Rachel was partaking in a demonstration in Gaza opposing the War on Iraq.
She was working with children who drew two pictures, one of the American flag, and one of the Israeli flag, for burning.
The Israeli army conducted an investigation, which concluded that the death was an accident, and that the driver of the bulldozer could not see Corrie due to limited visibility from his cab.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as well as B'Tselem and Yesh Din criticized the military investigation.
Murray writes that ISM activists were maintaining a presence there since "Israeli snipers and tanks routinely shot at civilian workers trying to repair the wells." In one of her reports, Corrie wrote that despite her group's having received permission from the Israeli District Command Office and the fact that they were carrying "banners and megaphones the activists and workers were fired upon several times over a period of about one hour.
One of the bullets came within two metres of three internationals and a municipal water worker close enough to spray bits of debris in their faces as it landed at their feet." In the words of Rachel's parents: "The act, while we may disagree with it, must be put into context.
arranging peace events through a local pro-ISM group called "Olympians for Peace and Solidarity".The ruling was met with criticism by some human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and by activists.Corrie was born on April 10, 1979, and raised in Olympia, Washington, United States.Rachel said that she could not bring herself to burn the picture of the Israeli flag with the Star of David on it, but under such circumstances, in protest over a drive towards war and her government's foreign policy that was responsible for much of the devastation that she was witness to in Gaza, she felt it OK to burn the picture of her own flag.We have seen photographs of memorials held in Gaza after Rachel's death in which Palestinian children and adults honor our daughter by carrying a mock coffin draped with the American flag.