Democracy Now! March 17, 2003

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Democracy Now! March 17, 2003
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Israeli troops kill US citizen Rachel Corrie in the town of Rafah by running her over with a bulldozer; last month, Corrie entreated US citizens to "Look. Find whatever information you can about Rafah watch what s going on here, because this isn t a place that gets a lot of attention, and people facing death continuously"; US military equipment caterpillar bulldozers, Apache helicopters, F16 fighters that is what s bombing and killing people : a discussion at the Socialist Scholars Conference on the U.S., Israel and the Occupied Territories; Over a million people protest against a US invasion of Iraq; organizers say 100,000 marched on Washington

9:00-9:01 Billboard: 9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:20 Israeli troops kill a US citizen and activist from Olympia, WA by running over her with a bulldozer Israeli troops yesterday ran a bulldozer over an American woman and killed her. She was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza town of Rafah. Rachel Corrie was just 23 years old. She was set to graduate this spring from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She is the first international protester killed by Israeli forces during the second Intifada. Eyewitnesses said Rachel Corrie was standing in clear sight of the bulldozer operator yards from the bulldozer. She was wearing a bright fluorescent orange jacket and was talking to the driver through a megaphone. Israeli officials claimed the driver didn t see her and that she darted in front of the bulldozer. According to one eyewitness, when the bulldozer started toward her she was lifted on top of the dirt that the bulldozer was pushing. Then she fell behind the shovel. The driver proceeded forward another 45 feet driving over her body and then backing up over it again. Rachel Corrie was an activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). After her death, the ISM called on the US government, the UN and the international community "to uphold international law and respect the Geneva convention". It also demanded that the US halt the sale of weapons and Caterpillar bulldozers used in the destruction of Palestinian buildings. Palestinian leaders praised Rachel s conviction. Chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said last night: "Rachel died doing what world governments have failed to do- protecting defenseless civilians. We are indebted to Rachel not only for her bravery and integrity, but for the principled message of non-violent resistance she advocated." Guest: Will Hewitt, U.S. peace activist who witnessed the killing of Rachel Corrie Sunday. He traveled from Olympia, Wash. to Gaza to work with the International Solidarity Movement. Contact: Tape: Rachel Corrie, speaking in a radio interview with Pacifica affiliate radio KAOS in Olympia. The interview was recorded on February 13, 2003. Guest: Colin Reese, close friend of Rachel Corrie s in Olympia. He read a statement from the Corrie family at a community vigil in Olympia Sunday night. Guest: Phan Nguyen, classmate of Rachel Corrie at Evergreen State University and student organizer Guest: Kristen Shurr, US activist and journalist who has been living in the Gaza Strip for the past six months 9:35-9:40: We go now to Roger Normand of the Center for Economic and Social Rights and Nadia Hijab with the US Campaign to End the Occupation. They spoke at the Socialist Scholars Conference on March 16, 2003, in New York City. Guest: Roger Normand, Center for Economic and Social Rights Contact:, Guest: Nadia Hijab, US Campaign to End the Occupation Contact:, 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:41-9:50 Caterpillar bulldozers, cont d 9:50-9:58: Rachel Corrie was an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, an organization which works with and helps to defend the Palestinian people through non-violent direct action. Another group, the Iraq Peace Team, was formed recently and is sending activists to Iraq on a similar mission. Bitta Mostofi spoke to protesters in Washington, D.C. about her recent trip to Baghdad. Guest: Bitta Mostofi, activist with the Iraq Peace Team and Voices in the Wilderness Contact:, Guest: Reverend Graylan Hagler, speaking in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2003. 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Ana Nogueira and Elizabeth Press. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer.

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March 17, 2003
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March 17, 2003
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59 min.
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