ISM London statement on Rachel Corrie verdict

Rachel CorrieISM London is saddened but not surprised that an Israeli judge has ruled that Rachel Corrie’s death was an accident.

Several former ISM London volunteers were with Rachel when she was killed in Gaza on March 16th 2003. It was and remains their unanimous opinion that Rachel was murdered when an Israeli armoured bulldozer drove over her. Rachel was wearing an orange hi-vis vest and carrying a bullhorn to amplify her voice when she was run over.

Rachel is never far from our thoughts, and once again we send our sympathy and support to parents Craig and Cindy Corrie, who have been treated with appalling callousness by the state of Israel.

Rachel did not die in vain. Over the past nine years since her death thousands of ISM volunteers have witnessed the suffering of the Palestinian people, and brought reports and images of the illegal military occupation of Palestine back to their home countries. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has emerged as a real force and continues to grow, much to Israel’s discomfort.

Rachel Corrie has been the subject of several documentaries, an award winning play, and a best selling book. She continues to inspire us as we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.