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.