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My Name is Rachel Corrie

By Staff | Apr 5, 2008

Rachel Corrie

Why would a young woman from Olympia, Wash., take up the cause of the Palestinian people half a world away?

Why would she travel there to speak on their behalf?

Why would she willingly die defending a Palestinian family’s home as an Israeli bulldozer driver looked straight into her eyes as he drove over her, intentionally killing her?

Why does the U.S. continue to send $3 billion yearly in military aid to Israel, a country that to this day refuses to prosecute the murder of Rachel, an American citizen?

Those are some of the questions that Julie Rada hopes to evoke from her audience in her one-woman production, My Name Is Rachel Corrie, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the First Christian Church at 205 North Seventh St. in Estherville.

The play is directed by Brian Freeland.

My Name Is Rachel Corrie was created from the personal journal entries, E-mails, and writings of the young activist Rachel Corrie after her death in 2003, while trying to stop an Israeli bulldozer in the Palestinian residential area of Rafah, Gaza. The story tells of an idealistic, curious, and passionate young woman as she explores her personal world as well as that of the extremely complex world of Middle Eastern politics.

There is no charge for admission, but free-will offerings will be accepted.