[I happened to catch Amy Goodman’s interview with the Corrie family today on the occasion of the beginning of the civil case protesting her killing by an Israeli bulldozer seven years ago as she was trying to halt its destruction of a Palestinian home filled with family members.

The family has faced on-going Israeli resistance to their protest of their 23 year old’s killing which has now allowed only a civil suit to meet statutory limitations.

Rachel was trying to protect Palestinians from the destruction of their homes in Gaza — an Israeli tactic used to convert Palestinian properties to Israeli colonies — I refuse to use the euphemism, “settlement” to describe these abuses. Israel is an occupying nation and is doing some of the same things that we have done in the way of killing innocents where we have pulled similar grabs.

We now know that Iraq was an illegal invasion which has simultaneously cost us a fortune while losing us the support of the Afghans who now are similarly resisting our occupation. Will we and the Israelis never learn or do we believe that military dominance allows such license? Needless to say caring Jews both in Israel, here, and in other nations are as appalled as I am by this behavior. At least Obama is trying to make peace here and there, whereas the Israelis seem determined to make enemies wherever they can.

The website below offers the latest as of today. What a horror for this family to face!

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“Court begins hearing civil suit brought against Israeli government over death of US activist killed by Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza Link to this video

“A court today began hearing a civil suit brought against the Israeli government over the death of Rachel Corrie, the US activist who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago.

“While Corrie was in the Palestinian territories, she wrote vividly about her experiences. Her diaries were later turned into a play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, which has toured internationally, including in Israel and the West Bank.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/10/rachel-corrie-civil-case-israel–

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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