A CALL TO ACTION FROM RACHEL CORRIE’S PARENTS

Call to Action: Corrie Trial in Israel, March 10-24, 2009

Friends,

Craig and Cindy Corrie
Craig and Cindy Corrie

As many of you know, a civil lawsuit in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court beginning March 10, 2010. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition by the Israeli military. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza.

The lawsuit is one piece of our family’s seven-year effort to pursue justice for our daughter and sister. We hope this trial will illustrate the need for accountability for thousands of lives lost, or indelibly injured, by occupation—in a besieged and beleaguered Gaza and throughout Palestine/Israel; bring attention to the assault on nonviolent human rights activists (Palestinian, Israeli, and international); and underscore the fact that so many Palestinian families, harmed as deeply as ours, cannot access Israeli courts.

In order to deliver these interconnected messages as effectively as possible, we are asking for large-scale participation in the trial itself as well as in the events surrounding it. We hope you will join us for all or some of the events listed below and help us to put the call out to others.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10
9:00-16:00 – Trial Begins in the Haifa District Court (12 Palyam St. Haifa)
A strong presence of human rights observers, legal observers, and others on the first day of the trial will send the message that this case is being closely monitored and that truth, accountability and justice matter to us all. Other trial dates are: March 14, 15, 17, 21, 22 and 24. Supportive presence at all court sessions is both welcome and needed!

FRIDAY, MARCH 12
13:00-15:00 – Film Screening at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque (2 Shprinzak St. Tel Aviv)
Screening of the documentary film RACHEL followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Simone Bitton and the Corrie family. RACHEL is a cinematic inquiry into Rachel’s killing. It raises many of the questions that should be asked and addressed during the trial.

TUESDAY, MARCH 16
20:00-22:00 – Memorial; Location TBA
March 16th marks the seven-year anniversary of Rachel’s killing. We hope to mark this day as a “Day of Conscience” with a large gathering that calls for truth, accountability and justice, in Rachel’s case and beyond. There will also be events in Gaza (at the Rachel Corrie Children and Youth Cultural Center in Rafah), possibly in the West Bank (TBA), and around the world.

If you are not with us in Palestine/Israel, please think about how you and your group/community can be visible/audible on March 16.

We expect this to be a challenging time, but we know the friendship we have felt from so many of you over the years will help us navigate the weeks ahead. Though the course and outcome of the trial are unknown, we welcome the opportunity to raise and highlight many of the critical issues to which Rachel’s case is linked. Thank you for your continuing support.

In solidarity and with much appreciation,
Cindy & Craig Corrie

9 Comments

  1. ahimsa09 said,

    March 7, 2010 at 15:07

    Here’s a tribute in memory of Rachel Corrie and other international activists who also laid down their lives or were critically injured:

    http://www.propheticimagery.com/Gaza%20Poem/Occupation.htm

  2. Bringthanoize said,

    March 7, 2010 at 18:56

    Never forget Rachel Corrie & her cause which she gave her life for- immoral, illegal Israeli oppression in the Gaza Strip & greater area.

    rip to a true Soul from Heaven……………………….

  3. March 8, 2010 at 05:11

    [...] A CALL TO ACTION FROM RACHEL CORRIE’S PARENTS [...]

  4. March 8, 2010 at 08:10

    [...] A Call To Action From Rachel Corrie’s Parents 3/7/2010 – Desert Peace – Call to Action: Corrie Trial in Israel, March 10-24, 2009 – Friends, Craig and Cindy Corrie – As many of you know, a civil lawsuit in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court beginning March 10, 2010. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition by the Israeli military. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza. The lawsuit is one piece of our family’s seven-year effort to pursue justice for our daughter and sister. We hope this trial will illustrate the need for accountability for thousands of lives lost, or indelibly injured, by occupation‚Äîin a besieged and beleaguered Gaza and throughout Palestine/Israel; bring attention to the assault on nonviolent human. . . . [...]

  5. Ivor Sparks said,

    March 8, 2010 at 12:11

    The moment I heard Obama was nominated for the Nobel peace prize, I thought to myself, Rachel Corrie was my only nominee. To this day, I applaud and am in deep awe of her courage and fearlessness. I salute her family for having helped to shape such a courageous human being. thank you

  6. March 8, 2010 at 17:37

    [...] the Israeli government in the killing of Rachel Corrie seven years ago this month in Rafah, Gaza. Rachel’s parents Craig and Cindy (left) have sent out an appeal for support during this challenging [...]

  7. March 9, 2010 at 10:31

    [...] A Call To Action From Rachel Corrie’s Parents 3/7/2010 – Desert Peace – Call to Action: Corrie Trial in Israel, March 10-24, 2009 – Friends, Craig and Cindy Corrie – As many of you know, a civil lawsuit in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court beginning March 10, 2010. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition by the Israeli military. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza. The lawsuit is one piece of our family’s seven-year effort to pursue justice for our daughter and sister. We hope this trial will illustrate the need for accountability for thousands of lives lost, or indelibly injured, by occupation‚Äîin a besieged and beleaguered Gaza and throughout Palestine/Israel; bring attention to the assault on nonviolent human. . . . [...]

  8. Mohkeh said,

    March 15, 2010 at 22:57

    I wish a specific activity in Jerusalem or the West Bank was planned and publicized. Now tomorrow the 16th is coming and I know of nothing except the naming of a street in Ramallah after Rachel in an official ceremony.

  9. March 18, 2010 at 11:01

    [...] A CALL TO ACTION FROM RACHEL CORRIE’S PARENTS [...]


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