Israeli bulldozer, operated by an Israeli driver who could not see or hear her, playing into her fantasy that what she was doing amounted to caring about human rights and resisting non-violently the forces of occupation.
I will repeat this: She died in her "non-violent" attempt to prevent Israel from unearthing munitions that were meant for shredding Israeli kids. She fulfilled in her body and destiny ISM's mission statement to the letter.
This old post
of mine is tangentially relevant to the point I'm trying to make: Argumentum ad misericordiam: