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march 16, 2003 and march 16, 2008

Sunday is the fifth anniversary of her death. Rachel was crushed to death by an American-IDF armored bulldozer with a tank watching it happen ---- she died crushed either as an imbecile trying to protect terrorist Palestinians in a dangerous war zone or she died as an innocent trying to protect harmless Palestinians in an occupied neutral zone. Depending on whether you like to wave the Star of David over your head or to wear a kaffiyeh.

Her parents are on a world tour with her play, "My Name Is Rachel Corrie", and they're onstage this weekend in Haifa [Israeli], then Nazareth [Israeli but also Arab capital for Israel's Arab citizens], then Jaffa/Yafo [part of greater Tel Aviv, capital of Israel], then Ramallah [West Bank de facto capital of the PLO and headqaurters of one-half of the government of Palestine {the moderate one-half} ]. Quite an eclectic audience, it seems. It strikes me that Rachel would be proud of this as an international gesture promoting healing. If there IS to be any healing, that is.

There's also her new book: "Let Me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie", out now. It's billed as a gift from her parents, who provided personal material for editing and publishing.

Among things they said: "The world knows about Rachel Corrie from how she died. But we know her from how she lived. She was, first and foremost, a writer and an artist".

I have a teeny tiny connection to this art, through being a lighting designer and a gallery host for an exhibition of the Peter Schumann artwork "The US Congress reads Emails of the Dead Peace Activist Rachel Corrie" last September here in Burlington -- it involved hanging the show with Peter and his crew, and positioning five brown and white paiper-mache' crushed corpses of Rachel, life-size, on the wall, surrounded by some of her words rendered in dripping red paint. You just never forget things like that. There were only one or two lights in my design, in an abandoned autoparts warehouse, but that was all she needed; she is her own light. Still.

An education for me too: at an open reception and concert, we had at least five loud and arrogant groups of Jewish audience members jumping up and arguing *with each other* --- I usually think of the Jewish nation / religion as kinda monolithic with small variations, and boy howdy, am I wrong wrong wronnnnnnng !! !! One of the startling things was that one of the groups was made up of university students who were completely intolerant and closed-minded to any ideas but their own, and they were arguing with rabbis who were arguing with each other!

Aren't unis and colleges supposed to be places fighting against intolerance?

Anyway: Rachel's book tour is going to hit Olympia, capital of Washington State in the USA, on April 8. Then there is going to be a seminar on the campus of The Evergreen State College on April 9. Olympia is where Rachel grew up and Evergreen is where she was a senior, due to graduate that May. I'm sorely tempted to soar my butt out there to see where all this happened [she was also quite the townie idealist / socialist / organizer, it seems] and to say hello to a very close cyberfriend --- without benefit of webcam :P

The tour also hits Cooper Union in New York on April 18, which is where my great-grandfather once gave awesome and inspiring, even lost and delirious, lectures about a new anesthetic drug he'd developed for dentistry, and he gave demos, and showed how it worked on audience volunteers, especially women.

I've been to Cooper Union many times but never to Olympia .....


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 15th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Wait... when you're saying that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel... you're being cynical, right?
Mar. 15th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's how I learned it. Catch me up to today?

[If it's really in fact Jerusalem, I'd be sososo surprised, since that's totally in a war zone, as I understand it. As in, the US State Dept goes nuts if you tell them you wanna go to JRS and tour East Jerusalem and such ...]

Edited at 2008-03-15 05:04 pm (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
That's the point - the capital is indeed Jerusalem. TA was never the capital; those who say it is say so cynically/ironically/mockingly.
Mar. 15th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
my, my, my. Tel Aviv seems sooooo much safer to me, because it's farther away, I guess -- though I realize that nowhere over there is really safe. [Kiota's tales of riding in bulletproof buses come immediately to mind.] So, did my homework, stand corrected. It looks like half of all Israelis live in greater Tel Aviv [3 million plus]so maybe my assuming it is your capital is the same thing as Israelis assuming New York is the capital of America because it's our largest city.

It's boggling to me that, since the Israeli government is dedicated to holding on to JRS as the national capital, they haven't just marched into East Jerusalem and annexed it and removed the Palestinians who want EJRS as *their* capital.

Makes no sense at all, to me, anyway, how two countries can put their national capitals in two sections of the same city. Especially when one of them wants to throw the other one into the sea, and says so with terrorism. In case anybody misses their point ...

Butbut you *live* there. So maybe it all makes sense to you?
Mar. 15th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Nuuuuuuu. No mocking, cynicism, irony intended. I just didn't know. Really. Prob one of the last on the planet to find out? *blushes*
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