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Put International Solidarity Movement on Trial for Rachel Corrie’s Death

Photo: International Solidarity Movement's activists in Ni'lin, Feb. 5, 2012.

International Solidarity Movement's activists in Ni'lin, Feb. 5, 2012.
Photo Credit: Yoram Shuruk / Wiki Commons

Today, an Israeli court rejected a lawsuit filed by the family of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old American who was killed by a military bulldozer nine years ago, ruling that the death was an accident for which Corrie was responsible and, further, that there was no proof the soldiers acted with intent to harm or criminal neglect.

In reports on the trial over the past few days, the media mostly ignored the role played by International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in the young woman’s tragic death.

For instance, in three reports by the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent about the trial, Harriet Sherwood, (here, here, and here), all Sherwood wrote about ISM were that they were pro-Palestinian activists involved in “direct action”, and that they were “accused by [the IDF] of illegal, irresponsible and dangerous” behaviour.

Sherwood, like much of the media, didn’t think it was relevant to provide her readers with even a short description of ISM’s reckless and extremely dangerous behavior – dangerous for both Israelis involved in anti-terror operations, as well as for the ISM volunteers, like Corrie, cynically exploited for “the cause”.

ISM was founded in 2001 by a group of young, extremist left Americans. According to the Terrorism Information Center, between 2001 and 2005, the years of the second intifada, ISM volunteers engaged in activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and “did not merely help the Palestinian population, but intentionally hindered IDF anti-terror activities.”

Their activities included “serving as human shields for terrorist operatives wanted by the Israeli security forces”, and “provid[ing] Palestinian terrorist operatives…with financial, logistic and moral support, hindering the razing and sealing of houses of suicide bombers.”

Since the end of the Intifada ISM activists were among the founders of the pro-Hamas umbrella ‘Free Gaza Movement’, and consistently send volunteers to protest demonstrations at focal points of Palestinian-Israeli friction, such as in Bil’in.

While ISM describes itself as “ committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles”, Paul Larudee, the Northern California head of the ISM, has said that “We recognize that violence is necessary and it is permissible for oppressed and occupied people to use armed resistance and we recognize their right to do so.”

Similarly, in a 2002 article, ISM co-founders Adam Shapiro and Huwaida Arraf wrote, “The Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both non-violent and violent,” adding that “[i]n actuality, nonviolence is not enough…Yes, people will get killed and injured.”

Shapiro and Arraf lauded such deaths as “no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation. And we are certain that if these men were killed during such an action, they would be considered shaheed Allah.”

ISM activists and organizers have time and again justified terrorism and associated with terrorists.

In 2003 alone, for example, ISM activist Susan Barclay admitted in an interview that she worked with representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jidhad; terrorists originating from UK who had attacked the Mike’s Place bar in Tel Aviv, murdering three people, had, according to an Israeli report, “forg[ed] links with foreign left-wing activists and members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)”; and senior Islamic Jihad terrorist Shadi Sukiya was arrested while he was hiding in ISM’s Jenin office and being assisted by two ISM activists.

(See NGO Monitor’s page documenting ISM’s terrorism associations).

IT SHOULD NOT be surprising that the 2003 incident involving Corrie took place in the “Military Installations Area,” along the Egyptian border, at the Philadelphi Route, which was considered a hostile battlefield because of the large number of attacks carried out by terrorists.

Between 2000 and March 2003, the area was also notorious for being the primary smuggling route for terrorists bringing weaponry into Gaza and the West Bank from Egypt. Terrorist activities during this period included thousands of grenade attacks, 184 anti-tank missile attacks, 147 road-side explosives, and 41 mortar attacks.

Indeed, the IDF mission on the day in question, which ISM was trying to impede, was merely an effort to level terrain and clear debris near the border in order to remove cover for future terrorist attacks.

About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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20 Responses to “Put International Solidarity Movement on Trial for Rachel Corrie’s Death”

  1. Mordechai Motti Luzia says:

    tall the ISM to stey out of ISRAEL and israel not occupation of Palestinian land… ISM was founded in 2001 by a group of young, extremist left Americans. According to the Terrorism Information Center, between 2001 and 2005, the years of the second intifada, ISM volunteers engaged in activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and “did not merely help the Palestinian population, but intentionally hindered IDF anti-terror activities.”.

    you all MORONS.

  2. Mordechai Motti Luzia says:

    Monitor’s page documenting ISM’s terrorism associations).

    IT SHOULD NOT be surprising that the 2003 incident involving Corrie took place in the “Military Installations Area,” along the Egyptian border, at the Philadelphi Route, which was considered a hostile battlefield because of the large number of attacks carried out by terrorists.
    you f****K with IDF you DIE.

  3. Greta Berlin says:

    What a moron.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a biased, anti-Semitic article you're recommending! From the look of you, you're probably the granddaughter of a Gestapo war criminal.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just get off this site, you Nazi whore.

  6. Gail Tunick says:

    greta you are a moron. I was in Israel when a bus full of innocent people was bombed. Young kids on their way to school, people on their way to work. These people had nothing to do with hurting Corrie or anyone else from the ISM. These innocent people were just living their lives. When you are being attacked all of the time you don't take chances. I don't like violence but if someone was trying to hurt my children or family all of the time you best believe that I would shoot first and ask questions later. The ISM needs to stay out of things they don't understand. Corrie put herself in danger. No one else did. She is responsible for her actions and for her death. Her death was not done on purpose.

  7. Gail Tunick says:

    greta why don't you defend the innocent Israeli children who are MURDERED by their neighbors who won't even recognize the right of Israel to exist. They won't even put Israel on the map or teach their children that there is a country named Israel. Look at both sides of the issue.

  8. Greta Berlin says:

    Always call the truth tellers anti-Semitic. That just does not work any longer

  9. Mordechai Motti Luzia says:

    Gail they LIBS Obama talk they said AMAN u the best man

  10. Mordechai Motti Luzia says:

    openid no name calling send her toback to SCHOOL

  11. Mordechai Motti Luzia says:

    miss Berlin

    ISM was founded in 2001 by a group of young, extremist left Americans. According to the Terrorism Information Center, between 2001 and 2005, the years of the second intifada, ISM volunteers engaged in activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and “did not merely help the Palestinian population, but intentionally hindered IDF anti-terror activities

  12. Mordechai Motti Luzia says:

    Gail post this

    ISM was founded in 2001 by a group of young, extremist left Americans. According to the Terrorism Information Center, between 2001 and 2005, the years of the second intifada, ISM volunteers engaged in activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and “did not merely help the Palestinian population, but intentionally hindered IDF anti-terror activities

  13. Greta Berlin is an ISM leader and her own daughter has outted her as a virulent anti-Semite. See her profile in the Rogues Section of StoptheISM.com.

  14. Greta, if you;re not an anti-Semite does Israel have the right to exist as a Jewish state? Your own daughter has described your rants against "the Goddamn Jews" at the dinner table many times.

  15. There is a difference between a truth-teller and a simple minded housewife who parrots leftist political rhetoric to impress others. Too bad about your sister. Did she accidentally stand in front of a bulldozer, too?

  16. Good idea. ISM is just an offshoot of the PLO. Shouldn't people be outraged that their children are being brainwashed by terrorists?

  17. The sort of truth you believe you own reminds me of the Jerry Springer show, with all kinds of beat up old dykes screaming about their girlfriends cheating on them. Pity about your sister—did she accidentally stand in front of a bulldozer, too?

  18. Just google the name and you will see her entire profile, including a wikipedia page (and her age: 71). I see the terrorists even have Doris Day wannabes…oink oink.

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