Rachel Corrie was not a peace activist

If you had asked me yesterday what organisation Rachel Corrie had been with at the time of her death in Gaza in 2003, I would not have remembered. I had not paid much attention to the incident at the time and I didn’t know anything about the organisation. But today I finally did some research.

The catalyst that spurred me to action on the subject was a paragraph in Alan Dershowitz’ 2003 book, The Case for Israel. The book is unbelievably good, by the way – well structured and well researched, and it would certainly challenge a lot of people that think they know something about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Chapter 24 is about Israel’s policy of demolishing houses “used to facilitate terrorism or owned by people who assisted terrorists”. Here’s the bit that surprised me:

Israel empties the homes, of course, before bulldozing them, but on a couple of occasions people have been killed, including a protestor who threw herself in front of the bulldozer and was apparently not seen by its operator. Although she was characterized by the media as a peace activist – implying that she was a nonpartisan supporter of peace – nothing could be farther from the truth. She belonged to a radical pro-Palestinian group of zealots – some from the extreme left, others from the extreme racist “right wing” – who are one-sided supporters of Palestinian terrorism. Members of the International Solidarity Movement are taught to “be sensitive” to suicide bombers, because “they are giving their lives for their land and their people.” They are directed “to consult with the Palestinians” before they do anything. They serve as human shields, working closely with Palestinian terrorist groups and protecting only Palestinians from Israeli soldiers. They have never offered to serve as shields protecting Israeli civilians against Palestinian terrorism. They do not support peace.

Instead, these zealots advocate the victory of Palestinian terrorism over Israeli self-defense. They receive “funds from both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, and Shadi Sukiya, a senior member of Islamic Jihad in Jenin who was involved in the planning of several thwarted suicide bombing attacks was arrested by IDF troops while hiding in the offices of the International Solidarity Movement” in March 2003. And in April 2003 two suicide bombers from England hid among the group, even attending a service conducted by it, just days before one of them blew himself up along with three Israelis. The “solidarity” group then condemned Israel for its response to the murders.

The media should stop referring to these people as peace activists and should call them what they are: active supporters and facilitators of Palestinian terrorism.

(Cited as sources within these 3 paragraphs: Ha’aretz, the Jerusalem Post, and the New York Times.)

Wow – that’s a shocker, I thought. So today I went online to find further evidence and it hasn’t been easy. Don’t get me wrong – there are hundreds of pages about the ISM and its members. The problem is that most of the websites and articles appear to be seriously biased in one direction or the other. Here are a couple of websites that I found informative, although I won’t defend them as unbiased:

Myth and Fact: The International Solidarity Movement

The Case Against Rachel Corrie

Solidarity With Terror: undercover at an ISM training session in San Francisco

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