When Angels Weep
I can't begin to imagine how infuriating it must be for the families of the victims of Palestinian terror to witness the canonization of Rachel Corrie. Corrie, an American college student from Washington State, wasn't merely an idealistic young woman drawn into the Arab/Israeli conflict by her desire to focus the world's attention on what she saw as "Palestinian suffering under the occupation." She, and the other members of the International Solidarity Movement, embrace an ideology that turns the truth on its head. In their parallel universe, Israeli soldiers are the jack-booted Nazis...and Palestinian terrorists are the Jews.
This letter, written by a British expatriate living in Israel, is a poignant plea for justice for the real victims...the other Rachels.
Rachel Corrie Cantata
By Barry Shaw
October 1, 2005
I was horrified to receive this unwelcome email appeal.
I was more horrified to read its contents. A supporter of Palestinian terror is being elevated to sainthood in London.
Rachel Corrie, a member of ISM which assists, among others, the activities of Hamas not only has a West End play in her name, now she is being "honored" with a cantata and a "distinguished" rollcall of artists and politicians will attend the world premier....
On behalf of all Israeli victims of Palestinian terror, may I scream out in pain and sadness in the memory of the other Rachels?
Rachel Levy, age 17, blown up by a Palestinian suicide killer outside a grocery store.
Rachel Levi, age 19, shot by a Palestinian while waiting for a bus.
Rachel Gavish, killed whil celebrating Passover at the Park Hotel with her family.
Rachel Charhi, blown up at a Tel Aviv cafe by a Palestinian bomber. She leaves three children.
Rachel Shabo, murdered with her three children, in her home by a Palestinian gunman.
And, finally, 16 year-old RACHEL THALER. She was blown up at a pizza parlour by another Palestinian suicide killer on 16th February, 2002.
Rachel Thaler was born in London, yet nobody has put on a play about her. Her grandparents still live in London, yet no politicians or anyone from the arts, have expressed condolences or attempted to raise the issue of Palestinian terror in her name. No British journalist has approached her mother, Ginette, to write about the martyrdom of Rachel Thaler.
No rallies, no plays, no cantatas, for the Jewish Rachels.
Rachel Thaler's parents allowed the donation of their murdered daughter's organs for transplant.
Rachel Corrie's parents traveled to Ramallah to receive a plaque from corrupt arch-terrorist, Yasser Arafat, for the services of their daughter to the Palestinian cause.
The name of the Corrie concert is "The Skies Are Weeping."
They are indeed! The injustice makes angels weep.
Somehow, this tribute to Rachel Corrie begs the question of whether such a production could ever appear in a major venue in this country. After all, the mindset that produced this obscenity transcends national borders. So, will we ever see a "Rachel Corrie Cantata" on Broadway? I hope to hell we won't.