Remembering Rachel Corrie on the anniversary of her death

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Dear Friend,

On this day 13 years ago, American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by Israeli soldiers driving a military bulldozer. She was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. According to numerous witnesses and photographic documentation, she was killed intentionally.

Representative Brian Baird from Washington State introduced a resolution in Congress calling on the federal government to “undertake a full, fair, and expeditious investigation” into Rachel’s death. The bill was co-sponsored by 77 representatives, but Congress took no action. 

The Corrie family then filed a lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc in 2005, alleging that Caterpillar supplied Israelis with bulldozers even though they knew they were being used to commit war crimes. The lawsuit was dismissed.

The Corrie family’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was also dismissed. The court acknowledged that the U.S. government paid for the bulldozer that killed Rachel, but said that they didn’t have the jurisdiction to rule on the “political question” of U.S. military aid to Israel. 

In 2010, the Corrie family filed a lawsuit in Israel against the Israeli Defense Forces. Israeli officials prevented the physician who had examined Rachel’s wounds from testifying in the case. The court ruled that Rachel was responsible for her own death. In 2014, the Corrie family’s appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court of Israel, and the IDF was absolved of any wrongdoing.

Keep Rachel’s message alive by sharing her story with your community. We have cards, a booklet of Rachel’s letters, and posters available for download and order.

#SupportPalestineInDC2016

U.S. taxpayers send Israel over $3 billion a year in military aid with virtually no strings attached, and now the prime minister of Israel wants $5 billion a year.

The majority of Americans oppose taking sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict, but virtually all Democratic and Republican members of Congress continue to supply Israel with more and more weapons each year (Palestinians do not receive military aid).

American taxpayer dollars have enabled Israel to continue its decades-long illegal occupation of Palestinian land and deny Palestinians basic legal and human rights. With our money, Israeli forces have killed over 9,200 Palestinians as well as numerous international journalists and peace activists since 2000.

We are driving the violence in this region, and we must stop it.

This weekend, AIPAC kicks off its annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., with Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump scheduled to give speeches. We hope you will join us this Sunday at noon at the White House to protest AIPAC’s influence on American politics and support Palestinian human rights. Your voice is urgently needed!

As always, thank for your commitment to peace, justice, and equality for all people.

The If Americans Knew team

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@Potus Open Letter to NJ FamilyCare

Dear NJ FamilyCare,

I am filing a dispute on behalf of my mother. We recently became aware that her health plan has been terminated without notice. My mother has had medicare for more than a year and out of nowhere you terminated her plan. When my mother called you to find out why her plan was terminated, a very rude customer service agent named Nazir spoke to her bringing her to tears. When I took over the phone call, Nazir was condescending and rude to me as well. I asked him why her plan was terminated without notice, he said that notice was given to 6066 Street. We have never lived at 6066 Street, that address doesn’t even exist. We have every piece of paperwork that we have submitted to you, with our correct address. When I asked Nazir why it was sent to the wrong address he said it was the only address they had on file. I asked him if you really did send this mysterious letter of termination and it was sent to an incorrect answer, then why didn’t you send it again to the right address. Surely you can look up our information and find the correct address. Nazir said that it was not noted that anything had been returned and that you supposedly have no record of our address? How does that even make sense? That’s right. It doesn’t. So then I asked Nazir why my mother had health insurance coverage last year and not this year and he said it was because she made too much money and that the cut off was $1305 monthly income a person. I told him that my mother makes $1500 from alimony payments that is supposed to cover 2 family members, meaning my mother should have never had her plan terminated. EVER! And especially without warning. Nazir was very rude and I kept having to ask him the same questions over and over again and he wouldn’t respond with relevant responses. He became impatient with me and told me that I just had to pay out of pocket expenses for my mother and it wasn’t his problem. My mother is very sick and is very dependent on her doctor’s appointments and medications. She is not employed and starting January her alimony payments become $800 a month! That’s supposed to food, clothe and board 2 people! In what world do you think an unemployed person supporting two people on $800, let alone $1500, can afford to pay for health insurance. We don’t even know how we’re going to pay rent. When I tried and asked Nazir to speak to a supervisor, he told me “You can’t.” Excuse me, this man looked at my mother’s file for a total of two seconds, misinterpreted all the information, gave no real answers, spoke to me as though I’m an invalid, made my mother cry and I’m not allowed to speak to a supervisor? Are you kidding me? I asked him again why my mother had insurance last year and now all of the sudden now doesn’t, he said that our health insurance came from the MarketPlace and that our problem was the MarketPlace was providing her with her medicare health plan, but now NJ HealthCare has deemed her unfit. So I called the Market Place and they laughed, because they say they have no power to do that and our issue is with NJ FamilyCare. Before I ended my called with Nazir I asked him what we should do and he told me that my mother should reapply through the MarketPlace and then they’ll get to her application on a first come first serve basis, pay no mind that you wrongfully terminated her policy with no warning or time to prepare herself. My mother has become very ill since not being able to afford her medication and even if she could get a job now, she couldn’t take it because I  have to care of her now, but I’m not a doctor, nurse or a miracle worker. She needs her medication. She needs her doctors and I’m very worried she could die because of your horrible and disgusting customer service. If she has to be hospitalised because of your malfeasance, then I am holding you accountable. 

Heba