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Israeli troops bury, kill an American protester.

Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Washington was killed in the Gaza Strip Sunday when an Israeli Army bulldozer ran her over during a demonstration against house demolitions. Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Washington, was working with the trying to stop the illegal destruction of a house in Rafah.

Rachel was one of eight protesters from the US and Great Britain who were gathered in front of the house of Dr. Samir Masri, which was slated for demolition.

Richard Summers, 31, from England, told The Jerusalem Post that Corrie confronted the D-9 as it slowly rumbled toward the Masri home. Trying to stop the machine, she scaled a mound of earth that the bulldozer had plowed up with its blade.
"She was level with the cabin and she was wearing an orange florescent vest," Summers said. "There's no way the driver could have missed her."

The driver pushed forward on the mound of dirt, causing Corrie to fall backwards to the bottom of the mound. Instead of stopping, the driver kept going forward for another 15 meters, burying her alive and crushing her under the bulldozer. All the while, Summers said, "we were yelling over the megaphone for the driver to stop."



Rachel Corrie, speaking on a megaphone to the driver of the IDF-controlled bulldozer, shortly before her death.

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Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Washington was killed in the Gaza Strip Sunday when an Israeli Army bulldozer ran her over during a demonstration against house demolitions. Rachel Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Washington, was working with the trying to stop the illegal destruction of a house in Rafah.

Rachel was one of eight protesters from the US and Great Britain who were gathered in front of the house of Dr. Samir Masri, which was slated for demolition.

Richard Summers, 31, from England, told The Jerusalem Post that Corrie confronted the D-9 as it slowly rumbled toward the Masri home. Trying to stop the machine, she scaled a mound of earth that the bulldozer had plowed up with its blade.
"She was level with the cabin and she was wearing an orange florescent vest," Summers said. "There's no way the driver could have missed her."

The driver pushed forward on the mound of dirt, causing Corrie to fall backwards to the bottom of the mound. Instead of stopping, the driver kept going forward for another 15 meters, burying her alive and crushing her under the bulldozer. All the while, Summers said, "we were yelling over the megaphone for the driver to stop."

<img src="http://www.palsolidarity.org/pictures/rachelstanding.jpg">

Rachel Corrie, speaking on a megaphone to the driver of the IDF-controlled bulldozer, shortly before her death.

<img src="http://www.palsolidarity.org/pictures/rach2.jpg"</i>

Fellow peace activists try to rescue Rachel Corrie, after she was buried and run over by the bulldozer. Neither the driver nor Israeli troops made any attempt to aid her.

<img src="http://www.palsolidarity.org/pictures/rach3.jpg">

When activists tried to more closely photograph the bulldozer that crushed Corrie, a nearby tank pumped an acrid smokescreen on them.

The soldiers were well aware of protesters in the area -- a half an hour before the fatal incident, another activist had been hurt by a bulldozer. According to him, the driver saw the man, but stuck him anyway, "hurling him into a pile of barbed wire."

Corrie was a member of the <a href="http://www.palsolidarity.org">International Solidarity Movement</a>, an organization that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to oppose Israeli policies in the occupied territories. In an e-mailed dispatch from Rafah earlier this month, Corrie painted a picture of the perilous life of International Solidarity Movement volunteers, recounting a Feb. 14 confrontation with the Israelis.

"The internationals stood in the path of the bulldozer and were physically pushed with the shovel backwards, taking shelter in a house," Corrie wrote. "The bulldozer then proceeded on its course, demolishing one side of the house with the internationals inside. The driver then dropped a sound grenade out of the cab of the bulldozer, and continued to demolish the house, at which point the activists were able to escape, amid gunfire from the tank."

Rachel Corrie was a leading organizer of the <a href="http://www.omjp.org">Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace</a>, and was a senior at Evergreen State College, majoring in International Studies. She was also a <a href="http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0302/S00049.htm">talented writer</a>, documenting her experiences in Palestine and Gaza.

Here is a picture of her wearing a dove costume from Olympia's <a href="http://www.procession.org/">Procession of the Species</a> festival last year. (Photo by Mike Salsbury/<a href="http://www.theolympian.com">The Olympian</a>)

<img src="http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20020418/living/8517-3724.jpg">

<h3><i><b>Rachel Corrie
1979 - 2003</b></i></h3>
<i>"Once you have seen the ocean and lived in a silent place, where water is taken for granted and not stolen in the night by bulldozers, and spent an evening when you didn't wonder if the walls of your home might suddenly fall inward waking you from your sleep, and met people who have never lost anyone-- once you have experienced the reality of a world that isn't surrounded by murderous towers, tanks, armed "settlements" and now a giant metal wall, I wonder if you can forgive the world for all the years of your childhood spent existing--just existing-- in resistance to the constant stranglehold of the world's fourth largest military apparatus--backed by the world's only superpower-- in its attempt to erase you from your home."</i>
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