Dear Milena,In March 2003, Rachel Corrie, a U.S. citizen, was killed by the Israeli military with a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer as she nonviolently tried to prevent Israel from demolishing another Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.
Today I'm writing to all of our supporters, urging you to consider replanting an olive tree in Palestine in Rachel's honor.
Click here to join me in replanting trees by making a tax-deductible donation today.
Your contribution will do more than honor Rachel's memory and the principles of human rights, justice and peace, to which she dedicated her life.
Your donation will also support the ongoing work of two organizations -- the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation -- to hold accountable Caterpillar, Israel and the United States for the death and destruction caused by these weapons.
If you have followed the case of Rachel Corrie's killing, like I have for these past 7 1/2 years, I trust that you share my outrage that Rachel's family is still being forced to seek justice, currently through a civil lawsuit in Israeli courts.
Frankly, I find it outrageous that the U.S. and Israeli governments have been unwilling to resolve this horrible injustice in a way that relieves the Corrie Family of some of the harm that has been done.
We at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation are deeply committed to doing all we can to support the Corries and to ensure that justice for their daughter's killing is achieved.
Having lived and worked with many Palestinian families in the city of Rafah before and after Rachel's death, it is especially important to me that we see this through. That is why I'm appealing to you to join me in replanting an olive tree in Rachel's memory, so that both the Rachel Corrie Foundation and the US Campaign can continue this struggle.
...those Palestinian and international activists who have opposed the destruction wreaked by the Israeli military with Caterpillar equipment;
...those who have lost their homes, land and family members to demolition with Caterpillar equipment;
...those Palestinian and international activists killed or injured as they have nonviolently opposed construction of the wall and the demolition of homes; and
...those Palestinian and Israeli activists who are now being threatened and silenced by Israeli authorities and courts.
Please join us in planting an olive tree in Palestine in Rachel's memory.
So far this year, generous support from people like you has enabled us to partner with Trees for Life to replant more than 400 olive trees.
With your help we hope we can make that 1,000.