Austin in Solidarity with Gaza with: Roy Casagranda, Kareem Abdi, Reverend Jim Rigby, Musicians for Peace, Jewish Voices for Peace & Against the Occupation, Mike Corwin, Joe Carr and 500 concerned citizens gathered at the Austin capitol building on Jan. 17th, 2009 to speak out against the genocide perpetrated by the terrorist state of Israel on the defenseless Gazans.
Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 March 16, 2003) was an American member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She was murdered by a bulldozer operator from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Joe Carr, an American ISM activist who used the assumed name of Joseph Smith during his time in Gaza, gave the following account in an affidavit recorded and published by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR):
Still wearing her fluorescent jacket, she knelt down at least 15 meters in front of the bulldozer, and began waving her arms and shouting, just as activists had successfully done dozens of times that day... When it got so close that it was moving the earth beneath her, she climbed onto the pile of rubble being pushed by the bulldozer... Her head and upper torso were above the bulldozers blade, and the bulldozer driver and co-operator could clearly see her. Despite this, the driver continued forward, which caused her to fall back, out of view of the diver. [sic] He continued forward, and she tried to scoot back, but was quickly pulled underneath the bulldozer. We ran towards him, and waved our arms and shouted; one activist with the megaphone. But the bulldozer driver continued forward, until Rachel was all the way underneath the central section of the bulldozer.