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West Bank street named for dead US activist
By Associated Press
Ynet / Israel
17 March 2010
Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday named a street after a US activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in a 2003 protest against house demolitions in Gaza.
The dedication ceremony was held on the seventh anniversary of Rachel Corrie`s death.
Corrie`s mother, Cindy, said her daughter stood for many other foreign activists who have come to the West Bank and Gaza in recent years to serve as a buffer between Palestinians and Israeli troops.
`I just wanted you to know ... that you do not stand alone,` she told a small group of Palestinians, including the mayor and governor of Ramallah. `People are stepping up. They will not be silent.`
On March 16, 2003, Corrie stood in the path of an armored Israeli bulldozer as it approached a Palestinian home targeted for demolition along Gaza`s border with Egypt, part of an operation against smuggling tunnels.
The driver has said he didn`t see Corrie, and the Israeli military has ruled her death an accident. Corrie`s parents reject that version and have brought a civil suit against the Israeli government. The trial began last week in Haifa.
Corrie was an activist in the International Solidarity Movement, a group that sends foreigners into hot spots to assist Palestinians. Often they endanger themselves by standing between Israeli forces and Palestinians, trying to prevent soldiers from acting.
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