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RACHEL CORRIE: AN AMERICAN CONSCIENCE 3 OF 3

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RACHEL CORRIE: AN AMERICAN CONSCIENCE PART 3 OF 3

Barakat uses photo stills to reenact what happened the day she died. The bulldozer treaded the ground and Corrie, in an orange, flack jacket, stood her ground. She would not allow the destruction of a family’s home, people she lived with for several weeks. If they no longer had a house, where would they live?

The Israeli soldier crushed her. Eyewitness accounts concurred that the soldier saw Corrie.

After the incident, the unknown Israeli soldier smiled and waved to witnesses from the cab of his bulldozer. Yet, he would not step out of the bulldozer and face his unarmed victim.

The soldier’s behavior in front of the camera showed his humanity fell to the wayside. The first, Israeli fact-finding report about Corrie’s death was not mealy-mouthed but an outright lie because it stated the bulldozer never touched her. The film shows footage from the cab of the bulldozer and the soldier says: “Dobby to two, I hit an object,” (military terminology for a person).

The fact the soldier never came forward publicly demonstrated he learned nothing from his crime because he did not take onus for his actions. While his family, friends and military comrades remain silent, they share the responsibility of this unresolved, heinous crime.

Subsequent to the footage are interviews with peace activists, including Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor who believes the persecuted became the persecutors. She recalled a soldier at the Qalandiya checkpoint who told her if she traveled to Ramallah the Palestinians would cut her in half. One settler said he wants peace, so the Palestinians throughout the West Bank should move to Jordan and Tunis. His asinine remarks are not uncommon.

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