Slain US activist’s parents seek justice in Israel

Dear Editor,

In “Slain US activist’s parents seek justice in Israel” we need to read five and a half paragraphs, 14 emotional lines, 214 words slandering Israel, before we are presented with the Israeli version of what happened. The usual AP bias, this time using the unfortunate death of a young woman to spread their anti-Israel hatred.

DAVID BEDEIN, Director Israel Resource News Agency Jerusalem, says it in the Jerusalem Post of October 18, 2010, as follows:

The article misses the point of what happened when an American citizen, International Solidarity Movement (ISM) member Rachel Corrie, was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer on March 16, 2003.

For the past seven-and-a-half years, Corrie’s parents have alleged that Rachel was killed by a driver who clearly had her in his sights.

What now needs to be cleared up is that news interviews with Corrie’s friends at the time tell a different story.

Immediately after the accident, ISM spokesman Mike Shaik referred us to Lynn Clausen, a 24-year-old resident of Washington from the Christians Peacemakers Team based in Hebron, which trains the ISM volunteers.

Shaik and Clausen sent our agency to speak with Corrie’s friends who were with her at the time she was crushed.

Corrie’s friend Joe Smith described how Corrie sat on a mound of dirt facing the IDF bulldozer making its way to the house it was about to demolish.

“Rachel had two options,” Smith said. “When the bulldozer started to dig in the dirt pile, the pile started to move, and she could have rolled sideways quickly or fallen backwards to avoid being hit. But Rachel leaned forward to climb to the top of the dirt pile. The bulldozer’s digging drew her downward, and its driver could not see her anymore. So without lifting the scoop, he turned backward and she was already underneath the blade.”

Smith’s description is very important, since the picture published by Reuters shows Corrie standing to the left of the bulldozer, in a location where the driver can see her very clearly, as she holds a megaphone in her hand. Beneath the picture’s caption was written: “Photographed before Rachel Corrie was run over by an IDF bulldozer.”

Everyone who looked at the picture and the text understood that the driver, who saw the American civilian standing in front of him, just continued crushing Corrie to death. But Joe Smith said that the picture was taken hours before she was run over, which happened at 5 p.m., and not a few minutes beforehand. Smith emphasized that at the time of the incident there were no photographers in the area.

Of course this doesn’t belong in an AP report since it’s the Israeli side of the story & the truth.

Shalom,

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