The 51st person has now died in New Zealand.
32 more people are still hospitalized and fighting to survive.
Born on 10 April 1979 in Olympia,
Washington, Corrie dedicated her life to defending Palestinian rights.
In 2003, she went to the Gaza Strip as a member of the International
Solidarity Movement. On 16 March 2003 in the Gaza Strip’s
southern city of Rafah, Corrie stood before an Israeli bulldozer in
hopes of stopping it from demolishing the home of a local Palestinian
family. She was
crushed to death when the bulldozer driver ran her over repeatedly,
according to witnesses.
In a letter sent to her family from Gaza
shortly before her murder, Corrie described the Palestinian suffering
she witnessed. “No amount of reading, attendance at
conferences, documentary viewing and word-of-mouth could have prepared
me for the reality of the situation here,” she wrote. “You just can’t
imagine it unless you see it.”
“Muslims are typically newsworthy when villains – not victims. And Islamophobia is perpetuated by portraying Muslims, whether victims or villains, as a faceless, nameless, and monolithic bloc.
These are only a handful of stories of the victims. The names,
the faces, and the short vignettes of longer profiles and aborted lives
that too often reduced into statistics. A dehumanised digit, or in this
case, two – 49 – that fails to capture the depth of the pain of
their loved ones, and more importantly, the depth of the lives that they
That depth of attention, a morbid journalistic twist indeed, is
usually reserved for the terrorist. And especially, when that terrorist
is a white male. We rush to learn about their every word and motive,
childhood factoid and ideological inspiration. And the mainstream media
makes all of this readily available for us, in turn luring our attention
towards the villain and away from the victims.
If white supremacist violence and its broader aim of promoting
itself through baiting the media in the wake of mass murder is to be
retrenched, we must actively resist sharing, retweeting, and
perpetuating the images and ideas. Turning our attention to the victims
and celebrating their lives in the midst of grief is the first – and
most vital – step.”
– Khaled Beydoun