Corrie verdict: A crushing blow for human rights

Last week was a singularly horrid one for all of us who know that it is our universal, inalienable right to kneel in front of armoured bulldozers without getting our new keffiyehs (they are so cool!) dirty.

And my heart wept for Craig and Cindy Corrie on Tuesday after the Haifa District Court ruled that their 23-year old daughter, Rachel – and not the IDF – was responsible for her own death under the tracks of of a Caterpillar D9 in Gaza in March 2003.

It was an outrageous injustice, and sets a horrible precedent. Whatever next . . . environmental activists running across the M1 to protest motorway widening – rather than drivers not looking out for them – having to shoulder the blame for getting splattered across it?!

“This was a bad day not only for our family, but a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law, and also for the country of Israel,” announced Mrs. Corrie after the verdict.

How right you are, Mrs. C. And you and your husband should be congratulated for your objective concern for the plight of the poor, defenceless Palestinians against the mighty Israelis – the result, no doubt, of a deep understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as opposed to any prejudice or suspicion on your part regarding the rich, powerful Jew – even though it led to your own daughter’s horrible, needless death.

Objectivity: the Corries in Rafah, January 2006

Rachel was a fine American. Okay, she burnt the flag (who hasn’t?!) But, in writing of the natural rights of man, Hobbes, Locke and Paine surely could not have had in mind any act more noble than the “shielding” of Islamofascist rocket squads and suicide bombers by interfering foreigners who couldn’t find useful work placements during college (see also Time for the Hurndalls to stop their sniping) and who had always heard that Arabs . . . well, everyone really, are nicer than Jews.

Rachel Corrie burning a mock US flag in Rafah, a month before her death

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12 responses to “Corrie verdict: A crushing blow for human rights

  1. Well done Mike, a 1st class piece of writing! Keep ’em up!

    Adrian

  2. Spot on. An very accurate analysis of the utter evil hypocrisy of the left wing troublemakers. A great day for Israeli and Jewish justice, the rule of law and Jewish Human Rights, a subject totally disregarded by the Corrie Family and their ilk.

  3. Super piece Mike, one of your very best. Only sorry it won’t be read by those who really need to read it – i.e. the Corrie family and their friends at the BBC, British Channel 4, The Guardian (and Observer), The Independent, The New York Times and The Washington Post et al……………………….

    ………..unless of course I’ve drastically underestimated the reach of Melchettmike? In which case, my apologies.

  4. Another brilliant piece, Mike. I have uploaded it to my Facebook thingy (if you don’t mind).

  5. obviously her death is a tragedy. lets not also forget the young soldier driving the bulldozer who no doubt has her death on his mind every day. having put on a uniform i feel entitled to speak on this matter. as a soldier in the idf you expect you might have to take the life of an enemy combatant, but not an american student. her death is a tragedy but the courts have reached the right decision.

  6. Nearly all death is tragic in some sense or other. But, to be honest, I feel no more pity for Rachel Corrie, or for her parents, than I do for the all the other, ‘usual’ victims of this conflict. In fact, because of their interfering “Israel-only bashing” (anti-Semitism?), I feel less.

    Something that I didn’t refer to in my original post – because I thought it was likely mere right-wing slandering – is the suggestion that there was a sexual element to the Rachel Corrie in Gaza story (see here, for instance). When I mentioned this to left-wing friends, however, on Saturday, they – to my surprise – expressed no surprise: it was well-known, they said, that female “peace workers” in the West Bank and Gaza are not used merely to prostrate themselves in front of bulldozers . . .

  7. Corrie was a young, stupid misinformed victim of an ideology she didn’t fully understand that was being trumpetted at her by her parents, teachers and religious leaders in Olympia Washington. Unfortunately, she was the one to pay the ultimate price and not one of her ISM handlers.

    Her grieving parents, however, are in complete denial of their own culpability. No responsible parent would send a child off to a place like Gaza at the height of the second Intifada to be embedded with people bent on subverting the political solution proposed in Oslo in the fall of 1994.

  8. Like you Mike, I’m uncomfortable with this, and like you, not because I don’t believe that it might be true. What makes me uncomfortable with this is that it seems to be based upon hearsay and not upon solid evidence. I’ve seen and heard nothing up until this point that would hold up in a court of law, and surely that must be the only criteria which matters. After all, isn’t this the very standard that separates us from the likes of the Corrie’s and their Palestinian “friends”—our belief in the rule of law based upon established facts, rather than beliefs and conceptions based upon what we would like, or what would suit us to be true.

    And what’s more, even if it were proven to be true that Rachel Corrie and others like her were used as “comfort women” it would change nothing. It would not alter the mind sets of those who hate us to make them hate us even one iota less. On the contrary, if it were proven that the Palestinians were serially using western girls like Rachel Corrie for sexual relief; in the minds of our detractors it would merely amount to further evidence of “Israel’s inhumane and cruel” brutalisation of the Palestinian people. It would just be another component of the “evil whirlwind we have brought upon ourselves”. The crucial thing to remember in all of this is that for people like the Corrie’s want to hate us nothing good that we do, or evil that the Arabs do will ever challenge their prejudice and their irrational beliefs.

    If you don’t believe me just consider other prominent, indisputable, proven examples of people who were treated appallingly by their various Arab captors. People like Terry Waite and John McCarthy whose experiences merely increased their empathy towards their former gaolers and tormentors and intensified their loathing of us.

    What we have to understand is that the loathing of us, and the loving of our enemies by our western liberal detractors amounts to a form of mass psychosis—a sort of pre-acquired anti-Semitic version of Stockholm Syndrome; the only difference being that Stockholm Syndrome is treatable.

    As I said in my earlier comment, I thought that your original post was excellent, and I think it’s a shame you decided to damage what was a nigh-perfect peace with this unhelpful addition. And by the way Mike, as you well know, this criticism isn’t coming at you from one of your “left wing friends”, but someone whose own “left wing friends” consider him to be somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan… I guessing you know already that you’ve made an error in judgement and regret its inclusion.

  9. I have not raised this in order to rubbish Rachel’s memory, merely as something which has been suggested – and not just by right-wing nutters it would seem – may have been a factor in her apparent willingness to die. In journo terms, “It has been alleged in some circles that . . .”

    Spot on, though, re the “mass psychosis”.

  10. whilst i totally and utterly disagree with rachel’s politics there are no winners when it comes to suffering. we as jews should understand the value of standing up for the poor and downtrodden. i would like to hope that this is what she thought she was doing.

  11. I don’t get where you think that I was implying that you were rubishing Rachel Corrie’s memory. I don’t give a toss about Rachel Corrie’s memory and I don’t care what you do with her memory.

  12. Her parents should have told her not to play in traffic.

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