Let's take a look at what happened here. Apparently the peace activist Rachel Corrie who was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver was described in Private Eye as a peace activist who was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer driver. Well this simple statement of truth was too much for a zionist to bear so Natalie Smith wrote the following:
How could you describe Rachel Corrie as a "Peace Activist" in issue 1157? She was killed whilst attempting to block an IDF bulldozer which was trying to uncover tunnels used by Hamas to smuggle weapons. But I suppose the image of a white blond American being killed by the big, bad Jew is always going to be a lot more appealing than the truth.Well that pack of lies was too much for some and three letters have now been published to put the readers straight.
Other than that, you do a wonderful job. Ignore the old fart in your last issue who wanted to change your magazine to make it more "Yoof" friendly. I'm 22 and have been an avid reader for nearly five years. It's a magazine, not a fashion statement.
Sir,It's quite remarkable that there are zionists willing to tell such demonstrable lies when the truth is a matter of public record.
Natalie Smith's letter (Eye 1158) disputing that Rachel Corrie was a peace activist had me scratching my head. After all, Rachel Corrie was an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, a peace activism movement which engages in non-violent protest over Israeli presence in the West Bank. As for blocking an IDF bulldozer that was "trying to uncover tunnels used by Hamas to smuggle weapons", what the IDF's statement actually SAID was that it was searching for terrorist booby-traps and never officially that it was looking for a tunnel; and last I heard the building in question was later demolished and the IDF discovered no tunnel OR booby-traps, and no evidence of a previous tunnel. Whatever the IDF's plans, it is extremely unlikely that Rachel Corrie blocked the bulldozer because SHE believed that there was a Hamas weapons-smuggling tunnel and wanted to stop the IDF finding it.
None of this leaves me bothered as much as the "being killed by the big bad Jew is always going to be more appealing than the truth" line, insinuating that the Eye has an anti-Semitic agenda because it described a peace activist who was killed by an IDF bulldozer as - gasp! - a peace activist.
I'm failing to see the prejudice against Jews there, especially when the Solidarity Movement was co-founded by an Israeli Jew. Or are we to assume any criticism of Israeli military and political actions is due to anti-Semitism?....
....Natalie Smith, (Private Eye, 1158), asks how you can call Rachel Corrie a peace activist and claims that the bulldozer which killed her, was trying to uncover tunnels used to smuggle weapons.That's curious, I thought it was about to destroy the home of a Palestinian doctor! And of course it was an accident, as Israeli bulldozer drivers can't see fluorescent jackets!
Judging by what Ms. Smith calls the truth, it would appear that her sources are the very honest, reliable ones of the Israeli Embassy! I would suggest she instead, starts to look at reports from human rights activists working on the ground such as the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.
There she will learn that over 12,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished since 1967, many in the course of Israel's collective punishment policy and to make way for the separation barrier and illegal Settlements.
She may be interested to know that last year, I organised and sang in the World Premiere of Philip Munger's classical cantata for Rachel Corrie,'The Skies are Weeping'. Many of the organisers, donors and audience members were, like myself, signatories of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, who object to Israel's brutal occupation of the Palestinian territories.....
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....Rachel Corrie was trying to protect the home of pharmacist Samid Nasrallah when she died. The Israeli Defence Force eventually demolished the house in January 2004. Stopping an army from destroying people's homes by getting in their way is non-violent peace activism, whether you agree with the reasons for doing so or not. Denigrating the dead is repugnant.
Natalie Smith is a fucking [that's the second] liar and I hope she burns in hell for her lack of humanity.
I think that pretty much sums things up.....