American Protester Killed by Israeli Bulldozer in Gaza

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at
Sun Mar 16 11:27:57 MST 2003

*****   New York Times   March 16, 2003

American Protester Killed by Israeli Bulldozer in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An American woman in Gaza to protest Israeli
operations was killed Sunday when she was run over by an Israeli
bulldozer, witnesses and hospital officials said.

Rachel Corrie, 23, a college student from Olympia, Wash., had been
trying to stop the bulldozer from tearing down a building in the
Rafah refugee camp, witnesses said. She was taken to Najar hospital
in Rafah, where she died, said Dr. Ali Moussa, a hospital

Greg Schnabel, 28, of Chicago, said the protesters were in the house
of Dr. Samir Masri. Israeli almost daily has been tearing down houses
of Palestinians it suspects in connection with Islamic militant
groups, saying such operations deter attacks on Israel such as
suicide bombings.

"Rachel was alone in front of the house as we were trying to get them
to stop," Schnabel said. "She waved for the bulldozer to stop and
waved. She fell down and the bulldozer kept going. We yelled, 'Stop,
stop,' and the bulldozer didn't stop at all. It had completely run
over her and then it reversed and ran back over her."

Witnesses said Corrie was wearing a brightly colored jacket when the
bulldozer hit her. She had been a student at The Evergreen State
College in Olympia and would have graduated this year, Schnabel said.

The Israeli military and the U.S. State Department had no immediate comment.

Groups of international protesters have gathered in several locations
in the West Bank and Gaza during two years of Palestinian violence,
setting themselves up as "human shields" to try to stop Israeli

Corrie was the first member of the groups, called "International
Solidarity Movement" and backed by Palestinian groups, to be killed
in the conflict. Several activists have been arrested in clashes with
Israeli forces, and some have been deported by Israeli authorities.

Schnabel said there were eight protesters at the site in Rafah, four
from the United States and four from Great Britain. "We stay with
families whose house is to be demolished," he told the Associated
Press by telephone after the incident.

Mansour Abed Allah, 29, a Palestinian human rights worker in Rafah,
witnessed the incident. He said the killing should be a message to
President Bush, who is "providing Israel with tanks and bulldozers,
and now they killed one of his own people."

Israel sends tanks and bulldozers into the area almost every day,
destroying buildings near the Gaza-Egypt border. The Israelis say
Palestinian gunmen use the buildings as cover, and arms-smuggling
tunnels dug under the border terminate in the buildings.

According to interim peace accords, Israel controls the border area,
where there are clashes almost daily between Palestinian gunmen and
Israeli soldiers.

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