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Rachel Corrie

Original post made by Jag Singh on Oct 24, 2006

The release of a play, 'My Name is Rachel Corrie' was originally scheduled to open last March at New York Theatre Workshop, but was indefinitely postponed under intense pressure from influential Jewish organizations. The play is based on Rachel's writings prior to her tragic death when she was crushed by an Israeli (U.S. made) bulldozer while attempting to prevent a Palestinian home from being demolished. The censorship was widely criticized by artists, and human rights activists through the world – including Pulitzer Prize-winning Nobel laureate, Harold Pinter who commented – "Rachel Corrie gave her life standing up against injustice. A theater with such a fine history should have had the courage to give New York theatergoers the chance to experience her story for themselves." The play was a blockbuster success in London and provides a glimpse of the appalling plight of the Palestinians living in ghettoized prisons in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Repeated efforts to prevent the screening of the play were finally overcome when the play opened at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York last Sunday. It is a great tribute to the artists (including Vanessa Redgrave) and activists who were instrumental in allowing the general public to experience Rachel Corrie's short, courageous life giving voice to the voiceless Palestinians.

Comments

Posted by Boaz, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 25, 2006 at 7:17 am

Rachel Corrie was active in the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)--an organization known for it's anti-semtism and support of palestinian terrorism.
Ms Corrie was active in trying to protect tunnels used for illegally smuggling weapons into Gaza to be used to murder innocent Israelis.
Ms Corrie got in the way of a bulldozer and met her well-deserved end.
the Israeli bulldozer driver should be commended for his actions.

As for the play, I am against censorship and feel that the play should be presented in the US- even though I am sure that is biased and one-sided--in a similar manner to Jag's writings on this blog.