Rachel There have been a series of individuals and events which have opened my eyes to the realities happening in occupied Palestine, doryx and to the horrific actions and policies being implemented by the Israeli government towards the people living there, doryx and as well to those who actively oppose such policies.    One such individual was Rachel Corrie. Doryx Please watch this short video. 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, doryx which from an early age, doryx 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, doryx clothes and make up, doryx 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, doryx 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, doryx Olympia, doryx WA When she was 23, doryx 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. Doryx On the right, doryx Rachel Corrie When she arrived, doryx  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, doryx living in a dire situation in Rafah, doryx Gaza. To listen to Rachel as she was volunteering in occupied Palestine only days before her death, doryx watch the powerful video below: On March 16th, doryx 2003 an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer two-stories high crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie.  According to witnesses and photographic documentation, doryx 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, doryx crushing her chest and skull. Friends try to help Rachel as they wait for transportation to the nearest hospital.  However, doryx she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.  With five other nonviolent human rights defenders, doryx Rachel had been in front of a family home in Palestine, doryx 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. Doryx Suddenly, doryx the Israeli bulldozer operator began driving his giant bulldozer toward the home, doryx Rachel sitting in the bulldozer’s path. Doryx 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. Doryx He continued, doryx and she was pulled underneath the tractor, doryx its blade crushing her. Doryx He then backed up, doryx running over her again, doryx burying her deeper into the dirt."  ( ) I have been profoundly moved by Rachel's life, doryx as have thousands of others.  Her life, doryx and death, doryx have changed me. I hope Rachel may change you as well. Doryx A quote worth sharing: "Ironically, doryx 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, doryx deep conviction, doryx and selfless courage. A person who, doryx when confronted with violence and hatred, doryx refused to strike back to save herself or those she had pledged to protect, doryx but relied instead on the sheer force of her spirit and her firm belief in the sacred principles of International Humanitarian Law. Doryx He saw humanity at its very best. Doryx She was a victim of humanity at its very worst. Doryx Rachel's body was fragile, doryx no match for a US-supplied armoured Caterpillar bulldozer; it is broken now, doryx her life extinguished. Doryx The goals and visions for which she sacrificed her life, doryx however, doryx are as tough and resilient as was her spirit, doryx and not so easily expunged. Doryx May the tragedy of her death, doryx and the nobility and courage of her life, doryx inspire all High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to do their sacred duty and halt Israeli impunity."