The Truth About How Rachel Corrie Died

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American peace activist, was killed three years ago in Rafah, Gaza, by an Israeli army bulldozer while trying to prevent the unlawful demolition of the home of a Palestinian family with whom she had lived. David Segal's April 9 Sunday Arts article about the play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" promulgates misinformation that maligns both Rachel and the Palestinian family whose home she was protecting. We want to set the record straight.

There were no tunnels under the Samir family's home. As the Israeli army bulldozer approached the Samir home, Rachel stood her ground in front of it, knowing that the three young Samir children were inside. Six months after Rachel's death, the Israeli army demolished the home and found no tunnels of any kind under it. The Samir family was neither compensated for its loss nor helped to find a new home.

They, along with 10,000 other families who have had their homes destroyed by the Israeli military (according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) are refugees in their own land.

There were no tunnels under the Samir home; the Israeli government has never said there were tunnels under the home Rachel was protecting. Once and for all, it is time to put an end to the fallacy that tunnels had anything to do with Rachel's death.

-- Bonnie Brodersen

-- Eugene Robbins

Ashland, Ore.

The writers are Rachel Corrie's aunt and uncle.

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