Rachel Corrie: US peace activist murdered by Israel

To keep Rachel Corrie’s cause alive Muslims need to improve their informational outreach.
The tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s murder by Israel once again underscores the fact that her government will support and cover every Israeli crime even at the expense of the lives of its own citizens. It also shows that Muslims, and indeed all justice seekers worldwide, have much work to do to improve their informational outreach strategy.
 
On March 16, 2003, Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza as she stood in front of it trying to stop the systematic destruction of Palestinian homes by Zionist occupation forces. According to information released last year by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, “the Israeli government destroyed 22 homes in East Jerusalem and 222 homes in West Bank in 2011, leaving nearly 1,200 people homeless. During the war on Gaza (December 2008 – January 2009), it destroyed 4,455 homes, leaving 20,000 Palestinians displaced and unable to rebuild due to the restrictions imposed by the siege. (Other reports give much higher estimates.) Since 1967, the Israeli government destroyed 25,000 homes in the occupied territories, rendered 160,000 Palestinians homeless. Numbers can be even grimmer if one is to take into account those who were killed and wounded during clashes linked to the destruction of these homes.”
 
Rachel Corrie’s valiant stand confronting an Israeli bulldozer did not turn into the same iconic image in the mainstream media as that of a Chinese student in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in June 1989. The reason is simple: despite Corrie being a US citizen, it was Israel, a sacred cow in American lexicon, that was committing the murder of a peace activist. Nor did Rachel’s heroism receive even a fraction of attention to what the pro-Zionist mainstream media allocated to Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot and wounded by the Taliban last October. Rachel’s case could not be turned into a tool to whip up Islamophobia and an instrument for Western concept of feminism, part of the White man’s burden.
 
Publicizing her case would only shine light on the criminal behavior of the Zionist entity, a close US ally, something the Western corporate media would not do. Malala’s tragic case, on the other hand, got much media exposure. Western cultural imperialists used Malala’s case to influence Muslim women into adopting Western cultural norms. As women are considered important bearers of such values, Malala was utilized as a “conversion” tool by Western soft-power institutions.
 
Rachel’s case not only highlights yet again the extreme bias in the mainstream Western media, it also exposes the Muslims’ weakness in this vital field. The inability to create global awareness about Rachel Corrie’s case and the cause she defended should serve as a wake-up call to the Muslim Ummah. If Rachel Corrie had been killed by Palestinians, her case would be a well-documented poster item of how a young, educated, independent and determined Western woman died defending the supposed democratic values shared by Israeli and US governments.
 
For the Muslim world, Rachel Corrie represents a case to apply the diplomatic tradition of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) and maintain strong relations with people of the Book that are committed to the divine framework of social justice. Rachel’s legacy should remind Muslims about the words of Imam Hussein on the parched sands of Karbala when he addressed the murderous army of Yazid. Imam Hussein said to them, “O people, if you do not believe in Judgment Day and disregard the laws of God, at least be free in this world and do not become the tools of oppression.” 
 
Rachel Corrie proved through her actions that she was indeed a free spirit, one that was not intimidated or subdued by the hedonistic forces exploiting and subjugating the world.

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