Remembering Rachel Corrie

Today we commemorate Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Rafah on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.

Excerpt from Rachel’s emails to her mother (2003): 

"You asked me about non-violent resistance.

"When that explosive detonated yesterday it broke all the windows in the family’s house. I was in the process of being served tea and playing with the two small babies. I’m having a hard time right now. Just feel sick to my stomach a lot from being doted on all the time, very sweetly, by people who are facing doom. I know that from the United States, it all sounds like hyperbole. Honestly, a lot of the time the sheer kindness of the people here, coupled with the overwhelming evidence of the wilful destruction of their lives, makes it seem unreal to me. I really can’t believe that something like this can happen in the world without a bigger outcry about it.

"I should at least mention that I am also discovering a degree of strength and of basic ability for humans to remain human in the direst of circumstances – which I also haven’t seen before. I think the word is dignity.”

Learn more about Rachel Corrie here

Racehl Corrie AWTT portrait
Rachel Corrie - Peacemaker
Rachel Corrie age 23