History From Our Archives: “Was This House Worth Her Life?”
posted by October 28 at 11:40 AMon
In 2003, Eli Sanders went to the Gaza Strip to report on the death of Rachel Corrie, the Evergreen student and anarchist who became an accidental martyr after she was killed during a protest.
Photos by Joel Sanders
The bulldozer’s advance, according to ISM activists who witnessed it, pushed up a mound of dirt that Rachel came to be standing atop, so that she was looking straight at the bulldozer driver in his high cab. The bulldozer kept advancing.
Here the stories get a bit confused. Some say Rachel kneeled atop the mound of dirt. Others say she tried to run down off the mound, away from the bulldozer, but lost her footing. Either way, all the activists who saw it agree that the bulldozer pushed the mound of dirt over Rachel, burying her alive and dragging the giant blade across her body, first forward as the bulldozer advanced, and then backward as the bulldozer driver backed up.