Remarks by Cindy Corrie, October 2013
It is easy to talk about “peace” and much more difficult to substantively and thoughtfully do something about creating it. Rachel challenges us to continue to be learners, to be the kind of thoughtful activist she was becoming, to be willing to look clearly for the injustices and to expose them, and to be ready to resist, but to make ours a loving resistance.
Rachel was in Gaza partly to challenge the Caterpillar bulldozers and the Israeli military using them to destroy the dwellings of thousands of Palestinians, violating the basic human right of people to be safe in their homes. But she was also there living and working with children, women, and families, striving to share with us some of their experience. A saddened Evergreen professor Larry Mosqueda, said in a March 17, 2003, NPR interview that he admired the courage of Rachel’s convictions. He said, “She wasn’t naive at all. Basically, she was a very smart person and…very dedicated to peace and justice issues…somebody who wanted to do something about the problems in the world, and not just learn about them.”
In 2005, Khaled Nasrallah, one of the two brothers in the house whose families Rachel stood to protect, visited the Evergreen campus when he, his wife, and baby spent weeks traveling with Craig and me to share their story in the U.S. This genuine and peaceful man, Khaled, stood on Red Square, peered around, and quietly smiled. He looked at the beauty of this place and said, “She left paradise to come be with us in Gaza. She left paradise to come be with us in Gaza.”