On Sabbah’s Blog is a post about Rachel Corrie. Corrie’s writings were the source of the canceled performance in New York of the Royal Court Theatre’s “My Name is Rachel Corrie.” From the post:
Why are people afraid of Rachel Corrie’s words?
Rachel Corrie was 23 years old when she was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer on March 16, 2003. She was working with others trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine. “My Name is Rachel Corrie” is a powerful one-woman show based entirely on the writings that Rachel left behind, telling her story from the time she was a small child, leading up to the days before her death. The play, edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner from Rachel’s diaries and emails, was produced by the Royal Court Theatre in London. Starring Megan Dodds, it played to sold out audiences and wide acclaim.
“My Name is Rachel Corrie” was scheduled to open at the New York Theatre Workshop on March 22nd. It has been postponed indefinitely, sparking much debate. Director Alan Rickman said, “Rachel Corrie lived in nobody’s pocket but her own. Whether one is sympathetic with her or not, her voice is like a clarion in the fog and should be heard.”… Click here for the growing list of endorsements and add your name or your groups name to this list of support for Rachel’s Words!
I support a multiplicity of voices, critical as well as supportive of what I believe, and I encourage you to do so as well.
For a less breathlessly hagiographic take (read: psst! Jews!), click here.