The fact that Rachel Corrie’s family was again denied justice for their daughter’s wrongful death is, indeed, sad, but not surprising. Since Israel does bear the most responsibility for Ms. Corrie’s tragic, untimely and brutal death, the State of Israel should take the responsibility and recompense Rachel Corrie’s family for the damages. Israel is wrong to whitewash the late Ms. Corrie’s brutal death and to evade any kind of responsibility for it.
Yet, at the same time, I believe that there’s plenty of responsibility for Rachel Corrie’s death to go around.
Israel bears the most responsibility for their continued policies of occupation in West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, which were designated for the Palestinians during the 1947-1948 UN partition and mandate.
The United States, and the West, generally, also bear a great deal of responsibility of Rachel Corrie’s death by not putting enough pressure on Israel to end her occupation, settlement-building, housing demolition, and the humiliating and brutal treatment/killing and injuring of innocent Palestinian civilians (i. e. men, women and children.)
Here’s is another opinion that many of you will undoubtedly disagree with, but I’ll say it out anyway:
The leadership of the ISM (International Solidarity Movement) also bears a certain amount of responsibility, due to certain tactical mistakes that it made: One major mistake on the part of the ISM’s leadership was not altering their tactics after several ISM members, including the late Ms. Corrie herself, had encountered close calls while standing between houses and Israeli army-operated bulldozers. First, Rachel Corrie and her colleagues/friends in the ISM received only two days of the most basic training before embarking into the Israeli-Occupied Territories. Secondly, by allowing the late Ms. Corrie and her colleagues to stand/supplant themselves singlely between Israeli-operated bulldozers and the Palestinian families’ houses that were slated for demolition, in order to prevent that, the ISM inadvertently put their members in even worse danger. What the ISM should’ve done instead was to operate in a much larger arena; To stand between bulldozers and houses slated for demolition in much larger groups, hence offering greater safety in numbers, and therefore, greater protection, thus making the possibility of Israeli-operated bulldozers running anybody over much more difficult, if not impossible.