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Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Almost Forgotten Death of Rachel Corrie





This post comes a few days after the anniversary of her death – March 16, 2003 – 23 year old Rachel Corrie, peace activist from Olypia Washington. She died in Rafah – a city in Gaza – where she was attempting to non-violently protest and prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).  She was crushed to death by an armored bull dozer.

I remember at the time of her death my preaching text was to come from the book of Job.  I chose Job 12: 5
 “The comfortable hold calamity in contempt…[i]

The song by Billy Bragg uses the tune of Bob Dylan’s 1964 protest song – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.




[i] Anchor Bible – Marvin H. Pope

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