Friday, March 24, 2006

There's Something About Rachel.

So I get my regular AJPP newsletter, and what do I find?


1. 30 years on - Remember Land Day - dinner and fundraising auction,
7pm, Thursday 30 March, Greater Indian Restaurant, Curtin shops ,
Speakers, the new Palestinian Ambassador to Australia, Mr Izzat Abdul-Hadi and
Greens Senator Kerry Nettle, cost $35 or $25 concession, Ph. Kathryn on
6282 5366 or 0417 269 984 for bookings

2. Sydney launch of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine,
and commemoration of Land Day, 3pm – 5pm, Sunday 2nd April, 2006, CFMEU
BUILDING, 12 Railway Street, Lidcombe, (opposite Lidcombe station) -
Contact:Jamal Daoud on 0413 467 367,

3. Troops Out of Iraq - Defend Civil Liberties - No scapegoating of
Muslims, Monday March 27, 2006 Give Tony Blair the welcome he deserves!
Rally 10.30 am, Lawns of Federal Parliament, Canberra
March 12.30pm to British High Commission
Speakers include: Senator Kerry Nettle - Senator Carmen Lawrence -
Donna Mulhearn (Pilgrims for Peace) - Keysar Trad (Islamic Friendship
Assoc of Australia) - Tony Kevin (author & journalist)

4. 3rd Anniversary of the Death of Rachel Corrie – March 16th. Protest
against the cancellation of the play “My Name is Rachel Corrie," see

5. SA Friends of Palestine – Tour of Palestine, September 2006. See

6. Next AJPP organising meeting is 12.15pm, Tuesday 28th March, Pilgrim
House, Northbourne Ave. – all welcome.

7. MAIN STORIES – ‘So Much for "Sunshine Week" AP Erases Video of
Israeli Soldier Shooting Palestinian Boy by Alison Weir

8. Press Release The assault on Jericho is a scandal:ISRAEL MUST

9. 23 Feb report of Israeli’s plan to starve Palestinians into
submission shown to be correct.

WOW! A Whole New World of Moonbattery!

Welcome to the world of Rachel's Words.

In case you have been sleeping for the past few years, you may remember that young Ms Corrie left her home and family in America to fight for the Palestinian people's right to their own homeland and against the Israeli people's right to the same.

She died under a bulldozer, and has since been immortalised in a play called, imaginatively enough, My Name Is Rachel Corrie.

I'm not writing about the play, or Rachel's short, interesting life.

This is about the site devoted to her words.

And I am particularly taken with the guestbook.

I encourage everyone to visit and perhaps leave a message of their own.

You, too could leave your mark amongst gems like these:

We all have a Rachel inside us. It is that inner voice that emphatizes with the underdog and speaks truth to power and tells us that sometimes we have to put our body on the line. By remembering Rachel and her work and words, we nurture that voice within us as we commit to continue and struggle for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel and around the globe.

To have the courage to do what Rachel did is a very special gift. The world needs all of us to follow her lead in seeking PEACE in the Middle East.

My daughter is going to language school in Palestine, and wants to be part of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine. What Rachel did working for peace is so important. We all need to work for peace.

We pray to Allah to open their hearts as hers is open to aid the course of the oppressed.

There are any number of smart remarks I could make regarding the sentiments of those who worship on the altar of Rachel, but I think it would be better served to remind people that Rachel Corrie is only one woman.

There have been many others killed over in the disputed territories, as Tom Gross has listed.

Rachel Levy, 17
Rachel Charhi, 36
Rachel Gavish, 50
Rachel Kol, 53
Rachel Ben Abu, 16
Rachel Shabo, 40


At 2:33 PM, Blogger Why Palestinians Usually Get It Wrong said...

Great post. Pancake Corrie got what a terrorist shoul get.

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Caz said...

Well, that's one name off my list for name changes!

At 5:40 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

LOL Caz. It took me years to like my name. I even considered changing it to Murgatroyd for a while. Luckily for me I was about 14, and therefore completely devoid of sense and the wherewithal to go through with the deed poll.

The oldies would have had conniptions!

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Why Palestinians Usually Get It Wrong said...

Pancake Corrie got bulldozed Sharon style.

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Rachy said...

Whoever would have thought that appeasing a terrorist mindset would lead to peace in the Middle East?

I really can't understand why this woman has been deified, in my opinion she was totally misguided in the way she thought to bring about peace. I thought human rights activists didn't take sides? She did, and a very violent side at that

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Tom said...

rachy, she has been deified because the left hates the West and everything we stand for. They hate capitalism, unfettered democracy, US and Israeli military power, and will side with anyone who opposes us.

And these "human rights activists" do take sides; the side of the oppressors. They are morally blind.

At 6:12 PM, Blogger dag said...

my title

If I wreck this I'm going to feel terrible. It's my latest computer trick, and I'm always really pleased when it works. Here's hoping!

At 6:15 PM, Blogger dag said...


Well, the picture of Rachael Corrie's coffin is a good laugh: it's a couple of inches deep. The headline, at least I got that right, is "Rachael Corrie is not a Beslan Child."


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