Peace Activist. Daughter of Craig and Cindy Corrie, she was raised in Olympia, Washington. Rachel was the youngest of three children. A graduate of Capital High School, she continued onto the Evergreen State College. Rachel took a number of arts courses. She took a year off from her studies to work as a volunteer in the Washington State Conservation Corps. Later in her college years she would join the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) organisation in order to challenge the policies of the Israeli army in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. During her senior year she travelled to Gaza, joining protesters from the ISM, and initiate a "sister city" project between Olympia and Rafah. Demolitions were a common tactic along the security road near the border between Israel and Egypt at Rafah to uncover explosive devices and destroy tunnels used by terrorists to smuggle weapons from Egypt to Gaza. Rachel was a member of a group of about eight activists from outside of the Palestinian territories who tried to prevent the Israeli army's activities by acting as human shields. There were house demolitions taking place all over the border strip and the activists had no time to do anything else. On March 16, 2003 the IDF was engaged in an operation, possibly involving the demolition of Palestinian houses, to seize weapons and locate smuggling tunnels in a military zone between the Rafah refugee camp and the Egyptian border called Philadelphi Route. Rachel was part of a group of three British and four American ISM activists attempting to disrupt the IDF operation. She placed herself in the path of an armored bulldozer in the area and was fatally injured. She was declared dead at the Palestinian Najar hospital. The death of Rachel presented an international media frenzy. In 2010 the parents of Rachel filed a lawsuit against the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli Defense Ministry in the Haifa District Court. The court ruled against her family in 2012. In a 62-page verdict, the judge ruled that her death was an accident for which she was responsible, and absolved the IDF of any wrongdoing.
Bio by: Memorial Flower