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(en) Statement On The Murder Of Rachel Corrie by Israeli Occupation Forces, 16 March 2003.

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(NEFAC on-line - //nefac.northernhacking.org/newswire/display/299/index.php)
Date Tue, 25 Mar 2003 12:17:23 +0100 (CET)

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The military might of Israel has been pounding the
cities, towns and camps of the Palestinian Arabs of
the Occupied Territories. Thousands have been
slain, including our comrade Rachel Corrie, a young
activist with the International Solidarity
Movement whose work we have has supported in
New York City. The infrastructure of a poor people,
whose ongoing devastation Rachel was witness to,
has been wrecked. Hospitals, roads,
communications, indistries, government offices,
cultural institutions and, tragically, as we have
seen, even homes have been ruthlessly and
deliberately destroyed. This, after 35 years of
Israel's colonial occupation of these Territories, the
longest occupation of another people's land in
modern times.

That the Israelis have been able to do this is in
large part due to the decades of political, military
and, especially, economic support it has received
from the United States Government. The State of
Israel is by far the greatest recipient in the world
of US governmental aid and long-term loans. In
addition, unlike efforts to cut off private aid to
officially labelled "terrorists," the US government
allows its citizens to give a great deal of financial
aid to the Israeli State. This must stop.

We call on every citizen and institution in the
United States to cut economic ties with Israel and
to divest their holdings in companies that deal in
Israeli goods, particularly those who supply
weapons, machinery and supplies to the Israeli
Occupation Forces.

It is the Occupation Forces who wreak terror and
destruction upon innocent civilians. It is the
Occupation Forces who prevent medical and relief
personnel, as well as peace workers, from reaching
the sick, the dying and the desperate. It is the
Occupation Forces who have beaten and shot at our
comrades in the International Solidarity
Movement. It is the Occupation Forces who
terrorized members of the Christian Peacemakers
Team and The Fellowship of Reconcilliation during
the seige of the Church of the Nativity. It is the
Occupation Forces, in a display of callousness that
would chill the heart were it not a matter of all too
regular occurence in the lives of Palestinians, who
drove a bulldozer over Rachel Corrie, crushing her
to death. It is the Occupation Forces who killed
more Palestinians the same day they killed Rachel.

We therefore call for all supporters of the
Palestinian struggle, all war resisters and,
especially, our comrades in the struggle against
neoliberalism to join the movement that has
linked itself to the historic South African
divestment campaign. Grassroots efforts like the
one that helped topple the apartheid regime in
South Africa will become a critical element in the
successful struggle of the Palestinian people for
liberation. At this time, the Caterpillar

Corporation should be the target of sustained
action. Caterpillar supplies the D-9 Bulldozer the
Occupation Forces used to kill Rachel and
numerous others in the process of illiegally
destroying Palestinain homes.

The Israeli State must stop their genocidal assault.
They must unilaterally withdraw their military
forces from the West Bank, Gaza and East
Jerusalem. They must withdraw their military
bases and checkpoints from the Occupied
Territories. They must negotiate a return of the
Palestinian people to Israel. They must pay full
compensation for the property they have seized.
They must recognize the right of the Palestinian
people to self- government.

We recognize that the first revolutionary struggle
of this maligned and valiant people is to survive.
As in the struggle of Irish republicans against the
British monarchy, as in the struggle of black South
Africans against Afrikaner nationalists, as in the
struggle of Native Americans against white
settlers, we affirm the Palestinians' right to armed
resistance against their colonial oppressors.

We salute the International Solidarity Movement
and all those who witness horror to work for peace.
We salute the living sacrifice of Rachel Corrie and
the unyielding spirit of the Palestinian people.
Earth shall not bury the Intifada in their hearts.

Christine Karatnytsky

Open City Anarchist Collective, NYC North
Eastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists 18
March 2003

opencity (at) nefac.net http://nefac.net/

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