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Panel looks at the pain of the Mid-East conflict

By Tom Podsiadlo
Gazette Staff

Conventional news reporting on the Middle East conflict tends to offer polarized perception, framed as Arab versus Jew, but an event yesterday highlighted the vocal peace movement on both sides, which often goes overlooked.

The event, organized by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, raised questions about the culpability of the Israeli government and the lack of response from both the United States and Israel for the death of Rachel Corrie, an peace activist.

Entitled Dying For Peace: Unveiling Occupation, the event consisted of several speakers, including Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel, an American citizen killed by an Israeli bulldozer in the West Bank while trying to non-violently prevent the demolition of a civilian Palestinian home.

“In Israel, the case has been closed, no charges have been brought and the Israeli government still declines to release their full report to the U.S. government,” said Faisal Joseph, a lawyer with a local law firm.

“She was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things,” he said.

The event also highlighted the work of International Solidarity Movement, a group of Palestinian, Jewish and international activists who Joseph characterized as a group that uses “non-violent methods and strategies to confront the Israeli occupation.”

“The tragedy of conflict is that the pain is not on one side or the other — it is present on both sides,” said Craig Corrie when referring to Palestinian violence against Israelis.

“The Corries were not here to point fingers. This is especially important since their daughter was murdered,” said Dalia Shabib, a first-year political science student. “This event was peaceful and was not anti-anything. It was about their powerful experience, and in this sense the event should serve as an example on how dialogue should be conducted by people who are concerned with the conflict.”



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