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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, order discount prevacid and to the horrific actions and policies being implemented by the Israeli government towards the people living there, order discount prevacid and as well to those who actively oppose such policies. One such individual was Rachel Corrie. Order discount prevacid 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, order discount prevacid which from an early age, order discount prevacid 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, order discount prevacid clothes and make up, order discount prevacid 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, order discount prevacid 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, order discount prevacid Olympia, order discount prevacid WA When she was 23, order discount prevacid 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. Order discount prevacid On the right, order discount prevacid Rachel Corrie When she arrived, order discount prevacid  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, order discount prevacid living in a dire situation in Rafah, order discount prevacid Gaza. To listen to Rachel as she was volunteering in occupied Palestine only days before her death, order discount prevacid watch the powerful video below:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3JI-axaRF4 On March 16th, order discount prevacid 2003 an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer two-stories high crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie.  According to witnesses and photographic documentation, order discount prevacid 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, order discount prevacid crushing her chest and skull. Friends try to help Rachel as they wait for transportation to the nearest hospital.  However, order discount prevacid she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.  With five other nonviolent human rights defenders, order discount prevacid Rachel had been in front of a family home in Palestine, order discount prevacid 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. Order discount prevacid Suddenly, order discount prevacid the Israeli bulldozer operator began driving his giant bulldozer toward the home, order discount prevacid Rachel sitting in the bulldozer’s path. 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Order discount prevacid A quote worth sharing: "Ironically, order discount prevacid 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, order discount prevacid deep conviction, order discount prevacid and selfless courage. A person who, order discount prevacid when confronted with violence and hatred, order discount prevacid refused to strike back to save herself or those she had pledged to protect, order discount prevacid but relied instead on the sheer force of her spirit and her firm belief in the sacred principles of International Humanitarian Law. Order discount prevacid He saw humanity at its very best. Order discount prevacid She was a victim of humanity at its very worst. Order discount prevacid Rachel's body was fragile, order discount prevacid no match for a US-supplied armoured Caterpillar bulldozer; it is broken now, order discount prevacid her life extinguished. 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