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Sunday, June 06, 2010

As different in death as in life: Rachel Corrie and Shiri Negari

Robert Stacy McCain uses a quip of mine as a jumping off point to compare the lives and deaths of Rachel Corrie St. Pancake and the far less well-known Shiri Negari, who was about Corrie's age and was murdered in a 'Palestinian' suicide bombing a few months before Corrie made herself into a 'martyr.' It's a brilliant post and I urge all of you to read it.

I doubt many of you have thought of Shiri recently. But every time I drive to my sons' school or take my car to the mechanic (the latter being an all-too-frequent occurrence), I pass the spot where a suicide bomber blew up Egged Bus 32A and Shiri Negari was murdered. And I think of her. I remember that photo of the thin, almost waif-like girl with the long hair that appeared in all the newspapers the day after she was murdered. And I think of her. I hope that after you watch this video (which I had never seen before), you will think of her too.

Let's go to the videotape.

Please, read the whole thing.


More about Shiri Negari here.


At 12:37 PM, Blogger Chayah Nechama said...

thanks for showing this!!!

At 2:38 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

It just makes me sad someone so beautiful could be snuffed out just like that.

And the world wonders why Jews take it so personally. Shiri Negari is the answer as to why they do. Its the kind of loss that should never be forgotten.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

The tragedy of the people of Palestine is that their country was "given" by a foreign power to another people for the creation of a new state. The result was that many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were made permanently homeless. With every new conflict their numbers increased. How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty? It is abundantly clear that the refugees have every right to the homeland from which they were driven, and the denial of this right is at the heart of the continuing conflict. No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled in masses from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate? A permanent just settlement of the refugees in their homeland is an essential ingredient of any genuine settlement in the Middle East. We are frequently told that we must sympathise with Israel because of the suffering of the Jews in Europe at the hands of the Nazis. [...] What Israel is doing today cannot be condoned, and to invoke the horrors of the past to justify those of the present is gross hypocrisy.
—Bertrand Russell, 31 January 1970

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

@David Last I understood approximately 7 million people on each side of the border of India and Pakistan changed sides during partition of the subcontinent around the same time as the creation of the state of Israel. The fascist allied Arab Muslims consistently rejected all offers of a state and have dedicated themselves to annihilating the state of Israel ever since its creation.

Antisemitism and attempts to annihilate various Jewish populations started well before the Holocaust.


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