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Rachel Corrie’s mother speaks out about Gaza flotilla and US collusion


Summary of story from The Guardian, July 8, 2011

In 2003 Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon promised President Bush a “thorough, credible, and transparent” investigation into her daughter’s killing, writes Cindy Corrie.

The US government’s position, she says, continues to be that the promise has gone unfulfilled.

Her daughter Rachel was run down and killed by a US-made Israeli military Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 while trying to protect a Gazan family and their home.

In 2008 the US Department of State wrote: “We have consistently requested that the government of Israel conduct a full and transparent investigation into Rachel’s death. Our requests have gone unanswered or ignored.”

But after eight years, the Corrie family remains engaged in prolonged court proceedings seeking accountability that the US government has been unable to secure – though it has no difficulty sending Israel $3bn annually in weapons that do the damage, she points out.

The US government has failed repeatedly to obtain accountability for its own citizens and Palestinian civilians harmed by Israel.

Now, she says, it is an accomplice in manipulating policing of the Mediterranean and maintaining Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, and has thwarted and threatened citizens acting in the nonviolent tradition of America’s most revered champions of human rights.

Much of the world is watching, she says, disgusted with US abandonment of its own and with its collusion in the imprisonment of the people of Gaza.

Gaza flotillas reflect the world’s embrace of the Palestinian cry for freedom – and most immediately their cry for an end to the blockade and siege of Gaza.

Israel and the US may slow or stop the boats, but in doing so, will only find themselves increasingly isolated, she continues.

Civil society is acting and will continue to until the US government and others catch up, she says.

Adding: ‘Only when we apply to Israel/Palestine a framework of international law, human rights, and a belief in freedom and equality for every human being, is there realistic hope for a sustainable resolution and peace’.

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