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In this section, we’ve posted Rachel Corrie’s emails and journals from Rafah, as well as journals and other writing, and dated them the day they were written. Rachel Corrie was killed while defending a Palestinian family’s home from an illegal demolition by an Israeli military bulldozer. What if our aloneness is what allows us to speak the truth without being afraid? An eight-year-old was shot and killed by an Israeli tank two days before I got here, and many of the children murmur his name to me – Ali – or point at the posters of him on the walls. But anyway, there are eight-year-olds here much more aware of the workings of the global power structure than I was just a few years ago.Since then, her words about peace, justice and human dignity have echoed in theaters and public readings around the globe in numerous formats. I’m here because children everywhere are suffering and because forty thousand people die each day from hunger. We have got to understand that the poor are all around us and we are ignoring them. My dream is to save the 40,000 people who die each day. What if our aloneness is what allows us to adventure – to experience the world as a dynamic presence – as a changeable, interactive thing? To give a fraction of meaning to something enormous and needless. This realization that I will live my life in this world where I have privileges. The children also love to get me to practice my limited Arabic by asking me, “Kaif Sharon? ” and they laugh when I say, “Bush Majnoon”, “Sharon Majnoon” back in my limited arabic. Nevertheless, no amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing and word of mouth could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here.
Certainly there is no place invulnerable to apache helicopters or to the cameras of invisible drones we hear buzzing over the city for hours at a time.Six hundred and two homes have been completely bulldozed according to the Rafah Popular Refugee Committee. Egyptian kids shouting at strange women wandering into the path of tanks.The number of homes that have been partially destroyed is greater. Palestinian kids shot from the tanks when they peak out from behind walls to see what’s going on.I just read a report back from a friend who organized a peace group in Shelton, Washington, and was able to be part of a delegation to the large January 18th protest in Washington DC. My love to fg and barnhair and sesamees and Lincoln School. Rachel Mama, Now the Israeli army has actually dug up the road to Gaza, and both of the major checkpoints are closed.People here watch the media, and they told me again today that there have been large protests in the United States and “problems for the government” in the UK. This means that Palestinians who want to go and register for their next quarter at university can’t.
In addition to the constant presence of tanks along the border and in the western region between Rafah and settlements along the coast, there are more IDF towers here than I can count—along the horizon, at the end of streets. Others these strange spiral staircases draped in some kind of netting to make the activity within anonymous.