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    I Killed Rachel Corrie... 

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    I Killed Rachel Corrie On March 16, 2003, after Rachel Corrie, 23, was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, fellow activists from the International Solidarity Movement tried in vain to save her life.

    by Anonymous




    I killed Rachel Corrie.

    I never heard of her

    but I paid my taxes,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I built the bulldozer

    and trained the driver

    and gave the orders

    that took her life,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I went to watch my team play a big game

    and to have a few drinks with them afterwards

    instead of reading what Rachel wrote

    and hearing what she said,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I go to church on Sunday

    and attend Friday prayers

    and keep Shabbat holy

    but mustn’t upset my community

    with painful questions,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I attend dialog groups

    and hear both sides

    and give them equal weight

    as did my forefathers

    to the Japanese and the Ainu

    the Roman and the Gaul

    the European and the Choctaw

    the White and the Black

    the Nazi and the Jew

    and the Israeli and the Palestinian,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I write letters

    to newspapers and elected officials

    and I demonstrate outside their offices

    and I donate to human rights groups

    and to send humanitarian aid

    and I support nonviolence

    and I boycott and divest and sanction,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I travel to Gaza

    in freedom marches

    and convoys

    and flotillas

    and I attend conferences in Bil’in

    and fly to Tel Aviv

    and march to Jerusalem

    and I’ve been beaten

    and shot

    and jailed

    and expelled,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I resist with arms

    and launch Qassams

    and strap explosives to myself

    and drop bombs and napalm

    and white phosphorous and DIME weapons

    and I kill as many as I can

    of those who are the enemy

    and I torture and terrify them

    and their families and children

    so that they know they are never safe,

    so I killed Rachel Corrie.


    I killed Rachel Corrie because it was not enough;

    I killed Rachel Corrie because I did not drop everything and devote my life to making this stop;

    I killed Rachel Corrie because I did not change the base reality of our world and I, in fact, participated in it;

    I killed Rachel Corrie because I cared too much for my career and my comfort and my hobbies and my obligations and my conferences and my projects and my causes and my campaigns and my coalitions and my ideologies and my letters and my articles and my poetry;

    I killed Rachel Corrie because I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers;

    I killed Rachel Corrie because I could have been one of millions choosing to give up everything and walk in step so that our feet causes the earth to shake and the rivers to change course and the mountains to crumble and the mighty to tremble and bow to our voices as we say, “Al-Sha’ab yureed,” “Si, se puede,” “Never again,” and it will no longer matter whether we are Jews, Muslims or Christians, Arabs, Kurds, Armenians or Hebrews, immigrants or indigenous, men or women, because we are united in ending the injustice and in preventing and reversing the ethnic cleansing of one people in order to pay for the ethnic cleansing of another.


    But I am not one of those millions united for justice.


    So I killed Rachel Corrie.


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