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Let Me Stand Alone : The Journals of Rachel Corrie

November 20, 2009

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

“1995 – 1997

If the words I use buzz away from my lips meaninglessly, then we’ll let them hang in the air for a while. We’ll let those silly words sit and make fools of themselves until other words come and crowd around them. I need to flutter and hover and look at the diamond ripples through six swirled insect eyes. Just don’t touch me for a moment. Let me sit and stare at everything through my own eyes for a while. Let me dance in the lily petals and skim the trembling water and buzz like useless words in the air. Do you understand? Let me lie alone on my back in tall grass and see the sun and the water droplets on the branches and the red tree trunks through my own eyes. Let me color them and build them with my own words. Lonely, strong words. Let me stand alone at the edge of the earth and look at it honestly, alone.” by Rachel Corrie

— taken from a book “Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie”.

A little bit about Rachel: “Rachel Corrie was born on April 10, 1979 in Olympia, Washington, at the southern tip of Puget Sound. Throughout her school years, she was active in volunteer efforts addressing problems of hunger, homelessness and the environment of the Pacific Northwest. After completing liberal art studies at the Evergreen State College, Corrie traveled to Israel and Palestine in January 2003. In Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, she served as a nonviolent peace activist and human rights observer until her death on March 16, 2003. Corrie was a writer, a poet, and an artist who cared deeply and wrote fervently about all of humankind.”

An excerpt: “On March 16, 2003, Rachel stood with seven other internationals[activists] from United States and the United Kingdom nonviolently resisting the demolition of Palestinians homes – mass clearing demolitions that the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem said were in most cases a flagrant breach of international humanitarian law and that Human Rights Watch reported were generally carried out in the absence of military necessity. Rachel and other ISM [International Solidarity Movement] activists stood in their belief that both Palestinians and Israeli families have the right to be secure in their homes, in their restaurants, and on their buses – and with the conviction that an end to an oppressive, decades-old Israeli Occupation is the best way to achieve that. They stood in their belief that the nonviolent direct action they were supporting, if effective, could make Palestinians, as well as Israelis, Americans, and the entire world, more secure.”

A testimonial: “Rachel Corrie was a visionary driven by a sharp unrelenting moral intensity. This book reveals the depth of her wisdom, her poetry, her humanity, and her desire to transform suffering. It also reveals her solitary struggle and bravery in the face of a sometimes cruel and heartless world. “Let Me Stand Alone” is a testament to how deeply we need the power and vision and energy of young women to transform the world. It should be read by everyone.” Eve Ensler [American playwright, performer, feminist and activist]

I have read a quarter of the book and i’m finding it to be very inspiring. It contains lots of beautiful poems and insightful short writings. A very much recommended book!

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  1. November 20, 2009 10:02 pm

    Rachel Corrie has long been portrayed as an innocent participant in International Solidarity Movement actions to prevent “Israeli demolition of civilian homes.” The truth is the opposite, she was a naïve human shield used to protect supplies of arms and snipers and homes that had smuggling tunnels. Palestinian terrorists have a history of using civilian homes in order to prevent Israel from acting to stop them. That was Rachel’s job. To solidify her position with her new found friends, she burns an American flag, her face contorted in anger and rage as it goes up in smoke. (
    She admits in her writings “the difficulties the Israeli army would face if they shot an unarmed US citizen.” She was willing to be a piece of propaganda if something were to happen to her while protecting terrorists.

    At the time of her death Corrie was demonstrating in front of a home near a smuggling tunnel that was used to bring in weapons and rockets to be used against Israeli civilians. Sadly, she picked an active war zone in which to demonstrate.

    Rachel Corrie was no martyr. She was there with her fellow ISM activists to confront the Israeli military. She was a pawn of the ISM, an organization intent on destroying the State of Israel, and the terrorists it fronts.

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