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  There have been a series of individuals and events which have opened my eyes to the realities happening in occupied Palestine, discount femcare and to the horrific actions and policies being implemented by the Israeli government towards the people living there, discount femcare and as well to those who actively oppose such policies. One such individual was Rachel Corrie. Discount femcare Please watch this short video.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMO-FQwIRiM Rachel was a 23 year old activist from Washington State who had a promising future ahead.   From her early years there seemed to be something special about Rachel.   There also seemed something special about the quality of education she received, discount femcare which from an early age, discount femcare focused on important social and environmental issues which seems unfortunately unique compared to the more standard education model taught in our schools today.  While most young girls are more concerned with Barbies, discount femcare clothes and make up, discount femcare Rachel from what I've read seemed to have much bigger concerns on her mind.    I came across a link which showed an older clip of Rachel when she must have been no older than five or six, discount femcare giving a grade school speech about poverty and how it affects children in other countries.   Even at such a young age she was eloquent and poised.  It was apparent that the issue of ending human suffering was a driving force for Rachel all her life. Rachel at Capital High School, discount femcare Olympia, discount femcare WA When she was 23, discount femcare Rachel entered the war torn world of occupied Palestine with a hand ful of other activists from the International Solidarity Movement.  An ISM protest in Gaza against Israel's shooting of Palestinian children. Discount femcare On the right, discount femcare Rachel Corrie When she arrived, discount femcare  Rachel and the other activists attended two days of training in non-violent resistance and essentially volunteered to protect and block Palestinian homes that were being demolished by the Israeli Defense Forces.     Rachel Corrie chats with a Palestinian friend, discount femcare living in a dire situation in Rafah, discount femcare Gaza. To listen to Rachel as she was volunteering in occupied Palestine only days before her death, discount femcare watch the powerful video below:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4 On March 16th, discount femcare 2003 an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer two-stories high crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie.  According to witnesses and photographic documentation, discount femcare she was killed intentionally.   Rachel Corrie stands in front of an Israeli army bulldozer wearing an orange jacket so that she can be easily identified and seen. Rachel as she stands between an Israeli bulldozer and a Palestinian physician's house in the southern Gaza town of Rafah. The Israeli bulldozer ran over her and then backed up, discount femcare crushing her chest and skull. Friends try to help Rachel as they wait for transportation to the nearest hospital.  However, discount femcare she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.  With five other nonviolent human rights defenders, discount femcare Rachel had been in front of a family home in Palestine, discount femcare standing in front of the property in hopes of protecting it from being destroyed.   That day the Palestinian home was not destroyed.  However the life of Rachel Corrie was destroyed by an Israeli soldier who crushed her under the weight of the bulldozer.  "Rachel and a handful of others practicing Gandhian nonviolence in the Gaza Strip had been pleading with Israeli soldiers for two hours not to destroy a Palestinian family home. Discount femcare Suddenly, discount femcare the Israeli bulldozer operator began driving his giant bulldozer toward the home, discount femcare Rachel sitting in the bulldozer’s path. Discount femcare Witnesses report that she then stood up on the mound of debris and dirt pushed by the bulldozer blade and looked straight at the operator through the window. Discount femcare He continued, discount femcare and she was pulled underneath the tractor, discount femcare its blade crushing her. Discount femcare He then backed up, discount femcare running over her again, discount femcare burying her deeper into the dirt."  (www.ifamericansknew.org ) I have been profoundly moved by Rachel's life, discount femcare as have thousands of others.  Her life, discount femcare and death, discount femcare have changed me. I hope Rachel may change you as well. Discount femcare A quote worth sharing: "Ironically, discount femcare Rachel's killer was granted an honor and privilege few of us will ever know: He looked directly into the eyes of a humanitarian young woman of utter bravery, discount femcare deep conviction, discount femcare and selfless courage. A person who, discount femcare when confronted with violence and hatred, discount femcare refused to strike back to save herself or those she had pledged to protect, discount femcare but relied instead on the sheer force of her spirit and her firm belief in the sacred principles of International Humanitarian Law. Discount femcare He saw humanity at its very best. Discount femcare She was a victim of humanity at its very worst. Discount femcare Rachel's body was fragile, discount femcare no match for a US-supplied armoured Caterpillar bulldozer; it is broken now, discount femcare her life extinguished. Discount femcare The goals and visions for which she sacrificed her life, discount femcare however, discount femcare are as tough and resilient as was her spirit, discount femcare and not so easily expunged. 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