Tuesday, January 19, 2016

More About Alan Rickman

Such a great actor, and, according to people who worked with him, a great (i.e., kind and considerate and helpful) person, too. And now this, which I'm reading for the first time today:

He put together a play from the diaries of the American girl who was killed by the Israelis while  working for the cause of the displaced Palestinians.

Alan Rickman, Rachel Corrie (Credit: AP/Arthur Mola/Reuters)

From the article about the play:
Rachel Corrie, a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, traveled to the occupied Gaza Strip as part of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement in 2003. At a nonviolent protest against Israel’s illegal demolition of Palestinian houses on March 16 of that year, an Israeli soldier ran over Corrie with a bulldozer, killing her.

“My Name Is Rachel Corrie” was based on the young woman’s diary and emails. Rickman co-edited it with Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of leading British newspaper The Guardian.
More about Rachel Corrie's death, from the same article:
Corrie’s family sued the Israeli government for a symbolic $1. Their case crawled through Israel’s courts for years, until, in February 2015, the Israeli Supreme Court threw the case out, denying any liability.

Ultimately, they said they were “disappointed but not surprised.” “We had hoped for a different outcome,” Corrie’s family remarked, “though we have come to see through this experience how deeply all of Israel’s institutions are implicated in the impunity enjoyed by the Israeli military.”
Fellow pro-Palestinian activists present at the time of the young woman’s killing in March 2003 say Israeli occupation forces deliberately crushed Corrie with the bulldozer. The Israeli government, on the other hand, insists it was an accident.

An investigation by the Israeli military absolved the soldier of all responsibility for killing Corrie, instead blaming the young women and fellow activists for “illegal, irresponsible and dangerous” behavior.

The Israeli soldier operating the bulldozer claimed he did not see Corrie. Amnesty International did not buy this argument, making it clear that “she was wearing a fluorescent orange vest when she was killed,” adding that Corrie “and other non-violent activists had been peacefully demonstrating against the demolitions for hours when the Israeli military bulldozer ran over her.”
So while we're all praising Alan Rickman for his work on stage and screen, it's nice to know of this whole 'nother dimension to him, the political activist, the person fighting to right some of the wrongs of the world.

1 comment:

Jeff Wynn said...

Alan Rickman was a genius Sheriff of Nottingham. And a brilliant Snape.
Out of curiosity, was the Israeli soldier-murderer ever identified?

At least the Russian pilot who shot down Korean Airways Flight 007, when he discovered he had killed nearly 300 people, was both identified by the Soviets AND he expressed deep remorse.