Op-Ed: A Just Verdict in the Corrie Case
Prof. Steven PlautSteven Plaut teaches at the University of Haifa and is author of "The Scout" (available from Gefen Publishing House). More of his writings can be seen on the New Plaut Blog, as well as in numerous electronic and print newspapers.
When the Corrie parents began their legal assault against Israel here in Haifa where I live, I published the following “greeting” to them. Here is a relevant excerpt
"The city of Haifa is still recovering from the trauma of the summer of 2006, when it, along with the rest of northern Israel, was targeted by thousands of Katyusha rockets, fired from southern Lebanon by Hizbullah terrorists. Haifa has also been targeted by several suicide bombers who carried out mass murders against civilians in buses and restaurants. Now Haifa is about to become the victim of yet another indignity. It is to be the scene for a legal assault by the parents of Rachel Corrie…."
And I continued:
You (the parents) have stated, “She (Rachel) had been working in Rafah with a nonviolent resistance organization, the International Solidarity Movement, trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes and wells.”
Homes and wells, huh?
Well, she was not. Rachel was trying to prevent the demolition of tunnels used to smuggle weapons for Palestinian terrorists seeking to murder Jewish civilians. … Your daughter was in a war zone as a belligerent, on behalf of a movement of Arab fascists seeking to destroy Israel and murder as many Jews as possible. ..
You demand that we feel your pain at the loss of your daughter, yet your daughter conscripted herself as an accomplice for those seeking to murder my children. You feel no pain for the scores of martyrs in my own city of Haifa murdered by those same terrorists.
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 essentially committed suicide as an empty gesture to assist murderers and terrorists.
You want the world to mourn for your daughter, who died while working with monsters out to murder our children. On the pages of anti-Semitic propaganda web magazines you denounce Israel, but you do not have a single word of sympathy for the families of the thousands of innocent Israeli victims of the terrorists with whom your daughter chose to ally herself.
On behalf of the citizens of Haifa, all of whom your daughter’s Hamas friends are trying to murder, I remain,
It is now official. Rachel Corrie, the patron saint of the pro-terror radical Left and its Islamofascist allies, essentially committed suicide in order to assist Palestinian terrorists. She was not killed by Israel. Israel had no particular reason to want her dead (as opposed to deported).
The Haifa District court just tossed out a petition by the clueless parents of Corrie. They had sought damages and a court proclamation that Israel was at fault in their daughter’s death. Instead, Judge Oded Gershon made it very clear that Rachel Corrie, the US-flag-burning groupie of Islamofascism, was responsible for her own death. She intentionally placed herself in harm’s way in order to interfere with Israeli military anti-terror operations in Gaza. She did so in a place where Palestinian terrorists had fired at Israeli troops just hours earlier. The Israeli troops were there to destroy smuggling tunnels beneath residential buildings, tunnels used to smuggle in explosives, missiles, and other weapons. Things used by the Gazan terrorists to murder Jewish children and other living things.
Corrie had been sent to Gaza as part of a Solidarity-with-genocidal-Hamas-murderers delegation organized by the pro-jihad “International Solidarity Movement” or ISM. The ISM openly endorses Palestinian mass murder of Jews and has collaborated with terrorists, including in hiding their weapons and sheltering wanted murderers. The ISM notoriously hosted two terrorists the day before they murdered several Israelis at the “Mike’s Place” tavern in Tel Aviv in 2003.Corrie entered Gaza to serve as a human shield for Hamas mass murderers. On March 16, 2003 she decided to play chicken with a large Israeli earth mover. The irony is that the driver would have stopped and capitulated to Corrie’s shenanigans if he had seen her. But he did not and struck her. She later died while in Palestinian medical facilities, probably due to medical incompetence by the staff. There have been rumors that her bulldozer stunt was designed to draw Israeli soldiers out in the open to be targeted by Palestinian gunfire.
Since then the totalitarian Left and neo-Nazis have beatified Corrie. She is the darling of the Iranian Holocaust deniers. A ridiculous theater play has been making the circuits proclaiming Corrie a victim, rather than an accomplice of terror. She is celebrated by David Duke and the neo-Nazis, as well as the neo-Stalinist Left. The most lasting images of Corrie was of her face contorted with rage as she burned an American flag.
When Reuters reported that Palestinians “honored” her after her death in a “symbolic funeral” by flying US flags, James Taranto from the Wall Street Journal remarked that if Corrie were still alive, no doubt she’d have burned the flags. Even the far-Left Mother Jones magazine considered her a dangerous and deluded little twit. The Israeli army investigated the death and concluded that Corrie had effectively committed suicide. The Haifa court agreed.
Some of her friends go into the middle of firefights, started when the PLO would fire on Israelis, and – like Corrie – they were injured. One other died trying to protect those terrorists from Israelis shooting back. In the case of the death of ISM member Tom Hurndall, the ISM led a worldwide campaign to demonize the soldier who shot him. Ironically, it turned out the soldier who shot Hurndall was an Arab Bedouin patriot living in Israel and serving in the Israeli military.
Corrie’s parents have been serving as a SWAT team of Israel bashing and as apologists for their daughter’s terrorist comrades and for her behavior. They frequently come to Gaza to show their support for the same Hamas terrorists their daughter served. Ironically, on one occasion the terrorists kidnapped the Corrie parents, but then quickly released them when it became clear that they were far more valuable assets for terrorism while they run about free.
The Corries have been leading the jihad against the Caterpiller company because it sells equipment to Israel.
Sent by the author, although appears in Frontpage magazine.