Ben Ciuffa’s Photo Journals

June 3, 2012

Rachel Corrie Day

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Rachel Corrie,Uncategorized — admin @ 6:10 am

Visit her Memorial Site:  www.rachelcorrie.org/news.htm

I believe that an annual Rachel Corrie Day, should be established in  the United States. This young lady was bulldozed to death, March 16th 2003, during her Spring Break in Palestine.

My goal is to make young people aware of her choice to help a distressed people while many others flocked to their Spring Break havens.  She did not want to die…just help out.  Rachel literally stood up for what she felt was right.  Her story is told in several items accessed via Electronic Intifada, Rachelcorrie.com, BostonToPalestine.org.

My personal attachment is unique. I was in El Salvador with her uncle & dozens of other foreign nationals, debriefing our findings as International Election Observers, following the March 15th election.  Her uncle was absent at the international Press Conference, the next morning.  His Veterans For Peace, collegues, said that he’d gone home on a family emergency.  At the conclusion of the press conference, a picture appeared on the hotel’s television.  we looked in horror, as the death of this black-scarved, young girl, was reported.

Rachel Corrie blocked an Israeli Army, bulldozer’s approach to raze the home of an innocent family.  The home demolitions were proceeding after the residence of an terrorist was destroyed.  Shebelieved this extras razing was a flagrant expansion of the prevailing, Israeli edict that homes of terrorists would  be demolished.

Six years later, the people of Gaza are suffering from a bombardment of their homes, schools and lives.  In a time of violence that seems to be viewed, by many people, as just another flare-up of fighting in Palestine,  it is critical that the human tragedy  be visible.  A tragedy marked in the hopes and dreams of all children in the Middle East who go to sleep each night with the sounds of gunfire and rockets.  We do not know the damage done to the young psyches over the past 30 years.

Our young people are more conscious today, of the power of awareness.  Rachel Corrie is the face of an American who, who should be the poster child for peace & a call to public service.  My hope is that our college youths consider emulating Rachel Corrie as an alternative to running to their Spring-break havens.

Her brave commitment to helping others should also serve to inspire the school kids to look beyond themselves to the horizons that our new president has pointed out.

Please send your comments & ideas to BrQufa@gmail.com

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