On the 11th anniversary of Rachel Corries’ murder by the Israeli Army, SFP honoured Rachel, Tom Hurndall and Vittorio Arrigoni for their solidarity and support of the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom.
Activists created a short film showing photos of Rachel, Tom and Vittorio and watched a video of 10 year old Rachel as she spoke about her desire to eradicate poverty. Dr Yousef Abdul Haq and Wael Faqeeh, both SFP founders and members of the Tanweer Centre in Nablus, which kindly hosted the event, spoke about their admiration for the solidarity provided by all internationals. They also paid tribute to all the martyrs of the freedom struggle, and the event was attended by the wife and brother of Bilal Najjar, murdered in 1984 by Israel while in prison.
The activists then marched to the centre of Nablus and lit candles, creating Rachel’s name in lights. Several activists spoke to the crowd and thanked Rachel and other international solidarity activists, some having sadly been murdered for standing with the Palestinian people against Apartheid Israel.
Rachel, an American citizen, was murdered on 16 March 2003 when an Israeli bulldozer ran over her while she attempted to prevent it demolishing the home of a doctor in Rafah, Gaza. The bulldozer then reversed over Rachel still with the blade down despite cries from others present to the driver. The driver and the Army have still not been held accountable for her death.
Tom Hurndall, from the UK, was shot by an Israeli sniper on 11 April 2003, while he rescued Palestinian children trapped by the gunfire from the Army. Tom died 9 months later on 21 January 2004. The Druze soldier who shot Tom was charged with manslaughter but released after serving a short sentence.
Vittorio was murdered after being kidnapped in the Gaza Strip by alleged Salafist. They murdered Vittorio on 15 April 2011.
All were members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
Rachel, Tom and Vittorio all joined the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice. SFP asks all people around the world to also join the struggle and continue the work of Rachel and all the other martyrs by abiding by the Palestinian request for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid Israel. To find out how to boycott and join the campaign please click here.