47 Days Of Murder By Israel

Rachel Corrie, March 16, 2003

Brian Avery, April 5, 2003

Tom Hurndall, April 11, 2003

James Miller, May 2, 2003

by Mark R. Elsis

"We should be inspired by people, who show that human beings can be kind,
brave, generous, beautiful, strong-even in the most difficult circumstances."

Rachel Corrie

Between March 16, 2003, and May 2, 2003, the following four young peaceful people from the United States and Britain were all brutally attacked by Israel.

Three of them died, and the fourth, Brian Avery, was shot in the face and lived.

Were these premeditated attacks executed to send an explicit message to frighten other young people from helping the Palestinians, and for documenting and uncovering the atrocities that the Israelis do to them?

It sure seems so to me.

Shame on the cowardly United States and British governments for not standing up for their pacifistic people when they were murdered in cold blood by Israel.

This lack of protecting their citizens from murderers proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that both the United States and the British are subservient to Israel.

Bless you, Rachel Corrie, Brian Avery, Tom Hurndall and James Miller.

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

"I should at least mention that I am also discovering a degree of strength and of basic ability for humans to remain human in the direst of circumstances – which I also haven’t seen before. I think the word is dignity. I wish you could meet these people. Maybe, hopefully, someday you will."

Rachel Corrie, in an email to her Mother, February 28, 2003


Rachel Corrie | The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, who was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer on 16 March 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.


Rachel Corrie

On Sunday March 16, 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, 23 year old American peace activist Rachel Corrie from Olympia, Washington was murdered (crushed to death) by a US-made Israeli bulldozer. As a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, Rachel was in Gaza opposing the bulldozing of Palestinian homes by the Israeli army.

Bless you Rachel Corrie. May you rest in peace. Mark R. Elsis


Rachael Corrie Street In Tehran by Brendon O'Connell (8:54)

American Rachael Corrie was killed by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer in Gaza, on March 16, 2003. The Iranian people named a street after her in Tehran. I visited there in January 2017 just after the street march for the funeral of former president Rafsanjani. The street is hard to find, just down the road from the Australian embassy. It is the only street on Google Maps that does not have the English language translation of the name out of Farsi, now why would that be? I was surprised to find there are no other video's or pictures of people visiting the street. If there are, please let me know. The IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands also has a street named after him in Tehran.


Rachel Corrie (15 Videos)

Playlist by Mark R. Elsis


Promoting Impunity - The Israeli Military’s Failure to Investigate Wrongdoing

Brian Avery is an American who, while volunteering for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in the West Bank town of Jenin, was shot in the face by Israel Defense Forces on April 5, 2003. The shooting, which according to Human Rights Watch was "unprovoked and did not occur in the context of any apparent hostilities", caused Avery to suffer permanent disfigurement.


Brian Avery Challenges Israeli Military Impunity

Brian, an American human rights activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was shot in the face and critically wounded on April 5, 2003 by Israeli soldiers while standing in street with his hands in the air in the West Bank town of Jenin. A bullet entered his face, shattering his jaw and his nose.

by International Solidarity Movement


Tom Hurndall | The Electronic Intifada

On April 11, 2003, between 4:30 and 5:00 PM while trying to escort children to safety in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sniper, Taysir Hayb shot Tom Hurndall an International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist in the head. Tom Hurndall was left in a coma until he died on January 13, 2004.


The Death Of Tom Hurndall

Tom Hurndall was in a coma for nine months after being shot in the head by an Israeli sniper. He died January 13, 2004. It is with great sadness that If Americans Knew shares with you the news of the passing away of Tom Hurndall. Tom, 22, died Tuesday night in a London hospital due to complications with pneumonia. He had spent the past nine months in a vegetative state after being shot in the head by an Israeli sniper on April 11, 2003, while trying to escort children to safety in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine.


Tom Hurndall (10 Videos)

Playlist by Mark R. Elsis


Autopsy Suggests British Cameraman James Miller Was Shot By Israeli Army Gunfire

On May 8, 2003, RSF called for the punishment of those responsible for the death of British cameraman James Miller on May 2, 2003. An autopsy revealed that the the only bullet to hit him entered his body from the front. The journalist was killed as he was filming troops in the Gaza Strip. The findings by Israel’s National Forensics Institute confirm the account of witnesses at the scene who said troops opened fire on Miller and other journalists wearing jackets marked “press” and waving a white flag.


James Miller Was Killed In Rafah, Israel And The Occupied Palestinian Territory On May 2, 2003.

James Miller was a Welsh cameraman, producer, and director, and recipient of numerous awards, including five Emmy Awards. He was killed in in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine, by a soldier from the Israel Defense Forces on May 2, 2003.


James Miller (10 Videos)

Playlist by Mark R. Elsis


Gaza: The Killing Zone by Sandra Jordan (2003) (49:26)

A report by Sandra Jordan for Channel 4's Dispatches and Unreported World

Palestinian civilians live under the threat of Israeli Defence Force attacks. Three [four] Westerners have come under Israeli army attack. An American peace activist was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer; a British peace protester was shot in the head by an IDF sniper and remains in a coma; and a British cameraman was shot dead by the IDF. Within hours of arriving Sandra and Rodrigo are shot at and tear-gassed by Israeli troops breaking up a memorial service for Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist crushed by an Israeli Army bulldozer two days before. That sets the tone for a five-week stay in which they document the shooting by Israeli troops of the British peace campaigner Tom Hurndall, the death of James Miller, the award-winning cameraman who worked extensively for Channel 4, killed as he filmed Israeli troops bulldozing Palestinian homes.



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