Rachel Corrie and the Wrath of God



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The Occupation is Evil

I am a United Methodist Missionary in Palestine. I don't know who Thom Saffold is either. I know what the occupation looks like and I know people will sling all kinds of mud to protect their supposed interests in the occupation. I will tell you something unequivocally: the occupation is evil and a losing bet. If people want a long discussion, they know where to find me and I can direct them to the statistics: far more Palestinians have died, been disenfranchised, lost livelihood. "D", I don't know what your angle is but I do not approve and I am darn sure that I know better than you do. I work next to the annexation wall: http://www.umcmission.org/Explore-Our-Work/Missionaries-in-Service/Missionary-Profiles/Gore-John-Daniel Where do you work?

John Daniel "JD" Gore more than 9 years ago

Who on Earth is Thom Saffold?

I've been in the Gaza Strip for 18 months, the majority of that time as an ISM member, and have never heard of him.

It's hardly a secret that the organization was cofounded by four people: , Huwaida Arraf, Ghassan Andoni, George Rishmawi, and Neta Golan.

Remember, kids: search engines are your friends, and may prevent you from embarrassing yourself by saying silly things.

Joe Catron more than 9 years ago


Rachel was trying to prevent the demolition of tunnels used to smuggle weapons for Palestinian terrorists used to murder Jewish civilians.
She was working in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement and put herself in harms way.
Tom Dale, 18, a British protester who said he was standing several yards away.
"She thought they'd stop, but they kept going," Dale said. "She tried to stand up and fell over backwards. The bulldozer dragged her under its blade. About four of the internationals [protesters] gestured to the driver . . . but it kept going, and she was under the main body of the bulldozer.

ISM has been responsible for endangering the safety of many foreign nationals, including American citizen Rachel Corrie and UK citizen Tom Hurndall. Both were killed while participating in ISM activities. In response to Corrie’s death, ISM co-founder Thom Saffold said, “It’s possible they [the protesters] were not as disciplined as we would have liked. But we’re like a peace army. Generals send young men and women off to operations, and some die.”

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.”

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