Latest News: Letter to Editor, Sept. 1, 2012

In 2003 we might have seen the name Rachel Corrie in a couple
of news sound “bytes.”  Then, nothing, as if she were dead, which she
was. Rachel was a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement
working non-violently for peace in the Rafah region of southern Gaza,
Palestinian territories.  Wearing a bright red vest, standing in front of
the home where she was staying with a doctor’s family, she was crushed
by an American-built, Israeli Caterpillar bulldozer that was attempting to demolish the home
behind her.  There were many eye-witnesses to the tragedy, the bulldozer
driver claims he did not see her.  Today, after a 7 year court battle, the family
and human rights lost as Judge Oded Gershon, announcing the decision,
said neither the Israeli government nor the Israeli military was responsible
for Rachel’s death.  In fact, Judge Gershon blamed Rachel for her own
death.  The Corrie family, in their suit, were asking for a symbolic $1 in
compensation and the payment of court fees.  What they really wanted,
and, in my opinion, deserved, was the admission by Israel of gross civil and
military negligence and guilt in the death of Ms. Corrie.  But a larger issue comes into focus
with this case: According to Israeli law, only Israeli citizens and those persons
holding an international passport can sue the state of Israel.  So Palestinians,
without citizenship and without a passport, have no chance to even attempt,
in an Israeli court, a just resolution for the countless violations to their human rights
and the thousands of deaths they have suffered.

About Michael

Born in Quantico, VA. Went to high school in southern California, BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, MFA (writing and literature) from the U. of Montana. MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Certificate to teach English as a Second Language. Have six books of poems published. Have given workshops/readings/or taught at Wichita St. U, Friends U., Tuzla Medressa (Bosnia), U. of Latvia, Laisma Middle School (Riga, Latvia), plus several states in the U.S. Live now in Wichita, Kansas.
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