On the one-year anniversary of the killing of 23-year old American ISM activist Rachel Corrie, twenty international activists from ISM and CPT remembered their friend by performing a ‘die-in’ at the Erez checkpoint to protest the atrocities of the Israeli Occupation.
At the beginning of the action, two activists and friends of Rachel read personal reflections written by Rachel during her time in Rafah and also spoke about the continuing destruction of Gaza.
The activists carried signs and wore T-shirts representing the many casualities of the Israeli Occupation. Representations of the power of Israel, the United States, and the Occupation symbolically ‘killed’ all the other participants. The victims included peace and justice, nonviolence, Palestinian homes, educational rights, water rights, farming, and innocent civilians among others.
These victims lay dead in ‘blood’ until they were given a flower to place on a message written to Rachel which they left behind with their ‘blood-stained’ shirts.
Rachel Corrie was killed on March 16, 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer while preventing an illegal home demolition in Rafah. Her life and spirit continue to inspire individuals to speak out against the injustices of the Israeli Occupation.