Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rachel Corrie’s story is one America needs to know, too

Following is a remarkably thorough and statistics-heavy op-ed published in today's Register Guard newspaper (Eugene, Oregon) by Jack Dresser, PhD, who is national vice chairman of the Veterans for Peace working group on Israel/Palestine and co-director of Al-Nakba Awareness Project, one of 339 member organizations within our coalition.

By Jack Dresser
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011

Nicole Trobaugh as Rachel Corrie.
Photo: LLTC
Lord Leebrick Theatre Co.'s production of "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" recently ended, ably directed by Carol Dennis with Rachel's role well-performed by Nicole Trobaugh. We thank the theater for staging this important work, now translated into some half-dozen languages and staged in over a dozen countries to date.

We agree with Craig Weinerman's March 9 guest viewpoint that more context for the events leading to Rachel's death was needed, and we provided some basics on one-page handouts to theater-goers at each performance. On the first two nights our handouts corrected misinformation on the theater's website and playbill, which managers agreed to remove after speaking with the Corries.

Following this, what Weinerman described as our "aggressive and defamatory anti-Israel advocacy" on new handouts included the mission statement of the International Solidarity Movement with which Rachel worked, which describes itself as "a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles."