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March 16, 2003

Jumping To....Conclusions

Remember this picture when the inevitable hosannas to Rachel Corrie's gentle nature and peaceful spirit start appearing.

Original photo here

Rachel Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., a member of the 'International Solidarity Movement,' burns a mock U.S. flag during a rally in the southern Gaza Strip (news - web sites) town of Rafah in this Feb. 15, 2003 file photo. Corrie was run over and crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer Sunday, March 16, 2003, while she was trying to stop it from tearing down a building in the Rafah refugee camp, witnesses said.

Update: This is how Rachel described the rally (more below). Note that there's no mention of a"mock" flag. Was the above staged at a later time, were there no photos taken of the real burning, or was she prevaricating to impress her audience?

As this speech was delivered, a British national burned a large British flag, and a US national burned a large US flag. Both activists then burned numerous images of US president George W. Bush.

And remember how she died

According to the ISM activist, Corrie was wearing a bright jacket and climbed onto the bulldozer shovel-plow and began shouting at the driver. "There's no way he didn't see her, since she was practically looking into the cabin. At one stage, he turned around toward the building. The bulldozer kept moving, and she slipped and fell off the plow. But the bulldozer kept moving, the shovel above her. I guess it was about 10 or 15 meters that it dragged her and for some reason didn't stop. We shouted like crazy to the driver through loudspeakers that he should stop, but he just kept going and didn't lift the shovel. Then it stopped and backed up. We ran to Rachel. She was still breathing."

After climbing up onto the blade of a heavy earth moving machine, she either fell, or jumped off, though of course no one mentions that, and the distracted driver drove over her.* She wasn't sitting in front of the house, she wasn't running alongside the bulldozer, she was bronco busting. If you think a bulldozer blade is an easy place to keep your feet, go watch a construction site one day. On level ground a bulldozer will bounce enough to put that blade through a couple of feet of vertical movement. I can only imagine what it's like over rubble, and that's why I wonder if she didn't jump off or not. It would take a person with a deathwish just to jump onto the blade.

Remember, because her movement is already spinning the facts about her death. This picture was released earlier today by the International Solidarity Movement, the Palestinian front organization that Rachel belonged to.

Here's my original source, with an attached story

The picture shows someone, ostensibly Rachel Corrie just before she died, standing off to the side of a bulldozer.

The clear implication is that the bulldozer not only ran her down, but swerved to do it, as she stood motionless, a picture in direct contradiction of the eyewitness statement of one of her fellow shields. Now look at this picture, taken just afterwards a news reporter, rather than an organization with an interest in using Rachel Corrie's death as a club to pummel the Jews with.

original source

Note the differences in terrain? In the first picture, the terrain is as flat as a pancake. Note the blade of the bulldozer, though. That's what she was standing on. Not a flat surface on it.

The terrain is much more disturbed in the second photo, which I think speaks to the veracity of the one above. The girl is not even cold, and ISM is already lying about how she died. Anything moving over those piles of dirt is going to move violently up and down, even at slow speeds. You would have to be seriously deranged to jump onto a bulldozer blade in those conditions.

Also, don't any of those idiots know first aid?

* the statement is unclear, but to me indicates that the driver turned around in his seat, away from the front of the vehicle where Ms. Corrie was just prior to when she fell, or jumped. If she did jump, The ISM certainly won't tell you.

Update: Rachel Corrie, in her own words.

Note that she doesn't call herself an American, nor does she use that appellation, or "British", for any of her comrades. Everyone's an "international." She only became an American again after she died, because "International Run Over By Bulldozer" doesn't sell newspapers.

She's only an American when it suits her movement, and she'll be far more valuable dead than alive to them.

There's also a ton of references to Israeli Army anti-tunnel activity, directed against Palestinian tunnels under the border. There's never a word of condemnation of the tunnels themselves, just of the Israeli actions taken against them. Cleary she didn't feel that defending Israeli civilians against suicide bombers was a legitimate exercise.

The whole article is full of tidbits, including the email address and phone numbers of the Media Co-ordinator for ISM. There's also advice for members on contacting the American media, though not written by Rachel

"Obviously, don't mention ISM or any media co-ordinator's name."

Yeah, they wouldn't want to sully their propaganda with any confusing facts. Remember that tidbit when you read what ISM has to say in the coming days.

More Update: Here's another bulldozer picture, one that palsolidarity hasn't bothered to show to the world*, perhaps because it is somewhat inconsistent with the ones they and others have already published. Note the bulldozer blade, for instance, and the pile of detritus in front of it as compared to the "before" picture above.

In case you're wondering why I have it, palsolidarity has failed to secure their images directory, here. There are more images there than I can look at right now, so feel free to click around.

*They have since been published here.

Posted by Bigwig at March 16, 2003 11:19 PM | TrackBack
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