Just a few days before the US/UK invasion of Iraq, an Israeli soldier driving a US-made Catepillar bulldozer ran over a young American woman, kneeling down in front of a Palestinian doctor’s home in Gaza, which was about to be bulldozed. The news got no attention from the US media, which was too busy beating the drums for war.
Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She was crushed to death in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was kneeling in front of a local Palestinian‘s home, thus acting as a human shield, attempting to prevent IDF forces from demolishing the home. The IDF stated that the death was due to the restricted angle of view of the IDF Caterpillar D9 bulldozer driver, while ISM eyewitnesses said “there was nothing to obscure the driver’s view.” A student at the Evergreen State College, she had taken a year off and traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada.[
Here is a very beautiful, and short, youtube of a young Rachel, in 5th grade, giving a speech: