Make Rachel Corrie Into Israel's Activist

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The International Solidarity Movement (ISM), on which Lee Kaplan has written some outstanding and well-researched articles, is using the accidental death of an American student, Rachel Corrie, to whip up hatred of Israel. The ISM has blood libeled* Israel by saying that Israel murdered her for protesting against the demolition of Palestinian houses. Israel's psychological warfare mistake is to defend itself against this malicious accusation, thus conceding the initiative to the enemy. As stated by Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke, "The advantages of the offense are clear and permanent. He who acts on his own decision lays down the law to which the waiting party must conform his countermeasures. ... [I]t will generally be more advisable to proceed actively and keep the initiative than to await the law of the opponent."

One approach is to argue (correctly) that Rachel Corrie chose voluntarily and recklessly to play "chicken" with moving construction equipment. This is, however,  wholly defensive, and defense does not win conflicts. The other approach is to recall General Carl von Clausewitz's warning that "artillery is the only one of the three arms whose main equipment—guns and carriages—can be promptly used by the enemy against its original owner." In this case, we seize the enemy's public relations weapon, the death of Rachel Corrie, and turn it against him to demolish his credibility.

Rachel Corrie was More Useful to the ISM Dead than Alive

One of the first rules of psychological warfare is that anything you say or do can be used against you. The International Solidarity Movement is on record as saying openly that Rachel Corrie was more useful to its cause dead than alive. It is a matter of record that Craig and Cindy Corrie have been informed of this.

(1) This article was posted by In it, ISM member Joseph Smith, who was present when Rachel Corrie was hit by the bulldozer, put himself on record as follows. (Emphasis is mine.)

The spirit that she died for is worth a life. This idea of resistance, this spirit of resisting this brutal occupying force, is worth anything. And many, many, many Palestinians give their lives for it all the time. So the life of one international, I feel, is more than worth the spirit of resisting oppression.

Most cowardly manipulators, like the mullahs and imams who promise Arab teenagers 72 virgins in the afterlife, prefer to send others to die for the Cause. Even worse is to come, because Smith admitted openly in "Making of a Martyr" by Sandra Jordan,

Joe Smith, 21, who went to college with Corrie, said that, although they acknowledged the danger, they saw death as a ‘small, unlikely, potential risk’.” ‘We knew there was a risk,’ Smith said, ‘but we also knew it never happened in the two years that we (the ISM) have been working here. I knew we take lots of precautions so that it doesn’t happen, that if it did happen it would have to be an intentional act by a soldier, in which case it would bring a lot of publicity and significance to the cause.’


(2) ISM leader George Rishmawi also expressed a motive for wanting Rachel Corrie dead.

"When Palestinians get shot by Israeli soldiers, no one is interested anymore," Rishmawi said. "But if some of these foreign volunteers get shot or even killed, then the international media will sit up and take notice."

(3) The ISM admits openly that it recklessly endangered Rachel Corrie's life. This is straight from the Electronic Intifada, which accused Israel of "murdering" Rachel Corrie.

Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM, 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie (L) and Nick (R) oppose the potential destruction of this home (to the west of the Doctor’s home where Rachel was killed). In the instance pictured, the bulldozer did not stop and Rachel was pinned between the scooped earth and the fence behind her. On this occasion, the driver stopped before seriously injuring her. Photo by Joseph Smith (ISM Handout).

There's Joseph Smith again, taking pictures while his fellow activist puts her life at risk. The key takeaway is, however, that the ISM says openly that Rachel was almost killed by a bulldozer earlier in the day. The ISM nonetheless chose to allow or encourage her to continue to play chicken with moving construction equipment, and thus knowingly and willfully endangered her along with any other activists who might have participated.

(4) "Making of a Martyr" quotes a Hamas member as follows:

'Her death serves me more than it served her,' said one activist at a Hamas funeral yesterday.