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The Continuing Idiocy of Rachel Corrie's Parents By: Steven Plaut
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Just recently, Palestinian terrorists failed to kidnap the parents of Rachel Corrie in the Gaza Strip.  They tried, but backed off when they learned the identity of their would-be victims.

The Corrie parents were in the Gaza Strip as part of their global campaign to get the world to commemorate their daughter's death by destroying Israel.  They are also trying to get terror lovers from around the world to boycott the Caterpiller company for the crime of selling bulldozers to Israel, some of which are used to fight terror. 

You will recall that Rachel Corrie inadvertently committed suicide by challenging an Israeli military bulldozer to a game of chicken as part of her attempt to prevent it from destroying houses hiding a smuggling tunnel, through which Palestinian terrorists were bringing in explosives to murder Jewish civilians. Corrie died after being taken away for care in a Palestinian medical facility. The Israeli bulldozer driver insisted he had not seen Corrie at all, who was hidden from his line of sight, and otherwise he would have stopped the machine. Corrie had been dispatched to Gaza and to her suicide death by the pro-terror International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Corrie has since become the martyr saint for the pro-terror lobby and is even celebrated by David Duke.


Her parents were touring the area when the people their daughter died for tried to kidnap them, as well. According to the news report:


Palestinian gunmen burst into a Rafah house early Wednesday and tried to kidnap the parents of Rachel Corrie, who was killed in 2003 as she protested the impending demolition of a house in the southern Gaza town, according to a witness.

The five gunmen appeared to be affiliated with the Fatah movement, according to Samir Nasrallah, the Corries' host. The gunmen eventually relented after being told who their targets were, he said.

Corrie, of
Olympia, Wash., was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 as she tried to stop it from demolishing Nasrallah's house. Her parents, Craig and Cindy, have repeatedly visited Nasrallah since their daughter's death. They left Gaza safely after the attempted kidnapping, Nasrallah said.


All this comes just a few days after a British “peace activist, in Gaza to help the terrorists, was kidnapped together with her parents but then released, as was an Italian leftist.  Seems that Palestinian terrorists are having trouble separating theWesterners who are in town to assist terrorism from other Western infidels.


This should have been a marvelous opportunity for the Corrie parents to learn first hand just what Palestinian terrorism is all about and just why Israel needs to fight terrorism with a variety of means at its disposal, including bulldozers. 


Meanwhile, both the ISM and the Corries are trying to turn the incident into a new Bash-Israel festivity. The “ISM Media Group” in the name of the “Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project,” claimed that news reports stating that the parents of slain American human rights activist Rachel Corrie were the intended targets of an attempted kidnapping Wednesday in Gaza are “incorrect.”  They claim the Corries were never threatened with kidnapping, nor did gunmen burst into the house where the Corries were staying. (Sure...we believe whatever the ISM terrorists tell us!)


The Corrie parents issued a statement blaming Israel: “The continued Israeli occupation undermines the ability of Palestinians to have a free society,” they said.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Corrie:

I was quite disappointed that you learned absolutely nothing from the near-kidnapping by terrorists you experienced this week.  This of course came after your open letter to the world, "A Call to Action; Rachel’s Words Live", was reprinted in many different media outfits, including the viciously anti-Jewish Counterpunch magazine, and the Guardian.

In that letter, you begin by recalling that your daughter was "killed by an Israeli bulldozer", but you neglect to mention the circumstances under which she was so killed (nor the fact that she died from her injuries while under Palestinian medical care).  You then add, "She had been working in Rafah with a nonviolent resistance organization, the International Solidarity Movement, trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes and wells."  

She was not.  She was trying to prevent the demolition of tunnels used to smuggle weapons for Palestinian terrorists seeking to murder Jewish civilians. The ISM openly endorses Palestinian "armed struggle" against Jewish children and civilians and openly collaborates with terroristsIt has hidden wanted terrorists and their weapons in its offices.  It is an accomplice in murder.  Two Arabs who entered Israel under ISM auspices blew up a Tel Aviv pub and murdered Jews.  Lying is not the best way to drum up sympathy for your dead daughter. 

Your daughter was in Rafiah to serve as a human shield to defend and promote Palestinian terrorism.  When you were nearly kidnapped, you were there for the same reason.  The International Solidarity Movement is a pro-terrorist, pro-violence anti-Semitic organization that your daughter chose to join.  You pretend that your daughter died trying to protect an "innocent house".  You are lying again.  That "innocent house" was camouflage for a not-so-innocent terrorist smuggling tunnel and the residents of that innocent house knew all about the tunnel. 

Your daughter was in a war zone as a belligerent, as one who had - perhaps wittingly and perhaps not - recruited herself on behalf of a genocidal movement of Arab fascists seeking to destroy Israel and murder as many Jews as possible.  Your daughter died while interfering with an anti-terror operation carried out by an army in a land in which she had no business being at all.  You demand that we feel your pain at the loss of your daughter, yet your daughter conscripted herself as an aid for those seeking to murder my children. 

The raison d’etre of the ISM is to assist Palestinian terrorists murder Jewish children, and to prevent all Israeli efforts to fight that campaign of murder.  Your daughter foolishly put herself in harm’s way by challenging a large bulldozer and placing herself in a position where the operator could not see her.  You know quite well that the bulldozer operator was not seeking to harm your daughter.  And you know damned well that no harm would have fallen her had she not decided to "play chicken" with the machine, about as responsible a form of behavior as running across unlit segments of LA freeways at midnight

You write, "We had not understood the devastating nature of the Palestinians’ situation."   Of course, you have never expressed any interest in the devastating nature of the Jews’ situation.  The Jews have been battling Arab fascism and terrorism for a hundred years, before, during, and after the Nazi Holocaust of six million Jews. Your daughter was allied with those seeking to continue the perpetration of nazi-like atrocities against randomly selected Jews.  You smugly praise the propaganda play about your daughter in London, which ignored all the other Rachels, the Jewish women victims of terror in Israel, who were murdered by the genocidal terrorists with whom your daughter’s ISM friends collaborate.

Your daughter, and apparently you as well, never had any understanding of the Middle East conflict.  The Middle East conflict is NOT about the right to self-determination of Palestinian Arabs, but rather is about the right to self-determination of Israeli Jews.  For a century the Arabs have attempted to block any expression of Jewish self-determination, using violence, armed aggression, and terrorism.  The Arabs today control 22 countries and territory nearly twice the size of the United States.  They refuse to share even a fraction of one percent of the Middle East with Jews, even in a territory smaller than New Jersey

The Arab countries invented the imaginary Palestinian "people" and their imaginary "plight" after 1967 as a propaganda ploy in imitation of the German campaign on behalf of Sudeten self-determination in the 1930s. Just like the struggle for "Sudeten liberation" was nothing more than a fig leaf for the German aggression aimed at annihilating Czechoslovakia, so the struggle for "Palestinian liberation" is nothing more than a jihad to destroy Israel and its population.  And it is in support of that goal that the ISM operates, even taking its operational orders from the terror leaders.

Your write, "Clearly, our daughter has become a positive symbol for people."   I am afraid you are mistaken.  Your daughter has become a symbol for dangerous foolhardiness.  She committed suicide as an empty gesture meant to assist murderers and terrorists. 

You want the world to mourn for your daughter, who died as part of her efforts to assist those trying to murder my children.  You demand on the pages of anti-Semitic propaganda web magazines that the world mourn your daughter, but you do not have a single word of sympathy for the families of the thousands of innocent victims of the terrorists with whom your daughter chose to ally herself.

Signed, Steven Plaut

Meanwhile, it must come as a complete surprise for anyone who was away from the planet these past few months that the expulsion of the Jewish population of the Gaza Strip by Ariel Sharon has now resulted in escalating daily Kassam rocket bombardments of the Jewish towns of southern Israel.


As you recall, the entire world media had insisted all along that the expulsion would result in tranquility, just like the imaginary tranquility on Israel's northern border with Lebanon, since - after all - what possible reason would the PLO and its affiliates have to shoot rockets out of Gaza at the Jews?  After all, Israel had given the Palestinians EVERYTHING they wanted, including a Judenrein Gaza Strip, so clearly they would have no reason to engage in  violence and shooting AFTER the expulsion!


It should have been obvious that the expulsion would result in massive escalation in violence and in Kassam and mortar fire that would eventually make an ever-widening circle inside Israel and around Gaza as unlivable. Well, we are clearly well on our way to fulfillment of that prediction.


Kassams fired from Gaza now land in Israel every day.  Israel, still deluded into believing there exists a “peace process”, responds only when they land "too close" to power plants and similar installations, and - even then - by bombing empty PLO buildings after warning the PLO.


Now the latest attempt by the Israeli government to control the damage of the Gush Katif capitulation and expulsion is to move tanks and artillery up to the Gaza fence in order to prevent the Kassam shooters from using the abandoned Jewish settlements as sites for shooting.  When the terrorists are setting up missiles, Israel tries to shoot at them. 


You with me here?  The abandoned Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip are the closest points from which the PLO can fire rockets at Negev towns. The Israeli heavy artillery has been moved up to prevent the PLO and its HAMAS affiliates from entering those abandoned settlements in order to set up and fire rockets at the Negev.


Now here is a thought.  If Israel's whole purpose is to make it hard for the PLO and Hamas to move into the areas of the abandoned Gaza Jewish settlements to shoot rockets at Israel, then WHY THE HELL DID ISRAEL EXPEL THE JEWISH SETTLERS IN THE FIRST PLACE?   Leaving the Jewish settlers there would have been the most effective way to prevent the PLO and Hamas from setting up rocket shooters inside the territories of those settlements!


And so - instead of moving tanks and heavy artillery up to the Gaza fence to shoot at PLO and HAMAS terrorists when they try to enter the territories of those abandoned Jewish settlements to shoot at the Negev - wouldn't it be so much simpler and cheaper just to move all the expelled Jewish settlers back to their homes in the Gaza Strip?


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Steven Plaut is a professor at the Graduate School of the Business Administration at the University of Haifa and is a columnist for the Jewish Press. A collection of his commentaries on the current events in Israel can be found on his "blog" at www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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