American Hero Rachel Corrie: A Light That Never Goes Out


Rachel Corrie, Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King

by Johnny Punish

12 years ago today, the amazing bright light of a young American Hero named Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was extinguished in a state sponsored murder that reverberated around the world; well, everywhere except in Washington D.C. where her murder by a rogue state was ignored because her actions on behalf of Team People did NOT fit the shameful agenda of those who shamefully slither at the lowest depths of filthy mud at Foggy Bottom.

Yes, an American Citizen murdered by another state and completely ignored by the U.S. Government.

“Rachel Corrie, hero death or glory do you even know her name? She sacrificed then gave up her life in the battle of home bulldozers” Johnny Punish, The Occupation

Rachel was a young bright eyed American peace activist who aimed to change the world. She was murdered by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

She had come to Gaza as part of her senior-year college assignment to connect her home town with Rafah in a sister cities project. While there, she had engaged with other International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists in efforts to prevent the Israeli army’s demolition of Palestinian houses who’s policy was collective punishment of the indigenous peoples bulldozing thousands of homes of men, women, and children.

Less than two months after her arrival, on March 16, 2003, Corrie was murdered during an Israeli military operation after a three-hour confrontation between Israeli soldiers operating two bulldozers and eight ISM activists.

Of course, the Israeli government disputes what actually happened. However, actual witnesses on the ground said the Israeli soldier operating the bulldozer deliberately ran over Corrie because she refused to get out of the way protecting the home of a local family.

In 2005 Corrie’s parents filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Israel. The lawsuit charged Israel with not conducting a full and credible investigation into the case and with responsibility for her death, contending that she had either been intentionally killed or that the soldiers had acted with reckless neglect. They sued for a symbolic one US dollar in damages.

On cue, in August 2012, an Israeli court rejected their suit and upheld the results of the 2003 military investigation, ruling that the Israeli government was not responsible for Corrie’s death.

An appeal against the August 2012 ruling was heard on May 21, 2014. As expected and on cue, on February 14, 2015, Israel’s supreme court rejected the appeal. Nobody on Team People expected the Israeli government to take responsibility because in doing so it would have to indict every home bulldozer action and more; it would have to indict its whole colonial expansion and occupation against the indigenous peoples; something that would destroy the whole flawed and racist idea of their 20th century Euro-Settler state that discounts the indigenous peoples.

So yes, 12 years ago today, Rachel Corrie walked in same non-violent footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is us and we are her! While her murderers go down in history with the likes of Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, and Augusto Pinochet, Rachel’s spirit lives on forever above the clouds while the the light of the stars continue to shine on her with amazing grace!

Today, please take a moment of silence for Rachel.


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  1. Many years back I was told and read that the driver of the bulldozer was a Russian and hired because Russians would be paid a lot less, sort of like running mess halls and using Indian cooks in Iraq during the Iraq War (like Rumsfeld’s policy of paying the lowest wages and contracting out except for the combat arms soldiers).
    In the first video here the driver said he hit an “object”. I do not know what language he was speaking.
    The object was Corrie. I read that he claimed he did not see this object, but that could be a “save your skin” tactic. Bulldozing objects in the way of construction is condoned in Israeli military manuals.

  2. I have never forgot you, or your brave actions Rachael Corrie. To your family my heart still breaks, and tears still come to my eyes.

  3. I would like to add to my above comments about Adolph Hitler that I have surmised that many if not all of the quotes attributed to him, such as the “big lie” quote and the “easy to get the people to war” quote were all taken out of context. He was describing the “West’s” tactics, pure and simple. I guarantee it.

    What else could it be? He was describing the attributes of the enemy, of God’s sake. Think think think! If you’d discovered how to control YOUR people, would you write it down so YOUR people would know what you had done????? Of course not, unless you were an idiot. Yes, he may have uttered the words, but in the context of describing his enemy, USURY!


    • Truthman-

      I’ve started to look at Hitler through a different lens after following Jews for Justice for Germans. I was taught to hate and judge him as being evil. We have been told so many lies and perhaps it’s a lesson in non – judgment.

  4. Johnny, I love what you write and feel your passion. However, please stop including Adolph Hitler in the category of “monsters to compare other’s to”. He was not a monster. He was a leader trying to eradicate usury from his beloved country. His legacy is a lie, shrouded by the Zionist control of the media, not unlike just about EVERYTHING else. Please do the research and you will see. We should ALL follow Hitler’s lead and we should ALL understand that what we are up against is a MSM that is owned an operated by the Zionist Wurlitzer and has been since shortly after 1913. It is THE HARDEST PILL TO SWALLOW in the awakening process. We all like to think things were different when Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley were bringing us the”news” but the truth is, they were bringing us the LIES that we had NO WAY of checking. It wasn’t their fault, as they had no way of checking it either. But don’t think that you haven’t been lied to your entire life, because you HAVE and a little research will prove me correct. Hitler should be the light of our lives, if you despise Zionism.


  5.  Thank you Mr. Punish, for reviving the HEART BREAKING Rachel Corrie’s Case & Exposing the Corrupt, Traitor USA Courts/Politicians.
     One could only imagine how she must have felt when a “Bulldozer” went over her body to kill her.

     The same thing happened to Furkan Dogan a Turkish-American, who KILLED by Israel Commandos in 2010, on the Turkish flotilla in the waters off Gaza.
     The ship was sponsored by a Turkish charity, the Foundation for Human Rights & Freedoms & Humanitarian Relief (IHH) and was carrying Aid to Gaza in defiance of the Israeli blockade.

     If either one of them were Israeli-American whether it happened in North Korea, Cuban or anywhere in between the Corrupt, Traitor USA Courts/Politicians, would have done everything to avenge the situation.

  6. I would edit your article to close with, ” Her murderers go down in history with the likes of Adolph Eichmann, who claimed he was only following orders”.

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