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Rachel There have been a series of individuals and events which have opened my eyes to the realities happening in occupied Palestine, free eurax and to the horrific actions and policies being implemented by the Israeli government towards the people living there, free eurax and as well to those who actively oppose such policies.    One such individual was Rachel Corrie. Free eurax 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, free eurax which from an early age, free eurax 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, free eurax clothes and make up, free eurax 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, free eurax 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, free eurax Olympia, free eurax WA When she was 23, free eurax 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. Free eurax On the right, free eurax Rachel Corrie When she arrived, free eurax  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, free eurax living in a dire situation in Rafah, free eurax Gaza. To listen to Rachel as she was volunteering in occupied Palestine only days before her death, free eurax watch the powerful video below:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4 On March 16th, free eurax 2003 an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer two-stories high crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie.  According to witnesses and photographic documentation, free eurax 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, free eurax crushing her chest and skull. Friends try to help Rachel as they wait for transportation to the nearest hospital.  However, free eurax she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.  With five other nonviolent human rights defenders, free eurax Rachel had been in front of a family home in Palestine, free eurax 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. Free eurax Suddenly, free eurax the Israeli bulldozer operator began driving his giant bulldozer toward the home, free eurax Rachel sitting in the bulldozer’s path. Free eurax 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. Free eurax He continued, free eurax and she was pulled underneath the tractor, free eurax its blade crushing her. Free eurax He then backed up, free eurax running over her again, free eurax burying her deeper into the dirt."  (www.ifamericansknew.org ) I have been profoundly moved by Rachel's life, free eurax as have thousands of others.  Her life, free eurax and death, free eurax have changed me. I hope Rachel may change you as well. Free eurax A quote worth sharing: "Ironically, free eurax 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, free eurax deep conviction, free eurax and selfless courage. A person who, free eurax when confronted with violence and hatred, free eurax refused to strike back to save herself or those she had pledged to protect, free eurax but relied instead on the sheer force of her spirit and her firm belief in the sacred principles of International Humanitarian Law. Free eurax He saw humanity at its very best. Free eurax She was a victim of humanity at its very worst. Free eurax Rachel's body was fragile, free eurax no match for a US-supplied armoured Caterpillar bulldozer; it is broken now, free eurax her life extinguished. Free eurax The goals and visions for which she sacrificed her life, free eurax however, free eurax are as tough and resilient as was her spirit, free eurax and not so easily expunged. Free eurax May the tragedy of her death, free eurax and the nobility and courage of her life, free eurax inspire all High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to do their sacred duty and halt Israeli impunity." http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article1259.shtml