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