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