Remembering Rachel Corrie: 20 Years Later – Virtual Conversation with Cindy & Craig Corrie
Date(s) - 03/22/2023
The Jerusalem Fund
March 16th marked the 20th anniversary of the brutal murder of Rachel Corrie, an American human rights defender and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer as she attempted to halt the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in Gaza. Two decades later, those responsible for Rachel’s murder have yet to face justice, as they have been shielded by the US’ refusal to hold Israel accountable for any of its crimes.
On March 22nd, we will be hosting Rachel’s parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, in a virtual event to reflect on their fight for justice for Rachel over the last twenty years, and how the struggle to hold Israel accountable has evolved during that time.
Cindy & Craig Corrie are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie who in 2003 was killed by an Israeli military-operated Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip, as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Rachel wrote of the importance of making commitments to people and places. Since her death, her family and community have strived to continue the commitment to Palestine that Rachel intended. For over a decade, the Corries pursued accountability in Rachel’s case through efforts in the U.S. Congress, at the Departments of State and Justice, and in U.S. and Israeli courts. From 2003 through 2016, the Corries traveled often to the Middle East, supporting multiple delegations to the region, and making five trips to Gaza. During the past twenty years, they have spoken broadly throughout the U.S. and world sharing their daughter’s story, educating and advocating for Palestine and universal human rights, and standing with Palestinians in their quest for freedom, equality, and peace with justice.
The Corries are volunteers for the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit they cofounded nearly twenty years ago in their hometown, Olympia, Washington. The foundation educates about Palestine and related issues and fosters grassroots advocacy that informs U.S. policy and the pursuit of human rights and social justice. The foundation promotes connections between peoples and maintains support for grassroots initiated sport and arts activities for youth in Gaza, and a women’s scholarship program at Birzeit University in the West Bank. The Rachel Corrie Foundation has been recognized for “outstanding service for Human Rights” by the Thurston County Diversity Council. Cindy and Craig Corrie have received a Human Rights Advocates of the Year Award from Seattle University’s Human Rights Network and a Pillar of Peace Award from the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Friends Service Committee. In October 2012, the Corries traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, to accept the LennonOno Grant for Peace on behalf of their daughter Rachel.